Bay Area songwriter Chuck McCabe (www.chuck-mccabe.com) has performed in Redding several times. I caught him last night at the Post Office Saloon with songwriters Jay Howlett and Rolf Wyer. The trio performs there again tonight (Saturday).
McCabe’s clever and thoughtful tunes include a real gem, “Minimum Wager,” which is sure to break your heart. He’s got a new one called “I’d Rather Be in Redding,” which is a charming nod to the place we call home. He drops so many north state references in the tune you’d swear he’s a local.
Another show to be aware of this weekend is Dave Short’s Jazz at Old City Hall series at 7 p.m. Sunday. The featured performers are percussionist Dwayne Corbin, guitarist Chris Wenger, pianist Martin Behnke, saxophonists David Coy and Jeff Jones and bassist Bruce Calin.
Some of the players in this group are new to the area’s jazz scene. Others have been around for a while. Short, an area physician and sax player, believes it has the potential to be a fabulous night of music. I’d say he’s spot-on with that perspective.
Corbin, a music professor at Simpson University, is calling the program “Four Faces of Jazz,” meaning it’s a showcase of a variety of jazz styles and influences. Tickets are $10 and available at Bernie’s Guitar and Breaking New Grounds in Redding, or at the door.
August is a great-looking month for concerts in the region. Check back soon for more recommendations.