The Center for the Arts will roll out its Fall Headliners series with six performances in Grass Valley during September, October and November. Included are appearances by Dr. John, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy, Michael Pollan, Graham Nash and an acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.
“This fall is going to be huge. We are so excited to bring such amazing headlining performers to Grass Valley. Each one has been at the top of our most-requested list by patrons and members,” Center Executive Director Julie Baker said. “We’ve learned that our community is happy to save on gas and driving while keeping the dollars local when we bring this level of talent to town! We’ve gained a reputation among performing artists as a wonderful place to perform because of our professionalism and commitment to excellence but also because we have the most appreciative and sophisticated audiences around. There is no reason to leave town this fall. The best entertainment is happening right here!”
The fall series will kick off with Stars at North Star House, featuring Dr. John and the Nite Trippers with special guest Allen Toussaint. The annual fundraiser for the Bear Yuba Land Trust, presented by the Center for the Arts, will be at the historic Julia Morgan House Sept. 22.
Grass Valley’s 1,000-seat Veterans Memorial Building will be the setting for the remaining Headliners concerts, beginning with Grammy-winning pop-rockers Blues Traveler Oct. 19. The vets hall’s huge hardwood dance floor will be put to good use when harmonica virtuoso John Popper and the band run through their list of multi-platinum hits, including “Run Around,” “But Anyway” and “Hook.”
On Oct. 29, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues legend Buddy Guy will bring his band for a night of pure Chicago blues. In a career that spans nearly 50 years with more than 50 albums released, six-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors to his long list of achievements. He’s credited as a chief influence to guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound. Rolling Stone magazine calls Guy one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” His new studio album, “Rhythm & Blues,” was released this summer, featuring collaborations with Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
In a collaboration with BriarPatch Co-op, the Center will present writer and food activist Michael Pollan Nov. 8. Pollan will appear onstage for a conversation and interview followed by audience questions and a book signing . His 2006 bestseller, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” began a journey through the food chain that has changed the way Americans eat. In two subsequent books, “In Defense of Food” and “Food Rules,” Pollan examined the human end of the food chain. In his newest book, “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” Pollan casts a keen eye on how we transform plants and animals into meals and, ultimately, why cooking matters. Moderating the conversation will be ABC News correspondent John Donvan. Donavan is a writer, sometime NPR host and full-time moderator of the Emmy-nominated Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates.
Singer-songwriter Graham Nash returns to Grass Valley Nov. 9. Nash and collaborator David Crosby played to a standing-room-only crowd at the Veterans Memorial Building in 2012. This time he’ll perform as a trio, accompanied by James Raymond (keyboards) and Shane Fontayne (guitar) — who are also part of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s touring band.
“The chance to play my songs with two such great musicians is thrilling to me,” said Nash. “I don’t do this often, and I’m so looking forward to the tour.”
Nash’s long-awaited autobiography, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life,” is scheduled for release in September.
Rounding out the series Nov. 16 will be an intimate acoustic evening with two of the all-time greatest American singer/songwriters — Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Considered one of the most distinctive songwriters to come out of Nashville, four-time Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett is equally comfortable in pop, rock, blues and country. Eleven-time Grammy nominee John Hiatt melds rock, acoustic, folk, new wave and Mississippi Delta blues into songs recorded by some three dozen artists over the last three decades from Three Dog Night to Eric Clapton.
Tickets for Stars at North Star House and Blues Traveler are on sale now. For the remaining performances, tickets go on sale to Center for the Arts Encore Club members today with tickets on sale to Center members, Aug. 12 and to the general public Aug. 26.
“We are so glad to be able to offer Center for the Arts supporters early access to tickets. Our members and Encore Club make it possible for us to bring headline entertainment to Nevada County, and this is one way we’re able to show our appreciation,” Baker said.
Center membership begins at $50 per year with Encore Club members making an annual donation of $1,000 or more.
Membership information and tickets for Center events are available online at http:// thecenterforthearts.org or by calling 530-274-8384.