Mississippi Delta Bluesman David Honeyboy Edwards, — left, headlines with Michael Frank Friday at the Armory.
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Annual festival features shows at the Historic Armory and other venues &
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The Sixth Annual Rogue Valley Blues Festival runs Friday through Sunday this weekend with main events at the Historic Ashland Armory. This year&
s event begins with the traditional and ends with the next generation of blues artists.
The Sixth Annual Rogue Valley Blues Festival kicks off Friday evening with an acoustic show. Doors open at 6 p.m. for barbecue dinner sold by Smoke-N-Man Barbecue, with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. In honoring the traditional, the festival presents headliner Mississippi Delta Blues legend David Honeyboy Edwards on guitar, performing with Michael Frank on harmonica. Edwards turned 90 years old in 2005 and he is still touring the world. Living in Chicago since the 50s, Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi. During the 30s, he worked as a solo player and with the likes of Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson and Tommy McClellan. He&
s been performing and recording ever since. In 1996, Edwards was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience one of the last original acoustic Delta blues players.
Also performing Friday evening is Mary Flower, a singer with a resonant, sultry voice, a consummate fingerstyle guitarist, and a master of lap slide guitar. Opening the show is Walker T. Ryan, whose &
re-creations of blues classics, obscure blues and his originals add up to one of the most seasoned, talented performers on the West Coast.&
(Mike Myers KRVM)
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Walker T. Ryan mixes original compositions with — his repertoire of classic and obscure blues songs.
For those who find acoustic blues a little tame for their taste, Saturday offers an opportunity to dance to the music of Little Charlie the Nightcats, Ellen Sheeley The Core, and Papa Keith Liddy the Washington Street Gang. Doors open 6 p.m. for dinner sold by Smoke-N-Man Barbecue, with Liddy kicking off the music at 6:30 p.m. Little Charlie the Nightcats started out in the mid-70s and began recording a decade later. The two constants over the Nightcats&
long history are co-founders Little Charlie Baty (guitar) and Rick Estrin (harmonica, lead vocals). Baty&
s biting licks are the perfect complement to Estrin&
s devil-may-care swagger and wryly humorous, storytelling lyrics. The band&
s music is electric urban blues of the Chicago variety, but mixes in bits of other styles, including soul, swing, jump blues, and Western swing.
— — Little Charlie the Nightcats head up Saturday&
s — Festival offerings.
Blonde dynamo Ellen Sheeley has been a professional musician for most of her life. She was the leader, arranger and lead vocalist of the well-known Rogue Valley band, Blues X-Press, from 1994 to 2002. Her new band The Core is Andy Piementel on keyboards, Mark Stever on drums, Chris Graves on guitar and John Trujillo on bass. Papa Keith Liddy and the Washington Street Gang take rocking delta blues and fuse it with old school rhythm and blues to come up with a sound that&
s distinctly their own. It&
s Keith Liddy on guitar and vocal, Jeff Fretwell on bass, Dave Hampton on keyboards and Ritch Dimond on drums.
A taste of the new generation of blues musicians is offered Sunday evening when Ben Rice and the Youth of Blues takes the stage from 6-8 p.m. Nominated for Band of the Year by the Portland Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards, this band ranges in age from 14-17. Ben Rice, 17, singer and lead guitar, writes most of the music. He has been playing around the northwest since he was 9. The Cascade Blues Association has nominated Rice for Male Vocalist of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. In the last two years, they played the largest blues festivals in the Northwest, including Portland&
s Waterfront Blues Festival and Winthrup&
s Rhythm and Blues Festival. They opened for Dave Mason and Kenny Neal at the Rose Festival in Portland last summer.
Take a storytelling trip to Asia at Ashland Library
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Cathy Spagnoli tells tales from Japan, Vietnam — and India Tuesday at the Ashland public library.
Kids and parents are invited to journey to Asia by way of Japanese folk toys, Vietnamese sound makers, and Indian story cloths when Portland storyteller, Cathy Spagnoli, brings tales from these far away countries as the first performer of 2006&
s popular Third Tuesday @ the Library series. Noted for her exotic props, Spagnoli has spent much of her adult life visiting Asia to learn the tales and collect the artifacts which color her storytelling performances. The fact that her husband is the noted Indian sculptor S. Paramasivam explains her emphasis on the culture of India.
Spagnoli has recently returned from a storytelling tour of Asia in which she performed in many schools, including the Hiroshima International School, the Australian International School in Singapore, and the Shanghai Changhi International School in China. She has received many commissions, including from the U.S. Information Agency for a storytelling tour in South Asia, from the Consulate General of South Korea to tell Korean tales in New York, from the Seattle Arts Commission to produce a radio series of Southeast Asian tales, and most recently, from the Singapore&
s Ministry of Education to participate in this year&
s Racial Harmony Day. Spagnoli has also published over twenty books and audio tapes, some of which she will bring with her to this Library event.
With such an impressive background, Cathy is still as down-to-earth as any Ashland resident, according to event organizers. She describes her son, Manu, as &
the light of my life,&
and Paramasivam as, &
my inspiring husband.&
Perhaps her storytelling philosophy is best summed up by this Indian quote on her Web site: &
The poet can reach where the sun cannot.&
Always a community event, Third Tuesday at the Library is sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and Shop &
This Third Tuesday at the Library takes place on Tuesday starting with snacks at 3:15 p.m. and continuing with the performance at 3:45 p.m. As always, Third Tuesday at the Library is free. The performance will last about 45 minutes, allowing children to get home, start homework and have dinner at a reasonable hour.
For further information, call the Ashland Children&
s Library at 774-6995.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 plays at the Ashland Armory — Thursday, Jan. 19.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 returns to
Sound Tribe Sector 9 brings their live show to Oregon for two shows, Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Ashland at the Ashland Armory and Jan. 19 in Eugene at the McDonald Theater. The band just enjoyed three sold-out nights at 4000-plus seat Tabernacle in Atlanta over the New Year holiday and are looking forward to going to the Pacific Northwest, since it&
s been a couple of years since Oregon fans have had a chance to see them.
the No. 29 touring artist in the country &
have earned their success through eight years of constant touring and garnering loyal and numerous fans along the way. All of their accomplishments have been achieved without major label, MTV, or mainstream radio support.
The band is in the midst of a world tour in support of their album &
featuring remixes by such prolific artists as Bill Laswell, Ming+FS, Karsh Kale and more. The album, released October 4, soared to the Top 5 Electronic albums at iTunes in just one day.
[STS9] is making electronic music relevant again, and people from all over the musical map are taking notice, as they did when such acts as Chemical Brothers and Prodigy brought something new to the table back in the 90s.&
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration set
The 18th annual Ashland Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration is scheduled for noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday at the Historic Ashland Armory in downtown Ashland. The observance of the slain civil rights leader&
s birthday is sponsored by the Ashland School District, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the City of Ashland, Jefferson Public Radio and Southern Oregon University. The event is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Rogue Valley food banks.
Keeping with the tradition of the community celebration, students from the Ashland School District and SOU&
s Black Student Union will share their thoughts and songs on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leslie Kendall, Planned Parenthood Teen Theater, and cast members of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will perform, including a tribute to King and Rosa Parks celebrating nonviolent protest featuring several freedom songs performed by OSF&
s Greta Oglesby. There will also be some special guests and historical footage from the Civil Rights movement featuring the some of the legendary words of King. D.L. Richardson from Southern Oregon University&
s Communication Department will both share a song and emcee the event.
Seating is always limited and available on a first come basis. Each year the event reaches standing room only by noon. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. All ages are welcome but parents are urged to stay with their children during the event.
The Ashland Food Co-op will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the AFC Community Room (195 A St. in the A Street Market Place) from 9:30 a.m. to — p.m. People are asked to schedule a blood donation appointment by visiting the Ashland Food Co-op information desk, 237 N. First St., or by calling 482-4707.
Charles Drew, one of the first African Americans to be selected for membership on the American Board of Surgery, was a pioneer in blood banking. He was the founder of two of the world&
s largest blood banks one of which was the Red Cross. Due to Drew&
s contribution to human welfare, he was awarded the Springarm Medal by the NAACP in 1944.
The American Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation&
s blood supply (collecting more than six million units a year from volunteer donors) for patients in 3,000 hospitals across the country. Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to more than 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Southeast Alaska and must collect at least 5,000 donations weekly in the region.
Siskiyou Views: In Conjunction With MLK Events
145;Nazi Racial Science, American Eugenics: A Relationship of Collaboration and Cooperation&
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Tony Platt will discuss his book "Nazi Racial Science, American Eugenics: A Relationship of Collaboration and Cooperation" Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Hannon Library Meese Meeting Room (305).
Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library continues to offer a wide variety of free events in celebration of their new building. January events will begin with visiting author Tony Platt, launching his newest book in conjunction with celebrations marking the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.
Tony Platt is professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. He taught previously at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. In addition to authoring several books, he is a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. His latest book, Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws, From Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial will be available at the lecture and at the SOU Bookstore. Howard Zinn describes Bloodlines as "a fascinating excursion into history." According to Lonnie Bunch, the new director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American history, Bloodlines is "a powerful story of remembrance, personal discovery, courage and publicly demanded accountability."
In his talk "Nazi Racial Science, American Eugenics: A Relationship of Collaboration and Cooperation," Tony Platt will explore the history and legacies of eugenics. The scientific field of eugenics was based on Victorian assumptions about the biological basis of social standing and the hope that a regimen of proper breeding would improve the human race. In its heyday between the world wars, eugenics was widely and variously practiced in many countries, with followers all over the political map, from socialists to fascists. Eugenics became intertwined with nationalist demagoguery in the 1920s, especially in Germany and the United States, and was used to bolster arguments against the dangers of "miscegenation," women&
s equality, welfare rights, and immigration from outside the West. The Nazis gave eugenics an honored place in its repertoire of "racial science," while it became the darling of American reformers in search of a scientific rationale for holding back the tide of social equality.
Eugenics was used to design and justify state-sanctioned atrocities, from the involuntary sterilization of thousands of working class women in the United States, to the murder of two hundred thousand disabled children and adults during the Hitler regime. Platt proposes that there was significant collaboration between Nazi and American eugenicists, and that eugenics played an important and enduring role in racial ideologies in the United States.
Platt's lecture will be introduced by Derrick Lee Weeden of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Platt's visit to Ashland is co-sponsored by Temple Emek Shalom and the Friends of Hannon Library.
For further information, call 552-6835.
12 p.m. Tim Church Boris Cummings
— p.m. David Speigel, Susan Wells, Marcela Ruikes
2 p.m. Craig Martin
— p.m. Jerry Zybach Blue Owens
12 p.m. Jim Roy Larry Eaton
— p.m. Pete Herzog
2 p.m. Trousers (Boris Cummings, Joe Diehl Tom Stamper)
— p.m. Scott Woolsey
Standing Stone Restaurant
12 p.m. Tongue N&
— p.m. Beau Berry Band
2 p.m. Southern Oregon Blues Band
— p.m. Back Porch Swing Jazz
12 p.m. Tim Church Boris Cummings
— p.m. Cindy Mark DeGroft
2 p.m. Chuck Yates
— p.m. Roadmasters (Tom Frederick, Tom Freeman, Craig Martin)
Tickets are $50 for a weekend pass that includes all concerts and workshops; $25 Friday evening only; $28 Saturday evening only; $15 each workshop; and $5 Sunday evening. Children&
s Stage is by donation. Dinner is a separate charge. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in the A Street Marketplace, Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Larry&
s Music in Medford and Grants Pass, on-line at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.
11 a.m., David Honeyboy Edwards, guitar
12:30 p.m., Mary Flower, guitar
2 p.m., Mary Flower, History of Women in the Blues
11 a.m., Charles Baty, guitar
12:30 p.m. Rick Estrin, harmonica
2 p.m. Michael &
Herman, History of Blues Guitar Styles
The Oregon Stage Works Theater in the A Street Marketplace is hosting a Children&
s Stage on Saturday. At — p.m., its Michael &
Herman teaching the art of the blues kazoo. The first 70 kids receive a free kazoo. At 2 p.m., its Walker T. Ryan teaching Rhythms in the Blues. Kids will clap, grunt, sing, stomp, and make rude noises.