Ani DiFranco concert announced for early next year |

Ani DiFranco concert announced for early next year

Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will give a concert in Grass Valley early next year under the auspices of The Center for The Arts.
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In a surprise announcement Tuesday, singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will give a concert in Grass Valley early next year under the auspices of The Center for The Arts.

Tickets for the show, scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, go on sale Wednesday only to members of the Center, which is in the middle of its annual member drive.

A $1.50 portion of each general admission ticket, which are discounted for members ($38.50 members; $48.50 non-members), will be donated to Hospitality House, Nevada County’s shelter for the homeless.

As further incentive to joining the Center, members will be allowed to enter the auditorium 30 minutes prior to doors opening the day of the show to access the best seats.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon Sunday.

As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, DiFranco has been setting her own pace — and encouraging countless admirers to do the same — for more than 20 years.

But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds.

DiFranco, (see for more information) has also marked several career milestones this past year. This summer she returned to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she received their prestigious Artistic Achievement award, coupled with her first ever honorary doctorate, which was given to her by the University of Winnipeg. She also marked the passing of one of her own mentors, Pete Seeger, through writing a moving essay about the man and his legacy in the Wall Street Journal.

“I think that my one grain of wisdom in my life, which serves me well, is that when I meet a great teacher, I follow them,” DiFranco said. “I invent excuses to be near them. Whether it’s Pete, Utah Phillips, or Sekou Sundiata, it’s made my life pretty great along the way.”

Rupa and the April Fishes,, will open the show for DiFranco.

For ticket information or to become a member, go either online ( or at The Center’s box office, 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley. Open 12-5 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday. Or call during the same hours 530-274-8384.

Other Fall membership Drive incentives: Join, Renew or Upgrade and get entered to win an Entertainment Gift Package including two tickets to the following 2016 events: California Worldfest, Dancing With our Stars, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, KVMR Celtic Festival, as well as Center Merchandise and Dinner Gift Certificate.

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