Musician, fans to reunite at Colfax show |

Musician, fans to reunite at Colfax show

When musician Rob Bonner takes the stage at the Colfax Theater tonight, he’ll be making a comeback of sorts.

In early October, Bonner lost his footing while fishing in the Yuba River and suffered a compound fracture that exposed the bone in his leg. He responded to the emergency by calmly tying his leg to his fishing pole and waiting for his wife to walk to within hearing distance. After his wife found him and dialed 911, a search and rescue team rushed him to the hospital.

“My world is very small, right here,” Bonner said, speaking by phone from his Colfax home, where he’s been recuperating from two surgeries and preparing for a third.

After more than four weeks of bed rest, Bonner will reconnect with fans and supporters when he performs with his wife, folk harpist Christine Bonner, and special guest Joe Craven in a sold-out show.

The two-hour performance will reunite the trio, which has performed together in the past, and will feature songs by all three artists.

Christine Bonner’s latest CD, “Fire Dance,” blends Celtic, Latin and jazz rhythms. The multi-instrumentalist Craven has been a longtime favorite with western Nevada County audiences. His most recent recording, “Django Latino,” adds a Latin slant to French Django Reinhardt’s songs.

Bonner looks forward to the day when he can resume teaching at Sierra College and his private studio in Colfax.

“I’ve never had an injury that kept me from teaching,” he said.

In the meantime, he’s trying out different stools to sit on when he plays the stand-up bass tonight, and he’s trying to see the bright side of his situation.

“I’ve been playing the guitar a lot,” he said.


To contact staff writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail or call 477-4219.

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