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Local performers return to Sacred Arts & Music Faire

Robert Kelaghan and the Crazy Karma Kirtan Band from Nevada County will perform Saturday at the Sacred Arts & Music Faire in Auburn.

This will be the chanting group’s second consecutive year at the faire, which features sacred, devotional and healing music from several traditions.

“There has been almost an explosion of sacred, devotional/kirtan music across the United States in the last five or six years. And much of the world beat musicians and some of the folk musicians are showing more acknowledgment of the sacred in their works,” Kelaghan said. “Folksinger/songwriter Jennifer Berazan’s newest CD, ‘Praises for the World,’ is a perfect example of this.”

Other area residents appearing at the festival are visual artist Shirley McDonald, animal intuitive Barbara Mariano, singer/songwriter Katie Scaletti on Saturday and musicians Ludi Hinrichs and Bhzad on Sunday.

Nevada County’s Sher Christian will read inspirational poetry from her book, “Star Kissed Shadows,” accompanied by

keyboardist/singer/crystal bowls player Gracie MacKenzie, also from Nevada County, on Saturday morning. That night, the two will be joined by Nevada County writers Nik Colyer and Qutbuddin Smith and musician John Christian.

Other festival performers include local favorites Berezan on Saturday and Scott Huckabay on Sunday, Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra on both days, the Georges Lammam Ensemble on Saturday and Akimbo! on Sunday.

Admission either day is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and free for children under 12. Advance tickets are at Yabobo and BriarPatch.

The price includes all performances, workshops and presentations. Gates open 9 a.m. both days.

The festival is at the Gold Country Fairgrounds at 1273 High St. Call 613-1865 or check the Web at for the performers’ schedule.

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