David Nelson Band to celebrate Valentines Day at River Theater
On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14 you’ll have a chance to burn a few of those calories you stacked up at your special Valentines Day feast when Jerry Knight’s Russian River Theatre brings a repeat top grade performer to his Guerneville stage in Seattle-born David Nelson (not Ricky’s brother!). Nelson’s February show proved to be enormously popular.
One of the original members (and lead guitarist) of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Nelson early-on honed his talents playing folk and bluegrass beside Jerry Garcia as a member of the Wildwood Boys, later becoming a member of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and playing with Al Rapone and the Zydeco Express. In the mid 1990s, Nelson formed his own group, the critically acclaimed David Nelson Band (aka DNB), whose original members included personnel from Jefferson StarShip, Phil Lesh and Friends and Kettle Joe’s Psychedelic Swamp Revue.
Along with several other well-known musicians including pedal-steel maven Buddy Cage, Nelson re-formed The New Riders of the Purple Sage in 2005. In addition to NRPS, Nelson still performs with his own group under the new banner, David Nelson & Friends as well as with The Papermill Creek Rounders, a bluegrass group he co-founded with his long time friend, Lowell “Banana” Levenger (formerly of the Youngbloods who himself created a band called Banana and the Bunch – music with Appeal.
In addition to his work in his own bands, Nelson has performed as a guest artist on recordings by many other artists, including three Grateful Dead albums and is well known as the lead singer on The New Riders of the Purple Sage’s 1973 counter-cultural anthem, “Panama Red”.
The Windshield Cowboys will also appear right after they corral the bugs they picked up while driving to the theater.
The Russian River Theater is located at the Eastern gateway to downtown Guerneville, and the price of admission to see and hear the David Nelson Band is $25 advance and $30 at the door.
8 p.m., Jerry Knight’s Russian River Theater on Highway 116 (Main Street) at the eastern gateway to Guerneville. 869-8022