Simply Three performs “Rain” at The Center (just in time for some real rain)

We love string music. Whenever we travel, or are at home, we try to go to a string performance: In recent years, this included a string quartet in the courtyard at Venice’s Palazzo delle Prigioni; a string quartet performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London; world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell at an InConcert Sierra concert in Grass Valley; and Black Violin at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

On Thursday night, we saw a group called Simply Three at The Center. Grass Valley was the fourth stop on the group’s 24 city tour. The trio of Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, has been entertaining audiences since 2010. Simply Three has old school training but a new school sound. One of their You Tube videos — “Wake Me Up” — has generated 22 million views.

It was a full house, ranging from high school students to boomers to retirees. The group received a long applause. We grabbed dinner at Tofanelli’s before the show — a reminder of the economic impact of arts and culture in our towns. All in all, a great time on a “school night.”

Here’s an original song they played called “Rain”:

And they also played the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”;

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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