|Crystal Bowls and Harmonicas
The blue moon was shining and the stars came out for Home Grown Talent last Labor Day weekend. For over a hundred years, people have traveled to Sierra County in search of treasure and Downieville celebrated that historic endeavor with the Gold Rush Days celebrations throughout the weekend. There was real treasure to be found this weekend as local talent glittered like gold on the stage of the Yuba Theatre.
The evening began with local author and playwright, Bud Buczkowske, who inspired the audience with his pros. The three pieces he read were a reflection of his love for the place he calls home, Sierra County. He read Sundown in Downieville, The Silent Mist, and Gold Canyon. Our eternal gratitude to this gifted writer who continues to share his talent with all of us.
Local Author and Playwright, Bud Buczkowske
Piano prodigy, Corey Peterman, once again thrilled listeners with his fluent piano interpretations of two Rachmaninoff Preludes. He also brought with him budding singing sensation, Jonna Leddy, who hails from Loyalton and sang Leonard Cohen’s, Hallelujah. We hope to see more of Jonna and the talented students from Loyalton who participate in the Artists in Schools Music Program at Loyalton High School.
Logan Dunn, singer songwriter from Chico, played two original songs on the guitar. Everyone was impressed with his handsome voice and original sound, enough to wonder if he wasn’t a real star in disguise.
Comedienne, Barry Stukin of Grass Valley, warmed up the crowd, setting the stage for the big moment of the evening, the announcement of the winner of the Artists in Schools Raffle of the Mike Kelly guitar, Catherine Teal, of Lodi, California.
Kimberly Bass, from Nevada City, graced the stage with a special beauty. With a voice like an angel, she sang songs of inspiration and also hypnotized the audience as she sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow accompanied by a crystal bowl. What a special treat for the entire audience.
Johnny Walker, from Quincy, was incredible, playing a medley of melodies on the harmonica as only he can do. The question is — how does he wrap his lips around that little box and manage to make such a big sound?
Wyatt and Niven Wilson mixed it up with their inimitable Downieville grunge style. The younger set was happy to hear something raucous and original, with hot licks by Wyatt and hot lyrics by Niv, which included the song, Epistemologically Nihilist. Keep it up guys.
The evening was rounded out by the new incarnation of one of our favorite local bands, now known as Oso Blue, which included Pete Prince harmonica, Brandt Larsen bass, Sara Bernt drums, and the newest member, Adam Daigle vocals and guitar. Adam played two original songs on his Mike Kelly guitar, solo, earlier in the evening, and then surprised us all with the tune “Funky Adam” as he got down and funky with Oso Blue. The audience was treated to a small taste of the music we can expect from this new combination of musicians. It’s always a pleasure to hear some real jammin’.
Special thanks to the Trash Gordon Band, Breadline, and Paul Lesniak, who donated monitors to the Yuba Theatre for the benefit of the musicians who, until last weekend, were unable to hear themselves on stage. Also thank you to Tessa Jordan and Cracker Eshleman who manned the tech booth and did a fantastic job. Cracker also took photographs of the event that may be seen on the Yuba Theatre and Sierra County Arts Council Facebook page. Thanks most of all to the entire community who came out to entertain and to enjoy another evening of Home Grown Talent at the Yuba Theatre.