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Date(s) - 10/28/2023
12:30 pm

Location
Oak Hill Presbyterian Church

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The Sonora Bach Festival will presents their Bach’s Brunch as the final event of their 47th festival on October 28, at 12:30.  The event will be held at the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, Sonora, and will be catered by Cali Catering. Tickets are $35 (presale) and $45 (at the door, if still available). Tickets are available online at sonorabach.org; The Mountain Bookshop in the Junction Shopping Center; or by calling (209) 536-6330.  Seating is very limited and presales are highly encouraged.

The Sonora Bach Festival will conclude their 47th festival with Keith Evans, guitarist. He will be playing from his various styles- including classical and Latin- during the brunch. Keith began learning guitar while in elementary school playing the Beatles and participating in various bands and playing for private parties.  While pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering, he performed nightly, throughout Southern California.  Keith said, “It was a very busy time going to school and keeping busy with my guitar.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and graduated with honors, though.  But interestingly, I realized that music was my primary love, so I pursued that and am still doing so to this day.”

As a performer throughout Los Angeles and Orange County on guitar and keyboards,  he played at many dinner clubs and restaurants; Disneyland; the Avalon Ballroom on Catalina Island and more. Keith performed three years at Paramount Studios in Hollywood for wrap-up parties and Christmas parties for television shows such as “Cheers”; “Family Ties”; and “Dear John” along with many pilot shows. He backed up Michael J. Fox at the J. Paul Getty Museum for the final “Family Ties” final wrap-up party. “I even performed a private party at actress Kirstie Alley and Parker Stevenson’s home; played with the Al Guzman trio and recorded a CD.  I’ve had some great opportunities.”

Now a 30-year resident of the Motherlode, Keith dedicates his time to teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin to people of all ages.  “For the past nine years I’ve been the primary guitar instructor at Columbia College,” said Evans.  “I love working with students and introducing them to a diversity of musical styles, pieces, and techniques”.

He continues to perform Classical guitar music of South America and Europe (including Bach), Jazz, Brazilian, Blues, and original music. In addition, since adding the 5-string banjo playing to his list of abilities, Keith now performs music of Bela Fleck and Earl Scruggs

Keith places a lot of value on his past and current performance collaborations – especially, those with his late mentor, Grammy award winner Alan “Weaver” Copeland.  Additionally he plays with Paul Contos; Mario Flores; Brazilian master Diego Figueiredo; Coyote Hill. Said Evans, “Recently, I performed with versatile vocalist Christy Nava in the duo, Lush Life.  Currently, I’m performing with the group ‘SierraSoul’ and Brazilian choro group ‘Trio Sambosa”.

And while he has extensive experience in various genres of contemporary music, he still values and finds time for classical.  A frequent solo performer at the Sonora Bach Festival Local’s Concert, this event will be Keith’s first performance at the Brunch. Diane Wright, Festival Executive Director, said, “ We are delighted to end this year’s festival with Keith. He is a fine player, and while this is not a ‘concert’, his contribution during the meal will make this event a delightful, and rare way to spend the afternoon”.

Food for the Brunch will be provided by the Twain Harte business of Cali Catering.  The mother-daughter team of Melissa (the mother) and Madison (the daughter) has a combined total of 48 years in food preparation. As they say on their website, “We are…lifetime foodies. We have always used food as a creative and artistic outlet. Everything we make is fresh, homemade and we locally source many of our ingredients”.  Online reviewers agree: “Cali is always our #1 go to for lunch. The food is always fresh with great flavor” and “Cali does a great job of providing healthy delicious food”.

In the words of Melissa, (“the mother”), “we specialize in delicious homemade delicacies. We make gorgeous and unique charcuterie boards, desserts and gourmet meals. We are looking forward to using our creativity for the Sonora Bach Festival’s Bach’s Brunch”.

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