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Drummer helps give teens an option

The Union StaffScott Carpenter (third from left), pictured here in the former Grounded, will perform Friday at the Center for the Arts.
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As far as drummer Scott Carpenter is concerned, Nevada County teens are living on top of a musical gold mine.

And, when members of punk band The Committee approached him and his band mates in Boss Clem to put on a rock show, the idea to reignite what he considers a healthy music scene was all too tempting. “There’s a very strong community of local, original bands! And you never know – you might find something that you can really get into,” said Carpenter.

Joining Boss Clem and The Committee for this local band showcase are local favorites “Tailspin Tom” and Uncle $cam. Together, these bands have joined forces to promote their show, as well as the local music scene.

According to Carpenter, who grew up in Grass Valley, it has been a labor of love.

“This is really a big push for the local music scene. We’ve put a lot of passion behind it to make this work. We’re doing this show as a total concerted effort,” said Carpenter.

And it’s clear that these bands are in it for the right reasons. Not only are they hoping to meet their goal of 200 attendees, but they are also fighting for a bigger cause: to give kids of the Nevada County community something better to do.

In an alcohol-free environment, the bands aim to give local teens a pastime besides drugs and alcohol.

“We want to celebrate with music instead of all those negative things that kids can get into. This is really meant to be a positive outlet,” explained Carpenter.

When they’re not fighting for the teenager commonwealth, the members of Tailspin Tom, Uncle $cam, The Committee and Boss Clem are focused on what they do best… making music. And when it comes to that, band members know exactly what needs to be done.

“We want to breathe some new life into this [Nevada County’s music] scene… . We want to make a scene!” Carpenter insisted.

And although Carpenter gives the concert a “PG-13” rating for those occasional expletives, he insists that it is all in the spirit of music.

“It’s us creating art. We don’t paint pictures; we make sounds. And that’s what we want to do with this concert… we want to evoke emotion,” said Carpenter.

He also promises that concertgoers will definitely get the biggest bang for their buck. For only $8, the price that a T-shirt goes for at a typical concert, those who show up will be treated to more than three hours of live, original and local music.

And who knows… maybe you will find something that you can really “get into.”


WHAT: Boss Clem, The Committee, Tailspin Tom and Uncle $cam in concert

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley




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