Featured bands for this 7th Annual Mossbrae Music Festival July 21 and 22 in Dunsmuir include Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors, Sista Monica, Sound Advice, The Fabulous Blackwell Brothers, Ted Taforo and Friends, Allison & Victor, and more

Expanding its annual fundraiser to two days, The Dunsmuir of Chamber of Commerce will present the 7th Annual Mossbrae Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

The vast array of artists’ styles for the musical weekend include R&B, blues, soul, afro-funk, folk-rock, jazz, psychedelic rock, Americana and bluegrass, Latin, and electric to acoustic sounds.

On Saturday, 2-8pm, four acts will take the stage. Sista Monica, who carries the baton for great blues women such as Etta James, Koko Taylor, Katie Webster and Ruth Brown, is dubbed as the “lioness of the blues.” She sings croons, shouts, and belts with power, sass and sultry phrasing and was nominated for the 2012 Best Soul Blues Female Artist by the Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.

Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors will return to this year’s festival due to the many fans they won over last year with their performance of blues, rock, funk, and soulful rhythms. An internationally respected artist, Thomas is also an award winning songwriter, scoring hits for Etta James, Solomon Burke, Janiva Magness, and most recently, Tom Jones.

New World Ape, an eight-piece band featuring purely original music, is propelled by its rhythmic backbone and its guitar and keyboard textures of progressive arrangements. The Ape’s afro, Latin and funk grooves have forged a niche in the West Coast world music scene.

The Fabulous Blackwell Brothers, featuring Miss Debbie will deliver their psychedelic, retro rockin’ blues, soul, country and disco goods on Saturday, with Harry Blackwell on left-handed lead guitar.  

Sunday’s lineup will feature more regional acts and will be geared as a “family day” with additional fun activities for kids.

Sound Advice, a five-piece band, has weaved its way into the heart of the North State for the last 15 years, unifying people together from all walks of life. Fueled by the love of their many fans, their R&B/funk sounds will have you swiveling, dancing, hopping, jumping, and definitely smiling.

The Sundown Poachers, using a combination of musical talent, showmanship, heart, and humor, will take you from front porch pickin’ to back porch trippin’ in the space of one song, spinning stories of life in the hills and the road.

Allison and Victor + the Midnight Band, with their mostly original acoustic jazz soul sound, are slated to perform on Sunday as well as Ted Taforo and Friends. Taforo is a two time past recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and of the Downbeat Student Jazz Award.

Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce President David Clarno conveys, “The festival is a very ‘cool’ place to spend a hot summer day. We are pleased to expand our event to two days this year and look forward to extending it to three days next year.”

While food, beer, wine, soda and water are available, no coolers or picnic baskets are allowed. Food vendors, craft vendors, and a playground will be part of the day’s festivities. Blankets to sit on the grass or low lawn chairs for the concert are recommended.

The Dunsmuir City Park is located at 4841 Dunsmuir Ave. See www.mossbraemusicfestival.com or call 1-800-DUNSMUIR for details. A shuttle is provided from parking lot into the park.

This event is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center-Mt. Shasta, Pacific Power, EmergenC, the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, the Dunsmuir Rotary, Laguinitas Brewery, and Deschutes Brewery.

Ticket information

Tickets cost $25 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, and $40 for both days. Kids 15 years or younger can attend free of charge. Tickets are available online and at various outlets: in Dunsmuir, Video Station, Dunsmuir Hardware, and the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce; in Mt. Shasta, Village Books; in Redding, Bog Beans Books and Enjoy the Store; in Yreka, at the Chamber of Commerce; and, in Ashland at the Music Coop.

Saturday’s schedule, July 21

1pm: Gates open
2pm: The Fabulous Blackwell Brothers featuring Miss Debbie
3:15 pm: New World Ape
5-6:15pm: Sista Monica Parker
6:30pm: Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors

Sunday’s schedule, July 22

1pm: Gates open
2pm: Ted Taforo & Friends
3pm: Allison & Victor + Midnight Band
4:30pm: The Sundown Poachers
6-7pm: Sound Advice