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A night of music for music

By From page B3 | May 09, 2014

There will be a special evening of music featuring the talents of multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven, local bluegrass icon Keith Little and singer-songwriter Patrice Webb on Saturday, May 10 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville.

The concert by the three Northern California performers is a fundraiser with the proceeds going towards the 2014 RiverTunes Music Camp scholarship program.

All three of these very different musical talents share one thing in common: All have been involved in a music camp held in Coloma annually. Each year the camp hands out a limited number of scholarships and the three have joined together to raise funding to go towards the camp’s scholarship program.

Craven, the camp’s director, finds music in almost everything he does. While traditional instruments such as the fiddle and violin are staples of his sets, he also finds his musical muse in the common household items taken for granted such as small trash cans, suitcases, pots and pans.

He has even been known to sport a donkey jaw bone or two and on more than one occasion has used his own face as a percussion instrument.

Over the years Craven has played with many notable musicians including Jerry Garcia, Stephane Grappelli, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes and David Lindley.

He was percussionist and fiddler for the David Grisman Quintet for 17 years. He performs solo and in different versions of his own projects, most notably the Joe Craven Trio.

Little is one of the area’s local treasures and is a well-known figure in bluegrass circles nationally. A native of the Georgetown Divide, Little has played with the likes of Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, The Country Gentleman, and more recently David Grisman and Peter Rowan.

He has also enjoyed success as a songwriter, with his songs being recorded by Crystal Gayle, Tim O’Brien and the Whites. His CD “Distant Land to Roam” is popular with those who live on the Divide.

Webb has quickly become a local favorite with her unique blend of folk, country, swing and the blues. Webb’s music tells familiar tales. Her characters are farm workers, the elderly, as well as people down on their luck who have hopes for a better life.

Her perspective comes from a life of more than 20 years of living and wandering the back roads of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley.

Webb recently released her second CD “Turning of the Page,” which is receiving national airplay at various community radio stations throughout the country.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

For further information visit the Cozmic Café’s Website at or call 530-642-8481.

Information can also be found by visiting RiverTunes at or by calling 707-678-1351.

Patrice Webb

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