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  Happenings in the Point
May 3, 2013
  • Four new businesses opening in Point Richmond this week, today and Saturday.
  • Junktique Saturday, May 4
  • Farmers Market Opens Thursday, May 9.
  • Point Richmond Acoustic Friday, May 10

Farmers Market

grand opening

Point Richmond Acoustic presents Blues Duo Chris Webster and Nina Gerber 
at the First Methodist Church in Point Richmond, Friday, May 10
with extra special guests Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman

An outstanding double bill closes the 2012-2013 Point Richmond Acoustic season!

(Point Richmond, CA, April 30, 2013)--Point Richmond Acoustic closes the 2012/13 season with another remarkable double bill featuring the blues duo of Chris Webster and Nina Gerber May 10, 8pm at the First Methodist Church, 201 Martina Avenue in Point Richmond. Award winning bluegrass duo Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman open the show. Tickets are $18 ($15 for students and seniors) and are available at the door. Doors open at 7:30.

Guitarist Nina Gerber is regarded by many as the best guitarist ­– acoustic, electric or otherwise – in all of Northern California. Though she favors tasteful melodic lines and atmospheric embellishment over displays of technical virtuosity, her mastery of the guitar is dazzling. Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, her acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen.  Nina has performed and/or recorded with a who’s who of top singer songwriters: Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Nanci Griffith, Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, MollieO'Brien, Rosalie Sorrels, Laurie Lewis, and many others.

Her many contributions to the folk/singer-songwriter scene in concert and on recordings have earned Nina a large following of her own. Nina has a unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles and add electric guitar sounds to acoustic music in a uniquely musical way. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads which have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display.

Chris Webster began nearly two decades ago as the teen-aged lead singer for Mumbo Gumbo, one of Northern California's best know regional acts. She boasts a successful resume highlighted by four solo releases (Drive, Now Playing, Something in the Water, My Name is Christine) and one amazing traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (The Webster's "10,000 Miles) with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard. With astonishing power and passion, Chris’s voice reaches magical heights, yet effortlessly turns on a dime to deliver gut wrenching torch songs and gentle ballads.

Special guests Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman are taking the bluegrass world by a storm and are rising stars in their own right. Melody's soulful songwriting and Jacob's picking prowess join together in a duo that is creating it's own genre: "Americali." Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, Melody and Jacob harmonize earnestly over intricate textures of banjo, guitar and mandolin. What is the "Americali" sound? It's basically Americana with a California twist. Both Jacob and Melody have extensively studied and performed not only bluegrass and American folk music, but also rock, jazz, classical, afrobeat, samba, and balkan styles. Despite such diverse tastes, their arrangements tend toward simplicity and stay close to their well-studied American folk roots.

The Point Richmond First Methodist Church is an intimate place for concerts, and music is an important part of its program. Built more than 100 years ago, the octagonal shaped sanctuary accentuates the up close and personal nature of the music. The Point Richmond Acoustic Music series is completely non-religious and people of all faiths as well as no faith are welcome. It’s a friendly no-pressure environment. It’s all about the music here.

Point Richmond is a small enclave located conveniently right off 580 ten minutes north of Berkeley and 10 minutes south of San Rafael. The Acoustic Series takes a break for the summer, with the Point Richmond Summer Concert Series taking over from June to September. The 2013/14 season resumes in October.

Point Richmond Acoustic is co-sponsored by Point Richmond Music, Folk Unlimited and the First Methodist Church. Visit www.pointcacoustic.org for more info or contact Point Richmond Acoustic at folkunlimited@att.net.