KNOW & GO
WHO: Paul Emery Music Presents Nevada City Live
WHAT: Chris Webster (Mumbo Gumbo) & Nina Gerber (Kate Wolf) CD Release Concert Friday, March 28, 2014, 8pm & Richard Stockton in “Are We There Yet?”, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8pm
WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
TICKETS: $20 – Available IN PERSON at The BriarPatch Co-op – 530-272-5333, Yabobo – 530-270-9114, TICKETS BY PHONE AT: 800-838-3006, ONLINE at www.paulemerymusic.com
The Nevada City Live concert series presented by Paul Emery returns to the Nevada Theatre this month with Chris Webster and Nina Gerber’s CD Release Concert on Friday, March 28 and live stand-up comic Richard Stockton in the popular one-man show “Are We There Yet?” on Saturday, March 29.
The shows are a continuation of the series that Emery, a local promoter and musician, produced last fall and winter at the historic Nevada Theatre. Over three thousand people traveled near and far to attend the twenty-seven performances that included an all-star lineup of renowned local and regional storytellers, musicians, and thespians.
For Friday night’s performance two of Northern California’s most skilled and artful musical talents, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber, will team up to perform songs off of, “Apple Blossom Lane”. This is the duo’s first album even though they met more than twenty-five years ago at The Palms in Davis, and later performed their first show in Nevada City together. It is filled with soulful covers and fan favorites
Webster’s career began two decades ago as the teen-aged lead singer for one of California’s best known regional acts, Mumbo Gumbo, and has since released four solo albums and an album of traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard).
She brings a pedigree rivaled by few. Webster is often included in the same ranks as artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, and Tracy Nelson who masterfully move between country, pop, and rhythm & blues. With astonishing power and passion, her voice reaches magical heights, yet effortlessly turns on a dime to deliver gut wrenching torch songs and gentle ballads. Combining elegance and grace with a foot-shuffling manner, Webster has a purity and beauty about her that is seldom seen and never forgotten. She can cut to the bone with tender, unrequited songs of love-gone-wrong then slap you upside the head with a fistful of lyrics and a take-charge melody that makes you step aside, stand back, and listen.
The yang to Webster’s yin is guitarist Nina Gerber. Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, Gerber’s acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as for the numerous high talents she has accompanied.
Gerber has the unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads, which have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display. She seeks to express through her hands, rather than gain attention, and it is this integrity, which makes her expressions worth intent listening. She has performed and/or recorded with: Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Nanci Griffith, Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, Mollie O’Brien, Rosalie Sorrels, Laurie Lewis, and many others.
Webster’s voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber’s guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they’re magic. The songs on “Apple Blossom Lane” are minimal in execution, featuring mostly vocals and guitar, just like their live shows.
On Saturday, March 29, this spirit of the ’60s come alive in Richard Stockton’s entertaining “Are We There Yet?” Stockton has performed this show to sold-out audiences across California and has been called “very clever and extremely funny” by Al Gore and Ringo Starr.
They say if you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there. But don’t say it to Richard Stockton. The longtime stand-up comic, monologist, and chief perpetrator of the Planet Cruz live comedy revues not only remembers the 1960s (and the postwar decade that spawned them), he traces the influence of that era on the popular and political culture of today in his entertaining one-man comedy extravaganza, “Are We There Yet?
Three years in the making (not counting the lifetime of experience distilled into the show), “Are We There Yet?” is a multimedia celebration of the Baby Boom generation that begins in the Cold War and ends with the Occupy Movement. While the show is mostly storytelling, Stockton has also composed a handful of songs to highlight certain themes, which he sings con brio, accompanying himself on guitar or banjo. He also employs a video projector, which sets the tone with iconic images including newsreels, pop culture montages from the era, and a reel of vintage TV commercials.
But don’t be deceived. “Are We There Yet?” is as much for Boomers as it is for those with a rebellious spirit. Stockton calls it “Comedy of the Rebel Generation” and even though he may focus on why the Boomers were rebellious and how they affected the rest of the world, he is interested in where that rebellious spirit can still take us. Stockton’s hope is if Boomers got together and did what they did in the ’60s now, we could turn this country around, right now. Stockton points out that democracy is a verb, that never stops. And there is always a new fight worth fighting.
Laugh, cry, learn and be inspired by Stockton’s “Are We There Yet?”