Humboldt Folklife Society will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Barn Dance and Ceilidh (kālē) at the Arcata Veterans Hall, 1425 J Street, Arcata, on Friday March 15th with live Celtic music by Covered with Moss and caller Summer McCall.
A ceilidh is a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with instructed dancing from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The cost is $5 for Humboldt Folklife Members, Students, and Seniors. $10 for General Admission, and free for children under 12. No experience or partner needed, and all ages welcome! Beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available.
Tuesday, February 5 at 8pm
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.
Join the Blue Lake Chamber of Commerce at the First Annual Blue Lake Hoedown Barn Dance and Pie Contest on Saturday, January 26 at Prasch Hall, 312 Railroad Ave in Blue Lake, from 7 - 10 PM. Doors open at 6:30. The Striped Pig String Band will be playing with Lyndsey Battle calling. Forms for the Pie Contest can be picked up at Blue Lake City Hall. This event is $5 for Humboldt Folklife Members, Students, and Seniors, $10 for General Admission and Children under 12 are free! As always, no experience or partner needed. This event is co-hosted by the Blue Lake Saddle Club, Mad River Grange, and Humboldt Folklife Society.
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.
Tickets are $15 general and $13 Playhouse and Folklife members and are available at Wildberries Marketplace, online at brownpapertickets or reserve at 822-1575.
Humboldt Folklife Society will be hosting a Barn Dance at the Arcata Vets Hall on Saturday, November 3 with the Striped Pig Stringband and caller Lyndsey Battle. The dance will be from 7:30-10:30 PM. The Humboldt Homebrewers are co-sponsoring this dance and will be serving up several styles of homebrew!
It is $5 for Humboldt Folklife Members, Students, and Seniors, $10 for General Admission, and Free for children under 12.
No experience or partner needed!
The Arcata Playhouse and Huboldt 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 arcataplayhouse.org.
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 arcataplayhouse.org.
Homegrown Acoustic and Electric Blues
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The Buddy Brown Blues Festival is an annual fundraiser for Humboldt Folklife Society (HFS) Folk School Program.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Anne Kinne at email@example.com.
The 51st annual Annie & Mary Day Celebration will be on Sunday, July 8th, 2018 at Perigot Park. The all day event will include a parade, BBQ, arts & crafts vendors, kid’s activities and music provided by Humboldt Folklife Society. This is a family, fun, free event!
Music by The Brendas, Barnett & Boys featuring Rosalind Parducci, Belles of the Levee, The Gatehouse Well, and The Vanishing Pints.
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.
Kick off the holiday season by laughing at yourself and partner as you swing round and round to the uptempo string masters, Striped Pig String Band. Don't worry, the fabulous Lyndsey Battle will carefully lead you through each step.
Don't miss this boot-stomping good time!
Arcata Veteran's Hall, 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Tickets at the door
Kick off this year's Folklife Festival by laughing at yourself and partner as you swing round and round to the uptempo string masters, Striped Pig String Band. Don't worry, the fabulous Lyndsey Battle will carefully lead you through each step.
Don't miss this boot-stomping good time!
Tickets at the door