This Friday August 20th, 2021 we are finally able to have a CELEBRATION OF LIFE event for my father Michel Rogar from 4-8 pm at the Tahoe Club in Auburn, CA. Below are excerpts of my dad speaking in interviews I did with him beginning in 2015 about his life. This winter when it’s cold outside and there is a lot of snow here in Mount Shasta, I will be writing my father’s story in a book. I took some time since his peaceful passing from this world on December 15th, 2019 to reflect and grieve and I was not ready to hear his voice, Now I am. I hope you enjoy these audio clips. Listen to one or all four. There are more that I will eventually upload so that you can hear his voice whenever you wish. I hope all is well with you, his framily (friends and family). Many blessings, Love and Light! Jennifer Rogar
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It is nice to be acknowledged by the music industry folks in Sacramento and it is nice for Sacramento News and Review magazine to create these awards and host a concert each year. If you would like to vote for me for best Singer-Songwriter you can go to this link: https://go.newsreview.com/sammies/ Here is the song that I attached. You can listen to it here. I chose this song because of the beautiful harmonies of Sandra Delores, and the beautiful instrumentation by Mike Farrell on electric guitar and bass and Eric Everett on drums. I love Mount Shasta and I hope by featuring this song it will inspire you to go visit Her. Again, it is nice to just be nominated and to those who did, thank you!! And thank you to all who support my music by coming to the shows, or buying CD’s and going to our wonderful venues in Sacramento. I am venturing out this year to play more of California and have a third CD/Album in the works that I hope to have out in stores, online and at shows by June.
Hello Everyone!! Happy Halloween, Samhain, Dia De los Muertos and Thanksgiving! I love the coming Fall season with the brown gold leaves falling and the nights getting cooler and the skies a bit cloudy. The Fall season has always felt like the beginning of the year for me. It is also the beginning of the year in a dangerous way for those who are homeless or unhoused in Sacramento and elsewhere and I urge you to collect gently used hats, sweaters, coats, scarves, blankets and socks that you have in your closet or that you can purchase at a local thrift store and donate directly to the homeless by going to Cesar Chavez Park on Sundays from 8-10 am and finding CAFFE (Clothing and Food For Everyone) along 9th Street and Armando will be happy to take these items off your hands. Or you can go to the Community Dinner Project on Tuesdays at 430pm in front of City Hall along 9th Street. You are more than welcome to cook or donate food and provide if at all possible organic food to serve to our guests. We also need The Community to donate their time and attend or speak at the city council meetings on a regular basis on matters that matter to you and all of us! It’s your city! A few week backs I brought my guitar and sang (and spoke) to them singing a take from Pete Seeger’s Where Have All The Flowers Gone ..“Where Have all the benches gone/bathrooms/shelters etc. “Gone to Developers everyone!” You can watch it on the city council meetings archives. Come see how they act, talk, leave and generally treat local activists and speakers who get up to speak. A whole lotta gaslightin’ goin’ on by your mayor! Public comment period moved to the end again..shame! Hurts the elderly who have time to be involved. On November 30th the City Council will vote to approve or disapprove the $20 million allocated to the city/county for homeless emergency housing! I will be there with guitar in hand once again! Another homeless activist group led by Sister Libby Fernandez would love to take those warm winter clothes off your hands. You can reach out to Sister Libby Fernandez and the Mercy Pedalers. She and her group go out on bicycles and deliver much needed supplies to the homeless downtown. There is a sister group in the Arden area.·
It is beginning to get cooler in the mornings in Sacramento. #Mercypedalersare in need of hats, gloves, scarves and blankets for those who are waking up cold in the mornings living on the streets!
call me at 916-879-5581 or email me at Lfernandez@mercywmw.org
I have a Facebook page I created awhile back called Friends of the Homeless in Sacramento that you can join and submit any information that will help the homeless and also if you know someone who is homeless and has a phone and/or access to a computer in a library they can also join and find out where to get help or just connect and know that we care and are trying to help end homelessness. There is also the Community Dinner Project on Facebook and CAFFE. There is also a Facebook page for Sacramento Safe Space for Unhomed Youth administered and vigorously attended to by Kimberly Church.
Here’s my music schedule for November!! Hope you all can make one or all of the shows!
Fox and Goose Pub Nov 3, 2018
9-midnight $5 cover at the door 21+
Skylers Pool Gillian Underwood and the Lonesome Doves and Jenn Rogar and Fred Nelson Jr.
Skyler’s Pool is an indie-rock band out of Sacramento that plays original music and features husband and wife duo Kitty O’Neal and Kurt Spataro. Playing music in different bands together since the 80’s, Kitty is also the Afternoon News Anchor on KFBK AM/FM and Kurt is the Executive Chef/Co-Owner in the Paragary Restaurant Group. Drummer Fred Nelson, Jr. (Oleander) and versatile Lori Sacco-Nelson (Funk Shui) are joined in Skyler’s Pool by bassist Bob Lo Russo. Jenn Rogar is a local singer-songwriter of Contemporary Folk music with a country, jazz, pop, rock, blues and socially conscious twist accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and backed up by the awesome drum sounds of Fred Nelson Jr. Gillian plays dark and intelligent alt-country love songs with two sultry female voices. Join us for a night of great local female fronted music groups.
KUPROS CRAFTHOUSE Nov 13, 2018
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, CA
Jenn Rogar returns to sing two solo sets accompanying herself on acoustic guitar from 5-7pm Happy Hour! at Kupros Crafthouse (the old Cheapthrills!) Jenn will be performing easy listening original songs tinged in jazz, pop, country, blues and social consciousness. Jenn also sings the folk songs you love from Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and more and old traditional folk songs or public domain songs that have stood the test of time. Jenn loves the standards as well and will sing her own arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook. Singing along is encouraged.
Kupros is a warm haunt in midtown Sacramento and is a 1910 two story Craftsman house with globally inspired pub grub, craft beers, wines, cocktails and outdoor seating.No cover. 21+
Peace and blessings to you and yours! Music unites, provokes, changes and heals!
Jenn Rogar, the water goddess, performs songs about mother earth, sacred water,
the joys and follies of earthlings, the goddess, as well as, traditional and contemportary folk songs. Jenn Rogar is an activist folk singer/songwriter in the tradition of Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie singing songs about social justice issues and yet she blazes a new trail in singing original songs about the living mother earth and her sacred waters, the goddess and all her sacred beings as well as the joys and follies of earthlings! Jenn’s voice is described as “soothing” “ethereal” and having “a naturalness”. Jenn’s love of nature and freedom grew as a young girl riding her horse , Missy, everyday through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and inspired her to sing for the purpose of inspiring others to care about the earth and her creatures. One day in 2008 Jenn chose music over her horse ,Epona , so she could devote all her time and resources to singing and recording. Jenn sings whenever and wherever people will listen. For more go to her website at www.jennrogar.com. Two CD’s are available via i-tunes and her website and a third CD “Gratitude” will be available in the Spring of 2018.
Music description: Healing Folk Music to soothe and raise vibrations
Playing The Fool Words and Music by Jenn Rogar 2015 Copyright. Use with Permission
You caused me to shed a few tears
And I wasn’t looking but you found me right here
Missing you baby
Ooh it is crazy
That I could fall for you my dear
You gave me a line I could read
I started to wonder how your body could feel
Say that it ain’t true
That you and I are through
Before it even got heated
Was it to hurt her
Or make you feel better
What were the chances that we’d get together
Caught in between your drives and your schemes
Now I only have you in my dreams
You caused me to want to love you
I’ll just try to hide it that’s all I can do
Now you’ve gone back to her
Caused me a stir
and I’m playing the fool
Now you’ve gone back to her
Caused me a stir
and I am playing the fool
You caused me to shed a few tears
Recorded 2016 at David Houston Moon Studios, Sacramento, CA
Acoustic guitar/vocals: Jenn Rogar
Electric guitar: Steve Mclane
Bass: Ken Rabiroff
Drums: Fred Nelson Jr.
Jenn Rogar will be performing at Silo’s in Napa,Ca on September 17th, 2015. Travers Clifford (son of Dakota Sid) on lead guitar, dobro and mandolin. Fred Nelson, Jr. (Oleander) on drums, L.P Avery on bass.
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Hello Friends and Framily,
I hope you get a chance to read this today and brave the rain and come to the Luna’s show tonight at 8pm with myself, Howard Hall, Hannah Jane Kile and Bruce Tuttle. This is a songwriter in the round event and it will be magical largely because of the place. Luna’s cafe has a special vibe that is heart warming. It is one the longest running music venues in town where countless artists have gotten their start because of the open heartedness of owner Art Luna. Add a little rain and the positive vibe only increases.
The next show is on Valentines Day, February 14th, at the Auburn Ale House in Auburn– Great beer and great food and vibe there!! Fred Nelson Jr performs on drums. Gene Smith is on electric guitar and Gerry Pineda is on bass as special guests.
On Feb 18th I perform as a duo with Fred Nelson Jr at very important benefit at Sol Collective for Icarus Project and Community Dinner Project. The Icarus Project provides a holistic guided program and counseling to those who seek to get off Psych drugs and celebrates a person’s uniqueness as opposed to labeling them with mental illness.
On February 27th,Friends of the Homeless in Sacramento presents its 2nd benefit for the homeless at Luna’s on February 27th. I will have a lot of great performers there again including: Joshua Dale Kraige from Pressure Lounge, Jordan Beasley from Tribe of Levi, Lauren Wakefield, Xochitl, G.p. Bailey, Kym Trippsmith, Extra Fancy, Sacramento Art and Revolution and Stoneberry. Sac Art and Rev is a political street theater troupe and even a young comedianne, Deerbruhh, will be there. Please visit their websites and “like” their facebook pages. All of the money we make goes directly to the homeless via the Community Dinner Project. We made $450 last event! $250 went to the Community Dinner Project. You can find Friends of the Homeless in Sacramento and Community Dinner Project on Facebook and can join!
Every Tuesday at 4:30pm the Community Dinner Project feeds the homeless and anyone who wants to eat outside city hall. Then many of the activists involved go inside and raise the issue of homelessness and other related issues during the public comment period. The activists have succeeded in getting the PUBLIC bathroom opened at Cesar Chavez Park. In case you didn’t know, all of the PUBLIC bathrooms in the city have been locked up and the homeless and the public have no access. Please know that ALL profits I make at any show go toward the Community Dinner Project or buying needed goods for the homeless. I have been blessed with a good income as a teacher for 18 years and I do need the money when I sing. I sing for the love of singing and sharing love with you all.
I hope to see homelessness eradicated in Sacramento and elsewhere as soon as possible. When people come together and decide that homelessness is as intolerable as let’s say polio or TB, then and only then will it end because everyone will get involved in some way and make a difference. The more that get we as a community get involved the more likely we can help those who are truly helpless–“mentally ill” and physically ill and barely surviving. The homeless person on the street is someone’s mother, father , sister or brother and is someone’s child. Even to stop and say hello to a homeless person as you pass them on the street is monumental to them. Please check my website calendar for upcoming shows in March and April.
Some of the events include a cozy singer-songwriter event on March 7 here in Sacramento where I perform as a duo with Fred Nelson, Jr., The Black Stallion Bar in Roseville on March 21 with the Jenn Rogar Band, California Organics in Nevada City on March 28th and The Torch Club in Sacramento on April 11th with the band. We will be at Club Car in Auburn in April or May so look for it on our calendar! Blessings to you all!
Love and Light!
On Friday, June 27th, Jenn Rogar and Oakland based band Fresh Juice Party will be performing songs that are fun, groovy and socially conscious at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, Ca …. show starts at 8pm!! $10/door come early and enjoy the art. Subterranean Arthouse is located at 2719 Bancroft Way. For more about Fresh Juice Party go to www.freshjuiceparty.com and for more about Subterranean Arthouse go to www.subterraneanarthouse.org.
Recently, PARC (Protect the American River Canyon) had a benefit fundraiser/ book signing at the Auburn Theater in Auburn, California and because of the generous help of Bill Mash aka WithoutaRoof (see his You Tube videos) my new music video by Marissa Jestice called “The River” was featured on a big screen at the end of the event. What an honor! Thank you Bill Mash and Eric and Paula Peach from PARC for including my video in this event.. PARC has been working for decades to preserve the American River Canyon from the proposed Auburn Dam destruction and just released an updated third edition of the book The American River Insiders Guide to Recreation, Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks. Also, a week later, I was invited to join Eric Peach for a radio interview on KVMR and sang “The River” live. I encourage you to contact PARC, become a member and support preserving the American River Canyon and be a part of the team in designating the American River as forever wild and scenic. I will be enjoying some rafting this summer on one of Eric Peach’s rafting trips and hiking the beautiful trails. Nature heals! Blessings! Jenn
For more information about protecting the American River go to www.parc-auburn.org
A FOURTH! benefit for Safeground is coming up January 17th, 2014 and like past benefits at Luna’s it is going to be a really fun and an enlightening event! At the last show, November 15th, we had a packed house and great performances by Sal Valentino, Hans Eberbach, Brittany Vanessa, Jackie Carroll, guest speaker, Steve Watters and a debut performance of a really COOL Sacramento hippie band called the Sad Juicees. Members of the band work at WIND, which provides homeless services to homeless youth. Civil rights attorney and co- founder of Safeground, Mark Merin, spoke at length about the history of how we got to where we are with extreme poverty in the United States and why we need to help the homeless. We made over $600 in donations which went to Safeground and SHOC (Sacramento Housing Organizing Committee) . This is an all ages event and the donation at the door is $7/sliding scale.
WHO IS PERFORMING?
On the bill of our upcoming show are the following performers: the very talented Carly Duhain, dubbed the new Janis Joplin, Joe Kye, a Yale educated guitar, violin and voice virtuoso, the always entertaining guitar and kalimba musician/singer, Marty Taters, G.p Bailey, who sings songs from his two albums about the homeless, host Jenn Rogar with special guest Steven Payan from the very popular and longtime Sacramento hip hop group Mentes Differentes. Also performing again is the great Sal Valentino of Beau Brummels and Stoneground fame, the very talented Darin Bradford and Wasteland and the beautiful and beyond melodic Sandra Delores who, according to Sal “can sing the phone book.” All proceeds will go to Safeground and SHOC. Money is being raised for Safeground to help build the future Safeground community of 80 cabins on 21/2 acres for the homeless. “We are very close”, says, Executive Director of Safeground, Steve Watters. These concerts help bring awareness and hopefully new activists who want to get involved in the struggle for the homeless and the poor.
To learn more about the artists performing you can visit their websites:
https://www.facebook.com/thecarlyduhainband Carly DuHain
http://www.sandradolores.com/ Sandra Delores
http://www.mentes-diferentes.com/ Steven Payan
http://www.reverbnation.com/martytaters Marty Taters
http://www.reverbnation.com/gpbailey G.p. Bailey
https://jennrogar.com/ Jenn Rogar
WHO ARE SAFEGROUND AND SHOC?
To learn more about Safeground and how you can help go to www.SafeGroundSac.org . SHOC is a member of the Sacramento Housing Alliance and is a voice for the Sacramento homeless community since 1997 by publishing the Homeward Street Journal. Homeless persons sell the newspaper for $1 at various locations around Sacramento and it is also available by subscription. Buy a paper and learn about the issues of homelessness in Sacramento and all over the country. SHOC has an office located inside Loaves and Fishes and can be reached at (916) 442-2156, firstname.lastname@example.org and on the web at www.homeward.wikispaces.com
SPECIAL THANK YOU’S
I have been so blessed with so many of Sacramento’s finest singer-songwriters and musicians who have asked or agreed to perform and donate their wonderful talent to helping bring awareness to homelessness in Sacramento and funds for Safeground and SHOC. I went to Art Luna about the idea, not long after the Safeground Sacramento Stakedown on May 1-8 and asked about doing the concerts there. At our very first concert, on June 15, 2013 we had JD Valerio, James Israel, G.p Bailey, myself and Patrick Grizzell. At the second benefit on Sept 20th, 2013 we had Gary Weinberg, Gene Smith Lives!, with Kristine David and Nick Embly, the Jackie Carroll Jazz Trio, Marty Taters, John Malcolm, guest speaker Steve Watters, Executive Director of Safeground, and Darin Bradford. Thank you!! to all who have performed so far! Your talented and beautiful people! Thank you Art Luna and see you there at the next Safeground benefit on January 17th! Join the event on facebook and tell a friend! If you want to be part of the street team to get posters/flyers out and online promoting please contact me at email@example.com on facebook at www.facebook.com/jennrogar or call me at (916) 856-6305
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