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
Mendocino: Twist

Sean Hayes

"Take him anywhere, play him for anyone, and the response is always the same: People want more. They'll write down the name if they don't know it already..." - San Francisco Weekly

If there were a map of Sean Hayes' 20-plus year career, it would be circuitous. A tangled criss-crossing of backroads and blue highways denoting place, influence, and trajectory. You can hear it in the deep-roots syncopation, in the dusty folk-stomp and in the biorhythmic pulse that ebbs and thumps throughout his soul-tinged songs.

For Hayes, it's never been about the destination. It's always been about the journey: The words on paper, fingers on strings, impromptu dance parties, darkened clubs, late night mysteries, firing synapses, human connection, deeper meaning and the kind of beats that really make a body move. "I got moves the kids ain't seen," he sings on "Magic Slim vs. Dynamite." The smoke-and-sparklers dance party video for the song aptly captures the serious fun of his music.

Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, Hayes headed for California two decades ago. It was in San Francisco that his career blossomed. But Hayes credits the Carolinas towns like Asheville and Charleston - places where he first wrote and performed tunes such as "Mary Magdelene" - with imprinting him as an artist.

Hayes cites various influences from the soul, folk, R&B, reggae, and gospel worlds, such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Joni Mitchell, 'The Anthology of American Folk Music,' 'American Primitive, Volumes 1 and 2' (pre-war gospel compilations), and Nina Simone. He adds, "I also love Bob Marley and his rhythm section. I think of him as more folk than reggae."

Hayes forges songs that, even to the uninitiated, sound like hits. He's been compared to Bill Withers for his rhythmic sense and his soulfulness. His "Powerful Stuff" got a lot of mileage in a Subaru commercial. "Dream Machine" was re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, "A Thousand Tiny Pieces" was covered by folk group The Be Good Tanyas, "Fucked Me Right Up" landed on the soundtrack to HBO's "Bored to Death." He sang a duet with Aimee Mann, toured with the likes of Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, and his breathlessly sexy slow dance, "When We Fall In," inspired pop star Justin Timberlake to blog rhapsodic.

Listening to his songs on recording is one thing, live is another experience altogether. Hayes is at once dynamic and laid back on stage. His ability to be authentic in front of an audience comes, he says, "from having just enough of a theater background to realize that being yourself on stage is more interesting than any stereotyped character." He adds, "I've always been interested in revealing and stripping down and being open."

The musician has covered a lot of ground in his tenure, but now, seven albums in, he shows no sign of slowing. "Music has changed a lot," he says of his time in the profession. "You used to have to spend time with a record. You had to take chances and buy records. They were real objects that took up space in your room. Now we have access to enough music, on our phones, to fill libraries." So how to stand out among a sea of musical artists? Hayes continues to hone his intoxicating blend of ease, effortless cool and magnetism. There's a definite continuity over the span of his back catalog, which dates to his 1999 debut, A Thousand Tiny Pieces. "Themes will recycle some," he says, but Hayes' approach is more of a spiraling in and deepening of understanding than a simple return. He revisits subject matter - sex, emotion, universal life experience - from album to album and it's all here on Sean Hayes newest release "Before We Turn to Dust," succeeding on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour's coo.

Opening band will be Arann Harris and The Bad Farmers.

Visit www.SeanHayesMusic.com.

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Sean Hayes

Showtime:
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Start time: 8:00 pm
Doors open: 7:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 General Admission

Click here to...

Blues Bash Benefit celebrating Tracy
and John's 40th Anniversary

Family, friends, old classmates and members of the community are all invited to a Blues Bash Benefit on June 14 to celebrate Tracy and John DuPont's 40th Anniversary - a remarkable accomplishment in this day and age, although Tracy can name several still- married couples of their era.

For those few of you who may not know Tracy and John, Tracy is fourth generation on the coast, while John, originally from Wyoming, was one of the kids from the Air Force station and came to Point Arena during his Junior High years. The couple started dating when Tracy was a sophomore and John a senior. "Everybody went one of two places for a date, the theater and the Bowling Alley," laughs Tracy. "Kids often went to the movies on both Wednesdays and Saturdays and the balcony was full!" Tracy's first job during her High School years was working in the concessions stand and ever since that time the theater has occupied a special place in her heart. Tracy and John also own and operate three local businesses, The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room and Arena Gas in Point Arena, and the Chevron station in Gualala; and Tracy has served on the Arena Theater Board on and off for many years.

The DuPont's not only share their love for the theater, they are also passionate blues music fans and have produced and underwritten the highly successful and widely known BLUES ON THE COAST series at the theater. A blues concert seemed ideal to combine these two significant elements in their lives and at the same time celebrate their anniversary. "We are celebrating our 40th anniversary by throwing a fundraiser for the theater", they say. "Three of our favorite bands will be playing, and the dance floor will be ready! We'd love to share our day with you, all we ask is that anyone attending make a donation to the theater, whatever you can."

The Blues Bash Benefit will feature three outstanding bands with local bluesman Brad Wilson and his Rhythm Drivers opening at 1 p.m., followed by Dennis Jones' sizzling performance at 2:30 p.m., and Shane Dwight will be heating up the dance floor with his brand of rockin' blues at about 4 p.m. until.?

All through the afternoon there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy food and drink: a full bar and the snack stand will be open and a barbeque in the parking lot next to the theater will offer hot dogs and Hamburgers.

Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to Arena Theater. If you are a newbie to the area, meaning you have lived here 30 years or less, please join Tracy and John and help make a memory for kids, grandkids and even great-grandkids to come! If you can't attend but would like to make a donation you can mail it to Arena Theater, PO Box 611, Point Arena, CA 95468.

Arena Theater is a nonprofit, community owned and operated organizations and all donations are tax deductible according to state laws.

ABOUT THE BANDS

Brad Wilson and the Rhythm Drivers
Brad Wilson Inspired by blues legends of the '50s and '60s, local bluesman Brad Wilson grew up swooning along with his records of Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Little Johnny Taylor, and others. He cultivated his harmonica and vocal styles over the years and has created a unique style of his own. The band is Brad Wilson, Jim Stice, David French, and Carl Assmus

Brad established the Rhythm Drivers in 2004 with an intent to play blues infused with a vintage rock edge. His vocals and blues harp lead the band and define the sound with influences of Texas, west coast, swamp, and Chicago style blues. Brad is committed to the tradition and has been influenced by his older brother Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, and other exemplary bluesmen.

For more visit Facebook.com/Brad Wilson & The Rhythm Drivers

Dennis L. Jones
Dennis Jones High-energy stage performance. Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you'll instantly agree, this band ROCKS the blues like NO other!

Dennis's feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dennis started playing guitar at 13 and took a few informal lessons from a friend who taught him "House of the Rising Sun." Two years later he joined a band with older musicians and his musical influences include the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan and Santana, along with 60s guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and Jimmy Page.

In the mid-80s he made Los Angeles his home and headed a Led Zeppelin-meets-Funkadelic band called Blackhead that attracted industry attention. In the late 90s, Jones formed the Dennis Jones Band and eventually made a commitment to house rocking blues.

"I was a rock and roller as a kid," said Dennis in an interview. "But I soon discovered where these rock and roll licks were coming from. As you dig deeper, you go back to Son House and Robert Johnson and people like that."

Dennis also writes songs for other notable artists; he wrote "Temporary Man" for Guitar Shorty's 2010 Alligator release, Bare Knuckle. He has opened for such greats as Johnny Winter, Dick Dale, and the Experience Hendrix Tour.

For Dennis it's all about music. "Motown, Country. it's all Americana to me," he says. "I love blues and if I had only one style of music I could listen to, it would truly be the blues. But I've been influenced by so many things. I love American Roots music. I love Rockabilly. I love things that touch me inside, not just the visual. They've got to deliver something."

For more about Dennis Jones visit www.dennisjonescentral.com

Shane Dwight
Shane Dwight Native Californian Shane Dwight relocated to Nashville in 2009 to further his musical career. Within six months of arriving on the scene he swiftly attained a solid reputation as a "guitar slinger" in his newly adopted hometown. Not one to completely abandon his roots, Dwight still chooses to divide his time between Nashville and his childhood ranch in Morgan Hill, California. Performing over 200 shows per year worldwide, Dwight has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including B.B. King, Etta James, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Johnny Winter. Additionally, Dwight has performed at numerous prestigious music festivals and events around the world, counted among them the Portlang Waterfront Blues Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Bayfront Blues Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as the Monterey Blues Festival where he was crowned winner of the "Battle of the Bands."

With eight CDs and two live DVDs under his belt, Dwight's music has been played on hundreds of radio stations in over 40 different countries, earning him considerable praise and accolades along the way. In 2011, Dwight's song "True Love's Gone" from his album "A Hundred White Lies" was selected by USA Today writer Jerry Shriver for his Pick of the Week column and the album charted on the Top 10 best-selling blues CD list on Amazon.com.

Building on the foundation set forth by his previous, critically-acclaimed release "A Hundred White Lies", Shane once again calls upon the expertise of Grammy Award-winning producer Kevin McKendree for his Eclecto Groove Records debut. "This House" finds Dwight retaining his blues-based roots, while also allowing for the influences of his current Nashville surroundings to seep into his music. Dwight is joined by special guest vocalist and co-writer Bekka Bramlett (daughter of Delaney and Bonnie) on two songs, along with a cash of Nashville's finest, including rhythm guitarist Doug Lancio and drummer Kenneth Blevins (John Hiatt), as well as bassist Steve Mackey and drummer Lynn Williams (Delbert McClinton Band, Dick 50).

Dwight explores a multitude of musical realms. funk, soul and laid-back grooves find their way into his repertoire. "He's been known to incite the girls to crazy-wild behavior." - Metro Silicon Valley

For more info visitwww.shanedwight.com

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

Blues Bash

Showtime:
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Start time: 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Doors open: 12:30 p.m.

Tickets:
Admission is by donation,
to benefit Arena Theater


The San Francisco Mime Troupe
America's Theater of Political Comedy

Freedomland

SF Mime Troupe

Inspired by recent events the Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe has created a new play, "Freedomland", for their 56th season!

Support the SF Mime Troupe at Arena Theater by purchasing a sponsor ticket for $30, only $12 more than a regular ticket knowing that you contributed to continue the tradition! And you'll get a seat of your choice: no standing in line or worries that your favorite seat is already taken. Sponsor tickets and all regular tickets are available online, to reserve your seat please contact our office at 707 882-3272 during business hours, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 10-3 p.m., Thursdays from 9-1 p.m.

SF Mime Troupe

A door is blown off its hinges! Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16's, America's bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gun sights on... an old black man watching TV on his couch? This isn't Baghdad or Kandahar - it's home, and for ex-Black Panther Malcolm Haywood it's just another wrong door police raid in the War on Drugs. And for him, his neighbor Luis (an undocumented immigrant,) and the rest of their neighbors, it's worse than a war zone. Especially now, as the Mayor and the Police Chief ramp up the fear, the funding - and their shiny new tank - to fight the newest drug threat to America... worse than weed, meth, coke, crack, or crank, it's... SNORF!! So of course Malcolm is horrified when his son, Tyler, returns from the army - just as the War on SNORF - and the Black and Brown community - begins!

What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Are the police out of control? Or is Luis actually a SNORF-lord? And can Malcolm convince his son that it is safer to re-up and fight overseas than to try to survive here at home, in "Freedomland"?

SF Mime Troupe

FREEDOMLAND written by Michael Gene Sullivan. Music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Mime Troupe performers Hugo E Carbajal, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Michael Gene Sullivan and first-time troupe performer George P. Scott.

CURRENT CRITICS SAY

"Brightly written, laugh-laden... one of the most enjoyable Mime Troupe outings in recent memory." - SFGate - 7/6/14

"MIME TROUPE NAILS IT!... a rousing success that perfectly captured the city's current zeitgeist and growing pains... Brava!" - SF Bay Guardian - 7/9/14-7/15/14

"But most of all, it drives home the point that to accept the status quo is as much a political stance as to fight against it. As Deborah says, 'There is no such thing as not political.'" - Marin IJ - 7/16/14

For more about the Mime Troupe visit http://www.sfmt.org

SF Mime Troupe

Showtime:
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Music Starts: 7:30 pm
Show Starts: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$18 general, $3 off for members with card
$10 youth (18 and under)
$30 SPONSOR TICKETS

Click here to...

INDEPENDANCE PARTY

Independance Party

Bay Area Comedy Invasion

Arena Theater will present an evening of LGBT comedy featuring top comedians from Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and Healdsburg.

Headlining the evening will be Sampson, an award-winning, black, openly gay stand-up comedian, writer and activist who tirelessly crusades against homophobia, poverty and youth homelessness.

He's been touring the country performing comedy since 2003, and although he fits into a double minority category, being both black and gay, he refuses to be defined by these portions of his identity and performs mainstream venues that have included Broadway in New York, Arena Stage, DAR Constitution Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 2012 International AIDS Conference at The Washington Convention Center, colleges including Harvard and Central Michigan University, as well as numerous LGBT pride festivals and events.

He has performed with notable entertainers such as Patti LaBelle and RuPaul and has been featured in several print publications such as The Washington Post, The Examiner, MetroWeekly, Washington Blade, SWERV, Truth Magazine and On Tap; other media include TV appearances on MTV, BET, VH1, and The Own Network. Sampson is the author of two books, "Taboo Village: A Perspective On Being Gay In Black America" and "Ebonic Faggotry". Critics have called his comedy shticks "riveting, refreshing, original, conversational, bold, conscious, intelligent, honest and good news." His take on life, religion, sexuality, politics, family and society leaves audiences doubled over in laughter.
Twitter: @officialsampson

Host/Emcee: Steve Ausburne's comedy career started with MC/Host work for friends with bands. His first attempt at actual standup ended up with him getting a lifetime ban from a church in Grant's Pass, Oregon - so a pretty successful start! Since then, Steve has embraced the stage as a place to present a spoken word memoir of all the embarrassing moments that lurk in a place that only standup or therapy sessions can reveal. Steve now frequents showcases in California's Bay Area including a 3rd place finish in the 2014 Sacramento Comedy Festival and participation in the 2015 SF Sketchfest. Also, he is allergic to cats.

Featuring: Ash Fisher is a comedian, actor and writer. She is not a comedienne, an actress or a writeress. Switched at birth and raised on the East Coast, she has since found her home in Oakland, California. Ash was the 2012 Newcomer Runner-Up in the Ladies of Laughter Contest at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC and co-produced the 2014 Hella Gay Comedy Festival in Oakland and San Francisco. She has featured for Sampson McCormick at Win River Casino and performed at The Punch Line SF and Broadway Comedy Club in NYC. She performs standup all over the Bay Area; produces and hosts the weekly Gay For Days Comedy Show at Club 21 in Oakland; does voiceovers whenever someone lets her and writes about all things queer, funny and Oakland for Wear Your Voice Magazine. Ash holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Sallie Mae will never let her forget it.

Cheryl White is the creator and cohost of Date Talk, where she is looking for love and podcasting the leftovers. As a bountiful redhead with can't miss jokes, she leaves her audiences slightly confused, a little smarter, and definitely satisfied. Cheryl has appeared at the Redwood Comedy Festival, the iO West Comedy Improv Festival, and the Eagle Rock Comedy Festival, and performs at venues all over California. www.comedycheryl.com.

Sampson McCormick
Sampson McCormick

Steve Ausburne
Steve Ausburne

Cheryl White
Cheryl White

Ash Fisher
Ash Fisher

Showtime:
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Start time: 8:00 pm
Doors open: 7:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 General Admission

Click here to...