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.

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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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  1. Avatar Mary DeStefano says:

    Good news! Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart have decided to continue touring together. The show at Bernie's was outstanding, but sadly, there was only a small audience. (I hate it when that happens!) During the concert break, I was able to score two tickets to the Greeninger/Kai house concert for today. Yippee!

  2. Avatar Mary DeStefano says:

    Okay, I'm back from the house concert. What a wonderful experience! This was the homeowners' (Jean & Ross') first house concert, but they plan to have more. Beth and I arrived at about 2:45, bringing our own lawn chairs and bottled water. Keith and Dayan were on the patio and visiting with the early arrivals. They were both so gracious and friendly. First on the agenda was a spaghetti dinner. A man was in the kitchen plating the spaghetti and giving a choice of either meat sauce or marinara. He then passed the plate through the kitchen window to you on the patio. There was a self-serve table with green salad, potato salad, garlic bread, chips and dips, olives, etc. They also had pitchers of water and iced tea. There was a large cooler on the lawn where you could store your beer or other beverages. Many people brought bottles of wine. Ross said the next concert may be potluck. There was an efficient set-up for dumping the garbage, with separate receptacles for recyclables. The lawn and landscaping were beautiful, as was the house. You were welcome to use their bathroom.

    The concert started at about 4:30. Keith and Dayan were situated in a corner of the covered patio, with a stucco wall behind them and another stucco wall to their left. This made for really great sound. It was entirely acoustic, with no amplification. They didn't even use tuners. Dayan has perfect pitch, so Keith tuned his guitar off of Dayan's guitar. During the first set, Dayan played dobro guitar, steel string guitar, clarinet, flute and beat box. During the second set, he also played a nylon string guitar, owned by Ross, the host. Keith played one guitar. Their voices were strong and complemented each other perfectly. They played their usual crowd favorites, but there were also many new songs.

    After the first set, a table was set up with desserts, including the famous Oaksong brownies, pies, choc chip cookies and Girl Scout thin mint cookies. CDs were for sale, including Keith & Dayan's latest release "Make It Rain". I was happy to see that the song "Crow on the Cradle" was included on the CD. I first heard them play that mesmerizing song at Old City Hall last year, or has it been two years now?

    Ross said that he sold sixty tickets to the show. There was plenty of room on the patio for about a third of the audience, with the rest of the audience on the lawn. No matter where you sat, you were close to the performers. Although we'd never met, Jean & Ross treated Beth and me like old friends. They had an email sign-up sheet so they can announce upcoming concerts. I look forward to the next one!

  3. Avatar Claudia says:

    Please update the Day and Night "Music" articles. They are over and we want to look ahead. Thank you for your time and effort in doing this.