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Music fest seeks volunteers

MotherLode Reunion Music Festival organizers are seeking current and past residents of Nevada County to become a founding patron, business sponsor or volunteer for the festival.

The inaugural festival on Sept. 28 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City will feature all local music, dance and theater acts for the entire family. The Deadbeats, Buck Love and the Humperheads, Saul Rayo, Utah Phillips, Kimberly Bass, and Trance.Zen.Dance are among the featured performers from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We know we’re aiming high,” said Wendy Hawkins, acting executive director for Human Endeavor Resource Entity, the nonprofit public benefit corporation sponsoring the event.

“There are already so many spirited celebrations in this area,” Hawkins said. “But there isn’t one that honors our collective cultural identity, one that acknowledges our historical roots, our architecture, our artistic contributions, and the myriad of elements that define our community and make it unique.”

H.E.R.E. was incorporated Jan. 18 to bring the community closer together through celebration and special events, noted Hugh Glasco, the organization’s fund-raising director.

For more information or to help, call 265-0875 or check out

Current production by Off Broadstreet almost the same

Off Broadstreet Theatre’s musical comedy “Beyond Karaoke” will close its eight-week run on Sept. 7.

The acting and singing in the comedy about bar workers who decide to stage a karaoke show as the Mojave Airband to boost business is up to its usual standards.

While that’s not news, what’s news is that the interior of Off Broadstreet Theatre’s new temporary home in Grass Valley looks like its former venue at the fire-destroyed old Elks Building on Commercial Street in Nevada City.

Off Broadstreet owners John Driscoll and Jan Kopp spent all of June transforming a bare, almost 3,000-square-foot warehouse at 13366 Grass Valley Ave. near the Nevada County Airport to resemble the former Nevada City theater space.

There’s just one noticeable but improved difference inside: two – instead of one – spacious restrooms.

Call 265-8686 to make a reservation before “Beyond Karaoke” closes.

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