Located in the heart of historical downtown Nevada City at 325 Spring Street, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is a living historic treasure serving Nevada County as a cultural arts and community events center. More than a venue, the nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County. It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future. The building hosts over 400 events each year, everything from weddings, festivals, concerts, theatrical and dance productions to civic events, conferences, community meetings, celebrations of life, and more! Find out how you can get involved by going to www.minersfoundry.org
The Foundry Sings – Wednesday, January 16
6:00-9:00pm $10/GA, All-Ages
The rafters of the 158-year-old Stone Hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will ring on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the singing begins at 6:00 p.m. Rod Baggett, choral conductor at Nevada Union High School and Seven Hills Middle School, along with multi-instrumentalist and singer Jonathan Meredith, will lead voices unified in song. This unique countrywide experience aims to gather people of all ages and singing levels under one roof to share in the power of song. The Foundry Sings is inspired by the popular Choir! Choir! Choir!, a weekly drop-in singing event based in Toronto, Canada, which has attracted professional musicians such as Rufus Wainwright to sing with the group. Admission is a $10 suggested donation or if you join as a recurring member at $7.50/month, you will be able to attend all Foundry Sings events for free during 2019.
Martin Sexton – Wednesday, January 23
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $30/Adv GA, $35/Door GA, and $40/ Limited Reserve
Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, Martin Sexton has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared on television in shows such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for a new experience every time.
Makana – Wednesday, February 20
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $25/GA, $30/Door, All-Ages
Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s music defies description. His solo performance is an exhilarating ride through the breadth of slack key, folk, rock, bluegrass, ethnic and jazz and his distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawai’i.
Hailing from the isle of O’ahu, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the United States by Guitar Player magazine and was invited for an official showcase at the renowned SXSW Musical Festival. NPR included him on the Austin 100 list of must-see shows. His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, sociopolitical, interpersonal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and sharp wit. His music is featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the award-winning film The Descendants.
Zepparella – Friday, February 22
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $22/GA, $27/Door, All-Ages
All female Led Zeppelin powerhouse Zepparella brings their passion for the sacred music of the greatest band in the world all over the US and Canada. Zepparella shows replicate the nuance and detail of Led Zeppelin’s catalog while honoring the powerful improvisational journeys for which Zeppelin shows were renowned.
How to honor the legacy of a band deemed sacred? Vocalist Anna Kristina, Guitarist Gretchen Menn, Bassist Holly West, and Drummer Clementine of Zepparella know that to tread on holy ground is perilous and must be done with the intent and spirit of a disciple. Pat attention to the intricacies of the magic, explore the far ends of the innovation, strive for ever-growing ability, and let the purity of the love for the music drive it all. It wasn’t that long ago women rock musicians were a rare breed. They might sign up front, or as part of a girl group, but women weren’t often seen playing rhythm or lead guitar. Times have changed.
Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees do not apply for purchases made through the Miners Foundry Box Office.