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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Buddy Brown Blues Fest Back in Blue Lake

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 4:00 AM

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Don’t put that folding chair away just yet! Another Humboldt County festival favorite returns after two years: The 20th annual Buddy Brown Blues Festival takes up its rightful place in Perigot Park this Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ($15, $12 Folklife Society members, $5 for kids 12 and under). Ready to lay down the best of local acoustic and electric blues are the Back Seat Drivers, Mojo Rockers, Buddy Reed and the Rip It Ups, Jim Lahman Band, The
Uptown Kings and Black Sage Runners. Besides great live music and room to move, there’ll be plenty of local beer and wine on tap and food available. Enjoy a day full of live music and help support the Humboldt Folklife Society.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

TBAM: Getting Classy in Trinidad

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 11:25 AM

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In Why Trinidad is One of the Best Places to Recreate in Summer news, it’s weekend number one of the Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival, which brings live classical music by world-class musicians — and a pop-up visual art gallery — to the seaside town the weekends of Aug. 5-7 and Aug. 12-14 ($200 TBAM FestPass or $30 per concert, $15 students per concert). Many favorite artists return this year, like Daniela Mineva, Peter Kibbe, David Powell, Terrie Baune, Carol Jacobson and John Chernoff, among others, performing concerts in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church and Trinidad Town Hall. There will also be artwork by Tom Allen, Matt Dodge, Reuben Mayes, Paul Rickard and Jeff Stanley. Get detailed information about the concerts and artists at www.TBAMFest.com. Attendees must present proof of COVID vaccination.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Photos: 55th Annual Annie and Mary Day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 9:02 AM

While fewer people than last year showed up for Blue Lake’s 55th annual Annie and Mary Day on a perfect weather day on Sunday, everyone present seemed to share a positive attitude. (And despite the ongoing pandemic, very few were wearing masks.) The day featured most of the usual participants in Blue Lake's small-town parade and a very popular line up of vintage vehicles in the Bill Nessler Car Show.
Jamie Bondage with the Rag Doll Review convertible lined up for the parade start with Amber Lust (back left) and others in charge of throwing candy to attendees. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Jamie Bondage with the Rag Doll Review convertible lined up for the parade start with Amber Lust (back left) and others in charge of throwing candy to attendees.

According to the city website, “Every year since 1967, the Blue Lake Chamber has sponsored Annie and Mary Day. Annie and Mary Day is a celebration of the historic Arcata Mad River Rail Line, named after Annie Carroll and Mary Buckley, two bookkeepers who were employed by the railroad around the year 1907.”  I missed seeing Annie or Mary walking in the parade this year. The day wrapped up with live music and food, drink and craft vendors in Perigot Park. See the slideshow below for highlights.
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Photos: Oyster Fest 2022

Posted By on Sun, Jun 26, 2022 at 6:37 PM

It wasn't quite hot enough to cook an oyster, but the sun shone bright over the rebooted and relocated Arcata Bay Oyster Festival in the Creamery District on Saturday, June 25. The all-day event with vendors, food stalls and live music performances followed a kick-off event the night before and required a $15 ticket for entry.

The crowds showed up in festival finery and braved long, long lines for food and beer, some retreating to the big tent or whatever shade they could find along the edges of the field. The grassy dancing area by the music stage was popular, as were the giant bubbles drifting around the kids' zone. Photographer Mark Larson's slideshow below captures some of the color and flavor of the day.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Steel (Guitar) Yourselves: Folk Fest is Back!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2022 at 1:09 PM

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The Humboldt Folklife Society announced today that the Humboldt Folklife Festival is returning for the first time in three years with the (pre-COVID, traditionally annual) event slated for July 14-16, 2022, at the Dell’Arte Amphitheater in Blue Lake.

The event brings back attendee favorites: an evening outdoor show on Thursday, July 14, a Barn Dance on Friday, July 15 and the All Day Free Festival on Saturday, July 16.

Mark your calendars: Tickets are available July 1 at humboldtfolklife-night1.brownpapertickets.com.

For more on this year’s fest and the upcoming Buddy Brown Blues Festival, read the press release below.


Arcata, CA– Humboldt Folklife Society invites the public to the Humboldt Folklife Festival, scheduled for July 14-16, 2022, Thursday-Saturday, at Dell’Arte Amphitheater in Blue Lake. All events are 100% outdoors, weather permitting.

· Thursday July 14, Outdoor show 6-10 PM with Huckleberry Flint, Canary & the Vamp, Bayou Swamis, and The Starhoppers

· Friday July 15, Barn Dance on the Street 4-6 PM with Lyndsey Battle caller, and Cider Mill Creek playing. Barn dance is free and open to all ages and skill levels. Outdoor show 6-10 PM featuring The Handshakers, Dead On, and Absynth Quartet

Tickets for Thursday and Friday outdoor evening shows are available to the public on July 1, https://humboldtfolklife-night1.brownpapertickets.com (July 14 show), and https://humboldtfolklife-night2.brownpapertickets.com/ (July 15 show). To become a Folklike Society member, and be able to purchase discounted tickets, go to https://humboldtfolklife.com/renew-support.

· Saturday July 16 is the All Day Free Festival (by donation) featuring Blake Ritter’s Fiddle Academy, Back Seat Drivers, Blake Ritter and Rick Kearns, Mariachi de Humboldt, Compost Mountain Boys, Kingfoot, Fickle Hill, The Yokels, and Barn Fire. One stage, 9 bands plus workshops on the street 11am- 8pm. Details are posted at humboldtfolklife.com

Also mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Buddy Brown Blues Festival, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, Perigot Park, Blue Lake, CA. The festival was cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions. Gate opens at 10:30 A.M. and five acts perform hourly until 6:30 P.M: Black Sage Runners, The Uptown Kings, Jim Lahman Band, Buddy Reed & the Rip It Ups, Mojo Rockers, and Back Seat Drivers. Tickets are $15 and $12 for HFS member, and can be purchased at the gate. August 6th, once again at Perigot Park in Blue Lake, starting at 11 AM.

The Folklife Society is seeking volunteers for both festivals, who will receive a Folklife beverage cup for four hours of volunteering. Interested community members can volunteer by emailing anne.g.kinne@gmail.com. For over 40 years, the Humboldt Folklife Society has existed to teach, celebrate, and encourage participation in folk and traditional arts.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Catch Chubritza at Synapsis Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM

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Enjoy an evening of European music and dance at Chubritza Statewide Folk Dance Songs Part 1 happening tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Synapsis ($5-$20 sliding scale). The local supergroup plays traditional folk dance songs from a wide variety of European countries, including Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and more. Chubritza will perform at the Folkdance Federation of California annual gathering in Petaluma May 20-21 and lucky hometown audiences will get to hear what they’ll be playing first. Catch the band’s statewide set at Synapsis during this Friday’s performance and on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
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Get Your Fruit On! Papaya Lounge Takes Over Septentrio Winery Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 10:49 AM

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Let’s get ready to ruuuummble! The saucy show you’ve been jonesing for is back. Things get fresh and fruity at the Papaya Lounge Rumble Royale Septentrio Winery Takeover, Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 from 7 to10 p.m. at Septentrio Tasting Room ($30). The “raucous and opulent cabaret set in a seedy lounge run by some seriously sexy people” returns for more debaucherous fun. Get there at 5 p.m. when the doors open for cocktails and food served from the Nosh, then settle in for some serious fun courtesy of host Velvet Q. Jones and her friends Nancy Schwartz, Musty Beaver and Papaya's house band, the Enthusiastic
Consents.
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Friday, April 15, 2022

Check out these Cal Poly Humboldt Weekend Concerts

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2022 at 8:58 AM

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  • Mariachi de Humboldt. Photo courtesy AB Navarro
In the mood for some live, high-energy music? Look no further than the two shows Cal Poly Humboldt’s got on tap this weekend. First up, it’s the Cal Poly Humboldt Guitar Ensemble and Mariachi de Humboldt Concert, tonight at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall ($10, $5 child, free for CPH students w/ID). The concert includes a variety of musical styles and ensembles, including a guitar octet playing an arrangement of Monteverdi's “Orfeo,” a banjo trio performing old-time clawhammer banjo, performance poetry with guitar and marimba, and the
much-anticipated return of the school’s newest ensemble, Mariachi de Humboldt, playing love songs and more love songs. Then, set your metronomes to “WOW” for the Cal Poly Humboldt Percussion Ensemble and World Percussion Group Concert on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. also in Fulkerson Recital Hall ($10, $5 child, free for CPH students w/ID). Directed by Eugene Novotney and Howard Kaufman, this show features contemporary music for percussion and African rhythms of the Ewe tradition of Ghana. Proof of COVID vaccination and booster is
required for both events. Masks are not required but strongly recommended.
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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Next Up at the Humboldt Faculty Artist Series: Arcata Bay String Quartet

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2022 at 4:00 AM

The Arcata Bay String Quartet. - COURTESY CAL POLY HUMBOLDT SCHOOL OF DANCE, MUSIC, AND THEATRE
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Enjoy an afternoon of music with the Arcata Bay String Quartet at the Humboldt Faculty Artist Series, Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fulkerson Recital Hall ($15, $5 child and Cal Poly Humboldt students w/ID). Founded in 2017, the quartet features violinists Cindy Moyer and Karen Davy, violist Sherry Hanson and cellist Garrick Woods. The musicians will offer a repertoire of music composed within the last 10 years, including “two world premieres, two
Humboldt County composers, three female composers, one Mexican American composer, two African American composers, one Azerbaijani composer, and zero dead European male composers.” That’s music to our ears. A $7 livestream option is also available. Get tickets at www.centerarts.humboldt.edu.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Arcata Playhouse’s Family Fun Series is Back

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 11:38 AM

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Arcata Playhouse’s Family Fun Series is back! Discover the magic of the Arcata Playhouse’s  feel good annual event happening March 31-April 16 in the Creamery District. Look for the big top circus tent to catch headlining performers David Gonzalez with Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World, clown duo Coventry & Kaluza, singer/songwriter and fiddler Laurie Lewis and the 16th annual Cirque du Schwazee! Families can also anticipate dance workshops, Native Yurok
Storyteller Ernie Albers Jr., an outdoor movie screening of Inside Out, food trucks and the teen-organized Anti-Prom: Y2K. For more info, visit www.arcataplayhouse.org or call 822-1575.
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