Category Archives: Guitar

Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto to play at Pops

IMG_2992As a part of a world tour, guitarist/composer Hiroya Tsukamoto is stopping by our tiny train town, Dunsmuir, also known as a restaurant and fishing mecca. With his music Hiroya takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace
and tranquility.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released six albums as a leader.   And he also performed and appeared on major televisions internationally such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea. In September 2018, Hiroya won 2nd place in International Finger Style Guitar Championship.

“Hiroya immediately impressed the audience with his technical prowess on the guitar. Then as the concert progressed, he also revealed himself to be a skilled songwriter, a poetic spirit, and an engaging story teller. With a stage presence that is both humble and confident, Hiroya is a generous performer who won every heart in the house.”  -Gordon Peery / Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough, NH)

Listen to Soledad and Gemini Bridge.

Hiroya Tsukamoto (guitarist / composer) will play here at Pops on November 16 at 7 pm.
Tickets will be $15 at the door

The Ol’ Dunsmuir Faire

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The Ol’ Dunsmuir Faire will take place again on Saturday, September 29 from 9am to 1 pm during Dunsmuir’s 7th Annual Jazz in the Canyon. Rick Garrett will play fingerstyle guitar from 10  to 11:45 am as a part of Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon.

• Kathleen’s hand sewn aprons, table runners, adult bibs, potholders, and similar items for the kitchen and home.
• Vintage Teddy Bear handmade vintage clothes, toys, and furniture
• Travis, the bicycle repairman will be on hand to repair your bikes
• Spice of Life’s Jessica Bowman will be selling her essential oil magic potions and her art
* Dunsmuir’s Magic Mountain Wellness will be offering chair massage
* Electric’s Lon’s will bring his tye dye from Redding
* Mount Shasta’s Gael Ruby will read Tea Leaf Readings from Mount Shasta
* Some of Heinz Danzberger Photography’s framed pieces will be on display
Terry Cole Whittaker Inspirations will grace the faire
• Free Healings by Bo – Relationship clearing, Prosperity Blocks, Dis-ease, Dis-Order, Ghostbusting
* Zan Design’s jewelry will be showcased
• Dunsmuir T-shirts by Cool Watts Design
• Shattered Records will be selling Jazz CD, Records and Tapes

• Crafts & Bodycare from local artisans

(To be a vendor it is $35 for a table please contact Suzanne  at sescull@gmail.com. Payments can be sent to Zan Design, P.O. Box 313, Dunsmuir, CA 96025 or sent via paypal to sescull@gmail.com)

The Ol’ Dunsmuir Faire

Local artisans, photographers, crafters, and musicians  will be offering their art and wares at the Ol’ Dunsmuir May 5 from 9 am to 2 pm. Bring your bicycles, as local bicycle man Travis Bowman will be on hand to fix bicycles.  The faire will take place on the outdoor patio at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center at 5819 Sacramento Avenue in Dunsmuir, California. (If it’s raining, we’ll bring festivities inside.) Entrance is free.

The entertainment schedule will be as follows:
9 to 11 am Allison Scull will play her original folk/reggae songs. Vocals and Guitar
11 am to 1 pm Rick Garrett – fingerstyle guitar

Vendors attending the faire.
– Electric Lons Tye Dye for kids and adults
– Fortunate Words are inspirational quotes folded into paper fortune-style cookies. These sweet little gems are meant to bring you blessings of joy, enlightenment, and peace. I have Food For Your Soul, Whispers From God, and Fortunes for Kids available. Custom orders are encouraged (Birthdays, graduation, holidays, teacher gift, newlyweds, new baby……). Handmade with Love in Palo Cedro. https://www.fortunatewords9.com/
-Parents will be able to sign their kids age up to 5 years for a free book per month, via the Dolly Parton Imagination Library sponsored by First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission
– Gael Ruby Tea Leaf Readings. You’ll also be able to see her gorgeous photography from the local area and from her travels in Europe
-Gorgeous Dunsmuir T-shirts by Dunsmuirian Lori Rae Watts
– Robin Johnson will offer handmade crochet items for babies and the kitchen
– Mount Shasta Arts & Healing Center will be offering “Handmade in Mt. Shasta” beautiful beeswax candles, crystal trees, spiritual wands, sacred geometry shirts, healing essences, and my artwork, handmade jewelry and other whimsical and elegant gift items
– Tria – Crocheted hats, sweaters and really cute top
– Local Dunsmuirian Andy Davey will be selling his pipes made of exotic wood
– Judy’s Crafts for the home and more
– Robin S. Johnson will be offering her handcrafted jewelry made in Dundmuir

Terry Robb – Acoustic Guitar


Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 11.00.56 AMPops is pleased to have Terry Robb play on Tues May 8, 7:30 pm. He 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
Advanced tickets $10 available online. Tickets at the door $15

Sat Nov 4th – Marley’s Ghost

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Pops is pleased to have Marley’s Ghost on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at 8pm. Cover charge for adults is $20. Entrance is free for children under 12 year of age.

Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band.

As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.”

An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr., Jerry Fletcher, and Bob Nichols – the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance.

The band celebrates its 30th anniversary with the release of The Woodstock Sessions, helmed by Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell. Known for his artful work with Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others, Campbell guides the Ghost’s dig into its garden of deep roots to uncover a host of hidden gems. Featuring its trademark multi-part harmonies and multi-instrumental skills, the band’s 11th album is a resonant road trip through America’s past set firmly in the present.

Campbell, a master musician of all things stringed and winner of an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, brought Marley’s Ghost to the legendary Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY after working with the group as a sideman on its previous recording, the scintillating roots-music tour de force, Jubilee. That album, produced by legendary Nashville cat Cowboy Jack Clement and recorded at the city’s venerable Sound Emporium, also features guest performances from Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Marty Stuart.

The winning chemistry between Campbell and Ghost has already set yet another recording project in motion — a gospel album, a genre beloved by both artist and producer

Sat August 12 2017–8pm – Double Duo

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Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center will present a double duo concert with two well-known North State’s duo Allison Scull and Victor Martin with Tom Scott and Leslie Tift on Saturday, August 12, 8pm. Read more about the artists.
Both inspired by the music of the 60s’ and 70’s, Tom Scott and Leslie Tift have been performing together for about 11 years. With songs from the 1800’s to present day, they play a combination of blues, country blues, folk, jazz, swing and originals. Tom performs on guitar, mandolin, and vocals while Leslie  performs on guitar, vocals and dobro. According to Leslie, ” We are honored to  be sharing the stage with Vic and Allison and are looking forward to a fun-filled evening of music.”
Allison Scull and Victor Martin blend roots music with a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Victor performs on saxophone and vocals, and Allison performs on guitar and vocals. In regards to this first time concert, Victor conveys “I am honored to share a show with Leslie and Scott, who are such great musicians. Allison adds, “We have never done this before with them and are looking forward to what our collaboration will bring”

Sat Jul 1 @ 9 am to 1 pm – The Ol’ Dunsmuir Indoor/Outdoor Fare

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The Ol’ Dunsmuir Faire the first Saturday of every month in the charming historic district of Dunsmuir, just south of Mt. Shasta. Crafts, Food, Art, Antiques, Music will be offered created by local artisans and other creators.  Each one is a little different. At this particular one Liza Wood will be offering New Orleans-style Muffuleta sandwiches and potato salad for your 4th of July picnics, and music will on the outdoor patio.
9 to 10 am Rob Renick on Guitar
10 to 11 am Allison Scull  – Original Ballads – vocals, guitarScreen Shot 2017-06-24 at 12.04.45 PM
11 to 1 pm Rick Garrett, Latin fingerstyle guitar
9 to 1 pm Parents can sign their 0-5  and receive a free book a month through the Dolly Parton imagination library.

Liza Wood’s Special July 4 Meal
$ 8 – Muffuletta Sandwich: the classic New Orleans specialty…. it will be a whole loaf of bread filled with mortadella, salame, provolone, and a handmade “muffuletta mix” which is a chunky spread made with chopped olives, peppers, garlic, pepperoncini, pickled vegetables and olive oil….(vegetarian option will be the same loaf of bread filled with roasted eggplant, peppers, goat cheese, pesto, spinach)

$3-4 Maque Choux Potato Salad :  Maque Choux is a Louisiana dish of freshly shucked corn with peppers, scallions, celery and crayfish….I will use these ingredients to make a red potato salad (i can leave out the crayfish for those of you who might be leery)….with handmade creme fraiche…

 

 

Tues May 30 – Bluegrass Music plus Dinner

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 4.03.19 PMPops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is pleased to host the Page Turners on their West Coast tour of their new CD. The show will be at Pops on Tuesday May 30 at 7 pm, and the entrance fee will be $7. Box Dinners will be available if you order by Sunday 10 am. See below.

The Page Turners, Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, are an award-winning group (2016 Freshgrass Best Duo) who have a strong foothold in the acoustic music scene. They became musical friends as students of Berklee College of Music, and started playing together  through the Berklee American Roots Program. From those experiences, they began to play music together more and grew from goofy friends who loved BBQ and bluegrass, into goofy band mates as well. The Page Turners write sharp and adept original music and put new twists on old favorites. They like to blend their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, country music, swing, and fearless song-writing into one all-purpose seasoning of good ole’ fashioned Roots Music.

Order Lunch box dinners for this show!

For the first time this summer, Pops will be offering box dinners. If you are interested in having a box dinner, please place your order by Sunday 10 am before the show to lunchboxdinners@gmail.com.

The Menu will be:

Organic Chicken Skewers with Harissa, a Moroccan spice paste (will not be spicy hot, as I use just a little harissa and yogurt for the marinade)

Orzo Salad- orzo pasta with fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and feta

Field Greens (mostly beautiful local organic greens with yogurt herb drizzle

Sun Nov 20, 7pm – Trombonist/Vocalist Natalie Cressman & Guitarist Mike Bono

natalie-cressman-mike-bonoTrombonist/Vocalist Natalie Cressman & Guitarist Mike Bono will performing music from their newly released CD at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center on November 20 7 pm. Their CD, ETCHINGS IN AMBER, is a duo project by these two  talented young artists. They both live in New York City and perform regularly in the city, around the country and internationally with their own bands and as sidemen for other groups.

 

The project features Cressman on vocals (she eschews her trombone for this recording) and Bono on acoustic guitar. Cressman and Bono composed all nine tunes on this CD, with Bono penning most of the compositions and Cressman writing all the lyrics. Jazz is a
constantly evolving art form. Ever since its early days, jazz artists have been incorporating different musical styles from different cultures. According to Cressman, “Jazz has always embraced the world outside the genre. It has always reflected the social and political climate of its time. Swing, the blues, and bebop are distinctly American art forms that are important in my own development as a jazz musician, but these days, because of the

 

Internet and social media, it’s easy to be exposed to great music from all around the world. It has expanded my musical vocabulary and influences my performing and writing. For me, the essence and true spirit of jazz is its improvisatory nature using a rich harmonic palette that can surprise the listener.” With its mix of jazz with folk and indie rock, the
genre-bending music on this CD is complex yet very approachable. Cressman’s
voice has an alluring smoky quality, and her singing style comes out of the tradition of vocal jazz but with a distinctly contemporary feel.

 

Bono is an accomplished arranger and improviser. He cites Julian Lage and Ben Monder, two popular guitarists who play with a contemporary edge, as current influences. Bono says, “A lot of the music I wrote for this record was inspired by Ben and Julian. The thing that’s most attractive to me about Julian’s music is how singable his melodies are. I try to incorporate Julian’s melodic approach with Ben’s wild and unpredictable harmonies into what I’m going for as a composer, along with my own personal experiences and feelings.” For Cressman, “We want our music to reach people melodically and lyrically, but especially emotionally. We want to tell stories with our music.