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High energy ‘electric’ concert set for Thursday in Grass Valley

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The Bugs of Portland, Ore. featuring Mike Coumatos (drums) and Paul

Seismomatic II will feature an eclectic spectrum of music ranging from the bardic, medieval folk of local group Halfpence and Haypenny to the minimalist garage punk of Portland, Ore., legends, The Bugs.

Also appearing on the bill are Santa Rosa's The Crux, Nevada City's Red Cloud and the The Devils Train of Grass Valley. These five acts will perform Thursday evening at Synthetic Unlimited's Opera House at 120 Joerschke Dr. in Grass Valley.

The Bugs have released numerous LP's and 45's through the Portland label, Hovercraft, and Fred and Toody Cole's Tombstone Records.

Grass Valley is the first stop on The Bugs tour of California in support of their new LP, 'The Right Time' on Missoula, Mont. indie label, Wantage USA. The Bugs have become masterful songwriters, crafting catchy and humorous or darkly weird pop gems. The Bugs generally work as a pair, taking turns either playing guitar and singing, or playing drums.

The Crux are building a sizable following in California through hard work, eccentricity and talent. Trombone, accordion, standup bass and a length of chain provide much of the foundation for the storytelling and performance which captivates audiences. They work under a strenuous tour schedule and should definitely be seen during their current incarnation, according to promoter Doug Gaylord.

The locals all play music true to their hearts and carry with them a mystique worthy of their bands. Red Cloud plays hard Americana with enough bounce to get a whole room dancing and enough depth to stir the intellect.

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Halfpence and Haypenny have achieved mastery over a variety of stringed instruments, ranging from the Irish bouzouki to the hurdy gurdy, and convey beauty and story through the voice of Eva Riihiluoma.

Everyone's favorite pin-up, devil girl, Akasha Hepcat, and her horror-circus, The Devils Train, have been filling rooms across Nevada and northern California and are set to release their first album in the upcoming months, Gaylord said of the local acts.

He added that he plans to bring more cutting edge, underground rock and roll to the area in the months to come.

Doors open for the all ages show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. Learn more at http://www.seismomatic.com.

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