Live Music in the North State: December 21–December 27

Tom O'Hanlon performs at the Ono Store and International Cafe Thursday, December 22.

Tom O’Hanlon performs at the Ono Store and International Cafe Thursday, December 22.


Wednesday, December 21

Mumblefinger (solo) at the Post Office Saloon in Redding, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 246-2190.

Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, starting at 7:30 p.m. All ages. (530) 243-8877.

Holiday Open Mic at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works in Dunsmuir, beginning at 6 p.m. All ages. (530) 235-1900.


Thursday, December 22

Death Metal music with four bands: Mariner, In Her Own Words, Light Finder, and Gigantis at Bodega Bay in Redding, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. All ages. (530) 276-0595.

Tom O’Hanlon plays at the Ono Store & International Cafe in Ono, beginning at 7 p.m. All ages. (530) 396-2300.

Mark McAbee at the Three Shastas Bar & Grill, located inside the Red Lion Hotel in Redding. The show begins at 8 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 221-8700.

In Chico, Has Beans Coffee House has an open mike beginning at 7 p.m., hosted by Dan Casamajor. All ages. (530) 894-3033.

The Mt. Shasta Brewing Company in Weed presents its every-Thursday “Brewgrass,” a bluegrass, folk, and classic rock open jam. The jam begins at 7 p.m. (530) 938-2394.


Friday, December 23

An evening of Jazz featuring Khari Cowell, Joel Cowell, Aman Cowell, Cole Geiger at the Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant in Redding, beginning at 8 p.m. All ages. (530) 229-9449.

Dana Couey & Doug Harmon, along with special guest Marc Cooper appear at Bodega Bay in Redding, beginning at 7 p.m. All ages. (530) 276-0595.

Mumblefinger (full band) appears at the Post Office Saloon in Redding, beginning at 8:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 246-2190.

J. Norman Stewart performs at the Woodside Grill in the Gaia Hotel in Anderson at 6 p.m. All ages. (530) 365-7077.

Sami Jo at Dry Creek Station in Bella Vista, beginning at 7 p.m. All ages. (530) 549-5386.

Cold Sweat at the Pit River Casino in Burney, beginning at 9 p.m. 21 and over. (888) 245-2992.

Gerry Smida presents “A Celtic Christmas” at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works in Dunsmuir, beginning at 6 p.m. All ages. (530) 235-1900.

Blackwell Brothers Band at Spirits Bar & Lounge in Dunsmuir, beginning at 8:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 235-4661.

Soda Creek performs at Cooper’s Bar & Grill (in the Best Western Tree House) in Mount Shasta at 7 p.m. All ages. (530) 926-3101.


Saturday, December 24


Sunday, December 25

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone. I’m not aware of any live music going on Christmas Day, but here are some eating establishments that I’ve heard or read are open on Christmas Day. I haven’t yet confirmed this list, so please call to confirm and/or make a reservation.

Kobe Seafood & Steakhouse in Redding. (530) 244-1440.

Elements Bar & Restaurant (in the Win River Casino). (800) 280-8946.

C.R. Gibbs American Grill in Redding. (530) 221-2335.

Denny’s on Cypress in Redding. (530) 223-0593.

Denny’s on Hilltop in Redding. (530) 221-6966.

Hometown Buffet in Redding. (530) 224-1711.

Black Bear Diner in Redding. (530) 221-7600.

Jeff’s California Cattle Company(530) 221-3572.

Monday, December 26

Comedy open mic at The Maltese in Chico at 9 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 343-4915.


Tuesday, December 27

In Chico, Madison Bear Garden’s open jam begins at 9 pm. All ages. (530) 891-1639.

Open mic at Gogi’s Cafe in Chico, beginning at 7 p.m. Open to all ages. Hosted by Dan Casamajor. (530) 891-3570.

Jimmy Limo makes his nearly-every-Tuesday appearance at the Mount Shasta Resort in Mount Shasta at 5:30 p.m. (800) 958-3363.


Thanks to Claudia Hastings for sharing her compilation of jazz events.

Hal Johnson
Born and raised in Ventura County, Hal Johnson moved to Shasta County in 1994. After a 38 year career flying helicopters, he can now sometimes be spotted around the North State singing and wrestling his guitar into submission. He always feels funny writing about himself in the third person. Contact him at
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6 Responses

  1. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    A little slow this time of year at the Cascade and Vintage.  Maybe I’ll finally go check out Mumblefinger.

  2. Merry Christmas to you, Hal, and thank you for all the work you invest in making these posts. We appreciate you!

  3. K. Beck says:

    Thanks Hal! People have Christmas on their minds! Everything is slow but shopping (which has nothing to do with the real Christmas!).

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