Paul Emery takes us into a maximum security California state prison for a sound-rich conversation with the house blues band. Emery explores the healing power of music in this rare view behind bars.
What's Happening @ KVMR
It's another rare week on KVMR 89.5 FM, which ironically just starts to seem typical, given the station's growing number of remote specials.
This time, the Nevada City radio station will feature a live broadcast of a local congressional candidates forum Thursday night, the first Measure S debate Friday and two days of programming celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Days Sunday and Monday.
As part of his ongoing exploration of the musical art of Nevada County, California, radio producer Brian Bahouth spoke with a pair of principal performers for the Earles of Newtown. Earle Ford is the band’s founder and Musical Director. Ford sings, plays tenor guitar, trumpet and several other instruments.
It's just logical when you think about it.
What kind of special room would a community radio station need in a new building?
Um, how about a community room?
"It's going to be one of the gems of the Bridge Street Project," predicts owner's representative Diane McIntire. "It'll be a bridge between KVMR and the community, a place where we can come together. "
As part of my exploration of musicians who live in the vicinity of Nevada City, I visited the home of Maggie McKaig and Luke Wilson. Together Maggie and Luke have nearly a century of experience as professional musicians, and Luke is also a noted luthier and inlay artist after forty-five years in the trade. Luke made me an excellent cup of coffee, and Maggie offered some delicious figs they had grown …
How The Celtic Festival Is Getting Greener.
When it comes to sustainability and the environment, KVMR 89.5 FM's Allison Miller is a woman on a mission.
And then some.
This weekend she's one of the over 300 hundred people in the background helping pull off KVMR's annual Celtic Festival and Marketplace as the Green Team Manager, meaning she's in charge of the festival's recycling and trash collection.
Famed pianist George Winston will perform an October 14 benefit concert for the new KVMR 89.5 FM building and Nevada Theatre expansion.
Winston -- whose recordings have sold millions of copies over his 42-year career -- will perform on a Steinway Grand Piano donated by Music In The Mountains as part of the Paul Emery Nevada City Live concert series at the Nevada Theatre.
KVMR Challenge: 2 Live Music Festivals, 1 Weekend, 50 Miles Apart
Even a longtime festival and community radio station engineer like KVMR 89.5 FM's Dave (Buzz) Barnett can't remember any single radio station attempting anything quite like it.
The Nevada City radio station will produce not one -- but two -- live remote broadcasts this weekend: from the recently relocated Strawberry Music Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and the American River Music Festival near Coloma some 50 miles south.
It's still a month away, but plans for KVMR 89.5 FM's 18th annual Celtic Festival September 26-28 are ramping up.
In fact, the non-commercial radio station will celebrate the coming event this Saturday morning with special programming featuring this year's music artists and opportunities for new or renewing members to get tickets to the festival.
From Dean Martin to Books on Bridge, A Sale That's Got It All
Once again, they'll start lining up an hour or so early this Saturday outside the Nevada City Veterans Hall to get first crack at the 2014 KVMR Music and Book Sale.
"I see a lot of the same faces every year," beamed the event producer and KVMR 89.5 FM Music Director Alice MacAllister. "They know it's a fun day, a great event."