Summer Daze kicks off Thursday |

Summer Daze kicks off Thursday

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and As the Crow Flies present the Summer Daze Concert Series, kicking off Thursday (July 18) with local soul, funk, groove band Honeysweet, plus Whiskerman, The Lampshade Tango and acoustic opener Jeffrey Dupra.

Taking the open-air good-times vibe of an outdoor summer music festival and blending it with the groove and soul of a downtown jazz club, the Summer Daze Concert Series is an all-ages community dance event that showcases a vast array of musical talent from all over Northern California, with an emphasis on local musicians and bands that span generations and genres. The event also features art, food from Frank’s Dawgs and Treats of Nevada City and a full no-host bar.

“I am a huge fan of the early Lollapalooza shows that toured in the ’90s. Our intent is to create a concert series that resembles that time when bands from different age groups and musical genres could complement each other and create an artistic dynamic that can blur the lines between genres,” said Chad Conner Crow, founder of ACF. “The goal is to turn some folks on to a band or music that they didn’t know they would appreciate.”

Headlining Thursday night’s event is Honeysweet featuring the talents of vocalists Maren Metke and Aedryan Gantt (who also plays flute), bassist David Chapman, guitarists Thomas Spellman and Ananda Vaughan, and drummer Marlon Aldana. Their eclectic, mash up of soul, funk, hip hop, groove, and jazz has struck a chord with locals looking for an original dance band. Joining the lineup is Whiskerman.

The Lampshade Tango from Auburn will make their way up Highway 49 bringing with them their laid back, funky beats and singer-songwriter, poet, storyteller, artist and social worker Jeffrey Dupra will open the show.

Since 2001, As the Crow Flies Presents has hosted a number of theme parties in Nevada City including the Mad Hatter’s Ball and Pixies and Jesters Protagonist Ball which offered guests an opportunity to “dress to impress” like the old masquerade dances of Europe and early America.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Chad and As the Crow Flies Presents on this series that we hope will support local music by giving acts the chance to premiere their work on “The Big Stage” in the Osborne & Woods Hall with its state-of-the-art sound and lighting and new dance floor,” said Gretchen Bond, executive director of the Miners Foundry.

Future shows will include local acts such as The Devils Train, Mount Whateverest, Aequorea, Panther and Bear Fight, Division Threshold, Downshift, Space Rabies and many more.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. all-ages show are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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