Third annual North Columbia hootenanny raises the roof |

Third annual North Columbia hootenanny raises the roof

In the tradition of the North Columbia Folk Festival the Schoolhouse presents another warm summer evening of great music, food and fun for all ages.

The bands, ranging from country to folk and ending in Americana will perform outdoors in one of the finest amphitheaters under the pines.

This hootenanny fetches up The Alkali Flats and Silver Darling from Sacramento, The Poplollys from Foresthill, as well as Nevada County’s own Dakota Sid and Travers.

The Sacramento News and Review has called Silver Darling”… both vintage and etherea l – a requiem for the past, an homage to the now. It’s spirited. It’s refreshing.”

The Poplollys, who play regionally around the foothills and the valley, cite their influences as Maddox Brothers and Rose, Patsy Cline, Tommy Collins, Tex Williams, Merle Travis, and the Louvin Brothers. A favorite, this is the second year that they will perform at the Schoolhouse.

Alkali Flats started playing around the campfires of Nevada ghost towns years ago.

Before long they found some other fellas just like themselves, dressed like undertakers and wearing scorpion bolo ties and it all just came together.

Guitar, bass, drum, lap steel, dobro, mandolin, harmonica, accordian and fiddle are all part of this band.

Dakota Sid will be performing with his amazing son Travers.

Charlie Creekmore, Chico News and Review, has said: “Dakota Sid comes on with a voice that was rode hard and put away wet.

It ain’t pretty, that’s for sure. He sings like he has a corncob stuck in his throat.

That’s all right though. This ain’t opera, it’s folk music, and in that context Dakota Sid, his voice, his material and his ethics all seem as genuine as Woody Guthrie sounding off at a labor rally.”

Show up with kids and instruments for a little jamming.


WHAT: Americana Festival of music, food and drink and outdoor fun

WHEN: Saturday, 5 p.m.

WHERE: The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City.

ADMISSION: $15, or $12 if NCSCC members; available at After the Gold Rush Records, Briarpatch Market, Cherry Records in Auburn, Mother Truckers and Natural Selection. Kids under 12 are admitted free.

INFORMATION: Call 265-8141 or email For directions, call (530) 265-2826.

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