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

Live in Concert

CD Release Party with Ampage

California-based hard rock band Ampage will celebrate their sixth album, "Bridge of Souls," with a CD release party at Arena Theater on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 p.m., doors open 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.

The current lineup features Mark Mason on lead vocals and guitar, Mark Pearce on lead guitar and vocals, Bill Stokem on bass and vocals, and Jason Fish on drums. "Bridge of Souls" is dedicated to long-time Ampage drummer Michael Kroeger who died from Leukemia in January of this year, shortly after he had finished his drum and backing vocals tracks.

Since its inception in the mid-eighties, the band has played in varied configurations but according to band leader Mason, "Ampage has remained strong and dedicated throughout the changes over the years to spite all the 'bumps' in the road of a touring hard rock band, bringing dynamic rock performances to our fans."

Some of the legendary performers who performed with Ampage include Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Michael Monarch of Steppenwolf, Earl Slick of Bowie and John Lennon, John Easedale of Dramarama, and John Taylor of Duran Duran.

The Band
Mark Mason, lead vocals / songwriter and guitarist

Founding force of the band, Mason is also a prolific songwriter with many credits including seven albums and nine movies, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight"(1990), "Bikini Summer II" with Jeff Conway and on-screen appearances by Mark and Ampage. Mark's songwriting talent was also featured in the 1994 NBC Movie of the Week, Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear". In 1999, Mark along with Rick Allen, (world renowned drummer for Def Leppard), wrote and recorded the theme song for the Disney Movie and movie trailer "Brink."

Mark has also collaborated with other musical greats such as Tommy Shaw of the legendary rock band Styx, as well as songwriter Wes Arkin of Guns & Roses. His versatility, professionalism and the quality of his song-writing and musicianship have earned Mark wide recognition among the music and movie industry's elite as being a "musician's musician".

Mark Pearce, lead guitar / vocals
Mark joined Ampage in 2013 taking over as lead guitarist and vocals for the band. Mark is a seasoned musician and songwriter with the necessary experience to know what it takes to deliver a show fans won't soon forget.

Bill Stokem, bass and vocals
Bill joined Ampage in 2013 and his bass rhythms add just the right amount of edginess to Ampage. He studied at MIT (Musician Institute of Technology) in Hollywood during the mid-1980s and has performed and recorded over the years in bands such as Anti-Social, Flembile, Pus Bucket later known as Bloody Pus Bucket and the Blue Meanies.

Jason Fish, drums
Jason was born into a musical family in Southern Indiana where his dad introduced him to the drums. Through the years he has gigged and recorded with various cover bands (The Brood, löl, and SUICIDE ĹCES) and original bands (Aistha's Kiss, Trigger Heat, Ultra Sonic, and Verge On Dirty.) Jason, or Fish, as the band likes to call him has a unique and open style of drumming allowing the songs to breath without losing that rolling and thunderous beat. Fish also adds incredible pitch perfect vocals to the songs and a chemistry with the other band members to complete that magical Ampage sound.






Ampage

Showtime:
Saturday, June 4
Start time: 8:30 p.m.
Doors open: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$10 General Admission
Available at the door


Sherry Glaser

Taking the High Road - Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain

Award-winning performance artist, author, and activist Sherry Glaser brings her latest dramatic comedy in two acts to Arena Theater for one night only.

Sherry Glaser

In the first act, Glaser resurrects three of her beloved characters: Bev and Grandma Rose of "Family Secrets," and Miguel De'Cervantes of "Oh My Goddess!"

In the second act, Glaser takes to the stage with new material derived from her life as a pot wife living behind the Cannabis Curtain.

Each character has a definite yet surprising relationship to marijuana giving the show a wide range of appeal from the hip crowd to patients facing life threatening diseases, and anyone struggling with mental health in a world gone mad.

"Glaser's ability to breathe life into her characters allows the audience to journey with her as she morphs from person to person." K. Astre, CannabisNowMagazine.com

"Hilarious. A unique blend of vulnerability and ferociousness" - Liz Haapaanen, Body Therapist

"Inspires us with Raw Emotion" Tim Blake, Emerald Cup

"Glaser's blend of progressive thought with comedy reveals untold stories about a new America." Jazmin Hupp, CEO of Women Grow.

More about Sherry Glaser
Born and raised in New York, Sherry Glaser is best known for her Off-Broadway performance in "Family Secrets" --the longest running one woman show in Off-Broadway history-- and her autobiography, "Family Secrets: One Woman's Look at a Relatively Painful Subject," published by Simon & Schuster.

Glaser developed her passion for the solo performance while practicing improvisation in the early 1980s in San Diego in the company of Whoopi Goldberg, Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy.

"It seemed that much of my life was painfully hilarious, "she quips, "and so I decided with my then husband, Greg Howells, to create my first solo show, 'Coping'."

In 1989, after receiving a contract from Warner Brothers Studio, Glaser moved to Los Angeles where she explored the world of sit-coms but found live original theater to be a stronger representation of her work. "In other words, Hollywood didn't know what to do with me."

She then went national with her show, garnering critical acclaim including LA's Outer Critics Circle Award, South Florida's Carbonell Award for Best Actress, NY Theatre World Award for Best Debut, a nomination for a Drama Desk Award and LA's Ovation Award.

In 2004 Glaser collaborated with Thais Mazur on a Theater/Dance Portrait called "Remember This: An Intimate Portrait of War Through the Eyes of Women" which debuted in Mendocino and then went on to Dance Mission in San Francisco for a September 11th memorial show.

Her other stage works include "Oh My Goddess!" and "The BrEaST of Sherry Glaser aka All We Are Saying." Besides her one woman shows, Glaser has also innovated an experimental workshop with Dr. Lauren Oliver called "The Nature of a Woman: A Workshop in Radical Emotion" and she has performed comedy and conducted dramatic workshops at San Quentin Federal Penitentiary. Glaser is a founding member of the peace activist group Breasts No Bombs and her weekly Tuesday evening editorials on the public radio station KZYX can be heard throughout Mendocino County.

In 2011, she opened the Love In It Cooperative, a medical cannabis dispensary in the Village of Mendocino. Her adventures in the world of Cannabis led to the creation of her latest one woman show "Taking the High Road -- Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain." Recently, Glaser entered the world of stand-up comedy with a new work called "Funny Lookin'".

In 2011, she opened the Love In It Cooperative, a medical cannabis dispensary in the Village of Mendocino. Her adventures in the world of Cannabis led to the creation of her latest one woman show "Taking the High Road -- Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain." Recently, Glaser entered the world of stand-up comedy with a new work called "Funny Lookin'".


Sherry Glaser

Showtime:
Saturday, June 18
Start time: 8:00 p.m.
Doors open: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:
$15 General Admission

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Chris Smither in Concert

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original

Great news: Chris has recovered from heart surgery and is back on the road. We're thrilled to report that his tour schedule will take him to Arena Theater in October, we can't wait!

Chris Smither

Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Smither is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone!' Drawing deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers, Smithers melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound: a beat-driven finger-picking, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet which is always mic'd in performance.

"Acoustic Guitar" magazine writes, "Smither sings about "the big things" - life, love, loss - in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way," and Associated Press writes,"Smither is an American original - a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world."

His latest CD, "Still On the Levee," is a career-spanning retrospective double CD highlighting the vast catalog of an American music master. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, "Still On the Levee" plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.

Read more about Smither and his illustrious career

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither is deeply influenced by the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother's ukulele.

In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-'60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses and Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, "Love You Like A Man" and "I Feel the Same." Their friendship has endured with Bonnie guest-appearing on Smither's record "Train Home." Over the years she has invited Chris to join her as support on concert dates, and most recently, lent her take on Smither's "Love You Like A Man" for LINK OF CHAIN, a Chris Smither tribute CD. What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound - a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic'd in performance).

By the early '90s, Smither's steady nationwide touring and regular release of consistently acclaimed albums cemented his reputation as one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. In early 1997, Smither released "Small Revelations." It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk tour with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. "Small Revelations" also generated several film projects for Smither. Emmylou Harris recorded his song, "Slow Surprise," for the "The Horse Whisperer" soundtrack on MCA. And his recording of "Hold On" was used in the indie feature film "Love From Ground Zero." Smither also shared insight into his guitar style and technique on two instructional DVDs, available from Homespun Video.

In 2005, jazz great Diana Krall covered "Love Me Like A Man," introducing what is now a blues standard to a whole world of jazz fans. Shortly after, Smither's song "Slow Surprise" was included in the independent film, "Brother's Shadow."

With the release of his 12th recording "Leave The Light On" (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smither began a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds. For the recording, Smither reunited with producer David Goodrich and session musicians Mike Piehl, Lou Ulrich and Anita Suhanin. As an added treat, Smither invited good friend and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien, along with rising American roots stars, Ollabelle, to add their distinctive talents on several tracks. The song "Seems So Real" from the CD earned a Folk Alliance Award as Song of the Year. Smither followed this with "Time Stands Still" (2009), his most stripped down recording in some time, working with just two accompanists after the same trio had played a rare band performance - a non-solo setup required in order to play a Netherlands festival.

And always wanting to treat his fans well, in 2011 Smither put out two fan projects: a collection of live tracks from newly discovered concert recordings from the 1980s-1990s titled "Lost and Found" and the rollicking EP, "What I Learned in School," on which Smither covered six classic rock and roll songs.

Smither followed these fan-projects with "Hundred Dollar Valentine" (2012), a (MOJO) studio record of all Smither-penned songs. With longtime producer David "Goody" Goodrich at the helm, this collection sported the unmistakable sound Smither has made his trademark: finger-picked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice.

The most recent recording project is "Still On the Levee" (2014), a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed. The career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career - including "Devil Got Your Man," the first song he penned, on up to several of his most recent originals.

Coming out at the same time as "Still On the Levee," the book "Chris Smither Lyrics 1966-2012" features his complete set of lyrics complemented by select images of Smither and performance memorabilia from his decades-long career. To commemorate his career to-date, Signature Sounds is releasing an all-star tribute record including a stellar list of artists offering their takes on some Smither favorites including Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Tim O'Brien, Patty Larkin, and many others.

Chris Smither

Chris Smither

Showtime:
Tuesday, October 11
Start time: 7:30 p.m.
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:
$25 General Admission

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