• Friday, April 28, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    The Detours Music Showcase

    Detours_web_photo.1.jpgTickets The Detours Music Showcase is a benefit for the Arcata Playhouse featuring two local bands, The Detours and The Yokels. The show is a hybrid sit-down and dance concert. The Yokels will perform from 8 to 9:15.  The Detours will play from 9:35 to 11. Bring your dancing shoes! 

         The Detours play Americana music, including vintage honky tonk, newer alt-country and Southern-tinged soul music.  The tunes range from classic songs by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens to more current artists like The Mavericks and John Fogerty as well as The Detours' original songs by Jake Wiegandt and Marc Jeffares.  

          The Detours is comprised of: Paul DeMark, drums/vocals; Jeffares, vocals, mandolin, keyboards; Rick Levin, guitars/vocals; Ron Sharp, bass; and acoustic guitar; and guitarist/vocalist Wiegandt.  Wiegandt formerly played with Rooster McClintock. Jeffares is the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist in The Trouble.  DeMark also plays with The Delta Nationals and toured nationally with the late Chicago blues pianist Sunnyland Slim. Levin and Sharp have performed with Cadillac Ranch since 2007. 

         The Yokels were born two years ago.  The members have played together since they were all in the country-rock band Buckshot, formed in 1977, that played at various taverns, parties and shows throughout the county.  They still love playing music for North Coast folks.   Spanning decades of soul and danceabilly music, American-made, original and renewed: the Yokels are Steve Irwin, guitar and vocal; Glen Nagy, bass and vocal; Bill Kerker, drums and vocal.  Irwin also plays in the Delta Nationals while Kerker performs with Cadillac Ranch. 

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    Paul Simon Tribute

    220px-Paul_Simon_at_the_9-30_Club_(b).jpgTickets Some of Humboldt's finest musicians bring you a celebration of the music of Paul Simon, spanning his career from his early days with Art Garfunkel through his forays into South African and Afro-Brazilian influenced music.  If you are a fan of Paul's music, you won't want to miss this special event. The evening will feature Mark Weston, Tofu Mike, Joel Sonenshein, Leslie Quinn, Marcia Mendels, Chris Manspeaker, Laura Krueger, Jeff Kelley, Robert, Keiber, Kate Juliana, Marla Joy, Jesse Jonathan, Julie Froblom, Violet Dinning, Morgan Corviday and Jan Bramlett. 

    Tickets $15 general and $13 students and members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or call 822-1575 to reserve.

  • Friday, May 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    The Frog Prince

    Frog_Prince_1.JPG Tickets Arcata Playhouse 2017 Family Fun Series presents its season finale with The Frog Prince from Portland's Tears of Joy Puppet Theater. A spectacular puppet performance, The Frog Prince is inspired by a Mandarin Chinese folktale told with frogs, magical dragons and special effects. Portland based Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nations outstanding puppet theaters and known internationally for its innovation and excellence. Don't miss it! www.tojt.org 

    Tickets $14 for adult and $10 for kids 12 and under are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 02:00 PM

    The Frog Prince

    Frog_Prince_1.JPGTickets Arcata Playhouse 2017 Family Fun Series presents its season finale with The Frog Prince from Portland's Tears of Joy Puppet Theater. A spectacular puppet performance, The Frog Prince is inspired by a Mandarin Chinese folktale told with frogs, magical dragons and special effects. Portland based Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nations outstanding puppet theaters and known internationally for its innovation and excellence. Don't miss it! www.tojt.org 

    Tickets $14 for adult and $10 for kids 12 and under are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM

    The Frog Prince

    Frog_Prince_1.JPGTickets Arcata Playhouse 2017 Family Fun Series presents its season finale with The Frog Prince from Portland's Tears of Joy Puppet Theater. A spectacular puppet performance, The Frog Prince is inspired by a Mandarin Chinese folktale told with frogs, magical dragons and special effects. Portland based Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nations outstanding puppet theaters and known internationally for its innovation and excellence. Don't miss it! www.tojt.org 

    Tickets $14 for adult and $10 for kids 12 and under are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 03:00 PM

    Jeff Raz Secret Life of Clowns

    Web_pci_Jeff_Raz_bookSLOC_Artworkv5.jpgCirque du Soleil star and Dell’Arte Graduate Jeff Raz unveils his new book, The Secret Life of Clowns, at the Arcata Playhouse. Jeff’s only visit back to the Redwood Empire before launching his book nationally at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. this summer. This is a FREE to the public – reading, workshop, Q&A with the author and book signing.

    More than one million people saw Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo with Jeff Raz in the starring role. Every night after the show, Raz hurried back to the hotel to do his “day job” as the director of the only school for professional circus clowns in the United States. The Secret Life of Clowns was born from Raz’s attempts to take the principles he taught at The Clown Conservatory into the grand chapiteau in front of 2,800 Cirque du Soleil fans eight times a week. The form of the book is modeled on Constantin Stanislavski’s brilliant trilogy that brought the Moscow Art Theatre to the world through the eyes of a fictionalized student. Since Raz was simultaneously running a school and starring in a show, he has doubled up on Stanislavski with twin narratives ¾ a fictionalized Clown Conservatory and a backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil.

    "Jeff Raz is the perfect person to give the lowdown on what it means to train contemporary clowns, and what it means to actually be a clown — in the old circus, the ‘new circus,’ and in the theatre. His wonderful passion for the subject is now generously shared in his new book, just as it has been shared for so long with students and audiences."

    -          Joan Schirle, co-founder of Dell’Arte International

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 08:00 PM

    Hanneke Cassel and Mike Block

    ChrisHannekeMike-Sitting_web_pic.jpgTickets Fiddler Hanneke Cassel and her trio (Mike Block on cello and Christopher Lewis on guitar) stop at The Sherwood Center for the Arts on tour in support of her newly-released CD - TRIP TO WALDEN POND! Tickets $20 general & $18 students, seniors and members, $13 for kids 12 and under. Available at Wildberries Marketplace online or call 707-822-1575 to reserve. 
     Hannekes latest release, TRIP TO WALDEN POND, features traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and 17 new tunes composed in the Scottish style.  Produced by Finnish musician Antti Järvelä (FRIGG, JPP, Baltic Crossing), the album features cellist Mike Block, guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis, fiddler/violist Jeremy Kittel, and pianist Dave Wiesler.  The album fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with grooves and musical innovations from the Boston Americana scene and Hannekes Texas-style fiddle roots.

     "Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassels playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards.  She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, India, and China.  She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition. 
     Hannekes trio includes cellist Mike Block (who regularly performs with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble) and guitarist Christopher Lewis.  HAILED BY YO-YO MA as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century", Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mike is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.  Canadian-native Christopher Lewis provides the driving guitar sound in the group. In addition to his work with Hanneke, he has been involved with album production and performance in the Boston indie rock scene.

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