Live Entertainment in the North State: January 10 – 17

Chuck Brodsky performs at the PIlgrim Congregational Church in Reddiing this Tuesday, January 10, at 7 pm.

I’m back! I planned to take just a couple of weeks off on my “winter vacation,” but, y’know, life happens.

Thanks to the urging of my friend Nolan Randall, who is the front man for the local Americana group Identity Crisis, performing songwriter Chuck Brodsky is coming back to Redding for the first time since January of 2020. I’m excited about this concert because Mr. Brodsky, in my view, is an awesome songwriter. In fact, I’m excited enough about his appearance that I’m going to post his bio below.


Tuesday, January 10

Chuck Brodsky at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. 7 pm.

The Coyote Band at the Frontier Senior Center in Anderson. 7 pm.


Wednesday, January 11

Nick Ciampi at Sweetspot in Redding. 6 pm.

Jonathan Foster at Cicada Cantina in Redding. 6 until 8 pm.

Steve Hermann at Three Shastas Bar & Grill in Redding. Starts at 7 pm.

Comedy Night/Open mic at the Silver Dollar Club in Shasta Lake. 7:30 pm.

Comedy night at the Overtime Lounge in the Win-River Casino. 8pm.


Thursday, January 12

Open mic at Trinity County Brewing Company in Weaverville. Starts at 4 pm.

Omnificient at Sweetspot in Redding. Starts at 6 pm.

Open mic at Fratelli’s Pizza Parlor in Redding. Hosted by Nick Ciampi. Starts at 7 pm.

Open mic at Mt. Shasta Brewing Company in Weed. Hosted by Ben Brown and Kolby Stancil. Starts at 7 pm.

JD Silva at Three Shastas Bar & Grill in Redding. Starts at 7 pm.

Hill Street Band at the Overtime Lounge in the Win-River Casino in Redding. Starts at 9 pm.


Friday, January 13

Jonathan Foster at The Shack Social in Redding. 6 – 8 pm.

Ana Jae at Dry Creek Station in Bella Vista. 6 pm.

Open stage at Brummy Recording Studio in Redding. 6 pm.

Ken Brown & Gimley at Fratelli’s Pizza Parlor in Redding. 7 pm.

CANCELED: California Grown at Kelly’s Pub and Wine Bar in Redding. 6 until 9 pm.

2Shyy at the Redding Senior Center. Presented by Shasta Dance Clubs. Starts at 7 pm.

Object Heavy at The Dip in Redding. 8 – 11 pm.

Sound Advice at POPS Performing Arts Center in Dunsmuir. 8 pm.

The Billies at Three Shastas Bar & Grill in Redding. 8:30 pm.


Saturday, January 14

HOOK at Fall River Brewing Company in Redding. 5 pm.

Steve Hermann at Dry Creek Station in Bella Vista. 6 pm.

Honeybee duo at Cafe Paradisio in Redding. 6 pm.

Kane McGee at The Shack Social in Redding. 6 – 8 pm.

Cypress School Kindness Club benefit at Fratelli’s Pizza Parlor in Redding. Features performances by Nick Ciampi, Preston Fennell, Blake Dorsey, Hal Johnson, Nolan Randall, Sara Hoxie, George Rogers, Jim Dyar & Keli Tims, Clinton Kane, Clay Harvey, and Greg Lawson.

Ashley Black at  Kelly’s Pub and Wine Bar in Redding. 6:30 pm.

The Gamut/Bullet Lobotomy at The Dip in Redding. 8 pm.

The Lucky Buck Band at Three Shastas Bar & Grill in Redding. Starts at 8:30 pm.

Magic Bus at the Silver Dollar Club in Shasta Lake. 9 pm.

CANCELED: California Grown at All Starts Sports Bar in Anderson. 9 pm.


Sunday, January 15

Live music at The Shack Social in Redding. Starts at 11 am.

Preston Jacobs at Three Shastas Bar & Grill in Redding. 6 pm.


Monday, January 16


Tuesday, January 17

Music and dancing at the Frontier Senior Center in Anderson. Presented by Shasta Dance Clubs. Starts at 7 pm.


“Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, a songwriter, a troubadour, a modern day bard. His wit and irony, down-to-earth warmth, and quirky, rootsy, finely crafted songs, tell stories of oddball and underdog characters. His songs celebrate the goodness in people, the eccentric, the holy, the profound, the courageous, the inspiring, the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs poking, and sometimes challenge what needs to be challenged. They’re sworn to tell the truth.

“Over the past 29 years Chuck has performed at festivals and in concerts all across the USA, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, England, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland. He’s performed three times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and 22 of his Baseball story songs have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame’s sound recording library.

“Born and raised in Philadelphia, a very young Chuck fell in love with the piano. Despite taking lessons, he still managed to teach himself how to play. Years later, on his first day of university orientation, he saw two guys playing guitars. He soon got one of his own, transferred out of the university and into the school of life. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lowell George, John Hartford, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Nic Jones, Chuck started writing songs in a style that is very much his own, yet pays homage to the traditions.

“After hitchhiking to San Francisco and singing weekly at the Tattoo Rose Cafe’s open mic, Chuck spent a few years singing for tips on the streets of Europe, and worked as a fruit picker back in the USA. In the late 1980’s, he began performing in small coffeehouses around the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Chuck and his songs have appeared in several films and on tv. His beloved Philadelphia Phillies featured an interview with him as well as his song “Whitey & Harry” in the documentary ‘Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life.’ The 2003 Sony Pictures release ‘Radio’ included a cameo by Chuck as well as his closing title track. ‘Moe Berg: The Song’ is featured in the PBS film ‘Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story’ (2010). Kathy Mattea’s recording of his song ‘We Are Each Other’s Angels’ is in the film ‘Dear Mr. Goodlife’ (1998). ‘Blow ‘em Away’ has been recorded by David Wilcox and many others, and also appears on the Christine Lavin produced ‘Laugh Tracks.’ In April of 2019 Chuck was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame for his songs about Baseball.

“Four of Chuck’s early CDs were produced in Atlanta by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, while four of his more recent CDs were produced in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, by J.P. Cormier. His last three albums have been self-produced in Asheville NC, including his newest, ‘Gravity, Wings, And Heavy Things.'”

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 shastalivemusic@gmail.com.

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