Labor Day Jams 2022

Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend on the Patio at Pops. For a printable flyer, click here. 

 Friday, September 2, 7 pm
David Watson & Friends

Jazz drummer and bebop vocalist will play with Bruce Calin on bass and Victor Martin on sax. He says, “I try to always be creative like any top jazz instrumentalist, performing jazz songs and originals. I am going to sing jazz the rest of my life, until I can’t do it any longer. As long as I love the music, I have no plans to stop.” Read more about David.

Listen and learn more and Listen here, too. 


Saturday, Sept 3, 7pm
 Victor Martin on Sax
Victor Martin and Friends (It’s Vic’s Birthday! let’s celebrate)

A fun-filled evening with a variety of musicians and musical genres. Some guests include Patrick Wiseman, Bruce Calin, David Watson, Allison Scull and more.


Free 3-day festival – The Tadaima Convergence – creativity and diversity

July 22/23/24 – Fri., Sat., Sun., 5 pm


Russel Baba, Jeanne Mercer, Masato Baba, Gary Fitzgerald, Michelee Fujii, Toru Watanabe, & Kenji Kato
Sponsored by Shasta Taiko
Entrance is free
Donations accepted to support & benefit Pops
The Tadaima Convergence to Benefit Pops
Shasta Taiko leaders, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer, are hosting a free three day mini-music festival, “The Tadaima Convergence – creativity & diversity,” at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Dunsmuir, CA,, the weekend of July 22/23/24, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting at 5 pm and continuing into the evening.
“Shasta Taiko’s goals are to expose not only taiko (Japanese drum), but a wide variety of music, perspectives, creativity, and cultures.  A free three day festival provides an opportunity to experience the extraordinary talents of Tadaima’s artists.  By making a free event, we want to attract and expose more people, including families and children, to an expanded  view of music and art.” said Baba.
The free three day festival is sponsored by Shasta Taiko and is a benefit for Pops.  Donations will be accepted at the festival in support of the Center.  Shasta Taiko and Pops have similar goals in supporting music and the arts, and Pops has created a wonderful intimate space for performances.
Russel added, “We’re hoping to perform in the Pops courtyard, outside.  A late summer afternoon or an early evening performance are our visions, barring any wildfires or smoke.  There is the option to move indoors if needed.  I hope folks will feel free to come and go if they choose to, even as we perform.  Some Asian theater traditions like Indonesian Gamalan or Japanese Kabuki, have long plays where people may leave, take breaks, and come back, all while the performances are still happening.  Gamalan may start in the evening and end with the sunrise.  I want to create that type of atmosphere during the three day music festival.”
“Tadaima” (now, at present; I am here!  I am home) is the traditional Japanese announcement when one comes home.  Music is “home” for the artists of Tadaima.
Russel Baba is known for his originality in playing and composing for saxophones, flutes, and taiko.  He has toured and recorded with jazz legends drummer Eddie Moore, violinist Michael White, and pianist Andrew Hill, and taiko with Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and Jeanne Mercer.
“Russel Baba has managed to endow his alto saxophone with the timbre and flexibility of a violin.  His new sound is extraordinarily beautiful.”  CODA Magazine
Jeanne Mercer is a highly respected pioneering American taiko artist.  She is noted for impeccable skill, touch, and sensitivity as well as writing challenging and creative compositions for taiko.  Mercer toured and recorded with Seiichi Tanaka and contributed to movie soundtracks “Star Wars” and “Apocalypse Now.”
Jeanne Mercer and Russel Baba founded Shasta Taiko and presented ShastaYama from 2005 to 2016  in Mount Shasta, the largest outdoor taiko festival in America.
Masato Baba will join his parents playing taiko, fue (Japanese flute), and percussion.  Masato is a leading American taiko artist who is creating new directions for taiko as Artistic Director of Los Angeles based TaikoProject and as a member of On Ensemble.  Both ensembles and Masato have made several appearances at ShastaYama as featured guest artists.
Gary Fitzgerald is known for a dynamic and original bass sound.  Gary toured and recorded with Russel Baba, Eddie Moore, Michael White, and pianist Ron Hart and performed with trumpeter Eddie Henderson and guitarist Bill deArango.  He has performed twice at ShastaYama with Tadaima.
ShastaYama favorites, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, will join “The Tadaima Convergence” adding their unique taiko and dance to the event.  Michelle’s interest in taiko and dance started as a youth with San Jose Taiko.  She was awarded a Bunka-cho Fellowship to study Japanese folk dance with Master Shehei Kiuchi and served as the Artistic Director of Portland Taiko in Oregon.
Toru Watanabe’s dynamic presence as a dancer and choreographer were developed as a child touring with Japanese folk dance troupe, Warabi-za.  With wife Michelle Fujii, they formed a new Portland taiko ensemble, Unit Souzou.  Toru and Michelle are keeping traditional folk dance and taiko alive while exploring new possibilities as modern performing artists.
Joining Tadaima for two evenings, Saturday and Sunday, will be drummer Kenji Kato from Redding.  Kenji received the Wayne Shorter and Tony Willians awards from the Berklee College of Music.  He has performed with Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Delfeayo Marsalis, Warren Hill, Mark Whitfield, Antonio Hart, and Merle Haggard.  Kato is recognized for his studio work and is gaining a reputation as an outstanding teacher.
All of the artists have honed skills in the traditions.  All continue to create and explore other ways of expression, seeing, hearing, and living.  Tadaima – now, present; I’m here!  I’m home!
“The Tadaima Convergence – creativity and diversity” is sponsored by Shasta Taiko, a nonprofit arts organization and is a free event to the public and a benefit for Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center.  The Festival is a wonderful opportunity to expand experiences and support Pops in the spirit of Louis Armstrong’s legacy of jazz, the arts, and liberation.
Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir, CA

“It’s A Hit” featuring David (The Doctor Of Bebop) Watson, Pete Petersen and David Kim

Here is some background on the three musicians. Listen and learn more and Listen here, too. 

David (The Doctor Of Bebop) Watson
Portrait of jazz artist David Watson
Born in Fort Meyers, Florida on May 30, 1937, David grew up in Philadelphia. “I started singing when I was in third or fourth grade,” he remembers, “and I have mostly listened to jazz all of my life. Ella was my first love. Her singing turned my head around when I was around seven years old.” After hearing Ella Fitzgerald, he knew that that was the musical direction that he was born to follow. He sang in talent shows and school concerts and was particularly inspired by Nat Cole, Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. David also became a very skilled scat-singer, learning from the recordings of Ella, Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, and King Pleasure. “I remember being a teenager at parties and seeing people dance to jazz. It was always the music that interested me the most. In Philadelphia at that time one could go to practically any bar and hear jazz playing, live and on jukeboxes. I would often sing along with the records including to Eddie Jefferson and Jon Hendricks; that is how I learned to sing jazz.”

As a teenager, David went to Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts, other concerts, and hung outside of many jazz clubs. After he grew up and went into the Army, he returned to Philadelphia and scored a job as a bartender for four years at the Showboat Jazz Theater, finding that musicians consistently encouraged him. David learned from many of the jazz immortals while working at The Showboat. During that period, he taught himself drums and mastered the difficult task of playing and singing at the same time.  David later moved to California, attending Santa Rosa Junior College and the College of the Marin, playing gigs at night with Michele Hendricks in a band they called Chelsea. On a couple of gigs, Jon Hendricks sat in with the group, as did the members of the Manhattan Transfer after a concert in San Francisco.Later as a professional vocalist and drummer, he had opportunities to play with such greats as Michele Hendricks, Billy James, Sam Dockery, Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Bob Cranshaw, Michael LeDonne, Essiet Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Eddie Henderson, Milt Jackson, Joe Sample, and Stanley Turrentine among others. And wherever David lived, “The Doctor of Bebop” brought his love of jazz including eight years in Hawaii, and periods in Alaska and the San Francisco Bay area. He performed at a countless number of clubs, wineries, concerts and special events during the past 40 years in addition to booking other jazz artists. Since 2012, he has been a major part of the Portland jazz scene.

Back in 1998, David Leshare Watson formed the Music In The Vines label, making his recording debut with the impressive Imprisoned Splendor. In addition to some vintage pieces (including “September In The Rain,” “Polka Dots And Moonbeams” and “A Hundred Years From Today”), the set introduced some of David’s originals including “Fat Cat” and “Please Take Me Back To New Orleans.” Since then, the singer has recorded other enjoyable albums including Loves Swinging Soft & Ballads, Live At Lo Spuntino, Let’s Swing Christmas, His Happy Feeling, and Big Town.

“We had such a great time recording the Big Town album,” remembers David. “It is funny but I had been good friends with Mickey Roker for a long time before my Mom told me that we were actually cousins. I had no idea.” On Big Town, David was joined by Roker on drums, veteran bassist Bob Cranshaw (best known for his 40 years with Sonny Rollins), and a brilliant pianist, Michael LeDonne, who was recommended by the drummer. “Mickey said that I couldn’t do any better than him, and he was right. We recorded everything in three days and it turned out great.” Big Town is highlighted by the title cut (a composition by vibraphonist Joe Locke for which David wrote the lyrics, saluting jazz history in New York, his cousin, and jazz in general), the singer’s new piece “Our Night In Heaven,” several blues, and his lyrics to “Limehouse Blues” (renamed “Ball & Trane”).

David Leshare Watson, who co-founded the group Re-Birthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond with multi-instrumentalist Pete Petersen (resulting in two CDs so far), is profiled in the short film David Watson –  The Doctor of Bebop. He remains very committed to spreading the gospel of jazz and he looks forward to gigging much more now that the pandemic is nearing its end. “I try to always be creative like any top jazz instrumentalist, performing jazz songs and originals. I am going to sing jazz the rest of my life, until I can’t do it any longer. As long as I love the music, I have no plans to stop.”


Pete Petersen


Pete Petersen has worked with many big bands (including the Harry James Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Portland Jazz Orchestra, the Ezra Weiss Big Band, the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, and Art Abrams’ Swing Machine), has been greatly in demand as a tenor-saxophonist for work with pop/rock groups and horn sections, and has led his own group “Porkpie” for quite a few years. His most recent CD Keep Your Hat On was released on the Pony Boy Records label. Petersen plays baritone sax and bass clarinet with Rebirthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond in addition to contributing arrangements.

David Kim

unnamedPianist David Kim was featured as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony as a teenager. Since discovering jazz, he has worked regularly in the Portland area during the past decade, playing in a style influenced by Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Erroll Garner and Bill Charlap.

Learn Argentine Tango!

 B3C5BEA5-1435-48CE-B1A4-DF2824E777EELearn Argentine Tango in Dunsmuir
If you can walk, you can tango!
Mondays 7-8 pm
Drop-In Friendly Class $10
no partner or experience needed
veterans & high school students free!
What is Argentine Tango?
This beautiful, heartfelt social dance is all about connection. It’s simple to learn and easy to love. Anyone can learn tango! Tango is an amazing way to make new friends, connect more deeply with a partner, or just bring more movement into your life. Tango is more than just a dance — from complete beginners to lifelong maestros, it’s a community of people all over the world. 
About the Teachers:
Jericha & Dexter have been dancing tango together for nearly a decade. They’ve studied with some of the greatest tango dancers in the world, in particular Maxi Copello and Raquel Makow of Argentina, and they travel regularly to dance, learn, and compete. The joy of tango is central to their lives, and they love sharing it with others. Tango even brought them to Siskiyou County, where they moved after experiencing the stunning Burning Tango Festival held every year in McCloud. 
About the Class:
Dexter & Jericha’s teaching focuses on connection, musicality, and the joy of dancing. Their class is meant for anyone who is interested in learning a fun and beautiful social dance; everyone is warmly welcome, whether you have two left feet or or lots of dance experience. Ongoing students will have a chance to experience live performances and field trips, too!

Yoga Classes at Pops

The focus for POPS yoga classes in Dunsmuir is “Yoga For Healthy Aging,” and includes a variety of practices to assist students along these lines. Those who attend can expect to improve strength, flexibility and balance, as well as finding support in reaching their own personal goals. Yoga teacher Jan Cowan is trained in traditional Iyengar-style yoga; and in addition has experience in practicing and teaching other styles, including Vinyasa yoga, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Jan began teaching at Shasta College in Redding in 1992, continuing to teach at Sun Oaks Health Club there as well. After moving to Mt. Shasta in 1999, Jan taught at the Mt. Shasta Wellness Center and at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, as well as offering private classes in Dunsmuir and McCloud. She participated in the Yoga Teacher Training program offered by Amy Cooper, completing the 200-hour course in 2009, deepening her teaching as well as her personal practice as a result. She joyfully offers classes to instruct, inspire and uplift all who choose to participate.

NOTE: At the present time (March 2022) students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

For more information, call, text or e-mail Jan at 530-859-2845 or Be sure to check the most recent schedule.

Allison and Victor + The Midnight Band 1-15-2022

allisonandvictorSaturday, January 15th, 6:30pm
Allison and Victor +The Midnight Band
Acoustic Jazz Soul 
with Bruce Calin on stand up bass, Mike Harris on congas, Victor Martin on saxophone and Allison Scull on guitar and saxophone. The concert will continue to support their efforts to complete their recording project.
Advanced Ticket Link $10
 Option 1: Live in Person $15 at the door for in person. Please follow all Covid-19 Protocols. Please wear a mask and follow all Covid protocols. Please stay home if exhibiting any flu-like symptoms.
Option 2: People will also have  the option to view the Concert from home on Facebook.
 Online Concert by donation  or tip via Paypal (no account necessary)  CLICK HERE Live Streaming Concert at

With Allison Scull on vocals, and Victor Martin, Bruce Calin will be joining them on stand up bass. Allison Scull and Victor Martin’s unusual collaborative style–singer-songwriter plus saxophone–connects grown-ups and little people alike. Together, they 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. Allison learned French where she grew up in Belgium while Victor was born and raised in Middletown, Delaware.

As a duo, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Craig Chaquico, Shana Morrison, Archie Lee Hooker, Acoustic Alchemy and blues legend John Hammond. Their sound has also hit the Touchtunes scene–and can be heard on over 40,000 digital jukeboxes in the U.S. and Canada. Their constant performance schedule has contributed to their growing fan base in California, Oregon, and Washington. Their music has also struck a chord in the west coast’s wine country and the festival circuit (Britt Festivals, Art and the Vineyards, Napa Artistan’s Festival 2013, 2012, 2010, Mt. Shasta Music Festival, Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon, Mossbrae Music Festival 2010, 2012). Mostly performing as a duo, they have also developed a show with a stellar array of musicians.