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Experience Major Powers rock opera Saturday

Major Powers and The LoFi Symphony will bring their brand of rock opera they call “Adventure Rock” to Grass Valley Saturday during a Discover Series concert at Off Center Stage. The Discover Series offers Center members a “pay by donation” membership benefit.

Major Powers and The LoFi Symphony bring back rock opera’s roots with big vocals, symphonic musicianship, lengthy tunes, and face-melting solos. With Orchestral piano, multi-octave singing and hard rock guitars, Major Powers and The LoFi Symphony have taken a page straight out of Freddie Mercury’s book and are leaping into the 21st century with it.

Self taught pianist Nicholas Jarvis Powers and French brothers Kevin and Dylan Gautschi grew up together in the East Bay in the little heard of towns of Crockett and Port Costa. Soon after playing their first show, Major Powers and The LoFi Symphony had recorded a three-song demo at NuTone Studios in the East Bay town of Pittsburg, a 13-song album at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco and a 2-song 7″back at NuTone Studios in Pittsburg.

Named “2013 Best Emerging Artist” by SF Deli readers, the Oakland-based trio have become local favorites with their buoyant, carnival-like power-pop. With influences spanning from prog rockers Yes and Queen to obscuro weirdos like Ween and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, leader Nicholas JarvisPowers and his merry cohorts create an infectious, enthusiastic racket. Such stylistic diversity has led to gigs opening for everyone from guitar wizard Buckethead to sweater toting Weezer to most recently The Cure and Heart.

BLACK CAT GRAVE

A side project born of Les Claypool’s other half of Duo de Twang – Bryan Kehoe, and Primus audio engineer/Nevada City local – Tim Solyan, Black Cat Grave will play an eclectic mix of rockabilly, hillbilly, polka, opera and everything in between Saturday.

Kehoe on guitar and vocals and Tim “Soya” Solyan on drums and vocals, have played together for more than a decade, when Kehoe started a band called The Kehoe Nation.

Fast and furious guitar leads and in your face drums, attack listeners and is the driving force of Black Cat Grave. Kehoe’s unique range of vocal stylings and abilities are best heard live.

Kehoe comes from the 1980s and 1990s Bay Area music scene. He was the guitar/vocal sideman in M.I.R.V., and toured extensively and recorded multiple albums with the band for a decade. Kehoe has worked with: Jerry Cantrell, Ministry, Frog Brigade, Poontang Wranglers and Polkacide. Kehoe and his old pal Les Claypool (Primus) teamed up for a new side project, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang. Their CD, “4 Foot Shack” was released in February.

Solyan is the long time drummer for Sonoma County punk band, The Victims Family formed in 1989. Solyan has released five CDs and toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Three of his CDs and multiple singles were released on Jello Biafra’s label, “Alternative Tentacles.”

LOOSE CANNON MARIACHI

Loose Cannon Mariachi is an eclectic ska-based show band. Described as “a high energy, hard hitting blast from the past that combines young instrumental virtuosity with punk ideals,” the band plays music that could be classified as ska, swing, punk, klezmer, and everything in between. Lyrics spin tales of apocalyptic woes and superhuman love affairs.

Saturday’s show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are a suggested donation of $8 for members of the Center and $10 for the general public. They are avilable in advance at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op.

The Off Center Stage is located at 315 Richardson St. in Grass Valley.


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