Evening Concert

While Sierra Earthfest is a free community event, the evening concert is a fundraiser for the Tuolumne River Trust. Tickets are $20.

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Nicki Bluhm
and the Gramblers

Upon hearing the unique and refreshing sound of Nicki Bluhm, it becomes immediately clear why she is in the midst of a breakout year. Nicki has filled a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul -- music that's like an enchanting friend you've known for a short while but feels like you've known forever.

Nicki's story began at a New Year's Eve party when she sang an impromptu blues song that caught the attention of musician/producer Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips). With Tim's encouragement Nicki began to write songs and perform in public, and soon was earning fans of her own. They went on to record Nicki's debut album, Toby's Song (2008), which appeared on Jambase's top ten albums of the year. Nicki and Tim were married shortly after and formed her band with childhood friend and guitar player, Deren Ney. The band continued to grow with the addition of Steve Adams on bass (ALO), Dave Mulligan on rhythm guitar and drummer Mike Curry. Nicki has since shared the stage with Chris Robinson, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, Pegi Young, Josh Ritter, and many others.

Her sophomore album, Driftwood (2011), shows an impressive expansion of Nicki's natural talent and is well into its second pressing. The sounds range from the AM magic of Linda Ronstadt to the charming duets of Johnny and June Cash to smokey Memphis soul. Since Driftwood's release, Nicki has become the "It Girl" of the San Francisco music scene -- performing with her band, "The Gramblers"; as a duo with her husband Tim; and as a guest artist with an array of revered peformers. Her warm, strong voice and striking presence have undeniable appeal, confirmed by her sensational performances and rousing reception from music lovers at every show.


Coyote Hill
Coyote Hill has been performing together and presenting their own style of acoustic Americana music for 7 years now, with song writer, Richard Sholer on acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonicas and Dobro, Dick Todd on Banjo and Rick Barlow on violin. Their emphasis had started out being on original and eclectic music, mixing bluegrass, old timey, folk, jazz and blues. With the recent addition Stan Emmons on Bass and Bob Lehmann on drums, it has opened up a lot more musical territory for the group. Richard added his electric guitar to the mix and Dick is playing acoustic guitar and banjo. Now they affectionately refer to the full band as Mighty Coyote.

The band consists of some of the most talented musicians from the foothill community of Sonora, CA., and over the years, they have performed for many venues such as, Strawberry Music Festivals, Fire on the Mountain Music Festivals, Black Oak Casino, Calaveras Arts Council, Central Sierra Arts Council, Mother Lode Fair, Mountain Sage Nursery and numerous showcase concerts, private parties and charity benefits.

To sum it up, Coyote Hill/Mighty Coyote, is a Good-Time Acoustic/Electric band playing all styles of Americana music ranging from the rootsy sounds of Old-timey, bluegrass, blues, swing and jazz, to the country folk rock sound reminiscent of the 60's and 70's. It is all danceable and listenable music with thought provoking originals and covers alike. Some songs tell of true stories and some are just for the fun of it. Easy going attitudes from easy going guys, who obviously still love what they do, makes for a great time for music lovers of all ages and different walks of life.


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