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Wake the Dead ~ Friday, May 9, 2014

Wake the Dead

KVMR_wakethedead_smallposter_webCeltic All-Star jam band Wake the Dead brings the Summer of Love back to Nevada City on Friday, May 9, 2014 in a Benefit concert for the KVMR NTC Bridge Street Project.  Wake the Dead is a romp flowing seamlessly from rock grooves to hot Irish reels, and from haunting airs to achingly beautiful melodies familiar to Deadheads everywhere.  Local favorites Kelly  Flemming and Juliette Gobert will open for Wake the Dead.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the music starts at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $22.00 for KVMR and Nevada Theatre Members, and $25.00 for General Admission.  Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040 or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.





Wake the DeadAs an expression of cultural joy, you can’t top an Irish wake.  And what is a wake but a celebration, a toast of appreciation, an expression of love, and a damn good party?  So when eight top Bay Area musicians realized they shared as deep a love for the songs of the Grateful Dead as they did for traditional Celtic tunes, some brand-new music sprang up and started partying.  The music takes off and the band follows with groove jams to keep the tie-dye swirling and the vocal harmonies floating like clouds.


The worlds aren’t colliding, they’re meshing, creating a whole new world of possibility, true to the spirits of the Grateful Dead and the eternally hopeful Celts.

Wake the Dead

KVMR Nevada Theatre Building Project from Richard Mentzer on Vimeo.


KVMR NTC Bridge Street ImageThe KVMR Community Radio and Nevada Theatre Bridge Street Project is where the Theater of the Stage meets the Theater of the Mind.  KVMR Community Radio and the historic Nevada Theatre have joined forces in a truly unique collaboration to build a new 8,000 square foot home for KVMR that also adds 1,600 square feet of new backstage space to the 148 year old theater. No other collaboration of this type exists within the country.

Bridge Street Project




Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy

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, pleased to support the KVMR NTC Bridge Street Project.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Miners Foundry

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