May Con­cert, Au­di­tions At West Side The­atre

Riverbank News - - LIVING 209 -

Red Dog Ash and North Coun­try Blue will take the stage at the West Side The­atre in New­man on Satur­day, May 5. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show­time is 8 p.m. and the cost is $12 Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion, $15 Re­served Sec­tion with stu­dents ad­mit­ted for half-price.

Red Dog Ash is an award­win­ning blue­grass band from Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley. The quin­tet is known for its orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions, hard-driv­ing tunes, tight har­monies, and au­then­tic high-lone­some vo­cals. In­spired by the blue­grass tra­di­tion, smart and pas­sion­ate in its per­for­mance, the band’s unique sound has re­cently and aptly been called Soul­grass.

North Coun­try Blue in­cludes some of the best young blue­grass mu­si­cians in Cal­i­for­nia; four young women whose ages range from just 12 to 14. All of the girls have been stal­warts in the Cal­i­for­nia Blue­grass As­so­ci­a­tions Kids on Blue­grass pro­gram and Youth Acad­emy, and they have sev­eral years of prior band ex­pe­ri­ence among them de­spite their young age. The band mem­bers come from all over North­ern Cal­i­for­nia from Berke­ley to the Sierra foothills to the Cen­tral Val­ley and chose their name af­ter it was dropped in their tip bucket as a sug­ges­tion at a street fair.

Mean­while, The West Side Play­ers are hav­ing au­di­tions for the up­com­ing va­ri­ety show, “That’s En­ter­tain­ment” on May 6 at 5 p.m. and May 7 at 7 p.m. at the West Side The­atre, 1331 Main St. New­man. This show will in­clude dance, solo and group singing num­bers and skits. Open to adults and stu­dents grades K-12.

Be pre­pared to sing a short song or read a short di­a­logue. The per­for­mance dates are July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29. Re­hearsals start May 24.

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