Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration ~ Monday, January 16, 2012 ~ 11:15am Doors / 12:00pm Show ~ Free

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

KVMR Community Radio and the Miners Foundry once again celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special free gospel concert on Monday, January 16, 2012.  Doors open at 11:15am, with the concert beginning at 12:00pm.

Returning to headline the concert will be the Bethel AME Church Choir of Marysville, celebrating their 30th year.

The concert will also be broadcast live at 12:00pm and rebroadcast at 6:00p.m. on KVMR (89.5 FM Nevada City & 105.1 FM Truckee) and online at .

Seating is limited.  This event is free and open to the public.  Donations accepted.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival ~ January 13, 14, & 15, 2012

This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 9th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.  The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

Festival-goers can also enjoy children’s Saturday morning cartoons, art shows, wine strolls, VIP parties, live music and more at this year’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival.

Ticket sales begin December 1, 2011.

Alasdair Fraser’s Community Music Workshop & Gathering ~ Sunday, January 8, 2012 ~ 9:30am – 4:30pm ~ Advance Adult $50.00 / Advance Youth (12 and under) $30.00 / Adult Door $60.00 / Youth Door $40.00

Alasdair Fraser Fiddle Workshop


COST: Advance purchase price for the full-day workshop is $50.00 for adults, $30.00 for youth 12 and under.
At the door: $60.00 for adults;  $40.00 for youth.
Lunch is included.  Beer, wine and soda will be available for sale.  Contributions for the post-workshop pizza will be taken at the registration table.

Attendees and their guests are invited to stay after the workshop for a mighty jam session.

Master Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser, who has just been inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, has inspired and encouraged countless aspiring and accomplished musicians through his award-winning recordings, performances and music camps.  Alasdair will lead a special one-day community music-making workshop for all string players (fiddle, viola, cello and bass) based on the fiddle music of Scotland and beyond. Woodwinds, guitars, harps and keyboards are also welcome.

We will explore playing traditional music in a group, with emphasis on arrangement ideas and the techniques that give traditional music its unique flavor. We will look at the elements of language and dance, and put fiddle tunes together to form a medley of a larger piece of music. Teaching will be geared toward intermediate to advanced musicians; enthusiasts of all levels are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate at their level of ability.  This workshop is for all ages; children should be accompanied by a supervising adult.

• Doors will open at 9:30 am for registration and coffee.

• To pre-register, visit  <>
or download a registration form <>

For more information:
Phone: (530) 292-4219

This event is sponsored by Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, a part of the non-profit Scottish Fiddlers of Californa, and underwritten by Sierra Fiddle Camp Village Fund

Musical Theatre Audition Workshop with Sandra Rockman & Dinah Smith ~ Saturday, January 7, 2012 ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm ~ $35.00

Strengthen your song & ace your audition!

Bring a memorized song and your music on CD, iPOD, or cassette, and walk away with confidence in an audition piece that demonstrates your true abilities as a performer.  Gain insight and technique to strengthen your song through step by step interpretation, incorporating meaningful movement and acquiring focus to overcome stage fright.

An enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon, finding new proficiency and skills.

Sandra Rockman and Dinah Smith, the director/choreographer team for last summer’s sensational “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum” have been theatre-active for over 30 years each.

For more information and registration, please call Sandra at (530) 265-6514 or contact her via email at .

Sandra Rockman

Dinah Smith

New Year’s Eve Bash ~ Saturday, December 31, 2011 ~ 8:00pm Doors Open / 9:00pm Show ~ $25.00 in Advance / $30.00 at the Door / $35.00 Reserved

Ring in 2012 with Buck Love & the Humperheads and the Bob Woods Trio in the Osborn/Woods Hall at the Miners Foundry on December 31, 2011.   With four lead singers, three guitars, bass, lots of percussion and drums you’d be wondering if these guys could possibly keep the music on the pavement, well they do, as long as you don’t need the road to be straight. This music is a melting pot of R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Rock and Reggae, Folk, Jazz, World Beat and jam band style party music, which after more than 20 years together has brought six entirely different musical universes into alignment with each other like some weird and crazy musical solar system. Dancing to this music is like taking a big hit of fresh air…and while their kinetic and intoxicating energy with old classic songs is stunning, their original songs and lengthy improvisational jams are even better.

The band hails from Nevada City CA and made their first appearance on July 4, 1986 and have been playing together ever since at clubs, festivals, benefits & parties all around Northern CA. The group is made up of five professional musicians each of whom performs all around the country with a variety of acts as sidemen or fronting their own shows.  Band members include Mikail Graham on guitar & vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar & vocals, Tom MacDonald on guitar, percussion & vocals, Bill Smart on electric bass & vocals and Mark Yedinak on drums & electronic percussion.

Bob Woods started playing music in 1971 with the Sacramento Western Swing band Tokpela. Since then he has shared the stage with Tiny Moore, Bill Kirchen, Albert Lee, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Pete Grant, Gene Parsons, Billy Joe Shaver, and others. Woods has released six, original albums: Hillbilly Cadillac (vinyl), The Night We Stole the Last Steam Engine, Don’t Forget the Trains, Almost Live, Railroad Money, and most recently in 2011, “THIS TOWN”, now available on iTunes and CD Baby. He is currently writing and recording his seventh album, Playin’ the Blues.

Tickets to New Year’s Eve are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door, and $35.00 for a reserved table.  All ticket prices include one complimentary glass of champagne.  Tickets are available online, in person, or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office, or in person at Briar Patch.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the music begins at 9:00 p.m.  The Miners Foundry will be rockin’ with Buck Love and The Humperheads and the Bob Woods Trio on New Year’s Eve this year – Join us for a dancing good time!

For more information, visit or call the Miners Foundry at 530 265 5040.

Thank you to our Media Sponsors~

Winter Bizarre ~ Sunday, December 18, 2011 ~ 11:00am – 8:00pm ~ $5.00

The Miners Foundry is proud to bring the Nevada City Winter Bizarre back to the Miners Foundry on December 18th, 2011.   Occurring each summer and winter, this bi-annual event, is the fourth Nevada City Bizarre to take place in Nevada City and features over 50 unique artists, crafters, collectors and makers of things!  A variety of vendors will have jewelry, handmade and up-cycled clothing and goods, bath and body supplies, toys, art, and ceramics for sale.  Set to coincide with the last day of Victorian Christmas, the Nevada City Winter Bizarre is a welcome addition to Holiday Season shopping.


At each Nevada City Bizarre you can purchase food and drink and enjoy an assortment of musicians while browsing the vendor booths.  This year, the line up of local and emerging musicians will showcase their talents in the Upper Gallery from 1:00 p.m. until midnight.  Organized by Tin House productions, the music roster features a wide spectrum of musical talent including Coal Beautiere, Red Cloud, The Trap, Rat Stomp, Lasher Keen, Paula Frazer (SF),  Black Woofer (OR), Beesharq, Leona Sapphire, Sophie and Her Skeleton Key (OR), Chris Cotton, Where is BKP?, Leaves, Heather Normandale and others.


A supervised children’s crafting room will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Workshops for children, Miniature New Years Wreath Workshop 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tile Painting Portraits from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. are free to children 12 and under.   Children 6 and under should be accompanied by an adult.


Drop by the Miners Foundry on Sunday, December 18, 2011, during Victorian Christmas, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and join us for a fun-filled day of live music, children’s activities and holiday cheer in the spirit of shopping local and supporting your community of emerging artists.  For more information, visit or call the Miners Foundry at 530 265 5040.


2:00 Chris Cotton
1:00 Where is BKP?
1:40 Heather Normandale
2:20 Leona Sapphire
3:15 Beesharq
4:10 Paula Frazer (SF)
5:00 Sophie and her Skeleton Keys OR)
5:40 Coal Beautiere
6:40 Black Woofer (OR)
7:20 Lasher Keen
8:20 Rat Stomp
9:00 Leaves
9:45 The Trap
10:45 Red Cloud


Hospitality House “A Night of Giving” ~ Saturday, December 17, 2011 ~ 4:00pm to 10:00pm ~ $20.00 suggested donation (no one will be turned away)

Anderson Family Bluegrass

Featuring more than forty local Nevada County musicians and poets, all donating their time for this most worthy cause!

The music will start at 4:00 p.m. in the Stone Hall, and at 5:00 p.m. in the Osborn & Woods Hall, and go until around 10:00 p.m. Be sure to come early if you want to get a seat up close.

There will be food, drink and dessert in the Stone Hall starting at 6:00 p.m. with fine food being donated by local restaurants such as Diego’s, Ike’s Quarter Cafe’, Matteo’s Public and Tofanellis.

Tickets are available in advance at Briar Patch or at Hospitality House, 230 South Church Street, Grass Valley.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Call (530) 271-7144 for more information.


Town Hall Meeting ~ The Fate of the South Yuba River & Malakoff Diggins State Parks ~ Monday, December 12, 2011 ~ 6:30 – 9:00pm

Bridgeport Bridge - Closed

The State of California has announced the permanent closure of more than 70 state parks, including the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins State Parks by July 1, 2012.

Come to a Special Town Hall Meeting and learn from state and community leaders what this means to you – how these announced closures affect recreating, river access, security, tourism, and local business – and what can be done about it.

Live broadcast on KVMR 89.5 FM begins at 7:00pm.

Visit for more information on how you can help. 

Children’s Christmas Shopping ~ Sunday, December 11, 2011 ~ 1:00pm to 5:00pm

A Nevada County Victorian Christmas Tradition!  Take a break from browsing the Nevada City Streets during Victorian Christmas and enjoy warm beverages, snacks, and live music while your children do special holiday shopping of their own.

Wild Mushroom Exposition ~ Sunday, December 11, 2011 ~ 11:00am to 5:00pm ~ $10 general admission, $8 for YWI members, $5 for Students, Under 13 Free

The 1st Annual Nevada City Wild Mushroom Exposition, a new addition to our popular Fungus Foray!

Yuba Watershed Institute is bringing the Foray to downtown Nevada City! The Sunday Exploration is packed with presentations, displays, and identification workshops based on our seasonal Sierran mushroom. Wild-crafted food concessions and mushroom merchandise available for sale. This event is concurrent with the Victorian Christmas Street Fair.

For registration and more information about YWI’s events and programs, contact

The Christmas Jug Band ~ Presented by KVMR Live at the Miners Foundry ~ Thursday, December 8, 2011 ~ 7:00pm Doors Open / 8:00pm Show ~ $18.00 KVMR Members / $20.00 in Advance / $22.00 at the Door

The Christmas Jug Band

A small group of pals with a penchant for Kentucky bourbon formed what would become The Christmas Jug Band in Mill Valley, CA in the mid 1970’s.  A momentary lapse of sanity has became an annual holiday tradition spanning over 30 years.  The original jug-jam sessions were about creating new tunes, new lyrics, or just new grooves with an acoustic, backwoods, jug sound. A harmonica, old arch top f-hole type guitars, a jaw harp, a washboard, a washtub bass and even coat-hangers banged on the edge of the old wooden kitchen table help create the group’s unique sound.  Cover songs are generally forbidden, and to maintain the funky, down-in-the-holler home-made instrument kind of sound, pianos, professional-sounding dread-naught sized guitars and any other instruments deemed “too-good-sounding” are discouraged.

Tickets are $18.00 for KVMR members, $20.00 in advance, and $22.00 at the door and are available online, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch and Cherry Records.

Reader’s Theatre ~ Sunday, December 4, 2011 ~ 3:30pm Doors Open / 4:00pm Show ~ $10.00

Tim O'Connor

The Miners Foundry is proud to present Reader’s Theatre, Directed by Tim O’Connor, on December 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.   Four stories by William Faulkner, Garrison Keillor, Graham Green and Steve Martin will be read by four local performers.  This production of Reader’s Theatre will feature David Iorns, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Bruce Kelly, & Rene Sprattling.   All proceeds of this event directly benefit the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show begins at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and available at Briarpatch, the Nevada City Box Office or at the door.  The afternoon will feature intimate cabaret table seating and a no-host bar.