Grass Roots

For some, Joanna Newsom is the first and possibly only name associated with indie music in Nevada City, California, a town about two hours north of the Bay Area, past Sacramento. The folks at Grass Roots Record Co., however, are determined to shine a wider spotlight on the variety of independent-minded folk and rock talents from this Sierra foothills scene. It’s a commendable effort at scene unity as well as a great way to find out about some excellent new music.

Building off of the success of the Family Album sampler released late last year, this year Grass Roots has released albums from Hella’s Aaron Ross and Lee Bob Watson, among others, with a new CD from Mariee Sioux out next month. These three, plus Alela Diane, will all be performing on Friday night at the Hotel Utah for a Grass Roots showcase.

Friday night’s show starts at 9pm, is $8, and is 21+, but why not win tickets from us:

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Friday’s show. Just e-mail us at contest