Nell Robinson-Jim Nunally BandLocation: 101 N. Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556
Event Date: Fri, May 26, 2017
Nell Robinson-Jim Nunally Band to Play Cafe Paradiso!
ALL STAR BAND FEATURING MEMBERS AND PERFORMERS WITH GARCIA – GRISMAN, DAVID GRISMAN, GRATEFUL DEAD, NEW RIDERS
Like no other small town, Fairfield is continually blessed with performances by elite musicians. In that tradition the Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band will play Café Paradiso, Friday, May 26 at 8 PM. Band leader and lead vocalist Nell Robinson is often referred to as a ‘modern day Patsy Cline’ and brings an exuberance and joy to the bands Alt Roots, Folk A Billy sound. While her national stature is understated she is acknowledged within the industry for her talent and professionalism as evidenced by the likes of Kris Kristopherson, Ramblin Jack Elliot, John Doe and others sitting in on recent CD’s, and by the mind blowing credentials of the band.
Co-band leader and two time Grammy winner Jim Nunally is in rarified air as one of the foremost bluegrass guitarists of this generation. His resume includes 13 years with David Grisman, continued work with John Reischman, as well as collaborations with Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Tony Rice and countless others.
Six time Grammy nominee Jim Kerwin, who has previously performed in Fairfield, is the bass player’s bass player, conservatively regarded as one of the top five players in the world. In addition to his current 30 plus year tenure with David Grisman, Jim spent several years with Jerry Garcia in the Garcia – Grisman Band, and has worked with the absolute cream of bluegrass and jazz including YoYo Ma, Stephane Grappelli, Del McCourey, Vassar Clements, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Conor, Red Allen, John Hartford, Edgar Meyer, to name a few.
Pete Grant is the musician who mentored Jerry Garcia in steel guitar. Pete was an early collaborator with Jerry, David Nelson and John Dawson in the Palo Alto bluegrass – folk scene and the original steel player in the formation of New Riders Of The Purple Sage. His endless credentials include playing on early Grateful Dead albums and extensive touring and recording with Guy Clark. Longtime friend David Lindley says that Pete “scares him to death”, “not from fear of death and spiders, but from the need to practice in order to keep up with him”.
Rounding out the band is drummer / percussionist Jon Arkin who has worked with many of the top jazz artists in the country including Lee Konitz. As a side note, Jon’s father Steve Arkin played banjo with Bill Monroe.
The upbeat Americana, folk and bluegrass set list, Nell’s exciting and world class vocals, the band’s pedigree, and our Fairfield vibes, will provide an alchemy for an evening of exquisite, blissful music to be long felt and remembered.
Tickets are $15 in advance (cafeparadiso.net or at Paradiso), $20 at the show.
The show is co-sponsored by Rukmapura Park Hotel and Johnson Real Estate.
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