Joel Rondon plays at Chester Words & Music

Guitarist Joel Rondon brings some excitement from the past to Chester’s Words & Music on Thursday, Oct. 24. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts
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The Chester Words & Music season kicks off Thursday, Oct. 24, with the masterful guitar work of Joel Rondon. Hosted at The Coffee Station in Chester, the event offers a wide variety of music.

Joel Rondon grew up in San Francisco and was a student in Stockton when the San Francisco music scene began. Gaining popularity during this time were bands such as The Grateful Dead, Moby Grape and Jefferson Airplane, among others. Rondon met Bill Graham in San Francisco at the Fillmore West, a music venue, and started promoting dance concerts in Stockton.

Fast-forward to today’s “digital age”: Rondon will be playing a collection of music encompassing rockabilly, chicken pickin’, jazz and blues, on electric guitar from the “analog age.” Rondon says, “The attempt here is to rekindle the excitement of music from days past.”

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. at The Coffee Station, located at 192 Main St. in Chester. The featured artist program begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $3 at the door. Open mic opportunities begin after the featured artist program; the sign-up sheet is available at the door. Open stage performances are limited to a 10-minute maximum.

Words & Music is a program of Plumas Arts, featuring acoustic performances of music and the spoken word. For more information about this or any of the many programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, call 283-3402, visit or stop by the Plumas Arts Gallery at 525 Main St. in Quincy. Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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