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Peter FernandezRainbo performed Sunday night at Center for the Arts. She'll play in Grass Valley again Friday at Locos Burritos.
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Rainbo sings wherever she is.

She began singing while growing up in Oregon at family reunions, in the high school choir and for weddings and parties.

After high school, Rainbo hitchhiked across the country, singing for whoever would give her a ride.

Rainbo, 30, gave up hitchhiking and settled in Nevada County when her son, Sunshine, was born here six years ago. Three years ago, she started to write songs.

Today, her typical week includes either taking applied art and design classes at Sierra College or performing at open mikes and whatever gigs she can land in the Nevada County area.

Every hour, she takes care of Sunshine.

“I’m supermom, super Rainbo,” she gushed Tuesday as she talked about her Grass Valley show set for Friday at Locos Burritos. “Sunshine’s the best kid in the world; he helps me. Sunshine likes to be up on stage. He wants to become a drummer in my band.”

Rainbo’s favorite gigs are those all-ages shows that Sunshine can attend, such as Friday’s performance. Shu Fly Pie will open with a one-hour, all-originals set at 8:30 p.m. The Nevada City trio often shares gigs with Rainbo.

Headliner Rainbo will be accompanied with a band – “me and whoever I gather up.” The band will include a guitarist-drummer, mandolinist and stand-up bassist. Rainbo will be on vocals and guitar.

Her almost two-hour set will feature originals of the past year, essentially spoken words turned into songs.

“A lot of it is political and environmental and my day-to-day experiences, everything that happens in my life,” Rainbo said, “about my son, my experiences traveling around the country, my relationships and lack of relationships, view of where our planet is going and where my generation fits in.”

Rainbo really wants audiences to listen to her words.

“Words are my basis, I’m a total lyricist,” she explained.

She doesn’t want to take the country by storm; she just wants to perform in her community.

“By next year, I would love to have been playing from now to next year. That would make me so happy,” Rainbo said.

She doesn’t agree with friends who tell her to perform out of town.

“This is where I am. I would like to build my base in Grass Valley and Nevada City. This is my hometown now,” Rainbo said.

Know and Go

WHAT: Rainbo in concert. Shu Fly Pie opens

WHEN: Friday at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Locos Burritos, 154 Mill St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $3 at the door


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