Oaksong Concerts Still Killing Sorrow

Virtuoso musicianship in the form of the five-piece ensemble Joy Kills Sorrow visits the north state for an 8 p.m. Friday concert at Bernie’s Guitar (3086 Bechelli Lane) in Redding. The concert is hosted by the Oaksong Music Society, which recently announced its summer concert series for its beautiful concert site at Gray Pine Farm in Oak Run.

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Joy Kills Sorrow

Before we head to Oak Run, however, there are a pair of shows set for Bernie’s.

First, the Boston-based bluegrass/folk/jazz group Joy Kills Sorrow, which is supporting its new album "Darkness Sure Becomes This City," settles in on Friday at the guitar shop.

The band includes flatpick ace guitarist Matthew Arcara and mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff, the first Berklee School of Music full-scholarship mandolin student. Vocalist Emma Beaton and bassist/vocalist Bridget Kearney wrote the bulk of the songs for the group’s new album. Banjo player Wesley Corbett, who has toured with Crooked Still and the Biscuit Burners, rounds out the group. (The north state’s incredible fiddle/cellist Tristan Clarridge is currently in Crooked Still.)

Tickets for the Friday show are $18.

On May 14, songwriter Juni Fisher performs at Bernie’s. Fisher was the 2009 Western Music Association’s female performer of the year.

Now, as for the Oaksong Society’s 2010 summer schedule, I’ll go into more detail as the shows get closer. The shows come with the option of a barbecue dinner.

Here’s the lineup:

• July 3 — The Infamous Stringdusters

• July 17 — Jeffrey Boussard and The Creole Cowboys. (This is the first-ever cajun dinner and dance party the society has hosted.

• Aug. 7 — John Reischman and The Jaybirds, and Laurie Lewis and Friends. (That’s a nice double bill.)

• Aug. 21 — Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

• Sept. 18 — 6th Annual Hawaiian Luau and Concert featuring Bill Tapia and Friends

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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 Pete Angwin says:

    For those of you who want to look WAY into the future, here are a few bookings that the Oaksong Society has lined up for the 2010-2011 indoor concert season at Bernie's Guitar:

    Fri Oct 15: Johnsmith

    Fri Oct 29: Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines

    Fri Nov 19: Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack

    Fri Jan 21, 2011: Chuck Brodsky

    Fri Feb 18, 2011: Steve Spurgin

    More to come…