Full Bellies & Full Hearts
The spirit of community filled our hearts and bellies last Saturday night, as the Cabin Fever Spaghetti Feed dished out all-you-can-eat portions of pasta and as Home Grown Talent dished out entertainment on the stage of the Yuba Theatre.
The evening of mostly local talent began with the traditional introductions by B.J. Jordan, who then treated the audience to two of her newly written songs complimented by the beautiful resonance of her Mike Kelly guitar. Corey Peterman once again amazed the crowd as he performed Chopin’s Heroic Polonaise on the piano. How he gets his fingers to do those complicated runs is a point of continued astonishment for those listening.
The stage was then given over to the String-a-Longs who including Peggy Daigle vocals and stand-up bass, Paul Douville vocals and guitar, Adam Daigle guitar, Dee Wallace congas, Frank Lang banjo and vocals, and the versatile Brandt Larsen on slide guitar. The audience was especially delighted with “Rock-a-My-Soul” a video of which may be seen on the internet at Yuba Theatre and Sierra County Arts Council on Facebook. They finished the set as hoped for with what has become the Downieville Anthem – A Town this Size.
The bluesy style of Oso Blue then heated up the stage with original tunes, trading licks from tightly woven rhythms and melodies. Oso Blue is the latest incarnation of a band that has seen many changes over the years. The current group includes Pete Prince harmonica, Adam Daigle guitar, Sarah Berndt drums, and Brandt Larsen bass. It’s always a treat to hear this group “get down”.
Some new faces made an appearance on stage, Galen and Peter from Berkeley who showed up late in the evening. They played blues originals with fast finger picking bravura. What a delight. All of the performers were finally invited come to the stage for the grand finale of Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
Special thanks to volunteer, Cracker Eshelman, Co-President of the Board of the Sierra County Arts Council. Cracker stepped up and manned the tech booth and was able to make a perfect mix. These events would not be possible without the dedication of all our volunteers. Thank you also to all the musicians who came out and warmed out spirits on a cold winter night.