There will be an open mic tonight (Thursday, 3/29/18) for musicians. singers and poets at the Pit River Casino from 7-9 p.m. or thereabouts. Richard Bersbach provides great sound. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear and meet talented local people. Feel free to come perform or just to come listen and enjoy!
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Many talented groups played at Heritage Day throughout the afternoon of October 8 at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. One group that delighted listeners was a talented quartet of young ladies from Shingletown named Shooting Stars.
The following is a playlist of seven of the songs performed by Shooting Stars. The first song was recorded at a picnic table before they went on stage.
The next six, performed on stage, are accompanied by Nicki Carlisle and backed up by members of the North State Fiddlers (California Old Time Fiddler’s Association District 6) who organized the music for the afternoon.
The four Shooting Stars are named Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina. They have been playing together for one year. The two fiddlers are 12 years old and the guitarists are 10 years old. They all have beautiful voices.
About 50 people gathered at Billy’s Roadside Café in Montgomery Creek on Friday evening October 6 to hear poets and musicians share a message of hope and inspiration.
The program was sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, funded by Shasta County Health and Human Services to address issues associated with mental illness and to provide suicide prevention services. The Hope is Alive! open mics celebrate the theme of healing through performance arts. The gathering in Montgomery Creek was the fourth Hope is Alive open mic in the Intermountain Area and the 12th in Shasta County at large.
Marc Dadigan, community education specialist for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, emceed the event. The evening performances began with a performance by Randy and Verena Compton followed by the talented Billy Riggins who share some of his original rap music.
Mental illness is often associated with substance abuse.
Poet Larry Harris from Redding shared three poems of personal experience describing the struggles and victory that his family experienced through their daughter’s bout with mental illness. It was a tale of hope prevailing over despair.
After a period of substance abuse resulting in mental breakdown, his daughter successfully went through therapy and recovery and now leads a successful happy life as an actress.
In one particularly poignant poem, Harris talked about his daughter going to a Simon and Garfunkle concert in San Francisco on her own after rehab. Harris shared the emotion a parent goes through as he experiences the restoration of trust, letting go and watching his child emerge as a happy independent young woman.
Michael Bennett and Kimberly Michelle Davis from the Circle of Friends in Burney both sang songs. Bennett charmed people with an a capella rendering of Mac Davis “Oh Lord it’s Hard to be Humble.” Ms. Davis once again delighted the audience as she sang Broadway show tunes in her lovely soprano voice.
A young lady who had traveled two hours to attend got up and recited a short poem.
A highlight of the evening was the personal testimony of David Martinez, a spokesman for Stand Against Stigma’s Brave Faces who has suffered from depression, anxiety and PTSD. Mr. Martinez is a member of the Wintu tribe. He has been a biker, a cowboy and an EMT for the fire department. He has also worked in Redding as a substance abuse counselor. After sharing his story, Martinez shared two popular songs, “Pancho and Lefty,” and “City of New Orleans”.
Singer-songwriter Mauro livened things up with several of his original songs.
Next, the audience was treated to a performance of Native American Rap by Louis Gustafson and his family. As well as singing, Gustafson also plays bass and performs with Pit Crew. He also is a wonderful drummer who performed at the 2015 Burney Basin Days with the Pit River Nation Drum Group.
The evening was closed out by Alex Colvin and George Whitfield. Colvin opened with a poem “In This World of Heart and Mind” expressing the healing power of love and then sang “Live for Others.” Alex and George then sang “Ghost Riders in the Sky” together.
Before singing two songs, “Sounds of Silence” and “Vietnam Song.” George talked about the seriousness of mental illness and suicide plaguing our country. Seventeen veterans die every day from suicide.
“Don’t let stigma stand in your way,” Whitman said, “If you feel like your life is going to pieces, reach out for help.”
The 12th Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Billy’s Roadside Café, 30356 State Highway, 299 East, Montgomery Creek. Songwriters, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, and dancers are welcome to come share their talent. Performers are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Carrie Jo Diamond at 229-8484 or email@example.com.
This is the fourth Hope Is Alive! to be held in the Intermountain area of the county.
Hope Is Alive! was founded in September 2014. The purpose has been to celebrate the healing power of art, music, and poetry and to raise awareness about mental health struggles, substance use disorders, and suicide loss.
Hope Is Alive! open mic nights have been held at locations throughout Shasta County. Nearly 130 performers, including dancers, spoken word artists, rappers and musicians have participated.
For more information about Stand Against Stigma and Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Nights, visit www. Standagainststigma.com or Hope is Alive! 12 on Facebook.
Articles on past Hope is Alive! open mics in the Burney, Montgomery Creek, and McArthur:
The 2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival, Day at the Ranch, was held Saturday, September 9th from 1 pm to 8 pm at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground. The event showcased the bounty of the Intermountain Area and provided an opportunity to raise money for numerous local charities including the Intermountain Heritage Foundation, Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, the Raymond H. Berry Memorial Pool in Burney, and the Hat Creek Fire Department.
Pam Giacomini did a marvelous job organizing the event. She was there early meeting with and coordinating all of the preparations and then beginning at 1 p.m. graciously greeted the people as they came.
Ms. Giacomini said, “We held our first Hat Creek Food Fest in 2013 as a ‘thank you’ to our beef customers. We expected about 40 folks to show up, 200 did!! We were shocked and thought we were probably onto something. Then 2014 was the Eiler Fire, 2015 the Wind Fall, lots of family deaths in 2016 . So, here we are in 2017 hosting our 2nd Annual local food, wine and beer festival!“
A craft fair featuring local arts and crafts began at 1 p.m. and lasted until 7:30. Vendors included Wildlife artist Chuck Gularte, Shasta Soap, Fall River Arts and Trophies, and beautiful animal hides displayed by Donner Hat Creek Ranch.
There was live music throughout the afternoon beginning with Alex Colvin playing folk music on the Pavilion Lawn, followed by the Smokin Roaches. At 4:30 California Country began playing for the evening celebration on the Playground Stage.
There was fun for people of all ages. Young people enjoyed swimming and fishing in the pond. Pit River Casino hosted a horseshoe tournament beginning at 2 p.m. The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River ran a Corn Hole toss that began at 3:30.
Also, four ranch tours were provided during the day to give folks a glimpse of local agriculture and explain the importance of sustainability for our local communities.
A great variety of food and beverages for all ages was available. Local brews were provided by Fall River Brewery, Alaskan Ale and Lost Coast Brewery. Local wines included Alpen Cellars, Dakaro and Churn Creek Cellars.
In addition. Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation sold beer from a truck donated for the occasion by Redding Distributing. Delicious food was served by Crumbs, JJ’s, and Anna’s Country Kitchen. Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation sold water and sodas, and Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department sold ice cream and root beer floats.
By 6:30 p.m., all of the game competitions were completed and winners were announced. The music and the fun continued however until 7:30 p.m. after which the festivities ended and everyone headed home with smiles on their faces.
Lots of volunteers, businesses and local organizations came together to make this a wonderful event. In addition to the other sponsors and participants already mentioned Palo Cedro Printing provided printing.
It was a beautiful day filled with food, fun, refreshment, music, and fellowship – all to support good causes. Who could ask for more?
Four local musicians livened up the River Rock Bar and Grill at the monthly open mic at Pit River Casino on Thursday night June 27.
The open mic was hosted by Hal Johnson and the Deschutes Music Club. Hal Johnson came up from Redding to setup the sound system and emcee. He also performed several songs during the evening.
Performers included a country singer named John, Ron Kim, Jeff McNiel, and Alex Colvin.
John began the evening with a set of country music. He’s got a great voice and a good beat and sang quite a few Merle Haggard songs.
Then Hal sang some songs, followed by Alex Colvin who did an original, and two covers including “City of New Orleans.” Next Jeff McNiel sang a series of western ballads and country songs. Jeff has a deep soulful voice that really moves the heart when he sings a love song. Ron Kim brought up his electric guitar and did a mixture of songs including his version of “Please Come to Boston.”
As the evening proceeded the spirit picked up. Usually the open mic ends at 9 p.m., but Hal and the singers didn’t want to stop so John, Alex, and Jeff each came up to sing some more and then Hal closed it out after 10 p.m. with a talking blues accompanied by Alex on the harmonica.
The audience enjoyed the variety of style, song selection and tempo. People enjoyed eating, drinking, chatting with friends and making new friends as the show went on.
Hal Johnson also has a regular column covering “Live Music in the North State” at aNewsCafe.com
The open mic is held on the last Thursday of every month. All local musicians, singers, and songwriters are welcome. Sign up begins at 6 p.m.
The next one will be held on August 31.
Pictures courtesy of Chris Farber
The Pit River Casino will be holding an open mic in the River Rock Grill located inside the casino on Thursday February 23 from 6-9 p.m.
Musicians, singers, drummers and other performers are welcome. Come share your talent.
The casino will continue to hold an open mic on the last Thursday of every month.