Buddy Guy, Graham Nash and Lyle Lovett to perform in Grass Valley this fall

The Center for the Arts will roll out their Fall Headliners with six performances in Grass Valley during September, October and November. Included are appearances by Dr. John, Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy, Michael Pollan, Graham Nash and an acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.

Center Executive Director Julie Baker says, “This Fall is going to be huge! We are so excited to bring such amazing headlining performers to Grass Valley. Each one has been at the top of our most-requested list by patrons and members.

“We’ve gained a reputation among performing artists as a wonderful place to perform because of our professionalism and commitment to excellence but also because we have the most appreciative and sophisticated audiences around.”

Stars at North Star House, featuring Dr. John and the Nite Trippers with special guest Allen Toussaint, is an annual fundraiser for the Bear Yuba Land Trust presented by The Center for the Arts at the historic Julia Morgan House on Sunday, September 22.

Grass Valley’s 1000-seat Veterans Memorial Auditorium will be the setting for the remaining Headliners concerts beginning with Grammy winning pop-rockers Blues Traveler on Saturday, October 19. The Vet’s Hall’s huge hardwood dance floor will be put to good use when harmonica virtuoso John Popper and the band run through their list of multi-platinum hits including “Run Around,” “But Anyway” and “Hook.”

On Tuesday, October 29 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues legend Buddy Guy will bring his band for a night of pure Chicago blues. In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, six-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors to his long list of achievements.

He’s a chief influence to guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan and a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound. Rolling Stone magazine calls Guy one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” His new studio album “Rhythm & Blues” was released this summer featuring collaborations with Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.

In a collaboration with the Briar Patch Co-op Natural Foods Community Market , The Center presents writer and food activist Michael Pollan on Friday, November 8. Pollan will appear onstage for a conversation and interview followed by audience questions and a book signing . His 2006 bestseller, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” began a journey through the food chain that has changed the way Americans eat.

In two subsequent books, “In Defense of Food” and “Food Rules,” Pollan examined the human end of the food chain. In his newest book, “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” Pollan casts a keen eye on how we transform plants and animals into meals and, ultimately, why cooking matters. Moderating the conversation will be ABC News correspondent John Donvan.

Donvan is a writer, sometime NPR host and fulltime moderator of the Emmy-nominated Intelligence Squared US Debates. A professional live-on-stage interviewer/moderator/MC, and winner of 3 Emmy awards, he is well known for his regular essay-style contributions to Diane Sawyer’s World News.

Singer/songwriter Graham Nash returns to Grass Valley on Saturday, November 9. Nash and collaborator David Crosby played to a standing-room-only crowd at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in 2012. This time he’ll be performing as a trio, accompanied by James Raymond (keyboards) and Shane Fontayne (guitar) – who are also part of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s touring band.

“The chance to play my songs with two such great musicians is thrilling to me,” says Nash. “I don’t do this often and I’m so looking forward to the tour.” Nash’s long awaited autobiography, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life” is scheduled for release in September.

Rounding out the series on Saturday, November 16 will be an intimate acoustic evening with two of the all-time greatest American singer/songwriters – Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Considered one of the most distinctive songwriters to come out of Nashville, four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett is equally comfortable in pop, rock, blues and country.

Eleven-time Grammy nominee John Hiatt melds rock, acoustic, folk, new wave and Mississippi Delta blues into songs recorded by some three dozen artists over the last three decades from Three Dog Night to Eric Clapton.

Tickets for Stars at North Star House and Blues Traveler are on sale now. For the remaining performances, tickets go on sale to Center for the Arts Encore Club members on Monday, August 5 with tickets on sale to Center Members on Monday, August 12 and to the general public on Monday, August 26.

Membership information and tickets for Center events are available online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or by calling 530-274-8384.

More information is here and here.


Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
With special guest Allen Toussaint
The Center for the Arts presents
The 11th Annual Concert Benefiting Bear Yuba Land Trust
Sunday, September 22, Gates open at 4:00PM
Parking on site $5 per car, $3 if 4 or more in car. Carpool!
$55 Center and Land Trust members, $65 non-member – General Admission
$75 Premium includes roped seating area on lawn closest to stage and reserved parking
$135 Gala Reception and Dinner


Blues Traveler
Saturday, October 19, 8:00PM
$45 members, $55 non-member
GENERAL ADMISSION – No Reserved Seating – Plenty of room to dance!


Buddy Guy
Tuesday, October 29, 8:00PM
$48 members, $58 non-member
$75 Premium – reserved seating and parking


An Evening with Michael Pollan
The Center for the Arts and BriarPatch Co-op present
Friday, November 8, 8:00PM
$60 Premium: includes reserved seating and parking
General Admission
$45 Center & BriarPatch members
$50 non-member


An Evening with Graham Nash
The Center for the Arts presents
Saturday, November 9, 8:00PM
$48 member, $58 non-member
$75 Premium includes reserved seating and parking
(all prices include $1 for Guacamole fund)


An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Saturday, November 16, 8:00PM
$58 members, $68 non-member
$85 premium – reserved seating and parking
($1.50 is added per ticket to charities to benefit victims of Tornadoes in Ohio.)

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