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New Riders of the Purple Sage, Events Center, Auburn, Calif., November 27, 2010

The New Riders of the Purple Sage, a seminal group of cosmic cowboy rockers whose roots go back some 40 years, knocked down a couple of butt-kicking sets at the Events Center in old-town Auburn, Calif., on Nov. 27. The band, which originally included several members of The Grateful Dead, included a now-stable lineup of founding member and front man/guitarist David Nelson (who also leads his popular David Nelson Band); Buddy Cage, who took over on pedal steel guitar following Jerry Garcia’s departure from the band in 1971; ever-competent guitarist/vocalist Mike Falzarano (Hot Tuna, Memphis Pilgrims); Ronnie Penque (Ripple/Ronnie Penque Band) on bass, and Johnny Markowski (Stir Fried) on drums.

After opening with the timeless NRPS classic, “I Don’t Know You,” the show included such throwbacks “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy,” Willie and the Hand Jive,” “Louisiana Lady,” “Lochinvar,” “Panama Red,” and Henry,” with Falzarano handling most of the vocals for the dearly departed band co-founder and principal songwriter John Dawson, whose recent passing is still a sad circumstance to ponder.
Selections from “Where I Come From,” all co-penned by Nelson and famed Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, also came hot and heavy, including the title track as well as “Down the Middle,” “Ghost Train Blues,” and epic second-set-opener “Barracuda Moon.” The show also included an after-midnight sing-along encore of The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple.”

The concert, a four-hour-plus hoedown in total, also included two other significant pieces. Bob Woods, a longtime Sacramento-area singer-songwriter/guitarist opened the festivities with his band, which was almost as popular with the crowd as the main course. And before the New Riders’ second set, SkareCrow and Delacey, part of the NRPS road team, kept the energy flowing with a nifty little ‘tweener set of guitar, bass and voice, featuring some originals as well as a cover of “Friend of the Devil.”

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Historic Auburn, Calif.
Historic Auburn, Calif.
Placer County Courthouse, Auburn
Placer County Courthouse, Auburn
22-foot statue at Auburn's old train station honoring late-19th-century Asian laborers
22-foot statue at Auburn's old train station honoring late-19th-century Asian laborers
Longtime Sacramento-area rock and swing veteran Bob Woods leads his band
Longtime Sacramento-area rock and swing veteran Bob Woods leads his band
Bob Woods Band's Pete Kmeto
Bob Woods Band's Pete Kmeto
Bob Woods
Bob Woods
Bob Woods Band's Ray Elzey
Bob Woods Band's Ray Elzey
Mike Falzarano sits in w/Bob Woods Band
Mike Falzarano sits in w/Bob Woods Band
Mike Falzarano sits in w/Bob Woods Band for Last Train Home, his tribute to Allen Woody
Mike Falzarano sits in w/Bob Woods Band for "Last Train Home," his tribute to Allen Woody
Bob Woods Band
Bob Woods Band
New Riders' road manager Captain Toast introduces the band
New Riders' road manager Captain Toast introduces the band
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Mike Falzarano
New Riders - Mike Falzarano
Falzarano's Fender
Falzarano's Fender
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - Buddy Cage - pedal steel closeup
New Riders - Buddy Cage - pedal steel closeup
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Johnny Markowski
New Riders - Johnny Markowski
New Riders - Mike Falzarano
New Riders - Mike Falzarano
New Riders - Ronnie Penque
New Riders - Ronnie Penque
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Buddy Cage
New Riders - Buddy Cage, Mike Falzarano
New Riders - Buddy Cage, Mike Falzarano
New Riders - David Nelson, Ronnie Penque
New Riders - David Nelson, Ronnie Penque
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - Johnny Markowski
New Riders - Johnny Markowski
New Riders' Falzarano, Nelson, Cage, and Auburn Events Center crowd
New Riders' Falzarano, Nelson, Cage, and Auburn Events Center crowd
New Riders' Falzarano, Nelson, and Cage
New Riders' Falzarano, Nelson, and Cage
New Riders - David Nelson and old friend Pete Grant
New Riders - David Nelson and old friend Pete Grant
Accomplished pedal steel player Pete Grant, Auburn resident and old friend of David Nelson, sits in with NRPS
Accomplished pedal steel player Pete Grant, Auburn resident and old friend of David Nelson, sits in with NRPS
ScareKrow and DeLacey, part of NRPS' road team, play short set before NRPS' second set
ScareKrow and DeLacey, part of NRPS' road team, play short set before NRPS' second set
DeLacey Ault
DeLacey Ault
ScareKrow
ScareKrow
New Riders, second set - Nelson, Falzarano, Cage (from right)
New Riders, second set - Nelson, Falzarano, Cage (from right)
New Riders - David Nelson, Mike Falzarano
New Riders - David Nelson, Mike Falzarano
New Riders - Ronnie Penque
New Riders - Ronnie Penque
New Riders - Nelson, Falzarano, Cage (from right)
New Riders - Nelson, Falzarano, Cage (from right)
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders - David Nelson
New Riders -  Falzarano, Nelson, Penque (from left)
New Riders - Falzarano, Nelson, Penque (from left)
New Riders - David Nelson glances at Buddy Cage
New Riders - David Nelson glances at Buddy Cage
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