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Welcome Our New Member “Photography by David Wong”

A Ribbon Cutting was held on September 12th at David Wong’s Photography Studio in Grass Valley.

I am a passionate photographer and I travel the world teaching and leading photography workshops and tours. I specialize in artful photography whether in portraits, events, sports, commercial, or art reproductions in my studio or at your location. Large format printing services on site up to 4′ x 6′ and larger. Additionally, I offer twenty plus years in high tech and corporate video production.

Welcome to the Nevada City Chamber!!

Stay Informed About All Nevada City City Council Actions & Proposals

To all NC Chamber Members: To stay informed about all Nevada City City Council actions and proposals please sign up for E-Notifications from the city. Simply follow this link and enter your email address. Be sure to check the boxes for “All Agendas” and “City Council”, along with any other items you may be interested in. Every time you receive an agenda by email please take a few moments to read through all the items listed and note anything that might be of interest or have an impact upon your business. Here is the link to follow:

Friar Tucks & Wheyward Girl Creamery Co-Host Wine & Cheese Pairing

Experience and intimate Italian Wine & Cheese pairing at Friar Tucks co-hosted with Wheyward Girl Creamery on October 2nd 4-6pm. We will have a certified sommelier & certified cheese professional (CCP) at the event to pour & explain these unique pairs of cheese & wine never available in Nevada County. Limited seating to 26. Sign up at

View Wild Chinook Salmon on the Yuba River

Registration is open for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) 2019 Salmon Expeditions. Join SYRCL’s River Science staff, trained naturalists, and river guides from H2O Adventures for a float trip down the Lower Yuba to see spawning salmon. The day on a raft includes opportunities to learn about the Yuba River ecosystem, how mining has impacted the river, and how SYRCL is working to protect salmon. View one of SYRCL’s restoration projects at Hammon Bar and explore the Yuba Goldfields.

“This is an unforgettable opportunity to explore the Lower Yuba River,” says SYRCL’s River Education Manager, Rachel Lubitz. “Get outdoors, and on the water to witness the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean back to where they hatched. Participants will learn about the salmon life cycle and the impact humans have on these incredible fish.”

Salmon Raft Expeditions begin on the main stem of the Yuba River at Parks Bar, just below the Highway 20 Bridge, and end at Sycamore Ranch Park. The run is about five miles long and the trip takes approximately six hours with stops.

Interested in connecting youth with the river? SYRCL is seeking volunteer naturalists to educate youth about the watershed, salmon life cycles, ecology and human impact on the Yuba watershed. Staff and volunteer naturalists introduce students to the spectacular journey of wild Chinook salmon as they make their way from the ocean to their ancestral spawning waters. Our program’s field trips run every weekday from October 7-November 15.

To sign up for a Salmon Expedition or Naturalist Training, register online at: education/salmon-tours/, or contact Rachel Lubitz, River Education Manager at: (530) 265-5961 ext. 218, or

About SYRCL: Headquartered in Nevada City, CA, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers. See:


What: SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions

When: Public Expeditions – Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, November 9

School Expeditions – October 7 through November 15

Where: Lower Yuba River below Parks Bar

Cost: Public Expedition – $75 for the public, $50 for kids under 12
School Walking Expeditions – $10/person
Some scholarships are available for School Salmon Expeditions


“Becoming Nobody” at the Nevada Theatre– Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

On Sunday, September 22nd, Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “Becoming Nobody” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre.

“Becoming Nobody” represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life. Whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom.


Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey. His ability to entertain and his sense of humor are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom.


“Jamie Catto’s new gorgeous movie is a revelatory look through Ram Dass’ decades of wisdom-keeping. ‘Becoming Nobody’ will bring his vibrant truths, transmissions, stories, humanity and humor to new generations.” Anne Lamott, Novelist, Speaker & Activist


The film is being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8. For more information, to view the trailer, or to purchase advance tickets, visit 



What:  “Becoming Nobody” at the Nevada Theatre Film

When: Sunday, September 22nd, at 7pm

Where:  The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

Information:  (530) 477-1100, or




Audition Notice: The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

A play by Susan Kim

Adapted from the novel by Amy Tan

Directed by Jeffrey Mason

Presented by

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS)

Show Dates: April 9 – May 2, 2020 — Nevada Theatre, Nevada City

Auditions: September 21 & 23, 2019

Call-backs: September 28, 2019

Nevada Theatre

The Joy Luck Club tells a series of interconnected stories about Chinese mothers, their American daughters, and the people who complicate their lives. The play takes place in China and in America from the early 20th century to 1987.

Cast: We will cast at least twelve women and five men to play more than thirty-six roles; many actors will double in two to five roles each. Please visit for a descriptive cast list.

For the first round of auditions: We would like each actor to prepare a monologue chosen from those posted at If time permits, we’ll also arrange some cold readings of dialogue scenes. Call-backs (on September 28) will certainly involve scenes and more monologues.

To schedule an audition: Please visit to register online and for more information. We will confirm your audition choice(s) via email.

I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. – Lindo Jong

Animal Place’s First Annual Vegan Burger Battle a Success

Nine Local Restaurants Help Make Animal Place’s First Annual Vegan Burger Battle a Success With Nearly 200 Vegan Burger Reviews

Animal Place, a local non-profit farmed animal sanctuary, invited restaurants in Grass Valley and Nevada City to join the county’s first ever Vegan Burger Battle! Created to encourage restaurants to offer healthier, more compassionate food choices and give customers one more reason to frequent and support local restaurants, nine restaurants joined the friendly competition. Each restaurant served a special vegan burger throughout the month of August, and provided a small entry fee that benefits the rescued animals at Animal Place.

After 190 vegan burger reviews, California Organics was voted Best Overall Vegan Burger, based on presentation, creativity, and taste! They served a Hearty Sunflower patty on a sourdough bun with chipotle vegan aioli, sweet grilled corn salsa, crisp arugula, zesty red onion mojo and tomatoes. The corn salsa was definitely a crowd-pleaser, and was mentioned by many diners as the highlight of the burger.

Jernigans won Tastiest Vegan Burger! Described by one customer as “the best vegan burger I’ve ever had”, it’s safe to say their Bahn-Mi style burger impressed patrons. They served a sweet chili glazed black bean quinoa burger with ginger, coconut veganaise, sprouts, cilantro, green onion, pickled carrot, cucumber and peanut sauce on sourdough.

Many competitors offered a housemade burger, while others used a “meat-like” burger, like the Beyond Burger or the Impossible Burger. Fudenjuce took the crown for Best Beyond Burger, topping it with red onion, romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, sesame-tamari grilling gravy, three slices of hickory-sage smoked Sweet Earth bacon, and Super Special vegan burger relish sauce.

Winning restaurants will receive their awards at Animal Place’s Community Day, on October 12th. Awards include those described above, as well as Most Photogenic, Great Service, and more!

Didn’t get a chance to try a vegan burger in August? Though the Vegan Burger Battle has come to a close, many of the restaurants are still offering their creation! Afternoon Deli, Briar Patch, California Organics, Fudenjuce, and Jernigan’s will continue to serve their burgers. (Note: Jernigan’s will include the burger as a special occasionally, but it will not be a permanent menu item). Other participating restaurants offer vegan burgers, but no longer have their challenge burger available. Why not support local businesses and satisfy your food cravings at the same time?

A special thanks to all participating restaurants: California Organics, Fundenjuce, Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill, Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Co, Afternoon Deli, Briar Patch Food Co-op, Pine Street Burgers and Thirsty Barrel.

Claire Couron is the Social Media Manager at Animal Place. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley,  Animal Place provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals.

RhytMandala with Ryan Michael Moore

This Workshop consists of two sessions, which take place on October 5th, and 6th – both @ 3-6pm.

In this workshop, we will have the opportunity to use our hands, feet, bodies & minds to connect to ourselves and one another.

We will:

* Learn how to understand rhythm with the mind & feel rhythm with the body
* Combine simple drumming patterns with singing & dancing to let go of inhibition and enjoy the present moment
* Cultivate expressive musical confidence & creativity
* Groove our way into embodied awareness together

This workshop is for anyone who wants to have a more mindful and musical relationship to their own body! An ideal workshop for musicians who are curious about non-western rhythms, and movers and singers interested in exploring the world of improvisation.Can’t make this offering?

Want to see what RhythMandala is about? Join us for RhythMandala @ Dance Church at the Oddfellows Hall on 9/29 for a preview!

Check out all of RhythMandala’s upcoming events @

What is RhythMandala?

RhythMandala is an ever-evolving body of work which connects people to themselves and one another via movement, song, and dance – approachable for people of all ages and abilities.
RhythMandala events are a 3-way cross between a drum circle, a dance class, and a song circle.

Location: Golden Mandala 417 Broad St. Ste. B Nevada City

Autumn Sonic Reset

Welcome autumn’s harvest and changes with vibrational support for your body, mind, and soul. Relax and receive a sonic reset – clear out the old and make way for the new fruits being integrated into your life. Change is constant but it doesn’t have to be difficult!

Let go into waves of sound and vibration intended to soothe your body and move your entire system through stages of relaxation, release, expansion, love, and integration. Join Us for this 90 minute sound healing session and be fully prepared for the equinox on Sept. 23 and the changing of the seasons.

Sunday 9/22 3-4:30 PM
By donation. Suggested $11 – $22 per person, nobody will be turned away.

Golden Mandala Yoga & Consciousness Center
417 Broad St. Suite B : Nevada City, CA

Amara Amethyst is a vibrational Healer and Priestess here to attune your body, soul, and energy so You can live an empowered life and fulfill your soul purpose. She uses her training and intuitive gifts to create a unique blend of sound and energy healing and hold a safe and nurturing container for individual and group healing processes.

Sierra Commons Celebrates Ignitor Course Graduates, 10-Year Anniversary

When they launch their latest Business Ignitor graduating class on September 25, 2019, Sierra Commons will host a party commemorating ten years of supporting entrepreneurship in Nevada County. Anyone who has been a part of the Sierra Commons community is encouraged to show up to celebrate.

Get to know the businesses that Sierra Commons has helped launch – or relaunch – and meet the thirteen business owners who are using this year’s Ignitor X course to start something new. These entrepreneurs represent a wide variety of industries, including local cottage food businesses, cleaning services, ecological landscaping and habitat restoration, yoga, transportation, community support, media production and publishing, and retail. You might run into some familiar faces, like the folks behind the Yuba Bus, and the market at Ananda Village.

In addition to networking, a limited number of tables are available to showcase local businesses.

“Sierra Commons has always been about helping local entrepreneurs reach their full potential,” said Robert Trent, Executive Director at Sierra Commons. “It’s incredible to witness someone passionately stepping into their power and starting the business of their dreams. Together, the Sierra Commons community is creating a resilient local economy while preserving the very essence of Nevada County’s colorful character.”

Spend time with Sierra Commons supporters including Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall, Nevada County Executive Officer Alison Lehman, and Grass Valley City Council Member Hilary Hodge. “Sierra Commons is an essential part of our business community and our local economy,” said Hodge. “I have seen dreams become small businesses.  I have seen ideas become workplaces. I hope that Nevada County continues to support the wonderful work that this organization does for at least another ten years.”

It wouldn’t be a party without local food and libations and tunes from the Vinyl Avenger, plus a raffle! Come join the fun on September 25th and show your support for local businesses. The graduation and anniversary party will take place on Wednesday, September 25th from 6-9pm at Sierra Commons, 792 Searls Avenue in Nevada City.

The Fur Traders Draft Horse Classic Special Sale

The Fur Traders Warehouse is having a special sale for the Draft Horse Classic Weekend Sept 20-22! Enjoy 50-60% OFF on all sale items AND buy 3 pairs of your favorite shoes, or more, and get an extra 10% OFF.

Thank you for your past business and continued support. Please enjoy the exclusive savings we can offer you during this weekend sale.


Fur and Leather Jackets, Coats and Vests for 50% OFF

All His and Hers Motorcycle Riding Gear for 50% OFF

ALL footwear including shoes, boots, sandals, slippers and ALL Brand New Last Pairs, Last Runs, Internet Returns, and Discontinued Styles from some of our Customer-Favorite Brands including Bearpaw, Born, Merrell, Onex, Mephisto, Sofft, UGG and More ALL for 50-60% OFF

Antique Wagon Wheels

*Store Fixtures*

Racks, shelving, counters, showcases, & much more


10181 Commercial Ave

Penn Valley, CA 95946


Lots of FREE and Easy Pull up Parking. Off of Pleasant Valley Road, Behind Players Pizza.


AirMedCare Network – Nevada City Chamber Membership Special

AirMedCare Network is America’s largest air medical membership network. AMCN provides coverage across 320 locations in 38 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Expenses for emergency air medical transport can put stress on your finances. With an AirMedCare Network membership, you will have no out-of-pocket expenses if flown by an AMCN provider. And with a special discounted rate for Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, memberships start at just $65 per year.

 Nevada City Chamber’s DISCOUNT Plan Code of 15102-CA-BUS. Enrollment is easy: 1) Use application, 2019 Nevada City Chamber AirMed Application 2) Online at OR by phone 530-648-6455.


Barbara Michelman and Nicholas Coley “Of Land and Sky”

Inspiration of Land and Sky

The September show at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art will feature two award-winning Northern California artists who choose the solitude and expanse of sky, land and water as their muse, in two different mediums. 2019 Wild and Scenic Film Festival winner Barbara Michelman will showcase her stunning black and white photography featuring some of the most inspiring and remote regions of the U.S. Nicholas Coley will feature his large format plein air paintings, rendered with colorful, thick oil paint depicting Aspen groves and hillsides—all done plein air in one sitting on location in Northern California.

“Of Land and Sky” will open Friday, September 6. The show will run through the month of September at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 231 Broad St., in downtown Nevada City.

Barbara Michelman’s 40 year career in the arts has led her from a fast-paced life in Los Angeles, to the solitude of the Sierra Nevada.

“For the past two decades I’ve been fortunate to travel the West photographing wild places where the world falls away and I lose myself; where time disappears and, in a noisy world, I find the still-point of power, mystery and beauty offered up by living breathing earth,” Michelman writes in her artist statement for the show.

Michelman began her career working in Hollywood in film lighting. As one of the first women in the field, she worked in all the major studios. In 1990 she left Hollywood to photograph the collapse of the Eastern European Bloc nations. After a stint in New Mexico, she moved back to the Bay Area, working freelance and leading photo tours to Europe. She lived in Grass Valley from 2001 to 2006, operating a gallery called Studio 131 which hosted art shows and workshops. Then in 2007 she moved to Montana and worked as a master printer in digital fine art founding and leading the non-profit organization Artists Along the Bitterroot, along with showing her own work. In 2019 she received the Juror’s Award for Photography at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival for her work on the aftermath of California’s devastating wildfires. Her more experimental photo montage work was shown in 2018 at UC San Diego in collaboration with the Holocaust Living Workshop. She has exhibited in the United States and Europe and is in public and private collections on both continents. Along with recent exhibitions in the Bay Area, her forthcoming book with writer Charles Finn, “On A Benediction of Wind”, is being published by Chatwin Press and will be out next year.

Nicholas Coley’s paintings, reminiscent of that of painter Wolf Kahn, illuminate the canvas with his identifiable palette of soft greens, yellows, purples and oranges. Working with a 2”-4” wide brush, his strokes of oil paint are bold and confident, while sensitive at the same time. Unlike most plein air painters, he works on large canvases, from 36” on up to 72”, which he brings out into the field, and sets up at the point of inspiration. Dodging wind, insects and ever-changing light, he completes his painting in one sitting, usually consisting of about 6 hours.

Born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California, Coley, studied art at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Aix-en-Provence and at the Marchutz school in Le Tholonet, France. He holds a BA in painting from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and lived, studied, and painted for a year in a Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery in southwestern France. A familiar face in the woods at San Francisco’s Presidio, Coley’s art is often likened to the Impressionists and the The Society of Six. He has successfully shown his work at many Bay Area galleries including the SFMOMA Artists Gallery. He was in group shows at St. Mary’s College, Los Gatos Museum, and a solo show last year at the Berkeley Theological Seminary which involved talking about the divine in landscape. He’s exhibited and sold his work from San Francisco to Boston for the past 20 years. He just completed his second artist residency in Healdsburg, most recently at Chalkhill Winery. He lives with his wife and three young children in Mill Valley, CA.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art features Brook’s working studio as well as the art of over 20 different artists, open daily from 12-5 p.m., and on Saturdays at 11a.m. The gallery is located at 231 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. For more information about the gallery’s artists and events, visit

“Big Hole Valley, Montana”, Barbara Michelman

Nicholas Coley painting on site

WHO: Barbara Michelman and Nicholas Coley
WHAT: “Of Land and Sky”
WHEN: September 1-30, 2019
Opening Reception: September 6, 5-7pm, Art Talk with Barbara Michelman, 6pm
WHERE: LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 231 Broad St., Nevada City, CA
CONTACT: LeeAnn Brook, 530-557-5160

The Center for the Arts Upcoming Shows

Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod an American Duo

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod at The Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley on Thursday September 19th. The pair joined forces in 2014 for a collection of vintage American music on the album “Come On In”. They are coming together again to perform classics and favorites that pull from their Jug Band and Americana roots. Local troubadours Paul Emery and Peter Wilson open the evening.

Because of his vast repertoire and love of the music, Jim Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook. He is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band. They successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin’ Spoonful. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing.

“When it came to jug band music, razzmatazz jazz, and swinging spins on Piedmont blues back in the ’60s, Jim Kweskin was top dog. Jim Kweskin’s famed Jug Band hot-wired an entire movement that still has a certain impact on the folk scene today.”

– Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix

These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He continues to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician, and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He is performing and recording with a wide variety of well-known musicians including Meredith Axelrod.

Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth-century music, whether it be ragtime, music hall, pop standard, boogie woogie, Tin Pan Alley, string band, jazz, country, blues. or even jug band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago—through the medium of cylinders and 78-rpm records. Whatever the genre, these are songs she learns from the original sources (records and/or sheet music), which were released between the 1890s and the1930s.

“It takes more than passion to do what Meredith does. It takes guts; conviction. She is unflinchingly committed to authentic recreation of the tunes in her repertoire–swampy blues and early American roots music.” – Gary Rametta

Opening the show is local duo Paul Emery and Peter Wilson. Peter and Paul have performed together since the early 1980s as the Fun Train Minstrels and in various combinations.

Paul Emery is a member of Backwoods Jazz with Anni McCann and Tom Schmidt. He is creator of A Thousand Kisses Deep – The Songs of Leonard Cohen, which has performed around Northern California to sell-out crowds. Paul is also a founding member of the Foothills Flyers duo with Ray Mann and the ground-breaking Greater Carmichael String Band. His production company, Paul Emery Presents, has been an essential part of Nevada County’s vibrant music scene for decades.Peter Wilson is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with several recordings to his credit. He’s a member of the Deadbeats playing the music of the Grateful Dead. Peter has written, recorded and toured with Mountain John Hilligoss and Moe Dixon in the trio Troubadour Camp. His production company, Strings Concerts, presents curated folk music concerts by international touring artists.

Jim Kweskin shows radiate charm, humor, sophistication, and talent. Jim sings a collection of familiar songs by Benny Goodman, Johnny Mercer, the Sons of the Pioneers, Fats Waller, and Somethin’ Smith and the Redheads. There’s an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin’s interpretations that makes his performances a delight. Combine that with Meredith Axelrod’s authentic voice and ernest devotion to vintage eras and you get an evening of cultural folklore and storytelling.

This Center OnTheGo production will be held at The Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley on Thursday, September 19th. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now at The Center for the Arts box office located at 995 Plaza Drive, at BriarPatch Food Co-op, and online at

WHAT: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents: Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod with Paul Emery & Peter Wilson Opening.
WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Doors 7pm – Show 8pm
WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod
ADMISSION: $30 Members / $40 Public / Premium Box Seats $60 / Premium Four Pack $182
Tickets: also available at BriarPatch and The Center Box Office
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: 530-274-8384.

Open Studios 2019

October 12–13 & 19–20

Presented by The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is proud to present the 24th annual Open Studios on the weekends of October 12–13 and 19–20. Nevada County has long been known for its exceptional artist community; for the sheer abundance and diversity of artists and the high quality of their work. Open Studios is a free, self-guided art tour of the studios and galleries of dozens of these fine artists. Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience firsthand how, where, and why art is created.

The tour features a wealth of classic and contemporary art for every taste, and hosts sculptors, printmakers, photographers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, woodworkers, designers, and more. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, view new pieces and works in progress, watch live demonstrations, learn about their processes from conception to completion, and buy original art expressing a wide range of mediums and methods.

This year’s Open Studios will feature new artists as well as longtime favorite artists. Muralist Miles Toland, creator of the stunning “New Dawn” mural on the Everhart Hotel in Grass Valley, is a first-time participating artist. A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Toland painted his first mural at the age of sixteen. Since then he has painted murals in India, France, Switzerland, Canada, and soon in Australia. The work space he shares with fellow artist Julian Vadas is both a studio and an art gallery. The space is divided into zones for painting, e-commerce, and large-scale portable murals, which can be rolled up and transported to different locations. Toland is looking forward to discussing his vision and creative process for painting murals with Open Studio patrons. In addition to Open Studios, Toland and Vadas are preparing for an art opening at the Chambers Project Gallery in Nevada City on October 11th. To learn more about Miles Toland and his art, go to; for Julian Vadas Art, go to

Photographer David Wong is a well-loved veteran of Open Studios. He looks forward every year to welcoming people to his rural studio for a behind-the-scenes look into the total breadth of his work and the eye-opening process of how a fine art photograph is created. Wong stresses that art photography involves much more than just clicking the camera shutter: it involves creative vision and storytelling, the technical translation of capturing the image, and the highly technical and creative process of making a print. Wong views Open Studios as an opportunity for people to get closer to art by meeting the artists in their work environments. To learn more about David Wong and his photography, go to

Jeweler Antje Dormeyer will be sharing a studio this year with painter Sylviane Gaumer. Dormeyer’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry features precious and semi-precious stones and metals. Gaumer uses oils to achieve the rich, luminous colors found in her paintings. Dormeyer loves to cook, nearly as much as she loves to make jewelry, so patrons can expect good eats at their studio. Visit their websites at and

Tour participants use a printed guidebook to map out the studios and galleries they’d most like to visit. You may choose to ramble from one location to the next, stopping for lunch along the way at one of Nevada County’s choice eateries, or cram in as many studios as possible before the end of the day—your call. No matter how you proceed, you can expect an enjoyable and educational adventure in art, full of interesting people, engaging conversation, picturesque settings, and tasty snacks and beverages. Open Studio guidebooks can be obtained in advance at several locations. For a list of locations and an online map of the tour, please visit:

A free Opening Reception will kick off Open Studios 2019. Come and enjoy wine, beer, and delicious hors d’oeuvres while mingling with participating artists and other members of the community and guests. The celebration will be held at the Plaza Gallery, 998 Plaza Drive in the Brunswick Basin, October 10th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To learn more about Open Studios and for a list of this year’s participating artists, go to

WHAT: Open Studios 2019
WHEN: October 12–13 and 19–20, 2019
WHERE: Various Locations around Nevada County
WHO: Presented by The Center for the Arts
ADMISSION: Free, details available at
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: 530-274-8384.

Michael Franti & Spearhead Return To Grass Valley

October 15th

Michael Franti & Spearhead come to Grass Valley for a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, October 15 as part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series. They are touring the U.S. in support of their critically acclaimed new album Stay Human Vol. II, out now on Thirty Tigers. Tickets available to The Center for The Arts Members on Thursday, August 1 and to the general public on Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. local time via

The writing on Stay Human Vol. II—which is co-produced by Franti alongside Ben Simonetti (Zac Brown Band, Shemekia Copeland, Blake Shelton), Niko Moon (Zac Brown Band), Kevin Bard (Fitz & The Tantrums) and others—was heavily influenced by Franti’s work on his new award-winning self-directed documentary, Stay Human. He explains, “I’ve traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I’ve always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and STAY HUMAN.”

Stay Human Vol. II continues to receive critical praise:

“an artist who’s clearly interested in making deep connections with listeners, speaking powerfully through his music and living by his mantra that ‘there is no one in the world that you wouldn’t love if you knew their story.’” – USA Today

“Franti’s mission, musical and otherwise, is convincing people they can.”
– Billboard

“a record that’s overflowing with positivity…in these deeply divided times, Franti gives listeners about 45 minutes of nothing but good vibes, optimism and a charge to take that feeling out into the world.” – Associated Press

Stay Human has won an array of awards while on the festival circuit, including the RWJ Barnabas Health Award at the 2018 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival, the Audience Award and the Voice for Humanity Award at the 2018 ILLUMINATE Film Festival and the Soul in Cinema Award at the 2018 Maui Film Festival. The film is now available via on demand and digital platforms through Cinedigm. Watch/share the trailer for Stay Human at

Franti began writing music as a way to process both the political landscape of the late 1980s and the unique sounds and ideas of his Bay Area upbringing. In 1994, Franti formed Michael Franti & Spearhead. Touring with his band, Franti continued to notice inequality and injustice both at home and abroad. The band released their seminal Stay Human album in 2000, reflecting on the unjust nature of the death penalty among other themes, to make sense of our common humanity in juxtaposition to near constant violations of human rights.

Franti released his first self-directed documentary, I Know I’m Not Alone, in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. The film depicts his mission for peace in the Middle East, with a focus on the human cost of war. Franti visited war zones in Iraq, Israel and Palestine again finding common connection, playing music to both soldiers and civilians regardless of affiliation.

Michael Franti & Spearhead continue to foster the community both on and off stage and with Michael and his wife Sara’s foundation Do It For The Love, a wish granting nonprofit that brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans and children with severe challenges to concerts. His recent musical projects have included the Billboard #1 single “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010) and full-length releases All the People (2013) and SOULROCKER (2016), which topped the Billboard rock album charts at #4 and #5, respectively.

Stay Human Vol. II is available for purchase and to stream at The album debuted at #62 on the Billboard 200 chart as well as #1 on the Americana chart and #1 on the Independent Album chart. It also reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 2nd at 10am. The Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium is a treasured historic venue. General Admission seating is available on the floor on a first come first serve basis with the majority of seating available in the bleachers. The auditorium has been retrofitted with new seating in the bleachers. For ticket information visit

WHO: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

 WHAT: Michael Franti & Spearhead

 WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, doors open 7 p.m

 WHERE: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn Street. Grass Valley, CA

 TICKETS: General Admission: $76 public / $66 Members, available at The Center for the Arts Box Office, 998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley or by calling 530-274-8384; at BriarPatch Food Coop, 530-272-5333, or online at



Rodney Crowell – November 9th

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo proudly presents Rodney Crowell, a legend praised as a hit songwriter, as a chart-topping singer, and as a gruffly grinning member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Now you get to see him live at The Foothills Event Center on November 9th!!

Classics can become cliches. And cliches, like whiskey, nostalgia, and orthodoxy, will deaden the mind. We can’t learn from what we know. It doesn’t work that way. But if what we know morphs and changes, and whittles itself down to truthful essence, then we can find delight and inspiration.
That’s what’s going on here, in Rodney Crowell’s most unusual of retrospectives. These are songs he wants to sing and play, performed as he wants to sing and play them.

This is nothing like a summation of an extraordinary life in songwriting, and the very act of releasing an album of “classics” that doesn’t include “’Til I Gain Control Again,” “Voila, An American Dream,” “Song for the Life,” “Stars on the Water,” “Ashes by Now,” “Bluebird Wine,” “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream),” and all the others is either an act of humility or a chest-thump.

Hard to say, and maybe it doesn’t matter. As always, Crowell is running toward his true self, even as he assures us he’s not running fast enough.

“I’ve heard it said a thousand times, to thine own self be true,” he sings. “Well, it’s not for lack of trying, that this is something I can’t do.”

Check this out . . . he sings that on a song called “Shame on the Moon Redux.” It’s a retrospective reinvention of “Shame on the Moon,” a song Crowell wrote and Bob Seger recorded to grand success. The original was a hit. It was a smash. Crowell never liked the last verse, about stepping light on old toes.

“I used to let a lot of stuff go by,” he says. “I didn’t put in the work at the time to make that song be all that it could be.”

And so, by way of an apology to a chart-topping song, Crowell re-wrote it as confession and admission.

“I was late in my twenties, and hungry for praise,” is what he sings. “And waxing like crazy when I wrote down that phrase/ ‘Oh, blame it on midnight . . . ooh, shame on the moon.’”

Crowell is no longer hungry for praise. We’ve been praising him for forty years, since the days when Guy Clark — the emphatic and acerbic father figure to several musical generations — pointed out the ebullient genius in “Bluebird Wine,” a song that would become the first song on Emmylou Harris’s first major label album. We’ve praised Crowell as a hit songwriter, as a chart-topping singer, and as a gruffly grinning member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

We’ve praised him to the point of satiation, and now Crowell’s bouncing poetry is its own reward. Another poet, Donald Hall, identified writing’s most sinful characteristics as being “tired, ordinary, trite, or false.” Rodney Crowell would not be convicted of these crimes by a jury of peers.

This album of classics is not a victory lap. It’s a field sprint, followed by a campfire circle. It’s Rodney Crowell playing guitar and singing with friends, live and in real time. The revelations are in the reveling, and in Crowell’s joyful ownership of songs that have become dear companions. We arrive as honored guests, here to listen to an artist’s true self.

The Center for the Arts and Chris Perondi, the “Stunt Dog Guy”

™ Present The Stunt Dog Experience ™

The Center for the Arts is brings The Stunt Dog Experience ™ to the Veterans Auditorium in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019.

Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog GuyTM and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! Director Chris Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. He has produced over 9,000 shows in his career. Over 4,500 have been stage shows for performing arts theaters and for major theme parks including Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags of America.

The Stunt Dog GuyTM has a cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages. He guarantees high-energy excitement from beginning to end. During this “Stunt Dog Experience” you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.

The show is one-of-a-kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay & neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.

Don’t forget “Diggy the Dog” the human sized canine mascot! Diggy is always trying to be a part of the show in some silly way. He will try to convince everyone that he is the real star of the show. During the process you will laugh as he tries his paws at jumping rope like the four legged stars. He will also beg to do Perondi’s famous daredevil stunt. Can Diggy jump as high as the four-legged stunt dog? You will soon find out!

Every show also includes interactive crowd participation. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! Audience members will chant “Higher” and “Dog gone fun!” and be involved in the excitement of the production. The audience will even be split into two teams and everyone will cheer on their team of dogs during the “Golden Bone Showdown”. The trick dog challenge will be judged and won by audience applause; and the athletic challenges will be won based on speed, accuracy, and leaping ability. From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the three sport “Stunt Dog Triathlon”, and weave pole racing, to the famous high-jumping phenomenon. You will be blown away by the most agile dogs in the world!

These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Queen Latifah show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, worldwide during the annual Rose Parade, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines across the country. The Stunt Dog GuyTM truly delivers a theater masterpiece.

The Center for the Arts presents “Stunt Dog Experience” at the Veterans Auditorium on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019. There is a matinee at 1:00 p.m. and an eventing show at 7:00 p.m. Doors open one hour before each show. Tickets are available online at and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Discounted tickets available for children 13 and under.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

WHAT: Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience ™
WHEN: Two Shows on Friday, November 22nd at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial Building S Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: The Stunt Dog team includes Chris Perondi, wife Suhey Perondi, son Anthony Perondi.
ADMISSION: Youth $15 (children 13 and under) / Members $25 / Public $30

Miners Foundry Upcoming Events

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person via the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.   325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Buffalo Field Campaign – Wednesday, September 25 Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm $20

Buffalo Field Campaign’s Co-Founder and Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease are hitting the road again in September and October for his annual BFC Road Show. Since 1999, Mike has been visiting communities in Washington, Oregon, and California to share music, stories, video, and discussion—all of which is inspired by the last wild bison. The Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show features music and film dedicated to the plight of the buffalo, and Miners Foundry Cultural Center is thrilled to present this event to our region!

Desert Dwellers – Friday, September 27 Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $25/Adv, $30/Door

Desert Dwellers is the convergence of music producers Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who honed their individual skills in the mystical deserts of New Mexico and California, long before electronic music reached the mainstream. Amani and Treavor combine the raw sounds of the natural world, wrapped in dance-floor and chill-out productions; blending deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices, and cross-cultural instrumentation into a sonic incense for the mind and body. Desert Dwellers’ unique global sounds are a bridge between worlds, and their label Desert Trax has become a platform to spotlight similar alchemical artists.

Rising Appalachia – Friday, October 11 Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $30/Adv, $35/Door, $70/VIP

As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.

The Small Glories – Wednesday, October 23 Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm $20/Adv, $25/Door

Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as they are right there on the stage with the band — writing the songs, living the songs, performing the songs. It’s not uncommon for listeners to find themselves laughing, dancing, crying, or caught up in a good ol’ fashioned sing-along.  a chemistry labeled the “Lennon-McCartney syndrome,” by Americana UK, writing, “Some things just work together… to witness a performance by The Small Glories is a rare opportunity to experience that indefinable quality that creates perfection.”

Sierra Stages presents “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse

A wickedly funny satire in which progressive pretense and good intentions are deliciously roasted

September 19 – October 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Sierra Stages concludes its 2019 Season with the wickedly funny satire, “The Thanksgiving Play” by Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse, playing three weekends only from September 19 through October 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

In “The Thanksgiving Play”, four mismatched artists, armed with good intentions, attempt to devise a politically correct Thanksgiving play for elementary schools. They are tasked with telling the history of the holiday’s origins (skipping over the violent erasure of Native Americans from their own lands) that’s culturally sensitive (i.e. respectful of Native American culture) and satisfies their diversity grants (like the one they received for Native American Heritage Month awareness). They realize rather quickly that honoring Indigenous people while simultaneously celebrating the peaceful Thanksgiving feast of American lore is much more difficult than they anticipated.

Performances of “The Thanksgiving Play” are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. All seating is reserved. Tickets for the first two “preview” performances on Thursday September 19 and Friday September 20 are $20. Thereafter, tickets are $30 (rows A-H) and $25 (rows J-O). The official opening night is on Saturday September 21. Sierra Stages offers group rates for groups of 10 or more, as well as Student Rush for $15 at the door 30 minutes before each performance (age 25 & under with a valid student ID).

For tickets and information, visit or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Proceeds from the Friday September 20 “preview” performance will benefit California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP). CHIRP was created to research, document, preserve, and protect California Indigenous Nisenan culture, and has played an important role in the re-introduction of the Nisenan people to the non-native community now residing in the Nisenan homelands of the Bear and Yuba river watershed. Tickets for the benefit on September 20 are $20 and may be purchased directly from Sierra Stages at

The Sierra Stages production of “The Thanksgiving Play” is directed by Sandra Rockman and features Nevada County actors Jay Barker, Catie Cleary, John Ficarra and Laura LeBleu. Scenic design is by Constance Ammon, lighting design is by Erin Beatie and Noah Mann, and costume design is by Gina Gray.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theater based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began 11 years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 38 plays and musicals at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, The Center for the Arts, and Off Center Stage.

Know and Go

What: Sierra Stages presents “The Thanksgiving Play”

When: September 19 – October 5, 2019  Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

Information: | 530-346-3210

The Nevada County Gem & Mineral Show

Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6.

There will be incredible displays of gems, minerals, fossils, crystals, and many educational programs. Demonstrations will include: Gold panning, fossil exhibits, black light room, and much more. There will be prize raffles every ½ hour, and plenty of fun for kids of all ages.

25 vendors of gems, minerals, crystals, jewelry, and beads plus all kinds of things related to the world of gems and minerals.

Admission is $3 for adults, Children under 13 & students with ID are admitted FREE. There is plenty of parking

Come join us at the NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Sat. Oct 5 from 10 -5 and Sunday Oct. 6 from 10 – 4.

Taylor Wordell is the Featured Artist in Nevada City Winery’s September Exhibit

The title “Quilted Dreamscapes” summarizes the vision presented in this collection of paintings which aims to highlight women as active producers of culture. Taylor’s work takes the viewer away from traditional rural quilting techniques and into a world of reinterpreted social relations, gendered spaces, and identity through craft. Her goal is to highlight the vision of women as active producers of culture.

The show will be open for viewing beginning Thursday, September 5th through Monday, September 30th.

How ‘Quilted Dreamscapes’ Evolved

While experiencing the rural environments in Southern Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, Taylor considered the analogous value systems that define American landscapes and their relationships to craft and culture. Within this body of work, a desire to record and repurpose something before it is lost is cultivated by abstracting traditional craft. By transforming the tactile quilt into a painting, the value of the art is altered by changing its original meaning and purpose.

Taylor’s work is inspired by her deep love for the Arts and Craft movement as well as the textile masters from the Bauhaus school. Within this work, Taylor wishes to explore craft and its modern meaning today.

About the Artist

Nevada City native, Taylor Wordell, has been honing her skills in painting for the past several years. Wordell is currently based in Berkeley, California. Creating paintings surrounding themes of craft, elements of home, and kin; her work allows her to constantly explore new relationships and spaces through abstract-expressionist techniques, inviting the viewer to create their own meaning.

Taylor has shown her paintings in Brooklyn, Sausalito, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Nevada City Winery  321 Spring Street  Nevada City, CA 95959  530-265-9463

Sunday – Thursday 12 noon – 6 PM

Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 8 PM

Happy Hour 3 – 6 PM Daily

$1 OFF glasses of wine

Nevada City Winery offers a diverse selection of wines that can be enjoyed in a tasting, by the glass, and the bottle. Guests are welcome to sit and relax in our tasting room, gallery, or on the patio. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of wine-gifts and accessories, cheeses, and other treats to enjoy during your visit. Our barrel room and production facilities are on the premises and located directly below the tasting room enabling us to share crush related activities. Our gallery hosts a different local artist each month and is open to the public free of charge.


24th Annual KVMR Celtic Festival

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 27 through 29

The 24th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic September 27 through 29 in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines. There are eight stages and performance areas. Our main stage hosts many of the best Celtic musicians on the world stage.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is transformed into a Celtic Village and headline concert venue. Mainstage musical headliners for this year include Seven Nations (Saturday), Skerryvore (Sunday), Daimh, Moxie Strings, Molly’s Revenge with Christa Burch, Ha Penny Bridge, Bywater Band, John Whelan & Haley Richardson, Galen Fraser Trio and many more.

Shopping and dining opportunities abound with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub. Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

Friday night includes pageantry and jousting with the Royal Tournament and Gathering of the Clans, Free Friday Youth Arts Program, and the Friday night Ceilidh – a Celtic party with music, dancing and revelry under the stars.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend. History buffs can explore several encampments of “Guilds” who re-create points and places in time. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, hawks, owls, Irish wolfhounds and ponies.

Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake. Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping on the straw bales.

We hope you and your family will join us for this year’s KVMR Celtic Festival.

FREE YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM – Friday, September 27 from 4:00 to 7:00PM

The Celtic Festival’s Friday Youth Arts Program has grown to be a wonderful afternoon of music, magic, dance and arts instruction for aspiring artists. Participants, ages 10-18, learn from world-class artists and festival headliners. Youth participants in the program can take 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.

The FREE program includes workshops and a discounted youth day pass for attendees.



The three-day KVMR Celtic Festival kicks off with the Royal Tournament & Gathering of the Clans. Chivalry and honor reign on Friday, September 27 with a medieval tournament featuring full contact jousting, dancing horses, sword fights and hand to hand combat presented by the Imperial Knights. Honors to the winners will be presented by the King, Queen and their royal attendants.

The festivities take place in the Nevada County Fairgrounds arena and will include pageantry and a parade with medieval clans and guilds in attendance vying for favors.

The Imperial Knights travel internationally and feature the expert horsemanship of Thomas and Andrea Montgomery. Exhibitions include hand to hand combat and the thrill and excitement of full contact jousting. The company uses authentic medieval weapons and armor along with colorful heraldry and costumes.

Heavy armor jousting was prominent in the 15th and 16th century. The purpose of the competition is for each competitor to try to dislodge the opponent from his/her horse. Armed with 13-foot-long lances, they gallop down the lists toward each other and score points by unseating their opponent or striking the shield.

The Imperial Knights will present jousting exhibitions on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm in the Fairgrounds Arena.


FRIDAY NIGHT CEILIDH – Friday, September 27 from 7:30PM

This year the KVMR Celtic Festival will get a running start on Friday night with our Friday Night Ceilidh – an evening of Celtic music and dance featuring the Galen Fraser Trio.

There’ll be line, circle, and couple dancing for all ages and abilities. No need to come with a partner – it’s a great way to socialize and meet friends.

The Friday Night Ceilidh will be held at the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with indoor space for dancing, an outdoor deck with food and a full service pub, and beautiful garden space for relaxing and enjoying the evening.

KVMR Celtic Festival – Musical Headliners:

Seven Nations Saturday

“Full of hooks, addictive melodies, and precise musicianship, Seven Nations may be the next frontrunners for the summer tour feel-good band of the new millennium.” — Music Blitz

“The music was riveting … folks were dancing in the aisles … the cheers were deafening.” — Independent Mail

Seven Nations began in New York City, with members now hailing from California, to Toronto, to Florida. Their passionate, tender, and rollicking style veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock. Seven Nations has earned a reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.

“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”

Seven Nations has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the US. The band has recorded a number of albums with over a quarter million units in sales. Their latest album, Tales from the Eighth Nations, has been praised for “having the appeal of the original albums, yet a mature songwriting style. The lyrics are relatable, surprising, and the pipe/fiddle hooks stir a desire to listen to the album over and over.”

Recently they’ve included dates with several American orchestras, most notably the multi-Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. They became the first Celtic rock band to bring this exhilarating collaboration to the stage at an outdoor Irish festival, when they performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival.

Seven Nations has played the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve performance at Scotland’s Royal Mile for 40,000 people, and at the New York City Marathon. They’ve appeared in over 20 major publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy, Maxim, GQ, Stuff, and FHM.

Skerryvore – Sunday

“A world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to.” – Folk Radio UK

“A spectacular mix of traditional Scottish folk music and the most diverse rock elements.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung, GERMANY

“Skerryvore have evolved to become one of Scotland’s greatest musical exports” – Wickham Festival, ENGLAND

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.

Skerryvore kicked off 2018, with an astounding performance in front of 12K revelers at Inverness Hogmanay celebrations. The year was yet another whirlwind of live events, but also interspersed with preparatory work for EVO, their latest album, due for release on June 11th.

Described as ‘The sound of Young Scots Power Folk,’ (Mark Radcliff, BBC Radio 2), the band – Tiree brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and Scott Wood (bagpipes) – tour extensively, not only throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, but also worldwide.

The 2015, their Decade World Tour was launched with a sell-out 6000 capacity concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban and then took in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and USA, as well as UK gigs stretching from Shetland to the South of England. Skerryvore returned to USA in August 2016 for a 7-week, coast to coast tour, their longest yet. Then in 2017, they signed with US agents SRO and enjoyed 2 US tours – a festivals tour and a theatres tour – and by Easter had already completed two of multiple transatlantic trips in 2018.

All members bring their own musical style to the Skerryvore mix. The more they have experimented with this mix, the more the band and their signature sound has evolved. This is evident in the progression across the 6 albums released since 2005.

Their latest 11 track album, EVO is a mix of songs and tunes that typically migrate from ‘big blast’ numbers to heartfelt, reflective tracks. It includes the previously released single “Live Forever” and their latest release, “Take My Hand.” A video for “Take My Hand” was release in 2018.

Following on from the sell-out success of their 2015 Decade event, Skerryvore’s “Oban Live” launched as a two- day event in May 2016 and is now fully established on the Scottish Music Festivals calendar.

Awards and Achievements:
UK Folk Radio Album of the Month (Sept 2014, for Chasing the Sun) Radio Scotland Album of the Month (June 2012, for World of Chances) STMA Live Act of the Year (2011 winners & shortlisted for 2014 award) SNMA Album of the Year (2011, for album Skerryvore)
SNMA Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2011 (for lead singer Alec Dalglish) PSYBT Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2009


Dàimh – Saturday & Sunday

“Dàimh have carved a reputation from the bedrock of Gaelic culture … authentic Gaelic music with a modern edge and a magnificent range of expression.” – Folkworld

“One of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map …” – Irish Music Magazine

Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, “The Gaelic Super Group” Dàimh (pronounced dive) are based entirely in the West Highlands of Scotland. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows.

After releasing their first two albums Moidart to Mabou (2000) and Pirates of Puirt (2004) independently, 2007 saw them adding the vocal talents of Mod Gold Medallist, Calum Alex MacMillan and releasing Crossing Point on the Greentrax label working once again with long-time friend and producer Iain MacDonald and for the first time with the legendary Calum Malcolm.

Fourth studio album, Diversions, was released in 2010 with a mixture of high-energy and fast-flowing music from the Gaelic tradition; songs old and new covering all the favourite subjects of the Gaels – love, death, war and drink.

After experiencing their first personnel change in 14 years the band returned stronger than ever with an exciting and inspired new line up and with it their 5th album, Tuneship. Featuring the band’s own compositions, including those of Damian Helliwell from the Isle of Eigg on mandolin and banjo alongside Griogair Labhruidh making his impressive debut with the band on vocals with three songs sourced from his ancestral homeland of Ballachulish. The depth of understanding and passion in Griogair’s singing further highlights the band’s roots in their beloved West Lochaber and North Argyll yet blends perfectly with their cutting edge compositions and contemporary arrangements to create a consummate snapshot of Gaelic music in today’s Scottish Highlands.

The band won the “Eiserner Eversteiner” European Folk Music Award in the 23nd German Folkherbst competition and nominated for Folk Band of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards. It has also seen the addition of Murdo Cameron on mandola and for the first time in Dàimh’s history…an accordion!

MOXIE STRINGS – Saturday & Sunday
“…top-notch, instrumental wizardry…” – Grand Rapids Press

The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. Alison performs on a newly- invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin. Both use a variety of audio effects pedals. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many countries, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching, mainstream melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. The band’s polished, high-energy show continues to redefine strings’ role in contemporary music, and offers audience members a diverse, fun, musical experience.

WHO: Community Radio KVMR 89.5 FM WHAT: 24nd Annual KVMR Celtic Festival

WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 27 through 29
10:00 am to 10:00PM on Saturday
10:00 am to 8:00PM on Sunday
Seniors are admitted at 9:00 am on Sunday only for complimentary coffee, scones and preferred seating. Friday, September 27, 4:00 to 7:00PM – FREE Youth Arts Program

7:30 to 9:30 – Royal Tournament & Gathering of the Clans
8:00 to 11:00 – Ceilidh Dance with Live Music by the Galen Fraser Trio

WHERE: Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949

TICKETS: $24 – $60, Camping and RV hookups are available Tickets at:
or by calling 530-265-9073
Information at or 530-265-9073