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Nevada City Live 2015 series starts Friday

Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin are part of the 2015 Nevada City Live series.
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The Nevada City Live concert series presented by Paul Emery returns to the Nevada Theatre this weekend, beginning Friday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 14.

Now in its third year, Nevada City Live is produced by Emery, a veteran local promoter, musician and KVMR DJ and News Director.

The popular series showcases and celebrates Nevada County’s rich musical and performing arts history in one of the community’s most beloved historic venues.



This fall’s lineup is a diverse mix of performers including:

—International group Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali;




—Femme de la Crème: an evening of all female musicians, dancers, poets, and performing artists;

—Rita Hosking Band with The Heifer Belles;

—Kids Cabaret produced by juggler extraordinaire Izzi Tooninski;

—The cult classic film Rocky Horror Picture with performances by the Truth or Dare Dance Troupe;

—Psych rocker Jay Tausig and Friends; Honey of the Heart featuring Justin Ancheta and Maren Metke;

—Renowned bluegrass fiddler Darol Anger & Friends;

—Ry Cooder’s longtime singer Terry Evans with Nevada County native and Aloe Black band member Joel Van Dijk;

—Local legends Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald; and the Mark Growden Quartet with the Calling All Choir from Oakland.

“This year, I am continuing to blend the best of our local performers with national touring acts with each performance being a special event,” says Emery who produced his first show at the Nevada Theatre in 1972. “For 150 years the Theatre has been the heart and soul of Nevada City and has become almost a temple for performers and the audience alike. The acoustics are superb and every seat is wonderful insuring that every performance is memorable.”

Kicking off the Nevada City Live series Friday is Fanna-Fi-Allah.

The seven-piece group is the leading representation of Qawwali music worldwide. Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia. It is a vibrant musical tradition that utilizes the tabla and poetic vocals in Urdu, Punjabi or Persian. Often listeners, and even artists themselves, are transported to a trance-like state of spiritual ecstasy.

Thirty-five-year-old singer Tahir Qawwal leads Fanna-Fi-Allah.

Born Geoffrey Lyons, Qawwal left his native Canada for India as a teenager. While there he was exposed to Indian classical music. He continued his spiritual and musical journey to Pakistan where he learned of Qawwali and the teaching of the Sufis. Qawwal has studied underworld-renowned Qawwali masters Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, Pashupatinath Mishra, Sher Ali Khan and Muazzam Qawwal.

Fanna-Fi-Allah is now based in Nevada County and comprised of three Canadians and Americans, and one Pakistani, and have been performing together for 15 years.

Saturday night’s performance is the fourth annual Femme de la Crème co-organized by April Miranda, a host of KVMR’s Women’s Show and of the Mountain Beat Music show.

This high-energy evening celebrates and showcases local and regional sing-songwriters and performers.

This year’s artists include folk goddess Diane Patterson who sings the world awake with a strong voice, rocking guitar, sweet ukulele, and revolutionary lyrics; the sweet harmonies of The Anderson Family Girls; the captivating and enchanting Mariee Sioux; plus performances by Cherisha Heart, Lizzie Hart, Jessica Agnew, Ayah Buonaugurio, Suspirea, Brenda and Jasmine Ruckrich, and the Rosebuds.

For a schedule, see http://www.paulemerylive.com.


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