Category Archives: Live Music

Kevin Patrick Radley

Great profile.Kevin Patrick Radley is a singer songwriter from Vallejo, Ca. He draws his musical influences from the American musical landscape of blues, country, soul and the occasional country holler. Radley’s songs explore a variety of time honored themes of love, loss and redemption.  and performed in the spirit of the juke joint jam. He has played at number of venues throughout Northern California including; The Brick & Mortar & Bazaar Café, Revolution Café’, The Lost Church, San Francisco Bay Area Blues Festival , Down Home Music , El Cerrito, CA. Armondo’s , Martinez CA. Napa Porch Fest. & Silos’ in Napa Ca, Pops Cultural Center in Dunsmuir, CA  . and the 12 Bar Club in London, England.

He will be performing at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Lovelace & Floria, Musical Duo will be the opening act.

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.

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.