Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, John Reischman and the Jaybirds — either one of these bands would make a fine concert headliner. However, on Saturday (Aug. 7), they’re both performing on the same night, thanks to the Oaksong Music Society.
Anyone who’s a fan of string-band music, Americana, folk, newgrass, bluegrass (or all those terms blending into one) should keep this show in mind.
Having seen the Grammy-winning Lewis a few times in concert, I’d say what stands out for me most is her voice, fiddle playing and songwriting (she also plays mandolin and guitar). She was recently seen in Redding playing with Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women. In an interview prior to that show, Alvin made a special point of describing what a monster musician she is.
John Reischman (second from left) and the Jaybirds
I also remember a fine Oaksong’s concert a few years back featuring Reischman and the Jaybirds. The bandleader, a stellar mandolin player, has experience with the Tony Rice Unit and Good Ol’ Persons. His red-hot combo features Jim Nunally on guitar, Trisha Gagnon on bass, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Greg Spatz on fiddle.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Gray Pine Farm in Oak Run. It’s one of those shows where I think you flip a coin to decide who goes on first. Concert-only tickets are $23, but a barbecue dinner (and concert) ticket is available for $37.
It’s no problem to pack your own picnic dinner for the show. It might even get cool in Oak Run during the evening (what a concept!).
Jim Dyar is a news, arts and entertainment journalist for A News Cafe and the former arts and entertainment editor for the Record Searchlight’s D.A.T.E. section. Jim is also a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.