Category Archives: Music

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

Shasta Taiko Presents Shasta Family

Screen Shot 2018-07-14 at 11.38.03 AMShasta Taiko will present a mini formal performance at POPS Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Avenue in Dunsmuir, Saturday, July 28 at 7 pm.  Featured will be guest artists Masato Baba, son of Shasta Taiko leaders Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer, and his wife Courtney Deguchi.

Masato and Courtney will also perform with Shasta Taiko and join Tadaima’s set with Russel on winds and Jeanne playing taiko.

With the intimate atmosphere at POPS, Shasta Taiko will perform compositions that focuses on refinement and subtlety.  Fun and exciting festival style taiko soloing will also be featured.

Tadaima is a creative music ensemble that performs original compositions influenced by jazz, world, classical, and new music.

Masato Baba has evolved into one of taiko’s leading artists.  He is the Artistic Director of award winning Los Angeles based TaikoProject and a member of cutting edge On Ensemble.  Shasta Taiko has presented both groups several times to the Mount Shasta community.

Courtney Deguchi is a performing member of TaikoProject and leads community taiko classes for children and adults in LA.  She is an emerging taiko artist and singer, and with Masato, is spreading taiko’s sound around the world.

A charge of $10 is being asked at the door.  Young people 16 years and under are Free.

“Our goal has always been to expose taiko to the community and the world.” says Russel.

Shasta Taiko is a non-profit arts organization 501 (c) (3).

For more information: shastataiko.org    russelbaba.com popsdunsmuir.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

Ed Dunsavage Trio from Ashland

Ed Dunsavage2Voted Favorite Jazz Group in the Ashland 2017 Sneak Preview Readers Poll, The Ed Dunsavage Trio features Joe Cohoon on upright bass and Gary “Chicken” Hirsh on the drums. The trio has be playing music together for over 25 years. They will present an evening of straight ahead jazz guitar trio music at Pops on Saturday, April 21, performing music from their latest recording “Homage” which is a tribute to many of the jazz guitar greats including, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd andothers.

Originally from the east coast, guitarist Ed Dunsavage has been performing regularly around the Pacific Northwest for 25 years. He has performed at many venues and festivals in the area including the Upper Sacramento River Jazz Festival, The Umpqua Jazz & Wine Festival, The Medford Jazz Jubille, The Newport Oregon Jazz Festival, The Britt Festival, The Craterian Theatre, The Jazz Project in Bellingham Washington, the Blue Note jazz club and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ed has shared the stage with many wonderful artists including Bernadette Peters, Greta Matassa, Craig Chaquico, & Mimi Fox & Howard Alden, Dmitri Matheny and Ken Peplowski among others. Ed also is the guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University and works as artistic and education director for the Siskiyou Music Project, a non-profit, arts and education organization based in Ashland, Oregon.

Gary Chicken Hirsh on drums. Gary is a long-time resident of Ashland but is better known to many people as the original drummer for the 60’s San Francisco rock group, Country Joe and the Fish. During the 60’s he performed at all the major rock concerts in the U.S.A and through-out Europe. He has worked with everyone from Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia, to Pharoh Sanders and Frank Zappa. He came out of retirement twenty five years ago to perform the music that he loves, jazz!

On acoustic bass is Joe Cohoon. Joe and Ed have been playing music together for over 25 years. He worked for many years in the Portland area performing in various rock and blues groups and currently performs with Duke Street and Robbie Dacosta and has shared the stage with Chuck Redd, Ken Peplowski and Dmitri Matheny.

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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

Sunday, January 7, 2018–2pm Olga Kopylova

Screen Shot 2017-12-09 at 11.40.03 AMPops Performing Arts & Cultural Center is very pleased to be hosting Olga Kopylova the principle pianist Sao Paulo Symphonic Orchestra. She will be performing a Promenade through the History of Classical Music.

Born in 1979 in Uzbequistan, in the former Soviet Union, Olga Kopylova began her piano studies at the age of four with her father, and at six she was admitted in the Uspensky Special Music School in Tashkent. In Moscow, Olga studied at the Tchaikovsky Music College and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, taking classes from the renowned teachers Tatiana Galitzkaya and Liudmila Roshina, both of them representative of the piano school of Samuil Feinberg.

She moved to Brazil in 2000 to take the lead pianist position at the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo – OSESP, where she holds that role until the present day.
In 2002 Olga recorded the solo CD album “Estrela da Manhã” (“Morning Star”), featuring music from Russian composers. As a member of Osesp, she took part in many symphonic recordings, including the awarded CD with the Jolivet Concerts for trumpet and orchestra, featuring Ole Edvard Antonsen.

As a soloist, Olga has been performing along with several Brazilian and international orchestras, under the baton of John Neschling, Roberto Minczuk, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Scott Seaton, among others.

Olga plays in chamber music presentations which are part of OSESP’s chamber music
series, as well as together with international soloists like Johannes Moser, Nicolas Koeckert, Alexander Chaushian, and Ransom Wilson, inaddition to keeping stable formations as the Vesper Tri and DKopylova & Rakevich.She also engages insocial and educational activities aiming to foster the development of new audiences for classical music.

Repertoire:
1. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata op.27 n. 2 (Moonlight Sonata)
Adagio sostenuto
Allegretto
Presto agitato
2. Franz Liszt: Consolation n.3
3. Richard Wagner – Franz Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”
4. Claude Debussy : from Préludes, book 1 –
n.4 – Les sons et les parfums dans l’air du soir
n.5 – Les collines d’Anacapri
n.7 – Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest
n.8 – La fille aux cheveux de lin
5. Rachmaninoff :
Prelude op 32, n. 10,
Prelude op.23, n. 6
From Moments Musicaux, op.16, n. 4 – Presto

Tickets:
Tickets are $10 general & $15 preferred at the door.
Preferred ticket patrons are welcome to meet with Ms. Kopylova following the performance

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