Musicians will play for a good cause
An upcoming concert in Estacada will benefit those affected by the Carr Fire in northern California.
Though there is no cover charge for the upcoming John Hoover and the Mighty Quinns performance at The Mason Jar, donations will be accepted for the Shasta Community Foundation, which will support those affected by the fire. The blaze spanned 145,000 acres as of earlier this week.
"It's one way of us trying to help people who have had so much misfortune," said Bruce Webb, a member of the musical group, noting that bandmate Dick Sorensen currently lives in Redding, Calif., where the fire is centered. Webb and John Hoover used to live in the area. "The fire has touched us a lot."
John Hoover and the Mighty Quinns consists of Hoover on guitar and vocals, Webb on guitar and mandolin, James Maltos on percussion and Sorensen on bass guitar. The group will play from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at The Mason Jar Cafe, 360 Broadway Street.
The group is known for its covers of John Denver's music, but Webb said the Mason Jar concert will feature a "potpourri" of songs.
"We're doing John Denver mixed with folk and folk rock covers and John (Hoover's original) music," he continued.
John Denver is an inspiration for the band because of the themes and musical style of his songs.
"The compositions are simple in their content, but they intrigue me creatively," Webb said. "The themes are important — caring for each other and caring for the land."
He added that love of music is what motivates the band.
"We have so much joy from playing, the only reason we play is the pleasure of doing it," Webb said. "We're not in it as a career or even as a touring band. We just go where people ask us to."
He appreciates that music "lifts people up."
"There are a lot of things on people's minds lately. I hope this lifts their spirits," he said.
For more information about John Hoover and the Mighty Quinns, visit www.johnhoovermusic.com.
If you go
What: John Hoover and the Mighty Quinns concert.
When: 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
Where: The Mason Jar, 360 Broadway St.