Back Stage – Kizzy Miller returns home to play gig
Kizzy Miller, who lived in Grass Valley when she was a teen in the 1980s, will visit her former stomping ground on Friday ” this time, though, singing from the Cooper’s stage that night with her band, The Pleasure Seekers.
A full-time musician, Miller likens the Cooper’s gig to a high school reunion as she explains: “I’m being able to come back to my hometown and show my success. Being a full-time musician is what I always wanted to do. I’ve realized my dreams.”
Miller has been in a number of bands for about 15 years since moving from Grass Valley. Now based in Alameda after living in Sacramento for several years, Miller has been lead vocalist with the Pleasure Seekers for the last 18 months. Featuring a Hammond B-3 organ and three-part harmonies, The Pleasure Seekers’ sound is 1960s’ R&B and soul.
Friday marks the first time that Miller has sung publicly in Nevada City since her days with the Nevada Union High School choir. She visits her father (Larry Miller), stepmother (Flo Fahrenheit) and grandmother (Betty Miller) here every few months. While home this weekend, the singer will coincidentally be able to watch her father and stepmother as they work in their studio during the annual Western Nevada County Open Studios Art Tour.
Cooper’s is at 235 Commercial St. in Nevada City. Friday’s cover is $5. The Pleasure Seekers play at 9:30 p.m.
For songs, photos, bios and calendar regarding Miller’s Pleasure Seekers, check the Web at http://www.thepleasureseekers.com.
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