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Editors Note: Making a ‘massive hub’ for musicians

Holbrooke Hotel owner Ian Garfinkel, left, is teaming up with Jamal Walker, co-founder of Nevada County Musicians Association, to host a Musicians Mixer 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hotel.
Andy Gonzales photo |

It started as a simple idea, bring musicians together to build camaraderie, resources and to help musicians establish a presence in the community. Before the group has had its first mixer – set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – the energy behind the effort has snowballed so quickly, says co-founder Andy Gonzales, that they already have a website, official name and are well on their way of establishing that presence.

Gonzales and Jamal Walker, both musicians who are active in the community, saw the opportunity to build a network to help other artists and founded the Nevada County Musicians Association, “in order to connect, build, support and resource the Local Music Industry,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

“We can do anything working together,” said Gonzales, who is also the founder of the Northern California Gospel Music Festival.

That includes getting artists access to venues, sound recording, studio recording, booking agents, and more. Basically anyone who is a fan of music or tied to the music industry locally, he added.

The resources the association will develop will be available through its website, http://ncmusicians.wix.com/ncma

“This group and this website will be a massive hub (for resources),” Gonzales said.

Through this network and the resources it will offer, Gonzales hopes it will help artists become more successful in our area and surrounding regions.

To get gigs and get your name out there “You’ve got to go at it and you’ve got to work at it every day,” he said.

The first official event will be a free Musicians Mixer at the Holbrooke Hotel. There will be hors d’oeuvres, some music and a little presentation about the association and what their vision is for the group. The evening will go from 5:30 to 9:30 Tuesday.

Musicians Michael Gregory and Corrie Vallance are also actively involved in this effort. For more information about the association or Tuesday’s mixer, go to the website or Facebook page, or call 530-802-1668.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at bbentley@theunion.com.

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