Nevada City LIVE! returns for 4th season at magical venue
This fall, veteran promoter and musician Paul Emery returns to his favorite old time stage with a diverse line-up of “mostly local” performing artists.
It’s the fourth annual run for the five-week series, “Nevada City LIVE!” at the historic Nevada Theatre featuring music, comedy, theater and poetry showcasing regional performers with a wide range in age and style.
“We have so much talent here in our community that it will take years to give everyone a chance,” said Emery.
Emery first fell in love with the natural acoustics of the historic Nevada Theatre in 1972 when he traveled with his band from Sacramento to Nevada City. Established in 1865, the old building with early appearances from Mark Twain and Lola Montez is the longest continuously operated theater west of the Mississippi.
It’s a stage Emery knows intimately, a place where he has held his popular sold out productions, “The songs of Leonard Cohen: A Thousand Kisses Deep” and plays such as “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “The Tempest,” “A Street Car Named Desire” and “Our Town.”
“The vibe of history is in the air and everyone who performs there feels it. The natural sound is amazing especially for acoustic music and theater,” said Emery.
Emery is a fixture of Nevada County’s arts culture. For six years he produced the North Columbia Folk Festival and for eight years he produced the shows at The Center for the Arts. But the Nevada Theatre is where he feels home.
“The Nevada City LIVE! series may be my favorite because of the magic of the venue,” he said.
Emery is the winner of the 2016 Lambert Award and the 2012 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.
“Sally Lewis was the Theater Manager when I first rented the Nevada Theatre in 1972. That experience was my introduction to Nevada City and I’m still here,” Emery said.
This week’s line-up of Nevada City LIVE! features: Fanna-Fi-Allah, Izzi Tooinsky Kids Cabaret, The Lord Buckley Celebration of Poetry & Jazz, Kimberly Bass & Dave Nachmanoff.
“Some are returning to the series, for others it’s their first time. Fanna fi Allah, for example has played every year and they make it their last concert before their annual tour of Pakistan. I try to offer something for everyone including young audiences with the Izzi Tooinsky Kids Cabaret concerts,” said Emery.
— Fanna-Fi-Allah kicks off the series at 8 tonight with joyous, devotionally driven and passionate Qawwali music. Fanna-Fi-Allah gives audiences a glimpse into the tradition and teachings of the Sufi culture in their music inspired by 20 years of studying this classical art form with masters of India and Pakistan. For 15 years, the group has toured and performed around the globe.
— Home-town favorite Kimberly Bass and singer/songwriter Dave Nachmanoff will take to the stage at 8 p.m. Friday. A versatile and accomplished vocalist, Kimberly Bass has toured extensively at music festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Japan, performing with artists such as Grammy Winning vocalist Diane Schuur and Grammy Nominated vocalist Maria Muldaur. Dave Nachmanoff has shared the stage with Alison Krauss, Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert and John Wesley Harding.
— International vaudeville entertainer, juggler and storyteller Izzi Tooinsky will bring his Kids Cabaret at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Kids Cabaret offers a variety of music and theater performed by young Nevada County entertainers age six to seventeen.
“It is a magical experience to watch a young person step out on a stage for the very first time and show an audience what they love and are passionate about,” said Tooinsky, who has performed at fairs, festivals and schools for over thirty years. Equal parts juggler, clown, comedian, storyteller, and educator, Tooinsky is the author of two books and the creator of seven storytelling CDs.
— A tribute to the late beat generation stage performer Lord Buckley featuring readings, remembrances and live jazz will come to the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. Celebration of Poetry and Jazz will feature Buckley’s daughter, Laurie Buckley, an entertainer, radio personality and activist.
“He was not only interesting because of his amazing possession of words. He made you laugh, and he made you think,” Laurie Buckley said.
She will be joined by trombone virtuoso Ludi Hinrichs Quartet with vocalist Anna Coronna, Lee Boek and Chris Olander.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Lord Buckley gained renown as a stage performer, recording artist and monologist. Bob Dylan called Lord Buckley “the hipster bebop preacher who defied all labels” and Author Ken Kesey hailed him as “more influential than anybody.”
Tickets and more information can be found online at: http://www.paulemerymusic.com
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