Concert Venues, South County

McCloud River Mountain Music

Dave Reynolds teamed up with Dan and Julie Ponzini, proprietors of the McCloud River Inn to host a new concert series. Together, they are a great fit,  bringing in a big draw from around the area.  The food at the McCloud River Inn is always very gourmet and their desserts are to die for. And Dave Reynolds has been broadcasting celtic and bluegrass music every week on KDRT 95.7FM radio station in Davis, Ca. for the last five years now. He will soon be broadcasting out of Granada at Big COuntry Radio and booking music for private events as well. Between the delicious food, comfortable environment, good music, and a low cover charge, it can’t be beat for a great night out for entertainment.   

Reynolds and his wife, September Larson, finally settled down in the town of McCloud full time last August after six years of splitting their time between the Bay Area and South Siskiyou County. 

 Before Covid hit, Reynolds, together with Cindy Rosman, owner of the McCloud Hotel and restaurant, and Cindy Miller, put on the McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Now, working through his connections with music agents and a variety of bands, he “captures bands as they tour between Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.” He also says that he offers them a break from their road travels. 

Locals in the area have been very supportive, volunteering to house the bands, and help with production. Local McCloudians like Dale and Linda Simpson, and Dan and Lindy Fay have helped support Dave Reynolds by hosting bands at their places. The Fays have even held a music concert at their home. Others have also volunteered their time and services including Forest Lamb who has donated his time to create and manage the website. 100% of the money made for these concerts goes to the bands. Other sponsors include The Milkman, High Country Radio, McCloud River Inn, Rusty Bison, and Big Mountain Farm. 

There are twelve separate performances for the 2024 season. This month, the Slocan Ramblers played on the 14th of April. 

This country genre band, Slocan Ramblers, consist of Frank Evans on banjo and vocals, Adrian Gross playing the mandolin, Darryl Poulsen on guitar and vocals, and Charles James playing the bass and vocals. They are a Canadian bluegrass music group from Toronto, Ontario.

The Slocan Ramblers won the  IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award in 2020 and in 2019 were nominated for the Juno Award. 

 Their best selling albums include Up the Hill and Through the Fog, Queen City Jubilee, Coffee Creek, and Shaking Down the Acorns. They can be found on all social media platforms including YouTube. 

To track their tour or to watch their Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, TN, go to their website;

Shows are from 7 to 9 PM and the McCloud River Inn offers dinners on the night of the performances. 

Bands for the 2024 season:

5/2 Aj Lee & Blue Summit
5/11 Late for the Train
6/8 Misner & Smith
7/13 Broken Compass
8/3 Hattie Craven & Her Band
8/23 Jessica Malone with Jennie Dale Lord
9/13 The Crooked Jades
10/19 The Rita Hosking Trio
11/2 Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
11/11 Kevin Burke
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Dan Ponzini says, “The menu at the McCloud River Inn changes each week. Hopefully, this will be our last indoor concert. Weather permitting, the rest will be outside on the outdoor stage on the grass under the trees. This venue is putting us on the map.”

Andrea Kosmo and Bob Keane are part timers in McCloud going between here and the Bay Area. Bob says, “We’ve been to these shows before, but this is the first time for this band and we love them. The food here is super delicious and thoughtfully planned.”

Dave Reynolds (Center) with the Slocan Rambler band

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