Golden Shoulders concert Friday |

Golden Shoulders concert Friday

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Three Nevada County bands -- Golden Shoulders, Davia and Aaron Ross play Friday at The Center for The Arts.
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WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Golden Shoulders, Davia, Aaron Ross

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts

314 W Main St., Grass Valley

TICKETS: $14 Members/Students, $17, general admission, Kids 5 and under free.

The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333

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The Center for the Arts brings three Nevada County bands together Thanksgiving weekend Friday for a night of original music featuring Golden Shoulders, Davia and Aaron Ross.

Golden Shoulders is a Nevada City-based collective lead by songwriter Adam Kline. Formed in 2001, contributors vary from performance to performance.

For this performance, Golden Shoulders will include vocal hero Brett Shady, Jason Graham on bass guitar, lead guitarist Ehren Haas, trumpeter Jonathan Hansard, and drummer Todd Roper (of Cake), with special guest Ari Daly joining in on piano.

Golden Shoulders have released three full-length albums and have toured extensively including the 2004 Speed of Sound Tour, 2006 Annyong Tour, 2009 Flawless Tour, and 2010 Drive Across America Tour. This past spring their Make America Maintain Its Current Level of Greatness tour consisted of twelve shows, spanning the North American landmass from Nevada City to Brooklyn and back again.

Beginning with his debut album, On the Hallelujah Side, Aaron Ross has displayed a facility for musical forms and rambling lyrics tending toward double-entendre and allegory. The apocalyptic wit of Bob Dylan and biblical gravity of William Faulkner are equally valid lyrical touchstones. When he sings the song “Jack Kerouac” from the 2006 album Beginner’s Blood, it’s easy to see how the writer’s concept of “free prose” influenced Ross’ freewheeling lyrics.

While much of Ross’ music focuses on the mythical America, with it’s broken dreams, bucolic family moments, and unprecedented military power-there is a sly thread of humor running through his work that’s often underestimated. Song titles like “The Beast Of Both Worlds,” “Enemy Of The State Of Mind” and “In Through The Out Of Order Door” hint at a playfulness that’s often lacking among modern songwriters. With a poet’s penchant for wordplay and a wide-eyed attitude toward music production, Aaron Ross has earned his place as one of Nevada County’s most gifted musicians and songwriters.

Davia is a singer/songwriter from the mountains of Northern California. “Mesmerizing” is a term that seems to come up every time she plays live – her songs, completely original, are quirky but accessible, hopeful yet intense. In her debut EP, “Hush”, Davia delivers six emotionally captivating songs experimenting with guitar, accordion, egg crates and breaking bottles to tell familiar stories in a unique and edgy way.

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