Bay Area to ‘invade’ foothills Friday |

Bay Area to ‘invade’ foothills Friday

Matt Adams of the Blank Tapes will perform Friday at a concert in the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
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Friday the Center for the Arts Discover Series will host an evening of hand-picked Bay Area musicians to perform contemporary folk, Americana and indie rock. Dubbed “The Bay Invades,” the multi-bill concert will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Off Center Stage.

It will features performances by singer/songwriter Indianna Hale, avant folk musician and author Michael Musika, renowned SF/LA based psychedelic rock band The Blank Tapes, sultry folk artist Jessamyn Lynn, and the debut of new local rock band Primitive Painters led by Nevada City native Tyler Cook. Fable Coffee entrepreneur Amanda Daley will be on hand selecting tunes and DJing between sets.


Los Angeles and San Francisco based musician and artist Matt Adams is a prolific songwriter known for more than a dozen albums of 1960s-inspired psychedelic-surf-pop-folk-rock. He produced his early projects on an old 8-track cassette tape recorder in various garages, basements, sheds and bedrooms across the California Coast. The effect is timeless and pure.

“It seems that if there is a great music scene right now, in Southern California. I guess it is a kind of revival of all the music that was made in the ‘60s,” said Adams.

Lately Adams has entered professional recording studios to polish up his sound a bit as can be heard on his latest single, “1000 Leather Tassels / Mr. Mister” released by VOLCOM and the 2013 full length release, “VACATION” (Antenna Farm Records).


Michael Musika is a world traveled musician and published author, whose most recent album, “Spells,” was released concurrently with the book, “Spells,” a work of fiction drawing from elements of fantasy, childhood observations, and the tradition of parables. Both the book and album uphold themes of nature and love, following the adventures of “the Child” as he upsets the balance of the closely controlled culture of his homeland.


Indianna Hale captured the sound she was looking for when she moved to San Francisco. Her voice expresses pain, power and the simple beauty of life with influences of Patsy Cline, Jolie Holland and Hope Sandoval.


Jessamyn Lynn’s music style ranges from sweet and innocent, to rich and sultry, all the while emoting a feeling of hope for that much needed easy breezy summertime fun.

The Discover Series offers Center members a “pay by donation” membership benefit. There is a suggested donation of $10 for members and $12 for the general public. Tickets are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at or at BriarPatch Co-op.

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