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Hope is Alive! 12 coming to Montgomery Creek October 6

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 cdiamond@co.shasta.ca.us.

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith at Hope is Alive! 9 in McArthur

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.

Burney International Folk Dancers

Burney International Folk Dancers at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

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.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

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:

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza
Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent
Open mic brings hope alive in Burney!

Videos:
Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza: A selection of videos

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Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent

On Friday evening May 20, Stand Against Stigma hosted a marvelous Hope is Alive! 6 open mike at Billy’s Roadside Café (formerly the Station Café) in Montgomery Creek. The place was packed. Standing room only! Organizer Marc Dadigan opened the event at 6 p.m. and introduced the emcee for the evening, Amanda Flowers Peterson.

Marc Dadigan and Amanda Flowers Peterson

Marc Dadigan and Amanda Flowers Peterson

Amanda opened the performances with a wonderful spoken word piece and then introduced a duet by Kimberly Davis  and Michael Bennett.

Kimberly Davis and Michael Bennet sing a Duet

Kimberly Davis and Michael Bennett sing a duet

Next, Billy Riggins (Chill Bill) shared some testimony and performed some of his wonderful music.

Chill Bill

Chill Bill

Following Chill Bill, Stu Stoore, a talented sing-songwriter from McArthur shared a lovely ballad and a rousing rendition of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.”

Singer-Songwriter Stu Stoore

Singer-Songwriter Stu Stoore

Sarah Clark, a dancer, singer and poet, recited the “Cremation of Sammy McGee” by Robert Service.

Sarah Clark recites the Cremation of Sammy McGee

Sarah Clark recites the Cremation of Sammy McGee

Next another talented folksinger, Rodney performed.

Rodney Manning

Rodney Manning

This was followed by two songs by a very talented singer who is also a social activist named Mauro.

Mauro

Mauro

The next performer was Drake Smith. Drake’s soulful singing and dancing are always a show-stopper. After a moving song, Drake treated us an astounding performance of dance.

As you can see Drake is world class!

I was next on the list. I had planned to do a song and a short poem. Shortly before getting up Marc asked me to share a story that I had related to him.

The purpose of these open mics is to promote healing through creativity. Stand Against Stigma assists people who are facing various challenges to gain hope and help by offering resources for them to heal and recover. So, when I was introduced, I recounted a story that illustrated how important sharing was. If you recognize the signs that a person is at risk for suicide or going through some crisis, it is many times helpful to address it. People are often liberated from the burden of their suffering just by getting things off their chest. One can help by simply being a sympathetic and compassionate listener. Loneliness and isolation are at the root of many of our problems.

After sharing briefly, I then did my poem and my song.

By the way, my wife Linda took the photos and recorded most of the videos in this article.

After I finished, we were treated to a performance of Native American Rap by Pit Crew, the dynamic duo of Billy Riggins and Louis Gustafsen.

Pit Crew

Pit Crew

… and then a poignant poem accented by beautiful singing performed by Jamieson Brown.

Jamieson Brown performs a beautiful poem

Jamieson Brown performs a beautiful poem

Next, Kimberly returned to the stage to perform two songs from the Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting.”

Kimberly Michelle Davis sings 2 songs from a Broadway show

Kimberly Michelle Davis sings 2 songs from a Broadway show

We were nearing the end of the program. However, inspired by the performances, two more people signed up. Jordyn Paiell came up to the mic and shared a poignant testimony of how she overcame a difficult situation…

Jordyn Paiell

Jordyn Paiell

… and then Diane Lahey sang a song inviting everyone to join in.

Diane Lahey Singing a song

Diane Lahey singing a song

Thus ended the individual performances. As you can see there was a wide diversity of talent. It’s hard to believe that the entire program took just over 2 hours. It all flowed smoothly because Amanda was a great emcee and the program limited each act to 8 minutes.

Moreover, the atmosphere was uplifting and the environment was convivial. It was great to see so many old friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in quite awhile.

But still the evening was not finished. Robert, the owner of the restaurant was kind enough to welcome the musicians to stay longer and jam together. And so began a wonderful jam session.

Closing Jam

Closing Jam

It began with Steve Stoore doing a song with Pit Crew.

Leroy and Michele from Heavy Dose of Blues were there. Leroy got out his harps and Michele brought in her box drum and a lively session ensued. Here are a couple of videos capturing some of the songs.

What can I say? Hope is Alive in the Intermountain area.

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Hurray! Another Intermountain “Hope is Alive!” Open Mic coming May 20

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On Friday May 20, Hope is Alive! 6 Open Mic will be held at Billy’s Roadside Café in Montgomery Creek. Performance will begin at 6 p.m. People who would like to perform should come to sign up at 5:30.

The theme is Hope Is Alive! The flyer asks, “Has creating music, rhymes or poetry given you light in dark times or shed light on a hidden struggle? Then come celebrate how art heals and promotes understanding.”

The event is free and will feature spoken word, singers, songwriters, dancers, and other performers.

Organizer and emcee Marc Dadigan

Community Education Specialist Marc Dadigan

I have been to two of these events and both have been wonderful. The first Intermountain Hope is Alive! event was held at the Rex Club last November 19. The event included talented performances of folk, pop, blues, Christian music, Native American Rap, and original songs. Poets recited powerful, poignant poems. There was also comedy and story-telling, as well as belly dancing and folk-dancing. Sounds like an amazing program, doesn’t it? It was.

Steve Stoore plays the blues

Steve Stoore played the blues in Burney

Hope is Alive! 5 in Redding held at Lulu’s  Café was equally incredible, with a whole new array of positive creativity.

I expect that this event at Billy’s Roadside Café will be another wonderful explosion of heart, talent and creative expression. Billy’s has a long history featuring local Intermountain artists. Billy’s was formerly The Station Café, which hosted concerts, jams, and open mics.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Before that it was the Acorn Café The first venue I performed at in California was the Acorn Café. What a great place for this event! There are wonderful musicians and poets living in Round Mountain. Montgomery Creek, Big Bend, and Oak Run.

I expect to see folks from Redding to McArthur and beyond coming out to share their talent and enjoy the work of others at this event celebrating the healing power of art. As the old song “I Believe in Music” put it,

Music is love and love is music if you know what I  mean!
People who believe in music are the happiest people I’ve ever seen.

Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing

So mark it on your calendars and come on out for the celebration.

Hope is Alive! open mics are sponsored by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the Community Education Committee and community partners and advisory boards. Funding for this event is provided through the Mental Health Services Act. To learn more visit www.standagainststigma.com.

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