Live music schedule for 2017 Weed Carnevale

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Songwriter and live-looping artist Ryan Marchand organizes the live entertainment schedule for Weed's annual Carnevale celebration and performs solo and with the band Doublechief.

Live music planned at Bel Air Park in Weed on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, of the 2017 Weed Carnevale celebration.

Friday, July 14

5 p.m. – Gavin Miller

Gavin Miller is a singer-songwriter blending many styles of contemporary pop music. He can be spotted from time to time playing guitar for Secret Society Handshake.

6:30 p.m. – Djin Aquarian

Genre: Humanitarian Folk Rock. Djin Aquarian composes and performs songs that are very ’60s, with a universal message of love, justice and peace and a danceable beat.

8 p.m. – Ryan Marchand

Experimental/Reggae/Pop: Ryan Marchand is a songwriter and live-looping artist who has recorded and produced 10 albums of original music. Ryan has been on the road for 10 years touring North America, Europe and Egypt. Ryan creates an orchestral live-looping approach, and precisely arranges his equipment to create a sound-sensory listener experience. Ryan’s live-looping is much like live-mixing. Each sound is captured live. The art is in balancing the subtlest tones, EQ’s and volume to create a sonic spectrum and fullness comparable to recorded music. His musical style draws from funk, reggae, progressive rock, pop, roots driven blues, and classical compositions. His performance takes the listener on a musical odyssey, building in layers and complexity as the show progresses. A portion of each performance is left open for improvisation to create a unique experience every time

10 p.m. – The Jaywalkers 50’s Surf and Rockabilly Band

The Jaywalkers 50's Surf and Rockabilly Band was originally the J Walker Roadkill founded by drummer Michael “Bud” Koho in 2011. Together they have been playing music collectively for over 50 years. Expect to hear the classics of Surf, Motown and Rockabilly that will keep the evening upbeat and make you want to dance and boogie all night long.

Saturday, July 15

Noon – Samuel Betzen Solo Project

Devotional Jazz

2 p.m. – Rusty Miller & Friends

Based out of Yreka, Rusty plays a mix of Folk & Blues with acoustic guitar accompanied by Gene Farmer on harmonica and Warren Dressler on drums. Rusty does covers of Dylan, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, etc., and he has many originals of his own.

4 p.m. – Last Call with Bill Lachenmyer

Last Call is Bill Lachenmyer on guitar and vocals and Carl Carl Schwindeman on lead guitar. Bill plays an assortment of boot-stompin’ country blended with that high lonesome sound. You’ll be sure to be captivated by the energetic performance this duo delivers!

6 p.m. – Doublechief

Doublechief is an original reggae/psychedelic/funk/rock/jam band that came together with musicians from all over North America who met up in Mount Shasta. Together they have a sound that covers many genres with a funk/reggae core. The two guitarists weave a number of sounds together ranging from rich etheric landscapes to dual lead guitar solos played to funk, classic rock, and country. The rhythm section is carried by a bass sound that has a pillowy bottom end at times to a sharp funk bite. The drums keep the rhythm machine freight-training along to keep people dancing all night.

8:30 p.m. – Strings Broken Band

Billed as the Mt. Shasta area’s #1 funk jazz fusion jam band on ReverbNation and a band that gets the party going. Strings Broken Band brings together classic rhythms and tones that evoke the great music of the ’60s and ’70s. Samuel Betzen on vocals and lead guitar can solo for extended periods of time without getting winded, Jack Betzen drums and vocals and Skylar Stone on bass guitar.

10:30 p.m. to midnight – Rockit

Headlining Carnevale’s music on Saturday night is local area band Rockit, playing classic rock, funk, soul and blues. Rockit started in 1993 and original members Genny Axtman, vocals and Bruce Anthony, guitar and vocals, are joined by Bill Churchill, guitar and vocals, Jim Stacey on bass and Ryan Gut on drums.

Bruce Anthony has played in bands for over 40 years including country, rock and jazz and also plays pedal steel. He was part of Kidder Creek and Showdown in the area.

Genny Axtman hails from Chicago where she played and sang blues, soul and funk and then performed in country band Dakota Express in South Dakota and Gunshy in Iowa.

Bill Churchill played for years with local band Sound Advice, and more recently with Old Skool before joining Rockit last year. His beautiful tenor blends into wonderful three-part harmonies with Genny and Bruce.

After playing and touring Europe through the ’80s and ’90s, Jim Stacey joined Rockit on bass earlier this year. He also plays guitar for the area band Secret Society Handshake.

Special guest drummer Ryan Güt is currently playing drums with Palm Desert, CA based artist Brant Bjork, having just wrapped back-to-back tours of the United States, Australia and New Zealand in support of their 2016 release Tao of the Devil. The band heads to Europe for a summer festival tour in August and again in Sept-Oct for a headlining tour to support the yet to be released live record Europe ’16.