The Nevada County Concert Band will present its second of three Picnic & Pops Concerts at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with the theme “California Dreamin’.”
This is the ninth year that the 80-member county band has hosted an invitational band event for its July concert with musicians coming from as far away as Orange County and Portland.
“The stage will be filled with nearly 130 musicians,” said conductor Cheryl Woldseth. “Most bands take the summer off, but the Nevada County Concert Band is at the height of their performance season now. It is like a reunion with musicians returning each year because they enjoy our beautiful town and people.”
The concert theme “California Dreamin’” will highlight the many features of the golden state. From the Gold Rush song “Eureka!” with gold panners to the Beach Boys hit “California Girls,” from old TV westerns in “Go West!” to the snowy “Into the Storm,” from our state park tribute “Yosemite Autumn” to our Disneyland memories “Baroque Hoedown,” this great state really shines. “High Flight” will feature the trumpet section, along with a Tijuana Brass medley. The full program is listed on the band’s website, including more marches and pop favorites. Later this year when the band travels to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg, it will perform this “California Dreamin’” concert.
There’s a lot of action, with various band members standing for spot solos, and the audience dancing off to the side.
Visitors are invited to bring a picnic or enjoy treats from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. And the concert is free, accessible and great for all ages. Donations to the nonprofit association will be accepted.