Humboldt Folklife Society

We are Humboldt Folklife. We strive to support and celebrate local music and dance through festivals, dances, and workshops. 

We’re hosting some great shows next month at the Arcata Play House! Check out the details down below.

Evie Ladin Band 

Friday, Sept. 21 at 8pm

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Tenacious, innovative string musicians with a pulsing neo-trad heart, the Evie Ladin Band – Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson – throws down soulful folk songs with a four-dimensional live show on Friday, September 21 at the Arcata Playhouse. Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, writing from life in modern cities, blurring the lines between music and dance, is how audiences describe the ELB’s captivating concerts.

Tickets $18 general and $16 Folklife and Playhouse members. Available at Wilbberries Marketplace of online at

Eliza Gilkyson and Nina Gerber 

Friday, October 5 at 8pm

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The Arcata Playhouse and Humboldt Folklife Society co-host Eliza Gilkyson, a twice Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash. She is a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year. Her new release, Secularia is currently topping the Folk charts at number one. The album has cameos by Shawn Colvin, Jimmy LaFave and Tosca String.


Gilkyson is joined for the Playhouse show by special guest Nina Gerber. Nina is the LeBron James of guitar players – everyone who plays with her gets better when she plays. She’s added her talents to the work of a wealth of wonderful artists, including Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky, and Kate Wolf, with whom Nina started her musical career. Her album Good Music with Good People features outstanding performances with Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Bruce Cockburn, among others, all taken from the Kate Wolf Festival.


This promises to be a very special evening of music. Get your tickets early for this one. Doors at 7:30 pm with show at 8 pm. 
Tickets are $26 general and $24 Humboldt Folklife and Playhouse members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, or online at


All photography provided by Joel Sonenshein, Andrew Geoff, Bob Doran, and Chuck Johnson.


Check out our Radio Show

Sundays 7PM-9PM
Following in the footsteps of Don Wolski and the Bayside Hayride! With host Jay Stallman, our radio show explores the wild and wonderful landscape of folk music. Tune in to hear a wide range of traditional and contemporary American roots music, including acoustic blues and jazz; old-time stringband and bluegrass; historical and contemporary folk; world-wide acoustic influences; cajun and zydeco; Western swing, honky tonk, and rockabilly; and old country to alternative country. Check it out.