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Punk rock returns to Miners Foundry

KNOW & GO WHO: The Secretions, The Devils Train, Lightweight, Pug Skullz

WHAT: Summer Daze Concert Series

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 8; doors open 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

TICKETS: $12 advance; $15 at the door. All Ages.

BriarPatch Co-op; Miners Foundry; online http://minersfoundry.org/buy-tickets/

INFO: 530-265-5040 or http://minersfoundry.org/

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and As the Crow Flies Presents will host the fourth of seven Summer Daze concerts. Featured artists, Sacramento punk rock legends The Secretions, will share the stage with The Devils Train, Lightweight and Pug Skullz, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 8).

The Summer Daze Concert series is an all-ages community event spanning a host of musical genres and showcasing local talent by pairing them with prominent Northern California artists.

The series has presented acts from folk to soul to heavy metal; punk rock will dominate the fourth consecutive Summer Daze Concert. The event features food and a full no-host bar.



Mike Meals of N.C. Music Magazine described the festivities as, “a historic night for the future of punk rock past.” He explained that in the mid ‘90s, blistering punk line-ups were common at the historic venue.

“The goal is to bring the tradition back,” said Chad Conner Crow of the As the Crow Flies Presents. “The dynamic of old school punk will be well represented in this lineup”.




Headliners, The Secretions are one of the biggest punk bands to emerge from the Sacramento area.

Their sound has been described as The Ramones meets Motorhead, and their original music is themed around subjects such as girls, horror flicks and simply not fitting into the mold. Local supporting band, The Devils Train combines psychobilly punk, swing and psychedelia with “devil girl” front woman, Akasha Hepcat at the vocal helm screaming jazz from hell.

Lightweight is comprised of two members of the Grass Valley band 2 Hot 3 Fast. After moving to Santa Cruz, they teamed up with a schoolmate and formed an abrasive yet melodic punk rock outfit.

Nevada County’s own Pug Skullz will open the evening with loud, fast and simple original arrangements paying homage to bands like 7 Seconds and Stiff Little Fingers with deep lyrics of metaphysics and conspiracy.

When guitarist/vocalist Doug Gaylord of Pug Skullz was asked if he recalls the last time there was a local punk show of this proportion he said, “I have no idea…all I know is Greg Cameron wasn’t in charge of sound back then. That man is legendary!”

And he’s right. No one locally has punk rock credentials like sound man extraordinaire, drummer and self-titled “tech nerd” Greg Cameron.

He has played drums in a number of bands, the short list including, SWA, Chemical People and October Faction. The latter consisting of punk luminaries including the almighty Greg Ginn, which landed Cameron on a number of Black Flag tours.

“When the sound’s great, it makes for a better experience. The performers play better and the audience gets to hear the music the way it was artistically intended to sound,” said Conner Crow, “Greg’s heart is in punk rock, so the quality is sure to be over the top.”

Future shows will include local acts such as Mount Whateverest, Aequorea, Panther and Bear Fight!, Ghost Pines, Shocks and Struts, Nick Fedoroff and many more.

Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets available at BriarPatch Co-op, Miners Foundry and online: http://minersfoundry.org/buy-tickets/

It is an all-ages concert. For information, go to http://minersfoundry.org or http://facebook.com/asthecrowfliespresents.


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