A Few Brews & A Banjo, Saturday, June 25, at Chester Park


The Lake Almanor Community Foundation in partnership with Plumas Arts invites everyone to spend a sunny summer afternoon sitting among friends alongside the north fork of the Feather River under cottonwood trees during A Few Brews & A Banjo. Saturday, June 25, at Chester Park, participants can sip tasty micro-brewed beers, eat tri-tip sandwiches, enjoy bluegrass and Americana music and watch children dance and play. The event helps raise funds for local high school music and drama programs.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sourdough Slim will perform with Robert Armstrong. Then from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Ruby Hollow Band will take the stage.

Event admission is free. Tickets for brew-glasses and wristbands are $25 and will be available at the park on the day of the event to those 21 years old and up.

All proceeds will be donated to the music and drama department at Chester High School.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by the Elks Club of Chester.

Brews will be available from the following companies: Great Basin Brewing of Reno, Butte Creek Brewing of Chico, Anchor Brewing of San Francisco, Lost Coast Brewery of Eureka, Sacramento Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colo., and Stone Brewing Company of San Diego.


Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong

A marvel of musical ingenuity, showman extraordinaire Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, western classics, vintage jazz and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. They offer a fast-paced performance of music and humor that showcases their seasoned gift for connecting with audiences. Whether they are capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage.

Longtime fans will remember them as founding members of two of California’s favorite acoustic combos: Eighth Avenue String Band and R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders. Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments, including flat-top guitar, national steel guitar, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.

Well-traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The Strawberry Music Festival, The National Cowboy Gathering and Prairie Home Companion, these modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun-loving music fans from all walks of life.


Ruby Hollow Band

Ruby Hollow Band offers covers, original and traditional songs; ballads, new grass, polkas, Irish and South American/Spanish tunes; incredible four-part harmonies; and much more. Their repertoire keeps growing from their varied musical passions … and they do it all with flair and lots of fun.

Ruby Hollow is nothing short of a “phoenix rising” band, rumbling and rising from the wonderfully musically eclectic dust of the 1980s Willowgreen (David Cowan, Jo Chavez, Alice Peake) to a smashing hot new configuration (with the addition of David Bilinski) with even more cool instrumentation and beautiful, intricately woven four-part harmonies … all in the package of Hot Pogo folk music.

What is Hot Pogo, you may well ask? Think of a child’s pogo stick hopping and bopping around from place to place, staying put long enough for the balance and fun, and then moving on to another adventure … all in compelling music and song.

The Hot Pogo folk instruments Ruby Hollow uses (with constant additions) are: guitars (including a seven-string), Dobro, mandolin, electric bass, two accordions, banjo, lap steel, harmonica, South American keynas and panpipes, charrango, penny whistles, flute, bodhran, hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimers, kanun, keyboard for tailored special performances, drums and various percussive instruments.

The Lake Almanor Community Foundation in partnership with Plumas Arts sponsors a Few Brews & A Banjo.

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