Clockwise from right: Dan Doshier, Liz Jones and David Hand are Dandelion Jo.

Celebrating the working man — and woman

You don't have to have a job to come to Central Point's Labor Day celebration. Working and nonworking persons and their families can enjoy a barbecue dinner by Smoke-N-Man BBQ and a concert on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Crater High School's Performing Arts Center, courtesy of the city of Central Point. The dinner is a new addition to the city's annual Labor Day celebration, and will be held outdoors from 4 to 6 p.m. at 655 N. Third St.

The concert will get under way at 6 p.m. with a lineup of music headed up by guitarist and songwriter Chuck Pyle of Colorado. Pyle mixes guitar melodies with poetry, proverbs, bumper stickers and other pearls of wisdom to amuse and entertain audiences during his live performances. He's a prolific recording artist and songwriter, and his songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, the late Chris LeDoux and others.

"He's all of that and a bag of chips," says Dan Doshier, an instrumentalist for a Rogue Valley-based folk and bluegrass trio called Dandelion Jo and owner of Off the Wall Music in Central Point. Dandelion Jo features fiddle, mandolin and guitar by Doshier, vocals by Liz Jones and acoustic stand-up bass by David Hand. The trio, along with local bluegrass group The Goldman Family, also will perform at the concert.

"I can't say enough about Chuck's playing," Doshier says. "His work is accomplished and from the heart. He'll be bringing his fiddler with him for this show, so there will be a lot of gypsy jazz and folk songs.

"He's called 'the Zen cowboy,' and he almost hypnotizes audiences with his laid back instrumentals and love songs."

Doshier and other string players, including Alex Goldman of The Goldman Family, Mark "Pappy" Adams, Sam Cuanca and Ray Miatke, will perform from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during the outdoor dinner.

Tickets to the event cost $25 or $30 per couple and include dinner and show. Tickets to the show only cost $10 each or $15 per couple. Tickets are available at Central Point Parks and Recreation, 140 S. Third St.; or by calling 664-3321, ext. 261 or 263; or at the door.

All working people, union and non-union, are invited to attend the Southern Oregon Central Labor Council's annual Labor Day picnic to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, at TouVelle State Park, nine miles northeast of Medford on Table Rock Road. There will be speeches by local politicians, food, games and live music by The Rogue Suspects and Dave and Tammy Marston. Parking costs $3. Call 482-6988.

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