Concert will benefit forest

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

The 12th annual Love the Forest Valentine's Concert will take place Saturday in Murphys as a benefit for the local nonprofit group Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch.

Performers this year will include Cantamos, Mark Dyken, and Jill Warren with Scott Leverone.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $15, seniors and students $12, available at Aeolian Harp, Sierra Nevada Adventure Co., Arnold Pantry, Sustenance Books and Murphys Music Company. Admission at the door will be $20.

Cantamos, featuring vocalist Michela Macfarlane, show their musical dexterity by moving from arias, traditional Latin songs and musicals to contemporary favorites. Their music moves seamlessly from English to Italian, Spanish to French to Portuguese. Macfarlane, with operatic roots, spent 10 years steeped exclusively in baroque music. To expand her singing world she moved to the realms of jazz, pop, and Latin sounds.

Jill Warren began playing guitar at age 6 and graduated with a degree in guitar from Musician's Institute of Technology in Hollywood. She was chosen to perform in the all-girl rock group at Disneyland called MissBehavin'. After Disneyland, Warren began a solo career, touring the Western United States, opening for the likes of Boy George, the Everly Brothers, Janis Ian and Taj Majal.She was also on tour with the off-Broadway shows "Grease" and "Cats." Prior to that she was the guitarist for Peepshow in Las Vegas.

Using the power of drums, movement, stories and songs, Mark Dyken brings a sense of universal rhythm and harmony. For the last 20 years, he has performed with a family group, Clan Dyken. On Saturday, he will entertain and inform with his songs and stories.

The mission of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch is to protect, promote and restore healthy forest and watersheds to maintain the quality of life in the Sierra Nevada.

For more information, call 795-3530 or visit

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