• Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Crooked Jades

    Tickets The Crooked Jades are a Bay Area string band who have created an innovative modern sound drawing from the roots of American traditional music. Founded in 1996 by Jeff Kazor (vocals, guitar and ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), the band also includes Erik Pearson (vocals, banjo, ukulele, harmonium, slide guitar), fiddler Emily Mann, and adjunct Jade Charlie Rose, who plays bowed bass. The Crooked Jades have performed at rock clubs, festivals and concert halls across the US and Europe and have released 8 critically acclaimed albums, including 2019’s “World’s On Fire”, drawn from their collaboration with modern dance choreographer Kate Weare.

    "This San Francisco quintet keep true to their old-time string band heart, yet in subtle, weird ways, they exaggerate the slightly-crazed aura of the rural pre-radio era music. It makes for a haunting, sophisticated trip to Appalachia. Mixing originals and traditional songs flawlessly, this might be the finest band to come out of the string-band resurgence."  – Boston Herald

    Tickets $18 general and $16 Playhouse members available at Wildberries Market Place online or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Tropa Magica & Special Guests Los Dune Bums

    AS Presents HSU Downtown with Tropa Magica & Special Guests Los Dune Bums. Pacheco Brothers, David and Rene, began their prolific music careers as Thee Commons; underdogs in the East L.A. music scene. Inspired by the Roots of Chicha compilations and the psych rock sounds coming out of Southern California they embraced both worlds with open arms. High-spirited and determined they worked on a formula that would become their signature “Psychedelic Cumbia Punk” sound. A sound, not Latino enough for the Mexicans nor surf enough for the psych-punks. LA Weekly made it clear: "If Thee Commons aren’t the best live band in Los Angeles, they’re damn near the top.” After 3 records and relentless touring the brothers Pacheco decided to work on a different live and studio sound. Yet, rather than start from scratch the brothers expanded on their “sound and reshaped it with a cinematic, orchestrated and carnivalesque twist.

    Tickets: FREE for HSU Students and $10 General

    Ticket Link: https://centerarts.humboldt.edu/Online/default.asp

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Windborne

    Tickets Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage.  They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

    Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries. 

    Click here to see video. 

    “A quartet the likes of which I haven’t seen since… Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the Watersons, or The Voice Squad. Just absolutely phenomenal! -BBC Traveling Folk

    Tickets are $15 general & $12 Playhouse and Folklife Society members at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

     

  • Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 08:00 PM

    Olivia Gatwood and Special Guests

    AS Presents HSU Downtown Olivia Gatwood with Ari Chi and special guest Cailin Nolte
    Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. Olivia's performances have been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, and BBC among others. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Poetry City U.S.A., and The Missouri Review. Her Amazon Best Selling collection, New American Best Friend, reflects her experiences growing up in both New Mexico and Trinidad, navigating girlhood, puberty, and relationships. Online, her videos, including Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Ode to My Bitch Face have gained over 3 million views collectively.
    PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FREE FOR HSU STUDENTS. Tickets required.

    Tickets: FREE for HSU Students and $10 General

    Ticket Link: https://centerarts.humboldt.edu/Online/default.asp

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 08:35 PM

    Abbie Gardner with Eli West

    Tickets Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! If you missed her at Kate Wolf this summer with Red Molly catch her at the Playhouse.

    “Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.” – Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live

    Tickets are $18 general & $16 Playhouse and Folklife Society members at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

     

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME

    Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME

    In their latest endeavor PARLOUR GAME, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with the formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. The repertoire explores swing, gogo, backbeats and ballads. Scheinman and Miller are both artists with eclectic backgrounds having collaborated with such diverse musicians as Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Ron Miles, Nels Cline, Jason Moran, Lucinda Williams, Natalie Merchant, Toshi Reagon, and Rene Rosnes. In PARLOUR GAME they explore the classic format of the piano quartet and strive for excellence in simplicity -  the perfect groove and a melody that sticks.

    This two evening engagement is hosted by Redwood Jazz Alliance and the Arcata Playhouse. With RJA hosting Monday, October 21 (tickets will be available thru RJA starting Sept. 1) and the Arcata Playhouse hosting the Tuesday, October 22 performance (tickets available here tickets). Tickets will be available at local outlets starting Sept. 1.

    Tickets available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3aw-9lkXDY

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME

    Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME

    In their latest endeavor PARLOUR GAME, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with the formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. The repertoire explores swing, gogo, backbeats and ballads. Scheinman and Miller are both artists with eclectic backgrounds having collaborated with such diverse musicians as Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Ron Miles, Nels Cline, Jason Moran, Lucinda Williams, Natalie Merchant, Toshi Reagon, and Rene Rosnes. In PARLOUR GAME they explore the classic format of the piano quartet and strive for excellence in simplicity -  the perfect groove and a melody that sticks.

    This two evening engagement is hosted by Redwood Jazz Alliance and the Arcata Playhouse. With RJA hosting Monday, October 21 (tickets will be available thru RJA starting Sept. 1) and the Arcata Playhouse hosting the Tuesday, October 22 performance (tickets available here tickets). Tickets will be available at local outlets starting Sept. 1.

    Tickets available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3aw-9lkXDY

  • Monday, November 04, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Scott Amendola vs. Will Blades with Cyro Baptista, Skerik & Jeff Parker

    Tickets Celebrating the release of our new record "Everybody Wins" (released Oct. 2019) drummer Scott Amendola and Organist Will Blades come to the Playhouse with some very special friends!  Scott Amendola-drums/electronics/percussion, Wil Blades-Hammond B3/ Clavinet. Special guests: Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice, Jeff Parker-guitar, Skerik-saxophone/EFX

    “Masters of improvisation, these gentlemen take a composed piece of music and bring it to the outer reaches and back” (East Bay Express). Berkeley-based drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola showcases his longstanding partnership with Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades for an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy, augmented by saxophonist Skerik, Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker, and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista, with music from their new album. Don't miss this all-star line up showcasing their new release. It will be HOT!

    Tickets are $20 general & $18 Playhouse members and are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Hanneke Cassel Band

    Tickets Performing with the Hanneke Cassel Band which features Mike Block on cello and guitarist Keith Murphy. Fusing influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations, this group creates a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition.  Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century," Mike is part of the Grammy-award winning Silk Road Ensemble, a graduate of the Juilliard School, and an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.

    Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”

    Tickets are $20 general, $18 Playhouse and Folklife Society and $16 for youth 12 and under. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

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