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Sat Feb 11, 7:30pm Allison Scull and Victor THE LOVE & UNITY TOUR

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Allison and Victor are performing at Pops as part of their LOVE & UNITY Tour for Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Allison and Victor were the “Music Pick” for the Spring Edition of Southern Oregon Magazine 2015! and featured again in the Summer Edition, 2016.

Allison Scull and Victor Martin’s unusual collaborative style–singer-songwriter plus saxophone–connects grown-ups and little people alike.

Together they create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own. They blend roots music — a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Allison learned French alongside her sisters, where she grew up in Belgium. Victor was born and raised on the East Coast in Delaware.

As a duo, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Craig Chaquico, Shana Morrison, Archie Lee Hooker, Acoustic Alchemy and blues legend John Hammond. Their constant performance schedule has contributed to their growing fan base on the West Coast. Their music has also struck a chord in the wine country of Northern California and Oregon as well as the festival circuit. Mostly performing as a duo, they have also developed a show with a stellar array of musicians.

Allison and Victor have released several C Ds?, From the Back Burner, Allison Scull and Victor Martin Live, and their most recent Cool Like The Breeze CD. They are laying the ground work for their next CD currently.

Allison and Victor have performed at the longest running festival on the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Coast Music Festival. Other festivals include Nor Cal? Jazz Festival, Art and the Vineyard (Eugene, OR), the Napa Artisan’s Festival, the Shasta Yama? Festival (Mt. Shasta, CA) a Taste of Redding and more. They also have perform at State Fairs and other venues including Lassen National Volcanic Park, the famed Derby and Genghis Cohen in Hollywood, and even an Olive Oil Company. Allison and Victor also perform for house concerts and private parties.

This duo, along with Allison’s twin sister, Suzanne, organize Jazz in the Canyon, a four day, multi-venue event in the historic train town of Dunsmuir, CA. Stay tuned for more details. Typically this event has been over the 4th of July weekend but it will be announed for later in the year.

Thurs, Dec 29 7 pm Swingin’ n Scattin’

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Swingin’ n Scattin’ , is a strings-based jazz ensemble out of Mt. Shasta, California that will be playing here at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center on Thur Dec 29 at 7 pm. They play a variety of styles, but for this performance they will be focusing on swing, bebop, straight ahead and some modern, featuring both instrumental and voice melodies.Musicians include:
Caya Layman-Violin

Dave Theno-Voice, guitar
Don Cornell-Guitar
John Aviani-drums/percussion
Rick Garret-Guitar
Steve Layman-bass
Tickets available at the door. Suggested donation is $10.

 

Wed Dec 28 7 pm, Winds and Taiko

screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-2-00-27-pmRussel Baba and Jeanne Mercer Perform Winds and Taiko – Celebrating Year’s End and the Beginning of the New at POPS

Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer are taiko artists and founders of Mount Shasta’s Shasta Taiko.  They will play together for a special “Tadaima” performance of “taiko kaze”-  original music for woodwinds and taiko at POPS Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Ave., in Dunsmuir on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 starting at 7 pm.

Joining them on taiko and flute will be their son, Masato Baba as well as other guest artists.  Masato is a leading taiko artist who tours worldwide with top taiko ensembles and taiko artists.  He has made appearances at the Academy Awards, with Alicia Keys on the X-Factor, and in the movie Redbelt.

Multi-instrumentalist Stephen Cervantes will also join the performance.  Cervantes performed interludes for the last ShastaYama on Mexican and South American instruments and will also add bass guitar and flutes to the POPS performance.

Jeanne Mercer is an honored taiko pioneer, helping to establish modern taiko and inspiring generations of taiko players.  She is known for impeccable skill, touch, and an open approach encouraging new directions for taiko music.  Jeanne has contributed to movie soundtracks Star Wars and Apocalypse Now.

Russel Baba has received critical acclaim as a “unique woodwind stylist with a bright vibrant sound” and for originality in compositional writing in national music publications Downbeat Magazine, Musician Magazine, and Jazz Times.

Coda Magazine writes “Russel Baba has managed to endow his alto saxophone with the timbre and flexibility of a violin.  His new sound is extra-ordinarily beautiful.”  Option Magazine writes of Russel’s work “…there are strong conceptual elements.  It is a direct music, not theoretical…very open and spiritual.”

Russel has toured and recorded saxophone and flutes with legendary jazz artists’ drummer Eddie Moore, violinist Michael White, and pianist Andrew Hill.

“A legacy has been passed on.” says Russel.  “So I continue to play music in the tradition and celebration of the creative spirit to honor these influential artists.  ‘Tadaima’ is the traditional Japanese announcement when one come home and means ‘I am here; I am present; I am home!,’ and I think the music reflects that.  The artists of ‘Tadaima’ have traditional roots, but explore and create new ways to play music as modern artists.”f

Russel and Jeanne have performed “taiko kaze” (wind taiko) at ShastaYama, at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, for the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Canada, the International Taiko Festival at UC Berkeley, for the Oakland Freedom Jazz Society, the Asian American Jazz Festival in San Francisco, Oregon’s World Beat Festival in Salem, and in Loa Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum, the Japanese American Theater, and the Cerritos Center as well as several appearances at POPS.

A $10 donation for the music presentation is being asked.  For more information on Russel Baba, Jeanne Mercer, and Masato Baba or “Tadaima” go to russelbaba.com/tadaima.

 

 

 

Sun Mar 18, 2017 – Pianist Svitiana Smaga

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Pianist Svitlana Smaga, formerly of Siskiyou County, will perform Modest Mussorgsky’s famous piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition” on March 18 at POPS Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Dunsmuir.  She will play the ten movements inspired by the 1874 exhibit of paintings by renowned artist Viktor Hartmann. The concert will be enhanced by a slide exhibition of various Hartmann paintings.

Wed Oct 19, 7 pm, Norcal Jazz Fest Will & Peter Anderson w/ Alex Wintz

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-12-42-24-pmPops is very excited to host the Fourth Annual Norcal Jazz. Clarinet and saxophone virtuosos Will and Peter Anderson on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm. Advanced Tickets may be purchased for $10 online or at Dunsmuir Hardware in Dunsmuir and at the Fifth Season in Mt Shasta. They will be $15 at the door.

Check out their sound here.

Joining these virtuoso Saxophone and Clarinet players is Alex Wintz on Guitar. This is not to be missed. These identical twins will ‘blow’ the room away with there beautiful melody and skills. This is one of those nights to bring young people to, and see what America’s Music

Sun Oct 9 @ 7 pm – Moody Little Sister – Folk Rock Soul Duo

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Moody Little Sister, a folk rock duo, will be playing here at Pops on Sunday, October 9 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Naomi Hooley and Rob Stroup form a Folk-Rock & Soul Duo out of Portland Oregon called “Moody Little Sister”. Four years ago after having to walk out on a violent crowd in a small town bar – the duo was forced to reconsider the path that most bands follow. This “Soul Searching” led them to question who they were as people, what they wanted out of their life and music, and what they wanted their fans to experience at their shows.

Moody Little Sister redefined themselves and their approach while also crafting a fresh and non-traditional way of giving music to their fan base. For the past four years – they have been performing nearly 100 shows a year in back yards, living rooms, and on large pieces of property where they have created “Camping Concerts”. Folks bring their tents and families to hang out with the band, with each other, and with nature.

Community, nature, and the inward journey are the chorus line themes to most of the band’s songs. As a result they have been regarded as “social change agents” and “community creators”. Their debut record “Wild Places” is a soundtrack for anyone on a journey to be more authentically themselves. Their live shows have been described as “transcendent” – as people are given the opportunity to experience community, nature, music with purpose, and themselves. That same transcendence was captured on their new record that they will be touring in 2016.

PRESS QUOTES: 

“.. True Grit..”   – KINK FM

“There aren’t adequate words to describe the magic that Naomi and Rob bring into a living room.. Naomi’s lyrics come from a deep place within her to touch the hearts of everyone listening, and her vocal is pure honey. Together with Rob’s considerable talent on the guitar, Moody Little Sister makes for an unforgettable house concert..  Book them! Your Audience will thank you!”                            -

C. Wood         ( Concerts In Your Home) 2015

“Moody Little Sister’s performance at Britt Music and Arts Festival in the fall of 2015, proved to be strong and memorable.  Naomi and Rob took the audience on an intimate journey through their original and well-shaped melodies….…Naomi and Rob are provocative performing artist and social change agents.  The Britt stage will see them again.”    – Donna Briggs –President and CEO  – Britt Music and Arts Festival  Jacksonville, Oregon- 2015 

RECENTLY PLAYED FESTIVALS :

 

Britt Festivals

Wildwood Festival 

Sisters Folk Festival 

Bite of Seattle 

Siskiyou Folk & Bluegrass Festival 

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.

Sat Sept 10, 6 pm – Fundraiser Gala Music on the Mountain

The Opening Gala is Music on the Mountain’s primary  fundraiser and will be happening Saturday, Sept 10, 6pm, POPS Cultural Center, 5819 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir. Live music, dinner, auction, no-host bar Tickets: $40 or 2 for $75 at Village Books, 320 N. Mt Shasta Blvd. Or call 530-926-4000Music by the Mountain

Music by the Mountain is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to bringing extraordinary classical musicians to our community and providing educational outreach for children and students of all ages.

Please invite friends and family to a fun evening of food, entertainment, and an auction with great items including tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, ski packages, music lessons, and more. The concert on Sunday will highlight our featured artists this year. And the Vocal Master Class is free on Monday night! Mark your Calendars!

12th Annual Festival September 10 – 12
OPENING GALA:
Saturday, Sept 10, 6pm, POPS Cultural Center, 5819 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir. Live music, dinner, auction, no-host bar Tickets: $40 or 2 for $75 at Village Books, 320 N. Mt Shasta Blvd. Or call 530-926-4000

CONCERT:
Sunday, Sept. 11, 4pm, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Hwy 89, Mt Shasta. Violinist Kate Stenberg and Pianist Sarah Cahill perform Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and more.
Tickets $20, students $5 at the door or Village Books.

VOCAL MASTER CLASS:
Monday Sept 12, 6-7pm, United Methodist Church, 312 W. Alma, Mt Shasta. Led by Sally Porter Munro. Free event.

Sat Aug 20, 7:30 pm Sound Advice Dance Party.

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.18.37 AMYes, it’s true the quintessential Norcal funk/soul band with three generations of fans will be playing some serious dance music. They haven’t played at Pops since Valentine’s Day. What took them so long to come back?  Now they will be playing on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 pm.

Players will be Victor Martin on vocals and saxophone, Kenny Blockman on base, Jimmy Pryor on drums, Stefan Schittko keys, Carl Schwinderman on guitar…Are we missing anyone here?

$10 Tickets available at the door. Bar Available.