David Nesmith Benefit Show: Maria Muldaur, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Midnite Ramblers
Monday, June 11, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

health services fundraiser for beloved Bay Area environmentalist


June 11 8:00 pm

Maria MulduarWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $26.50.

This benefit for peace activist, environmentalist, and river runner David “Chicken” Nesmith brings a great lineup to our stage, with Maria Muldaur, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, and Midnite Ramblers lending their musical talents.
Maria is an innovative interpreter of just about every stripe of American roots music, from blues, early jazz, and gospel to folk, country, and R&B. Growing up exploring blues, bluegrass, and Appalachian old-time music, Maria began her music career by applying her magnificent honey-vinegar voice to the Even Dozen and Kweskin Jug Bands. Her passion for an eclectic range of musical genres is reflected in over 35 solo recordings, which include children's albums and her 2001 Grammy Award-nominated Richland Woman Blues.

Laurie Lewis & the Right HandsNative Berkeleyite Laurie's songwriting, fiddling, and crystal-clear singing have brought her national recognition, a Grammy, and two International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. She and her band, The Right Hands, always offer up a tasty musical feast. Featuring bluegrass and folk classics plus gorgeous originals Laurie is backed by mandolinist and singer, Tom Rozum, fiddler Chad Manning, banjo ace Patrick Sauber, and bassist Andrew Conklin.

Midnite RamblersPresenting traditional Cajun and Creole music, the Midnite Ramblers set toes tapping with their lively two steps, soulful blues, and haunting waltzes. Agi Ban (Aux Cajunals) on fiddle and vocals, Julay Brooks (Creole Belles and Honky Tonk Dreamers) on guitar and vocals, and Mark Marcin on accordion and fiddle have been making irresistible music together since 2008.

David NesmithA truly impressive human who has touched countless lives, David spent the past four decades devoting his energy to peace and the environment in organizations like International Voluntary Services, the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Water Caucus, and Friends of the River, Healing Adventures, and Inner City Outings. A consummate rower, David is a fixture on rivers throughout California and Colorado, a mentor and inspiring friend whose love of the river and enthusiasm for bringing people together creates community wherever he goes. David suffered a massive stroke on January 31, 2012. He is now making good progress, but requires around-the-clock care until he regains his self-sufficiency. Proceeds from tonight's show help defray David's health care expenses, so that he may soon resume his important work protecting California’s precious waters and bringing peace to our planet.

There will be a 7:00 pm reception with Chicken Nesmith in the Freight lobby before the show.

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