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Tausig, Honey play Nevada City Live Thursday, Friday

Honey of the Heart. plays the Nevada Theatre Friday as part of the Nevada City Live concert series
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The Nevada City Live concert series presented by Paul Emery at the historic Nevada Theatre continues Thursday and Friday with special performances by Jay Tausig and Friends and Honey of the Heart.

Jay Tausig & Friends

On Thursday, take a peek behind the curtain of a creative genius and experience the music of multi-instrumentalist Jay Tausig.

Like many local working musicians, Tausig spends his evenings playing in bars and restaurants throughout Nevada County.

During the day and late nights though, he is in his home studio experimenting with classic krautrock, kosmische sounds, motorik beats, progressive rock, acid-jams, minimalist and ambient music, old and new, and everything in between.

His output is prolific.

Among his more than twenty releases are tribute albums to Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, the Hollies/Graham Nash and Todd Rundgren cover songs, and a series of twelve original albums based on the signs of the Zodiac. Because of his wide spectrum of work, Tausig is considered one of Nevada County’s premier musicians.

“This show is not necessarily about my process, but how and why I play music in the first place,” explains Tausig who promises to bring all 20 of his synthesizers on stage and play them for the first time ever. “The show is a ridiculous amount of work, but that is what enticed me to do it in the first place.”

Tausig says the evening will be anything but a traditional rock concert instead expect to be taken on a sonic journey, that could easily feel like one long song. He will perform on a variety of instruments. Joining him are special guest performers Bob Madsen, Shelby Snow, Helios Creed, Kimberly Bass, James Camblin, Don Dileo, Sandy Dileo, and Cassidy Joy, among others.

Honey of the Heart

Friday night, Honey of the Heart returns to the Sierra Foothills for a unique and magical evening that combines the playful mystique of a masquerade ball, the get-down, dance party fun of a Halloween concert and the elements of a Dia de los Muertos soul and ancestor-honoring ceremony.

Honey of the Heart are best known for their rich vocals and melodies, contagious rhythms, and exquisite three-part harmonies of Justin Ancheta, Maren Metrke, Adrienne Shamszad, and Eliyahu Sills. Drawing on their musical influences of Celtic, Folk, Latin, Flamenco, Middle Eastern and Americana, the group has been described as “a feast for the senses and a balm for the soul”, leaving you with “chills and an open heart”.

It has been a whirlwind first year for Honey of the Heart. They spent most of it touring and performing, including appearances at California WorldFest and Prana Fest and opening for Taj Mahal and Raising Appalachia. Somewhere in between, they found the time to record and release two EPs and a soon to be release feature-length album.

“We are interested in what can be created and spread through our music,” explains Metrke. “We are living a healthy, grounded intentional music lifestyle, that nurtures, and we want that positive message to spread and uplift audiences.”

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