Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation

30th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring Keith Little & the LittleBand

Friday, March 11 ~ Doors open at 6pm ~ Music until 9pm ~ Placerville Shakespeare Club

Click here for raffle prizes!


Bluegrass great Keith Little and his LittleBand will entertain guests at a 30th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit for the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation on Friday, March 11 at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville, celebrating thirty years of protecting the Sierra Nevada and restoring threatened wildlife habitat in the Eldorado National Forest. The concert includes a “Giant Raffle” featuring a Family Pass to Disneyland. Food refreshments are included in the price of admission, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with no-host beer and wine available. Children under 13 free.

Show tickets are available online at or at The Bookery and Placerville Natural Foods Co-op in Placerville, and Black Oak Animal Hospital and Global Colors in Georgetown.
The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation, established in 1986, is a non-profit environmental and educational organization based in El Dorado County.  Over the past three decades, the Center has advocated for the protection of Sierra Nevada habitat and wildlife on the Eldorado National Forest and in El Dorado County.  This fundraiser supports the Center’s tireless work, including ongoing meadow and stream restoration projects in the National Forest.

Keith Little is a nationally acclaimed multi-instrumental bluegrass musician whose credits include performing on GRAMMY award-winning recordings of Dolly Parton and the Chieftains.  He is also a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. For this benefit concert, he is joined by “The Littleband”, five talented musicians who bring a traditional bluegrass sound to a contemporary blend of bluegrass, folk, blues and gospel harmonies and songs.

A native of the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, Keith Little is a nationally acclaimed musician, vocalist, recording artist, composer, and producer.  Born into a musical family, he was first introduced to string band music by his father and quickly developed his own talents on the guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle.  Shortly after performing his first professional engagement in 1969, Keith met and began performing with local bluegrass legends Vern & Ray.  This collaboration eventually evolved into his tenure with Rose Maddox and the Vern Williams Band in what has proven to be a milestone in West Coast country music.

Over a career spanning forty years, Keith has been an important member of many national bluegrass touring bands, including the Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time and others. His credits include performing on the GRAMMY award-winning recordings “The Grass Is Blue” and “Little Sparrow” by Dolly Parton, and “Another Country” by the Chieftains.  With his “smooth as silk” vocals, Keith is also a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.  Keith’s composing skills are no less “world class”, with his songs having been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Longview, Claire Lynch, Tim O’Brien, and the Whites (among others), and he is an honorary lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association.

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Centered around Keith’s creative work on guitar and vocals, the LittleBand is a collaborative ensemble encompassing a wide range of styles.  The sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, gospel and blues,  expanding out from those roots with the combined talents of band members Michael Witcher on dobro and vocals, Josh Tharp on banjo and vocals, Luke Abbott on fiddle and vocals, and Steve Swan on string bass and vocals. The result is both authentic in its roots and unique in its sound.
Observes Keith, “I see music more as a shape or color than a style. Rich and round, like a supper plate. And this group can really serve it up.  The material we perform is taken from both traditional and contemporary sources, performed on acoustic instruments and human voices in vibrant harmony and rendered with heartfelt care.”

A “Giant Raffle” will also be held the night of the event, with raffle prizes including a Family Pass to Disneyland: San Francisco Ballet, Mondavi Center, B Street Theatre and Capital Stage tickets, as well as tickets to other regional events and attractions; beautiful hand-crafted items by local artists and crafts people; and much more.   Click here to see the raffle prizes.




Raffle rules:

  • Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20
  • If purchased through the mail, fill out the ticket(s) with your name, address, and phone number
  • Indicate desired raffle item number on each ticket
  • If no raffle item number is noted, ticket will be placed in the Disneyland raffle
  • Return ticket stubs in an envelope with appropriate donation amount, or bring to the event
  • Additional tickets may be purchased at the event
  • Need not be present to win; winners will be notified by telephone and posted on our website




We want to thank the companies and people who have provided us with donations for our raffle or who have supported our restoration events with specific product donations. Please support these brands as they support our efforts!

If you would like to donate to our fundraiser or restoration projects and be featured on this page, please contact our Stewardship Assistant, Kayla, at Thank you!

Atlantis Casino & Resort -Across the street from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, this upscale casino hotel is 2.2 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Aveda -The art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of Aveda. Our beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils.
B Street Theatre – B Street Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit theater located in Sacramento, California. It was founded by actor Timothy Busfield in 1986 as Theatre for Children, Inc., the company’s first focus was a touring theatre company for children 
Backcountry Press – An independent publisher of web and print media whose themes explore natural history, ecology, and the western landscape.
Bella Capelli Salon -A full service AVEDA Concept Hair Salon & Day Spa, located in Downtown Placerville, California 
The Bookery – A local used book store located in Placerville, CA
Big 5 Sporting Goods – Chain retailer providing a full range of sporting & outdoor equipment, shoes & apparel
Cabelas – Retail mainstay stocking a huge inventory of hunting, fishing & camping supplies, plus boats & ATVs
California Automobile Museum – California Automobile Museum, formerly the Towe Auto Museum, is an automobile museum located in Sacramento, California.
Capitol Stage Company -Performing arts venue highlighting innovative, contemporary local theater with an edgy vibe.
Disneyland ParkDisneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney
Dolphin Charters -Dolphin Charters has been a leader in professionally led small group whale watching cruises and natural history, and photo tours for over thirty years
Fairytale TownEnduring kid-friendly park featuring a storybook theme, animals for petting, gardens & a cafe 
Guayaki – organic yerba mate tea
Lagunitas Brewing Company – The Lagunitas Brewing Company is a brewery founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, The company is half-owned by Heineken International
Leatherby’s – Sacramento family-oriented ice cream parlour that makes their ice cream, sauces, whip cream and many food items fresh daily in their creamery 
Lupine Pets – Pet products guaranteed for life, “Even If Chewed!”
Mondavi Center – The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue located on the UC Davis campus in Davis, California
Pier 39 -Bustling bayside pier featuring scenic views, sea-lion sightings, eateries, shops & entertainment in San Francisco
Placerville Natural Foods Co-op – Placerville Natural Foods Co-op is a full-line grocery store in Placerville, California. We offer produce, bulk herbs and dry goods, medicinal herbs and supplements, as well as household cleaners.
Sacramento Children’s Museum – A 7,000-square-foot interactive children’s museum located in Sacramento for ages birth to eight years old 
Sacramento River Cats -The Sacramento River Cats are a minor league baseball team based in West Sacramento, California. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League and is the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants.
Sacramento Kings -The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Western Conference Pacific Division. 
Sacramento Zoo – Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to over 140 native, exotic and endangered species and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
San Francisco Ballet -Highly regarded troupe performs eclectic repertoire of neoclassical and contemporary ballets 
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Craft brewery with various tours & tastings, plus a music venue & taproom with farm-to-table fare
Total Wine & More -Liquor superstore chain with a fine wine focus, also offering tastings & classes
Winterhill Olive Oil – Local artisanally crafted olive oil located in Placerville, CA

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