• The Bayou Swamis will join Sarah Ross, Chris Manspeaker and Skyline Swing to entertain at the upcoming Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice Mardi Gras Party fundraiser. - Provided

  • SPARC youth interns celebrate at last year’s event. The SPARC program returns for 2017. - Provided

  • HOLUS BOLUS brings his unique one-man show to Garberville this week. - Provided

  • Reggae legends Israel Vibration and Roots Radics return to the Mateel in Redway this week. - Provided





HOLUS BOLUS, the One-Man-Psychedelic-Acoustiloop musician, will be bringing his one-of-a-kind show to Stone Junction in Garberville on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.. HOLUS BOLUS is one person, Tom Boylan, and he performs live looping with an acoustic guitar and small drum-kit. Laying down one layer at a time this multi-instrumentalist creates the sound of a full band that mixes rock, reggae, grooves, jams, and spacey swirls. Boylan has been performing as HOLUS BOLUS for over 10 years touring all throughout the west, and has released three studio albums. HOLUS BOLUS will be performing at Stone Junction as part of a multi-show California tour. Stone Junction is located at 744 Redwood Drive in Garberville.


Reggae legends Israel Vibration and Roots Radics will perform live at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Featuring original members, Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin and Cecil “Skelly” Spence, and including the rock solid foundation of Roots Radics Band with Flabba Holt, Dwight Pinkney, T-Bird and Steve Golding, they are touring in support of their latest album, Play it Real, and bring one of the most rootsy and inspiring shows in reggae music.

A Jamaican-based vocal group, (which, at one time, also featured Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig), the trio originally met as children at a rehabilitation center in Kingston where they overcame childhood polio and went on to become one of the most successful roots acts in Jamaican history, with a career that now spans four decades.

Performing live, lead vocalists, Skelly and Wiss, cast a harmonious musical spell, weaving traditional roots reggae with a mesmerizing sound and deeply spiritual message. Never letting their physical challenges supersede their willpower and creative abilities, few artists match the inspirational power of Israel Vibration. Devoted Rastafarians, they say they are inspired by the guidance His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and began composing and singing songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs.

Israel Vibration has been touring strong for many years and long been a favorite at Reggae On The River- and their last appearance at Mateel in fall of 2015 was a sold out affair. Mateel Community Center is now honored to host their return. For more information, contact the Mateel office at 707-923-3368.

Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $25 advance/$30 door.


Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice will be hosting a Mardi Gras Party fundraiser on Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Cecil’s New Orleans Bistro in Garberville. A delicious Cajun buffet is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Musical entertainment will be provided by Sarah Ross, Chris Manspeaker, Skyline Swing and the Bayou Swamis. Also included in the festivities will be a silent auction, face painting and a photo booth. Tickets can be purchased at the Hospice Office, Blue Moon Gift Shop, Cecil’s, or online at http://hrchmardigras.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call the HRCH office at 707-923-7276.


Matisyahu will perform live at the Mateel Community Center in Redway for his Southern Humboldt debut. Co-produced by Ineffable Live and Mateel Community Center, Matisyahu always brings a stellar live show, which has helped make him an international phenomenon.

Hailing from New York, Matisyahu first caught people’s attention as a Hasidic Jew performing reggae music with elements of hip hop, beatboxing, and rap. His first single, 2005’s “King Without A Crown” became a Top 40 hit and he proved with his debut album “Live at Stubbs,” that he was no novelty act or one hit wonder. With the success of this release and his follow up, “Youth”, (both of which went Gold) he solidified is stature on both the reggae and pop music scenes. “Youth” was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, and his next, 2009’s “Light,” reached #1 on the Reggae Albums chart and stayed in the top spot for 34 weeks. His fourth studio album, “Spark Seeker,” also debuted at #1 on the Reggae charts. The album, “Akeda” followed in 2014 and he is now touring in support of his latest release, “Release The Bound,” which continues his evolution beyond the confines of what might be considered reggae music and shows him to be an artist of incredible depth and talent.

Tickets are $30 in advance at www.mateel.org and the usual local outlets. Door tickets, if available, will be $35. Doors open at 8pm with Matisyahu at 9pm. A variety of snack foods will be served out of the Mateel kitchen, with a bar for patrons 21 & up. For more info go to mateel.org or call the office at 707-923-3368.

SPARC Program Returns To Mateel

Time to SPARC up the eleven to seventeen year-old after school activities with a little music and art! Specifically, the Spring Arts Collective will begin the second week in March and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. All local youth are invited to attend this series of project driven classes, culminating in the Artists of the Emerald Coast gala at the MCC on April 29, 2017. Interested class participants and alumni of SPARC are also invited to perform at the Summer Arts and Music Festival and possibly Reggae on the River too!

The popular after school program is open to local youth ages 11-17 and it offers them a chance to work with professional fine artists, Hunter Gilliam and Dianna Anzini, who will lead classes covering mandala design, totem, instrument decor, watercolor, and cartooning. Professional music instructor and program founder, Cathryn Guillette, oversees the musical component of the program as has broadened the scope to include bass guitar, keyboard, marimba, voice, percussion, and recorder- teaching basic skills, with an emphasis on performance and improvisation. A special session on songwriting and vocals with Arianna Guillette will be offered this year too. She and fine artist, Serenity Wood, will also function as youth mentors throughout the duration of the program.

The first SPARC session will be held on Tuesday, March 7 and registration is open now, with up to 30 spaces available. There is a registration fee of $5 per class and registrants are expected to register in advance and participate for the entirety of the program. To sign up for classes or ask questions, contact the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or email office@mateel.org. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. More information on the program and a full class schedule is available at www.mateel.org. Don’t let your child miss out on this fun and educational after school program- and big thanks to Humboldt Sponsors for their support of this valuable enrichment opportunity.

Summer Arts & Music Festival — applications open

The 41st annual Summer Arts and Music Festival will return to the beautiful Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in Southern Humboldt on the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017- and application deadlines are upon us for those interested in participating as a performer, with vendor deadlines not far behind.

The deadline for entertainer applications was last Friday, February 10th and this is the final week that applications to perform will be accepted. To apply, fill out and return the Entertainer Application on the Summer Arts page of mateel.org. A complete talent application includes a CD, DVD, and/ or EPK, plus bio/ press info. Those applicants with CD and press info on file from last year need only fill out and return the application form. Please send the completed application to bands@mateel.org- or mail to the Mateel office at MCC, c/o SAMF Talent, POB 1910, Redway, CA 95560.

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 mateel.org or call the Mateel 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 41st annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area visit mateel.org or call 923-3368- and don’t miss your chance to be a part of the Summer Arts magic on June 3rd & 4th, 2017.

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