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Outdoor concert to benefit SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center

Robert Russell headlines a special benefit concert Friday in Grass Valley.
Courtesy of SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center | Courtesy of SPIRIT Peer Empowerm

SPIRIT Summer Fest concert series continues Friday with Robert Russell on electric violin and opening act Louis Johnson on classical guitar beginning at 6 p.m.

The performance benefits SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, which provides free peer support services to people with mental illness. SPIRIT has been organized and facilitated by mental health peers for 10 years, provides free drop in services and crisis counseling daily at the local emergency room.

Robert Russell began playing violin at age 12, and guitar at age 16. Since moving to Nevada County in 1990, Russell has been active in the local music scene. He has played in the Auburn Symphony, Apollo Orchestra, Apollo Opera Orchestra, Panache Chamber Orchestra and Sierra Symphony. He was the “Fiddler On The Roof” at the Center For The Arts in Grass Valley. On Friday, he will play guitar and sing original songs and play hot licks on his electric violin.

Louis Johnson has performed as a soloist in the U.S., Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Norway, Denmark, Spain and Canada. He is a recording artist with five solo guitar CDs on the Dos Almas Label, plus two compilations (Sacramento Classical Guitar Society) and September Eleventh “All We Have to Offer.”

Suggested admission/donation to Friday’s concert is $8 for adults. Children under 12 are free. The event takes place at the SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, 276 Gates Place in Grass Valley.

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