There'll be dancin' in the street the weekend of July 5 and 6 as a series of musical entertainers bring their sounds to the Castle Street stage in downtown Mount Shasta.
“We can’t wait to dance in the streets of downtown Mount Shasta again,” said Eric Siems of Mount Shasta’s Positive Productions.
Since 2003, his company has coordinated free entertainment on the Castle Street stage for the city’s annual Independence Day weekend street fair celebration.
Saturday, July 5
• This year kicks off at noon with Allison Scull and Victor Martin. Allison and Victor put a new twist on contemporary music with their magical marriage of jazz, folk, Latin, blues and R&B.
Selected to perform at the International Music World Series music awards at Hollywood’s famed Derby, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with artists such as Craig Chaquico, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Kelly Joe Phelps, Acoustic Alchemy and blues legend John Hammond.
• Singer/songwriter Bruno Grossi will be featured at 2 p.m. and between sets.
Grossi has played his original folk, acoustic rock and finger-picking instrumentals throughout Europe, Argentina and the Pacific Northwest. His artistry on the acoustic guitar and rich vocals create a memorable performance.
• 56 Hope Road brings their catchy songs and smooth acoustic grooves to the stage at 2:30 p.m.
The band has been featured on Sirius Satellite Radio, National Public Radio, college and community radio, the soundtrack to an upcoming film, “Road to Woodstock,” and a Fox Sports Net/Warren Miller production, “Destination Wild.”
56 Hope Road tour some of the nation’s largest music festivals sharing the stage with artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Spyro Gyra, Verve Pipe and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
• Monophonics, a San Francisco Weekly Best Of The Bay Award winning soul, funk, and rhythm and blues orchestra, headline the weekend at 5 p.m.
Recognized for their retro sound and style, Monophonics draw inspiration from classic late ’60s and early ’70s artists such as Tower of Power, The Meters, The J.B.’s, and The Crusaders.
Members have performed with The Funky Meters, Russell Batiste, Galactic, and Papa Grows Funk. John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room raves “the hottest horn-driven funk this year.” Lookout for a special tribute to the late, great James Brown.
Sunday, July 6
• Local finger-style acoustic guitar virtuoso Rick Garrett opens up Sundays festivities at noon and between sets. His dynamic, nylon string sound embraces Latin, jazz and classical flavors both old and new.
Rick Garrett has shared the stage with renown musicians such as Michael Hedges, Patrice Rushen and bassist Bunny Brunel (of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and others).
• Blues rocking guitarist Slam Buckra and His Groove Palookas hit the stage at 12:30 p.m.
Slam Buckra has performed over 2,500 shows sharing the stage with renown artists such as Willie Nelson, REM, The Stray Cats, Johnny Winter, Leon Russell and Charlie Musselwhite. He has traded licks on stage with blues legends Albert King and Albert Collins.
The San Diego Troubador calls him “the quintessential performer.” Chico News and Review proclaims him “master of revels,” and the Chico Enterprise-Record declares him “Mr. Entertainment.”
• Plum Crazy closes out the weekend with a bang at 3 p.m.
Plum Crazy’s irresistible combination of alternative country music, soulfully sweet harmonies, clever songwriting, and jam happy funk, have quickly garnered them accolades and airplay from Sirius Satellite, college and community radio stations nationwide.
With five talented songwriters, their music explores a wide gamut of styles bound to a common groove that effectively bridges the gap between country, pop and jam.