• Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Creamery Festival Centennial Celebration

    CREAMFST_17_PSTCRD_front_web_SMALL.jpgThe Creamery Arts Festival returns August 17-20 with fresh fun for the whole family. Centered around the 100th anniversary of Arcata’s historical Creamery Building the weekend of events will feature Flynn Creek Circus, the Fervor Fest, the community outdoor performance spectacle Elemental and a special centennial art exhibit by local artist Lush Newton.

    Presented by the Arcata Playhouse the festival commences on Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. with the first of six performances over the festival weekend from Mendocino County’s own Flynn Creek Circus. This charmingly nostalgic and surprisingly fresh all human circus will perform in their vintage big top tent with top quality acts featuring tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and comedians in an all new show.  www.flynncreekcircus.com    

    Continuing of Friday, August 18 at 8:30 p.m. with the Playhouse’s signature outdoor performance spectacle Elemental which features giant puppets, dancers, stilt walkers, live music, beautiful paper lanterns all happening around the Creamery building. The evening finished with a special adult performance from Flynn Creek Circus in their tent.

    Humboldt Fervor Festival is back as part of the festivities from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. This second annual event is co-hosted by Humboldt Made, Wildberries Marketplace and the Arcata Playhouse and is a celebration of all things fermented including hard cider, distilled spirits, beer and wine tastings as well as fermented non-alcoholic drinks & fermented food tastings such as sourkrout, kimchi, kvass, cheese, pickles, and more. Live music will include performances from Latin locals Timbata, Bandamonium and special surprises. 

    In addition to the Creamery Building being open for tours and hosting various special activities, the festival has commissioned local artist Lush Newton to create a special outdoor art exhibit that will be inspired by the 100th year anniversary. The exhibit titled “Golden State Creamery; The Land of Milk and Honey” will feature Newton’s unique whimsical style in several oversized art pieces placed around the building including representations of a historical train station and train engine, a family of Portuguese farmers and a special ode to Creamery Building architect Franklin Georgeson, 

    The Creamery Building is home to the Arcata Playhouse, Redwood Raks Dance Studios, Phoenix Ceramics, Tosha Yoga and vintage clothing store Bang! Bang! As well as musicians, potters, puppeteers, visual artists and woodworkers. The Creamery District is centrally located in Arcata and now easily accessible with the city’s new bike and walking trail that comes right through the neighborhood.

    Support for the Creamery Festival comes from the California Arts Council, Footprint Foundation, and local business sponsors Wildberries Marketplace and Holly Yashi Jewelry. 

    Tickets for the Flynn Creek Circus are at flynncreekcircus.com/tickets tickets for Fervor Festival are at Wildberries Marketplace or humboldtfervorfest.org/ticket_sales.  Additional info at www.arcataplayhouse.org www.creameryfestival.com or www.humboldtfervorfest.org

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    Flynn Creek Circus

    Flynn_Creek_trapeze.jpgMendocino County’s own charmingly nostalgic, surprisingly fresh all human circus will be raising their vintage big top tent in Arcata from August 17-20th as part of the Creamery District Arts Festival.  Experience an off beat 'film noir' world created by top quality tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and comedians for a new 2017 show.

    With their International cast, Flynn Creek Circus' 'Inter-Active' fuses comedy, improvisation and jaw dropping skills to create a completely new genre in circus-theater. Each evening the show takes on it's own unique identity as the audience's choices guide the cast through impressive and often ridiculous stunts. Riotously funny, deeply moving and dangerously inspiring, this 'Mad Libs' meets 'Mad skills' circus is an all human, all ages blast.  

    Flynn Creek Circus performances will be held at Creamery District at 1275 8th Street in Arcata in conjunction with the Creamery Arts Festival.  Tickets are available at a discounted price until the start of the first show and can be purchased in advance at www.flynncreekcircus.com.

    There is an opening night special for Thursday evening’s performance with tickets offered at $20 adult, $11 child, all seats with no front row reserve! Friday night’s performance will be a special, adult only show for 21 years or older featuring a no host bar to benefit Arcata Playhouse.

    Performance and Ticket Information

    Shows are scheduled for Thursday August 17th at 7pm, Friday August 18th at 9pm (adult show), Saturday August 19th at 3 and 7pm and Sunday August 20th at 1 and 4pm.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance for $12/child $20/Seniors, Students and Veterans and $27/adult. Door price ticket sales begin on the first show day.  Door prices are $15/child or $25/Senior and $32/adult.  VIP front row seating is available for $50 and includes complimentary popcorn or cotton candy, drink and souvenir program.  We recommend early purchase to guarantee your place. 

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 at 07:30 PM


    Shimsha__ic.jpgTickets Shimshai has a large underground following spanning the globe with his blend of Reggae, Jazz, Kirtan, South American music and folk, infused with a world beat influence. With lyrics spanning multiple languages attracting international crowds, Shimshai's deeply spiritual music has been creating devoted fans for more than a decade. Tickets $20 advance $25 at the door and are available at Wildberries Marketplace and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3063486 All Ages 12 and under Free

    "Shimshai's music emanates a divine presence and a quality of peace, a truly 'natural mystic' energy that flows into the hearts of his listeners."
    -Jai Uttal

    "When I hear this music I feel my soul rise up and start dancing".
    -Sunshine Pressider - KMUD - Humboldt County CA

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 08:00 PM


    Homenaje_photo_small_web.jpgHomenaje is a Los Angeles trio led by guitarist, Will Brahm fusing Latin, jazz, and classical stylings. The trio incorporates these traditions with a distinct Los Angeles flavor. Will Brahm tours the world as co-leader of the New West Guitar Group, contributing arrangements and sure fire musicianship. He is a 5 time K-Jazz scholarship recipient,

    Percussionist/drummer, Chris Wabich joins on the new project. He has worked with Leonard Cohen, Stanley Jordan, Mark Murphy, the Zappa family and many others.   

    "Will and the trio are just incredible, fire to the whole scene" - Kim Richmond





    "Guitar driven Latin jazz melodicism touring the streets of LA"

  • Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    John Whelan and Low Lily

    LowLilyPromoPiano_web_size.jpgJohn Whelan & Low Lily: "Crossing the Atlantic" Legendary Irish accordion champion John Whelan teams up with the acoustic Americana band Low Lily for an evening of Transatlantic roots music. Exploring the musical traditions of Ireland and America, this diverse and energetic show will showcase the fine talents of these seasoned performers. Alongside energetic uptempo Irish jigs and reels will be traditional American and Irish folk songs, original songs and instrumentals on fiddle, button accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass and lush, layered vocals. This show brings the generations together for a fresh new take on Roots music from both sides of the pond.

    Although JOHN WHELAN grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland’s County Wexford. “Ours was a very traditional household,” John says. “My father didn’t have any major vices – his only addiction was to Irish music.” Denis Whelan carried a reel-to-reel tape recorder to many shows, collecting hours of live music. Songs of home elicited sentimental tears, even when the words were not in English. “It was not the words but the emotion of the music that moved me”. At the age of 14, already a seasoned winner of numerous accordion championships, John recorded his first album, Pride of Wexford. Named in honor of his father, Pride of Wexford was no passing fancy - the album is still is print and selling steadily. Since his debut album, John has recorded six more albums, and has been featured on numerous compilations. He recorded several albums with Narada Records, has collaborated with such luminaries as Bernadette Peters, Johnny Cunningham, Tim O'Brien, and Kathy Mattea, and his music has been featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He appeared in the major motion pictures Ride with the Devil, The Drowning Plains, and Gods and Generals, and performed live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Fox After Breakfast. http://johnwhelanmusic.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi1Ou89wakE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-th95wvUT48

    The Brattleboro, VT-based band LOW LILY explores the roots and branches of American folk music, creating a unique brand of acoustic music that is rooted yet contemporary. Low Lily is Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle). They are all masterful players, composers and arrangers with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. Liz has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that draws from her musical history in the folk and ballad traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England and America as well as contemporary folk music.  She has performed with EVA, Long Time Courting, the John Whelan Band, and others.  Flynn has toured worldwide with numerous notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music, including  John Whelan and Americana singer/songwriter Adrienne Young. Lissa grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk community, graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music and has performed as a solo artist and with Solas and Childsplay, among others. Together as Low Lily, these young but well-seasoned musicians bring their considerable strengths, experience and history together to create an undeniably rich and versatile musical palette. 

    "(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing... (respectful) of another time with modern clarity and restrained power." –No Depression 

    http://www.LowLily.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIQtRESRSsM

  • Saturday, October 07, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    Red Molly

    Red-Molly-Press-Red-Dresses.jpg Tickets Americana powerhouse trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting, and captivating stage presence. They will return to the Playhouse after being on hiatus for a couple of year for this special show. Don't miss it! Tickets will go fast. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature crystalline, three-part harmonies.

    Tickets are $27 general and $25 members and students. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, The Works and online at brownpapertickets.com

    Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. Four-time featured artist at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass, and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the Mollies bring audiences to their feet, whether its on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall. We are delighted that they have included us on their west coast tour!

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

    Laura_Cortese_WEB_small.jpgLaura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Their new album California Calling comes out on October 6th. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. For their forthcoming album, the band is exploring their special and less common instrumentation with the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow.

     The new record has a wide emotional and sonic scope. The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.


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