All-Star String Summit Concert returns July 9

Jeff Knebel

The All-Star String Summit Concert will be returning to Siskiyou County for a performance on Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the College of the Siskiyous’ Ford Theater.

The event will be an evening of music featuring young stars of the acoustic world who will perform of acoustic, bluegrass, celtic, jazz and old-time music, according to a press release.

The concert will be hosted by six-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and Northern California locals Tristan and Tashina Clarridge.

“This is the dream show - the show of the year for anybody interested in any kind of acoustic music, strings, or fiddling,” said Fiddle legend Darol Anger. “These young folks are absolutely the future and it’s happening right now. Bring your kids and watch their ears grow big and their eyeballs pop.”

The show will feature guitarist Scott Nygaard, National Scottish Fiddle Champion Jeremy Kittel, appalachian fiddler Brittany Haas, jazz violinist Billy Contreras, Julliard graduate cellist Natalie Haas, acoustic group Old School Freight Train, vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, (of Crooked Still), celtic fiddle innovator Hanneke Cassel, and many special guests, according to the press release.

Last year the group performed at the Ford Theater to a nearly sold-out crowd, according to concert promoter Carol Coho.

“Last year’s show went exceptionally well, it was a real treat for the people of Siskiyou County,” she said. “I expect this year’s show to be just as good, and with all new material.

“Last year we had over 450 very enthusiastic people attend. We’re excited this year to add guitarist Scott Nygaard to the lineup. This is quite an honor for Siskiyou County to host the event.”

The musicians have individually performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Conan O’Brien Show and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, according to the press release.

Cost of the show is, for adults and kids 12 and under, $15 and $5 in advance and $17 and $7 at the door, respectfully. Tickets are available at Village Books in Mount Shasta and Bernie’s Guitar in Redding. Tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/15610 or call 1-800-838-3006. Doors open at 7 p.m.

In addition to the concert, the performers will also be instructing this year’s Shasta Music Camp at the Mount Shasta City Park from July 6 - 12, according to Coho.

“We’re very excited to have such an incredible group of instructors for the camp,” she said. “Shasta Camp is one of the most coveted acoustic camps in the country because of the caliber of instructors and the range of musical genres taught.”

As part of the music camp this year there will also be a community vocals class at the City Park held Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11 from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. 

“Kristin Andreassen, who last year impressed the crowd at COS with her composition ‘Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for your Eyes’ will teach along with others,” said Coho.

Cost for the week is $80. Singers of all ages are welcome.  For more information on the vocals class, email Carol Coho at cscoho@sbcglobal.net.