St. Clair Productions will present its 2nd-Annual Keep the Music Coming Benefit with live music, activities for children, a silent auction and barbecue from 4:30 p.m. to dark, Saturday, Aug. 15, at Eagle Mill Farm, 100 Eagle Mill Road, (corner of Eagle Mill and South Valley View), Ashland. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Geppetto Restaurant will provide barbecue, beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks for sale. Proceeds from this event will help St. Clair Productions produce its Eclectic Music and More concert series, which brings 13 to 15 folk and ethnic music groups to Ashland from September through May. In addition, proceeds will help finance many of these musicians performing in area schools during their visit here. The 2009-10 season will be St. Clair Productions 14th season.
In addition to music, there will be activities for children, including face painting by Cassandra, storytelling with Grandma Mitzi and juggling with Jordan Saturen.
Here's the music schedule:
- 4:30 p.m. Rogue Valley Peace Choir Ensemble. The ensemble features singers selected from the main choir to sing at venues that would not hold a choir of more than 100 voices. Like the large choir, the ensemble sings music that fulfills the mission to focus energy, voice and music to inspire peace among individuals and families, our community, our nation and our world. The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is non-sectarian community choir.
- 5 p.m. Laura Derocher and David Gabriel. Derocher and Gabriel are partners in life and on the stage and have performed everything from pop to jazz, cabaret, rock, gospel, musical theater and opera. They have performed at the Camelot Theater, the Avalon Bar and Grill and in a number of concerts that they have headlined. Gabriel sings and plays drums with the Beatles cover band, The Nowhere Men. Derocher leads musical theater camps, teaches voice lessons and serves as music director for the Center for Spiritual Living in Medford. They are both songwriters and recording artists who aim to uplift and inspire through their music.
- 6 p.m. David Pinsky and His Rhythm Kings. Pinsky started the Rhythm Kings 22 years ago and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Elvin Bishop, Junior Walker, Otis Clay, Leon Russell, Tower of Power and others. In March 2008, Pinsky released his latest disk, "Jump Everybody." The quartet features Pinsky on vocals, harmonica and guitar; Tom Stamper on drums; Mark Cunningham on bass; and Gary Halliburton on keyboards.
- 7 p.m. Jen Ambrose. The singer and songwriter blends of folk, blues and world music. Ambrose accompanies herself with an acoustic guitar style that ranges from driving rhythms to intricate finger and flat-picking. She also performs with percussive djembe or a cappella. Musical influences include the old delta blues styles of the early 20th century, swing jazz of the '30s, classic rock of the late '60s, Middle Eastern and Indian singing. Ambrose has opened for a number of artists including hip-hop musician Michael Franti & Spearhead and reggae musicians Pablo Moses and The Norma Frazier Band. At The Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass, Ambrose has opened for Jackie Greene, Colin Hay (of the '80s band Men at Work) and for Donovan.
- 7:45 p.m. Rebecca Troon. Daughter of Troon Vineyard founder Dick Troon, award-winning songwriter and recording artist Troon is working on her second CD with producer, guitarist and songwriter Kenny Edwards.
- 8:15 p.m. Matt Fawcett. Influenced by the blues and the finger-style guitar work of Leo Kottke, Fawcett calls his original songs "acoustic soul music." Fawcett can be seen performing at various venues around town.
Admission is by donation.
See stclairevents.com or call 535-3562.