Growden Quartet returns to ‘wonderful’ Nevada Theatre |

Growden Quartet returns to ‘wonderful’ Nevada Theatre


WHO: “Nevada City Live”concert series

WHAT: Mark Growden Quartet

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12

WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

TICKETS: $20 Available online at, in person at

BriarPatch Co-op, Yabobo, or by phone 800-838-3006


On Saturday, Paul Emery presents Mark Growden, the enigmatic singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer, at the Nevada Theatre. Joining Growden on stage are three of San Francisco’s in-demand musicians, including Chris Grady (Tom Waits, The Residents, Vermillion Lies) on trumpet, Alex Kelly (Jollie Holland, Sean Hayes, Turtle Island String Quartet) on cello and Daniel Fabricant (The California Honeydrops, Nice Guy Trio) on upright bass.

Hailed across the country as “an unusual and voracious talent” and “one of California’s most colorful and intriguing musicians,” the Oakland based Growden makes a point to perform in Nevada County at least once a year. It reminds him of the old logging town he grew up in on the Sierra Nevada/Cascade Divide.

“Nevada County definitely has the most supportive audience for art, music and culture in all of Eastern Northern California,” said Growden. “It is a special place, and it is very special for me to perform in that wonderful big theater.”

Growden began his musical career composing original musical scores for a number of dance and theater companies, including Joe Goode Performance Group and Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, with whom he and his collaborators won the Isadora Duncan Award for Best Original Score for a New Dance Piece. He has toured the U.S. extensively, performing at venues such as the The Fillmore, Cowell Theater and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco; Snug Harbor in New Orleans; and The Knitting Factory and Tonic in New York. Since 1996, Growden has released two live albums, nine studio albums and several compilations. Two years ago, he moved to New Orleans and assembled a brilliant lineup of celebrated New Orleans musicians, including LaTosha Brown, Wendell Brunious, Loren Pickford (Jackie Wilson, Van Morrison, Chet Baker), Larry Sieberth and Peter Harris (Preservation Hall Band, Blind Boys of Alabama), among others, and recorded the album “In Velvet.”

Growden assures audiences Saturday night’s concert will be a mix up of old and new songs, light and dark, but plenty of fun.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. performance are $20 and are available online at, in person at BriarPatch Co-op and Yabobo and by phone at 800-838-3006.

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