St. Clair Productions’ concert series is called “Eclectic Music and More” for good reason. The concert series features many different styles of folk music. The two concerts for November are really different. Both shows take place at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland and begin at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets at www.stclairevents.com, 541-535-3562 or the Music Coop.
On November 8, take a trip to Africa with Samite. In “Journey to the Soul of Africa,” Samite uses traditional and original songs accompanied on kalimba, marimba, litungu and various flutes, stories and slides to tell you about his homeland of Africa. Kelvin Underwood will join Samite on percussion and the Rogue World Ensemble will offer back-up vocals on a couple of songs.
Samite was born in Uganda but forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee in 1982 and immigrated to the US in 1987. He discovered his new role: inspiring joy and expression through music and to open people’s minds and hearts to the common threads of human concerns. In 2002, Samite founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organization dedicated to enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. Samite travels to sing, play music, and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. He has traveled extensively to Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Latvia, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire to work in refugee camps with former child soldiers and AIDS orphans. Samite has 9 recordings and has written music for several movies including Jane Goodall’s IMAX Wild Chimpanzees and Addiction Incorporated.
It’s back to the U.S. for the next concert on Wednesday, November 20 with Hot Buttered Rum. Hot Buttered Rum is a San Francisco band of five friends who perform Americana-based blue grass fusion: a happy, sing-along mix of bluegrass hoe-down, high-art and roadhouse rock. The band’s three songwriters — Aaron Redner, Nat Keefe and Erik Yates — spin tales about the good times, the bad times, and the roads in between, and belt them from the heart in three-part harmony. Bryan Horne’s athletic standup bass and Lucas Carlton’s tasteful percussion combine with the acoustic instruments to create what is California’s own acoustic music.
“[Hot Buttered Rum] will butter your ears up with some sweet, sentimental singing, then flatten them back against your head with a scorching fiddle tune. Jazz, reggae, 80’s pop – anything’s game for this quintet, but they keep coming back to the well of folk and bluegrass to ground their sounds.” ~Home Grown Music
If you watched the August 24th S.F. Giants vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game, you saw Hot Buttered Rum perform a bluegrass rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.