Mount Shasta will take 4 days to celebrate the 4th

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A poster for Mount Shasta's 2018 Fourth of July celebration, scheduled to start Sunday, July 1, and continue through the fireworks show over Lake Siskiyou the night of July 4.

Mount Shasta's four-day Fourth of July celebration starts with music and a mixer and ends with fireworks over Lake Siskiyou choreographed to music.

There'll be lost of music in between, along with street vendors, an artisan fair, a run/walk and a parade.

Music is scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 1 to 3, on the Siskiyou California’s North Stage at Castle Street in downtown Mount Shasta. Those three days are the lead-in to the big blasts on Wednesday, July 4th, a day that begins with the Mountain Runners’ 39th annual Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m., followed by the town parade on Mt. Shasta Blvd., which is themed, “Thank A Veteran.”

The celebration concludes with the fireworks show over Lake Siskiyou, an 18-minute “sky concert” choreographed to music that can be heard on Z100.1 FM beginning right a 9:45 p.m.

Headline bands, all scheduled to perform from 7 to 9 p.m., are Sound Advice on Sunday, Fate Under Fire on Monday, and Secret Society Handshake on Tuesday.

Vendors will be open for business on Castle Street when the music begins on Sunday, July 1 at 5 p.m. during the Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Mixer.

All those who come downtown during the celebration are asked to leave their pets at home.

The music schedule:

Sunday, July 1st

Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Mixer

Wind Fields, 5 p.m. 

Wind Fields began as a three-piece band towards the end of 2016. Matthew Jolliff and Vincent Stevenson began sharing original songs, new and old, to build a foundation for their unusual, rough-around-the-edges dark country rock music. With the addition of members, Julia Fryling on mandolin and Brianna Murphy on fiddle they created an approachable and authentic sound that gained quick attention from in the Scott Valley area. After their original drummer left, each remaining band member began experimenting with new instruments. Julia started playing the drums while Vincent and Matthew traded between keyboard, bass and guitar. Brianna began playing bass regularly in addition to experimenting with her fiddle through effects pedals.

They began developing the sound they perform regularly today. Their songs are satirical, melodic, pop-driven and lyrical with a sentiment towards the classic rock era of the ’60s and ’70s. Known for delivering energetic, live performances Wind Fields is a band that looks forward and doesn’t hold back.


Sound Advice, 7 p.m.

Sound Advice is an energetic five-piece band that has played all over the north state for the last 15 years. Their R&B/funk sounds will gets crowds out of their seats and dancing.

Monday, July 2nd

Shasta Taiko, 1 p.m.

The sound of taiko – Japanes drumming – has spread worldwide. Siskiyou County residents have a chance to experience taiko taught by American taiko artists Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer. Since 1985, Shasta Taiko has taught taiko to hundreds of local residents and exposed taiko to thousands.

“Taiko is more than drumming, music or dance and movement, expression or spirit. Self confidence and awareness are developed, as well as a group consciousness. It’s a life giving activity,” says Russel Baba. “I’m fortunate to do something I love, and to share that passion with others is a blessing.”

RichieG & MA Beat, 3 p.m.

Singer-songwriter RichieG (Richard Gabriel), based in Eugene, Ore., plays with percussionist MA Beat (Mitch Albert) as a duo. They describe their music as “easy listening, mellow sound... country, Americana, folk/folk rock, blues, ska/reggae, bossa nova, Hawaiian and originals. Instrumentation includes nylon and steel string guitar, ukulele, percussion and vocals.”

They have opened for Hawaiian superstar Willie K and have played at many Oregon venues and in the Mt. Shasta area.

They’re on Facebook and you can hear samples of their music at YouTube. Search for RichieG and MA Beat.

Jessica Malone, 5 p.m.

Jessica Malone is an award winning singer/songwriter who that was raised in Mount Shasta. Her original music evokes a sense of wanderlust, self-discovery, positivity and moving forward. On Jessica's latest release, “The Waiting Hours” EP, drums, upright bass, violin, acoustic and electric guitar accompany her powerful and soothing vocals. Her raw and unfiltered approach to folk/Americana songwriting creates music that will take you back in time, while her heartfelt lyrics will keep you rooted in the present.


Fate Under Fire, 7 p.m. 

A vulnerable and honest voice, Fate Under Fire grabs your ear quickly with alternative pop vibes.

Singer/songwriter David James created this Sacramento quartet from his home studio, to deliver high energy live performances. Always evolving and making no apologies, the sonic landscape has transformed from driving guitars to sweeping synths, touching leads and big drums.

Struck with cancer, his mother engraved the drive to “do what you love for a living.” As he took full responsibility for her health, he saw her slipping away all the meanwhile forming what is now Fate Under Fire.

After her passing, he scanned one of her paintings for the cover of the EP “What Dreams Are Made Of” as a tribute to her.

You might catch FUF talking about alternative cancer treatments and suggesting treatment options with the audience, post show.

Throughout the years, releasing two EPs, multiple tours, cover videos, and self-directed music videos, FUF has seen extensive success between winning MTVu’s Freshman Five competition and songs getting picked up left and right for television, including a theme song for Sunday’s “The Today Show” that is currently in rotation.

Whether original FUF songs or write for hires, the list runs long with multiple national television theme songs under their belt.

Tuesday, July 3rd

Jefferson Justice Western Swing, 1 p.m.

Jefferson Justice plays western swing, the good-time music that’s provided the soundtrack for life in the rural West since the 1930s. They throw in a large helping of tunes from the Great American Songbook along with the best of the Bakersfield and Texas dance hall honky tonk sounds.

On July 3 in Mount Shasta they’ll feature renowned fiddler Martha Boyle and steel guitarist Morgan Hannaford.

Martha Boyle, Fiddle and Vocals

Morgan Hannaford, Pedal Steel and Vocals

Nick Dennis, Guitar and Vocals

Dave Reynolds, Piano

Doug York, Drums

Steve Layman, Bass

The Deady Bears, 3 p.m.

The Deady Bears play Grateful Dead music, jammin’ in the tradition of the late ’60s and early 70's San Francisco freeform music scene.

The Deady Bears includes local musicians Rusty Miller and Terry Lawhon on guitar and vocals, Tom Scott on bass, Phoenix Isler on vocals, and Kate Bachmann on drums.

Michelle Lambert, 5 p.m.

Michelle Lambert is an Indie/pop artist and northern California native whose voice is strong and passionate when she’s not spitting rapid-fire lyrics like her new single, “My California.” The electro-acoustic violin is her axe and it hits you like she’s shredding an electric guitar.

Her influences are Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, and Adele. Her partner, Robbie, brings it on the acoustic guitar with driving rhythms, tight arrangements and percussion hits that give a huge sound on stage.

Michelle started performing in her teenage years at many fairs, festivals and events in California before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full scholarship. After graduating in vocal performance she moved to Nashville and toured with many different acts around the Southeast. After getting a lot of traction on the West Coast from her single, “My California,” she and Robbie relocated to San Francisco.

Michelle’s highlights include performing for the Women’s Final 4 halftime show for 18,000 people, the Great American Music Hall opening for John Mayer and touring internationally in Malaysia. She’s now playing at festivals and venues all over California.

Secret Society Handshake, 7 p.m.

Secret Society Handshake is a multi-piece funk and soul band playing high-energy dance music that showcases its soulful vocals, horns and guitars.

Started in Dunsmuir in 2015 as a pet project by drummer Spencer Adkisson and trombonist Bryce Craig, Secret Society Handshake began as a way for the two friends to play the music they loved and share it with their friends while showcasing the vocal abilities of Bryce’s wife Ling Ling. They soon discovered a diverse pool of talented, like-minded musicians hiding in plain sight within the South Siskiyou County community; a secret society waiting to be uncovered.

Secret Society Handshake is led by the show-stopping vocal abilities of lead singer Ling Ling Gepte, who spent more than a decade as the “star of the show” on Carnival Cruise Lines. She is backed by the sweet and soulful vocals of Patti Miller and Bridget Shaw. The rhythm section is driven by the powerful bass-drums combination of Richard Lucas and Spencer Adkisson and is supported by versatile rhythm guitarist Kirk Miller.

Veteran jazz-funk master Scott Durbin adds to the foundation on keys and trumpet and embarks on epic solos.

Lead guitarists Jim Stacey’s soaring and wailing solos have become the signature of the band, while the horn section is led by “the man with the big trombone,” Bryce Craig, who frequently steps out for energizing solos. Additionally, the horn section consists of trumpeter John Kessler, tenor saxophonist Blake Michaelson and alto saxophonist Alden Silber.