Upcoming Live Events

Ticket outlets include:
Gualala: Four-Eyed Frog Books and Sea Trader
Point Arena: Arena Market and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room
Fort Bragg: Tangents

Backline Benefit Bash

The coastal communities and everyone else are invited to celebrate local music at Arena Theater on September 13 when musicians from Point Arena and beyond will get together and rock the house in a fun(d)raiser for a backline benefit (specifically amps and drum kit).

Check out the spectacular line-up for a night of movin' and groovin':

7:30 pm: 60s Power Trio Band with Tom Landecker on drums, Mary Pitocco on bass and Detroit Danny on lead guitar performing classic Cream and other super band music from the late 60s/early 70s.

8:15 pm: Honest Outlaws with Hyland Greenbud on guitar & lead vocals, Montana Slim on lead guitar, Splash on bass & vocals, Eileen Dover on keyboard, Ben Dover on pedal steel, Chris Crumble on drums, classic country.

9:15 pm: Compressor Room with Todd Orenick (who brought you Zepparella!) and friends, contemporary rock.

10:15 pm: Thunderhoof with Michael Burton and friends, contemporary rock.

Ampage 11:15: Ampage with Mark Mason, lead vocals / songwriter and guitarist, Mark Pearce, lead guitar and vocals, Chris Campbell on drums, Bill Stokem on bass Hard Rock.

More about the bands in the order of their appearance (information will be added as it becomes available).

60s Power Trio Band: An exciting new band, just recently formed though some of the members are well known to 3rd Monday Music regulars. This will be their debut performance don't miss it! Tom Landecker on drums, Mari Pitocco on bass and a new guy, Detroit Danny on lead guitar. They're doing 60s super band stuff such as Cream classics. The band is so new, they don't even have a name just yet.

Honest Outlaws: Hiding behind the creative pseudonyms is, among others, local Eric Dahlhoff, who was instrumental in founding the ever popular 3rd Monday Music back in 2010! Honest Outlaws, created in 2011, has played at many local events such as the upcoming Harbor Fest, 4th of July festivities, and lots of times at the well-known PA watering hole, Sign o' the Whale, not to mention 3rd Monday Music. Their genre is classic country, well, what you'd expect checking with names like Hyland Greenbud on guitar & lead vocals, Montana Slim on lead guitar, Splash on bass & vocals, Eileen Dover on keyboard, Ben Dover on pedal steel, Chris Crumble on drums. Come on over and see who's who!

Compressor Room: Todd Orenick was instrumental in bringing you Zepparella, one of our smash events earlier this year. One would guess Compressor Room's riffs and rhythms would be in a similar vein.we will update.

Thunderhoof: Michael Burton is one of our sound guys and he'll perform with his band including James Hayes, another familiar face and home-grown musician.we'll update the band info as it becomes available.

Ampage: California based hard rockers Ampage, whose successful career (in varied configurations) spans the decades from the mid-1980s to today is about to embark on their 2014 USA tour to promote the release of their brand new CD, "Heavens To Mergatroid". This will be the band's 8th album and all four members can be found hard at work in the studio for the planned 2014 release.

Says Mason: "Ampage has remained strong and dedicated throughout the changes over the years to spite all the 'bumps' in road of a touring hard rock band, to bring to their fans nothing less than high quality, high caliber, and incredibly dynamic rock performances both live on stage and in the studio as reflected in our previously released albums, which can be attested to by our multitudes of fans worldwide."

Ampage and their music
The personnel changes that Ampage has experienced and undergone over the years, (which can prove deadly for some bands), some of which include the switch of lead guitarist Mark Englert, (of Dramarama), who joined Ampage in 2001, replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (of David Bowie and John Lennon fame,) and Loren Molinare (of Little Caesar). Original drummer Michael Kroeger who rejoined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard), actually serve as an asset on the Ampage Greatest Hits 2007 CD, Future Days Gone By as it provides extra thrill factor and star attraction for fans, as fans can enjoy the best performances of ALL of the great performers who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage during their time performing with this outstanding band; plus all the powerful prowess of the Ampage's current line-up, all on this one hard driving CD release.

Changes over the years to the line-up of Ampage have been aplenty, so fans can expect to be thoroughly well rocked on Ampage's CD, "Future Days Gone By", by such prolific performers as Gary Busey... Yeah, that Gary Busey! Highly acclaimed actor in such movies as The Buddy Holly Story, Gary Busey, who makes a guest appearance on the beginning of the CD's song "D Day", in the preacher's monologue. Busey's performances with the band Ampage, featured on Ampage's 2001 released CD "Falling Higher," as well as on Ampage's last CD, "Future Days Gone By". ...Some of the other stellar and/or legendary performers which performed with Ampage and can be heard on both their previous releases as well as featured on "Future Days Gone By" include such great performers as: Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Michael Monarch of Steppenwolf, Earl Slick of Bowie and John Lennon, John Easedale of Dramarama, John Taylor of Duran Duran, actor/musician Jeff Conaway of Taxi, and Grease as well as other outstanding musicians who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage over the years. Incidentally, Jeff Conaway was the producer of all of the MTV videos for Ampage in the 1990's.

The 2014 stellar line up for Ampage consists of:

Mark Mason, lead vocals/sonwriter and guitar: Founding force of the band, Mason is also a prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from 7 albums, to 9 major movies, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight" in 1990, "Bikini Summer II" in 1992, in which Jeff Conaway also starred and directed along with on screen performances by Mark Mason and Ampage. Mark's songwriting talent was featured also in the in the 1994 NBC Movie of the Week Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear". In 1999, Mark Mason along with Rick Allen, (world renown drummer for Def Leppard), wrote and recorded the theme song for the Disney Movie and movie trailer "Brink".

In addition to Mark's impressive list of professional credits, he is also recognized for his collaboration with other musical greats such as Tommy Shaw of the legendary rock band Styx, and with songwriter Wes Arkin of Guns & Roses fame. The remarkable versatility, total pro creative adaptability and high quality of Mark's style of songwriting and vocal and musicianship has earned Mark wide recognition amongst many of the music and movie industry's elite as being a "musician's musician".

Mark Pearce joined Ampage in 2013 taking over as lead guitarist and vocals for the band. Mark is a seasoned veteran musician and songwriter with more than enough experience to know what it takes to deliver a show to any audiences they won't soon forget.

Chris Campbell is the newest member of Ampage taking over drums in 2013 and is currently in the studio working on Heavens to Mergatroid. Chris has been a fixture in the San Francisco rock scene for more than 35 years playing with legendary bands like Odean Allstars, Mongaloyd, and Quiddity. While Chris comes from more of a punk rock background he is no stranger to hard rock and adds that hard pounding unique performance on every song. Chris brings his (greased) lightening to the stage and can be experienced in Ampage's electrifying live performances worldwide.

Bill Stokem on bass joined Ampage in 2013 freeing up Mark Mason to be lead singer and 2nd guitarist. Bill is an amazing bassist and contributes great vocals who studied at MI (Musicians Institute) in Hollywood during the mid-1980s. Bill has performed and recorded over the years in such bands as Anti-Social, Flembile, Pus Bucket later known as Bloody Pus Bucket and the Blue Meanies. Bill adds just the right amount of edginess to Ampage.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Mark Mason
Mark Mason of Ampage

Mark Pierce
Mark Pierce of Ampage

Bill Stokem
Bill Stokem of Ampage

Chris Campbell
Chris Campbell of Ampage

Saturday, September 13
Show: 7:30 pm
Doors Open: 7:00 pm

$10 General (at the door)

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience. Joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Keith Little, banjo; Paul Knight, bass; and Blaine Sprouse, fiddle. The ensemble has graced the stages of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Merlefest, Rothbury Australia's National Folk Festival, and numerous other festivals domestically and abroad, entertaining audiences with original and traditional songs executed in vibrant harmony.

Peter Rowan

In April 2013 Peter Rowan, joined by members of his current Bluegrass Band, released The Old School, a magnificent blending of old school sounds and players (Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne and Buddy Picher) with some of the bright young talent such as Chris Henry, Ronnie & Robbie McCoury performing memorable new songs such as "Doc Watson Morning", "Drop The Bone" and "Keepin' It Between The Lines (Old School)". The Old School followed the group's debut album for Nashville's Compass Records-­Legacy; the recording, featuring traditional and original compositions, was produced by Compass owner/recording artist Alison Brown and includes Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury. Legacy received a Grammy nomination in 2010.

Peter Rowan - Guitar, Vocals
GRAMMY-­-award winner and six-­-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-­songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter's stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring. For more about Peter Rowan visit http://www.peter-rowan.com/

Keith Little - Banjo, Vocals
A native of the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, Keith Little is a nationally acclaimed bluegrass musician, recording artist, and composer. Over a career spanning forty years, Keith has been an important member of many national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time), and has performed on the GRAMMY award winning recordings "The Grass Is Blue" and "Little Sparrow" by Dolly Parton, and "Another Country" by the Chieftains. An amazing vocalist, Keith appears regularly with duo partner Jim Nunally, and is also a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.

Paul Knight - Bass, Vocals
Paul Knight has been playing with Peter Rowan in various configurations for over 15 years. His driving acoustic bass has been part of recordings and live performances with a wide range of musicians including Jim Lauderdale, Laurie Lewis, and Crooked Jades, Paul is host to his own music series, Paul Knight & Friends, in his hometown of Pt. Reyes Station, CA. Several projects & bands have emerged from these shows including The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

Blaine Sprouse-­Fiddle
Originally from West Virginia, Blaine Sprouse took the music cue from his father, a clawhammer banjo player who taught Blaine guitar chords at age six. Before turning eighteen, Blaine fast-­tracked his professional career by joining Jimmy Martin as a Sunny Mountain Boy, touring the United States and Japan. After a move to Nashville, he left Martin to fiddle for Bill Monroe's son James in the Midnight Ramblers. Much in demand as sideman and session player, Blaine toured and recorded with a stunning array of legendary bluegrass and country artists, among them, Charlie Louvin, Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, and the Osborne Brothers. After the release of three critically acclaimed solo recordings, Sprouse produced Indian Springs, a twin fiddle album with Kenny Baker on which they exhibit intuitive chemistry. Also a gifted mandolin and guitar player, Sprouse is at home in bluegrass, blues, swing, jazz and folk.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Peter Rowan

Friday, September 26
Show: 7:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:00 pm

$25 general

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SambaDá Pa Ti!
The West Coast's Hottest Brazilian Band is coming to Arena Theater

Dubbed the West Coast's hottest Brazilian band, SambaDá musically unites the Americas by drawing from the percussion based styles of South and Central America and blending them playfully with funk and reggae beats so familiar to crowds in North America. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.

SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances.

Steeped in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, band members and Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora contribute profound knowledge of Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.

Papiba is a master of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art form created by Brazilian slaves, which draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Salvador, Bahia and the Carnival Group Ile Aiye, and started her dancing career at age 6. Ile Aiye has been in the forefront of Civil Rights in Brazil, promoting equality and justice, and is widely recognized as the first Afro Brazilian BLOCO or group to perform in Brazil's notorious Carnival celebrations.

The other members of SambaDá come from a wide range of styles, generations and sensibilities. What unites this band from such diverse backgrounds is a magic that can be felt by both the band and the audience. SambaDá brings joy to each performance, and keeps their fans asking for more!

Visit http://www.sambada.com/ for more about the band.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Saturday, October 18
Show: 9:00 pm
Doors Open: 8:30 pm

$15 General
$10 Youth

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