Mission Blue brings Blue Grass to Pops

458D09EC-4010-4BD7-8AC1-965BCF1F88CA 19BCF2BA-754C-40BF-893B-489EF82C8F30 BA185B05-2EBA-4135-B111-72874A672F99A collaboration of Dana and Avram (AJ) Frankel, and originally based out of Pacifica, California, Mission Blue delivers real deal traditional bluegrass featuring our special brand of father/daughter harmony singing. A deep well of tradition informs Mission Blue’s sets – one can expect songs from the The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Martin and Red Allen, as well as bluegrass innovators such as J.D. Crowe and The New South, Hot Rize, and Southern Blend. We also salt each set with reinterpretations of older folk tunes and ballads.  No strangers to the North State, having performed at the McLoud Bluegrass Festival in 2019 and with AJ and his wife now spending significant time in Dunsmuir, Mission Blue looks forward to performing at POPS with our all acoustic five piece band: Dana on fiddle and vocals , AJ on guitar and lead vocals, David Thiessen on mandolin and vocals, Jesse Personeni on banjo and vocals, and Tom Sours on bass.

Sound Advice Outdoor Dance Party

R&B, funk and soul band, Sound Advice  will perform on Saturday, August 7, 7;45pm for an outdoor dance party in Dunsmuir at Pops Performing Arts and Cultrual Center.

With Victor Martin on saxophone and vocals, Kenny Blockman will take the stage on bass while Stefan Schittko will perform on keyboard. Carl Swinderman will also be on the scene on electric guitar alongside drummer Patrick Wiseman.

Pops Performing Arts and Cultural center is located at 5819 Sacramento Avenue, across from the Amtrak Train Station. Advanced tickets $10 are available at www.pops dunsmuir.com via credit/debit card  or tickets at the door, $15 are available by cash.

Other events at Pops include Soul Punch on Friday, August 13, Greg Jones Band on Saturday August 14, Gypsy Jazz duo Dark Eyes on Friday, August 20 and Rusty Miller on Saturday, August 21. All
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CANCELLED – Flamenco Dancing & Music at Pops

Due to a family member in Spain falling ill, the performance has been cancelled and will most likely be rescheduled in November.

Flores de Verano Flamenco en Vivo at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center on August 3rd at 8:00 p. m.

                                                                                                                                        C06EA25B-4BE8-41DF-BBFE-8063956BD2D8_1_201_aSeattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest work, Flores de Verano Flamenco en Vivo, to Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Dunsmuir on August 3rd. After a year of confinement and self-reflection, Savannah has created Flores de Verano, Flamenco en Vivo. a program that celebrates rebirth and new beginnings. Flores de Verano will feature traditional Flamenco musical forms as well as contemporary themes. Savannah will be joined by singer/guitarist Diego Amador Jr. direct from Sevilla, Spain. Diego has just released his first full-length album, Presente en el Tiempo.  This event is part of an extensive West Coast tour.
more information and tour dates at
Savannah and Diego are available for interviews
Flores de Verano Flamenco en Vivo 
August 3, 8:00 p. m.
Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center
5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir, CA, 96025

 

listen to Diego Amador Jr.’s Presente en el Tiempo 
Savannah in Calistoga

Savannah Fuentes, Flamenco dancer, and producer, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with deep connections to Flamenco culture, presenting “…real Flamenco, straight and stunning,” (Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer.) She has independently produced and danced in over 300 performances and workshops featuring internationally recognized Spanish Flamenco artists, including Carlos de Jacoba, Saray Munoz, and Jesus Montoya.

Savannah Fuentes was born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry. Her fascination with Flamenco dance (baile) and singing (cante) came to her in early childhood, fueled by watching a Flamenco performance on television “…and, although I was just a child, I felt an immediate connection to the art form.”

Ms. Fuentes considers Flamenco a lifelong study, an artistic journey she began in her late teens that continues to this day. She has studied with many notable Flamenco artists including Guadiana, Joaquin Grilo, Eva Yerbabuena, El Farru, and Isabel Bayon. Ms. Fuentes attributes her formation as an artist to her most significant mentor, Maestra Sara de Luis.

Accompanied by her notable guest artists, Savannah Fuentes tours the West annually, bringing delighted audiences authentic, passionate Flamenco performance art. She regularly tours throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona – often performing for communities that would otherwise be unable to enjoy this unique art form.

Diego Amador Jr., a Flamenco singer, guitarist, was born in Seville into a family considered “Flamenco royalty.” His father is the celebrated Flamenco pianist Diego Amador and his uncles Rafael and Raimundo Amador were the founders of the popular Flamenco band “Pata Negra.”

From a very young age, Diego Amador Jr. began performing and touring with some of Spain’s top Flamenco artists, including Remedios Amaya, La Susi, Lole Montoya, Farruquito, and Joaquin Cortes.  Diego Amador Jr. is also an accomplished Flamenco percussionist,  and pianist as well. He is releasing his first album as a singer/songwriter, Presente en el Tiempo, on June 20th.

Johnny Rawls is coming to Dunsmuir

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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.
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.”
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.

 

Reiki Master Visits Dunsmuir at Pops!

Reiki Healing
Message from Reiki Master Shin

Hello, Mt Shasta and {Dunsmuir} people,
I am pleased to announce that I will be back for Reiki healings in November.
Dates: Wednesday the 11th & Thursday the 12th of November.
Place: POPS – Performing Arts and Culture Center @ 5819 Sacramento Ave. Dunsmuir.

This is a community event aiming at the wellness improvement of people living in Mt.Shasta and Dunsmuir community.

Each Reiki Healing session is 60 minutes long, and focuses on reducing stress and increasing mindfulness. If you have a specific issue that needs to work on, please let me know before the session or email the details.

Tiny Pricks: Tweets, Textiles and Trump

IMG_2529Local artist, Tracy Hofmann, will display her contributions to Canadian artist Diana Weymar’s Tiny Pricks: Tweets, Textiles, and Trump in the POPS windows October 2-November 3. The project is an embroidered documentation of the words of the 45th President on vintage textiles.

Participation is encouraged! FREE kits to make your own Tiny Prick are available throughout October at Moonrise Canyon (319 N Mt. Shasta Blvd in Mt. Shasta). Your piece will be hung in the window at POPS until November third and then sent to join the thousands of TIny Pricks already stitched by people all over the world.

Noisy Lifters

Performance: Friday, Oct 9 at 6 pm, $10 at the door

Noisy LiftersMembers from left to right are: Trev DeRossett (bass guitar), Jeff Huhtala (lead singer and guitar), Kate Bachmann (drums), Laurie Gardner (backup vocals), Steve Bachmann (lead singer and guitar), Brad DeBortoli (backup vocals and guitar), Andy Aguilera (harmonica), and Rob Gardner (rhythm guitar).

Steve and Jeff Huhtala switch off on lead vocals and lead guitar. Jeff Huhtala does more 60’s/70’s type music (Buffalo Springfield, Small Faces, Joe South, Stones, etc.) and Steve’s more contemporary (Tom Petty, Radiohead, Ben Harper). I also have several originals I’d classify as Americana/rockabilly/folk rock.

Em & Shane Duo

Em & Shane Duo

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 2.14.05 PMPERFORMANCE: Sunday, October 4, 4 pm. $15 at door
October 4,  4 pm

Vocalist Emma Reynolds grew up in Mount Shasta, moved to the Central Coast for three years, and finished her BA with an emphasis in jazz performance at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2016. She has made connections with musicians and educators throughout California and offers a dynamic point of view both in the classroom and on stage. She recently released her first album of original compositions – Em & Em: Take Our Time and can also be heard on

The San Andreas Sisters: Live in Studio City album. She’s been teaching music to all ages in the Orange County area for five years and enjoys performing in a variety of styles including jazz, pop, RnB, and folk.

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Born and raised in Southern California, guitarist Shane Savala has quickly made a name for himself in the LA music scene. After graduating from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2012, he moved to Los Angeles where he began collaborating and performing with various artists and songwriters. Known for his
stylistic versatility, relentless creativity, and ability to make others sound their best, Shane is in high demand for studio sessions and live performances. Shane can be heard on his latest album, “Christmas in the City”, featuring original songs and arrangements, as well as on “Splanky” with The Jason Fabus Trio.

Dark Eyes Duet

Screen Shot 2020-08-01 at 8.33.05 PMDark Eyes Duet (Dayton Mason and Greta Gardiner) will play at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center on October 23, 6:30 pm.

This power duo came together in the beginning of 2020 after each musician had respectively built a strong independent solo career in the State of Jefferson.

Dayton Mason is an Ashland native and has been inspired by Jazz music since he was very young and began playing Gypsy Jazz guitar in high school. He has played in many different duos, trios and quartets and has toured across the United States. One notable opportunity was opening for David Grisman at the sold out Rogue Theatre.

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Greta Gardiner grew up in Wyoming and moved to Ashland in 2002. She began as a singer/songwriter and learned to play guitar while living in Paysandu, Uruguay, and she started performing music when she lived in Lyon, France at a corner bar called 22 Rue Pouteau. Since returning to Southern Oregon she has been in 2 rock bands called Lost Maven and Organik Time Machine playing bass, rhythm guitar and vocals.
​Both musicians had decided to set local roots and play close to home in their solo careers and as they kept crossing paths in the music scene they decided to combine Dayton’s incredible Gypsy Jazz guitar skills with Greta’s vocal and linguistic capabilities, thus the Dark Eyes Gypsy Jazz Duet was born. This music transports listeners to another time and place, a corner café in old Paris with laughter and Gypsy notes flowing like the wine in everyone’s glasses and perhaps a faint memory of Django’s iconic cigarette smoke swirling in the air…