Old Town Rhythm & Roots

Saturday Night with Eureka Arts Alive

Historic Eureka Old Town - 9 venues - 15 bands

Outdoor stage - historic venues - live music celebration

Sitting in the heart of California's Redwood Coast is one of the gems of the West Coast - Old Town Eureka.  Recognized by California as one of the state's first official cultural districts and listed on the National Register of Historic places.  Victorian architecture, art venues, coffee shops, bed and breakfasts, antique stores and shops, restaurants, museums and galleries, and public areas (complete with views of Humboldt Bay and its marinas) are among the highlights of this gem of the West Coast.  


Every month, hundreds converge on Old Town and Downtown for Eureka’s art walk, First Saturday Night Arts Alive and Redwood Coast Music Festival is joining in the fun to celebrate live music and our beautiful, historic arts district.  


The galleries, shops and restaurants are all open and the music will be playing - perfect time to come enjoy this celebrated district and hear some great roots music!






Gazebo Outdoor Stage - Corner of 2nd & F St  

(if inclement weather this will move to The Pearl with Restaurant 511)


Kingfoot - 5:00 pm - Gazebo Stage

Kingfoot plays a unique blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Gypsy, Rock and world music, described as “toe-ticklin’ fun”. A band you don’t want to miss! Joe Kieny on vocals, ukulele and rhythm guitar, Kevin Johnson on upright bass, and Jimmy Foot on lead guitar and mandolin.


WALLY HERSOM bass.  Highly prized Los Angeles based Bass fiddleman known to many as an original member of Big Sandy's Fly Rite Boys.  Wally can be found with LA's best and has since joined up with The Lucky Stars, Dave Stuckey's Hoot Owls and can also be heard performing with Carl Sonny Leyland, Jonathan Stout and others.   His well-honed style and expertise have made him a popular favorite.

The Vanishing Pints - 7:00pm Gazebo Stage

The Vanishing Pints have drawn from the poetic and folksy elements of Irish music, playing music with exuberance and humor to pay tribute to their Irish ancestry. ,Jeff Kelley, Leslie Quinn, Evan Morden, Marla Joy and Kevin Johnson

Ramone's Bakery & Cafe - 209 E St


The Gatehouse Well - 5:00 pm - Ramone's

The Gatehouse Well is a Celtic-Inspired New Folk band comprised of members Dominic Romano, Michael Dayvid, Evan Morden & Nate Zwerdling. Featuring a mixture of compelling and catchy originals, classic foot-stompers, and traditional fiddle tunes, The Gatehouse Well brings an unmistakably fun, energetic experience while maintaining the heart and authenticity that makes up the core of the folk style.



The Kentucky Warblers - 7:00pm - Ramone's

The Kentucky Warblers are composed of bassist Gary Grounds, guitarist Rich Kerns, mandolin Rob Fowler, and banjo Colin Trujillo. All the members play in other local string bands including the Compost Mountain Boys, Clean Livin, the No Good Redwood Ramblers, and Kindred Spirits.  The string quartet is influenced heavily by their love of traditional bluegrass such as: Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers.


WALLY HERSOM bass.  Highly prized Los Angeles based Bass fiddleman known to many as an original member of Big Sandy's Fly Rite Boys.  Wally can be found with LA's best and has since joined up with The Lucky Stars, Dave Stuckey's Hoot Owls and can also be heard performing with Carl Sonny Leyland, Jonathan Stout and others.   His well-honed style and expertise have made him a popular favorite.

Siren's Song - 325 Second St. 

The Handshaker's - 6:00 pm - Siren's Song

The Handshakers’ Americana/alt-country music features the ensemble sound of Michael Walker’s sultry electric guitar, Mike Bynum’s driving acoustic rhythm guitar and Aleister Paige’s atmospheric pedal steel guitar.  Walker’s and Bynum’s soaring– and sometimes gritty – vocals and harmonies are complemented by the subtle grooves of electric bassist Gary Davidson and drummer Paul DeMark.  


The Yokels - 7:30pm - Ramone's

These boys have been around the block, several times, sharing the stage with many other groups including Roy Orbison, Los Lobos, Willy Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Norton Buffalo, Sha Na Na, Freddy Cannon, Rosey and the Originals, The Youngbloods with Jesse Colin Young, Byron Berline, and Vince Gill.  The band is Steve Irwin, a singer who plays guitar; Glen Nagy, a singer who plays bass; and Bill Kerker, a singer who also plays drums.

Synapsis Nova - 212 G St.

The LaPatinas - 6:00 pm - Synapsis Nova

High-spirited original music in the classic veins of country, rock, soul, pop, folk, R&B as well as plenty of propulsive covers!  The LaPatinas are Jeff Demark - guitar, vocals.  Brian Powell - bass, vocals.  Knick - drums, strings of all stripes.  Jim Hachimonji - fiddle, mandolin, vocals.  Neil McLaughlin - guitar, vocals.


Humboldt Bay Coffee Co. - 526 Opera Alley

Kenny Ray & The Mighty Rovers - 6:00 pm - Humboldt Bay Coffee Company

After leading our Merle Haggard tribute at the Friday Night Barnburner - Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers move to Old Town's Humboldt Bay Coffee Company for 3 hours on Arts Alive Saturday night.  With influences ranging from Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Louvin Brothers, Merle Haggard, Merle Travis, and on and onThe Mighty Rovers are Humboldt County ambassadors for American Roots Music. .

  Ken Jorgenson aka Kenny Ray’ leads the band with percussive rhythm on acoustic guitar and his distinctive voice. The established Mighty Rover line up that Humboldt dancers know and love includes: Darren Weiss on 5-string tenor guitar, Britt Smith on fiddle and vocals, and Maria McFarlin on upright bass.



The Detours - 7:30pm - Synapsis Nova

The Detours deliver traditional country honky tonk with truck driving tunes, tender ballads of the heart and some great originals in the Honky-Tonk tradition. The Detours are Rick Levin, vocals, guitar.  Ron Sharp, bass.  Jake Wiegandt, vocals, guitar.  Marc Jeffares keyboards, mandolin, vocals.  Sam Kaplan-Good, drums.

The Vance Hotel - 525 Second St.

Sunnybrea Jazz Trio featuring Nola Pierce

6:00pm - Vance Hotel

From slow, bluesy bends in the river to wild jazzy rapids Sunnybrae Jazz featuring Nola Pierce serves up a classy jazz cocktail with a modern twist.


Anna Hamilton - 7:30pm - Vance Hotel

Anna Hamilton is a dynamic vocalist, guitarist , singer-songwriter, rocking the Humboldt scene with blues and humor. She’s backed by bassist Michael Motorhead Anderson. Anna has been on many stages around the country, including the Studio Café in Balboa, Van Wetzal Performance Arts Hall in Sarasota, Andy’s on Bourbon Street, Molton Playhouse in Laguna Beach, Park City, Arizona, New York, North Carolina, Athens Ga, etc.

Morris Graves Museum - 636 F St.

John & Kristy Cocuzzi's Tribute to the Kings of Swing

6:00pm - Morris Graves Museum

John & Kristy Cocuzzi are multi-instrumentalists extraordinaire with New Orleans flavor and New York class. For more than 25 years, John has been entertaining crowds and performing alongside jazz and blues greats at festivals across the United States and in Europe. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned a nationwide reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist.   The Kings of Swing tribute features John on vibes.


Dave Bennett Quartet - Tribute to Benny Goodman

7:30pm - Morris Graves

Dave Bennett is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of Benny Goodman.  Dave has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops (2013) and has played the program with 50 other US and Canadian orchestras including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Houston, Portland, OR and Portland, ME. Seventy-five performing arts centers across the USA have featured Dave’s performances.  Dave’s newest cd “Blood Moon” is currently climbing the Billboard jazz charts.


Kris Tokarski Sextet Featuring Chloe Feoranzo

9:00pm - Morris Graves

Two of the most in demand musicians in New Orleans backed by an all-star rhythm section and playing New Orleans jazz.  Kris Tokarski is comfortable in any piano style from Ragtime to Modern Jazz. He frequently appears at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festival.

  Chloe Feoranzo is a 25 year old clarinet and saxophonist who has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Prairie Home Companion and the Grand Ole Opry. Residing in New Orleans, she is currently touring Europe with Postmodern Jukebox.




Tom Rigney & Flambeau - 9:00pm - Adorni Center

There is no question that Tom Rigney has become one of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world, and continues to be a prolific composer of powerfully compelling music for the violin, music whose influences come from an extremely wide range of musical styles within the broad boundaries of American Roots Music.

    Rigney has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area roots music scene for more than thirty-five years. In 2000, after fifteen years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, fiddler/composer Tom Rigney stepped out on his own with a hot new band, Flambeau. The repertoire is original, eclectic, passionate, and filled with a musical and emotional intensity that will come as no surprise to followers of Rigney’s career.

Adorni Center After Arts Alive Party - 9:00pm - Midnight 

$10.00 cover at the door (while space allows)

Dave Bennett & The Memphis Speed Kings - 10:30pm - Adorni Center

We're excited to have this band back at Redwood Coast Music Festival.  The high energy, rockabilly of The Memphis Speed Kings was a festival favorite when they were last here.  Check the schedule as they're only playing one headline set this year and you won't want to miss it!

   The Memphis Speed Kings play vintage Rockabilly and Rock n’ Roll classics by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Mickey Gilley and more.


Municipal Auditorium - Saturday Night - 4:30pm - Midnight 

Regular Prime Time Ticket or All Events Pass required

Saturday night Redwood Coast Blues returns with a headline performance of the legendary Roomful of Blues.  Their first trip out here in over a decade.  We'll be dedicating this evening to the rich music heritage of Old Town Eureka made possible by the contributions of promoter Deborah Lazio.  Deborah was the long time proprietor of Eureka's legendary Old Town Bar & Grill and also booked acts for RCMF's Blues By the Bay.  


For our Saturday night Redwood Coast Blues in 2018 we've included acts that were booked by Deborah Lazio in Eureka's rich musical history.  In addition there will be reunion performances by some of OTBG's stalwart favorites.  Bishop Mayfield, Dave Storie & Friends.  Headlining the evening will be sax man extraordinaire Terry Hanck and a special appearance by blues legends Roomful of Blues.


Venue - Eureka Municipal Auditorium            


Date - Saturday April 7, 2018


Time - 4:00pm - 11:30pm

Bands Appearing - Roomful of Blues, Terry Hanck with Jim Pugh, Bishop Mayfield & Friends, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Lisa Mann, Gino & The Lone Gunmen & more.


Entry with festival wristband/badge, Special Blues Pass, or you can purchase a $35 Prime Time ticket at our outlets, online store or at the door.  Special Blues pass is just $75.00 for entry to both Friday and Saturday Blues shows at the Muni and all day Saturday at the Adorni Center venue.

Harry Duncan, renowned producer and host of the popular In The Soul Kitchen show on KCSM, will spin his Roots & Rhythm mix for listening and dancing when the doors open and on set changes throughout the show.

Appearing in 2018 as a special guest artist with Terry Hanck – keyboardist Jim Pugh. Pugh’s international performing music career spans 40 years and includes multiple Grammy Award, platinum and gold records. He has recorded and performed with a star-studded array of musicians including B.B. King, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Boz Skaggs, Syl Johnson and Van Morrison.

Want to keep the evening going after 9:00pm?   We've got options for you!