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Big-time musicians entertain this weekend

Chronologically speaking, here is the lineup at The Center for the Arts: tonight is a KVMR nightLIVE show, which is broadcast on that radio station. Saturday is Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers; and Sunday is Patrice Pike.

Manzarek and Rogers are two big names in the business – Manzarek was the keyboard player for The Doors in the 1960s, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Rogers is a Grammy-nominated blues guitar player. They have never performed together. Don’t worry, though, they are working out all the bugs in Healdsberg the previous day. The reason, says Peter Wilson of the Center, that the evening is billed “personal insights and great music” is that Rogers apparently likes to tell stories. They’ll start at 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $25.

Of course, another great name in the business is Patrice Pike. Passionate and with social commentary, Pike is, says fan Joey Jordan, “one of a kind. I can’t adequately describe her music – kinda blues, kinda jazzy, kinda folk, kinda rock – but really all and none of that. She’s created her own thing, music the likes of which I haven’t really heard before. She has a voice that will transport you.” Megan Slankard, a young artist with her third CD about to be released, opens. The show starts Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.



Tonight, at 8, the double bill includes Bob Cheevers, who has earned a place in the landscape now called Americana Music by having charted the Top 20 in that genre with his last two CDs; Eli Rush and Paul Emery, who is artistic director at the center; and train song minstrel on Reno’s Fun Train – the latter two who, it is said, have “refined honky-tonk music to a fine art.” Tickets are $12.

Tickets can be purchased in Nevada City at Yabobo and Love Shack Records; in Grass Valley at BriarPatch and The Book Seller; and in Auburn at Cherry Records. Call 271-7000 for show information. The Center for the Arts is located at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.


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