Nevada City Live returns with CD release concert, comedian
March 26, 2014
The Nevada City Live concert series presented by Paul Emery returns to the Nevada Theatre this month with Chris Webster and Nina Gerber's CD Release Concert Friday and live stand-up comic Richard Stockton in the popular one-man show "Are We There Yet?" Saturday.
The shows are a continuation of the series that Emery, a local promoter and musician, produced last fall and winter at the Nevada Theatre.
For Friday night's performance two of Northern California's most skilled and artful musical talents, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber, will team up to perform songs off of "Apple Blossom Lane."
This is the duo's first album even though they met more than 25 years ago at The Palms in Davis, and later performed their first show in Nevada City together. It is filled with soulful covers and fan favorites.
Webster's career began two decades ago as the teenaged lead singer for one of California's best known regional acts, Mumbo Gumbo, and has since released four solo albums and an album of traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard).
Webster brings a pedigree rivaled by few. She is often included in the same ranks as artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, and Tracy Nelson who masterfully move between country, pop, and rhythm and blues.
The yang to Webster's yin is guitarist Nina Gerber. Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, Gerber's acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen.
Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as the numerous high talents she has accompanied.
On Saturday, the spirit of the '60s comes alive in Richard Stockton's entertaining "Are We There Yet?" Stockton has performed this show to sold-out audiences across California and has been called "very clever and extremely funny" by Al Gore and Ringo Starr.
They say if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But don't say it to Richard Stockton.
The longtime stand-up comic, monologist, and chief perpetrator of the Planet Cruz live comedy revues, not only remembers the 1960s (and the postwar decade that spawned them), he traces the influence of that era on the popular and political culture of today in his entertaining one-man comedy extravaganza, "Are We There Yet?"
Three years in the making (not counting the lifetime of experience distilled into the show), "Are We There Yet?" is a multimedia celebration of the Baby Boom generation that begins in the Cold War and ends with the Occupy Movement.
While the show is mostly storytelling, Stockton has also composed a handful of songs to highlight certain themes, which he sings con brio, accompanying himself on guitar or banjo.
He also employs a video projector, which sets the tone with iconic images including newsreels, pop culture montages from the era, and a reel of vintage TV commercials.
Tickets for are $20 for each night and available in person at BriarPatch Co-op, Yabobo in Nevada City, by phone at 800-838-3006, or online at http://www.paulemerymusic.com.