Coastal Soul Presents “A Soulful Christmas” Concert on December 23

Coastal Soul presents “A Soulful Christmas”
Featuring LaNicia Williams and Gwendolyn Phillips Coates

Tis the season of holly and jolly! Come join LaNicia and her mom Gwendolyn as they share the joy of the holiday spirit through music on Friday, December 23rd from 7 – 9 pm at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130. $15 at the door ages 12 and older and $5 ages 11 and younger. Light refreshments will be served.

LaNicia Williams grew up singing in her grandfather’s church. She remembers doing her first solo concert for her seventh birthday. Since moving to the coast in September of 2014, LaNicia has been sharing her love through food as owner of Coastal Soul and her love of music singing Motown favorites with local bands. LaNicia was raised in Redondo Beach, CA and comes from generations of singers and ministers.

Our guest vocalist is Gwendolyn Phillips Coates from Long Beach, CA. It is a special treat to have her on the north Coast singing with her daughter LaNicia. Gwendolyn is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her Christmas CD, “It’s Christmas, Rejoice!” The CD will be available for purchase for $10 at the concert and can also be purchased on She also has a contemporary gospel jazz CD, “Grateful”. Gwendolyn is an author (Waiting on My Lunch Date: A journey Through Grief and a Path to Joy), pastor, actress, mother of three (Faundsworth, LaNicia and Philip) and grandmother of 4.

Acoustic String Concert Set for Manzanita

connell-poster-6072Internationally recognized mandolin virtuoso Tim Connell will headline a concert of acoustic string music Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission will be $20 at the door. Tickets can also be obtained online at the Brown Paper Tickets website.

Connell will team up with Mike Burdette on guitar for an evening of what he describes as “Brazil, Bach, Beatles and More.”

 Connell is well known to acoustic music fans as a top-tier, mandolinist, touring internationally with Mike Marshall’s Ger Mandolin Orchestra and several of his own projects, including Mando Planet and Stumptown Swing. In addition to his solo repertoire, he frequently performs with Burdett as the duo Rio Con Brio.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Connell is regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of the Brazilian choro style on the mandolin. He has also developed his own unique voice for the instrument, described in a recent Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”

Connell’s website is

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Hoffman Gardens

guitar in garden 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts will again host free concerts on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm in the Gardens.

Musicians who would like to get on a waiting list to perform should contact Michael Maginnis

June 5 Joe Wrabek
June 19  Peter Hinsbeeck and Scott Warren:  Jazz Standards
June 26  Stay Tuned
July 3  Fred Lackaff
July 10 Frank and the Ferrets
July 17  Dona Miller CANCELLED
July 24  Manzanita Music Festival (various artists)
July 31  Rhythm Method
August 7  Sherrie Wolf and Sarah Wolf
August 14  Tsunami Drummers
August 21  Stay Tuned
August 28  Sedona Fire Band
September 4 Trillium Blue



Manzanita Music Festival Schedule

If you’re in town on July 23rd-24th, be sure to stop by the Hoffman Gardens.  We’re one of three venues for the inaugural Manzanita Music Festival. Just about every style of music will be on offer, along with .  And it’s FREE!

Here’s the schedule for two of the Stages.  There will also be activities in the Cascade Sotheby’s parking lot (where the Farmer’s Market is held on Fridays).

Saturday, July 23rd

Time Full Spectrum Stage at the Hoffman Gardens Lostrum Stage at 3rd & Laneda
1 pm The Thomasian Trio w/ Maggie Kitson
(Jazz and Blues)
Kate Morrison, Solo
2 pm Jenny Don’t and the Spurs
(Country Roots)
Blue Jug
3 pm The Junebugs
Kelsey Mousley
4 pm Maggie and the Kats
5 pm Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories
Jenny Don’t and the Spurs
6 pm Terry Robb
(Acoustic Blues)
Julie Amici


7 pm- 9 pm Kate and the Crocodiles
(“Eclectic, Eccentric” Jazz/Pop)
The Sextones



Sunday, July 24th

Time Full Spectrum Stage at the Hoffman Gardens Lostrum Stage at 3rd & Laneda
1 pm The Sextones
(Electric Jazz/Funk)
Mystery Ride
2 pm Boomer and the Millennials
The Junebugs
3 pm Sol Seed
(Reggae & Fusion)
Terry Robb
4 pm Sol Seed Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories


Night of Live Jazz/Swing/Dancing Set for Manzanita

beyond the sea musicians imageVortex Productions will present “Beyond the Sea,” an evening of live jazz/swing, dancing and cocktails, Saturday, May 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. The event will be a benefit the first Manzanita Music Festival, which will be held July 23-24 at three local venues.

Performing that evening will be Kate Morrison of Kate and the Crocodiles, Gavin Bondy of Pink Martini and Kate and the Crocodiles, plus Michael Correy, of Michael’s Music in Cannon Beach, Chris Freesman, Peter Hinsbeeck, and Josh Correy.

Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple, and are available by contacting

Sound and staging will be provided by Full Spectrum Media. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

The Manzanita Music Festival will be an annual celebration that presents a multi genre — Americana, Folk, Pop, Reggae, Bluegrass — collection of local, regional, and national musicians.

The festival will take place Saturday, Jul. 23 and Sunday Jul. 24. It will kick off at the beach immediately after the 26th Annual Manzanita Beach Walk and Run. The second venue will be at the corner of 3rd and Laneda Ave. The main stage will be set up at the Hoffman Gardens next to the library. Local and regional craft brews, plus wine, and food will be available at the various venues.

“The Manzanita Music Festival is partnering with the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the North County Recreation District. These partners promote the educational, recreational, social, and physical well being of residents of Tillamook County,” said festival co-organizer Beth Carter-Boyer. “Proceeds from the event will support other like-minded organizations in the community.”

Kathryn Claire and The Lasses Return to Manzanita



Kathryn Claire will return to the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita Sunday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m., accompanied by “The Lasses” — Sophie ter Shure and Margo Limburg. Admission will be $12-15 at the door.

Claire, ter Shure and Limburg appeared at the Hoffman Center in early 2015, shortly after they teamed up for concerts in The Netherlands and Germany.

They share a love for harmony singing and telling stories through music, and deliver heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs on stage.

Claire has a popular following as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter around the Pacific Northwest. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Japan, India, Holland, Belgium, and France.

The Lasses met in 2011 while performing during open mic sessions at an Irish pub in Amsterdam. They quickly combined their talents. Their first tour of the U.S. included Manzanita.

More information about the performers is available sat, and

Member Appreciation Brunch and Concert on April 10

We’ll be showing our appreciation to members of the Hoffman Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 10 from 11 am to 1 pm.  There will be a tasty brunch, a brief overview of 2015 accomplishments and plans going forward, plus a concert by a chamber quartet from the North Oregon Coast Symphony!

If you’re already a member, please be sure and let us know you’re coming so we can ensure we have enough goodies for everyone.  If you’re not yet a member, click here to join and help us bring the arts to life!  RSVP to

member brunch invitation

“Indalo Wind” Returns to Manzanita

Indalo Wind Jacob and Eric Walter 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a evening of acoustic world music by “Indalo Wind” Saturday, Apr. 30 at 7 p.m. Admission will be $10, and tickets will be available at the door.

Indalo Wind is an ensemble led by father and son, Eric and Jacob Walter. Specializing in eclectic instrumental music, they offer up a blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with melodic seasonings from around the world. Included will be traditional songs from Italy, Ireland, and the Americas – as well as gypsy swing, Renaissance dance, flamenco, Japanese pop, and unique originals.

“Our performance in Manzanita last year was a delight for both the musicians and the audience,” said Eric Walter. “We are looking forward to this return.”

In addition to Eric (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Native American flute), and Jacob (ukulele, guitar), the ensemble will include Indalo Wind Consort members: Steve Cleveland (accordion), Mike Preston (resophonic guitar), and Dennis Elmer (percussion).

Indalo Wind last appeared at the Hoffman Center in May 2015. The group’s website is

Dancing Strings & Musical Feet at the Hoffman April 14th

Dancing Strings Graphic 8072The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host an evening of “Dancing Strings and Musical Feet” Thursday, Apr. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission will be $20 at the door, or $15 for advance sales sold online through

“Dancing Strings & Musical Feet” is an Irish vocal, instrumental and dance quartet comprised of Tim Connell, Marla Fibish, Bruce Victor, and acclaimed Irish dancer Kieran Jordan.

Connell describes the group as “a creative collaboration of sonic interplay between musicians of disparate backgrounds with consanguineous souls.”

The evening will  include traditional Irish tunes and songs, Brazilian choro pieces, and poetry set to music. Instruments will include mandolins, mandola, guitars, cittern, and bouzouki to accompany “old style” improvised Irish dancing.

Connell lives in Portland. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso mandolinist with over 20 years professional experience. He has performed in Manzanita several times.

Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor are based in San Francisco and perform and sing original and traditional Irish music as the duo “Noctambule.”

Kiernan Jordan, from Boston, is a performer, teacher, director, choreographer, and writer in the field of Irish dance. She has been a professional freelance dancer for more than 15 years.


Hoffman Center to Host Concert Featuring Music by Bob Dylan

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Photo Caption: Author and musician Bob Shiel will present an evening of the music of Bob Dylan Saturday, Apr. 9.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host an evening of music by Bob Dylan Saturday, Apr. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. to honor the singer-songwriter and artist’s upcoming 75th birthday. Admission will be $10 at the door.

Chicago author and musician Bob Shiel will present his multi-media creation of live music, audience participation and discussion. It will include a rotating slide show of Dylan-related images and one song from each Dylan album in chronological order to demonstrate how his music evolved over the past decades.

Shiel, a retired English professor, wrote the book “61 Highways Revisited: The Albums of Bob Dylan” and created a two-CD album of Dylan covers. He uses both as educational tools to deliver presentations on Dylan’s body of work. They will be on sale at the concert.

“For any true fan, ‘61 Highways Revisited’ provides a rollicking, kaleidoscopic ride through the labyrinths of Bob Dylan’s half-century musical recording career,” said book critic and author Patrick T. Reardon.

Shiel’s website is

Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday will be May 24, 2016.