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.

Zepparella ~ POSTPONED

Zepparella Poster

Unfortunately, the show tonight has been postponed due to band members’ illness.  We will announce a new date in the next few days.  We apologize for any inconvenience and wish them a speedy recovery.








Kat Alves Photography

Kat Alves Photography

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.

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Fright Night Costume Contest and Photos

Over 700 people turned out for last night’s Fright Night, proving just how much you and Nevada City love this annual event! The costumes were incredible, the food – Calla Lily Crepes and Cheri Snook‘s Hand Dipped Ice Cream – were delicious, the sound and lights (thanks Greg Cameron & Mark Jacoby) were totally awesome, and the music was fantastic. Zepparella, Achilles Wheel, Mount Whateverest, and Persist To Rise rawked our world! Thank you to the volunteers and everyone who came out to support the Foundry.  And a HUGE thank you to Doug Hope Hooper for setting up this year’s photo booth and capturing so many great memories.  Don’t forget you can contact him at to purchase your own pics.  Now on to the Fright Night Costume Contest!   Click here to start voting and to see all of the costumes! 

Prizes are on an individual basis

All costume photos will be uploaded to Facebook.
Tag yourself in the photo.
The photo with the most Likes wins!
You can ask your friends to vote!
:-)You can vote more than once, but not more than once for a photo.

First Prize:
Two tickets to a Foundry show
One year membership to the Foundry
One free hand dipped ice creams from Cheri’s ice cream
One Miners Foundry t-shirt

Second Prize:
Two tickets to a Foundry show
One year membership to the Foundry
One Miners Foundry t-shirt

Third Prize
Two tickets to a Foundry show
One year membership to the Foundry

Winners will be announced on Day of the Dead, November 2nd!!!

Start voting!

Fright Night – Nevada County’s biggest Halloween bash 34 years and counting!

FRIGHT NIGHT, the Miners Foundry legendary Halloween Party is best known for fantastic decorations, titillating costumes, sweet treats, and lots and lots of rock n’ roll.

This year’s much anticipated FRIGHT NIGHT features four bands on two stages, two full bars, an infamous costume contest that always leaves the entire town talking, a spectacular light show, a photo booth to capture the good times, food to keep you fueled all night, plus the entire Foundry, with its beautiful stone halls and high wood beam ceilings, festively decorated.

Headlining FRIGHT NIGHT is Zepparella, the San Francisco based all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band.  Zepparella brings the passion, the beauty, the aggression, and the musicality of Led Zeppelin alive.  Lead by drummer extraordinaire Clementine, the band is also comprised of singer Noelle Doughty, guitarist Gretchen Menn and bassist Angeline Saris. The musicianship of the group is top-notch and evident with their embrace of Led Zeppelin’s penchant for improvisation. Often performing in angelic white, their live shows are disarming, mesmerizing, and, well, rocking.  The band promises a special surprise for FRIGHT NIGHT this year.

photo credit hojji firemaker

Also performing are local favorites Achilles Wheel featuring Gary Campus, Paul Kamm, and Mark McCartney of the Deadbeats, bassist Shelby Snow and guitarist, singer songwriter Jonny Mojo Flores.  Their blend of psychedellic rock, blues and bluegrass is fresh, lively and will make you want to dance.  Members of Achilles Wheel have headlined The Oregon Country Fair, The Trinity Tribal Stomp, The Marin Summer Music Festival, and performed at other festivals including The High Sierra Music Festival and The Kate Wolfe Festival.  Performing alongside Achilles Wheel are the exotic and mesmerizing Troupe Al Ama belly dancers.   Everyone’s favorite party band Mt Whateverest, will rock the Osborn & Woods Hall with their “astro-noise-space-grunge direct from the foothills to your skull”, their words not ours!  Rounding out this bill is Persist To Rise, an accomplished four-piece metal band that wowed audiences at this year’s Battle of the Bands.


This local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five FRIGHT NIGHT’s at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR.  Those first years are something of legend with elaborate set designs by Kitty and TJ Meekins, out of this world costumes, and a who’s who of local musicians performing.  The first Fright Night was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Thirty-four years later, FRIGHT NIGHT has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, Foothill Theatre Company and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraiser.  Expect an epic dance party, sensational costumes and theatrics, and a night you won’t forget.


Who: Zepparella, Achilles Wheel, Persist to Rise and Mt Whateverest
When: Saturday, October 27, Doors 8pm
Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $20 adv/$25 door, available at BriarPatch Co-op, Nevada City Box Office and online at
For more information call 530 265 5040 or go to


October Volunteer Opportunities at the Foundry

Volunteer at the Foundry and receive a complimentary ticket to the Foundry sponsored event of your choice!
(Must volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours to receive complimentary ticket)

Please contact Kat Kress at (530) 265-5040 to Volunteer.

Volunteers are needed for the following events:

Dark Star Orchestra, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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.   Volunteer half the show, then dance the rest!  If DSO isn’t your type of show, this is a great opportunity to volunteer for 6 hours and earn a complimentary ticket for another Foundry sponsored show.  Many Volunteer positions still available.

Fright Night, Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Miners Foundry’s Annual Fundraising Event, FRIGHT NIGHT, returns this year with headliner Led Zeppelin Tribute Band,  Zepparella, as well as Achilles Wheel, Persist to Rise and Mt. Whateverest.  Many Volunteer positions are available, including the Decorating Committee and the Nevada City Box Office.

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!



Fright Night 2012, Featuring Zepparella ~ Saturday, October 27, 2012 ~ Doors at 8:00 P.M. ~ $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

The Miners Foundry’s Annual Fundraising Event, FRIGHT NIGHT, returns this year with headliner Led Zeppelin Tribute Band,  Zepparella, as well as Achilles Wheel, Persist to Rise and Mt. Whateverest.  Rico’s Tacos will have their taco truck located at the Foundry and a no-host bar will be available.  Come dressed in your costume, and prepare to rock the night away!  Tickets are $20.00 in Advance & $25.00 at the door and available at Briarpatch, Nevada City Box Office and online at  For more information call 530 265 5040 or go to  This is a benefit for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

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