For the fourth performance of its 30th season, the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness is doing something a little different. The “Friday night regulars” at Tomasini’s Enoteca in Crescent City will be providing a fundraising performance, giving the audience a chance to hear local musicians present a veritable smorgasbord of styles, including acoustic rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, folk and originals.
Three for the Road will add its unique mix of originals and cover songs to tbe Feb. 23 performance at Crescent Elk. Photo courtesy of DNACA
“How wonderful it will be to hear these musicians in a concert venue,” said Tricia Bruhns, DNACAs president. “We will be able to really appreciate their talents in a listening environment.”
Each of the six artists/groups involved will be presenting 15 minutes of music, in an artists’ showcase format. In various configurations, some of the musicians have been playing music together for many years.
• Steve Berg was born and raised in Crescent City, with his father always playing guitar and singing country songs while he was growing up. He started learning to play guitar while in high school, and then discovered Earl Scruggs and the 5-string banjo.
Berg spent the next few years learning the finger-picking “roll patterns” of bluegrass banjo. For more than 25 years, he played in the Mud Hen Village Band with family and friends. More recently, Berg has been playing solo, applying banjo technique to acoustic guitar and drawing on material from the singer/songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s.
• Robert Tiernan has made a name for himself as a musician who knows few stylistic boundaries. Born in Washington, D.C., he honed his chops by playing parties and casual performances and by jamming with friends and fellow musicians. Just out of high school, he moved to Denver and involved himself in an eclectic mix, including jazz and rock bands, rap and punk bands, and duets with guitar, piano and vibraphone.
Focusing on fusion and original music, Tiernan was in high demand as a recording artist, composer, improviser, and musician of many colors. After moving to Crescent City, he again immersed himself in diverse musical settings. Tiernan’s latest endeavors are solo guitar work with a looper, and a CD titled “Slow Burn.”
• Holus Bolus is one person: Tom Boylan, who refers to himself a “one-man-psychedelic-acousti-loop” artist. Live, Boylan presents his original songs one layer at a time, looping each instrument’s input, and eventually compiling all the layers into one sound.
Holus Bolus has released two full-length albums, is working on a third and has toured extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest: from Ashland to Portland, Ore., and from Seattle to Leavenworth, Wash. Boylan is also part of the local band Joint Chiefs.
• Mike Selfridge, an artist, educator, business owner, musician and long-time resident of Del Norte County, will be accompanied at the showcase by Bering Sea fisherman and musician Butch Cole, who will play “little drums,” percussion and sing harmony vocals. The duo will perform three original tunes from its upcoming album, “It’s About Damn Time.”
In addition to singing lead vocals, Selfridge will be playing a unique instrument for each number. “In Dreamland” will feature a recycled redwood ukulele, custom-built by Gordon and Char Mayer of White Salmon, Wash. “If I Were King” will feature a 1928 National Resophonic Steel Guitar, and “Angeline” a 1950s harmony tenor guitar with an ancient DeArmond magnetic pickup.
Milann (Reynolds) was drawn to rhythm and blues and jazz from an early age, believing that they are the foundation for music referred to as American. He picked up the saxophone at age 9, and at 16 won the Northwestern Jazz Festival Competition for sax improvisation. At 12, Reynolds started playing guitar, and at 15 began vocal training.
He had the privilege of working with Richard Rodgers of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Jester Harrison, who was a major influence on his vocal style. While living in Santa Cruz, Reynolds worked as a studio musician at Hun Sounds in San Rafael, and provided instrumental and vocal back-up for numerous artists on tour.
He will be joined on the stage of Crescent Elk Auditorium by lead guitar player Dale Morgan, and backed up by Cole on drums and Selfridge on bass.
Morgan is a life-long North Coast musician, a “six-string architect and true believer in everything that matters,” who also wrote that he is “hard on the trail of capturing and distilling the tantalizing guitar secret sauce, nestled in the firmament below a shimmering twist of stars.”
• Three for the Road, formed in 2008, had its first performance at Tomasini’s Enoteca that same year, and will be performing some familiar and some original tunes at the showcase. The band is composed of three men with diverse musical backgrounds, shared love for vocal arrangements, and a common vision for blending these into a unique sound.
Michigan-born Buck Green has been a guitar player and songwriter since his early years, although he earned his living locally singing and playing drums in various bands such as Rock Nouveau, Rockability and The Incredibly Complex Shallow Guys, to name a few. Green has set the drums aside to get back to his first loves: songwriting and performing.
Terry Weishaar began his musical journey while in his teens in his native South Dakota. Weishaar put himself through college playing drums in a country band, later picking up the bass and touring with various bands. He has played locally as a member of Divin’ Mike, Rescue, The Ferguson Brothers, and other configurations.
Growing up in Fortuna, Stephen McCollum began his music-making as part of a duo, the McCollum Brothers. Since 1975, he has played in variety of local musical groups such as Spoonland, Rockus and The Incredibly Complex Shallow Guys, as well as at numerous fundraising events, including the Static Ramblers. He adds guitar, mandolin and harmonica to Three for the Road’s mix.