The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and As the Crow Flies Presents the second of seven Summer Daze Concerts at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 25) with Division Threshold, Space Rabies, Downshift and acoustic opener Iona Swift.
The Summer Daze Concert Series kicked off last week as an all-ages community dance event that showcased a vast array of musical talent from all across Northern California with an emphasis on local musicians and bands that spanned generations and genres. The event also featured art, food and a full no-host bar.
“Every show has its own personality. We want the series to express the gamut of Nevada County’s musical spectrum, while giving exposure to acts that don’t frequent the club circuit here in town,” said Chad Conner Crow of As the Crow Flies Presents. “Last week was soul groove. This week is metal and space rock. Next week is myth folk and druid rock.”
Headlining the night is the rock band Division Threshold, a three piece progressive/grunge power trio from Nevada City. The band has embarked on two west coast tours and, in the summer of 2012, won the Nevada County Battle of the Bands Competition put on by the Center for the Arts. The singer/songwriter/guitarist of the group, Dylan Rodrigue, has played in a number of local bands including The Shreds, Of Wheel and Water and Seamsplit as well as the L.A. prog/folk band Aquadeer. Bassist John Kinsman and drummer, Jamison Simmons are well renowned for their hard-hitting rock in jazz/punk group The Devils Train.
Space Rabies, a local experimental rock group, looks to such influential, genre bending groups such as The Flaming Lips, Ween, Tool, Butthole Surfers and DEVO for inspiration.
Downshift’s odd musical tastes range from outlaw country all the way to death metal and everything in between. Downshift’s music tends to appease all types of musical pallets. They’ve shared the stage with great bands like Lonely Kings and Floater and were finalists in the Nevada County’s Center for the Arts 2012 Battle of the Bands. With great grooves, smooth lyrics and tasty licks, Downshift’s got a sound that everyone can enjoy.
Rounding out the bill is acoustic opener Iona Swift. A native of Nevada County, Iona’s sound is influenced by ’50s sweetheart doo-wop.
Sixties folk, modern day singer-songwriter and indie artists and the many talented local musicians she grew up hearing.
“The show’s production value is astounding,” said Crow. “Combining a great sound system with a state-of-the-art light show and the new wood flooring on the dance floor, the Miners Foundry is an awesome venue to see your favorite acts and an excellent way to be introduced to something new.”
Future shows will include local acts such as The Devils Train, Mount Whateverest, Aequorea, Panther and Bear Fight and many more.