May 23 @ 6:00 pm
For the past few years, our dear departed friend Wesley Robertson has been hosting this event. This year KVMR’s Felton Pruitt will carry the torch for what will be an epic collaboration of singer/songwriters/jam-specialists. This is your opportunity to get a sneak preview of the nuggets that are to come at the Strawberry Music Festival.
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Brought to us from the brilliant, innovative mind of bassist/vocalist Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven, Golden Gate Wingmen), this is a passion project reflecting the love so many of us share for the music of Paul Simon. Expect to hear many of Simon’s most influential compositions interpreted through an improvisational kaleidoscope in ways you’ve never imagined. This lineup is bursting with some of the Bay Area’s finest talent including guitarist/vocalist Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO, Phil Lesh & Friends), keyboardist/vocalist Danny Eisenberg (The Mother Hips), drummer Scott Rager (Tea Leaf Green) and guitarist Clay Welch (Electric Beethoven). TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Opener: Jonny Mojo Band
Like the Willy Wonka of the guitar, Jonny Mojo is here to dish out copious volumes of ear candy. Along with his Achilles Wheel band mate Gary Campus on drums, Dan “Mad Monk” Abbott on bass (The Rusty Buckets, Red Dirt Ruckus) and Jordan Feinstein on ferocious keys (Stu Allen and Mars Hotel), this band has set the controls for the heart of the sun. They’ll be kicking the night off early with soul-liberating, Grateful Dead-inspired jam-rock along with bluesy, rootsy, psychedelic, Americana picking. Basically about as good a time as you can have on a Friday night with your clothes on.
May 26 @ 9:00 pm
Matt Rainey is one of the hottest young sensations in the blues universe. A two-time winner of Sacramento’s Blues Award, the guitarist/vocalist has that special something which transcends high-level musicianship. As we all know, to be a great blues player, you have to feel it to your core. There’s no denying that is the case with Mr. Rainey. Inspired by Stevie Ray and many of the legends, he and his band make it clear that the present and future of this genre is in good hands.
Opener: Sarah Summer
All the way from South Carolina, Summer and fellow troubadour Sam Smetana are capturing lightning in a bottle with their enchanting, romantic folk music. These are the kind of songs that make you want to skip through a field of wildflowers or drive the coast in a convertible with no destination.
May 30 @ 9:00 pm
A coalition of local DJs – including Kronosaurus Flex, Fossil, Party P and Nory B – unleash their dynamic vinyl arsenals every last Wednesday of each month. Tune in for an eclectic listening session, dance party and vortexual community gathering. Float down a river of sonic bliss as an expansive range of musical styles blend together effortlessly. Soak up the relaxed setting, relish the needle drop on unexpected classics and get turned on to deep cuts you never knew existed.
May 31 @ 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.
June 1 @ 9:30 pm
Led by vocal powerhouse Jamal “J Silk” Walker, this local outfit reverberates soul and funk from head to toe. Formerly known for his eponymous blues band, this singer has stage presence to spare. He and drummer Scott Wilson have also been making dance floors bounce for many years with their reggae band – MYSTAFYA. Last time they were here, new vocalist Brynn Farwell made a huge splash and has taken Elevation’s sound to new heights. Throw caution to the wind while grooving to your favorite funk classics and captivating originals.
June 2 @ 9:30 pm
Formed in 2003 on the mystical island of Kauai, The Lambsbread is one of the foundational roots reggae artists’ of Hawaii. Delivering a positive message of love & unity, The Lambsbread is well known around the world for their conscious message and hard roots riddims.
KVMR’s Reggae DJ Redlocks plays sets before, in between and after The Lambsbread. This local legend is a human encyclopedia of roots reggae and dancehall.
June 7 @ 9:00 pm
Catapulting onto our stage all the way from South Florida, The Heavy Pets are a five-piece band referred to by Relix Magazine as “a living, breathing force of nature.” They have been rampaging through the national touring circuit since 2005, playing over 1200 shows. The recent release of their acclaimed album “Strawberry Mansion” has added more depth to what was already an expansive repertoire. These guys lay it down heavy with the funk, electro-jams, indie rock and a little bit of reggae. Their extended sets have been described as “full blown musical salvation.” Let’s show these Floridians some Nevada City hospitality!
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Opener: The Sextones
The Sextones are known for sharply executed soul compositions and seductive funk. Fronted by the charismatic and soulful vocalist Mark Sexton – The Sextones’ sound is a tip of the hat to the days of Tower of Power and Stevie Wonder while actively forging the path for a new generation of soul and funk.
June 8 @ 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.
Since emerging years ago as one of Brooklyn’s hottest sensations, Yarn has become a national phenomenon and favorite sons here in Nevada City. Their Crazy Horse performances are the stuff of legend. There is something so pure and heartfelt about this band’s approach to Americana country rock. The musicianship, lyrical potency and energetic combustion combine to make this an experience which transcends genre. Lead singer Blake Christiana is a natural born storyteller who hooks you in with unbridled emotion and humor. Their balance of timeless songs and caution-to-the-wind jamming makes this the kind of show where you might find yourself floating away on a cloud of euphoria. Silas Herman (a frequent collaborator with his father Vince of Leftover Salmon) will be adding his ferocious mandolin and guitar playing to the mix. Local guitar hero Bob Woods will also be joining the party. Making this event even more special is the fact that it is dedicated to the memory of beloved KVMR DJ Wesley Robertson. He was a huge fan of Yarn and broadcasted their last show here live on air. We will be holding a silent auction to raise money for his widow and daughter. There will be a number of irresistible prizes including tickets to some of the hottest festivals in the area. We already know we will be auctioning off pairs of full festival passes to California World Fest and Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival! Stay tuned for more details to come.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE and soon at the Crazy Horse and Briar Patch