Golden Shoulders, Davia, Aaron Ross

golden-shoulders_400Friday, November 25, 8:00pm
Main Stage
$14 Members/Students,  $17, general admission, Kids 5 and under free. 
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Golden Shoulders

Golden Shoulders has been a band from Nevada City, California since 2001. They intend to continue being a band from Nevada City, California for the foreseeable future. This performance will feature songs and intermittent spoken word segments in-between the songs. The songs will mostly cover topics ranging from failed romantic relationships to the U.S. Presidential campaigns of 2004, 2008, 2012, and the current one, which just isn’t getting enough press.

The spoken word segments will involve gratitude for any applause the most-recently performed song received, attempted jokes, attempts to elicit additional enthusiastic whooping from the audience for the fine performances of the opening acts, instructions on how to purchase Golden Shoulders merchandise, and, if the performance doesn’t go well, weeping.

davia-picDavia is a young singer/songwriter from the mountains of Northern California. “Mesmerizing” is a term that seems to come up every time she plays live – her songs, completely original, are quirky but accessible, hopeful yet intense. In her debut EP, “Hush”, Davia delivers six emotionally captivating songs experimenting with guitar, accordion, egg crates and breaking bottles to tell familiar stories in a unique and edgy way.


Aaron Ross

Beginning with his debut album, On the Hallelujah Side, Ross displayed a facility for Americana-based musical forms and rambling lyrics that tended toward double-entendre and allegory. The apocalyptic wit of Bob Dylan and biblical gravity of William Faulkner are equally valid lyrical touchstones. When he sings the song “Jack Kerouac” from the 2006 album Beginner’s Blood, it’s easy to see how the writer’s concept of “free prose” influenced Ross’ freewheeling lyrics.

While his early work was inspired by dark, redemptive tales like the film There Will Be Blood, his 2008 album Shapeshifter revealed a lighter side of his personality. Entering his late 20s and discovering the peace of raising a family, Ross felt the drive to project more positive imagery. “Once you reach 25 and you’re still alive, you’re not as angst-ridden,” he says of the time. This new-found levity gave him the leeway to experiment with different lyrical and musical forms.

While much of Ross’ music focuses on the mythical America, with it’s broken dreams, bucolic family moments, and unprecedented military power-there is a sly thread of humor running through his work that’s often underestimated. Song titles like “The Beast Of Both Worlds,” “Enemy Of The State Of Mind” and “In Through The Out Of Order Door” hint at a playfulness that’s often lacking among modern songwriters. With a poet’s penchant for wordplay and a wide-eyed attitude toward music production, Aaron Ross has earned his place as one of Nevada County’s most gifted musicians and songwriters.

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