New Music Monday – Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion

New Music Monday is all about sharing the good tunes of new bands and artists that we love and/or coming to the Foundry soon! This week’s new band to check out is Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) featuring Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin Rain), and Noel Von Harmonson (Comets on Fire, Six Organs of Admittance), Charlie Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound), and Meg Baird (Espers).  Nevada County music fans have seen Miller, Harmonson and Baird perform at various local shows and local folk songstress Mariee Sioux toured with Espers.  Most recently Miller and Howlin Rain played the Miners Foundry in 2012, and we hope this incredible all-star lineup finds their way back to the Gold Country!  Their first album is out this week on March 4th.

“Pastoral pummel. Listening to Heron Oblivion’s album feels like sitting in a lovely meadow in the shadow of a dam that’s gonna heave-ho’ any minute. Members of this new San Francisco combo have put in time in both raging and relatively tranquil psychedelic sound units—this is the premise and the synergy behind this very unique and special new album.

Three shades of light run through Heron Oblivion: Baird’s rich, beautiful vocal approach, the locked-horns bass and drums of her and Miller’s streamlined-but-motorik rhythm section, and a twin guitar tapestry that both aligns with the dreaminess of the songs and crackles out of containment to froth over the rim. It’s a seamless but pronounced thing: “Oriar” sports dramatic spires of solos that fly high out of the gate, slowly settling in to lilting verses then exploding again, “Rama” drifts like an Opal/Fairport wedding with more tumbling, syrupy electric lines all around.

Meg’s gorgeous singing resides within an untouchable domain and never struggles, nor has to combat the avalanche of guitars that ebb and flow. The only other record this could be remotely compared to maybe is the Slap Happy Humphrey record on Japan’s Alchemy label years ago, where female vocal melodies combat sick walls of noise guitar. But in this case a definite West Coast style reigns—where elements meld rather than stand as opposing black-and-white walls: Even the heights of guitar destruction on Heron’s “Faro” build steadily and organically from the beginning to end.

The group first properly gigged in April of 2014 opening for War On Drugs. They finished the record independently, then inked a deal with Sub Pop in early 2015. Most recently they toured the West Coast with Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs.”

-Brian Turner/Music Director WFMU Jersey City NJ

Click here to listen to the entire album on NPR’s First Listen.

New Music Monday – Stars Turn Me On

New Music Monday is all about sharing the good tunes of new bands that we love and/or coming to the Foundry soon! First up is Stars Turn Me On, who will open for Zepparella this Friday, February 12 at the Foundry.

Stars Turn Me On is an indie rock band formed by Clementine, drummer of Zeppelin powerhouse Zepparella, and guitarist Justin Caucutt.  Stars performs as both a full rock band, and as an acoustic duo. The songs are lyrically rich and musically draw on classic influences from rock, country and blues genres, as well as modern electronica and R&B. Clementine fronts the band as singer, and often plays the drum parts on the recordings, or creates the beats electronically.

On stage, she has been compared to Alison Mosshart of the Kills and Jim Morrison, an early love. Performing an acoustic duo, the storytelling of the songs pops out and carries the audience away. Performing with a full band, Clementine’s frontperson persona is completely arresting. Bassist and lap steel player Judah Collins has become an integral part of the project.

Pat Travers Band ~ Friday, May 29, 2015

Pat Travers Band ~ “Red House”


The Miners Foundry isPat Travers poster pleased to present Pat Travers and the Pat Travers Band on Friday, May 29, 2015.

The Pat Travers Band is one seriously tight rocking unit, always delivering tangible energy and infectious enjoyment.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 Dancing Room Only, $25 Seated, and $55 VIP Meet & Greet.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.




Pat TraversSince the critically acclaimed 1976 debut album featuring his own brand of high quality seventies guitar rock and roll, Pat Travers has gone on to deliver melodic eighties rock, a blues period throughout most of the nineties, noted performances with various power trios during the Millennium and a full blooded return to the trademark Pat Travers Band sound as he enters his fifth decade of performing and recording.


From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, to the streets of the WORLD, catch this band whenever and wherever you can.



 Kat Alves

Kat Alves

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 Nevada County music community.

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

Chris Robinson Brotherhood ~ Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chris Robinson Brotherhood ~ “Shore Power”

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Miners Foundry.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $28.50 in Advance and $31.50 at the Door.  Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticket fees may apply.  Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with CRB!



Chris Robinson Brotherhood 2The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is touring in support of its latest release, Phosphorescent Harvest.  Praised by Rolling Stone as “at once quirky, trippy, soulful and downright magnetic,” it’s the band’s third long-playing album for Silver Arrow Records.

Robinson declares, “We’ve created a piece of rock ‘n’ roll here.  People can look to us and rest assured the genre is alive and well.


Chris Robinson Brotherhood 1While Chris Robinson had been the primary instigator behind the 14 compositions that populated the band’s first two releases, this latest effort documents his burgeoning songwriting partnership with Neal Casal.

It also finds The CRB refining it’s approach within the studio.  The band spent the better part of 2013 crafting a tried and true studio album, utilizing the studio to harness their full sonic vision.  Their expansive sense of space and texture has never been so fully realized until now.



folkyeah(((folkYEAH!))) Presents is a Northern California based boutique music and events curator and presenter.

(((folkYEAH!))) shows are highly regarded and carefully planned affairs with an emphasis on presenting each event as a one of a kind experience for both the artist and the attendees.




Osborn/Woods Hall

Osborn/Woods Hall

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.

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

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

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. 

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

Tribe of the Red Horse ~ Saturday, July 20, 2013 ~ 7:30 p.m. Doors / 8:00 p.m. Show ~ $16.00 Advance / $20.00 At the Door

Tribe of the Red Horse

Sacramento-based Tribe of the Red Horse celebrates the music of Neil Young and Crazy Horse by staying true to the music.  Their goal is to deliver guitar tone, raw energy, and a wall of sound full of electricity and passion.  The evening will feature a no host bar.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $16.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, and are available online, by phone (530) 265-5040,  in person at the Miners Foundry, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.


The Tribe of the Red Horse is Northern California’s Premier Neil Young Tribute Band.  The band is comprised of guitarist / vocalist Wayne “Tex” Whitzell, guitarist Frank Kenney, bass player Charles Williams, and drummer Ernie Belles.  Tex Whitzell has spent the last decade playing Texas blues and N’awlins funk with bands such as San Francisco’s Bodacious and Sacramento’s Cold Sweat.  An in demand acoustic player, Frank Kenney has a reputation for solid skills and a driving rhythm style.  Charles Williams is a full-fledged funk-punk cowboy who has the chops and the wardrobe to play almost any kind of music.  Ernie Belles keeps the rhythm seated and the groove groovin’, but his high vocal harmonies are what bring sweet texture to the Tribe of the Red Horse sound.

Tribe of the Red Horse


Summer Daze Concert Series with Honeysweet ~ Thursday, July 18, 2013 ~ 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Show ~ $10 At the Door

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and As the Crow Flies present Summer Daze Concert Series every Thursday starting July 18th through August.  Thursday, July 18th features live music from Honeysweet, Whiskerman, The Lampshade Tango plus acoustic opener Jeffrey Dupra and Art Show by A.S.H.  All-Ages.  Doors 6pm, Show 7-11pm, Tickets available at the door only $10.






Honeysweet is a Soul, R&B, Funk, Groove, and Jazz quintet that resides in Nevada City and Grass Valley, in the Sierra foothills of California. Upon their formation, they already had a large local following and they continue to collect dedicated fans while rocking parties and venues around Northern California.




The Whiskerman (Oakland) The youngest of three brothers and the son of two musicians, Graham Patzner didn’t have much choice. Starting on piano at age five and then moving on to violin, trumpet and guitar, the Whiskerman singer and front-man has cultivated a unique sound that is hard to pinpoint. His voice ranges from smoky to soaring, while his songs span a wide array of moods and genres, yet always remain soulful. Behind him is a tight band that includes brother Lewis Patzner (Judgement Day, Devotionals) on cello, Will Lawrence on bass, Nick Cobbett on drums, and Charles Lloyd (Cash Pony) on guitar and sitar. Collectively they form Whiskerman, and they are quickly becoming a force in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Lampshade Tango (Auburn): Andy Z and Cap’n Mike came from the frozen lakes and snow-covered roads of Michigan and settled in gold country to forge their prosperity. They joined forces with the Kitchen, a native to these hills, on a special Halloween night at an Argentinian Tango Ball. The rest is illustrious, speculative history.

There’s an entire world of music out there to love and explore. Each of us brings something a little different to the mix. We love playing in many different styles and enjoy meeting and sharing sounds and ideas with musicians and music lovers everywhere.


Grant-Lee Phillips ~ Friday, March 29, 2013 ~ 7:00 p.m. Doors / 8:00 p.m. Show ~ $18.00 Advance / $22.00 Door

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present an Evening with Grant-Lee Phillips, an versatile multi-instrumentalist and emotionally-rich songwriter of intense lyrical narratives.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $18.00 in Advance and $22.00 at the door.  Tickets are available online, in person, or by phone at the  Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

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Walking in the Green Corn is the newest album by Grant-Lee Phillips.  The ten songs are drawn from Phillips’ intensive investigations into his native lineage.  Phillips, who is Muskogee (Creek), elliptically explores the intersection of past and present, personal and political.  While the songs delve deeply into the subconscious mystery of his own back story, they simultaneously reveal the resonance and insight of ancient myth in parallel to contemporary man’s emotions, actions, and errors.

Grant-Lee Phillips


Chameleon, Santana Experience ~ Saturday, August 4, 2012 ~ 7:30 p.m. Doors / 8:30 p.m. Show ~ $10.00 Advance / $15.00 Door / $8.00 Uncorked Attendees (with Uncorked ticket)



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The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present CHAMELEON, a Santana tribute band that plays a sizzling mix of the best music of Carlos Santana.  With their driving rhythm section, dazzling percussion, and fiery guitar work, they capture the true feel and spirit of the classic songs.  It’s a musical experience guaranteed to get you up and dancing, and keep you dancing all night long!  Food will be available for purchase, along with a full, no-host bar.  Doors open at 7:30pm. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door, and $8.00 for Nevada City Uncorked Attendees (at the door with Uncorked ticket).  Tickets are available at the Nevada City Box Office at the Miners Foundry and at Briar Patch.

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

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.

Interview with Ethan Miller from Howlin Rain

Howlin Rain plus The Soft Bombs are performing at the Miners Foundry Friday, May 25.  If you love the 70’s classic rock, Americana sound, we highly recommend checking out these two bands.  We caught up with Howlin Rain’s front man Ethan Miller this week by phone from his home in Oakland, CA, to hear what has been going on with the band since they played the Foundry last summer.

MF:  What’s new?
Ethan:  Just chilling out, playing some music around the house, and planning some festival runs for the summer.

Didn’t you guys just get back from a US tour?
Yea, it was pretty intense, the whole US, but it was good to get back out there; to go out and grind like that.

How was SXSW?
SXSW, it’s creepy crazy, we played six shows in the first 32 hours we were there.

Your 5th and latest album “The Russian Wilds” (produced by Rich Rubin and released on Rubin’s American Recordings an imprint of Columbia Records) was four years in the making.  How did you stay focused and dedicated to the process?
Obsession I guess.  I’ve never not finished a record, or seen something like that through.

What did you learn about this album?
It has been three-four years since my last album, and I’ve learn 10 times more about songwriting in these last years than I have in my whole 10 plus years of playing music. Some of the lessons were cynical things you don’t want to deal with when you are making art, like when a lot of people get involved and how things can go wrong, but the lessons I’ve learned I’ll take with me the rest of life.

What’s up with Rick Rubin?  What’s he like in real life?
He’s a fascinating character.  He has a huge mystical presence like many people who have reputations that precede them.

How did your songwriting evolve or change on this album?
It was a new way of working for me. I’ve been working so fast, starting with Comets, that I’d write just 8-9 songs, 4-5 songs started with some guitar riffs, and the songs would go on the album.  This time we wrote 150 songs.  There are cds and harddrives of this stuff, because Rick wanted a lot of music.  And then when you have that much to work with, you get into a situation where you have to learn how to not second guess what you perceive to be valuable, it is a whole other process.

What else did you work on?
In that three-four years since the last album came out I’ve worked hard on my singing.  I had to find ways to save my voice.  I come from the Comets (Comets on Fire, one of Ethan’s first bands) hard knocks of vocals where I was screaming my vocals out.  Drinking beers and screaming your head off at 21, you can do that, but as you get older, there is more of a chance for long-term damage.  I found I could sing and sound like me; I can do wild screams without tearing open my voice box.   I began doing exercises and my voice has strengthened and we were able to investigate deeper into harmonics structures.  Now with Joel, Isaiah and I, there are three part harmonies.

Producer/Musician Tim Green (also a new resident to Nevada County) helped finish the album when Rick went MIA.  What did Tim bring to the record?
Tim made us sing.   So there are some pretty much pitch perfect harmonies. Tim has perfect pitch.  On the other records we didn’t have time, so the vocals sound rougher.  On the new one they are pretty much flawless, we went over and over them.  I’m not doing that again, it was brutal (laughing).  Tim really wanted to hear them shinning like single beams of light.  Tim engineered and took over the production and the actual recording of the album.  Rick did the pre production stuff.  It was great working with Tim, after all these years of knowing and working with one another; a lot of things don’t need to be said.  Tim’s very detailed orientated, which made a nice foil comparing their roles on this album.  Rick can be very abstract and aloof, and at the same time his ideas can be brilliant and of course his ears are genius.  Tim helped the project gain momentum, when he came on there was a nice burst of energy, and we thought, okay cool, we are on the right track, the train is roaring.

Do you feel like you are different person now after making this album?
I believe our life is made up of changes, there is the beginning and the end and everything else in the middle is what makes us.

After we hung up with Ethan, we quickly Facebooked producer and musician Tim Green for him to weigh in on the making of Howlin Rain’s “The Russian Wilds”.

MF: You’ve worked with a lot of musicians and bands, how is Ethan and Howlin’ Rain different or unique?
Tim Green:  Besides being an incredible singer and musician, Ethan has the patience, determination and trust in me to sing one line of a song for an hour- or however long it takes til we get something amazing. The same can be said of all the guys in the band. They’re all superstars in their own right. I’ve worked on records with all of them in different bands over the years and they’re really the best of the best.

Ethan said that you went above and beyond, by waiting to move so the band could finish the album in your studio in SF. Why did you feel that was important?
Well, the reason I waited to move was because I didn’t want to leave them hanging for a month or two while I moved and got set up- although the mixing ran so long that I only ended up having 12 days to move and get everything set up before the first band showed up! I wouldn’t have been able to build the studio without them. The album paid for most of it.

What are you most proud about on this album?
We really took the time to get excellent takes. We were fairly perfectionist- especially with the vocals. With the previous records we just didn’t have the budget to afford that kind of luxury. I think we ended up with some really amazing performances.

How is “The Russian Wilds” different from previous Howlin’ Rain albums?
I think there’s more variety, stylistically, from song to song. We tracked the basic tracks in 3 different studios with a specific sound for each song in mind. Even though the songs jump from one style to another, nothing sounds forced and it all sounds like the same band. Also the songs are more fully realized- I would guess partly due to Rick Rubin’s relentless tweaking of the songs before we started tracking.

Buy your tickets now for Howlin Rain, Friday, May 25. 


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