After moving several SummerFest concerts and events this past week, as our brave firefighters staged at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and worked to contain the Rices Fire, Music in the Mountains (MIM) is delighted to announce that their final concert of the 2022 SummerFest Music Festival will return to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for a night of “Brass, Brats, and Brews.” 

This Saturday night, July 9th, Nevada County is invited to enjoy a world-class jazz concert under the stars at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with wonderful food and beer for purchase sponsored by Holiday Market Penn Valley, Three Forks Vodka, and Grass Valley Brewing. 

MIM welcomes Sacramento-based Trumpeter, Educator, and Composer Joe Mazzaferro and his 17-piece Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Mazzaferro is a jazz musician active in the Northern California jazz scene and in demand as a guest artist and clinician across the United States. 

In November 2017, Mazzaferro released his debut album “In Terms Of…” which features saxophonist Jeff Clayton along with special guests, drummer Carl Allen and pianist Donald Brown. 

Brass, Brats and Brews

As an active freelance musician, Mazzaferro has performed with many jazz greats, including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Gunther Schuller,and Lewis Nash at such legendary venues as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Brubeck Festival, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, and Fantasy Studios. 

Currently, Mazzaferro is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus as well the Executive Director/Co-Founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra and a member of the Capital Jazz Project.

The music will start at 8pm, after the sun is mostly down and the evening has cooled off. Purchase brats, hot dogs, or pulled pork sandwiches from our award-winning barbecue competitor, Bryan Ross. 

All food and drink purchases will support the concert and education programs of Music in the Mountains. 

Music in the Mountains is a nonprofit organization that pairs world-class musical performances with a deep commitment to music education. Tickets for “Brass, Brats and Brews” are available at or by calling the MIM box office at 530-265-6124.

What: Brass, Brats and Brews – A Big Band Jazz Concert

Who: Music in the Mountains

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds

Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2022

Time: 8pm

Price: General admission $40 pre-sale / $45 day-of / children 17 and under – free with RSVP

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