Dance

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rockabilly, Blues and Dancing Shoes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Line dancers filled the floor at the Grand Finale at the Muni on Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Line dancers filled the floor at the Grand Finale at the Muni on Sunday afternoon.

The music and dancing started early and went late on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend at the Redwood Coast Music Festival. The musicians and audience members again circled Eureka venues throughout both days. (You can see photos of Thursday and Friday's festivities here.)

My Saturday goals were to watch the dance contests, catch Gino & the Lone Gunman for some rockabilly in a cramped Red Lion meeting room, eat an early dinner and stay out late with a big crowd at the Municipal Auditorium for the Blues Special.

The Blues Special did not disappoint. Prior to the show, organizers were stressed out because Michael Doucet's flight from SFO to ACV was cancelled — who would ever expect that? But the organizers announced he was driving up and he eventually arrived in time to make the show. Kenny Neal moved up to Doucet's 6 p.m. time slot and put on a fantastic show with his singing and guitar and harmonica playing.

The audience likely wouldn't have let Neal leave the stage if Doucet hadn't finally arrived and joined Tom Rigney & Flambeau in some virtuoso fiddle and violin playing in another great performance. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats closed out the show.

Sunday's Grand Finale at the Muni featured seven groups who demonstrated great musicianship, as well as the ability to make smooth transitions from group to group. The dance floor was packed for a two-hour display of amazing dance skills. Doucet and Rigney closed the festival with another round of fiddle and Cajun violin.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Swingtime

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Gator Nation led off the Friday evening music at the Adorni Center with an outstanding performance. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Gator Nation led off the Friday evening music at the Adorni Center with an outstanding performance.

Last weekend the streets of Eureka filled with musicians and audience members who love good music and who love to dance. A packed, repeating schedule of performances of New Orleans jazz, blues, rockabilly and Cajun music by award-winning performers kept them and audience members rotating around venues at the Adorni Center, Morris Graves, the Eureka Theater, the Municipal Auditorium (with its poor acoustics), the Sequoia Center and a cramped room at the Red Lion Inn.

The musical talent all weekend was outstanding, with guest artist Brian Casserly seeming to appear with his trombone and trumpet with every group and at every venue on the schedule. Many young and old fans of dancing showed up for the festival, given its growing reputation as a dance venue, and worked up a sweat.

Thursday and Friday events included a series of free children's concerts, thanks to the leadership of retired teacher Lynn McKenna of Eureka. Thursday evening's kick-off dance featured talented local youth in the 24th straight music festival performance by the Zane Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Bruce McCay. Fifth graders from Grant and Lafayette grade schools performed their version of the Charleston and the traditional New Orleans Parasol Walk at the Friday Opening Ceremony, under the direction of McKenna and retired teachers Fred Johansen and Linda Hall. After that, the music performances rolled on for the rest of the weekend.

Enjoy the slideshow of Thursday and Friday events here and stay tuned for scenes from Saturday's dance contests, the blues special concert and Sunday's grand finale.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All Species, All the Time

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation.
The Same Old People's 43rd annual North Country Fair continued on Sunday with a large crowd gathered to watch the All Species Parade. It featured the Arcata Playhouse’s large and small creatures and a wide mix of puppets and other life forms marching twice around the plaza. Attendees also checked out performances by local bands and dancers, along with a large array of food, jewelry and clothing vendors.
Two new additions to the festival this year included a zero-waste kids’ craft zone sponsored by SCRAP Humboldt and a Wellness Row of information tents featuring community health information, tea samples, massage and yoga.


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Samba and Sunshine

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday.

The two-day 43rd annual North Country Fair got off to a bright start on a warm, sunny Saturday on the Arcata Plaza. Organized by the Same Old People since 1974, the zero-waste, family-friendly festival features 170 art and craft vendors, three music and entertainment stages, local food booths and activities for children. Members of Trillium Dance and Samba da Alegria led a lively Samba Parade in the afternoon. Add a little rhythm and shine to your day with the slideshow below.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Swing, Baby

Posted By and on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Davina Sowers, frontwoman for Davina in the Vagabonds, plays the keyboards during the dance party at the municipal auditorium on Saturday night. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Davina Sowers, frontwoman for Davina in the Vagabonds, plays the keyboards during the dance party at the municipal auditorium on Saturday night.
By now the musicians who played the Redwood Coast Music Festival this past weekend have packed up their instruments and are back on the road, and the dancers who spent the weekend swinging and spinning have soaked their feet and swapped their festival finery for their regular duds. Seems like a good time to peruse a few shots from the weekend by photographer Mark McKenna.
 
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dancing around the Plaza

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 11:11 AM


Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival.

The first day of the North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more drums, dancers, jugglers and giant puppets than you could shake a belly dancer's jangling belt at. It was all blue skies and bright costumes, as you'll see in Alexander Woodard's photographs here in the slideshow. Like many of the revelers and performers, he's going back for the All Species Parade today — so wave and smile while you're there or check back with us tomorrow for photos of what you missed.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Creamery Rises to the Big Top

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle.
A sold-out crowd headed for a big-top circus tent that sprouted on an open lot on the south edge of the Arcata Creamery district on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21. The "human only" Flynn Creek Circus from Mendocino led off the evening’s Creamery Festival lineup with a strong mix of entertaining, original and skilled athletic performances ranging from juggling to tight wire dancing to a heart-stopping double trapeze act. 

After the circus, the crowd followed enormous dragon and octopus puppets, stilt walkers and a band to a free evening performance at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle in front of the Creamery Building. Belly dancing and fire-twirling commenced, followed by an avalanche of large inflated balloons from the roof top into the excited crowd. Then the live music drew the crowd into the recycled old Arcata recycling center for the Holly Yashi dance party with the Latin Peppers. It felt a little odd — but nice — to be in the transformed Creamery district and the old Arcata recycling center on a Friday night, but it may have been the best dance floor in town.
 


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eureka Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Carol Jacobson, Music Director & Conductor of the Eureka Symphony. - SUBMITTED
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  • Carol Jacobson, Music Director & Conductor of the Eureka Symphony.

The Eureka Symphony recently announced its 2015-2016 season, “Experience the Greats” — a theme offering renowned composers and guest artists. There are five performances scheduled including a season opener, the popular holiday concert and a season finale. Nestled in the mix is a performance "dedicated to the contributions made to film by great composers, with such well-known classical composers as Rossini, Debussy, Strauss, Handel and contemporary composers John Williams and Hans Zimmer," and a concert showcasing the works of 20th-century composers, featuring a harpist/tango dancer.

Season Tickets for the 2015-2016 Season are available now. There are a number of discounted ticket packages available, which can be purchased online at eurekasymphony.org or by calling the ticket line at 845-3655. Single tickets go on sale on August 17.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Center Yourselves ... the 2015-2016 Center Arts Lineup is Here

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 10:22 AM

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All right, kids. The wait is over.

Center Arts just announced its 2015-2016 lineup and the offerings are good and plenty. From the Waifs to Weird Al to the Chieftains to Cooder (Ry), the good folks at Humboldt State University have done it again. There are Martinis of the Pink persuasion and Kids on Milk Cartons to whet your musical whistles. And if you haven't recovered from jazz legend Cassandra Wilson's last minute cancellation last season, pull yourself together because she's back. 

Some of this season's highlights include: Eddie Izzard, StarTalk Live! with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Melissa Etheridge, The Blue Man Group and John Prine. Take a second to let that soak in. Feels good, right? Feels "Everybody Wants to Feel Like You" good, doesn't it? Yeah. It's like that. 

To view the full lineup, check out their snazzy website at www2.humboldt.edu/centerarts/events, or check your mailboxes for the glossy goodness of the catalog. Prices vary per event and students get a sweet discount. For more info call CenterArts at 707-826-3928.

Nicely done, Center Arts. Nicely done.



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Got Thrilled

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

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The dead hordes came to life all over Arcata this afternoon. Students from Sunny Brae Middle School collapsed in Murphy's Market, the plaza and Adult Day Health Care of Mad River, only to be risen again by the King of Pop's "Thriller." Scroll on for more pics of the gripping yearly dance performance, courtesy of Sunny Brae Principal Lynda Yeoman.

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