Exclusive Mistress of the Mix: Next JPR/Cascade Season Is A Dream Come True

Back in 1980, I had a dream that has stuck with me all these years. It involved a George Thorogood concert and a magical kiss from his giant lips. So when I heard that George Thorogood and the Destroyers are one of almost 30 acts Jefferson Public Radio will be bringing to the Cascade Theatre as part of our next season lineup, I immediately asked my boyfriend for permission to get a kiss from the rocker…you know, just in case the opportunity to make my dream come true arose. It was an interesting negotiation, to say the least.

Thorogood's Lips, circa 1980

JPR has certainly made some of my musical dreams come true over the past couple of years (perhaps some of yours as well), and the roster of artists for our 9th JPR/Cascade Theatre Performance Series looks like it’s going to be another amazing year. Today’s the day we release the entire list of shows that we’ve booked for the season so far, which includes Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Styx and WAR!

Elvis Costello

Today is also the day you can purchase tickets, if you’re a Cascade Theatre member. Fortunately, you can get your membership and purchase tickets at the same time (either on the phone, on line or in person at the box office). I highly recommend it, because the benefits are great.

Foremost, you get to purchase tickets right now. Well, as soon as the clock strikes 11am today you can buy tickets…on line, at the box office, on the phone. Everyone else has to wait until June 20th*. It’s worth the $50 annual membership, because not only do you get first crack at the best seats, but if it turns out you can’t attend the show (until a day or two before), you can exchange your tickets for another JPR show. Or if you’ve got a ticket already but would like to move to another place in the hall to be next to other friends, the box office will do its best to accommodate you. The membership is good for the entire season, which means if we add on a show later in the season (and we always do!) you’ll still get first crack at those tickets. OK, enough of the hard sell, right? You just wanna know who’s coming. Fair enough. I am happy to oblige. A complete list of JPR/Cascade Theatre Performance Series shows is below…and I’m including a playlist of as many performers that I could dig up to include on the list. And of course, if you see something you like, click to the Cascade Theatre Website and get thyself a membership and some tickets. See you at the theatre, and I’ll let you know if I get that kiss.

* Tickets to some of the early shows in the season are already on sale to 2012-13 season members, and tickets to Trace Adkins is already on sale to the general public.


For more playlists, check out Grooveshark!

  • June 22, 2012 – Bach, Rossini & more with The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
  • June 24, 2012 – The Honkeytonk Sound of Trace Adkins
  • July 9, 2012 – Texas Crooner Lyle Lovett
  • July 11, 2012 – Alt Country Goddess Lucinda Williams
  • July 24, 2012 – Reggae Superstar Ziggy Marley
  • Aug 29, 2012 – Singer Songwriter Brandi Carlile and her band
  • Sept 11, 2012 – Legendary Rock Band Styx (featuring hometown boy Ricky Phillips on bass!)
  • Sept 20, 2012 – Eye Popping Acrobatics of Cirque Chinois
  • Sept 24, 2012 – Original Hipster Songwriter Elvis Costello
  • Sept 25, 2012 – Blues Rocker & Great Kisser George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  • Oct 4, 2012 – Music Pioneer Emmylou Harris
  • Oct 5, 2012 – Manhattan Short Film Festival
  • Oct 27, 2012 – Blues Legend John Mayall
  • Nov 2, 2012 – Classic Rock with WAR
  • Nov 4, 2012 – Blue-Collar Comedian Bill Engvall (2 shows)
  • Nov 23 – Dec 1, 2012 – A Cascade Christmas
  • Dec 7, 2012 – Christmas, the Cowboy Way with Riders In The Sky
  • Dec 21, 2012 – A Traditional Irish Holiday Celebration with A Celtic Christmas
  • Jan 8, 2013 – Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout featuring John Hammond
  • Feb 10, 2013 – Mamma Mia Sing-A-Long on the big screen
  • Mar 12, 2013 – In The Mood, a Historic Revue of 40’s Jazz
  • Mar 14, 2013 – Roots & Boots with Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw & Joe Diffie
  • Mar 16, 2013 – An Evening of Keyboard Prodigies with A Touch of Classical Piano
  • Mar 19, 2013 – Celebrate St. Paddy’s with Dervish
  • Apr 14, 2013 – The Return of Kathy Mattea
  • Apr 21, 2013 – A Doubleshot of Blues with the Taj Mahal Trio & Shemekia Copeland
  • Apr 26 – May 4, 2013 – Fiddler On The Roof
  • May 17, 2013 – Guitar Virtuoso Leo Kottke

Valerie Ing-Miller has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for nine years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She’s the mother of a teenage daughter and a 7-year-old West Highland Terrier, and can’t imagine life without them or music. Valerie wakes up with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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Valerie Ing
Valerie Ing has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for 14 years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She and her husband are parents to a couple of college students and a pair of West Highland Terriers, and Valerie can’t imagine life without them or music. The Mistress of the Mix wakes up every day with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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7 Responses

  1. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    Stellar lineup!

  2. Woohoo!! Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris — really? I know what's going on my birthday Wish List. I think I better start being very, very good.

  3. Avatar Kat says:

    Brandi Carlile?!!! Dreams DO Come True! It took me 1/2 second to buy my ticket!! I'm thrilled beyond measure!! Also, the Mama Mia Sing A Long? I'm bringing my daughter, for sure! I just love JPR!

    • Avatar Scott says:

      Ain't it the truth? I've been a huge Brandi C fan since a friend introduced me to her music a couple of years ago. All that time, I've wanted to see her live, and I've considered traveling to do so. Knowing she had a new album coming out, I decided this would be the year. But then to find out she was actually coming to Redding? Somebody pinch me. I have my ticket, right up front, and I still can't believe it!

      Double kudos to JPR…

  4. Avatar Philbert says:

    Elvis and Lucinda? Sheesh, I may have to move back to Redding!

  5. Avatar James and Lisa in pd says:

    You've not lived until you've heard Lisa's Lucinda Williams impressions.