Summer Sunday Concerts Start on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017


Sedona Fire Band in 2016

This summer we’re pleased to bring back our free summer concerts in the Hoffman Gardens on Sundays from Father’s Day through Labor Day Weekend.  The concerts run from 1 to 3 pm.

We still have a few open Sundays.  Musicians who would like to perform should contact Michael Maginnis

June 18 Sedona Fire
June 25 Noah Dooley
July 2 Joe Wrabek
July 9 Nehalem Valley All-Stars
July 16 The Ferrets
July 23 No Garden Concert due to Manzanita Music Festival
July 30 Stay Tuned
(Yes, that’s the band’s name)
August 6 Sherrie Wolf
1 to 2 pm
August 13 Tsunami Drummers
August 20 David Weigan
August 27 Rhythm Method
September 3 Russ Watson

Mid-Winter Blues Concert on Friday, January 20, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a concert featuring the blues played by a variety of local musicians. The concert is Friday, January 20th at 7 p.m. and admission is $10 at the door.

Do you want to ward off those mid-winter blues? Come hear local musicians playing the blues in an intimate setting at Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

This concert will feature North Tillamook County bands Sedona Fire, the Ferrets, and The Gospel Trio with Joe Wrabek. Individual performers Fred Lackaff, George Van Meter, Mark Balmer, Bob LaTorre, Scott Warren, and others will round out the bill.

Some of these performers will also serve as “utility musicians” ready to sit in and jam with bands and individuals. The idea is to encourage musical cross-fertilization and synergistic energy among local musicians; assuring the audience an entertaining evening full of spirit and spontaneity.

Doors open at 6:30. The Hoffman Center for the Arts is located at 594 Laneda Avenue. All proceeds will benefit the Hoffman in its mission to bring arts, culture, and education to North Tillamook County.

If you have questions please contact:

Gary Seelig
cell: 360-620-2685
hm: 503-368-7633

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.

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

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.


Old-Time Blues and Storytelling Set for Hoffman Center

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Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will present a concert of old-time blues music Mar. 29

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a concert featuring old-time blues, Appalachian music, ballads, slave songs, spirituals and original music by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. The concert is Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Admission will be a sliding scale $10-15 at the door.

The Ruckers perform throughout the U.S. and overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. They weave history, traditional storytelling, and humor into their concerts, and have been featured tellers at the International Storytelling Center and Festival.

The duo accompany themselves with finger-style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones.

Over forty years of performing, the Ruckers have appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as on NPR’s On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.

JAMES “SPARKY” RUCKER has been singing songs and telling stories from the American tradition for over fifty years.

Sparky grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and began playing guitar at age eleven. He is descended from a long line of preachers and law enforcement officers, and his sense of justice stems from both of these traditions. Sparky’s raucous guitar and singing styles are a direct result of his having performed in many doo-wop, soul, and rock bands.

Sparky has been involved with the civil rights movement since the 1950s. He participated in workshops at the Highlander Center with many prominent people, including Rosa Parks, Myles Horton, and Bernice Reagon. He marched shoulder-to- shoulder with SNCC Freedom Singers Matthew and Marshall Jones and sang at rallies, marches, and sit-ins alongside other folksingers such as Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger. He worked to win recognition and benefits for white Southern Appalachian coal miners as a staff member of the Council of the Southern Mountains in the 1970s.

After graduating from University of Tennessee, Sparky taught school in Chattanooga before becoming a full-time folksinger.

Sparky’s early blues mentors include Rev. Pearly Brown (who taught Duane Allman how to play bottleneck-style guitar), Buddy Moss (who taught Blind Boy Fuller), and Johnny Shines (who traveled with blues legend Robert Johnson). He also picked up pointers from Babe Stovall, Big Joe Williams, John Jackson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, and many others.

As an author, Sparky contributed stories to anthologies such as Breathing the Same Air, More Ready-To-Tell Tales and The August House Book of Scary Stories. He was a contributing author for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and also co-wrote a chapter for the storytelling book, Team Up! Tell In Tandem!

RHONDA HICKS RUCKER practiced medicine for five years before becoming a full-time musician, author, and storyteller. She is a versatile singer and performer, playing blues harmonica, piano, clawhammer banjo, and rhythmic bones. Rhonda appears on nine recordings with her husband. Their 1991 release, Treasures and Tears, was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording.

Rhonda grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and has played piano since the age of four. She took piano lessons for many years from Fannie Woods Mansfield, an elderly woman who was both a ragtime composer and an organist at the local Baptist Church.

Rhonda has become a passionate voice in social and environmental advocacy through her songwriting. Her background as a physician also provides her with unique insights into numerous other social problems. Using her versatile musicianship, she has created moving songs about such topics as global warming, the broken health care system, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  These songs are showcased on their 2009 album release entitled One Earth.

Rhonda is also a freelance writer. She was a contributing author for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and co-wrote a chapter for Team Up! Tell In Tandem!, a storytelling book. Rhonda’s historical novel for young readers, Swing Low, Sweet Harriet, was published by Motes Books in 2013.

Their website is


Hoffman Center Issues Talent Audition Call

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host its seventh annual Community Talent Showcase in late January and has issued a call for local performers to audition.

Auditions are set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. This year’s talent showcase will include two events – Saturday night, Jan. 30, and a matinee on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31.

“We’re looking for a variety of music, magic, comedy, singing, reading, actors, or whatever would entertain the audiences,” said Center board member Dave Dillon. “Acts need to be no more than five minutes long and suitable for all ages.”

The Center hopes to have 10-15 acts per show.

Showcase admission will be $10, and all proceeds will go to support the Center’s general operating fund.  Registration form for performers available here.




“A Jazzatti-tude Christmas” w/ special guest Gwendolyn Phillips Coates

mom1Tis the season of holly and jolly! Join Jazzatti-tude share the joy of the holiday spirit with some of your favorite jazz and Christmas songs on Wednesday, December 23rd at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center. $10 at the door ages 12 and older. Light refreshments will be served.

Jazzatti-tude is a four-piece ensemble playing traditional, cool and popular jazz at parties and events across the north Oregon coast. Jazzatti-tude has been playing the area as an instrumental trio (Bob, Doug & Clint) since 2013 and has recently added the great vocals of LaNicia Williams. Bob Brook – formally of Shy Jazz – plays guitar and has helped keep jazz alive on the north Oregon Coast for 13 years. Doug Proctor plays keyboards and hails from Atlanta, GA. Doug played classic rock in the southeastern US for 30 years and Christian music for several church worship teams for 6 years before discovering jazz. Clint Smith discovered the double bass shortly before retiring as a forest and wildlife ecologist. Clint spent his formative years in the Deep South enjoying all types of music, including traditional and modern jazz. Our newest member LaNica Williams has taken the coast by storm singing jazz and cooking Soul Food. 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. In 2016, Gwendolyn will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her Christmas CD, “It’s Christmas, Rejoice!” 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.

11th Anniversary Celebration Open House Scheduled

HCA Celebration Logo 4150Hoffman Center for the Arts will Celebrate its 11th anniversary with an open house on Sat. Sept. 5th from 3 to 5PM at the Center, followed by a concert from 5:15 to 7PM in the Hoffman Gardens (if weather permits, inside the Center if it is raining).

All events will be free to the public.

The open house will include an art show by Clay Studio Artists, and art from several participants from visual art workshops (encaustic, book craft, botanical drawing and embossed card making) held at the Center during the past year.  Art and writingscreated for the recent Word and Image event will also be displayed. There will be scheduled free events: film shorts, staged performances, open stage samples, clay studio demos, plus a chance to sample Wordplay at the Writing Lounge. Cake and cold beverages will be served at the open house.

Hoffman Center for the Arts will also kick off their membership program at the Celebration on Sept. 5th. Find out how you can become part of the creative, fun-loving community and support your local Art Center.

Raffle tickets will be available throughout the day, thanks to the generous donations by local merchants, restaurants and individuals we appreciate and hope you will support. Pizza Garden, Blackbird, Cloud and Leaf, Bread and Ocean, Buttercup, Angelina’s, Finnesterre, The Roost, Wanda’s, Creative Fabrics and Allan Olson, potter.

Local bands will perform at the free concert from 5:15 until 7PM. The raffle drawing for all six prizes will be held at 7PM, at the conclusion of the concert. You do not need to be present to win.

Save the date! Stop by and find out what’s new at HCA: Sat. Sept 5th, 3 to 5PM for the open house and 5:15 to 7PM for the concert. Raffle drawing at 7PM.



Blue Moon 2015 Graphic 6072Celebrate “Once in a Blue Moon”

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will celebrate “Once in a Blue Moon” Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., with a variety show featuring local individuals and groups performing moon-themed music and acts.

The event will include a gallery showing of night sky photographs by Linda Cook from her “Starry Night” collection.

“We haven’t seen a Blue Moon since Aug. 2012,” said organizer Tela Skinner, “so this will a be great opportunity to mark the occasion.”

Performers will include Sherrie Wolf, Trillium Blue, the Ferrets, the Rag Tag Singers, and Rosa Erlebach. There will also be a moon song sing-along. Gary Seelig will emcee.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10

A “blue moon” is rare because it happens only when a second full moon appears in any particular month.