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Yonder Mountain String Band



The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present Yonder Mountain String Band on Thursday, January 26, 2023.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the Show begins at 8:00 p.m.  The Miners Foundry offers a no host full bar and snacks available for purchase.

With their latest album, “Get Yourself Outside”, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band once again echoes out into the universe its place as not only a pioneering jam-grass act, but also one of the most innovative groups in the life music scene – something the groundbreaking ensemble has proudly held high for the better part of a quarter century.

Get Tickets! | $35 – $38

  • $35 in Advance / $38 at the Door. Advance price closes at 4:00 p.m. the day of the show.
  • Standing / Dancing Show, Limited Seating Available

Miners Foundry Box Office

Tickets available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office:
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tuesday – Friday | 9:00am – 4:00pm
(530) 265-5040

Yonder Mountain String Band

Recorded during the shutdown at Cinder Sound Studio (Gunbarrel, Colorado) and co-produced by Yonder Mountain and John McVey, “Get Yourself Outside” (Frog Pad Records) is a musical odyssey of string instruments and sonic textures.

“The whole thing has always been about the energy and the connection between all of us onstage and everyone out in the audience,” says guitarist Adam Aijala.  “And with this iteration of Yonder Mountain, we’re really tapping into that onstage connection once again.”

Aside from the obvious nature of the new album, it’s a complete restart for the live music industry.  Internally, it’s also a fresh start for the group in welcoming its newest member, mandolinist Nick Piccininni.  “Nick is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist.  He’s brought a whole new vibe and dynamic to the band,” Aijala says.  “But, at the same time, he’s such a natural fit.”

There’s the usual foot-stomping melodies and sorrowful ballads that reside at the core of the Yonder Mountain signature tone.  But, there’s also a deep, honest sense of renewal and rejuvenation running through the heart of the record.  And, by being back on the road, Yonder Mountain has been taking note of its long, bountiful journey from its foundation in 1998 to the here and now – with its 25th anniversary just around the corner.

Looking back on those early days, the members of Yonder Mountain can’t help but shake their heads in awe – of where it all originated, and what the live music landscape looked like at that time.

“When we started, we were the only example of what we were trying to do,” Kaufmann notes.  “You can see a bluegrass band at a rock festival now.  But, there was a time where something like that was incomprehensible.”

And it’s the fearlessness of youth 0f of being present within the serendipitous whirlwind of artistic collaboration and musical discovery – that remains a thick thread of inspiration and ambition within Yonder Mountain.  “I’ve never doubted for a second that this band wouldn’t work,” Kaufmann says.  “That’s a wonderful experience to have known that early on – to not have fear or doubt in the creative experience.  And when you think of it, how unlikely of a journey has this been?”


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Steep Ravine





The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Steep Ravine with special guests The Rattlin’ Bones on Friday, April 21, 2017.  Steep Ravine’s soulful songs and fiery instrumentals take roots music in compelling new stylistic directions.  Fusing elements of folk, bluegrass, jazz, rock and pop, the band continues to enthrall audiences with their uniquely Californian sound.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $18 in Advance and $22 at the Door.  All tickets are General Admission seating.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.


Following their humble beginnings playing at a Hawaiian barbecue spot in Santa Cruz and busking in the BART Metro Stations of San Francisco, Steep Ravine quickly gained a following in the Bay Area and throughout the west.  After the release of their debut record Trampin’ On, the band wnet on several national tours, including notable performances at High Sierra Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Outside Lands, and Strawberry Music Festival.  In 2015, Steep Ravine released their second record, The Pedestrian.  With this project, they drove deeper into their collective musical influences.  The album meanders through folk, jazz, bluegrass, funk, and popular music, and ultimately centralizes around song-craft adn collaborative composition.


The Rattlin’ Bones is the musical collaboration of Eva Riihiluoma, Sage Arias, and Philip Wright. With influences from Medieval Europe to the back cabins of Appalachia, the show is an auditory tour that weaves bardic storytelling with the folk traditions. Eva’s vocals, described as sultry and powerful, combined with a multi instrumental array create the trio’s compelling sound.

Listeners often mention the feeling of being transported to another time and place. Alongside original music and compositions, the trio collects and performs the heirlooms of vintage music from Ireland, old Europe, and old time Americana. The songs range from the haunted ghosts of the old world and ballad style tales to songs of redemption and soulful revelation.

New Music Monday – Grateful Bluegrass Boys


New Music Monday is all about sharing the good tunes of new bands that we love and/or coming to the Foundry soon! We are loving the Grateful Bluegrass Boys, who are co-headlining with Achilles Wheel on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Foundry.

Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a string band that plays traditional Bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more.

These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show.

The band is made up of an all-star cast of veteran bluegrass players including Aaron Redner (Hot Butter Rum), David Thom (David Grisman), Isaac Cantor (Dusty Green Bones Band), Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Achilles Wheel), and a rotating cast of bass players that include Bryan Horne (Hot Buttered Rum), Aspen Stevenson (Poor Man’s Whiskey), Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys), and Russel Simon (Rusty Stringfield).

The Grateful Bluegrass Band came to life when David joined forces with fellow Sonoma resident Redner, and they decided to combine their two musical passions: bluegrass and The Grateful Dead.

Makana ~ Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Makana ~ Thoroughly Modern Mele

Makana Photo 3The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Makana, returning to the Foundry on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world.  Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s music defies description.  His solo performance is an exhilarating ride through the breadth of slack key, folk, rock, bluegrass, ethnic, and jazz, and his distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawai’i.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 in Advance and $25.00 at the Door.  Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.




“Slack key guitar music, indigenous to Hawai’i, has been around longer than the blues, and Makana is considered the greatest living player.”  ~ Esquire Magazine

Makana Photo 2Makana’s music transcends category and trend by integrating elements of folk, rock, ethnic, classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional, ambient, electronic, and Hawaiian slack key in gentle to commanding arrangements.  The result is innovation and the charting of new sonic frontiers with deep ties to tradition.

Makana creates ground-breaking original music and reanimates classics.  Playing both rhythm and melody simultaneously while using intricate right-hand techniques in a myriad of open tunings, slack key players (they are but a handful alive today) are versatile and evocative.





Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy

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Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble Announces Nevada City Album Release Party w/ Absynth Quintet 4/11

Whitewater Ramble & Absynth Quintet – Thurs, April 11

Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA
ALL AGES, Doors: 7:30 PM, w/ Absynth Quintet: 8:30 PM, w/ WWR: 10:00 PM
Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 DOS, Available online at www.minersfoundry.org or at The BriarPatch Co-op

Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) bring their “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass” to the Miners Foundry, Thursday, April 11th.  This is a special album release party is in support of the national release of their second studio album Roots & Groove. The band has welcomed back Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth as producer for the second time. Carbone worked with the band on their genre-bending debut release All Night Drive in 2010. Joining them are special guests Absynth Quintet for Humbolt County.

Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft it’s sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.  The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations.

WWR has had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with Railroad Earth, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, Papa Mali, The New Mastersounds, The Gourds, The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Lotus, Splitlip Rayfiled, The Motet, Tea Leaf Green, Henry Butler, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and many more.

The Miners Foundry had the opportunity to ask WWR’s Patrick Sites (mandolin, vocals) a few questions before the group rolls into town on Thursday.

When did you realize bluegrass was the genre of music for you? 
Not sure we’ve ever realized that…. We love bluegrass, but it’s only a portion of what we use in our sound.  We pull a lot from rock, jazz, jam and improve, even some reggae.

What is it about bluegrass you live so much?
Bluegrass at its core is pure and simple, which lends itself to cross-pollination of other forms and genres and blurring the lines of form.

How did you all meet?
Probably not enough time or ways to describe how this group has come together, but jams, parties, open mics, friends of friends,  What is special about this group?   One minute, we are playing and singing a traditional bluegrass number, the next minute, the bassist is standing on top of his bass playing a synthesizer while the drummers drops dance beats…… all in the same song

What is it like to look out from stage and see entire room dancing to your songs?
It’s the personal goal of everyone in our group, we love artistry, but we love when artistry meets dance party.   In other words, it’s extremely satisfying and rewarding, it’s the goal of our live performances each and every night.

What are some of your musical influences?
Diverse, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Sound Tribe, String Cheese, Railroad Earth, Gillian Welch…..

How do they reflect in your music?
Some influences are reflecting in writing and lyric only, others in our own playing of each instrument, other reflections in our arrangements.

Your dream musical collaboration?
Any remaining members of the Grateful Dead

What’s it like being a band on the festival circuit?
Fun, fun and more fun.  Still work, long hours of travel, but certainly the best part of our year is at festivals.

Is it hard to come home?
Yes and no, it’s still travel and time away from our personal lives but it’s great to walk a proper balance as well.

For someone who has never seen or heard you what should they expect when they come to the show? 
Diversity in styles and sound, drinking more than they expected and dancing more than they expected.

What is the secret component of a great string band?
Having drums.


Whitewater Ramble with Absynth Quintet ~ Thursday, April 11, 2013 ~ 7:30 p.m. Doors / 8:30 p.m. Music ~ $12.00 Advance / $15.00 at the Door

The Making of “Roots & Groove” – The New Album From Whitewater Ramble from Whitewater Ramble on Vimeo.

Miners Foundry is pleased to present Whitewater Ramble with Absynth Quintet on Thursday, April 11, 2013.     Described as High Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, Whitewater Ramble starts with bluegrass instrumentation, adds drums, and finishes with a boundless approach to grassing up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.  Whitewater Ramble is now on tour behind their second studio release Roots & Groove.    The album showcases WWR’s growth as songwriters and musicians.  Produced by Tin Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), and Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel and Bill McKay on piano.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 in Advance $15.00 at the Door, and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

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Based in Fort Collins, CO, Whitewater Ramble has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain Region.  With over 900 performances under their belt, the group has truly established themselves as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today.  The quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums, and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres, and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovate cover song interpretations.  Whether playing an intimate encores, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, Whitewater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.

Whitewater Ramble

The Absynth Quintet ~ Sweetwater Shakedown 2011

Absynth Quintet purvey a truly unique brand of high energy acoustic music.  The band’s sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, CA, melds a reverent treatment of time honored American music with a reckless, virtuosic and often zany approach to innovation.  AQ tap into their diverse musical roots and tease out something fresh, original, and relevant to today’s music scene, while always keeping the foot-stomping influence of blue grass roots present.

Absynth Quintet

Make it a Rockin’ Father’s Day Weekend

It’s a rockin’ Father’s Day weekend at the Miners Foundry, beginning Thursday, June 14th with a special one night only screening of “The Other F Word”, a consistently hilarious, raucous, eye-opening, and unexpectedly wise documentary on what happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers– become society’s ultimate authorities — dads.

Written and directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Future of Food), “The Other F Word” also features skater Tony Hawk, Art Alexakis (Everclear), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Tony Adolsecent (the  Adolescents), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), and many others.

“The Other F Word” strips away the seemingly odd juxtaposition of rebellion versus parenthood and shows at the end of the day, it is no longer about the struggle of you against the world; it is about your children and the sacrifices you make for their happiness.  It is said once you have children, your entire world changes and you as a person change as well.  Watching these men thrash out on stage to then come home and help pick out a dress for their daughter to wear to school proves that maybe you do not have to change completely, instead you adapt.  Lindberg makes a telling observation at the end of the film that maybe music is not the only way to try and change the world, maybe being better parents and raising better kids can help achieve that goal as well.

Doors 6pm, Film 7pm,
Tickets: $7/Students & Seniors, $9/GA
Popcorn and snacks available for purchase, plus no host beer & wine bar

Friday, June 15th, Meet us at the Foundry to groove, shake and dance to original songs by Nevada County’s ultimate party band, Power of 12, plus incredible covers of songs by Prince, Tower of Power, Aretha, Santana, Chaka Kahn, James Brown, Joss Stone, Sly and The Family Stone, and more.

P12 brings you a tight 5-piece horn section, a groovy 5-piece rhythm crew, and 2 women up front, throwing down dance moves, percussion, and full-bodied vocals.  Forget about chairs: this isn’t sit-down music. P12 delivers a full dose for all-night dancing! P12 kicks a grooving song mix, with dynamic, soulful versions of great original and popular music, a high-octane blend of Funk, R&B, and World Music.

Doors 6pm
Tickets: $20, Buy them here.

Make it a Weekend!  In addition to all of the fun to be had at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City will also host the 2nd Annual Soapbox Derby on Saturday, June 16th, and the 52nd Annual Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race on Sunday, June 17th.  AND our sister city Grass Valley will host the 37th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

On Saturday, during the Nevada City Soap Box Derby, 42 teams of three or more people, racing everything from sleek aerodynamic speed cars to amazing works of art on wheels, will take to the 1/2 mile course down Nimrod Street near Pioneer Park in Nevada City.  This family fun event not only brings together local businesses and the community but also raises monies for new projects and amenities in the park for everyone to enjoy.  10am-4pm.  More info at www.ncderby.com.

The 52nd Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, Jun. 17, in historic downtown Nevada City.  The Nevada City Classic is one of the premiere sporting events in the Sierra foothills, the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation.

Historic Nevada City is draped with flags and bunting and provides a colorful backdrop as cyclists whiz through the downtown area, spokes flashing and crowds cheering. Several thousand spectators attend the traditional Father’s Day event.

Senior and professional riders representing top U.S. cycling teams are expected to race in the men’s 90-minute main event. Women’s, Junior’s and Master’s races also are planned. Action begins at 1 p.m. and is usually complete by about 6:30 p.m.  More info at www.nevadacityclassic.com




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