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KVMR Community Room Becoming a Beehive of Musical Activity

Chanteuse/Comedian Visits Saturday; Holiday Social & Concert Next Week

Things really seem to be heating up at Miss Rumphius' Room,  and just in time for the holidays. 

That's the versatile community room in KVMR's new building that was named for a children's picture book, and the Nevada City noncommercial radio station has been busy lining up some impressive shows.

Just two Sundays ago, the entire Joy & Madness band from Sacramento jammed away in the room filled with musical instruments on the walls as part of Steve Cagle's "Blues Spectrum" show.

That was a new mark for the most musicians performing in the room at one time  -- nine-- as they did a promotional appearance for their Center For the Arts performance this Friday night. 

Just a day after that Joy & Madness show, the scene moves back to Miss Rumpius when longtime KVMR volunteer Saturdaybroadcasters Laura Miller and Larry Hillberg are presenting singer-songwriter=comedienne Teresa Tudury.

Hillberg, for one, doesn't mince words about Tudury.

"Everytime I have seen Teresa perform I was wishing that everyone I know was sharing the experience," he explains. "She can do it all."

Tudury started writing songs by 12, began playing Bay Area nightclubs by age 15, wound up in the cast of the infamous lifelong musical hit "Beach Blanket Babylon" by the late '80s and did comedy writing and some acting in Los Angeles after that, including roles in the sitcom "Third Rock From The Sun."  

Now living back in Occidental in her native Sonoma County, she recently re-released two of her early music albums, to complement her newest recording "Such Fine Things."

“Part chanteuse, part comedian, part bona fide pop artist," says a Buzz Weekly critic in Los Angeles, "Tudury combines the best of all those roles with tender, autobiographical narratives, funny between-song banter, and a voice that could stop a war." 

And there's a connection to Leonard Cohen to boot. 

"He took me under his wing for several years back in the day and I'll never forget that," she recalls. "We stayed friends, and I was able to communicate with him before he died."

Opening the show will be two KVMR local favorites, singer-songwriter Juliet Gobert and harmonica wizard Homer Wills, who some describe as "a musical Forrest Gump" because he's been in exactly the right musical place many times in his career. 

The  early evening show will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will also be broadcast live on KVMR 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming.



What's being dubbed "a holiday social and concert" is a free event in Miss Rumphius' Room during the final Sunday Victorian Christmas on December 18th. 

In conjunction with Golden Road Productions and NCTV, KVMR will present the holiday-infused music of the Chicago Park Jazz Quartet and the globe-spinning sounds (Africa, the Middle East, South America and New Orleans) of World Beatnix between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

It will also be broadcast live on KVMR from the Community Room and KVMR's Facebook page and NCTV will carry a video feed of the event for those who cannot attend. 

"It's a collaborative way to bring the spirit of Victorian Christmas to both listeners and viewers," notes Program Director Steve Baker. "And it's a way for still more people to see how our state-of-the-art radio station can cross platforms the way a dog crosses the street."

Simple, unless there's lots of traffic. 

Golden Road has been starting live telecasts on area cable systems, including Sacramento, with early Sunday evening live shows in Nevada City. 



WHO: KVMR Community Radio

WHAT: Singer-songwriter Teresa Tudray, with Juliet Gobert and Homer Wills opening

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.

WHERE: KVMR Miss Rumphius Community Room, 120 Bridge Street at Spring, downtown Nevada City 

TICKETS: $20, limited quantity still available.

INFO: KVMR Office, 265-9073 & online kvmr.org

RADIO: Concert will be broadcast live 6 p.m. on KVMR 89.5 FM & kvmr.org streaming.

ALSO: Free holiday social and concert with the Chicago Park Jazz Quartet and World Beatniks Sunday, Dec. 18, 3-5 p.m., also at KVMR Community Room, with live radio broadcast and videostreaming on KVMR Facebook and NCTV.