Celebrating 20 Seasons of Concerts
St. Clair Productions has delighted in bringing Ashland an eclectic array of folk and ethnic musicians for 19 seasons. Our 20th season of Eclectic Music and More continues that tradition. All shows are at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland, unless otherwise indicated. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets and information at: www.stclairevents.com, 541-535-3562 or the Music Coop.
Saturday, October 3, Cris Williamson takes the stage.
Forty years ago, Williamson recorded The Changer and the Changed for Olivia Records and “Women’s Music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically to women, which took off. Although much has changed in the entertainment industry, one thing hasn’t – Williamson’s ability to captivate an audience with her soul-stirring vocals and heartrending lyrics. Her latest release is Pray Tell: Songs of the Soul, a 24-song 2-CD set.
Friday, November 6
Tish Hinojosa brings her Mexican/American original and traditional music to Ashland. Hinojosa’s releases range from the perfect balance of country, folk, and Latino elements on the award-winning Culture Swing to the collection of Mexican love ballads and border songs on the all Spanish Frontejas (1995) to the delicate mysticism of Dreaming From the Labyrinth (1996) and the joyful optimism on her bilingual children’s record Cada Niño/Every Child (1996). Sign of Truth (2000) revealed a more personal, intimate, and independent side. Her latest release is After the Fair (2013).
Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, Ashland’s Mexican dance troupe, opens the show.
Saturday, November 7, 10am-noon
Hinojosa Workshop Climbing out of the Mexican American Box and Hitting the Glass Ceiling: The challenges faced by Mexican American musicians, actors, writers, and artists trying to make it in mainstream culture. Hinojosa shares anecdotes from her own life and how she overcame her challenges.
Saturday, November 14
Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi offers an evening of call and response Hebrew chanting at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain. After attending Sanskrit kirtans led by musicians such as Krishna Das, Wah!, Deva Premal and Miten, it occurred to Rabbi Hahn that the kirtan form would work very well with the Hebrew language. The music is drawn from European and Eastern sources, as well as from contemporary composers non-Western modalities.
Sunday, November 15, 10am-1pm
Rabbi Hahn Workshop: Deepening Your Experience of Kirtan at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main. Along with the music, Rabbi Hahn will pepper the workshop with helpful meditation techniques and short teachings which explain the source and meaning of the language.
Saturday, November 21
Chris Smither returns to Ashland for a second performance with St. Clair Productions. A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” Associated Press
Ariella St. Clair
St. Clair Productions
P.O. Box 835
Ashland, OR 97520