• Nattali Rize will perform at the Mateel Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 28 alone with Tribal Seeds and Raging Fyah. - Provided

  • The Latin Peppers return to Cecil’s Bistro stage on Friday, Jan. 27 - Provided

  • Raging Fyah join Tribal Seeds on Jan. 28 at the Mateel. - Provided



What’s happening in and around Southern Humboldt this week? We take a look around at some of the upcoming entertainment options.


The Latin Peppers have developed a reputation as one of the best and most exciting dance bands in Humboldt County. The group will return to play hot salsa and Latin jazz at Cecil’s New Orleans Bistro in Garberville on Friday, Jan. 27. The Peppers have had some well-received shows throughout the area and are glad to play for their SoHum followers again. Lots of upbeat and new tunes. Members include Jimmy Durchslag on trombone, Orlando Morales on timbales, Tim Randles on Piano, Jon Lewis on congas, Andy Barnett on trumpet and Lee Phillips on bass. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. and there is no cover.


Tribal Seeds and their special guests Nattali Rize and Raging Fyah perform on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway.

Hailing from San Diego, Tribal Seeds is known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe that’s infused with the roots style reggae. Their fourth album, “Representing” debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Charts (as well as the iTunes & Amazon charts) when it came out. “Representing” contains 12 original recordings and features reggae heavyweights: Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite, New Kingston and the band’s own, Maad T-Ray and lead guitarist Gonzo.

The award-winning group’s musical talent and authentic sound has brought them to the forefront of the reggae rock genre, reaching people of all ages across the United States, and worldwide.

The Australian musician, record producer and political activist, Natalie Pa’apa’a, aka Nattali Rize, is part of the urban roots collective, Blue King Brown with Carlo Santone. With Blue King Brown, they’ve opened for local and international acts as diverse as Carlos Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Damian Marley, The John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, Silverchair, and Powderfinger, establishing a strong international profile. Their latest LP was partially recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with legendary reggae producers Sly and Robbie, who have previously worked with Bob Dylan, Grace Jones and The Rolling Stones. She collaborated with Jamaican-based group, Notis, to issue a single, “Rebel Love”, in March 2015, which was followed by a nine-track EP, “New Era Frequency”. As a social activist Rize has spoken out on environmental and human rights issues including people trafficking, the NT intervention, the rebuilding of Haiti and ethical consumerism.

Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts, Raging Fyah is making music that is tethered to their island’s enduring, much emulated roots rock reggae tradition, yet is distinguished by an expansive vision that propels their musical journey forward. The five piece band from Kingston, Jamaica, received critical acclaim for the intricate harmonies, nuanced musicianship and impressive songwriting skills showcased on their previous self-released albums, “Judgement Day” (2011) and “Destiny” (2014), earning comparisons to legendary reggae outfits including England’s Aswad, Steel Pulse, and Jamaica’s beloved Third World.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m.. Tickets available online at mateel.org. Tickets for this night of reggae revelry are only $20 and available online at mateel.org.


Two legends of reggae, Israel Vibrations and Steel Pulse, have been added to Mateel Community Center’s February Calendar of events.

Grammy Award winners Steel Pulse will be performing on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Mateel hall. Admission will be $30 in advance online, $35 at usual outlets and $40 at the door as available.

A week later on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Israel Vibrations and their band, Roots Radics, featuring some of the best original recording musicians in the business will be taking the stage. Admission will be $25 in advance online at mateeel.org and $30 at the door.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as both events are expected to sell out.


Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the Summer Arts magic on June 3 & 4, 2017.

Performer and vendor applications are now open for summer arts & music festival. The Mateel Community Center’s 41th annual Summer Arts and Music Festival will return to the shores of Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in Southern Humboldt on the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017 and applications are now available for entertainers and vendors. The festival features entertainers of all varieties. To apply as an entertainer, print out the performer application from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org or call the Mateel office to have one sent to you. A complete talent application includes a CD, DVD, and/ or EPK, plus bio/ press info and must be postmarked by Friday, February 10th to be eligible. Those applicants with CD and press info on file from last year need only fill out and return the application form. Please send completed application to bands@mateel.org.

Vending applications are also currently available and spaces are offered in a variety of sizes and prices. Handmade craft booths cost $250 for a 10×10 space and $300 for a 10×10 corner location. Non-profit information booths are offered at $100 for a 5×10 space and $150 for a 10×10 space. Food booths are all 10×10 in size and are priced at $450 for non-profits and $900 for commercial vendors. A variety of package deals also offer parking and electricity options. To apply, download a vendor application from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org or call the office to have one mailed to you. Vendor applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, March 15th to be eligible.

For more information on the 41th annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area visit www.mateel.org or call 707-923-3368.

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