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The Center For The Arts Presents Country Joe McDonald & the Electric Music Band

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 8:00 PM Main Stage Theatre

  • $27 Member
  • $32 General Public
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COUNTRY JOE McDONALD & THE ELECTRIC MUSIC BAND to perform June 10th at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley in a special 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love concert .

Bay Area legend Country Joe McDonald will make a rare appearance  performing classic material from the era of Country Joe & The Fish – the Berkeley group who today widely acknowledged as pioneers of psychedelic rock music.

The programme will include in its entirety  Country Joe & The Fish’s landmark 1967 debut album “Electric Music For The Mind & Body,” along with an acoustic segment. On the former material, Joe will be backed by the Electric Music Band, a quintet led by Grammy-nominated writer and archivist Alec Palao. Joining him to accompany McDonald are guitarists Matt Piucci (Rain Parade, Hellenes) and Derek See (Gentle Cycle, Strangers In A Strange Land), Jozef Becker (Thin White Rope, Loud Family) on drums and Andrea Hensler (Flower Furnace, Jean Genies). EMB will be opening the show with a set of classic covers from the era.

Palao assures that the proceedings will “exceedingly psychedelic”.


McDonald’s music spans a broad range of style and content. He began his solo career with a collection of Woody Guthrie songs. He went on to produce a musical rendition of the World War I poems of Robert Service, a collection of country and western standards, “Vietnam Experience” in 1985, “Superstitious Blues” in 1991 with Jerry Garcia, and an album of songs about nursing in 2002. In 2007 he put together a song-and-spoken-word one-man show about Woody Guthrie, and followed it up with another about Florence Nightingale.

After 48 albums and more than four decades in the public eye as a folksinger, Country Joe McDonald qualifies as one of the best known names from the 60s rock era still performing. He travels the world an continues to sell records.