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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.

Terry Robb to play at Pops!

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 11.00.56 AMPops is pleased to have Terry Robb play during Jazz in the Canyon on Saturday, September 29 at 7 pm.  $15 tickets will be available at the door or online.

Considered one of the top acoustic blues guitarists on the West Coast, Terry Robb is also an inventive and ever-evolving American primitive master. As an heir to the late, great John Fahey’s musical legacy, Robb is an established icon in a pantheon that includes Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang, and John Renbourn. He has distinguished himself by redefining this complex finger-picking style, using popular and traditional genres to make this approach accessible to the music-loving public.

Robb is that rare talent, a musician’s musician and an enormously popular performer. Onstage, his fleet fingers, wry humor, and intense focus mesmerize audiences. The passionate artistry of a Terry Robb event – whether a solo acoustic performance or a high-energy show with his band – often leaves new and longtime fans with mouths agape.

With the release in 2005 of his critically-acclaimed solo album, Resting Place, recorded for Memphis’ renowned Yellow Dog Records label at Sam Phillips Studios by master engineer Roland Janes, Robb has increasingly gained national attention. In his music-savvy hometown of Portland, Oregon, Robb is a celebrity in high demand as a performing and studio guitarist, and as a bandleader, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher.

Robb began his career in Portland as a hot-shot guitar-slinger who could play any style of music. At an early age, he immersed himself in all the blues, ragtime, folk, jazz, and country music he could lay his fingers on. In college, he studied music theory with the Czechoslovakian modern classical composer Tomas Svoboda; but once classes ended, Robb hit the road with Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart alumnus Ramblin’ Rex Jakabosky, who taught him new theories: the ropes of the Northwest club scene.

In the early 1980s, he struck up a friendship with the legendary Fahey, who soon asked Robb to play on and produce several of his recordings, including the extraordinary Let Go, cited by Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone as one of the top three releases of 1983 – right alongside Prince’s Purple Rain and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. Throughout the decade, Robb and Fahey collaborated on several albums, including Time God Casualty and Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories.

The 1990s found Robb focusing on his own career and collaborating with fellow Oregonian Curtis Salgado on Hit It and Quit It. During this time Robb embarked on a series of national tours with stellar musicians including Buddy Guy and rocker Steve Miller. During this time he recorded both acoustic (Heart Made of Steel and When I Play My Blues Guitar rank as two of his best) and stinging electric blues albums.

As he began cultivating an original style that combined traditional blues elements with more eccentric licks, Robb developed a strong following of fans and protégés. To date he has won the Cascade Blues Association’s prestigious “Muddy Award” a record twenty times as best acoustic guitarist, as well as awards for best traditional act and best record. These awards have led to his induction into the CBA’s Hall of Fame. His prestige has earned him offers to perform with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. His longtime collaboration with Doug Smith and Mark Hanson as the Acoustic Guitar Summit continues to be a favorite among finger-style enthusiasts

Terry is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career spanning more than four decades.

“One of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles
and then some.” – Dan Forte,
Vintage Guitar Magazine

Sun Oct 1 – Blues Music Missy and Heine Andersen

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For the 6th Annual Jazz in the Canyon, Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is pleased to host blues act Missy and Heine Andersen Sunday, October 1.   Listen to a sample of their music. They first played at Pops on June 28th. Everyone was dancing. They wanted them to come back!

Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in New York City, multiple award nominee, Missy Andersen is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind soul blues singer. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received great reviews and ended the year on Living Blues Top 50 of 2014. She and her guitar player/bandleader/husband, Heine, maintain a busy schedule performing with her band and as a duo. The tenacious twosome’s music is noted as displaying “a musical maturity that is as entertaining as it is compelling” by PBS Australia and “the real deal” by Washington Blues Society.

A nominee of the prestigious Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and 2016 as well as two-time Blues Blast Music Awards nominee, Missy was voted Best New Artist-Female in 2009 by Real Blues Magazine and her self-titled CD, Missy Andersen, also won Best Debut Album-Female that same year.

Entrance fee is $10. Beverages will be available.