If you enjoy music that touches the heart, promotes social awareness without being preachy, and sometimes tells very funny stories without putting anyone down, then you must come see David Roth on Saturday, April 12 at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., 8 p.m. Roth doesn’t get to the West Coast too often and it’s taken eight years for me to convince him to play here again. The Rogue Valley Peace Choir has performed his song “Earth,” his lyrics are included in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and he’s a former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute. “David’s pure, smooth voice, unsurpassed instrumental ability, incredible humor, and heart-piercing, intelligent lyrics brought folk music, New Age, comedy club, coffee house, and a bit of heaven all together in one unforgettable evening…” James van Pelt, New Haven Folk Alliance
The reason St. Clair Productions’ series is called “Eclectic Music and More” is sometimes we produce a show that’s not music. On Saturday, April 26, comedian Swami Beyondananda returns to the Unitarian Fellowship in a Two-Man One-Man show. We’ve been producing shows with the Swami every few years since we began our series 18 years ago and each show is unique. This show will introduce you to the man behind the Swami, Steve Bhaerman. You’ll laugh … you’ll learn … you’ll laugh … and you’ll laugh some more.
Not only will you experience the Swami in his most natural habitat – offering questionable answers to answerable questions – you’ll get a look behind the scenes at the “innards” of cosmic comic distinctions, and discover the “aha” in the wake of the “ha-ha.” You’ll hear Steve’s “laugh story” — and discover how it parallels your own journey to Fool Realization and Cosmic Comic Consciousness. It’s guaranteed to keep you laughing till the sacred cows come home!
The last official concert for the 18th Annual Eclectic Music and More series is An Evening of Bluegrass with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum and Robin and Linda Williams on Friday, May 9, 8 p.m., also at the Unitarian Fellowship. Dan Hays, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association, said,“…I would certainly say [Lewis] is one of the top five female artists of the last 30 years. And she continues to make great music.”
Robin and Linda Williams have been regulars on A Prairie Home Companion for a many years and performed with Garrison Keillor at Britt Festival a few years ago. They have made it their mission to perform the music that they love — a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.
We normally don’t produce shows in the summer. However, I’ve been trying to get Krishna Das to come to Ashland for a couple of years. When offered the chance to produce him on Tuesday, July 1, I said yes. Show will be at the Historic Ashland Armory. Details soon.