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New Orleans jazz/blues greats headline benefit

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New Orleans native sons Dr. John and Allen Toussaint will bring their internationally recognized music to Grass Valley during a special benefit concert for Bear Yuba Land Trust, presented by the Center for the Arts, at the historic grounds of the North Star House Sunday.

It's an event that six-time Grammy Award winner Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is looking forward to.

"I am honored to do this particular benefit for Bear Yuba Land Trust, and I feel good that it is for farmers, people of the land and wildlife habitats. I am very involved in preserving the wetlands in Louisiana, and so I can relate to this mission, as it is close to my heart. I think it's a great and spiritually hip thing that music and the arts can help serve to protect our land," said Dr. John.

Presented by the Center for the Arts, the 11th annual Stars at North Star House concert is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Land Trust. Established more than two decades ago, the nonprofit organization conserves land for recreation and agriculture, builds and maintains miles of local trails, leads guided hikes and provides the popular Earth Encounters summer nature camp for children.

As a special guest, Allen Toussaint will also perform on the outdoor stage at the historic North Star House grounds.

The gates of North Start House open at 4 p.m. Sunday for the concert. Local bands Earles of Newtown, Beaucoup Chapeaux and Honeysweet kick off at 5 p.m. Allen Toussaint begins at 7 p.m. and Dr. John is set to take the stage around 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members of the Center for the Arts or Bear Yuba Land Trust, or $65 for non-members. Children 6 to 16 are $20, and premium seating , which includes a roped seating area and reserved parking, are $75. Parking on site is $5, or $3 for vehicle's with four or more people.

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Tickets can be purchased at the Center's Box Office, BriarPatch Co-op at

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