• Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 08:00 PM

    Georgia Ruth with Absynth Quartet

    Georgia Ruth grew up performing in the Arcata Gospel Choir from the age 5. She is an original singer songwriter with a powerful roots inspired voice that blends Folk, Americana, Blues and Jazz in a combination that seems natural and inspired. Georgia is currently being backed by the multi-talented, genre-bending Absynth Quartet . The collaboration brings body and depth to Georgia's original song writing and evocative voice . The group is performing in support of their new album "Life Worth Living" available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify.  

    Tickets $10 in advance at Wildberries Marketplace or $15 at the door day of show.

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

    Jeffrey Foucault


    Tickets In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk. He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, being lauded for 
    “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Greil Marcus, to Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set. His new release BLOOD BROTHERS is the sixth collection of original songs in a career remarkable for an unrelenting dedication to craft, and independence from trend. 

    Tickets $20 general and $18 Playhouse and Folklife members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, brownpapertickets.com or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Levin Brothers


    Rock bass legend Tony Levin joins his brother Pete Levin for an evening of jazz with the Levin Brothers at the Arcata Playhouse on Friday, January 18 at 8pm! Tickets

    Levin has played with the likes of Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Asia, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits, Buddy Rich, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seal, Warren Zevon, Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson and Yes.

    Wow! Is there anyone like him? I don't think so! Get your tickets early.

    The Levin Brothers - featuring bassist Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stickmen), pianist Pete Levin (Gil Evans, Paul Simon, Jaco Pastorius) along with their long-standing drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel (Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Lee Shaw) bringing their unique jazz style to the West Coast for their Winter 2019 tour.
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    Tickets are $35 general and $32 members available online at brownpapertickets.com.  On sale at Wildberries Marketplace starting November 15.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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


    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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