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“Joe Craven has found a couple of hot young pickers worthy of his chops: wild man bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff and Bruce MacMillan dazzling with crafty dobro, acoustic guitar pickin’ and angelic voice. With Joe’s wildly eclectic musicality, the sonic possibilities are unlimited. I just saw this new trio and… WoW!” - Peter Berkow, PBS television
“Joe Craven is magical” – San Francisco Chronicle
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Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is an multi-instrumental, award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes and Vocáli Voice Camps, a Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy and a fashion insultant. Joe Craven’s love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Howard Levy, to Jason Marsalis and banjoist Alison Brown. For 17 years, he was percussionist / violinist for mandolinist David Grisman.
Jonathan Stoyanoff is a much in demand bassist who is a fan of, trained in and very proficient at, a wide variety of vernacular music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has helped form and perform in a variety of musical projects. He has played and/or shared bills with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, Maceo Parker and many more. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation's most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the High Sierra Music Festival. He brings a high level of skill of and enthusiasm to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.
Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage has resulted in a versatility across many musical genres. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest. With his wife Sally, they have two fine music stores in Chico and Redding, CA, known as The Music Connection where Bruce displays his chops as an educator, repairman and salesman. Bruce’s impressive skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel, bring a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.
We’ve been listening to our different groups in town this month to hear how we can support them better, perhaps in new ways that we haven’t tried before. One group who’d really like a hand, are the singles in our community. According to the data - about half of us are single in Sebastopol. According to everyone - it’s hard to meet people! We decided we need to work together as a town to put on our cupid hats and help our singles who are looking for love and companionship to find each other.
We are going to start in easy fun ways. First up: Beatles Night, hosted by Mr. Music (all you need is love!) We will have 8 round cocktail tables set up by the bar as a singles section. If you are looking to meet a new companion and see where it leads, hang out in the singles tables section and introduce yourself to your neighbors.
We want to encourage a perspective that everyone deserves a chance at love, so when you are mixing and mingling, don’t just think about if the person you are talking to is a match for you, but try to get to know them a little. If your not a match, say - Tell me more about your interests. I’ll try to think if I know a single someone who likes that too…" Be kind to each other, encourage each other, we are in this together! Being respectful and having open communiction is the key to connection. Only ask once for a connection, and respect "no thanks". Look for enthusiastic consent everytime.
We will make a singles section at most of our upcoming concerts in the main hall that are mix and mingle based shows. Don’t look for them at quiet seated performances. And we’ll let you know on our Facebook and Eblast (sign up here) which show will have our singles section.