World-class performer Biff Rose at National Hotel |

World-class performer Biff Rose at National Hotel

The controversial Biff Rose will perform piano, comedy, poetry and sharp political and philosophical wit at Nevada City’s National Hotel in the first of its new monthly series of world-class performances.

Born in New Orleans, the now legendary songwriter first came to prominence as a banjo-toting standup comedian, profiled in “Time” magazine in 1965.

In the late 1960s he released his first album, “The Thorn in Mrs. Rose’s Side,” then made several memorable appearances on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show.”

Renewed interest in Rose has resulted in the re-release of his early albums by Berkeley-based Runt Records. Biff’s piano style is a blend of pre- and post- World War II New Orleans jazz, ragtime, honkey-tonk, blues and ’60s songwriter pop, as well as his own eccentric brand of rap.

Oakland-based, psychedellic-acoustic-folk-pop duo the Moore Brothers will also be on stage, singing harmonies reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and early Bee Gees.

The show begins at 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Tickets for $10 are available at Love Shack Records, the BriarPatch Market and at the door.

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