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Next up for KVMR: ‘Intimate’ house concerts in new building

Well, just how do you follow a successful weekend Open House with an overflow of 700 or more visitors?

If you’re Nevada City radio station KVMR 89.5 FM, you just plan still another historic first for your new building the very next week.

And go smaller.

This time, the eclectic, noncommercial radio station will host its first “house concert” in the station’s new Community Room, which was designed not only to host musical groups but can host community meetings, recitals, talks, classes and other activities.

The touring folk trio Brother Sun will perform at 8 p.m. Monday in the Room. While the show is sold out, it will air live on KVMR (89.5 FM) and stream both audio and video on the station’s website,, with video production by Ustream.

“This could be the beginning of something truly amazing,” said concert producer Laurie DesJardin, also a KVMR radio host and volunteer. “It’ll seat about 30 for an intimate concert experience.”

DesJardin first heard Brother Sun at a Vermont music festival last year and was more than impressed.

“Their harmonies are so rich,” she recalled, “and they have a unique blending of instruments.”

Brother Sun consists of Boston’s Greg Greenway, New York City’s Pat Wictor and native Chicagoan Joe Jencks, who says playing the partial benefit for the community radio station makes sense.

“KVMR has been a serious ally to acoustic musicians for a long, long time,” Jencks explained. “There’s a deep vein of appreciation for what they (KVMR) do.”

Jencks himself first got “enthralled” with music when his sister gave him a Pete Seeger album when he was about 8 years old.

“It was life changing for me,” he remembered. “There were songs from all over the world, I wanted to know who these people were he was singing about, I wanted to understand the big picture of what it’s all about…even if I was only single digits in age.”

And that’s led to a lifelong dedication to the art, including when the three folksingers decided to combine their talents as Brother Sun.

“When you play together like us, it makes something greater than the sum of its parts,” Jencks noted. “We’re three radically different tones that blend in a very special way.”


Nonprofit groups are invited to use KVMR’s new Community Room, according to KVMR Interim General Manager Julie Chiarelli.

“We’re excited to broaden our services to the community by opening our space to others,” she said.

The Room even has access to a small kitchen. More information can be found at


KVMR’s Community Open House March 14 exceeded all expectations, with an estimated 700 going through the community radio station’s new building and big, tired smiles on KVMR volunteer broadcasters serving as docents.

“It was a complete love-in,” quipped Program Director Steve Baker.

A weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR (89.5 FM, streaming), a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 180 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” A video and other information about the station’s new building is available at <> Complete program listings are available at

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