Music in the House

“Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.”
— Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System.

Some of our guests are talented artists, writers, poets – and musicians. Our late co-founder Utah Phillips, for whom our building Utah’s Place is named, was himself a renowned folk singer and song maker who used to come to the shelter in the evenings to regale our guests with song. Many other fine musicians, too numerous to name, have followed Utah’s lead.

As part of our life skills and enrichment program, local singer, song writer, and guitar player Kelly Fleming gives guitar lessons to our guests. Kelly has been performing in Nevada County and around the country for many years.

Many musicians from Nevada County, and some from other places in the United States, have done benefits for Hospitality House. Notably, Mikail Graham’s annual Night of Giving has featured many hundreds of local performers over the years since 2006 when it began. This year the Night of Giving will return to the Miners Foundry on Spring Street in Nevada City on Saturday, Dember 20th. Nevada County is blessed with remarkable musical talent in all genres, and Hospitality House reflects that blessing abundantly.

“Doctors can heal the body, but it is music that uplifts the spirit.”
– Mother Teresa

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