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October 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

| $30

Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s  John Sebastian, front man for the Lovin’ Spoonful, continued to record and tour, pleasing old fans and winning new ones. There’s no telling how many aspiring musicians have been nurtured by his instruction books for harmonica and guitar, but he aimed to inspire an even younger audience with the publication in 1993 of the delightful children’s book JB’s Harmonica. The ‘90s also saw him return to the group format with the J-Band, a contemporary celebration of his jug band heritage. The acclaim the group received was gratifying, but bittersweet. The group’s albums contain some of the last recorded performances of blues pioneer Yank Rachelle and washtub/jug virtuoso Fritz Richmond. Thankfully Mr. Sebastian’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn’t slowed him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, he is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music. He is the subject of the current PBS special Do You Believe In Magic: The Music of John Sebastian, and an album of duets with David Grisman was released in 2007. He has also lent his music in support of social, environmental, and animal rights causes. He recently joined a delegation of songwriters (including Lamont Dozier, Allen and Marilyn Bergman, and Mike Stoller) in Washington, D.C., to campaign on behalf of the National Music Publisher’s Association. Perhaps because it has been the product of heart and soul and history, the oldest song in Mr. Sebastian’s catalog is as fresh and vital as the song he’s about to write tomorrow. That’s why you still hear his music everywhere – in movies, on television, in cover versions and samples – and why it’s always welcome. Mr. Sebastian is also a welcome media presence; his commentary, insights, anecdotes, and stories are regularly featured in print, radio, television and film documentary projects. Mr. Sebastian is not only a master musician, writer, and performer, he remains one of the best ambassadors American music has ever had.

J Sebastian



October 14, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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333 Oak St
Red Bluff, CA 96080 United States
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