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Find happiness with three bands on Saturday

Earlier this year, surrounded by his dream team of former Cake drummer Todd Roper, Cake bassist Gabe Nelson, Jackpot guitarist Rusty Miller, and a handful of local musicians, Watson recorded the album “Aficionado” in a mere 10 days at Grass Roots Record Co. in Grass Valley. Due for release this month, Watson is going to celebrate Saturday with a concert at The Center for the Arts.

If you haven’t heard of Watson yet, it’s probably because he’s relatively new to the area, having spent time in Taiwan with his wife Rochelle, teaching English. Not much grass has grown under his feet in the past 10 years.

He has been writing and performing his own songs; he self-produced three solo albums and one album with the punk-gospel band The Santa Cruz Gospel Choir; he played and recorded with, among other groups, the Sacramento-based band Jackpot, which The New York Times dubbed “one of California’s greatest unknown bands.” He toured America and Europe, appeared on television and had his music featured in two films by San Francisco filmmaker Mike Missiaen.



Happy Mayfield is a pop/hop ensemble Watson started with a San Francisco based hip-hop collective called The Park, which is just starting to hit the scene in clubs and theaters. Singing quirky, clever songs with lots of positive energy, the band, says Watson, “is the alter-ego of what I do as a solo performer – which is more serious and exact. Happy Mayfield is anything goes.” It’s groovy, funky and fun.

Recently interviewed on National Public Radio and with 400 radio stations in recent possession of his album, Watson may well start climbing the charts. Stay tuned and check him out at http://www.leebob.com.




Also on this concert’s schedule is Pets, a radical rock duo from Sacramento that uses “a crunchy, distorted bass, fuzzed-out reverb and effect-drenched guitars, arpeggiated keyboards and a ready-to-rock drum machine” to createits sound.

A local group, Root Down One, completes the evening. A 10-year production of love from local multi-instrumentalist Isaac James and fiddle virtuoso Ethan Lewis, the group will include, this time, Dave Chapman and other special guests. With a new batch of recordings in the works, this is a good time to catch the group back on the local scene.

WHAT: Grass Roots Record Co. Happening – Lee Bob Watson & Happy Mayfield with special guests

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: Tickets for $10 at the door.

INFORMATION: Call 274-8384, ext. 14, or e-mail info@thecenterfor

thearts.org; online at http://www.thecenterfor

thearts.org.


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