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Jesse Locks: Dancing disco and noisy distortion

Jesse Locks

After all the excitement of last weekend – the Bluegrass Festival, Albino’s nearly sold out CD release show at the Miners Foundry, Mike Farrell and Th’ Losin’ Streaks sonically destroying the Crazy Horse and all of Commercial Street, and of course Lance mania and the Nevada City Bicycle Classic – we all need a vacation. But there is no rest for the wicked and us rock n’ rollers must continue to push ahead in our quest for summertime fun.

Two events beckoning us this weekend include the first annual Studio 314 – a DJ Disco/Funk Dance Party fundraiser for the Center for the Arts on Friday and the highly anticipated CD release show for Golden Shoulders on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center.

Friday night, the Center for the Arts will transform into a Studio 54 era nightclub with D JSUS spinning the best in 70s funk, soul and pop to dancers dressed in retro attire while professional aerial dancers of AirAligned perform from above. Club goers can also karaoke, compete in a costume contest, play 70s trivia games and win raffle prizes from Grey Goose, Daniel Brooks, The Magical Florist.

For those channeling the decadence of Studio 54 regulars like Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry or Andy Warhol, VIP passes are available and include reserved parking, access to a special VIP lounge with a private bar stoked with champagne, platters of food from New Moon and Kane’s and a complimentary gift bag. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Center for the Arts and help support their many great literary, visual and performing arts programs.

Saturday night, Golden Shoulders celebrates the release of their third full-length album Get Reasonable. Adam Kline, Golden Shoulders’ magnetic front man, has always had an open door policy when inviting friends to contribute on his albums. On Get Reasonable, Kline relinquishes creative control over to a few hand selected producers such as Dan Elkan from Them Hills, Bobby Birdman, and Dana Gumbiner, to arrange and produce particular tracks.

“Like a well-rounded ball team, Golden Shoulders has a deep bench. I just tried to put all of the musicians on the songs that would suit their talents best,” says Kline.

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Kline wanted to give fans something different. From pristine pop to noisy distortion, even some groovy reggae backbeat, each song has a distinct sound and flavor, with Kline’s impeccable songwriting always shining through.

“This record is definitely all over the map, I just hope people think it’s all over the map in a good way.”

Lemonade is cool and refreshing, usually sweet and a little bit tart. Jesse Locks is a freelance writer. You can reach her at

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