Upcoming Live Events

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

Halloween Show featuring

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The Best of African and World Beat Music

Celebrate Halloween with award-winning band Zulu Spear!

The iconic world music dance band performs Afro-Pop and South African roots music, playing traditional mbaqanga rhythms and harmonies with modern electric instruments, percussion, and horns.

Zulu Spear has a long, vibrant and storied history. A pioneer and leader in the Bay Area's World Beat scene of the '80s, a movement that quickly spread across the country, the band consisting of African and American musicians combined South African rhythms and songs with American rock and blues, using electric guitars and drums, resulting in South African pop music before Paul Simon's 1986 "Graceland" album popularized the style. Additionally, members presented traditional South African dancing along with the music. The group was created by the late South African expatriate singer-composer-dancer Sechaba Mokeoena and Soweto-born singer Gideon Bendile.

In the U.S., Mokeoena started U-Zulu Dance Theater and, after moving to the Bay Area, he and Bendile formed Zulu Spear to play traditional South African mbaqanga rhythms and harmonies using modern and electric instruments. The band quickly became a Bay Area audience favorite and issued a debut album on conglomerate Capitol Records. Bendile went on to work with such stars as Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, and Peter Gabriel. Zulu Spear has shared the stage with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mombazo, The Neville Brothers, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and that garage band popularly known as the Grateful Dead.

After a lengthy break from regular performances Zulu Spear have reformed with many original members and some exciting new additions in 2012 when Bendile, who was featured in the Walt Disney animated film "The Lion King," issued a new CD, "Come Over to Our House" that included tracks from the original band's unreleased Capitol sessions as well as new music.

Featuring most of the original band lineup along with a couple of "new" recruits, the current Zulu Spear includes singer-dancers Bendile and Morgan Nhlapo, guitarists Ron van Leeuwaarde and Matthew Lacques, drummer Jerome Leonard, bassist Patrick Owens, keyboardist Jennifer Jolly, percussionist Pope Flyne, and the horns: trumpeter Scott "Sven" Vento and saxophonist/keyboardist Zack Pitt-Smith.

The band's latest CD releases, "Dancing in The Jungle" and "Pray Now" have received critical acclaim, "trailblazing new rhythms!"

Come and enjoy Zulu Spear's inspired, uplifting African and World Beat dance music that blends African rhythms with soulful harmonies and mesmerizing dance steps in an energetic performance.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Zulu Spear Poster

Saturday, October 29
Start time: 8:30 p.m.
Doors open: 8:00 p.m.

$20 General Admission

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The show is sponsored by OZ Farm.

Of Thee I Sing

A play by George and Ira Gershwin

Love gets in the political way of a campaign for presidency; will it be true love or the oval office?

Come see "Of Thee I Sing," a live theater production the weekend before the 2016 presidential election. Directed by Bryn Elizan Harris, with performers Lloyd Cross, Wayne Harris, Sita Milchev, Cassy Grossman and a talented cast pulled from members of the community including the "Taptations".

The award-winning musical lampoons American politics and follows John P. Wintergreen, the presidential candidate who runs on the "Love" platform. When he falls in love with the sensible campaign secretary Mary Turner (who bakes a mean corn muffin), instead of Diana Devereaux, the beauty pageant winner selected for him, he gets into political hot water.

Inspired by the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, the Gershwin brothers can boast a varied score including extensive recitative, choral commentary, marches, pastiches, elaborate contrapuntal passages and ballads. George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind created a crafty libretto inspired by the timeless battle of political idealism with corruption and incompetency, creating the first American musical with a consistently satirical tone. "Of Thee I Sing" is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions that is as relevant as ever. It features a Vice President who wanders the halls of the white house unrecognized by his own staff as well as its own impeachment proceedings.

The original Broadway production directed by Kaufman opened in 1931 and ran for 441 performances, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1932.

"The adaptation is a Hillary-us production that will trump your expectations!" says Harris.

Some of the original reviews are:
"Funnier than the government and not nearly so dangerous." -New York Times

"The piece is a Washington Merry-Go-Round, with a hey nonny nonny and a Ha-cha-cha, and it gets funnier and funnier." -The New Yorker

"It's eerie how some of the jokes seem to take precise aim, from decades back at current affairs and it serves as a sigh-inducing argument for the enduring follies of American Politics" -New York Times Review

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Zulu Spear PostOf Thee I Singer

Fri, November 4, 7 p.m.
Sat, November 5, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Doors open: 1/2 hour before start time

$20 General Admission

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Tickets at outlets:
Four-Eyed Frog Books, Gualala
The Sea Trader, Gualala
Arena Market, Point Arena

SambaDa - Afro-Brazilian Funk Dance Music
Candelaria - Cumbia-Dub Reggae band

Get ready for some infectious Brazilian beats that will make you want to groove and shake your hips because SambaDa is getting ready to bring their incredibly infectious tunes to Arena Theater once again!

SambaDa is widely regarded as one of the hottest Brazilian bands in the world, and their tantalizing blend of salsa, cumbia, funk, reggae, and of course, Brazilian beats. As soon as SambaDa steps out on stage with their fiery energy and excitement, you won't be able to help but feel your enthusiasm levels skyrocket. When SambaDa emerged from the ashes of a Brazilian dance group, the various musicians had no idea that they would leave such a huge impact on the international music scene, but after earning countless fans for their fresh and exciting take on traditional Brazilian music, SambaDa is easily one of the world's favorite Brazilian music outfits.

SambaDa Background
SambaDa SambaDa's roots date back to 1998, when a group of Brazilian dancers decided to branch off and form a traditional and funky Brazilian samba group. Formed in Santa Cruz, California, SambaDa embraces the laidback Californian lifestyle that is also present in Brazilian culture. The capoeria master, Papiba Godinho, gathered a talented group of musicians and they immediately started bringing some contagious Brazilian beats to stages across California. Godhino is the lead vocalist and guitarist, Dandha Da Hora is on lead vocals and percussion, Anne Stafford is on several instruments like the saxophone and flute, Gary Kehoe is on the drumset and percussion, Will Kahn is on the bass guitar and electric guitar, Marcel Menard is on percussion and vocals, Marcio Peeter is on percussion, Wagner Santos Profeta is on percussion, and Kevin Dorn is on bass.

SambaDa has toured heavily around the world for the past decade or so, and by doing so they have amassed quite an impressive following. Their fans travel far and wide to see SambaDa perform in concert, and now you have the unique opportunity to dance and sing along to SambaDa's music when they stop at Arena Theater in Point Arena. With so many talented musicians on one stage, this concert is bound to be one of the highlights of your year, so make sure that you are ready to groove to some catchy samba beats and grab your SambaDa tickets right away!

Biggest Hits

SambaDa has released three albums over the years: Novas Raizes, New Roots (2003), Salve a Bahia (2007), and Gente! (2010). Their second album, Salve a Bahia, was produced by three-time Grammy nominee, Greg Landau. After attracting so much attention for their phenomenal sound and contagious on-stage energy, SambaDa can't help but crank out awesome samba sounds. Whether you have been a huge samba fan for your entire life or have just recently discovered SambaDa's unique and exciting new take on classic Brazilian music, this is definitely one show you don't want to miss.


Samba is a type of traditional Brazilian dance that you may recognize from events like Carnaval. Samba has been a staple in Brazilian culture since the 19th century, and both samba dance and music are still extremely popular in the country today.

The Experience

If you are ready to spend an entire evening dancing, clapping, and having an outrageously good time, then you should make sure that you have tickets to an upcoming SambaDa show. This talented Brazilian music troupe knows how to put together some infectiously fun songs, which means that all of their concerts turn into giant dance parties. Don't miss out on seeing SambaDa live in concert and head to StubHub today! Hurry, though, as these tickets are bound to sell out quickly.

Cumbia and Reggae Band Candelaria will open the evening
Candelaria Since 2009, Oakland, California based CANDELARIA has been moving dance floors all over the West Coast and Midwest with their unique sound.

Candelaria's recordings and live performances are unforgettable, as they combine infectious, soulful Colombian cumbia rhythms with vibrant horns, incendiary country guitar, powerful female-fronted vocals, and a dose of Jamaican dub technique in real-time using live effects. With all of these elements, Candelaria has developed their own high-energy sound that explodes with contagious dance grooves.

Candelaria has perfomed at major festivals such as Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, BlissFest, Joshua Tree, Oracle Oneworld, Mateel Summer Arts, Bastille Days and Lightning in a Bottle. They have toured the US playing shows and festivals sharing the stage with Dumpstaphunk, Los Amigos Invisibles, Bomba Estereo, Chico Trujillo, Damien Marley, Ozomatli, Blackalicious, and many others.

Candelaria is soon to release their new studio album "bien good," produced" by 8-time Grammy Nominee Greg Landau and has been chosen by NPR-alt latino as an up and coming band to watch. Also, Candelaria's one-off release "La Cumbia Cienaguera" was recently awarded the Akademia Music Award for Best Latin song December 2015.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.


Friday, November 11
Start time: 8:30 p.m.
Doors open: 8 p.m.

$20 General Admission
$12 Youth (18 and under)

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Sponsored by OZ Farm
Oz Farm

Legends of the Celtic Harp
A Winter Gift

Legends of the Celtic Harp

After a very well received show last February, Legends of the Celtic Harp comprised of three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world will return and take you deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument presenting their new show, "A Winter Gift."

In "A Winter Gift," Patrick, Lisa, and Aryeh step into a magical world of Irish and English literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs and draw out tales such as "A Child's Christmas in Wales," a chapter from "The Wind in the Willows," and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingle them with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music. All of the music and all of the stories touch on the central message of the Christmas/Winter season. Hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.

Patrick Ball - Celtic harp, Spoken Word,
Lisa Lynne - Celtic harp, Irish Bouzouki, and Mandolin,
Aryeh Frankfurter - Celtic harp, Cittern, Nyckelharpa

"Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater, it spans nearly the range of human feeling; from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects are powerful and exhilarating." http://legendsofthecelticharp.com/

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patricks critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and have been awarded grants bythe California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association. His passion for the oral tradition of Irish storytelling and his love of the wire-strung Celtic harp have made Patrick Ball one of the most beloved performers in Folk music today www.patrickball.com

Patrick Ball is "an American master of the Irish instrument, a modern day bard." (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. . Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa's music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness," amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. www.LisaLynne.com

"Lisa Lynne's music is quite possibly the most beautiful music you have ever heard" (WINDHAM HILL RECORDS)

Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities. www.Lionharp.com

"Aryeh Frankfurter is amazing" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Legends of the Celtic Harp

Sunday, November 20
Start time: 2:30 p.m.
Doors open: 3:00 p.m.

$20 General Admission

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Tinsley Ellis

Tinsley Ellis

Tinsley Ellis, legendary Atlanta blues-rocker with roots in southern soul music will make a much anticipated appearance at Arena Theater this November!

Tinsley's newest release "Red Clay Soul" debuted on Living Blues Magazine's Radio Chart for June 2016 at No. 1, and continues to garner critical praise from critics and fans alike. Grant Britt of Blues Music Magazine, calls Red Clay Soul an almost perfect description of what Tinsley Ellis has been doing his whole career.

Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. Whether he's out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, ".as if his life depended on it." Ellis' recent tour with Blues At The Crossroads II: Muddy & The Wolf with the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Jody Williams and Bob Margolin was by all accounts one of the best shows of 2013.

Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly. Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. He especially loved the Kings - Freddie, B.B. and Albert. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. Tinsley's fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string.

Over his 40-year career, Ellis has released 19 albums and shared the stage with such luminaries as The Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Otis Rush. Rolling Stone has compared his guitar playing to Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, and Ellis has forged a path as a musician who bridges the blues with rock 'n' roll. He even gave Derek Trucks his recording debut on Ellis' "Storm Warning." He won Rock/Blues Album Of The Year with Tough Love in 2015 from Blues Blast Magazine and made many "Best Of" lists within Downbeat and others. And he continues to bring his compelling music night after night at one venue after another across the globe, sharing his blues-steeped legacy, fine songwriting, and deep pride in being a Georgia-based artist.

"Feral blues guitar...nonstop gigging has sharpened his sixstring to a razor's edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton." Rolling Stone

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Tinsley Ellis Poster

Saturday, November 26
Start time: 8:30 p.m.
Doors open: 8:00 p.m.

$20 General Admission

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Chris Webster and Nina Gerber in concert

Chris Webster and Nina Gerber

Music fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. With originals, tasteful covers, soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show.

Chris Webster
A career that began nearly two decades ago as a teen-aged lead singer for one of California's best know regional acts (Mumbo Gumbo), Chris Webster boasts a successful resume highlighted by four solo releases (Drive, Now Playing, Something in the Water, My Name is Christine) and one amazing traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (The Webster's "10,000 Miles) with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard. More importantly, she brings a pedigree rivaled by few. With astonishing power and passion, her voice reaches magical heights, yet effortlessly turns on a dime to deliver gut wrenching torch songs and gentle ballads. Combining elegance and grace with a foot-shuffling manner, Webster has a purity and beauty about her that is seldom seen and never forgotten. She can cut to the bone with tender, unrequited songs of love-gone-wrong then slap you upside the head with a fistful of lyrics and a take-charge melody that makes you step aside, stand back, and listen.

Chris Webster and Nina Gerber

Nina Gerber
After carving a career out of what some might call the shadows, guitarist Nina Gerber is at last beginning to dare the light. Her first album as a leader, "Not Before Noon" follows two decades which brought her to prominence without ever placing her name on the front of an album cover.

Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, her acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as for the numerous high talents she has accompanied. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads which have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display.

Nina has performed and/or recorded with: Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Nanci Griffith, Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, Mollie O'Brien, Rosalie Sorrels, Laurie Lewis, and many others. Her soulful enhancement of their music easily explains why several return the favor by appearing on "Not Before Noon" and Ninas live cd, "Good Music with Good People."

It was Kate Wolf's initial influence, which inspired Nina to realize music as her calling. After seeing Kate perform in 1975 at a pizza parlor in Sebastopol, California - Nina's home town - Nina dared to set working with Kate as a specific goal, and by 1978, the goal was accomplished. Nina came to be an essential part of Kate's music, as she grew into being her accompanist and close musical companion. It was a partnership which lasted until Kate's passing in 1986, and in its effect, has lasted long beyond that.

Whether it's on her own "solo" CDs - collaborations with some of the folk world's finest - or producing, arranging, or performing with countless others, Nina continues to prove with her guitar that some of the truest and most emotional communication requires no words. Still, when combined with the voice of another musician of heart, the result is affecting in an unforgettable way.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Chris Webster and Nina Gerber

Saturay, Decembr 10
Start time: 7 p.m.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

$20 General

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