Najera psyched for CD-release party |

Najera psyched for CD-release party

Ivan Najera will play with a five-piece band Saturday at Kirby's to celebrate his new CD.
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Guitarist Ivan Najera is going all out for his CD-release party Saturday at Kirby’s Creekside Restaurant and Bar.

Najera has assembled a five-piece band comprised of mostly out-of-town musicians to back him.

The musicians are Sacramento’s Mike McMullen on flute and saxophone, Lodi’s Mombo Hernandez on percussion, Weimar’s Pat Jacobsen on bass and Marysville’s Mark Yedinak on drums.

The one Nevada City musician is Mikail Graham on electric and acoustic guitar. Najera is from Penn Valley.

The just-released CD is “On Top of the Rain,” Najera’s second solo outing. Najera also released two CDs with guitarist Tony Unger. They mix Latin music and Spanish nouveau flamenco.

Hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served at Kirby’s.

For those who want another chance to hear selections from “On Top of the Rain,” Najera will be at Record Connection on Sutton Way in Grass Valley for a 45-minute set that day, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Najera and Unger will perform at the Folsom Guitar Festival Sunday. On May 16, the Ivan Najera and Tony Unger Quintet will appear at the Crocker Art Museum. On May 25, Najera brings back Guitar Extravaganza to Don Baggett Theatre in Grass Valley.

“It feels just great to make your dreams come true, to make a CD, a permanent legacy … and to play your music,” Najera said.

WHAT: Ivan Najera1s CD-release party

WHEN: Saturday at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Kirby1s Creekside, 101 Broad St., Nevada City



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