The Seeds: a rockumentary and live performance at Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts |

The Seeds: a rockumentary and live performance at Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts’ Music & Films Series presents an historic evening of film and live music featuring a live reunion of the seminal 1960s band, the Seeds, and a screening of the documentary “The Seeds: Pushin Too Hard.”
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WHO: The Center for the Arts’ Film & Music Series presents

WHAT: The Seeds - Reunion - Documentary Film Screening and LIVE Concert

Pushin’ Too Hard: The Seeds LIVE and On-Screen

DJ set with host DJ Vinyl Avenger

WHEN: Saturday, June 3

Schedule: 6 p.m. – Film doors; 6:50 p.m. – Film screening of The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard (90 min) followed by a Q&A with director Neil Norman; 8:40-9:20 p.m. – Private Meet & Greet Reception; 9 p.m. – Concert doors; 9:30 p.m. – The Seeds LIVE!; Followed by a DJ Set by Vinyl Avenger

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

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

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

Tickets online at

Film Only - $17 Member, $20 general public

Concert standing room only - $24 member, $27 general public

Concert Seated General Admission - $42 member, $45 general public

Film+concert seated general admission - $52 Member, $55 general public

Film+concert standing room only - $34 member, $37 general public

(Add $25 to any concert and film ticket for a private meet and greet with the band before the show plus a limited edition poster.)


the Center for the Arts’ Music & Films Series presents an historic evening of film and live music featuring a live reunion of the seminal 1960s band, the Seeds, and a screening of the documentary “The Seeds: Pushin Too Hard.”

The evening begins with a film screening of the renowned documentary film followed by a Q&A with producer Neil Norman (award winning psy-fi composer, owner of GNP/Crescendo, and son of GNP Records founder Gene Norman).

Following the film, reuniting for the first time since 1996, The Seeds will perform led by founding member Daryl Hooper and Seeds alumnus, drummer Don Boomer. In an effort to recapture the classic energy of the original line-up, Hooper handpicked the band including Seeds archivist and Grammy-nominated producer Alec Palao on bass, seasoned session guitarist Jeff Prentice, and vocalist dynamic Paul Kopf.

The show wraps up with the underground sounds of DJ Vinyl Avenger spinning a special set of proto-punk, garage band and psychedelic music.

About The Seeds

The Seeds remain one of the most iconic American rock bands of the mid-1960s. Their signature hits “Pushin’ Too Hard” and “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” still pack a punch with both the original baby boomers and a legion of new and younger fans. Led by the late Sky Saxon, the Seeds were associated with Flower Power at the time, but their musical legacy actually resides within ’70s punk and all alternative music thereafter. In fact, the band’s minimalist sound is probably more influential now than during their brief flash of record success.

The Seeds germinated in southern California in early 1965 with the original line-up of Sky Saxon on vocals, keyboard player Daryl Hooper, guitarist Jan Savage and drummer Rick Andridge. Signed to the GNP Crescendo label, the group graduated from a hip “underground” reputation in the clubs of Hollywood to heavy regional airplay for their attitude-laden records like “Pushin’ Too Hard”, “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” and “Mr Farmer.” Numerous TV appearances, best-selling albums such as “The Seeds” and “A Web Of Sound,” and unprecedented scenes of fan pandemonium across the country and Canada followed.

Management pushed the copy-worthy “flower power” angle, but the act’s subsequent records such as the ambitious Future album were less successful, and the original personnel fractured in 1968. Hooper departed in 1970, leaving Sky Saxon to peddle the Seeds’ brand since the 1980s across the globe with successive sets of sidemen. However, the magic of the original quartet could never be equaled by the increasing eccentricities of Saxon.

Because Crescendo have always kept the group’s records in print, the Seeds’ edgy, distinctive brand of garage rock continues to attract a whole new audience with each generation. Usage in films, advertisements and the recent rehabilitation of the Seeds catalog on CD with bonus tracks – leading to accolades in Rolling Stone and elsewhere — has kept the band’s profile high, as has the 2015 rockumentary The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard, directed by Neil Norman and produced/written by Alec Palao. The film gathers the band further plaudits wherever it is shown.

Legacy & influence

The Seeds have been among the most frequently cited pre-punk influences by American punk musicians since the 1970s. Cover versions of various Seeds songs have been recorded by The Dwarves, Alex Chilton, Johnny Thunders, The Ramones, Yo La Tengo, Garbage, Murder City Devils, Spirits in the Sky Paul Parker, Pere Ubu, The Makers, The Embarrassment, The Bangles, The Rubinoos, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and other artists. Some lyrics in Frank Zappa‘s album Joe’s Garage satirically refer to “Pushin’ Too Hard”: “You’re plooking too hard, Plooking too hard on ME”.

On July 24, 2009, members of The Smashing Pumpkins, Love, and The Electric Prunes performed a tribute concert at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in memory of Sky Saxon.

About the film

Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia, audio, and fresh interviews with band members, associates and fans, Pushin’ Too Hard relates the bizarre rage-to-riches-to-rags tale of the rock quartet who took Los Angeles by storm in the mid-’60s.

The band‘s story is examined in detail in The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard. All four original Seeds are represented, alongside auxiliary members, band associates, and contemporaries such as Kim Fowley, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and Johnny Echols of Love. Major fans like Iggy Pop and The Bangles weigh in on what The Seeds meant to them. Narration is by noted author Miss Pamela Des Barres.

The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard is directed by Neil Norman, produced by Alec Palao and edited by Dan Schaarschmidt. Award-winning director Norman and four-time Grammy nominee Palao have spent the past six years developing the project. The movie is accompanied by a major overhaul of the Seeds’ catalog and the gripping original soundtrack on GNP Crescendo and Ace/Big Beat Records in the UK.

Now the director of the GNP/Crescendo label, the son of legendary GNP founder, DJ, Impresario, club owner, TV personality, Gene Norman, Neil Norman has transformed his band, Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra, into the world’s leading authority on science fiction music. A session guitarist as a teenager, Norman recorded with “The Wrecking Crew, The Monkees, Arthur Lyman, Kim Fowley and multiple recording stars. He concurrently became resident film scorer as a student at UCLA Film School. He recorded his debut solo album, Not of This Earth, while still attending the university. His first single; “Phaser-Laser” went to #1 on many college radio charts.

DJ Vinyl Avenger

Garage Rock fanatic and illustrator, Olaf Jens, a.k.a. The Vinyl Avenger, was born in The Netherlands in 1965, the same year that “Pushin’ Too Hard” was released. Since the 80’s, he’s been DJ-ing at parties, clubs, and festivals across the world, specializing in uncompromised raw and primitive Garage Rock ‘N’ Roll from past and present. He also has hosted various radio shows on Radio Patapoe and Radio 100 in Amsterdam, and on KVMR in Nevada City.

Recently, Olaf’s art has been gracing many album covers, such as the last 2 volumes of a legendary compilation series, entitled Back From The Grave, on Crypt Records. They focus on his favorite genre: obscure mid ’60s American Garage Punk. No wonder he feels privileged to spin his favorite 45’s at this cool and unique event! Olaf lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters in Grass Valley.

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