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Ages and Ages plays Saturday at The Center for the Arts

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Portland band Ages and Ages returns to The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley for a concert Saturday.

A collective of like-minded souls, Ages and Ages believe in the power of music to change the world and elevate the spirit. Their music with "folkadelic" sounds and emotionally thorny subject matter is both bright and uplifting, with introspective lyrics penned by bandleader Tim Perry.

Their first album, "Alright You Restless," was made in eight days of feverish creativity. The follow-up, released in March, "Divisionary" evolved over months of experimentation at Portland¹s Jackpot Studios with veteran producer Tony Lash (Elliott Smith, The Dandy Warhols, Eric Matthews).

Their most recent release, "Something to Ruin," addresses the debris of collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. The band¹s fourth album is still full of their infectious and joyful melodies while also reflecting on several serious existential themes.

To set the stage for this narrative, Tim and Rob embraced synthetic sounds and artificial textures ­ a marked difference from the organic and documentarian approach on their previous albums. The record is also more groove-laden, with electronic experimentation pushed to the surface. Tim¹s vocal melodies and the richly layered harmonies mirror themes about the power (and impotence) of the individual and the need for community.

What¹s most perplexing about Ages and Ages is their ability to address themes of isolation, obscurity, and rejection of the well-paved path while still infusing their songs with an infectious hope and earnestness that brings even the most cynical listener into the fold. It could be why President Obama felt compelled to add their song to his personal reelection campaign playlist, or a high school choir in Burkina Faso posted a video of them singing an Ages song, and why NPR claims their music "could actually change your life."

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Ages and Ages has performed at Bumbershoot and MusicFest and have opened for Blitzen Trapper, Surfer Blood, Decemberists, Okkervil River, Fruit Bats and Typhoon. The band is having a busy year touring with Lake Street Dive and Mirah with stops at Pickathon in Portland, Oregon and Newport Folk Festival.

Opening the show will be Hannah Jane Kile. Hannah's songs are saturated with melodic color that can be as evocative as Appalachian ballads or as rousing as Broadway show tunes.

Two major inspirations shaping Hannah¹s work are the music of Stephen Sondheim, who lit a deep spark of desire to master the art of storytelling in her compositions, and Bonnie Raitt who fires Hannah¹s drive to push beyond the idea of being a ³singer who plays² and be a ³player who sings².


WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Ages and Ages

with Hannah Jane Kile opening

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts

314 W Main St., Grass Valley

TICKETS: $17 members, $20 general public

The Center Box Office – 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market – 530-272-5333

Tickets online at


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