One of the all-time great bands from one of the all-time great music towns (Austin, Texas) performs at 8 p.m. tonight at the Shasta District Fair in Anderson. The Fabulous Thunderbirds are known from such hits as “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap it Up,” and “Why Get Up” (a tune my cousin Ruth Ellsworth wrote with her husband Bill Carter).
Jimmy Vaughan was the original guitar player with the outfit, but right now I believe Kirk Fletcher is one of the guitarists holding it down with vocalist/harmonica player Kim Wilson.
Kirk Fletcher (left) with guitarist Kid Anderson and Redding’s “Good Rockin'” Derral Campbell (lower right).
Grandstand seating is free with fair admission and dress circle tickets are $10. It’s hard to beat this kind of Texas blues and soul, although the funky, country-soul Stone River Boys (also out of Austin) did a fine job of bringing smiles to faces last Sunday at Johnny’s Cathouse in Redding.
SRB guitarist Dave Gonzalez said Fletcher’s one of his favorite players and believes he’ll be with the T-birds tonight.
The Blues Rollers (with the above pictured Campbell) perform on the Pepsi Stage later in the evening.
Also today at 5:30 is the kick off of MarketFest at Library Park in downtown Redding. The band the House Jacks kicks off the action today and the event typically runs until 8:30 to 9 p.m.
It should be great weather for the first MarketFest, which includes craft items, food and drink vendors, a farmers market, beer and wine sales, a drum circle and more.
The band Five A.M. performs on June 24. Donna Angelle plays on July 1.
An excellent concert is happening tomorrow night (Friday) at Music Max in Palo Cedro (9472 Cedro Lane) as City Folk will perform. The fabulous Keith Greeninger plays with this band. Check out music clips here.
Redding singer-songwriter Mary Ann Cody opens the show, which begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15. Call 547-7070.
The beautiful Dunsmuir event “Tribute to the Trees” takes place Saturday (June 19) at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens. It’s the 20th Anniversary of the fundraiser concert, which features the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.
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Gates open at 4 p.m. and a dinner is served at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.
The event benefits the botanical gardens, which are within Dunsmuir’s city park. This year’s theme is Rhythm del Rio, so expect a bit of excitement to come along with young string players. Call 235-4740 for more information.
What an excellent getaway the event provides for those hunkered down in the Redding area.
It really was a rockin’ good time last Sunday with the Stone River Boys. Any time I’m watching Dave Gonzalez on guitar with Redding’s Rockin’ Ron Sullivan on the dance floor, I’m a happy camped-in-a-bar camper.
The Stone River Boys at Johnny’s.
There’s a possibility the band will be passing back through town in August, so if you missed them…
Rockin’ Ron has some company with his energetic, unpredictable dancing from SRB frontman Mike Barfield. What a hoot and a showman Mike is, and on the band’s new album, you also witness that he’s also got some excellent chops as songwriter and singer (he also sports some fine lambchop sideburns).