Redding music this weekend

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Bay Area songwriter Chuck McCabe ( 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.

is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at
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  1. Avatar Tripleshack says:

    Food for Thought readers, if you can't wait until this weekend for some stellar original Americana music, visit the Vintage Wine Bar tonight, Thursday the 7th, to hear Brendon Alvord offer up the North State's best roots rock.

    Tonight, Grant Rudolph on Hammond and Food for Thought's own Jim Dyar on rhythm guitar will be on hand to make sure the evening rocks steady!

    Great food, great wines, great beers — AND great music for free! They'll be playing from about 8 to 10, so stop by after Marketfest!