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Discover the “words and music” of Dupra and Grammer

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WHAT: The Center for the Arts Discover Series presents

WHO: “Words and Music,” an evening with Jeffrey Dupra & Leland Grammer

WHERE: Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley (behind the Center for the Arts)

WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m.

TICKETS: $8 suggested donation for members; $10 for the general public, 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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Long familiar to patrons and participants of the “words and music” open mics at Nevada City’s Broad Street Bistro, Jeffrey Wanzer Dupra [pronounced doo-PRAY] and Leland Grammer will bring their words, music – and occasional antics – to the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley Saturday night.

This will be Dupra’s second appearance at the Center for the Arts’ intimate Off Center stage.

Earlier this year, Dupra opened for Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin. He told stories and performed songs from his debut album “Headlines.” He was a hit. The next morning, KVMR was playing cuts from his album.

The Center’s Discover Series producer Sara Zahn said she decided to bring Dupra back as a headliner, because, “I was just so taken by what an amazing story-teller and songwriter he is – and by how receptive the audience was.”

In discussing his next show, Zahn learned that Dupra had a long-time collaborator in Leland Grammer, and they wanted to do a show together.

Zahn wasn’t familiar with Grammer, so she checked out his videos and was sold.

“I was really impressed with his poetry and delivery,” she said. “It reminded me of beat poetry.”

“We’ve been planning a show together for years,” Dupra confirmed. And, “We didn’t want to do a regular show.”

Dupra and Grammer said their show will be a mix of “songs, stories and poetry.” The concert will be in three parts with two breaks. The show will open with the theme of “romantic love.” Part two will dwell on “spiritual love.” And part three will roam over the dangerous “landscape of now,” they said.

Given their past performances, Saturday’s show promises to range from slapstick silly to darkly profound.

Dupra said he might play a few songs from his album, but as he is “always” working on new songs, he intends to introduce a fresh set of material. Whether it’s biting satire or insights into the soul, Dupra’s songs and lyrics always cut to the heart and bone.

Grammer, definitely the theatrical trickster of the duo, said he wants to give the audience “a moment to consider alternative ideas.”

Dupra was more blunt about his intent for the show: “I want people to think.”

Tom Durkin is a freelance writer and photographer in Nevada City. He can be contacted at

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