An Evening with Bill Cosby

Friday, July 5 – Rain or Shine
6:00PM: Gates Open
6:30-7:15PM: Lorraine Gervais Band
7:15-8:00PM: Intermission
8:00-9:30PM: Bill Cosby
Festival seating on the lawn.  Bring your own seating.
Limit of 4 tickets at member price
Limit of 8 tickets total per customer
$55 members, $65 non members – General Admission: Lawn Seating Area
$20 youth 6-16, free for 5 and under
Parking NC Fairgrounds $5


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Food provided by: Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Honest Pie, Culture Shock Yogurt, 5 Mile House, Matteo’s, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Horn of the Bull Tacos, Smiley Guys Smoke House, Calla Lilly Crepes, Coloma Wraps

Be sure to stop by one of our three bars and “Get Centered” with one of our three Comedy Coolers! Your choice of Grey Goose Limonata , Henricks Blood Orange Fizz, or a Bacardi Mojito! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we’ll also be serving Sierra Nevada Summer Ale, Lagunitas IPA, as well a fine selection of wines including Naggier Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Tin Roof Chardonnay, and Naggier Viognier.
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“Bill Cosby is one of the most influential performers of the second half of the 20th century… The legacy of Bill Cosby’s comedic genius is as sweet, meaningful and universal as any piece of music ever played.” – Kennedy Center Honors

One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood.  His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys.  He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004.  The show, based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain.

The former Navy serviceman’s illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children’s educational show Electric Company and creating and producing the Emmy award wining Little Bill, which is based on his best-selling book series.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper middle class black family.  Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family.  Time magazine called the show “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race.”  The Cosby Show dominated the No. One spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise.  Life magazine described the program as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose “delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.”

Bill Cosby’s current best seller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was.  Cosby talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love in his humorous and insightful manner.
Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (America’s highest civilian honor), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award.

Cosby’s been busy raising a family, too.  He married the former Camille Hanks on January 25, 1964, while she was still a student at the University of Maryland.  They raised four daughters (Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin) and one son (Ennis) and now have three grandchildren.  The family resides in New England.

lorraine-gervais300Lorraine Gervais, with a voice described as soulful and sweet, has performed R&B, jazz, soul, pop, and country for the last few decades. She’s opened for Mavis Staples, Pointer Sisters, Etta James, John Hammond, Pete Escavedo and the Charlie Hunter Band, to name a few.
In addition to being a singer/songwriter/performer, she continues to produce a series of concerts highlighting great  vintage American performers, composers and music genres with great regional performers, partnering with The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.
She is also the mentor coordinator of The Community Music Jam, also at The Center, which is a free music mentoring program for adults with grant funding from the Irvine Foundation, among others.

Presented with support from
Laughter is the Best Medicine
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Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd
Grass Valley, CA  95949

Gate 1: Only available for Premium ticket holders with parking passes.
Gate 4: For all general admission ticket holders.
Disabled parking is available at Gate 1 and Gate 4.
The fairgrounds charges $5 for parking. Parking fee at Gate 1 is included in the cost of a Premium Ticket

Seating Policy
LOW SEATING = Sand chairs – seats no higher than 12” from the ground
HIGH SEATING = regular lawn chairs.
Bring your low-backed lawn chair for seating close to the stage. You may bring full-height lawn chairs to sit behind the soundboard. Blankets are acceptable in either area. No chaise lounges. The entire seating area is a non-smoking section.

What You Can Bring
Blankets, low-seat or high-seat chairs depending on ticket purchased, sealed water bottles, small backpack, lunch cooler, empty Camelbak or other empty containers (i.e., Nalgene bottle), binoculars.

What You Can’t Bring
Absolutely no outside alcohol (we\’ll be checking). Illegal substances, glass containers of ANY kind, fireworks and explosives, picnic baskets, coolers, tents, pets (except service dogs), video equipment, professional camera equipment, audio recording equipment, no unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.

Accessibility Information
The fairgrounds are wheelchair accessible, with considerable distances between areas. Therefore, some travel is over natural terrain. Disability parking spaces will be clearly marked and are located at Gate 1. There will also be ADA spots reserved at Gate 4.

Security / Safety
Our primary goal is to create a safe and secure environment for all attendees. On-site security provided. If you\’re experiencing any problems whatsoever locate a security guard, or a Center staff member.

EMTs will be on-site to help. If you need assistance, go to the medical area at Gate 1.

There will be an ATM located inside the Main Street Center near Gate 1 at the concert.

Lodging Options
Call Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce at (530) 273-4667 for a list of lodging and campgrounds in the area in Grass Valley, visit website

Contact the Nevada County Fairgrounds RV Park directly for arrangements.
Contact, (530) 273-6217 or

Food and Beverage Options
Plenty of food, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Food Vendors
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Honest Pie
Culture Shock Yogurt
5 Mile House
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters
Horn of the Bull Tacos
Smiley Guys Smoke House
Calla Lilly Crepes
Coloma Wraps

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