Rea Callender named new CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Rea Callender as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective June 8, 2015. The Board of Directors retained Ralph Andersen and Associates to conduct the extensive search, which produced interest from talented candidates from across the nation.
An [...]

Music in the Mountains: A sensational SummerFest

“ONE FESTIVAL, A WORLD OF MUSIC,” is the motto for Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest, from June 16 to July 5. For its 34th season, MIM brings contemporary and classical together in a two-week long celebration of community, art and music.
It is an inspiring and exciting lineup, ranging from “dazzling and grand to intimate,” as [...]

Bluegrass in Grass Valley

BLUEGRASS ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL ages are going to be jamming under the pines on June 18-21 as the California Bluegrass Association presents the 40th annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
The four-day festival begins Thursday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon (Father’s Day), with a full slate of main-stage [...]

Nevada County Fairgrounds: Home to signature music festivals

THE NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and the Country Christmas Faire. Situated among hundreds of towering pine trees on nearly 100 acres, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds.”
But that’s not all: The fairgrounds is the venue of choice [...]

California WorldFest: July 16-19 in Grass Valley

NESTLED NEAR THE WILD AND scenic South Yuba River and the picturesque towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California WorldFest’s 19-year history at the most beautiful fairgrounds in California is experiencing a rebirth.
The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization with a venue located in downtown Grass Valley, acquired WorldFest from Maple [...]

Fall Strawberry Music Festival is in Tuolumne

“The Fall 2015 Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, on September 3-7 at the historic Westside property in Tuolumne CA,” according to the Strawberry Music Festival organizers. “Steeped in history and natural beauty, Westside is easy to get to but is still somewhat off the beaten path. The property is a geographic bridge to [...]

Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

ROCK IMPRESARIO BILL GRAHAM HELPED SPARK A musical renaissance in the ’60s in Northern California. The Fillmore and Winterland Arena in San Francisco helped incubate musical talent from the Grateful Dead to Jefferson Airplane.
The foothills felt the impact. In the ’80s, the Grateful Dead performed at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “What a pretty venue, framed by [...]

Singer-songwriter Randy Newman performing in Grass Valley on June 26

Music in the Mountains is going to present popular singer-songwriter Randy Newman on Friday, June 26 “under the stars” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, our magazine has learned.
Newman has won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards and two Academy Awards. He has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards. Newman also has his own star [...]

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dengue Fever, Portland Cello Project at WorldFest

The Center for the Arts presents WorldFest on Thursday through Sunday, July 16-19, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Additional performers announced on Friday include:
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Academy Award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. Not one to rest on her accomplishments, [...]

Holiday concert shows Music in the Mountains’ renaissance

We’ve been enjoying the renaissance of Music in the Mountains under artistic advisor Pete Nowlen, resident conductor and chorus director Ryan Murray, executive director Cristine Kelly, the board and its staff.
I must admit I enjoy Pete because he’s a fellow Northwestern University grad (in music, in his case), but the main reason is the musical [...]

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