Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble ~ Friday, November 30, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m. Doors / 8:00 p.m. Show ~ $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

Miners Foundry and Paul Emery Present: 

Wintersongs with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Friday, November 30, 2012. 

Wintersongs is Kitka’s critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power or community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season. Eastern Europe’s geographic position as a crossroads between Europe and the Orient has produced an astonishingly rich and varied array of seasonal musical rituals. Kitka’s 2012 Wintersongs program will feature songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns); to rhythmic Balkan Romany (“Gypsy”) tunes for the winter festivals of Vasilica and Kurban Bajram. Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime.

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Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20.00 in Advance and $25.00 at the door, and are available online, by phone or in person at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.



Power of 12 ~ 20th Anniversary Party ~ Sunday, November 4, 2012 ~ 5:30 p.m. Doors / 7:00 p.m. Music ~ $18.00 Advance / $22.00 Door

Power of 12

Power of 12, Nevada County’s home grown R&B band, will be presenting a 20th anniversary concert in conjunction with The Miners Foundry on Sunday, November 4th, from 7 to 10 pm. The doors will open at 5:30, and dinner will be available from Anya’s Catering.  Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $22.00 at the door.  Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The Foundry was the site of the band’s first concert in October of 1992, when 16 local musicians came together to play for the benefit of Kent Smith, candidate for the State Senate, and the Green Party. Known as The Tribe at first, the band continued  to lay down some of the hottest R&B and rock dance grooves around for the last two decades. The band eventually pared down to an even dozen musicians, and recorded a CD in 1998 under the name of Real George at Flying Whale Studios. Over the years the personnel of the band has changed, but a core of 6 original members remains. The group updated its name to Power of 12 several years ago, and the music just keeps getting better.

As part of the 20th anniversary, the band will be bringing up on the stage numerous former members of the band, such as Bob Scarlett, Jim Thornton, Mike Bankston, and Joni Ivazes to join in on some special songs from the past and present. Pictures, posters, and a video of the band’s first show will be presented as well. Come on down and help us celebrate!

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Nisenan Heritage Day ~ Saturday, October 13, 2012 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, along with the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (C.H.I.R.P.), welcome to the public to celebrate Nisenan Heritage Day on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The day program will be filled with panel discussions, performances, and a symposium, while the evening program includes a rock concert featuring two bands.  The event will be packed with local American Indian talent and artisans, as well as specially invited guests from neighboring Tribal groups.  The day and afternoon programs are free of charge.  The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $10.00 per person.  A no host bar will be available during the evening program.  Tickets are available online, by person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.



 Admission is free for Nisenan Heritage Day.  Admission to the Evening Concert is $10.00 per person.  Please see below for a full schedule of activities.

Waiting to Heal

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ~ The Nevada County Historical Society will host an artifact symposium.  A panel of experts will gather to answer questions regarding laws governing mining, railroads, and Native American artifacts.

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Traditional Native American Dancers (including descendants of Chief Louis Kelly), Basket weaving demonstrations, and an informal salon hosted by Native American Artisans and “Painting is Medicine” artist Debora Iyall.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Presentations (order to be announced)
Judith Lowery – discussions on Native American Contemporary Art
Dr Tanis Thorne & Hank Meals – California Indian Treaties of 1851
Dr. Sherri Tatsch – discussion about the Nisenan language and its many dialects
Marcos Guerrero – indigenous archeology and the cosmos
Nevada City Rancheria – history of the Nisenan, recognition and termination
Richard Hurley & T.J. Meekins – American California and the Fate of the Nisenan
Adela Morris, Institute of Canine Forensics – discussion about how dogs help with Tribal burials

Debora Iyall

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ~ The Debora Iyall Band

7:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ~ Shelly Covert & UnderCover








 The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.  

The Foundry is a non profit organization, proud to support other area non profits such as the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.

Dark Star Orchestra ~ Wednesday, October 10, 2012 ~ 6:30 p.m. Doors / 7:30 p.m. Show ~ $35.00 Limited Reserve / $25.00 Advance General Admission / $30.00 General Admission at the Door

Dark Star Orchestra

Fall Tour 2012

Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
6:30 p.m. Doors / 7:30 p.m. Show
$35.00 Limited Reserve / $25.00 Advance General Admission / $30.00 Door General Admission

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Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for over 13 years and more than 1800 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these 7 fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.

Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It’s about a sense of familiarity. It’s about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It’s about a contagious energy, … in short, it’s about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show.

Dark Star Orchestra has performed throughout the United States and Europe. They continue to grow their fan base by playing at larger venues for two and even three nightstands as well as performing at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, All Good Festival, Gathering of the Vibes,Mountain Jam, Summer Camp, Wakarusa and 10,000 Lakes. In addition, Dark Star Orchestra hosts its own annual gathering, Gratefulfest, where they headline three nights and are joined by a mix of established and up and coming national touring acts.

Fans and critics haven’t been the only people caught up in the spirit of a Dark Star show. The band has featured guest performances from original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Vince Welnick, Tom Constanten and even toured with longtime Dead soundman, Dan Healy. Other notable guests have included Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and many more…

“For us it’s a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years,” rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rob Eaton explains. “We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they’ve been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live.”

“…I can close my eyes and go back 30 years and have it be every bit as rewarding and satisfying. Dark Star is an amazingly legitimate representation of the Dead.”
Dan Healy, Grateful Dead sound engineer 1966 -1994

“Channeling the Dead”
USA Today

 “Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead.”
Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay, Grateful Dead vocalist 1972 – 1979

“The Dark Star Orchestra re-creates Grateful Dead shows with a flashback-inducing meticulousness.”
The New Yorker

“Fanatical attention to detail.”
Rolling Stone

“In fact, Dark Star Orchestra often sounds more like the Dead than the Dead sometimes did…”
Chicago Tribune