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Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven: Awakening of Happiness

The Sunday night crowd milled around the room with anticipation seeping out of its pores. Or was that just the musk of the hill dwellers who hadn’t seen a shower in several days? Never the matter. The point is that the vibe was high and the Crazy Horse Saloon felt ripe with possibility as Reed […]

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Yarn: This is the Year, This is the Moment

When you wake up with a band’s songs in your head for a week straight, it’s an undeniable sign they have left a powerful impression. In the case of Yarn, it might be something of a survival strategy. It’s possible my neurons are so attracted to their music, my brain is doing the only thing […]

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Eric McFadden Trio with Queen delphine: A Marathon of Musical Alchemy

It’s not every day the dance floor at the Crazy Horse turns into a mosh pit. This phenomenon was no surprise. You could feel it coming. By the time the band was playing The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” the frenetic energy in the room was vibrating with reckless abandon and threatening to spin […]

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2016 at the Horse: Musical Highlights So Far

February 25 – Roosevelt Collier’s California Get Down When this band played here back in November, many people declared it the best show they’d ever seen at the Crazy Horse. It’s not a stretch to suggest that this one was even better. Without a second guitarist, Collier had more of an opportunity to show the […]

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Blue Lotus: Across the Canyon and Beyond the Horizon

Basking in a steady stream of some of the country’s finest music is a privilege. If you take it for granted, it could easily blend together into a palatable blur of complacency. Fortunately our philosophy here at the Crazy Horse is more akin to an adventurer forging through uncharted territory. We’re grateful for the scenery, […]

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Kyle Hollingsworth Band: Bam!

Three Thursdays in November; Three musical milestones for the Crazy Horse Saloon. The most recent of the bunch finds us searching for superlatives yet again. From the moment the show was announced two months ago, anticipation for the Kyle Hollingsworth Band blazed like a comet on its path to impact. Earlier in the week, KVMR […]

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Yarn with Tim Carbone: Big City Americana Makes a Splash in Gold Country

You’ve gotta love it when a band no one has heard of comes to town for the first time and is greeted by a sold out venue. How might this happen you wonder? Well, it helps when you have a special guest from an acclaimed band on the bill. Railroad Earth is a household name […]

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Roosevelt Collier’s California Get Down: Somehow the Crazy Horse is Still Standing

Everyone knows that autumn is the most happening time in Nevada City. The leaves change, rain finally starts to fall, the population surges exponentially and many of the best bands tend to be on tour. When the calendar flipped into November, the music scene at the Crazy Horse shifted into overdrive. We consider our year-round […]

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Built to Spill: How Soon is Now?

“How the hell did you get these guys to play here?” Such was the frequently repeated inquiry posed at the front door on April 21 and 22 as fans streamed in to see Built to Spill. We’ve hosted a few bands which are accustomed to playing much larger venues, but none approaching the high profile […]

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Jeremy Jones Band: (A Star is) Born on the Bayou

Mardi Gras Sunday in Nevada City is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Starting with a street fair, leading into a parade and culminating in free-for-all revelry, it’s the embodiment of our town’s celebratory spirit. This year’s event was especially festive as it was the first in awhile with warm, dry weather. […]

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