Mammoth Times

Millpond fleshes out final performers including more local faves,

Bishop Jazz Combo to get toes tapping


The Inyo Council for the Arts, organizers of the Millpond Music Festival, continues to release the lineup of performers for the 2021 Millpound Music Festival this weekend, Sept. 17 through Sept. 19 at the Inyo County Millpond Recreation Area. The threeday event includes eclectic musical acts as well as children’s activities, arts and crafts booths and food vendors. Some local favorites have joined the Festival, including:

Bishop Jazz Combo: The Bishop Jazz Combo started roughly 10 years ago with two members, Todd and Carolyn, rehearsing at Todd’s house. In the past several years, they have grown to a full-sized combo. They play straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz, rock and some of Carolyn’s originals.

Their members for Millpond are Dan Merrill on alto sax, Carolyn Tiernan on tenor sax, Steve White on trombone, Byron Fry on guitar, Todd Bibler on keyboard, Orion Boucher on bass, and Mary Tannheimer on drums.

All seven members live or have lived for many years in the Eastern Sierra. Bishop Jazz Combo is excited to play at Millpond this year and hope to play locally at other venues in coming months.

Milo Cagle: Milo Cagle started playing music in 1974. Picking up the guitar and banjo at a young age, Cagle began playing to live audiences by the age of 13. In 1990 and 1991, he was asked to do two European tours with Maureen “Mo” Tucker – the original drummer of the Velvet Undergroun­d. After many months in Europe, he made up his mind to leave the area he grew up in and find his way elsewhere. In 1994, he sold all of his possession­s except a backpack and a guitar and headed out west.

After traveling around and getting down on his luck for many months, he stopped in Yosemite National Park to see something new. With plans to stay only a day or two, he met a man who mentioned he worked and lived in Yosemite. The thought of living in Yosemite had never crossed Cagle’s mind. A quick visit to the personnel office and he was in.

After traveling to Yosemite, and deciding to live and work there, he met the woman that would become his wife and the mother of his two sons. They spent several years in Yosemite working and climbing daily, before ultimately deciding to move to Bishop. Upon leaving Yosemite, Cagle began to build Multi-pitch Studio, the place he spends most of his time now writing songs and trying to better his recording techniques.

The Millpond Music Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-19, at the Millpond County Park. No dogs or other animals are allowed in the Millpond Recreation Area, with the exception of service animals as defined by the ADA.

Several other local favorites, including Idle Hands String Band and many innovative performers from across the country will also be at the Festival.


Tickets are available at the gate only. More informatio­n is available at

Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-8738014.

For a schedule, go to millpond.

 ?? Photo courtesy Inyo Council for the Arts ?? The Bishop Jazz Combo will be the opening act Sunday afternoon at the Millpond Music Festival.
Photo courtesy Inyo Council for the Arts The Bishop Jazz Combo will be the opening act Sunday afternoon at the Millpond Music Festival.

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