Nevada City Music Events presents … |

Nevada City Music Events presents …

For me, music is a huge part of what makes being alive ever so magical. And just like life, music comes in a multitude of colors, some loud and brash, others soft and easy, like pastels.

On Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m., when Bay Area heavyweight Aphrodesia comes to the Miners Foundry, it will be hot and spicy African colors, featuring high life Africana grooves, James Brown-ish funk and free-form solos that will have you dancing like crazy in no time.

This 11-piece musical extravaganza is devoted to “walking the walk as well as talking the talk.” Believing that alternative energy is necessary to protect our planet’s environment and to reduce America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil, the band proudly travels in a vegetable oil-powered bus, refusing to accept corporate sponsorship unless it’s aligned with their cause.

Opening the show will be the Earth Rhythms African Dance & Drum Troupe, local favorites on the Nevada County music scene for more than two decades.

On Saturday, April 7, we have an entirely different palette of colors featuring 13 of the West Coast’s finest new acts, including Kings & Queens, Mariee Sioux, Lee Bob Watson, Golden Shoulders and more. Co-produced with Grass Roots Record Company, this show promises to offer something for just about every musical taste.

And speaking of tastes, starting an hour before each show we will feature fine food and drink, including vegetarian dishes for the health conscious, fruit smoothies and Italian cappuccino for the thirsty, and a no-host bar for those want something with a bit more of a bite.

We’ve built a brand new stage, added new lights and a spacious lounge area for socializing. We’ll donate a percentage of each night’s ticket sales to a local nonprofit.

And maybe the best part (besides the music) is that people of all ages are invited to attend with special discount pricing for those 18 and younger.

I promise, these will be events worth getting out of bed for.

For more information, go to or leave a message at 530-470-9615.


Producer Mikail Graham, a Nevada City native, has been a musical fixture in the area since the mid-1970s. He and Rick McKenzie managed Cooper’s together for the past five years. This month they launched their new company, Nevada City Music Events, with a bang.

Know & Go

WHAT: A Super Aphro-Beat Dance Party with Aphrodesia and Earth Rhythms African Dance Troupe

WHEN: Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Great Hall, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: Tickets $16, adults; $10 for those under 18 at the door; $1 from every adult ticket will go to support the “Miners Foundry,” a local nonprofit

INFORMATION: Online at or call 477-0929.

WHAT: An Indie/Underground Band Showcase called Grass Roots Record Co’s Family Meeting will include Lee Bob Watson, the Snegg Band, Golden Shoulders, Agent Ribbons, Mariee Sioux, Furniture On Fire, Them Hills, Moore Brothers, Alina Estelle Hardin, Kings & Queens, El Capitan, Ra Ra Rabbit and Benjamin Oak Goodman.

WHEN: Saturday April 7, 6 p.m. to midnight

WHERE: Miners Foundry Great Hall, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: Tickets $16, adults; $10 for those under 18 at the door; $1 from every adult ticket will go to support “The Movement Alliance,” a local nonprofit


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