And the foundry will rock! |

And the foundry will rock!

Prepare to camp out at Miners Foundry in Nevada City because the fabulous music performed in its hallowed halls tonight and Saturday just can’t be missed.

Tonight its Aaron Ross’ CD release party for the album, “Shapeshifter,” which is climbing the charts. Saturday, it’s the wildly popular locally grown Grateful Dead tribute band, the DeadBeats.

How can you go wrong?


Dancing to the DeadBeats is the way to spend a high-energy summer evening; just ask any fan. One such, Kathy Dotson, says, “The Deadbeats bring back the magic of a Grateful Dead show. Jerry Garcia may be gone, but his spirit lives on in the talent of The DeadBeats.”

John Dwork of Dupree’s Diamond News magazine says, “The DeadBeats keep alive the music of the Grateful Dead in both electric and acoustic formats. Of particular note are their well-crafted, even gorgeous vocals.”

Well, yes, the group does feature some pretty talented songwriters of its own, so don’t be surprised when group members’ original songs slide seamlessly into the music just as though they were culled from the same great American music tradition that the Grateful Dead was fond of exploring.

The DeadBeats has released two CDs, and until recently the band hosted the very popular annual Jerry Bash at the North Columbia School House.

“This July 28th show falls near the date of that event, and the band hopes that folks will come out and remember those great shows, which were put on for many years to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday and the music of the Grateful Dead,” said band member Paul Kamm.

When I asked him what they intend to play, he said, “In the tradition of the Grateful Dead, we never say what we’re going to play. Dead heads know all the songs anyway, and part of the adventure is not knowing where the night is headed.”

At least we know that the night is headed toward a whole lot of fun.

Aaron Ross

Remarkable vocal agility, songs with messages for humanity, a performance that leaves him sweating with the effort he pours into it – this is what is making Aaron Ross a force to be reckoned with on the folk-rock music scene.

Here is what George Parsons, writing for Dream Magazine, said about him: “Aaron Ross ‘Shapeshifter’ Nevada City-area singer songwriter Aaron Ross lives up to the title of his latest release, ‘Shapeshifter,’ by changing his musical approach from song to song throughout the nine tracks here and sometimes within the songs themselves. He has a reedy, braying vocal style that’s somewhere between Marc Bolan and Devendra Banhart on most of the songs here and provides a sharp contrast from his work with Hella. There are recurring Christian references, though I have no clue as to Aaron’s spiritual inclinations. Often ignoring his folk rock flavors for arty repetitious chants and tempo-shifting constructions, … he’s still at his best when the melody doesn’t get lost entirely and when the choruses emanate a sing-along infectiousness.” (See Dream Magazine No. 8 at After the Gold Rush Records in Nevada City or go online at for more information.)

Ross will play the entire “Shapeshifter” album with a full band that includes well-known local musicians such as Dan Elkan, David Torch, Jonathon Hischke and Cody Feiler; then he’ll continue to perform solo.

A wonderful thing about this album is that it was locally produced – by Grass Roots Record Co. in Grass Valley. Said its president, Marc Snegg, last week, “People are genuinely in love with this record. Our spins doubled last week, with “Looking Glass Mass” being the most played track followed by “Mama Lonely Wolf” and “Elevator Blues.”… I want to see us crack the top 100!”

And so it did. As of press time, “Shapeshifter” had reached No. 73 on the CMJ Top 200, which tracks college radio stations.

WHAT: Aaron Ross “Shapeshifter” Album Release Show

WHEN: Tonight, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St, Nevada City

ADMISSION: All ages, advance tickets $12 adults; $10 for 20 and under and over 65 children; 5 and under get in free. $15 general admission at the door. Advance tickets available at the Miners Foundry until 2 p.m. day of show


(530) 265-5040 or go online to http://www.grass or to http://www.nevadacity

WHAT: 2007 Summer Of Music & Love Revisited featuring The DeadBeats

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry 325 Spring St. Nevada City

ADMISSION: Advance tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for those under 20 and over 65; may be purchased at the Foundry on weekdays or call (530) 265-5040; $18 general admission at the door. Children under 5 are admitted for free. An all-ages event with lots to eat and drink.

INFORMATION: Call 265-5040 or e-mail info@nevadacitymu; or go

online at http://www.Nevada

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