Cheatgrass, Daisy Belle Nau and Sundance at Java Live


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Poetry reading by Sundance.

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Photo by Rick Braman

Poetry reading by Sundance.

OROVILLE – The second of this year’s Java Live Coffee House Series of music, poetry and art was held last Saturday at the Oroville Public Library and featured the talents of Cheatgrass as well as Daisy Belle Nau, a classically trained vocalist.

Nau sang jazz and Broadway tunes accompanied on piano by her mother Roz. Cheatgrass is composed of Judy Elven, Ron Hyde and Steve Pollard. They presented traditional and original songs with a distinctive blend of folk, bluegrass and country. Poet Sundance also appeared at the event which was hosted by Sandy Vaughn and sponsored by Oroville Pharmacy, Oroville Family Medicine and ReMax Realty.

Java Live will be presented weekly through Saturday, March 18 with the art gallery opening at 6 p.m. and the music starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the library will offer coffee, tea, hot chocolate and desserts for sale. Everyone is welcome to drop in and view the art exhibits and enjoy a game of chess, checkers or backgammon or just sit back and enjoy the shows, say organizers.

The next performance is on Saturday, Feb. 23 and there will be music by Tonasket pianists Mariliz Romano and Doug Wilson. They will play a variety of piano music, including classical, jazz and sing-alongs. Judy Elven Hyde is the featured poet for the evening. The Mood Swings are also scheduled. The Mood Swings — Judy Johnston, Cara Mia Vance and Connie Wood sing tight harmonies of swing standards joined by Greg Johnston on drums and pianist Janyth Arvidson. Sam Glass will be the evening’s host.

On Saturday, March 1 Tonasket folksinger and songwriter Harvey Swanson. He will perform a variety of his original songs. Then the Coffeehouse Series mixes it up with dance presented by Nashira and Troupe Masarrat. The evening also features music by John Phillips. The always popular singer will perform a variety of folk, classical and rock on keyboard and guitar. Joseph Enzensperger will serve as host.

Sandy Vaughn and Reed Engel will share their unique sound through expressive guitar and vocals on Saturday, March 8. Grace Hughes and John Wise, two well-known local photographers, will present Poetry in Pictures. The night wraps up with a Musical Potpourri with various local musicians who will each bring one or two of their favorite songs. Harris Dunkelburger is the evening’s host.

The money raised through sales of beverages and desserts, as well as donations, goes toward the Oroville Public Library improvement fund. The goal is to expand and improve the library through remodeling or rebuilding it in a classic Arts and Crafts-style reflecting the building as it was when it was first opened in Oroville.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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