• Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Levin Brothers


    Sunday show is SOLD OUT!  Monday night tickets available here 
    Rock bass legend Tony Levin joins his brother Pete Levin for an evening of jazz with the Levin Brothers Trio at the Arcata Playhouse for a special two night engagement on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 at 8 p.m.

    Tony has played and recorded with the likes of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Paul Simon, David Bowie, King Crimson, Alice Cooper, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson and Yes. If you listened to contemporary music the last 30 years you have heard Tony’s amazing bass playing.

    Tony’s brother Pete Levin who plays keyboards in the band has an equally impressive resume. In the 70’s and 80’s he was in high demand in the New York City recording studio scene. He has graced hundreds of jazz and pop recordings and performances by the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Joe Louis Walker, Freddie Hubbard, Annie Lennox, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter. He currently records with his organ trio with Dave Stryker and Lenny White.

    Drummer/Composer Jeff Siegel rounds out the trio and is a veteran of the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual who's-who of jazz artists himself. A member of Sir Roland Hanna's Trio from 1994-99, Jeff has performed and recorded with jazz legends including Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Helen Merrill and Mose Allison.

    For the first time in their storied careers the two brothers have joined together for a return to their jazz roots  with The Levin Brothers band and a rare west coast tour.  Pete Levin mused about how the band got together, "Last year, Tony called me to say he was getting into jazz cello and did I have time to get together and play. His idea was to revisit music we listened to as kids, soulful jazz with melodies we could still scat after 50 years. We wrote some tunes, jammed, wrote some more, and talked about doing local trio gigs.” After record their efforts they started touring nationally and internationally.  Now they will be bringing their unique jazz style to the West Coast for their 2019 Winter tour with a stop in Humboldt County.

    Tickets are $34 general and $32 members available online at arcataplayhouse.org, at Wildberries Marketplace or reserve at 822-1575. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m.

  • Monday, January 21, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Levin Brothers


    Sunday show is SOLD OUT!  Monday night tickets available here 
    Rock bass legend Tony Levin joins his brother Pete Levin for an evening of jazz with the Levin Brothers Trio at the Arcata Playhouse for a special two night engagement on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 at 8 p.m.

    Tony has played and recorded with the likes of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Paul Simon, David Bowie, King Crimson, Alice Cooper, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson and Yes. If you listened to contemporary music the last 30 years you have heard Tony’s amazing bass playing.

    Tony’s brother Pete Levin who plays keyboards in the band has an equally impressive resume. In the 70’s and 80’s he was in high demand in the New York City recording studio scene. He has graced hundreds of jazz and pop recordings and performances by the likes of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Joe Louis Walker, Freddie Hubbard, Annie Lennox, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter. He currently records with his organ trio with Dave Stryker and Lenny White.

    Drummer/Composer Jeff Siegel rounds out the trio and is a veteran of the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual who's-who of jazz artists himself. A member of Sir Roland Hanna's Trio from 1994-99, Jeff has performed and recorded with jazz legends including Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Helen Merrill and Mose Allison.

    For the first time in their storied careers the two brothers have joined together for a return to their jazz roots  with The Levin Brothers band and a rare west coast tour.  Pete Levin mused about how the band got together, "Last year, Tony called me to say he was getting into jazz cello and did I have time to get together and play. His idea was to revisit music we listened to as kids, soulful jazz with melodies we could still scat after 50 years. We wrote some tunes, jammed, wrote some more, and talked about doing local trio gigs.” After record their efforts they started touring nationally and internationally.  Now they will be bringing their unique jazz style to the West Coast for their 2019 Winter tour with a stop in Humboldt County.

    Tickets are $34 general and $32 members available online at arcataplayhouse.org, at Wildberries Marketplace or reserve at 822-1575. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, & Bill Stewart Trio


    Redwood Jazz Alliance presents Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, & Bill Stewart Trio

    Over thirty years, under a variety of names, this threesome has quietly become the best organ trio around.  No one claims the role of leader because, as Jazz Times puts it, this is “that rare unit in which each player, while being an excellent soloist, is equally influential in shaping a performance’s direction.” While they know their organ-trio tradition as well as anyone, theirs is low-key and sneaky, not loud and greasy, and it “excels at the art of the slow burn.” Peter Bernstein, guitar; Larry Goldings, organ; Bill Stewart, drums.  Tickets at  at Wildberries Marketplace, Wildwood Music, People's Records, and The Work or online at http://www.redwoodjazzalliance.org. 

    "The heaviest, most original organ trio jazz has seen in the last three decades." 
    —pianist Brad Mehldau

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Katie McNally Trio

    Tickets The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American traditional music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. Based in Boston, the Katie McNally Trios latest CD The Boston States synthesizes Katie’s elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.

    The Boston States CD reimagines the historic musical connection between Maritime Canada and New England. This collection of tunes draws inspiration from raw, mid-century recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts and is sculpted by the creative energy of the Boston acoustic music scene. Their music has been featured on NPRs The World and the Thistle and Shamrock and was hailed as one of the best modern Cape Breton records of the past ten years. (Irish Music Magazine)

    Katie was recently the cover girl for Fiddler Magazine and has performed and taught fiddle courses in the US, Canada, Spain, Scotland, England and France. As a student of acclaimed fiddler Hanneke Cassel and longtime member of the cross-genre fiddle super-group Childsplay, Katie has appeared on numberous CDs and concert videos and performed in festivals and at folk venues around the world. In addition to her busy touring schedule, she is a popular instructor at fiddle camps where learning music is about joy, community and fun!

    Neil Pearlman continues to blaze his own trail making music that ranges from the traditional to avant-garde. Pianist, step-dancer and podcaster, Neil is a force to be reckoned with Brian ODonovan, WGBHs A Celtic Sojourn Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, he adds jazz harmony and syncopation. Growing up in a musical family, Neil was immersed in Scottish and Cape Breton music and dance from the age of 3.

    Shauncey Ali, of Madison, Wisconsin, is recognized nationally as an educator, premier fiddler and violist. In 2014, Shauncey won the prestigious RockyGrass fiddle competition in Lyons, CO. In 2016, he was named the Teacher of the Year by the Madison Area Music Association.

    Tickets are $15 general and $13 Playhouse and Folklife members and are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online at brownpapertickets or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 02:00 PM

    The Man Who Planted Trees

    Tickets The opening event of our 2019 Family Fun Series. This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation by Scotland's Puppet State Theater of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. 

    This international sensation has been performing worldwide since 2006. 

    “Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.” (The Guardian)

    Tickets are $15 for adult and $10 for kids 12 and under and are available at Wildberries Marketplace starting Jan. 1 or online at brownpapertickets.com or reserve at 822-1575. 

  • Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    The Man Who Planted Trees

    Tickets The opening event of our 2019 Family Fun Series. This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation by Scotland's Puppet State Theater of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. 

    This international sensation has been performing worldwide since 2006. 

    “Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.” (The Guardian)

    Tickets are $15 for adult and $10 for kids 12 and under and are available at Wildberries Marketplace starting Jan. 1 or online at brownpapertickets.com or reserve at 822-1575. 

  • Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Front Country

    Tickets What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called "passionately intoxicating" and "orchestral" and Melody's bluesy vocals have been described as "rafter-shaking".

    In the last few years, the band has performed at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, Rockygrass, Wintergrass, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival, Anchorage Folk Fest, La Roche Bluegrass Festival France, Old Settlers Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The Bluegrass Underground, Winter Wondergrass Tahoe, Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, Big Sky Big Grass Festival and Red Wing Roots Festival and has supported Steep Canyon Rangers, Leftover Salmon and Greensky Bluegrass.

    Tickets are $18 general and $16 Folklife and Playhouse members and $20 the day of the show. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, brownpapertickets.com or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Nels Cline 4

    Tickets on sale starting 11/16
    We are beyond thrilled to be hosting this very special evening with The Nels Cline 4!
    Of all the rich and varied projects guitarist Nels Cline has pursued since his emergence as a leader in the late 1980s, his two-guitar duo with Julian Lage, documented on the 2014 album Room, ranks among the most special. With Currents, Constellations, Cline’s second Blue Note release, the duo has morphed and expanded into The Nels Cline 4, made up of Cline and Lage plus the fierce and versatile rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey.

    Known as the lead guitarist of Wilco since 2004, and one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists,” Cline is coming off the success of his 2016 Blue Note debut Lovers, a “quietly ravishing double-album” (NY Times) ) featuring Cline with a large ensemble that was “wildly inventive in its watercolored way” (Rolling Stone). On Currents, Constellations Cline embraces a sparser but edgier instrumentation, which serves the adventurous thrust of the music, brimming as it does with raw energy and wild beauty. 

    Tickets are available online at brownpaperticket.com

  • Friday, April 05, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Jenny Scheinman's Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait


    Tickets In this new live music and film piece, acclaimed musician and hometown girl Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of H. Lee Waters, who documented over 118 small towns in the southeast between 1936-42. Waters' films are of regular people going about their lives  mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading a war-time headline, children racing in slow motion toward a huge wooden teeter totter. Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor have re-edited these iconic images to Scheinmans music, and created a new movie that speaks to any community as much as to the towns where it was filmed. The score for the film is performed live with a trio that includes Scheinman, Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe.


    These are Americas home movies.  They contain a clue to our nature, an imprint of our ancestry.  They were shot before Americans had sophisticated understanding of film, and capture truthfulness that one is hard-pressed to find in this day and age now that we are immersed in a world of social media, video, and photography.  These people can dance.  Girls catapult each other off seesaws and teenage boys hang on each others arms.  Toothless men play resonator guitars on street corners, and toddlers push strollers through empty fields.  They remind us of our resilience and of our immense capacity for joy even in the hardest of times. 

    "Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues"
    The New York Times

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