Artists joining forces to aid activist Olmsted |

Artists joining forces to aid activist Olmsted

For the second time in about two years, some of Nevada County’s most prominent performers will donate their time to a benefit for John Olmsted.

Olmsted is a conservationist who helped establish the Independence Trail and save the Bridgeport covered bridge – two of Nevada County’s most popular recreation spots. When Olmsted was diagnosed in October 1999 with prostate cancer, area musicians donated their services in a benefit that raised about $20,000 for his medical expenses.

Many of those same musicians will band together again Sunday at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley to raise more money for Olmsted’s medical expenses and help stop foreclosure on the Yuba Powerhouse.

The Yuba-Pacific Landscapes Concert & Auction will run from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The concert-dance portion of the benefit from 5 to 9 p.m. features Chris Olander and Jackie Bucknell, Rainbo and Gavin, U. Utah Phillips, Buck Love and the Humperheads, Paul Kamm and Eleanore McDonald, Dakota Sid, Lorraine Gervais and George Souza, and the Lorraine Gervais Band.

Gervais’ band played at the first benefit and Gervais also designed an ad for the current benefit.

For her, it’s a labor of love.

“John’s been instrumental in adding green pockets and parks in California, which is essential to our health,” she said.

Mikail Graham, who performed in the Humperheads at the first benefit, has helped plan the event both times. He will use some of Sunday’s music for a benefit CD.

Musicians Maggie McKaig and Shawn Haussler, Charlie Brock and Luke Wilson, Dan Scanlan and Friends, Ludi Hinrichs, Rudy Darling, Peter Wilson, Kris Skidmore and Gracie MacKenzie will be featured during 45-foot-wide panoramic slide shows.

The slide shows are from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at Harmony Books, BriarPatch, Foggy Mountain Music and at the door.

The center is at 314 W. Main St. Call 274-8384 or 272-3823 with questions.

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