Nevada County happily welcomes Spearhead once again |

Nevada County happily welcomes Spearhead once again

Michael Franti and his hip-hop band Spearhead performed before the band’s largest and most enthusiastic Nevada County crowd on Feb. 27 at Center for the Arts.

Since December 2000, the San Francisco group appeared two other times at the Grass Valley center and headlined the Renegade Festival at Rollins Lake last September.

Although Center for the Arts representatives’ statement on Feb. 28 was that 350 to 400 fans attended the show, the crowd seemed to easily top 500 as the standing-room-only crowd spilled out into the lobby at times.

Franti put on his usual warm and high-energy show and appeared even more energetic than what’s normal for him.

His voice was rich with expression, whether singing R&B, Motown-style soul or rap, and he danced across the stage nonstop from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.

Franti and his band members joyfully fed off each other as they shared their political and socially conscious songs on subjects including the death penalty, militarism and the war in Afghanistan.

“I feel like I’m at peace at the moment,” said Franti, as he hugged 40-plus fans after the concert. “I feel this is a hard, difficult time for us. The music is resonating with people in pain. I’m grateful to God to have this opportunity to play music.”

Entries sought for

second film festival

Through May 15, Jason Graham will accept entries from area filmmakers for the second annual Nevada County Film Festival.

The festival is slated for late June or early July at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

Graham helped organize last year’s festival to create a forum for Nevada County residents who make films and want a place to show them. Graham is also the Magic Theatre manager.

The inaugural festival sold out all three nights.

This year’s festival will feature 10 films. Last year’s festival featured 18 films.

Entries should be less than 10 minutes long, and Graham would like to see more narrative films this year.

One grand prize will be determined by audience ballots.

Call Graham at 265-2681 for more details.

– Carol Feineman

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