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Robin Berkeley

back (temporarily)

Robin Berkeley, a part of Nevada County’s music scene for 17 years, is here for two weeks. He goes back to his Minnesota home Tuesday.

In Nevada County, guitarist Berkeley produced concerts, had a recording studio, composed and presented “freedom dances” (all-ages, free-form community dances).

Berkeley left Nevada City five years ago to be near his daughter in Durango, Colo. He met his wife, Allison, a week later, and they moved to Hawaii before going to Minnesota to care for his mother.

Berkeley will lend support to Gregg Schiffner’s “Stories of the Yuba” three-day event this weekend at Nevada Theatre.

“I came to the show for Gregg, to open for Friday’s show. That’s pretty much the reason I’m here,” Berkeley said. He will perform with his longtime music partner Kris Skidmore that night only.

Berkeley plans to return again.

“We’re buying a motor home and want to travel around the country, visit national parks, compose some music,” Berkeley said. “We’ll be back here this summer.”

To contact Berkeley before summer, call (612) 781-4222.

Bluesexciters efforts recognized

The almost-2-year-old Bluesexciters’ persistence in wanting to play more dates outside the Sacramento area is paying off.

Four band members live in Sacramento; guitarist-vocalist David Natale lives in Grass Valley.

Natale is so determined for the band to succeed that he recently gave up his day job at an area restaurant to devote more time to music.

Bluesexciters will be host to the fifth annual Birthday Party Blues Jam & Goodtimes at Milestone Saloon in Cool Sunday.The free jam is sponsored by the Sierra Blues Society from 1 to 6 p.m.

The group, nominated for “Best Blues Band” in 2001 by the Sacramento News & Review, has appeared at venues throughout Northern California and nationally on Fox Network’s “Locals Only.”

Individual singers and blues bands can jam at this event and use the Bluesexciters’ equipment.

Milestone Saloon is at 2968 Highway 49.

Call 268-9166 or 889-1768 for more information.

KVMR-FM pledge drive tops $66,000

Membership pledges to KVMR-FM’s pledge drive last week have now topped $66,000, the most successful drive in the station’s 23-year history.

That’s according to program director Steve Baker. The $56,000 figure cited in last week’s Prospector was incorrect.

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