Siskiyou Summit at Roxy Ann Grange

The bluegrass band's annual concert will feature originals, traditional numbers and a few ol' favorites
The Siskiyou Summit bluegrass band’s annual concert will feature originals, traditional numbers and good ol’ favorites played bluegrass style.MT file photo

In 2008, bluegrass band Siskiyou Summit retired its popular "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" show at Roxy Ann Grange in Medford to introduce something more akin to its roots — the Siskiyou Summit Annual Roxy Ann Grange concert.

"It's bluegrass, old-time, all-acoustic music," said Jeff Jones, the band's mandolin player.

if you go

What: Siskiyou Summit

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6

Where: Roxy Ann Grange, 1850 Spring St., Medford

Tickets: $12; $8 for ages 12 and younger

Call: 541-488-0178

For five years, the band organized and performed its "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" show, which had been arranged like a radio show from the 1930s with bluegrass tunes heard in the Coen brothers' 2000 movie. Every year, the show sold out — 230 seats — at the Roxy Ann Grange, a log building with spring floors built in the 1930s.

"It was popular," Jones said. "But you can only bank on other people's success for so long."

Last year and again this year, the band will host its own themed concert at the Grange.

"A six-piece bluegrass band doesn't fit in a lot of bars ... so we had the idea of doing our own self-produced show," Jones said.

The band features six local musicians — Jones, Bob Evoniuk on dobro, Glenn Freese on guitar, Crystal Reeves on fiddle, Jim Calhoun on acoustic upright bass and Rick Nelson on banjo.

"In our set, we'll do everything from older and newer bluegrass, and mix it up with some rock and roll that we brought in and bluegrassed up, and some of our originals," Jones said.

Each of the band members has contributed originals to be played. Along with traditional numbers, the group also "bluegrassed up" "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan, "Feelin' Alright" by Dave Mason and "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.

"Southern Oregon is not a huge bluegrass audience, as in the South," Jones explained. "That's why we like to mix it up with original songs and songs more familiar to people."

"It's good outdoor music," Jones said. "The get-up-and-boogey type of stuff, but it's also nice for a cold winter evening."

Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance from Nelson's Brakes and Alignment in Medford and the Music Coop in Ashland.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-488-0178.

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