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Phillips and friends make music to benefit church

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It won’t be your typical church event Friday when Utah Phillips is on the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains pulpit.

Actually, it won’t be a service but a music benefit to raise funds for the church’s new roof. All musicians have donated their time.

Phillips will be joined by musical friends Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald and Bodhi Busick.

Also on the pulpit will be Julie Kain, who is consulting minister for the Unitarian Universalist church of which Phillips is a charter member. Phillips gave the church’s first sermon in the mid-1990s.

Kain will take the stage – not as the church’s spiritual leader, but as a musical act.

This won’t be her first time as an entertainer, just her first time performing here.

Kain, who started working for the Grass Valley church in September, used to sing at coffee shops and clubs on the East Coast. Her repertoire Friday will include songs by favorite songwriters such as Lucinda Williams and Patti Griffith and maybe an original or two.

“If this goes well, I’ll consider writing more songs about personal, spiritual and political subjects,” Kain laughed.

As for Phillips, he’s happy to be part of her debut here.

“Nevada County has such a rich musical community. We’re welcoming Julie aboard,” Phillips said.

Phillips, Kamm and MacDonald, Busick and Kain will have half-hour sets before joining together in a few numbers.

“We’re going to raise the roof,” Phillips joked.


WHAT: Utah Phillips & Circle of Friends

WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, on the corner of S. Church and Walsh streets in Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $15 adults, $5 teens and free for children under 12. Tickets at Odyssey Books, Book Seller, Harmony Books and at the door


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