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Fierce and addictive: The music of Nico Vega

Nico Vega singer Aja Volkman

Playing since the age of 14, Nico Vega founder and guitarist Rich Koehler said he has become addicted to playing live. The band, which includes lead singer Aja Volkman and drummer Dan Epand, has travelled far and wide performing it’s fierce brand of rock. And the bands recent CD dubbed “Nico Vega,” is receiving great reviews.

But don’t typecast them yet. Whatever the band’s brand, it too is addictive.

Lead singer Aja Volkman’s pipes are well-honed. Her singing has been referred to as “sexy” and “enchanting.” Is this while she’s flying through the air, diving into the crowd?

Nico Vega was frequently compared to the White Stripes, since it didn’t have a bass player.
That has changed recently with the newest band member, bassist Jamila Weaver. “I love it,” said Koehler about the addition. “It really brings the band to a new level. The record after this one is probably gonna be more crazy.”

Nico Vega’s music is rooted in the band’s willingness to really explore it’s own uniqueness. “As long as you love it yourself … If you love it, put it out there,” said Koehler. “It’s really what matters … as long as you stand behind (the music). That’s got to happen first before you share it with anybody.”

Koehler lists the Miners Foundry among one of the band’s favorite places to perform, along with venues in San Francisco such as the acclaimed Bottom of the Hill.

“(The show) is gonna be exciting,” said Koehler. “You guys have a really cool community up there, and we hope to stay awhile.”

For more about Nico Vega, visit nicovega.com.

Nico Vega with Mount Whateverest opening will be performing at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
$12 advance/$15 at the door.
Tickets are available online through The Nevada City Box Office, or in person at 325 Spring Street, Nevada City; (530) 265-5462.  Tickets also available at the Briar Patch Co-Op in Grass Valley.