The Center for the Arts Upcoming Shows

Tyler Rich with Temecula Road Opening – August 23rd

Singer/songwriter Tyler Rich returns to his Grass Valley for a concert of original country music at Foothills Events Center in downtown Grass Valley on Friday, August 23 as part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series. Opening the show will be the trio Temecula Road.

Raised in Yuba City, Tyler Rich found his love of music gathered around a Christmas tree alongside family singing holiday classics and family favorites of all genres including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Tom Petty. At age 8 his cousin introduced him to the Country sounds of George Strait, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson before his grandparents surprised a then 14-year-old with a guitar so he could join in the annual jams.

Fast forward to graduating college with a degree in Economics, Tyler moved to LA to pursue a different game of numbers – music – exploring various genres with songwriting and bands before taking the leap as a solo artist. His fanbase has grown supporting his independent release to signing a record deal and publishing agreement. While introducing his amplified sound and infectious energy coast to coast, the 2018 CMT Listen Up Artist has moved to Nashville and become a road warrior performing alongside some of the genre’s top acts including Dustin Lynch, Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay.

His most recent release “The Difference” is his long-awaited introduction to Country radio – a moment he’s been working towards since first playing various genres with his band in high school. The single “Leave Her Wild” released on May 13 is noted by NY Country Swag as “Rich beautifully articulates the importance of always remembering the little things you loved about your person, and to always allow he or she to stay true to themselves.” Tyler shares “’Leave Her Wild’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, and I’m so excited to get to share it with the world! I wrote this song about truly loving somebody for who they are and not trying to change them. If you’re gonna love her … leave her wild.”

Growing up around all styles of music – the first four songs Tyler learned on guitar were Ben E. King’s “Stand My Me,” Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” and songs from Blink 182 and Metallica – he was comfortable in multiple genres, which led to years of covering songs and writing Pop songs. But when given the opportunity four years ago to be a solo artist he knew it was finally time to explore his Country side.

Tyler began testing his Country music chops online where he gained a huge following. One of his biggest fans included another hot Country newcomer, Dustin Lynch, who saw him singing his hit song “Mind Reader” on Instagram before inviting Tyler to Nashville for a meeting. That lead Tyler to a management deal and the momentum hasn’t stopped.

Opening the show will be the trio Temecula Road. Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top new country artists to watch and named after the town they grew up in, Temecula Road, comprised of sisters Emma, 18, and Maddie Salute, 17, and longtime friend Dawson Anderson, 18, are known for their trademark harmonies and their covers which have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay and RaeLynn.

These days, it’s their original songs that are putting them on the map. Their first two singles “What If I Kissed You” and “Hoping” already have over a million streams on Spotify and the trio just released their new single “Everything Without You.”

This year saw Temecula Road make debut performances at C2C’s Country Music Festival in London, Stagecoarch Music Festival and the CMA Music Festival. Earlier this year, the band was named one of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing artists and were nominated in the “The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist” category at this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards, putting them in great company alongside Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion.

On the touring side, Temecula Road have opened for Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Lee Brice, Sara Evans, Kenny Rogers, and Eli Young Band.

Presented by The Center for the Arts OnTheGo with generous support from Sierra Central Credit Union. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and information visit http://www.thecenterforthearts.org.

WHO: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

WHAT: Tyler Rich with Temecula Road opening

WHEN: Friday, August 23, 8:00PM

WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA

TICKETS: General Admission: $25 members, $35 general public
Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.
Tickets at:
The Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 530-274-8384
The Center is undergoing renovation. Box Office is at The Plaza:
998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
BriarPatch Food Coop – 530-272-5333,
Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org

Crystal Bowersox – August 25th

Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox returns to Grass Valley for a concert at the Foothills Events Center on Sunday, August 25 as part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series.

Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music. Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil. For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “my guitar was an appendage. I couldn’t live without it.”

Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues, ultimately auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol. Crystal’s time on the show proved to be well spent, as she immediately left the soundstage for the recording studio. Since her introduction to the world through television, Crystal has released two LP’s, two EPs, and several singles. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Her most recent recording is a live album, recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cleverly titled Alive. To create her newest project, Crystal called on her “chosen family” of musicians. The combination of keeping those she cherishes close to her and taking an honest look at life has resulted in the truest music she has released to date. Crystal has drawn on her various influences — across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country — to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. As one of her songwriting partners describes it, Crystal has “a voice like dirt and diamonds.” Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world – things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.

Similar to her beginnings, Crystal intends to make music that has healing power, but at this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles. Her live show is a safe space for concertgoers. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You’ll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Meeting with the fans and hearing their personal stories is something Crystal considers a blessing in her life.

By reliving her own painful moments in song, Crystal hopes to transcend that pain, lifting herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of “A Broken Wing” she sings, “I know there’s beauty in the burden / And even on my darkest day that sun will shine.” Crystal’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it’s evident in every note of her new music.

Presented by The Center for the Arts OnTheGo with support from John & Audry Agle.

Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and information visit http://www.thecenterforthearts.org/.

WHO: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

WHAT: Crystal Bowersox

WHEN: Sunday, August 25th, 8PM – Doors: 7:00 PM, Showtime: 8:00 PM

WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA

TICKETS: General Admission: $40 Public, $35 members
Premium View Box (4 Seats): $60 per seat, $180* per box. Includes Drink Service, Goodie Basket, and one free drink per ticket. A 25% discount is applied when four seats purchased at the same time.
Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.
Tickets at:
The Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 530-274-8384
The Center is undergoing renovation. Box Office is at The Plaza:
998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
BriarPatch Food Coop – 530-272-5333,
Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org

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 http://thecenterforthearts.org.

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 https://youtu.be/NaQu7n4NA6s.

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 https://ffm.to/stayhumanvol2. 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 www.thecenterforthearts.org.

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 www.thecenterforthearts.org

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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.  www.rodneycrowell.com