A home for interesting, less-than-commercial music in Arcata

The Quick Overview

Sunday., 19 Nov. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Hot Damn Scandal

Typsy American Gypsy Blues

Thursday, 28 Dec. doors - 6pm. music-7pm

Stranger Chamber Music

Wednesday, 17 Jan. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Robinson & Rohe


Friday, 19 Jan. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Mughal Muesli
new jazz

Thursday, 25 Jan. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Ross Hammond

Wizard of the Understated Guitar

Thursday, 17 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
John Faulkner
English Folksong

Saturday, 19 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell

Songs & Stories from the Highlands of Scotland


Sunday, 19 Nov.
Hot Damn Scandal

Typsy American Gypsy Blues

Hot Damn Scandal finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways.
The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, shanty-rags, string band funk,
lonesome heart-breakers, and whiskey bottle love songs blend together in a sweet song
syrup somewhere between a ramble and a roar. Sometimes called
‘Tipsy American Gypsy Blues’, Hot Damn Scandal pulls no punches
and and puts thunder in your molasses.



Thursday, 28 Dec.

Stranger Chamber Music

Jill Petricca - C melody saxophone, flute, piccolo
Ginny Ryder - bass clarinet, english horn
Rahman (Tikku) Abdur - tabla
Gregg Moore - tuba, trombone, banjos, bandolim

SquarPeg began as an exploration of the tenor voices of a variety of wind instruments in 2011 and has since
morphed into a celebration of the collision of four musicians from wildly differing performance aesthetics.
Ginny Ryder has a long history of orchestral playing behind her while Rahman Abdur is a product of the classical
music of his native Bangladesh. From her earliest musical learning Jill Petricca has always had one foot in jazz and
the other in classical music whereas Gregg Moores' background is in jazz, folk and experimental musics.
By all rights, it's an experiment that shouldn't work. But with listening and other basic tenets of common musical
practice firmly in place these four manage to conjur an original sound treating a combination of original music,
creative treatments of well-known themes and various melodic flotsam & jetsam that crosses their paths.

Here's how noted area watercolorist and SquarPeg fan, Alan Sanborn describes this noise . . . . . . .

If you’ve never seen SquarPeg perform you’ve managed to miss Humboldt County’s
most interesting musical gem. If you think that music should be fun, Squarepeg will definitely honor your hopes.

Let’s see……tuba and tablas, Rahman Abdur, where Portuguese folk music meets 60’s TV jingles, an occasional piccolo, quirky ribbons holding together a package of virtuosity, saxophone, Jill Petricca, eastern European gypsy surf music in a classical setting, bass clarinet, Ginny Ryder, adept improvisation tumbling over impeccable arrangements, flute and the world’s clunkiest banjo, Gregg Moore, an argument between Louis Armstrong and Spike Jones, mandolin and trombone, four hard working musicians juggling genres, not quite folk, not quite classical, not quite gypsy, not quite rock — but definitely jazz, the reincarnation of Paul Klee as music.

These guys are simply the most interesting, fun and exciting thing to form here in our
little corner of the globe since…..let’s see…..since Mr. Bungle.
(And Mr. Bungle had the advantage of being young and crazy.)
So go see Squarpeg before they get too old — like December 28, for instance.



Wednesday, 17 Jan.
Robinson & Rohe



Friday, 19 Jan.
Mughal Muesli


Thursday, 25 Jan.
Ross Hammond

Wizard of the Understated Guitar



Thursday, 17 May
John Faulkner

English Folksong


Saturday, 19 May
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell

Songs & Stories from the Highlands of Scotland


***** Special Request *****
Many of our visiting performers are in need of a place to stay when they come to play.
Any House Concerteers with the wherewithall to take home a musician can count on,
not only free admission, but the scintillating company of a disciplined and conscientious
student of their chosen musical tradition. Let me know if this is a possibility.


Imagining what a House Concert featuring one tune from each of our performers over the entire year might sound like, I've lined up one example of what each of our performers have provided us over the past year. To be sure, there have been a couple of evenings that missed being recorded and I hope your favorite was not among them. I also hope you can do without titles as announcements are not always intelligible on the recordings. Click on each of these links to access the audio files.

01) Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford
02) Dan Newton
03) The Lost Trio
04) Hanz Araki/Colleen Raney/Stuart Mason
05) Goitse
06) Snowapple
07) Johnny Connoly & Leonard Barry
08) Cassie & Maggie McDonald
09) Frankie & Sean Gavin
10) Syrinx Effect
11) Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
12) Luke Brechtelsbauer
13) Dan Walsh
14) David Power
15) Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
16) Johnny Connolly/Winifred Horan/Cary Novotny
17) Anita McDonald
18) John Schott ACTUAL Trio
19) Ned Evett


These evenings are supported by the
soup, fresh bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea & general conviviality
for which doors will open an hour before the music starts.

Suggested Donation - $25 - 10 sliding scale
(thank you, Dan Compton)
Contact via:
(707) 499-8516 for more information