After a year off due to COVID, the informal series of “Concerts with Conversation” at Upper Lake’s Tallman Hotel resumes on Sunday afternoon November 14 at 3 PM with a performance by the accomplished blues guitarist Terry Robb and a guest appearance by the sax great Nancy Wright. This will be the first of six Sunday concerts extending through April of next year in the Meeting House next to the Hotel.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing Terry Robb back at the Hotel,” says Tallman owner Bernie Butcher. “He was scheduled for a concert here in April 2020, just after we had to close down due to the pandemic.”
“All precautions have been taken to assure a safe and pleasant Sunday afternoon concert experience this year,” says Butcher. “Attendance has been limited to spread out the seating and all guests and performers must show proof of vaccination.”
TERRY ROBB is one of the leading acoustic interpreters of the blues genre on the West Coast. He is a Canadian fingerstyle guitarist, composer, arranger and record producer with 15 solo CDs to his credit. He is a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. Terry’s original compositions draw on the Delta blues, ragtime, folk, country and jazz traditions. TICKETS
NANCY WRIGHT is one of the most highly respected and in-demand sax players on today’s blues, Jazz and R&B scene. She has also emerged in recent years as an award-winning singer, songwriter and band leader. She has played to sold-out audiences at both the Soper Reese Theatre and at the Blue Wing Blues Festival.
Here are the five additional concerts coming up in the Tallman series:
Sunday December 12: Vocalist PAULA SAMONTE with the Pierre Archain Concept. Paula is a favorite in Lake and Mendocino Counties and, among other honors, has been a soloist with the symphonies of both counties. The Pierre Archain Concept consists of jazz piano great Barney McClure with Gabe Yanez on drums and Pierre on bass. TICKETS
Sunday January 23: Folk music singer, songwriter and guitarist RITA HOSKING, backed by Sean Feder on banjo and dobro. In song and story, Rita shares with the audience her upbringing in rural Shasta County and the old-time band of mountain characters that shaped her musically. TICKETS
Sunday February 20: This will be a rousing afternoon of music with the dynamic pianist STEVE LUCKY and the vibrant guitarist, vocalist and entertainer CARMEN GETIT. It will be a lively mix of jump blues, swing, jazz and rare gems from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. TICKETS
Sunday March 13: Jazz violinist MADS TOLLING together with guitarist JEFF MASSANARI. Mads is a Danish American violinist, composer, two-time Grammy Award winner and former member of the Turtle Island Quartet. One of the Bay Area’s most in-demand guitarists, Jeff is fluent in many styles including straight-ahead jazz, fusion, blues, rock and country. TICKETS
Sunday April 24: Outside in the garden (weather permitting), this season-ending concert will feature the world-famous avant-garde jazz trio CHARGED PARTICLES, with special guest PAUL MCCANDLESS on reed instruments. Charged Particles features Murray Low on keyboard, Aaron Germain on bass and percussionist Jon Krosnick. TICKETS
The Sunday afternoon concerts run from 3:00 to 4:30 in Riffe’s Meeting House next to the Hotel. Seating capacity has been reduced this year, so people are encouraged to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible. Many concert-goers reserve for a late brunch or early dinner at the Blue Wing Restaurant next door.
Tickets at $30 + tax are available online at Eventbrite.com, or by calling the Hotel at (707) 275-2244 ext. 0. Coffee and cookies are served to guests and the Tallman is offering a 10% discount on hotel bookings that weekend for people purchasing concert tickets.