Grass Valley, CA – Get up and dance or tap your toes to the beat of popular local bands, “Then Again” and “Sgt. Funky,” along with cameos from InConcert Sierra’s “Sierra Master Chorale,” on Sunday, July 10 from 5-9pm at the Pioneer Park bandshell in Nevada City.

A family-friendly, fun evening of music, highlighting two favorite bands that feature members of the SMC. 

Playing the songs that you forgot you loved, the local party band Sgt. Funky recreates tunes from the Beatles to the Stones, from Van Morrison to Tom Jones; there is no musical gem the Funky band is afraid to mine. Culling from a master list of nearly 75 songs, the group performs anything from “stuck in the head” popular tunes to those that you’ll think, “oh yeah, I remember that!” to its own original songs.

Sgt. Funky
Photo by Tristan Berlund of Sgt. Funky

Sgt. Funky includes SMC singers Tristan Berlund, Claire Diament-Turner & Karel Hendee, as well as band members Michael Bremer, Jonathan Lyerly, and Michael Young.

Then Again plays the music of the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills and Nash, the Eagles, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, and many other artists from the late 50s to the early 80s. 

Then Again
Photo by Steve Nicholson of Then Again

The band includes SMC members Kathy Chastain (vocals, keyboard) and Steve Nicholson (vocals, bass guitar), along with James May (vocals, guitar), and Ben Schley-May (drums). With their love of three-part vocal harmonies and great classic songs, Then Again brings an infectious spirit of fun to its audiences, with dancing and singing-along highly encouraged.

Sip 'n Song on July 10

The Sierra Master Chorale is a choir of auditioned singers who perform choral music of a wide variety and with a quality that gives both the listening audience and the performers a sense of great enjoyment. The SMC was founded in 2008 and is a program of InConcert. The chorale has established a reputation for providing outstanding performances to enthusiastic audiences.

For nourishment, there will be food trucks such as Fire Goddess Pizza and Lazy Dog Confectioners, craft beers on tap from Grass Valley Brewing Company, wine from Alta Sierra Wine Shop, and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Grab your kids or partner (for a date night), bring your blanket or folding chair, and experience the power of live music. As one of the songs of the SMC states, “Sing out your soul with songs of joy!”

This is a benefit presented by and for the Sierra Master Chorale, and all proceeds go toward SMC programs.

For more information, please visit or call 530-273-3990.

What: Sip ‘n Song

Benefit concert in the park for the Sierra Master Chorale
Sunday, July 10, 2022 • 5-9pm
Where: Pioneer Park

325 Nimrod Street, Nevada City

Tickets: $35 per person – includes a souvenir beverage glass (bring your own lawn chair)

Youth under 17 free with paid adult admission

$375 per table of 8 – festively decorated table includes 8 drink vouchers