North State Live Music November 25–December 1

Jim Dyar and Friends appear at the Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant in Redding on Saturday, November 28. Art by Phil Fountain.

Jim Dyar and Friends appear at the Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant in Redding on Saturday, November 28. Art by Phil Fountain.


Monday, November 30

Open mic at the Rock Slide Bar & Grill in Hawkins Bar (about 75 miles west of Redding on Highway 299) starts at 8 pm, hosted by Jimi Jeff(530) 629-3899.

The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band at the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All ages. (530) 892-4647.

Comedy open mic at The Maltese in Chico at 9 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 343-4915.


Tuesday, December 1

In Chico, Madison Bear Garden’s open jam begins at 9 pm. (530) 891-1639.

Open mic at Gogi’s Cafe in Chico, beginning at 7 p.m. All ages. Hosted by Dan Casamajor. (530) 891-3570.

Jimmy Limo appears at the Mount Shasta Resort in Mount Shasta at 5:30 p.m. (800) 958-3363.


Thanks to Claudia Hastings for sharing her compilation of jazz events.


Wednesday, November 25

Andre Mottershead at the Post Office Saloon in Redding, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 246-2190.

Barry Helzfonte, Green Hills Alone, and Zach Zeller and the Crooked Timbers appear at The Dip in Redding, beginning at 9 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 241-2662.

Open mic at the Maltese in Chico, starting at 6 p.m. Hosted by Jeff Coleman and Jimmy Reno. 21 and over. (530) 343-4915.

In Paradise, the “Open Mikefull” group hosts an open mic at the Paradise GrangeSignups at 6:45 p.m. All ages. Admission $2. 5704 Chapel Drive in Paradise.

Blues Jam at the Holiday Inn in Chico, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. (530) 345-2491.

Open mic at the Etna Brewery Taphouse in Yreka, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. All ages. (530) 841-0370.

The second and fourth Wednesday open mic at Maxwell’s Eatery in Redding is on hiatus until January.


Thursday, November 26

Happy Thanksgiving.


Friday, November 27

Clear Cut plays at the Win River Casino in Redding at 9:30 p.m. (They’ll play Win River on Friday and Saturday nights throughout November.) 21 and over. (530) 243-3377.

Sami Jo at the California Brewing Company in Palo Cedro at 6:30 p.m. All ages. (530) 222-2739.

The Chuck Epperson Jr. Band at the Post Office Saloon in Redding at 8:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 246-2190.

Jimmy Limo at the Woodside Grill in the Gaia Hotel in Anderson, beginning at 6 p.m. All ages. (530) 365-7077.

Oil Can Henry at the Pit River Casino in Burney, beginning at 9 p.m. 21 and over. (888) 245-2992.

Allison & Victor at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works in Dunsmuir at 7:30 p.m. All ages. (530) 235-1900.

Soda Creek at Cooper’s Bar & Grill (in the Best Western Tree House) in Mount Shasta at 7 p.m. All ages. (530) 926-3101.

Blue Relish at the Mt. Shasta Inn in Mount Shasta, beginning at 8 p.m. (530) 926-3411.

The Matt McBride Band and Julian Ruck at The Graduate in Chico, beginning at 9 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 343-2790.


Sunday, November 29

Linda Bott and her jazz ensemble (Bernie Baker and Bruce Calin) play the View 202 brunch in Redding at from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. All ages. (530) 226-8439.

Linda Bott, Cleveland Boney, Bruce Calin, and Joe Larsen perform at View 202 in Redding at from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. All ages. (530) 226-8439.

Patti Hill, “The Village Harpist,” appears at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works in Dunsmuir at noon. All ages. (530) 235-1900.

Hal Johnson

Hal Johnson

Born and raised in Ventura County, Hal Johnson moved to Shasta County in 1994. After a 38 year career flying helicopters, he can now sometimes be spotted around the North State singing and wrestling his guitar into submission. He always feels funny writing about himself in the third person. Contact him at