Editor’s note: From the Summer issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:
THIS SUMMER’S ANNUAL STARS AT North Star House concert features multi-Grammy winner Aaron Neville and band on the grounds of a historic mansion designed by Julia Morgan.
The August 5 event, now in its ninth year, will have a New Orleans theme and includes an evening festival celebrating local land conservation followed by an outdoor concert. It is produced by The Center for the Arts and is the single annual fundraiser for the Nevada County Land Trust.
“We are thrilled to work with the Land Trust on this signature event to benefit land conservation,” says Center Executive Director Julie Baker. “We are also excited to present the show at the North Star House, a beautiful setting under the stars.”
The event marks Neville’s first performance in the Sierra foothills. Dumpstaphunk, Aaron’s son Ivan’s band, will open the concert.
For five decades, New Orleans has been synonymous with the musical dynasty of the Neville Brothers. “Aaron Neville has one of the most angelic voices from New Orleans or anywhere else,” observes The New York Times.
The Stars popular annual concert brings renowned performers to magical outdoor venues. Past performers have included Ritchie Havens, Leon Russell, America and Mavis Staples, among others.
Concert goers bring lawn chairs and enjoy food, dessert, local wines, micro-beers and other beverages available for purchase, and a silent and live auction.
The Center for the Arts has grown into one of Northern California’s busiest production companies. Last year the Center presented more than 150 productions at their intimate downtown venue.
They’ve also had great success with “signature events,” such as Kris Kristofferson, Ani DiFranco and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, drawing capacity crowds to Grass Valley’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Built in 1905, the North Star House was designed by the renowned California Arts and Crafts architect Morgan, best known for her work on Hearst Castle. This winter the building was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places.
For tickets or more information, go to www.TheCenterforTheArts.org or call 530-274-8384, ext 14