Berkeley's acclaimed Aurora Theatre Company presents a "house" concert for the holidays with Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally in A DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS WITH NELL & JIM. This intimate show inaugurates Aurora Theatre Company's Second Stage cabaret performance space, Harry's UpStage, located in the Nell and Jules Dashow Wing. A DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS WITH NELL & JIM plays for eight performances only, tonight, December 13-21 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. Tickets ($25 and $28) may be purchased directly from the Aurora Theatre Company box office by calling (510) 843-4822 or online at auroratheatre.org.
Featured performers at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Strawberry Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally write and record roots music reminiscent of classic country duos such as Tammy Wynette and George Jones. Filled with country ("Christmas Time's a Comin," "If We Make It Through December," "Daddy Looked a Lot Like Santa") and Christmas ("Greensleeves," "Winter Wonderland") classics, as well as original numbers from Nell and Jim's new album House & Garden, A DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS re-creates that home for the holidays feeling with a joyous, intimate concert full of harmony and heart.
Nell Robinson has been called one of the most "utterly charming" and "freshest voices" in roots music today. Over the past four years she has appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, the Kate Wolf Music Festival, and has enjoyed sold out performances at Berkeley's Freight and Salvage. This past fall, Nell, duet partner Jim Nunally, and friends were featured performers at Washington DC's Kennedy Center. Additional musical projects include Soldier Stories, a tribute to veterans and their families, and the whimsical 1930s-inspired yodeling duo, The Henriettas.