GRASS VALLEY, CA, July 8, 2024 -  The Center for the Arts is pleased to host Dirtwire, presented by the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP), in the Marisa Funk Theater on August 24, 2024. This is a fundraiser that supports CHIRP’s annual operating expenses and programs. 


Dirtwire stands poised between ancient Mother Earth and modern technology, a blend of ethnomusicology and the psychedelic trance state, gut-bucket delta blues and what the band variously dubs “back-porch space cowboy blues, swamptronica, and electro-twang.” It’s a sound informed by Dirtwire’s travels and performances around the globe, where East meets West and North joins South. From the favelas in Brazil, Femi Kuti’s Shrine in Lagos, Tokyo’s bluegrass clubs, Ayahuasca ceremonies in Central America, Gamelan performances in Bali, desert festivals in the Australian Outback, and the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s modernized new capital Astana, the band spreads its message by building bridges across musical cultures in their own unique way.

Dirtwire plays an array of instruments both ancient and modern, including West African kamale ngonis, jaw harps, space fiddles, whamola basses, Rickenbacher electric 12-string guitars, bowed Banjos and mouth harps from around the globe, all interwoven into modern laptop beat creation.

CHIRP presents: Dirtwire

Shelly Covert, Executive Director, CHIRP and Tribal Spokesperson, Nevada City Rancheria: “We appreciate Dirtwire's willingness to join us for this fundraising concert. Having a featured artist like this with such an incredible fan base helps nudge the visibility of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe to a wider network of people. It feels awesome that CHIRP can bring another opportunity for the community to see Dirtwire perform. As a Tribally guided nonprofit, CHIRP's mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate Nisenan Culture and fundraising is a big part of that responsibility. Performing on the newly remodeled stage at The Center for the Arts adds to the excitement, and we hope Dirtwire feels equally enthusiastic about supporting us in this way.”

CHIRP is a Tribally guided 501c3 nonprofit that serves the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan through its mission to preserve, protect and perpetuate Nisenan Culture.

Opening the evening is BrightSide Blue & Honey of the Heart. These two established NorCal bands and duos of love and music, have united to create a supergroup that's more than the sum of its parts. Performing this show as a 4-piece band, the group promises live looping, folk-soul-roots-rock grooves, swoony multi-part harmonies and mind-bending guitar riffs – all offered in a spirit of care, humor, and hopes for a better world. They're honored to join the effort to raise funds and visibility for the Nevada City Ranchera Nisenan Tribe.

BrightSide Blue & Honey of the Heart

Please come out for an incredible evening of musicianship with Dirtwire, and opener BrightSide Blue & Honey of the Heart, presented by California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) at The Center for the Arts on August 24, 2024. 

WHAT: California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) presents Dirtwire
WHERE: The Center for the Arts | 314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHEN: August 24, 2024 | Doors 5 pm | Show 7 pm
TICKETS: $35-$50 sliding scale |
WEBSITE & INFO:  |  (530) 274-8384

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming, offering more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center recently completed a major renovation of its multiuse, 21,000-square-foot facility in downtown Grass Valley, making it a premier performing arts destination. The venue includes the Main Stage, which accommodates up to 492 guests in configurable theater seats and up to 700 patrons for dance shows, and a 90-seat studio theater.