A Night in the Canyon–Climb Against the Odds

Read more on Sarah Leal Nova in an article published in the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers:

Siskiyou County native Sarah Nova is ready to check climbing Mt. Shasta off her bucket list in June and most importantly, help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners to expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

Siskiyou County native Sarah Nova is ready to check climbing Mt. Shasta off her bucket list in June and most importantly, help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Prevention Partners to expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

This year marks BCPP’s 19th Climb Against the Odds, the 16th year on Mt. Shasta. Each year, one person from Siskiyou County is selected to be on the team and raise funds for the local charity.

“We’re thankful that BCPP donates the funds back to Breast Cancer Services of Siskiyou County, which in turn distributes funds through Mercy Foundation North, to assist local residents suffering from breast cancer,” explained Nova. “In the 15 years the climb has been on Mt. Shasta, climbers have raised approximately $176,000 to support local giving.”

Past local climbers have included Terry Thompson, Nancy Swift, Annie Bowles, Melinda Barnes, Anna Antonowich, Hillie Crowfoot, Karen Pautz, Paul Engstrom, Jenn Bray, Alisa Johnson, Tessa Montgomery, Brett Waite, Shalonda Gerdes, Andrea Shanti, and Heather Mason.

All of the money Nova raises will stay in Siskiyou County and helps women and their families facing breast cancer with transportation to treatments, uncovered medical expenses, counseling, and more.

Nova grew up in Yreka and is the oldest of five children. For the last 15 years, she has worked as an oncology nurse in Redding. She lives with her husband and three children in Dunsmuir.

Nova is climbing for her grandma who had breast cancer, her patients that inspire her every day and for her community.

Nova’s goal is to raise $14,179 (one dollar for every foot of Mt. Shasta) for the Climb Against the Odds fundraiser.

Donations can be made online at bit.ly/SarahClimbsShasta.

You can meet Nova at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park on Saturday March 23 to support her fundraising efforts. When you buy your lift ticket, you will have an option to make a donation to help support the fight against cancer.

Also, on the evening of March 23, you can enjoy an evening at POPS Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Dunsmuir for “A Night in the Canyon” music and food event featuring Allison Scull and Victor Martin.

Enjoy appetizers by Lunch Box Dinners, a no host bar, raffle items, and dessert auction. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Raven’s Tree located in the Mount Shasta Shopping Center or at Dunsmuir Hardware in downtown Dunsmuir. Only 60 seats are available.

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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 26.

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.

Harmonica 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!

Joe Craven & the Sometimers

Joe Craven & the SometimersPops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is so very pleased to have Joe Craven & the Sometimers. Advanced tickets are available for $20:
• Dunsmuir Hardware Store 5836 Dunsmuir Avenue in  Dunsmuir, California:
• Blue Wolfe Boutique
• or by emailing sneedtribe@yahoo.com.
Tickets will be $25 at the door.

6 pm Dinner: pre-order
For those of you interested in having dinner, you can order a Liza Wood Dinner. It will be Polenta Lasagna salad and cake for $15/person. Please email sneedtribe@yahoo.com by 2/18.

Pacific Crest Music Chamber Players – Winter Concert

Screen Shot 2019-01-31 at 6.45.07 PMThe annual winter concert featuring three of the great musicians of the Pacific Crest Music Chamber Players will take place on Friday February 15, 7:00pm at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Dunsmuir.

This year, as a trio, they will perform Franz Schubert’s String trio No 2 and one of Beethoven’s early string trios No. 4 in C minor. Both of these enduring works are sublime compositions and a perfect balm for the winter season. In addition Laura Gaynon, will treat us to J.S. Bach’s melodious Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major. Laura is a San Francisco conservatory and Yale University trained cellist, prized in our area for her beautiful cello performances over the last 6 years. Although a $20 donation at the door is recommended, all are welcome to enjoy the magical moments produced by the outstanding Pacific Crest Chamber Players.

Valentine’s Weekend – Scott Durbin Jazz Band with Anna Repetto

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Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is pleased to host The Scott Durbin Band on Saturday, February 16th at 7 pm. The Scott Durbin band features powerhouse blues and jazz singer Anna Repetto with Ross Perry, from Redding on drums, Nathan Sivanada, Mt Shasta resident, playing bass and newly added guitarist from L.A., Sultani Trip. The group is headed by Scott, who is a composer, arranger, keyboardist and trumpet player.  His resume includes working with Stevie Wonder in the 60’s and 70’s as well as song writing and studio work for MoTown Records in the 80’s.

Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Screening, From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights & Spoken Word

Pops 11x14.webOn February 24th at 2pm Pops in Dunsmuir will open its doors to celebrate Black History Month with a screening of the 2011 film FROM THE QUARTERS TO LINCOLN HEIGHTS. Also on the bill that afternoon is Tinasha La Raye performing spoken word.

This is a fundraiser for the project VOICES OF THE GOLDEN GHOSTS, a new project on the African American History of our North State during the Gold Rush. Prior to this current project there has been no representation of the African Americans who came to Siskiyou County to mine gold during the 1850’s and 60’s. This new project will describe the political and social elements Free and Enslaved African Americans faced in the Gold Fields, Pops founder Victor Martin and bandmate Kenny Blockman will be presenters in the final presentation. Come watch the film and some spoken word and support this new groundbreaking project.

FROM THE QUARTERS TO LINCOLN HEIGHTS

Directed by Mark Oliver and Produced by James Langford and Oliver. The documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights tells the story of how a large African-American population in the small northern California towns of Weed, Mc Cloud and Mt Shasta came to root themselves in such an unlikely place. Migrating from the southern US in the 1920’s they came to work in some of the world’s largest lumber mills. The film explores how these unique communities of African Americans thrived in these multi-racial rural lumber towns. This film presents this little known history, revealing the early inter-racial relationships that existed in Northern California.

Similar to many stories of migration these African Americans moved from the southern states to find work and new opportunities that were opening up in the rural northern part of California because of the lumber boom. As Black Americans moving from the racially segregated south to the west, they discovered that many things were not that different. They lived in segregated neighborhoods and were not allowed to eat with whites. These are the forgotten aspects of California’s history unless you lived through them.

Comprised of over 60 interviews this new documentary gives a voice to the many African Americans who lived and worked in this remote part of California. Initially funded by the California Council for the Humanities the film went on to show through the United States and won awards in North Carolina and Berlin Germany.

Spoken Word with Tinasha La Raye
Tinasha is an Oklahoma native who identifies as a renaissance artist. This poet, actress, director, filmmaker and former Miss Black Oklahoma is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and a Master of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Screen Writing and Directing. Some of her Oklahoma acting credits include Michelle in Dreamgirls and Lil’ Inez in Hairspraywith Lyric Theatre, Nettie in The Color Purple with Poteet Theatre and Mrs. Muller in Doubt, a Parable with Carpenter Square Theatre. In Los Angeles, Tinasha originated the role of PFC Linda Baldwin in the World Premiere of StandOff at Highway #37 and she was also featured in Queenie Pie, a Duke Ellington Opera with Long Beach Opera.

Soul Blues Legend Johnny Rawls at Pops

Blues Legend Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Legend Johnny Rawls will bring his music to Northern California on Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Dunsmuir. Tickets available online or at the door for a $15 donation.

Johnny Rawls is from Purvis, Mississippi, a small town with about 2,000 residents near Hattiesburg. While still in high school he played guitar with soul music greats Little Johnny Taylor, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Tex and ZZ Hill. Rawls hooked up with a true legend when he became bandleader for O.V. Wright, working and learning with the man many consider the finest deep soul singer of them all. After Wright died in 1980, Rawls led the O.V. Wright band for 13 years, touring and backing up B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland and and Little Milton.

Johnny Rawls is on the tour that never ends. Since going out on his own, he’s been on a relentless jaunt from club to club, festival to festival, nation to nation. And the long road comes through Dunsmuir on Thursday, December 13, as Rawls comes to the POPS venue with his “Northern California All-stars.”. He will have spent November in Europe, and early December in Utah. Before December’s over he will also perform in Indiana, New York, and at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.
Johnny’s style of music can best be termed “soul blues,” and his warm, engaging manner draws the listener into his stories. The irony and glory of love give him plenty to sing about, and his show features his knockout guitar playing underlining his vocals. His recent album, Tiger in a Cage, went to number one on the Living Blues radio charts in its first month of release. He recently told me, “I’ve been playing around northern California for 15 years now, and it’s really a one-of-a-kind area. There’s some great people there, some great Blues fans. I love playing there.”

The Locals are joining Johnny Rawls

As he said, he’s been gigging here for well over a decade, his first appearances at a now-defunct operation in Anderson. And he’s employed local musicians to back him up, eventually forming a tight ensemble of players he enjoys. Guitarist Harry Blackwell (of Dunsmuir’s The Blackwell Brothers and Haywire) has worked with Johnny for years at Oklahoma’s Dusk Till Dawn Blues Festival, and bassist Mark Grant is well-known for his grooving, rhythmic style. There’s Allen Bradlyn, drummer for The Jimi Earl Band and The Blues Rollers. Rounding out the ensemble is saxophonist Good Rockin’ Derral, Blues DJ for Jefferson Public Radio. The band is looking forward to welcoming Victor Martin to the stage as well!
We hope everyone comes out to see this real deal blues and soul legend, with a soulful Christmas right here at home.
We do have a ball when Johnny comes to town, and it’s a real-deal showcase for deep south soul and joy when his journey from Purvis comes through northern California.Tickets will be available for a $15 donation at the door.

 

Sound Advice New Year’s Eve Dance Party

IMG_5841Come join Sound Advice and dance to blues/funk at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center on December 31st at 9 pm. Band leader Victor Martin from Dunsmuir will be on the saxophone and vocals; Kenny Blockman of Mount Shasta on bass and vocals; Carl Schwindeman of Dunsmuir on guitar; Stefan Schittko of Mount Shasta on keyboards. Andre Mottershead will be opening his show with his folk rock songs.

Andre Mottershead
Andre Mottershead will be opening the show on guitar

Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is located in the heart of the Dunsmuir’s Historic District in Dunsmuir at 5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir. $15 donation. For more information, go to popsdunsmuir.com.

Anna Repetto & the Scott Durbin Band

Anna Reppetto with Scott Durbin BandPops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is pleased to host The Scott Durbin Band on Saturday, November 17th at 7 pm. The Scott Durbin band features powerhouse blues and jazz singer Anna Repetto with Ross Perry, from Redding on drums, Nathan Sivanada, Mt Shasta resident, playing bass and newly added guitarist from L.A., Sultani Trip. The group is headed by Scott, who is a composer, arranger, keyboardist and trumpet player.  His resume includes working with Stevie Wonder in the 60’s and 70’s as well as song writing and studio work for MoTown Records in the 80’s.

Tickets will be $10 at the door.