‘BridgeFest’ benefit hits the stage Friday
KNOW & GO
WHO: KVMR, Nevada Theatre and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present
WHAT: Bridge Street Project benefit, featuring Joy & Madness, Buck Love and the Humperheads and James Carlson & Steady Hand
WHEN: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4
WHERE: Miners Foundry 325 Spring St., Nevada City
TICKETS: Available at the door
$20 KVMR/theater members or $25 general admission
KVMR Community Radio, the Nevada Theatre and Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host the first big benefit event for the “Bridge Street Project” starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Foundry with an evening of music, dancing and historic displays.
Three powerful and diverse bands will perform on the main stage in Osborn-Woods Hall: the “mystic country soul” of James Carlson and the Steady Hand, the world music jams of longtime local favorites, Buck Love and the Humperheads, and the driving funk of Sacramento-based Joy & Madness.
“We asked these bands because they typify the diversity of KVMR programming. One minute you’re listening to an Americana show and the next one is jazz or rock or classical,” said Michael Young, board president of KVMR.
Proceeds from the show will go toward the collaborative building project between KVMR and the Nevada Theatre. They are now calling the construction “The Bridge Street Project: Connecting Arts, Media and History” to more accurately reflect the breadth and scope of the project.
The 8,000-square-foot building, which is being built on the site of the three tin barns that once backed the theater, will create a new home for KVMR and include much-needed backstage space for the theater.
“The opportunity to resolve the issue of the unusable barns and finally have a backstage area is a true windfall,” said Ron Spiller, president of the Nevada Theatre Commission.
The word “bridge” is key to the project. Bridge Street is a very short street that starts at Broad Street between the Nevada Theatre and the Bonanza Market and continues down the hill past Spring, alongside the Miners Foundry and down past seven houses where it dead ends. The new building will be 120 Bridge St., the first new address on that street in many years.
The collaborative managing committee of KVMR and Nevada Theatre is called the Bridge Committee, bridging the two organizations, and the Bridge Street Trust was created to hold the new building, the theater and the “Ice House.” The new building will physically “bridge” the theater and the Foundry to create a performing arts district for downtown Nevada City.
As part of the event, volunteers from both organizations will turn the Stone Hall into a gallery with slide show and video presentations along with vintage posters and photos of the theater, the Foundry and KVMR.
“We’re nicknaming this BridgeFest,” said Young. “It will be the party of the season.”
The doors will open at 6:30 and James Carlson and Steady Hand will kick off the music at 7. Local songsmith Carlson and his five-piece band play an original blend of country-rock and Americana that has been dubbed “mystic country soul.” They have performed at street fairs, bars, clubs and recently at the Nevada County Fair. Band members play in a number of offshoot Americana and rock bands including Ragged But Right.
Carlson received a “Grassy Award” in 2008 for Song of the Year and is considered one of the region’s best songwriters. The band consists of veteran local musicians Larry Tracy on pedal steel, Jonathan Lyerly on lead guitar, Ty Smith on drums and Karel Hendee on bass.
Next up will be Nevada County darlings Buck Love and the Humperheads, a band that played its first gig July 4, 1986, and is still going strong. They bring a jam band sensibility to their mélange of R&B, soul, funk, southern rock, reggae and jazz. Like Steady Hand, they perform at clubs, festivals, benefits and parties and are all professional musicians who play in a number of other bands and side projects.
The group includes Mikail Graham, a longtime KVMR broadcaster and producer, on guitar and vocals; Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals; Tom MacDonald on guitar, percussion and vocals; Billy Smart on electric bass and vocals; and Mark Yedinak on drums and electronic percussion.
Wrapping it up will be Joy & Madness, an eight-piece soul and funk band the blends classic R&B grooves with original material. The band was formed a year ago out of the successful regional band The Nibblers that performed at the High Sierra Music Festival and won three successive Sacramento Area Music Awards — or SAMMIES. Joy & Madness is fronted by lead singer Hans Eberbach and also includes Miss Nyxi on bass and funk guitar legend Bobby G (Earth Wind and Fire, Sheila E, Lionel Richie).
Rounding out the lineup are Jeremy Springer on keyboards, Andrew Enberg on drums, and Joe Cohen, Tony Marvelli and Paul Sandoval on horns.
The new KVMR station will include larger studios for live music and a meeting room that doubles as a performance studio that can seat 40 people. KVMR also plans to wire the Nevada Theatre so that performances and meetings can be broadcast.
Fundraising is continuing through construction and those interested in learning more are encouraged to attend Friday’s event, or call KVMR Development Director Rick Sharkey at 530-265-0793.
“This community and future generations of people will appreciate the seeds we are planting right now,’ said project architect Jeff Gold.
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