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Trance.Zen.Dance finishes tour

As if being in a monthlong California and Oregon concert tour with Trance.Zen.Dance, a 12-member music, poetry and performance group, weren’t enough good news, member Kimberly Bass has even more to smile about.

Trance.Zen.Dance will perform at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Oct. 19. The group will open for Sound Tribe Sector Nine, a jam band that consistently sells out the Fillmore.

“We’re pretty excited. The Fillmore is historical,” said Bass, of Nevada County. “Most of the group have never been to the Fillmore, and it’s exciting for us that our first experience there will be onstage.”

Other gigs include the third annual Witches Ball at the Roseville Opera House on Oct. 26, San Francisco State University on Oct. 31, Sebastopol Community Center on Nov. 16, and Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on Nov. 23.

Trance.Zen.Dance members call their performances an electro-organic fusion of art, music and dance.

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Bass will play several solo acoustic and crystal bowl concerts in her hometown, including a 12:05 a.m. performance today at the AWAKENING Peace Vigil at Miners Foundry, a Center For the Arts gig on Oct.12, Earth Song gigs on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, and a St. Joseph’s Cultural Center benefit concert on Nov. 10.

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Fraser performs with Machlis

Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser will team with pianist Paul Machlis at a few dates this month near Nevada County.

For 20 years, the friends have performed together. Their third duo album, “Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle,” was released last year. They have also recorded with Skyedance, a contemporary Celtic fusion band.

The nearby gigs are Oct. 17 at the Fresno Art Museum, Oct. 18 at the Wallace Arms venue in Antioch, Oct. 19 at the Placer High School Auditorium in Auburn, and Oct. 20 at California State University at Chico.

Fraser has lived on the San Juan Ridge for 12 years. He performed solo Wednesday at the peace vigil at Miners Foundry.

For ticket information about Fraser’s dates with Machlis, call 292-4219 or (800) 830-6296. Call Peter Wilson at 477-0708 for the Auburn performance tickets.

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– Carol Feineman

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