Art Exhibit: Black History Month Exhibition Feb. 1st - 24th, Reception Feb. 2nd 3 - 6 PM

 

OCA Gallery is pleased to celebrate Black History Month featuring a juried exhibition of original works by Sonoma County artists, as well as the private historical collection of Raynetta James.

 

Our gallery is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM, and during event intermissions.

A hosted reception will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 3 – 6 PM.

 

Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from 2/1/1970 – 2/28/1970.

Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Gospel Brunch Saturday, February 23rd 11 AM - 1 PM

Join us as we celebrate Black History month with this festive, interfaith event featuring authentic Soul Food by Saucy Mama and a fine performance by the Joyful Noise Gospel Singers!

Special Black History art exhibition in our gallery featuring juried art as well as the private collection of Raynetta James!

Tickets are $35 for adults (age 14 and up); $15 for youth ages 9-13; children 8 and under are free. Reservations required – get tickets online or in our box office open Friday-Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

 

 

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Saturday, February 23rd 7 - 9 PM

Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette perform at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Photo © Copyright 2013 Stephen Ide, all rights reserved.

 

OCA is pleased to present for their sixth concert on our stage famed folk duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen from Vermont! Steve Gillette is a revered country/folk singer and songwriter with a warm baritone voice and a unique finger-picking guitar style. Some of his best known songs: Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, Back on the Street Again have been covered by Ian & Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, and Tammy Wynette. His wife Cindy Mangsen, expertly accompanying on a variety of instruments, is called “one of the finest singers in American folk music” (Come for to Sing). She is best known as a keeper of old songs as well as her own thoughtful originals. www.compassrosemusic.com.

   Come on down to OCA’s excellent acoustic space to enjoy the compelling interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs, rich harmony and a good dose of humor from this enduringly popular duo who have traveled the world and recorded six albums in their more than 25-year collaboration.

$18 Advance/$22 at the door. Fine refreshments for sale. Black History Month exhibit in Art Gallery open for viewing. Wheelchair Accessible.

 

 

 

People’s Music Presents A Night of Great Music with Friends Friday, March 1st 7:30 PM

Don’t miss this spectacular variety of local talent! Organized by Alex Bryant, this People’s Music Showcase features five difference performances with talented local musicians including Hoytus & New Paradise, The Stony Point Ramblers, Washington Hill, Whispering Light and Andy Graham.

Tickets are $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Beer/wine/refreshments available. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Scroll down to read about the performers!

Hoytus & New Paradise bring original eclectic rock & folk music. The band includes Hoytus Rolen, Robert Hertzbrun, Alex Bryant, Brett Palm and Eric Engstrom.

Hoytus & New Paradise

The Stony Point Ramblers are a bunch of folks loving old-time acoustic music and having a blast playing it. Band members include Chris Carney, Ernie Noyes, Annie Zolinger, Janette Duncan and Mike Southworth.

The Stony Point Ramblers

Washington Hill is an alternative rock band featuring Oliver Rogoff, Everest Rosa-Barnette, Hand Anderson and Nicco Weisskoff.

Washington Hill

Whispering Light performs jazz/fusion as seen on NBC and 2019 feature on Women’s International Music Network. Lindy Day, Kevin Village-Stone and Ralph Anderson.

Kevin Village-Stone and Lindy Day of Whispering Light

Andy Graham  –  percussionist extraordinaire!

Andy Graham

 

 

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Friday, March 8th 7 - 9 PM

We are pleased to welcome back Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands! Grammy Award-winner Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as one of the finest, most diversely talented acoustic folk artists in traditional Americana and bluegrass music today. A tremendously gifted songwriter with an exquisite voice who is also a whiz on the fiddle and acoustic bass, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 acclaimed albums in a number of musical formats. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. www.laurielewis.com

Her latest album, The Hazel and Alice Sessions with her band The Right Hands was nominated for the ‘Best Bluegrass Recording’ Grammy in 2017. Laurie has been twice awarded Female Vocalist of the Year by The International Bluegrass Music Association. She has paved the way for many young women artists even while her music continues to transcend the formal limitations of the genre, and has produced albums by young Bay Area musicians such as Melody Walker and the T Sisters. She is also a committed music educator, teaching at prestigious camps, festivals and workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Consummate singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator…as Utah Phillips says:

“Laurie Lewis’ songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don’t hear often.    Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

The Right Hands features Tom Rozum on mandolin, fiddle and guitar and harmony vocals. Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Haselden Ciaccio round out this accomplished and talented ensemble. It doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands at OCA’s intimate acoustic sweet spot!

$28 Advance/$32 at the door. Reservations advised. Fine refreshments available include wine and beer. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible.

 

 

The Black Brothers Band Saturday, March 16th 8 - 10 pm

 

Shay Black

Michael Black

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend at OCA with the Black Brothers Band !

Shay and Michael Black are the charismatic singing siblings from Ireland’s foremost family of song which includes their sisters Mary and Frances and brother Martin. Shay and Michael, who grew up in Dublin, play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads including songs from the revolutionary Irish era. Singing in close harmony, the brothers draw people in with their energy, wit and superb musicianship. They have a special fondness for chorus songs and love to hear their audience sing. www.black-brothers.com

 

The Black Brothers Band also features famed pianist Eamonn Flynn, originally from Dublin, who was the keyboardist on the best-selling movie soundtrack ‘The Commitments’. His driving piano style adds excitement to the Black Brothers jigs and reels. www.eamonnflynn.com. Joining them on this tour is the dynamic accordion player, Felim Egan, who also hails from Ireland and is a recent transplant from Oregon. His driving accordion is something not to be missed!

Don’t miss The Black Brothers Band back again at OCA’s acoustically excellent venue! Their joy in performing, their love of a good story, and their charm and wit plus irish humor make every day seem like St. Patrick’s Day!

$24 Advance/$28 at the door. Fine wine and beer plus pub grub for sale. Reservations advised. 707-874-9392. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open.

Book Launch: Loving David by Andrea Granahan Friday, March 22nd 7 pm

Occidental Center for the Arts’ Book Launch Series presents ‘Loving David’ by local author Andrea Granahan.

A man’s epic love, and courage facing death. Slide show, selected readings, Q&A, book sales and signing. Music with Gordon & Blythe. Free admission, donations welcome. Refreshments by donation, wine & beer for sale. OCA is located at 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Rd. and is accessible to people with disabilities.

Heartwood Crossing Saturday, March 23rd 7 - 9 PM

O.C.A welcomes Heartwood Crossing to its stage!

A home grown band from Sonoma County, known for smart songwriting and moving vocals, hot fiddle with dueling guitars, and a rockin backbeat that just will not quit.

Heartwood Crossing stands out due to their original songwriting and melodic three part harmonies. Stony Point Road evokes Little Feat, American Made has touches of Springsteen and prime period Mellencamp, says Deborah Grabien of No Depression magazine, and Coeur DAlene, a classic piece of Americana left a lump in my throat.

Perhaps, the secret is that two singer-songwriters have a musical brotherhood that goes back many years. Dave Monterey and Tim Sheehan have performed on and off together for decades in bands such as Patriots of the Heartland (1976),  The Breakers (1983, 1991), and The String Rays (2010). Singer-songwriter Emily Lois entered the mix in 2018. From a chance meeting in ‘the green room’ of a local radio station, the three struck a chord of co-inspiration, bringing Heartland Crossing to life. Adding Daniel Magee on bass and Dan Ransford on percussion, Heartwood Crossing is sure to bring a good time to its Occidental audience!

Tickets for this event are $15 advance and $18 at the door. Presale ends at Noon on day of event. OCA is wheelchair accessible. Fine refreshments available, art gallery open during intermission. 707-874-9392.

Will Durst presents: ‘Durst Case Scenario: And They’re Off!’ Sunday, March 31st 4 pm

In this lightning-paced, 85-minute comedic tour-de-force, satirist/author/actor Durst, described by the New York Times as “possibly the best political comic working today”, celebrates the two-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s ‘Reign of Error’ with a hysterically historical up-dated analysis and rollicking feast of outrage about where we are, how we got here, and what may lie ahead. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance! $19 Adv/$24 at door. Fine refreshments. Art Gallery open. Wheelchair accessible.