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Mucho Music Marching In

It’s shaping up to be quite a weekend of live music around these parts. Now, I’m not your social planner, but my advice is to get outside during these beautiful days and then experience some performances once the sun begins to set.

Here’s some options:
• At 8 p.m. tonight (March 18), Eugene singer/songwriter Robert Meade performs at the Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant (1790 Market St.) in Redding. Don’t know much about him, but reviews have said he’s lyrically and vocally strong. He’s an acoustic rock/Americana/folk performer. On Saturday at the Vintage, the popular Redding act Clearcut (Mark McAbee and Jason Schroeder) performs. How popular? They were voted No. 1 in a recent Enjoy magazine online poll.

• If you haven’t caught the acoustic duo of Mark Stuart and Stacey Earle, you’ve missed a true treasure that’s passed through the north state a couple of times. It’s not too late to catch them one last time!

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Mark Stuart and Stacey Earle

They perform an 8 p.m. show — their farewell tour — on Saturday at Bernie’s Guitar (3086 Bechelli Lane, behind Village Cycle) in Redding. Stuart is a fabulously understated guitar player (his playing perfectly complements the song) and vocalist. Earle, the sister of the famous Steve Earle, is a captivating vocalist with a sweet voice that’s similar to Iris Dement. Her songwriting is stellar. Tickets are $15.

• Redding native Steve Gunner plays in Creedence Clearwater Revisted, which has sold out its Friday show at Win-River Casino. Gunner will join some of his local pals for a jam-party concert on Saturday at the Post Office Saloon in Redding.

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited with Steve Gunner (far right).

This sounds like a real good session and I’m going to spend some time today trying to reach the fella for a bit more expansive look at his career.

• House concerts are often the best place to see live music. Here’s a smokin’ good one scheduled for Sunday (March 21) — Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai. The duo has performed on the Oaksong Society concert schedule and in festivals up and down the West Coast. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at 1705 Kingswood Way in Redding. Space is limited and tickets are $20. Call 941-8421 or e-mail jeangoodrich@charter.net.

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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