Lend live, local music your ear this month

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The holidays are over, and for the first time in weeks, you might find yourself with some free time. It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? Make it one of your resolutions for 2010 to get out and enjoy some live music. Local venues boast some hefty calendars this month, so there’s no reason not to catch a show or two, now that the weekends aren’t packed with cocktail parties and gift exchanges. Dave’s Cave New Faith United Church of Christ continues its monthly singer/songwriter series with a performance by Fur & Steve, which will be held 8-10 p.m. tonight at the Pamelot School of Dance, 540 Wall St., Auburn. Fur Dixon and Steve Werner refer to themselves as “a twin dust devil blowing in out of the west” and “traveling American folksingers,” and perform a blend of bluegrass, Western and American folk music. Tickets for the show are $12 general, or $5 for students and children. Call (530) 878-2488 or see for more information. APPAC The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center has plans for a couple big shows this month at the State Theatre, starting with a trio of songwriters Sunday. Steve Seskin, Don Henry and Craig Carothers perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the West Coast Songwriters Workshop. The trio starts its day with a songwriting workshop, which will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at a private residence in Newcastle. The workshop is $100 and includes admission to the concert, which costs $20 on its own. “This show is one not to be missed for the songwriting enthusiast and for those who like acoustic music,” said Kevin Odell of APPAC. “Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers and Don Henry together share nearly a lifetime of singing and songwriting at the most successful levels.” The State Theatre is located at 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Contact Odell at (916) 871-0432 to register for the workshop. Head back to the State Jan. 17 to hear the Capitol Chamber Players Woodwind Quintet, which performs at 3 p.m. The concert, which is a benefit for APPAC, features the Wind Quintet in A Flat Major by Gustav Holst. Learn more about APPAC by calling (530) 885-0156. Auburn House Concerts Jim Malcolm brings a little bit of Scotland to the foothills when he returns to Auburn for a Jan. 31 Auburn House Concerts show. Sharon and Jaya Carl play host to Malcolm, the former lead singer of Scottish band Old Blind Dogs who is now a solo singer/songwriter. The show begins at 3 p.m. in the Carls’ Auburn home. “I’m not the only one excited to see Jim Malcolm return to Auburn — my reservation list is filling up quickly!” Sharon Carl said. “Jim has one of those voices I just can’t get enough of. And I have to admit, I’m a complete sucker for a Scottish brogue. I’m looking forward to a fabulous concert.” Admission for the show is a suggested donation of $20. Call (530) 885-4292 for directions and reservations. Club Car Sarah Sanders Nolivo is excited about the Club Car’s January lineup, which includes some jazz ensembles like Jazz Gitan, performing at 8:30 p.m. tonight, and the Foothill Jazz Collective, performing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A highlight for January, Nolivo said, is Jon Ji, a San Diego-based solo artist currently on tour. He plays the Club Car at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16. “We like to book the tour musicians to offer Auburnites the opportunity to see musicians that they can’t see on a regular basis,” she said. Local group The Brazen Hussies and The Bad Boyz takes the Club Car stage at 9 p.m. Jan. 23. Club Car is located at 836 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Call (530) 887-9732 for information. Pistol Pete’s Pistol Pete’s Brew & Cue’s January calendar is packed with live music. Hear a different band each Friday and Saturday this month. All shows are $5 and are held from roughly 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Shades of Pink: a Pink Floyd tribute, performs tonight, and Pruno performs Saturday. Performing later in the month are the Never Too Late Band on Jan. 15, 3 Play on Jan. 16, Seventy on Jan. 22, the Dirk Lange Band on Jan. 23, Too Lit to Quit on Jan. 29 and Velvet Tongue on Jan. 30. Pistol Pete’s is located at 140 Harrison Ave., Auburn. Call (530) 885-5093 for information. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at