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Blue Goose will be site of all-day music festival

City Folk Reunion concert, music workshops, jammin' sessions planned
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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An all-day music fest is planned for Loomis on Saturday, April 4. It will come in the form of workshops and jamming sessions, topped off by a City Folk Reunion concert in the evening. And, the whole affair is a benefit for another music event, the American River Acoustic Music Camp, to be held in August in Coloma. The workshops will be on flatpick guitar with Rob Bonner, formerly of Loomis and founder of the South Loomis Quickstep Band; rhythm guitar with Kathy Barwick; and vocals with nationally acclaimed bluegrass musician, recording artist and composer Keith Little. According to Little, all singers can benefit from his workshop. “The style of music, not the age, not even the skill level, is as important as someone’s desire and interest in singing,” he said. One of the things Little enjoys about hosting vocal workshops is when singers have an “aha” moment. “You see it in their face … when they connect … all of a sudden their singing improves at a very profound level,” he said. To Little, the human voice is an extremely satisfying instrument. “Even if a person wasn’t musically endowed, you can fix it and change it,” he said. “People can improve their voices at a faster rate than they could save to buy an old instrument, mostly because older instruments are so expensive.” Little performs on guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. He appears regularly with duo partner Jim Nunally, including a concert in 2007 at the Blue Goose. Little is also a member of the Peter Rown Bluegrass Band and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and has sung on top bluegrass recordings, including two by Dolly Parton. Local architect Kevin Odell, who said he’s passionate about music, plans to take Little’s vocal workshop. “Anytime I get the opportunity to get some vocal instruction from some of the best local musicians, it’s great,” he said. In the past he’s taken Bonner’s guitar classes at Sierra College. He also attended last year’s music camp at Coloma. Odell is looking forward to it all. “The jam, the workshops, then the concert, and the camp. It’s my plan to attend the camp again this year,” he said. The City Folk Reunion concert will join Roger Feuer, Keith Greeninger and Kimball Hurd for the first time since 1995. That year, the trio won the KFOG Best of the Bay music award and made their final national tour after recording and releasing three albums in a span of six years. Designer Joe Pattin, of Garden Retreats, has been a fan of City Folk for a decade and is excited about attending the concert, because he’s never seen them play. “That’s why I’m excited to see them play live,” he said. Pattin describes City Folk’s sound as “very melodic, acoustic music.” The music, he added, “really takes you on a journey. It’s a good way to relax … It takes your mind off everyday trials and tribulations.” Class size is limited for the workshops, which are $40 each and will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Register by calling (530) 333-1018 or e-mail americanriverfolk@gmail.com. There’s no fee to participate in the jamming sessions, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. The Blue Goose doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert. Concert tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. They are available locally at Blue Goose Produce in the fruit shed.