Band reunites to perform at first Motherlode festival |

Band reunites to perform at first Motherlode festival

This Saturday’s Motherlode Reunion Music Festival 2002 will honor Nevada County’s collective cultural identity, say its organizers in H.E.R.E. (Human Endeavor Resource Entity), the nonprofit agency sponsoring the 12-hour fete.

Eighteen music, dance and theater acts will entertain on the main stage 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Acts include the DeadBeats, Buck Love and the Humper-heads, Utah Phillips, Kimberly Bass, Bodhi Busick Band, Bob Mora Blues Band, Evergreen Middle Eastern Ensemble, and Spirit Drum Circle.

One of the musical acts will be Cousin Cricket, a group that performed regularly in the area from 1973 to 1993 until lead vocalist and guitarist Ken Miele moved to Long Island, N.Y., to get involved in puppetry. The group reunites to play its country swing, bluegrass and country rock originals whenever Miele visits the area.

Miele wanted to be a part of the Motherlode Reunion; he arrived in Nevada City this week so the group could participate in the inaugural festival.

“This is an event I didn’t want to miss,” Miele said. “I wanted to be united with all my Nevada City compatriots. I love being here and playing music with Cousin Cricket – people I love and respect as musicians and humans.”

Cousin Cricket will reunite for at least one set at the Motherlode Reunion.

Other original members of Cousin Crickett performing Saturday will be bassist Doug Cohen, drummer Paul Kraushaar and lead guitarist and vocalist Tim Riley. Kally Turner will join them on vocals.

From noon to 6 p.m., Youth FunStage performances will include those by Bojingles the Clown, Nevada County Performing Arts Guild, Nevada County Magicians’ Guild, Herb Robins’ “Little Red Riding Hood,” Snappy the Clown, Jill Hochwald and an open mike.

In addition to an abundance of entertainment, there will be ample festival refreshments, including a wine and beer garden, coffee and juice, ice cream, Mexican entrees, sushi and barbecue food.

Free shuttles will run between the Rood Center and Pioneer Center.


WHAT: Motherlode Reunion Music Festival 2002

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Pioneer Park, Nimrod Street in Nevada City

ADMISSION: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate and free for children 10 and under.

INFORMATION: 265-0875 or

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