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Jim’s Picks: Harvest of Options

Earlier this month, I wrote about the Carl Verheyen Band coming to Redding on Tuesday (Nov. 17). The show is still happening, but the venue has changed.

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Instead of Bernie’s Guitar, the show is now taking place at 7 p.m. at Music Max (9472 Cedro Lane) in Palo Cedro. The list of musicians that Verheyen, bass player Dave Marotta and drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. has performed with is stunning (people like Little Richard, Jackson Browne, Santana and dozens more). It’s the kind of rock show that has many of the accomplished musicians around town buzzing in anticipation. It’ll be an impressive display of tone and musicianship.

The venue holds only about 130 people, so picking up a ticket today or tomorrow before the show is recommended. Tickets are $15 and available by calling Music Max at 547-7070, Russell Guitars at 241-1921 or Schroeder Guitars at 515-2023. Those who purchase tickets will be entered in a drawing for a JamVOX, a monitor and software system that can take the guitar (or vocals or bass) from any MP3 track and allow a musician to practice or sing themselves.

To find Music Max, drive east from Redding on Highway 44 to Palo Cedro and take Deschutes Road north to Cedro Lane. The music store (with its new concert venue stage) is located in the same complex as the Red Rock bar.

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A concert that will be taking place at Bernie’s Guitar (3086 Bechelli Lane) is Dana and Susan Robinson at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 20). Described as “mountain music and songs of rural America from Asheville, N.C.,” the concert is the third on the Oaksong Music Society’s Indoor Concert Series. Tickets are $15.

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When Redding’s Bill and Lisa Collins put something together, it’s hard not to have a good time. The couple has written and produced dozens of Murder Mystery Dinner Theater productions at venues all over Northern California. They’ve converted one of their most successful shows, “Dead to the Last Drop,” for the stage of the Riverfront Playhouse (1620 East Cypress Ave.) for the theater’s holiday run, which opens Saturday (Nov. 21).

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There will be lots of slapstick humor and the audience will have the opportunity to be involved in the production (the fourth wall of theater is definitely broken down). The show stars Wade Riggs, Jorge Arguello, Ian Dalziel, Victoria Graham, Savannah Harter, Dan Kupsky, Bill Ruess, Sean Sampson and Leon Compton. Tickets are available at Graphic Emporium (1525 Pine St., 241-4278) and the play runs through Dec. 19.

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What could be better than an old-fashioned barn dance? There’s one happening on Saturday (Nov. 21) at the Old School House in Old Shasta (take Highway 299 west from Redding to a right turn on French Alley in Old Shasta).

The event includes food like chili, tamale pie, cowboy drumsticks, bread, salad and dessert. There’s a cake walk, mining claim sale, performance by Kids Unlimited and a barn dance to the music of the Middle Creek Gang featuring Charles Valona. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m and tickets are $7.

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Also on Saturday, the Redding Improv Comedy players will perform their final show of 2009 at Old City Hall (1313 Market St.) in Redding. Host Samantha Clark has gathered an excellent group of players that includes Ablan Roblan, Cannon Knapp, Sean Sampson, Russell Piette and Brian Crum.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $5 at the door. It should be a side-splitting time by this group that has been performing shows for almost a decade in Redding.

Jim Dyar

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 jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com

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