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Future of the arts in our hands

As the Christmas holidays have begun to settle away, the winter weather has decided to move in and many of our minds have been focused on the tsunami tragedy overseas, I was reminded recently of the wonderful sense of community that seems to regularly reveal itself here in the foothills. In particular, last weekend’s several sold-out events in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

As heavy weather threatened to close down local activities, patrons of the arts flocked to the SYRCL film festival, the John McCutchen concert and the Steely Dan tribute at the Center for the Arts. In my role as singer and bassist for Objects in the Mirror, I worried, as did all the members of our “troop” if we might have an audience at all, in the face of that impending snow storm.

Yet come they did, and filled every seat in the house. It now seems they filled every seat at all three events, which is a great statement about the community at large and its wonderful support for local arts. So, I wanted to thank all of those people who came to see not only our show, but all the shows this past weekend, and remind you that if not for all of you and your appreciation for what we struggle to do, the arts might be a more sorry proposition in the world today. I can say there is nothing like a packed house.



And, I know I speak for all of my fellow artists when I say thank you for coming out to support us and I hope you continue to find what we do meaningful in your lives. The crowds who come to our shows, after all, are our unsung heroes of the entertainment world. So, thank you all for braving the weather!

I also want to take a moment to thank the other unsung heroes of the entertainment business here in Nevada County, such as the staff at the Center for the Arts; Paul Emery, Peter Wilson, Marci Wolfe and Myra, who provide such a wonderful venue for so many deserving artists to perform in. Thanks, too, to the sound engineers like John Renoir and his son Alex, and Alan Goodman and Rich Meade, who labor in the dark recesses of the room, striving to make us sound good. And, the videographers like Terri Hicklin of NCTV and especially Adel Taylor, who give regularly of their formidable talents to preserve our performances for posterity. I also want to thank my good friend Carol Feineman from the Prospector and the other staff members at The Union who diligently keep the public informed about the wide range of arts in our community. And to the folks at KVMR, who amidst their many and varied presentations of their diverse shows, try daily to touch all tastes of music and thinking, wherever their airwaves fall. No matter who the artist may be at any given performance. We are interdependent upon those people who give of themselves to make us look and sound good, and who bring our efforts to the public Ð these are also the unsung heroes of the local entertainment world, in my humble opinion.




Finally, the local musicians whom I have had the pleasure to work with in the area for the past eight years have all earned my respect and thanks – especially the talented bunch who worked so hard to bring our Steely Dan tribute to the Center. Musicians rarely get paid what they are worth, and they don’t ever get paid for the years of work they do at home on their own time, practicing their craft. The foothill community is fortunate indeed to have in its midst, such a fine community of talented, giving spirits. My hat is off to all of you! I want to thank all of you for everything you do, and in all the ways you do it, for being part of the arts community here in the foothills and I hope you know that your work is appreciated! Together Ð audience member and support person and musician alike Ð we find that without each other, all pieces of the greater puzzle, the picture would be incomplete.

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Pat Jacobsen is a California historian and lifelong musician.


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