Help Winnemem Wintu Tribe Bring Back Their Salmon

wintuJoin us Saturday August 24th from 5-10 pm in solidarity with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review (W.A.T.E.R.) coalition as we raise funds to support their work!

Help the Winnemem Wintu Tribe bring their sacred salmon back home to the McCloud River, defend and protect Mount Shasta sacred groundwater using AB52 (a new amendment to CEQA for California Indian Tribes), and protect their traditional cultural lifeways and historic sites.

Help W.A.T.E.R. (We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review) and the Tribe to stop the privatization and destruction of our natural resources.

It us up to us to keep our waterways safe and out of private hands. Water is sacred! Water is life!

$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Food & drinks available by donation.
Children and family welcome!
Poster artwork by Jackie Fawn Illustrations

Abe Lagrimas, Jr on Ukulele

Pops is very pleased to host Abe Lagrimas, Jr on Sunday, August 4, at 7 pm for a very special evening.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny Endo, and continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles.

As a solo ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Abe has been featured at ukulele festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Reno, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii. His international performances include Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, and toured extensively throughout China having performed in twelve cities.

Abe is also an educator and has authored the first ever ukulele curriculum for instrumental music programs in schools titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele – Level 1”published by Consonus Music Institute. His latest book “Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies” (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard) is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon.

Advanced tickets are $10, and $15 at the door. Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is located at 5819 Sacramento Avenue in the Historic District of Dunsmuir. For more info, please visit popsdunsmuir.com.

Jazz in the Canyon – Just Us

Just Us

 

As a part of Dunsmuir’s 8th Annual Jazz in the Canyon, Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is please to host Just Us, a Bossa Nova & Light Funk. The performance will be be on Friday, September 27. Tickets will be $15 advanced purchased, and $20 at the door. Kids 12 and under can attend for free with adult.
Just Us was founded in 2017 by Tim Cain, original tenor sax player and arranger for the legendary San Francisco band Sons of Champlin.  In the ’60’s, as a member of the Sons, Tim played the great dance halls in the city (Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom, Carousel Ballroom, Winterland, Straight Theater) and toured nationwide for Bill Graham, sharing the stage with most of the iconic rock bands of the era including Santana, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker,  Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sly and the Family Stone, Chambers Brothers, Band from Big Pink, Miles Davis, B.B. King, The Byrds, Righteous Brothers, Chuck Berry, Jan and Dean, The Coasters, Charles Lloyd, even Bill Evans.  Presently he plays with Bill Champlin and the original Sons as well as his own Bossa Nova  group Just Us, who present a relaxed set of familiar Bossa Nova tunes, a few originals and some light funk thrown in for fun.
On acoustic piano is Michael McQuilkin.  He grew up in Rochester, NY studying classical piano with Eastman School of Music graduate Sylvia Cooley.  At the age of 6 he played piano for guests at his parent’s dinner parties and discovered his calling as a musical entertainer. He’s played with sax man John Handy and drummer Harold Jones (Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan).  Michael’s current show “Michael McQuilkin’s Family Music Hour” covers a range of music from Frank Sinatra to Dr. Dre and reflects Michael’s love of all styles and his talents as a pianist, producer, accompanist, band leader, and entertainer. The documentary “Music Man” tells the story of how Michael created this show, which celebrates families who play music together like Michael did in his own family years ago.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cYICX98CJ0
String Bassist David Russ began his professional career with The Fabulous Titans, a ska, reggae, dub group out of Berkeley, California. After moving to Hawaii he subsequently joined The Shakers, an American Reggae Band.  They toured with UB40, Maxi Priest, Soul Syndicate and Aswad and released their first album on Epiphany Records in 1976.  Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals liked the band so much he dubbed them “Yankee Reggae” .  After a stint in Australia, David returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where he joined Pulse Mondiale, a Latin Jazz trio which included the renowned French guitarist René Gely and Peruvian percussionist Raul Ramirez.  In recent years David has had the pleasure of backing such luminaries as Harold Jones (Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett) and Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band).
Drummer Linda ” Howie “ Cort spent her formative drumming years playing RnB Soul.  In the late 80’s, she joined the crossover country band Transistor Rodeo, who performed at many of the classic Bay Area venues – Slim’s, Great American Music Hall, Paradise Lounge, the IBeam. and the ever classic Sweetwater. In her musical travels, she has opened for: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Etta James, Doug Sahm, Dave Mason, Mink Deville and Chris Issak. Years have passed and now she finds herself delving into musical opportunities as they present themselves, such as Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon!  She also leads her own group, Howie’s Persuasion, where she shares her beloved RnB favorites.
Singer Tealy Gapinski is the Granddaughter of Ron Thelin, a San Francisco native son. During the ‘60s her Grand-pop was the owner of the Psychedelic Shop, the first store of its kind in Haight-Ashbury (or anywhere else, really).  According to Peter Coyote, Thelin founded the shop to disseminate information on the growing interest in psychedelic drugs and expanded consciousness.  Tealy is the epitome of Marin County beauty and sings sweet as a bird.  When she’s not performing with Just Us she works on an organic farm, livin’ life just like it should be.
Percussionist Mika Scott became a percussionist as a child, inspired by the rich San Francisco Bay Area musical community.  He has performed live with Steve Miller, Zero, and several members of the Grateful Dead.

Children’s Music Literay Workshops

Saturdays, August 3- August 31 – Four week session
Urban Griots Workshops
Shasta-Recruitment-FlyerUrban Griots is a drumming and early literacy workshop for preschool children (and older). It is facilitated by an embodied  mode of learning that blends rhythmic movement with computer media interaction. Children are introduced to the Drumball – a digital device and mobile app that turns beats into letters and words.
12 pm to 1 pm – 0-5 years
1 pm to 2 pm – 6 years and older
Register  at this link.
Four-week session $10 each or $40 for the month

Click for Printable Flyer here.

2nd Saturday Concert Allison & Victor AND Two5Live!

Live Music to Celebrate Dunsmuir’s Second Saturday

On Saturday, July 13, Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center will present a double bill concert celebrating Dunsmuir’s Second Saturday. Allison Scull and Victor Martin and Two5Live!, a new group in the area, will perform beginning at 8pm. Advanced tickets are available here.

Dunsmuir-Second-Saturday-Flyer-DUNSMUIR-july-optimizedAllison and Victor and Two5Live will combine to bring a fabulous night of music. Songs will be featured from each act as well some collaboration with both bands together. Allison and Victor together create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own. They blend roots music — a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Currently recording their 4th CD, Allison and Victor are recording with area musicians such as drummer Kenji Kato, bassist Bruce Calin and Stefan Schittko who will be featured on keyboard in both acts for this special concert. Visit allisonandvictor.com and facebook.com/AllisonAndVictor for more on these artists.

Two5Live! is a band that blends jazz, funk, neo-soul, R&B and Latin music. It features Nathan Sivananda on bass, Stefan Schittko on keys, Victor Martin on saxophone and vocals and Ross Perry on drums. According to Schittko, this group features “a lot of tunes that all band members love and never had an outlet to play.”

Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center is located at 5819 Sacramento Ave in historic Dunsmuir, across from the Amtrak train station. Tickets are available in advance online for $10 and at the door for $15.   For more on Dunsmuir’s Second Saturday, visit https://www.dunsmuirsecondsaturday.com/

 

Tadaima presented by Shasta Taiko

Shasta Taiko Presents Free Performance by Tadaima at Pop’s July 6

Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer are known in northern California as leaders and founders of Shasta Taiko and are recognized nationally for pioneering taiko – Japanese drum – in America.  On Saturday, July 6, 7 pm at Pop’s Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Dunsmuir, Shasta Taiko presents Russel and Jeanne’s music ensemble, Tadaima, featuring jazz artists drummer Kenji Kato and bassist Greg Potter.  The event is free to the public and sponsored by Shasta Taiko.
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Russel’s work on saxophone and flutes has received favorable reviews in national music publications – DownBeat, Musician, Jazz Times, CODA, and Options magazines.  Jeanne is known for her exquisite touch, beautiful sound, and an open creative approach to taiko.

“We love group taiko, the physical movement, the choreography, and the spirit and spectacle of large and loud drumming as well as exposing taiko through community classes.  We do however have other sides as artists and people.  We hope to explore other areas for taiko to expand in or vice versa…for music like jazz to include taiko and other music.  So we’re not only exposing taiko to America, but we also hope to pioneer taiko in other areas – in our case, jazz and world music influences.” says Baba.

Russel Baba is known as an innovative musician and for creative compositions.  He has toured and recorded winds with jazz artists drummer Eddie Moore, violinist Michael White, and pianist Andrew Hill, and taiko and winds with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, Kenny Endo, San Jose Taiko, On Ensemble, and Jeanne Mercer.

Jeanne Mercer has performed taiko with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, Kenny Endo, San Jose Taiko, and On Ensemble.  Her work has contributed to movie soundtracks Star Wars and The Right Stuff.  She has performed and recorded original music with Eddie Moore, Michael White, Russel Baba, Masato Baba, and Shoji Kameda.

Kenji Kato is a versatile drummer who has performed with Gary Burton, Merle Haggard, Larry Mitchell, Roy Hargrove, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mark Gross, Mark Whitfield, Warren Hill, Antonio Hart, Mark Cooper, Chuck Epperson, and Greg Potter.  Kenji received both the Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams Awards where he graduated from the Berklee College of Music.

Bassist Greg Potter has toured worldwide and has performed with Stan Kenton and The Entertainers.  He has recorded with Bruce Hornsby and for the Disney studios.  He also plays guitar and drums.  Locally he plays with Marc Cooper, Kenji Kato, Chuck Epperson, and Sharp 11.

Jeanne adds, “We’re excited to have the opportunity to play some original music with some exceptional artists.  This open approach is not so common in taiko.  A smaller ensemble of musicians allows for spontaneity and musical ideas to flow.  It’s really challenging, fun, and creative.”

“Tadaima’ is the traditional greeting when one comes home in Japan.  It means “I’m here, I’m pressent, I’m home.”  says Russel.  “Tadaima has performed before at the ShastaYama Taiko Festival with various guest artists.  The Festival presented a variety of taiko artists and groups with each act having only a limited time to perform.  At Pop’s, Tadaima will be featured, allowing time for the music to go deeper and for me, more centered.”

Tadaima is sponsored by Shasta Taiko.  There is no door charge – FREE  Donations are accepted.   Pop’s – 5819 Sacrameneto Ave.  popsdunsmuir.com   Tadaima – russelbaba.com
June 18, 2019

Press Release

Shasta Taiko Presents Free Performance by Tadaima

Where:
Pop’s Performing Arts Center & Cultural Center
5819 Sacramento Ave.
Dunsmuir, CA

When:
Saturday, July 6
7 pm

What:
Music Performance byTadaima (I’m here, I’m present, I’m home)

Russel Baba – flutes, saxophone, taiko, percussion
Jeanne Mecer – taiko, percussion
Kenji Kato – drum set, percussion
Greg Potter – bass

Free:
Sponsored by Shasta Taiko
Donations accepted

Ukulele Player Abe Lagrimas Visits Pops!

Screen Shot 2019-06-04 at 8.46.14 PMMusician, composer, educator and author Abe Lagrimas, Jr will be performing at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center, Sunday, August 4. Listen here to his amazing sounds.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many different artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny Endo, and continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles. As an ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Music Award) recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. His latest album, self-titled Abe Lagrimas, Jr., was featured on the Hawaiian Airlines in-flight entertainment system. As a performing artist, he has been featured at ukulele festivals throughout the United States in addition to leading his own solo tours. His international performances include Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, and toured extensively throughout China. Abe is also an educator and is the author of Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard), which is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon. He is currently endorsed by Canopus Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Beato Bags, Ko’olau Ukulele, Analysis Plus Cables, Fusion Gig Bags, and Elite Acoustics. abelagrimasjr.com

Mark Hummel Golden State – Lone Star Blues Revue

Mark Hummel Golden State – Lone Star Blues Revue will be playing at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, May 25, 8pm. BUY TICKETS HERE

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 9.27.00 PMBlues Supergroup MARK HUMMEL GOLDEN STATE – LONE STAR BLUES REVUE, featuring Grammy-nominated Harp Blower/Vocalist/ Bandleader MARK HUMMEL, guitarist ANSON FUNDERBURGH  (Delbert McClinton joining his Sany Beaches Cruise every year, Boz ScaggsSnooks EaglinEarl King and Jimmy Buffet), and with guitar legend with MIKE KELLER – guitar (Fabulous Thunderbirds/Marcia Ball/The Keller Brothers)   ,  drummer WES STARR and bassist RW GRIGSBY is an all-star cross country melding of California musicians Hummel and Grigsby with Texans Funderburgh, Keller and Starr. GOLDEN STATE – LONE STAR BLUES REVUE’s self-titled debut album (Electro-Fi Records/April 2016),  was recorded by Kid Andersen at the famed Greaseland Studio in San Jose, CA, and co-produced by Funderburgh & Hummel.

Screen Shot 2019-05-17 at 10.26.18 PMHarmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove club on Melrose Ave. in LA where he saw (in a three month period) three blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis; Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton.  By 1985 Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors hit the road full time & continue till the present (Hummel’s memoir, “Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80″ recounts many road exploits). In 2014 Blind Pig Records released “REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER” (a recording of a Hummel Blues Harp Blowout.) The CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards. Hummel’s latest  CD “THE HUSTLE IS REALLY ON” features GS/LS.

Long time Golden State/Lonestar Blues Revue guitarist ANSON FUNDERBURGH was born in 1954 in Plano, Texas where the youngster first picked up the guitar in high school and was hit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed Lightnin’ Hopkins.  By 1978 he had started Anson and the Rockets with vocalist/harmonica player Darrell Nulisch with the group being signed to Black Top Records a couple of years later.  In 1986 Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed with the group until his death in 2006.  The Rockets went on to win ten Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Blues Awards) widely regarded as the highest honor for blues artists in the United States.

Guitar youngblood MIKE KELLER resides in Austin where he’s led his own band The Keller Brothers, plays in Little Elmo Blues Band, a sideman for Paul Oscher’s group plus did five years as a Fabulous Thunderbird, played two and a half years with SRV’s band Double Trouble, four years with Doyle Bramhall, recorded and toured with Marcia Ball for a year and a half and toured with the late harp genius Gary Primich. Mike’s solos are top notch in GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR.

Rounding out the GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR BLUES REVUE are RW Grigsby on bass & famed Austin, Texas drummer Wes Starr.  Between these two old Rome, GA natives, they’ve played with a who’s who of famed musicians – Omar & the Howlers, Junior Brown, Jimmy Vaughan, Asleep At The WheelGary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene CarterHal KetchumEarl KingJames Cotton & many more!

Grace Rodriguez is a featured artist at The Ol’ Dunsmuir Faire

Grace Rodriguez, a sculptural artist, is one of the featured artists at The Ol’ Dunsmuir Faire Sat May 4 from 10 am to 1 pm at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center.

Her work contemplates the sensuality of intuition and the vulnerability of beauty by processing ceramic forms that are felt beyond a physical attraction. Through the eyes of her touch she bridges the unknown position of a ceramic coil into its known place while considering the fragile nature of balance. Her organic forms become Grace seen.

Grace works primarily with porcelain clay called B-mix, which is not suited for sculptural forms, but her forms insist otherwise.

She creates most of her pieces at her home studio in Dunsmuir.