March 26, 2013 - After six months of intense production, and a week before they release their new CD Plant in San Francisco, the Justin Ancheta Band will celebrate with a concert at the Center for the Arts with their loyal fans in Nevada County.
Internationally acclaimed musician Justin Ancheta is a guitarist, vocalist, and composer – AND a graduate of Colfax High School. "I've played concerts with Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Charles Neville, Ricky Skaggs ... but there's nothing like coming home and playing in front of friends in Nevada County," says Ancheta. "It seems only right to introduce our CD to all our many supporters right here in Grass Valley."
Joining Ancheta is a team of local musicians. Alex Scammon, the band's horn player, learned to play saxophone at Nevada Union High School before going on to Harvard and studying with members of the Boston Philharmonic. He started playing with the Justin Ancheta Band in 2004 and has been a regular ever since. "Justin's music seems simple on the surface but it has great depth and the melodies come from so many diverse cultures — it's like travelling the world without leaving town."
Isaac James is well-known to local music lovers. A resident of Nevada County, Isaac attended John Woolman High School and honed his drumming skills in Senegal, Africa where he studied with a renowned grandmaster of traditional African rhythms. Jay Ladner, the band's other drummer, met Justin at Encore Music in Auburn, where he remembers being impressed with Ancheta's versatile skills. "Justin is a world-class composer and performer. It's a great honor to be included on this CD." The other local members of the band include bass player Joshua Tree, a regular feature of the local music scene and a member of local bands such as the Saul Rayo Band and South Yuba String Band. "The best part about this project is that we can introduce the band to a much larger audience. We have roots here but we plan to take this music to the world."
The only non-Nevada County local grew up in Sacramento: Damian Sol, an accomplished violinist. "Damian is a recent addition to the band, and he brings a new layer of complexity and firepower to our lineup," says Ancheta. "We're excited to add such a distinct sound to the mix."
Ancheta's music is an eclectic blend of funk- and jazz-flavored reggae, seasoned with the sounds of klezmer and flamenco. "But at heart, we're all rock musicians who love to get people up and dancing." Ancheta is an artist creating a global movement with his lyrics and message of community. He has shown his dedication to human-powered environmental causes by touring Europe and the United States almost exclusively on bicycle. "Our CD is called Plant for a reason. Our songs plant seeds to encourage people to live sustainably, to invest their energy locally and grow roots where they live."
The concert promises to be a great dance party and an inspiring way to support a locally-grown band and their new CD. The Justin Ancheta CD Release Party takes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley on Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m. For more details: http://thecenterforthearts.org.
When: April 6, 2013 Time: 8:00 p.m. Where: Center for the Arts, 314 W Main St, Grass Valley Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members
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