Last weekend for Nevada City Live |

Last weekend for Nevada City Live

Folksingers Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald play Nevada Theatre Friday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
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The 3rd Annual Nevada City Live Concert Series showcasing local and regional talent presented by Paul Emery at the historic Nevada Theatre

wraps this weekend with two rare performances beginning Friday night with local legends Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, and ending Saturday with the ultimate showman Mark Growden and his quartet plus members of the Bay Area based eighty-person community choir, The Calling All Choir.

Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald

Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald have been writing and performing original, contemporary folk music for 33 years.

As part of the first wave of singer-songwriters who moved to Nevada County in the ‘60s and ‘70s, their exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work has inspired audiences around the world and influenced generations of new songwriters.

After a five-year hiatus, the duo returns to the Nevada Theatre stage in an intimate evening of new music and old favorites from their repertoire that extends over nine independently produced albums.

Joining them are long time collaborators and friends Mikail Graham and Mark McCartney (Achilles Wheel, The DeadBeats).

“Each time we come forward with new material it is an extension of what we are feeling and seeing in the world; our lives and our relationship,” explains MacDonald.

Kamm and MacDonald have been applauded throughout the US as well as overseas for the lyrical content of their songs and vocal blend…a haunting style which weaves unique harmonies into a rich tapestry of guitar work and storytelling.

Their songs are filled with stories that touch us all, and whether it’s love or politics, war and peace,

old farmers, old women or the earth and our children, this music brings to life both history and today with a powerful mix of inclusion and compassion.

Mark Growden Quarter and The Calling All Choir

It has been two years since Mark Growden, the singer, writer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer, visual artist, workshop leader, and the founder and artistic director of The Calling All Choir, performed in Nevada City.

Over the last 20 years, Growden has recorded 11 albums.

In 1999, after years of behind-the-scenes collaboration with choreographers (Joe Goode Performance Group and Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet) and filmmakers, Growden stepped into the spotlight as an extraordinary songwriter and bandleader on Downstairs Karaoke, his debut full-length CD of warped pop balladry and evocative folk-based storytelling, but it was his accordion-driven Americana-noir Oakland masterpiece ‘Saint Judas’ released in 2010 that finally matched the legendary energy of his live shows and introduced him to mainstream audiences.

“I knew that I needed to take a break from touring. I wanted to simplify life and work on building community,” says Growden on his decision to take two years off from touring as a musician.

Growden’s main focus since has been The Calling All Choir, an 80-person community choir which meets weekly in Oakland, San Francisco and Sonoma. The choir takes vocalists at all levels of range and skill. It’s an inclusive group who learn Growden’s own

compositions to sing at end-of-the-season performances.

As a result, Growden secured a publishing deal for his songs, and now other community choirs and audiences all over the world can enjoy them.

Saturday night’s performance will include the quartet and choir performing a diverse program that ranges from Shaker and South African Hymns and a Hungarian Round to an English Renaissance piece and Growden’s original songs.

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