April 26 @ 6:00 pm
On the last Thursday of each month, you can consider a trip to the Crazy Horse like going down to the crossroads. Fortunately this event is all about filling your soul rather than selling it. Grease, Grit & Grime has long since become a local institution for anyone who loves the blues. They like to call it “Dirty Blues” but it goes down smooth like a spoonful of honey or a shot of good whiskey. When it comes to the sultry, dance-inducing side of the blues equation, you can be sure they have that dialed. Adding to what is already a stellar lineup, local guitar hero Bob Woods will be offering his talents to the equation.
Spicing up the mix exponentially is a duo of extraordinarily talented artists who – lucky for us- just happen to be passing through town. Keyboardists/vocalist Stephanie Nilles is from New Orleans. She has a timeless, irreverent, jazz-blues style which would be equally at home in a turn-of-the-century brothel or the present day Crazy Horse. Thomas Deakin is an exploratory sax and clarinet player from Seattle. These two are going to light a fire under Grease, Grit and Grime as special guests. Then they’ll treat us to an encore set of their own music. The improvisational factor will be high and little do we know just how big of a treat we are in for.
April 27 @ 9:30 pm
Introducing the freshest new talent in the world of reggae! Emerging from Auburn of all places, One Love Nation is already blazing trails through the local zeitgeist. The band may be knew, but these artists bring a wealth of experience from the realms of roots reggae, dancehall, hip hop and Caribbean soul. Leading the pack is singer Kurrency King who brings Jamaican authenticity to the mix. Fans of Grass Valley’s beloved Northern Roots will be happy to see guitarist/vocalist Aaron Penn applying to considerable talents to this exciting project.
April 28 @ 10:00 pm
When The Higgs made their Crazy Horse debut back in December, we were not prepared for what we were about to see. This up-and-coming juggernaut weaves a sonic tapestry of funky electro jam rock, psychedelic southern blues, galactic jazz and progressive reggae into what they like to refer to as Cosmic California Rock. Combined with the dazzling effects of their otherworldly light show, the original music of The Higgs welcomes audiences into an alternate dimension of improvisation where the sum is far more than its parts. This stuff is powerful enough to fill an arena. We’re lucky to see it in one of the most intimate venues on the West Coast.
April 29 @ 9:00 pm
Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of their music. Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands… they are Phenomenons. Their immortal artistic creations provide endless inspiration to millions. Their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community where the passion for a band is elevated to unforeseen levels.
Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd; The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads; The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish; to merge these three into one gives music lovers a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Based in New England, this band has been crushing large venues and festivals across the country. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have them in a room as intimate at the Crazy Horse.
May 4 @ 9:45 pm
The buzz surrounding this Ashland, OR band has been steadily on the rise. It’s easy to see why when you hear their ferocious, intergalactic approach to the funk. Imagine swirling, “Close Encounters” keyboards and Bruce Lee guitar leads atop a thunderous, nimble rhythm section. These guys are all about having fun and taking audiences on a ride where rules don’t apply.
May 5 @ 9:45 pm
Drinking With Clowns is an unique blend of Latin sound and funky rhythms that will send you grooving into the ecstasy of dance. From the thumping sounds of afro-american drums in the streets of South America to the smooth, funky and soulful beats of the North American urban landscape, Drinking With Clowns takes you on a musical journey every time they step into the stage. Mixing sexy funky latin rhythms such as cumbia, samba, salsa with reggae, rock, and other musical genres, DWC infuse their audiences with electrifying energy with every performance.
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Guitarist/vocalist Bob Woods is a living legend in Nevada City. He’s been captivating crowds at the Crazy Horse for the last 30 years and he continues to do it with as much passion as ever. Along with his trio, he hosts this monthly dance tradition and community pow wow. Whether you consider yourself a geezer or still a spring chicken, this is an occasion to let your hair down and embrace the joy of the moment. Friends old and new gather to dance and mingle to a captivating soundtrack of oldies rock, blues, country and swing. All that fun and you can still make it to bed before 10pm.
May 12 @ 9:45 pm
Mandolin and fiddle assassin, Aaron Redner (formerly of Hot Buttered Rum), has created something extraordinary with this project. If you’re the kind of person whose fire burns hot for both the Grateful Dead and the instrumental mastery of bluegrass, this might as well be heaven. Fueled by some of the finest pickers on the West Coast like guitarist/vocalist David Thom and banjo ninja Isaac Cantor (Dusty Green Bones), GBB filters the creme de la creme of Dead and other classic rock favorites through their bluegrass prism to dazzling effect. You’ll be amazed in the way these songs take on a whole new life! This edition of GBB will be more electrifying than ever with guest guitarist Sean Lehe ( formerly of Jelly Bread and Poor Man’s Whiskey) throwing his immense talents into the cauldron.
May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Our Third Thursday tradition continues! Hosts Jonny Mojo (guitar/vocals) and Gary Campus (drums) of the acclaimed local band – Achilles Wheel bring together incredible musicians to conjure magic from the Grateful Dead songbook. Every month we bask in the euphoria of their boundless imaginations and improvisational mastery. The special guests on this night will be keyboardist/vocalist Scott Foreman (No Simple Highway, Dead on the Bayou) and bassist extraordinaire Mike Meagher (Saints of Circumstance, Dead on the Bayou). Foreman’s vocal range and high-wire ivory tickling is sure to blow your hair back. Meagher’s warm, buttery low end is one of the most reliable forces we’ve come to enjoy over the years.
May 19 @ 10:00 pm
Jelly Bread has always been notorious for its commitment to hard-driving funk. In recent years they have expanded their horizons deeper into the realm of soulful Americana indie rock. Assurance of dance floor ignition is still a guarantee. Cutting edge original material and craftily chosen covers will captivate your senses. The honey-drenched vocals and pocket drumming of Cliff Porter are more than worth the price of admission.