Blue Moon Event coming in July

blue moon logo attemptWe haven’t seen a BLUE MOON since August 2012, but this year we’ll be celebrating ONCE IN A BLUE MOON on Friday, July 31st at Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Join Sherrie Wolf, Trillium Blue, The Ferrets, The Rag Tag Singers, Rosa Erlebach and The Blue Moonies, for music and other moon inspired entertainment and art.

Some of the music you’ll hear:
Blue Moon
Moon River
Moon Shadow
Honky Tonk Moon
Moon Dance
Moon Over Nehalem
Once in a Blue Moon
Harvest Moon
Musicians and Other Performers:
Would you like to sing Elvis’s “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” or do you know how to Moonwalk?
Do you have an idea for a skit about the moon? No actual mooning.;)
We’d love to hear from you!  Email if you are interested.

Music in the Hoffman Gardens on Sundays this Summer

guitar in garden 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts will present free concerts on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 2 p.m. this summer.  Come enjoy a variety of musicians in the Hoffman Gardens at 595 Laneda Avenue.
Musicians interested in playing in the Hoffman Gardens on any of the open dates should contact Michael Maginnis at

June 14 The Ferret Family:  Eclectic mix of classic tunes with Michael Maginnis, Gary Seelig, Cliff Tuttle, Mickey Wagner and others as the spirit moves them.
June 21 Rhythm Method:  African drumming meets improvisational guitar, featuring Craig Mackie, Michael Maginnis, Gary Seelig, Anthony Stoppiello, and Mickey Wagner.  With special guest musicians, Barb and Chuck McLaughlin.
June 28 OPEN
July 5 Sherrie Wolf and Sarah Wolf: Mom/Daughter harmony vocals with guitar. Traditional and contemporary folk interpretations.
July 12 The Ferret Family
July 19 Joe Wrabek: Guitar and original country vocals
July 26 Sher Ireland: Acoustic guitar and vocals
August 2 Jazzatitude: Jazz trio including Bob Brook on guitar, Doug Proctor on keyboards, and Clint Smith on bass.
August 9 The Ferret Family
August 16 Fine Line: Band members include Cindy Lindahl on vocals and mandolin, Craig Stokke (Crog) on cello, electric guitar and bass, and George Van Meter on vocals, electric and acoustic guitars. The band plays  a variety of material including folk, blues, rock as well as some eclectic and popular songs.
August 23 Rhythm Method:  African drumming meets improvisational guitar, featuring Craig Mackie, Michael Maginnis, Gary Seelig, Anthony Stoppiello, and Mickey Wagner.
August 30 Fred and Friends

Indalo Wind to perform Saturday, May 2nd

INDALO WIND 4Indalo Wind will perform at the Hoffman Center on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $7.00 at the door.

INDALO WIND is a father-son duo that specializes in eclectic instrumental music, both original and traditional. They perform on a variety of instruments in a multitude of styles, offering up a fresh acoustic blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with melodic seasonings from around the world.

Formed in 2008 by Jacob Walter and his father, Eric, Indalo Wind released their debut CD in 2013. Indalo Wind has captivated audiences throughout the western United States and in Greece and Cambodia. Eric and Jacob present a compelling evening of music described as

“…spiritually soothing with hypnotic tones that resonate with one’s heart.”

“Their music covers a lot of ground but keeps circling back to its soulful, bluesy roots, anchored in the artful playing of father and son.”

“Our audience was spellbound throughout their performance – the perfect ending to an incredible night of music. The father and son duo are perfectly tuned, with their music, their stories and their interplay.”

JACOB WALTER (ukulele, guitar) was born in Denver, Colorado in 1999. He has been playing ukulele since the age of eight. He is also an accomplished guitarist (flamenco, classical, and electric). In addition to his broad musical interests, Jacob is an avid ceramicist and artist. He also enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking and caving. Jacob is a sophomore pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon.

ERIC WALTER (ukulele, mandolin, Native American flute, guitar) is a poet, performer, and musician whose interests span diverse artistic worlds. He received a BA in Theater from Reed College in 1983 and worked for many years as an actor and director in Oregon, North Carolina and Colorado. He began writing poetry in 1992 and has since authored six books. He has worked in numerous bands and performance ensembles. Now in his 52nd year, he considers Indalo Wind to be his finest creative endeavor yet.

 For videos and pictures of recent performances, please


Primal Mates to perform Sunday, April 19th

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Poetry in Music

“Where Words and Music Meet” Sunday April 19th at the Hoffman Center.  $10 admission . Special Sunday matinee show–3:00pm.

Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien are Primal Mates, a contemporary chamber jazz duo from Colorado in which vibes, voice, cello and percussion come together to form an inspired original repertoire. What they create is music with vision; a unique, sometimes haunting and always mesmerizing journey through an intimate musical landscape. Their music combines the attention to composition and form of chamber music with the freedom and improvisational interplay of jazz.

Over the years, as part of their regular concert programs, the chamber jazz duo of Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien have included poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers. This concert will be devoted entirely to this genre.

“I can highly recommend Primal Mates featuring musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien. If you like jazz and if you like poetry, this program is an incredible blend of the two. Chris plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while Colleen plays the cello and has a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. The lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Kerouac to Shakespeare!! Beautifully rendered into song and music, and supported by words and photography cast on a screen behind the performers. My audience was transfixed. We all felt we experienced something very special and unique. The music and performance revealed new layers of meaning for the chosen poetry and literature. What a remarkable fusion of literature and music. ” – Tina Smith, Stevenson/North Bonneville Community Librarian

For more info on Primal Mates:

Dutch folk duo comes to the Hoffman Center March 13

Hoffman Center copyTwo Dutch girls met at an Irish session in Amsterdam and soon discovered their shared love of harmony singing and telling stories through music. They started to perform the songs they loved best, drawing from the Scottish folk tradition – where Sophie lived for a while – as well as from Irish musical heritage – which Margot knew like the back of her hand, after years of busking with her harp-playing husband.

The snug fit of their voices was not lost on the public and The Lasses have tackled many cafés, concert halls, festivals and churches in the last two years with their enchanting folk repertoire. In 2014, they ventured as far as the West coast of Ireland where they were invited by Luka Bloom. Each Lass plays guitar as well as bodhrán but their voices are instantly recognizable: Margot is the husky alto and Sophie the emotive soprano. This year, they hope to enthrall an audience even further west than Ireland: you!

This spring tour will see the release of The Lasses’ second album, Daughters, containing a selection of songs about perky girls who might have done better if they had listened to their parents. On this album, Sophie and Margot perform some songs that are more traditional to the United States, as well as stories from Ireland, Scotland and England. The girls pick their songs by gut feeling – if the song feels like home, if a story rings true in their own heart, there really is no other choice but to start singing it.

With their unique harmony singing and their charming style, their performance should not be missed. So come to one of their shows in and around Oregon and find out what daughters do with well-meant advice!

The lovely Kathryn Claire ( will be performing with The Lasses. Kathryn’s unique blend of original, Celtic and Americana music makes for a captivating and energetic live performance. Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and and dynamic guitar work, and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres.

The Friday, March 13th concert starts at 7:30 pm and is all ages.  Admission is $10.  Tickets to the event are not pre-sold.

Talent Showcase Auditions set for February 25

cts fred and friendsAuditions for the Community Talent Showcase will be held February 25th from 57 pm. If you’d like to perform in this year’s Talent Showcase, you must come to the auditions first.

We’re looking for musicians, magicians, comedians, singers, actors, ventriloquists, or whatever kind of talent someone wants to show off.

The acts must be suitable for all ages and last no more than five minutes.  First time performers will be given priority.

Please print and fill out the audition registration form.

Portland-based Chris Taylor will present a concert of pop and jazz music

Chris Taylor Pic (web)The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host a concert of pop and jazz music performed by Chris Taylor, Saturday, June 27. The concert, entitled “In Those Days,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $10.

A solo artist, Taylor plays both original songs and unique arrangements of existing musical stylings. He has been a DJ, a radio host, a commercial actor, an emcee, and a musician for many years in the Portland area.

Taylor’s latest album — “In Those Days” — explores themes of love, family and belief. The single, “Stone of Grief,” looks at not having to work through loss alone, but instead with healing and hope.

Taylor plays keyboard, guitar, ukulele, and melodica, and has recorded three albums of pop/jazz and meditation music. His website is

Joe Wrabek to perform January 31st

WrabekkRecent UK Coventry Singer Songwriters Competition winner, Joe Wrabek will take the Hoffman Center stage on Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 pm.   

He will be joined by Two Crows Joy, which includes Jane Dunkin and Russ Hosley, playing from their new album Hope & Truth & Dare.  Admission for the concert is $7.  Refreshments will be served.

You can read more about Joe’s recent award here.

Anne Weiss to perform at Hoffman Center in January

Tibet1Anne Weiss will take the Hoffman Center stage Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.

Anne’s first recording work was with Shawn Colvin and Patty Larkin. It wasn’t long before she was opening concerts for Richie Havens and Dar Williams. A decade later, Anne has performed with everyone from power folk singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco to country blues heroes Cephas & Wiggins. She has toured internationally and has appeared at folk, blues, world music festivals, and week-long music workshops.

For many of her fans, Anne’s lyrics are ultimately what set her aside. Poetic, political, humorous, sensual, full of characters and stories, Weiss came to lyrics through her poetic craft. She has received the Allen Ginsberg Award for poems in her recently published poetry book, Making Paper From Leaves (2002).

“One of the only performers who excels at every style of music out there, with incredibly well written lyrical craft, super cool guitar chops and a voice that stops you dead in your tracks, she belts out mind boggling blues, out of body experience gospel, superb singer/songwriter craft that pulls every emotion imaginable out of the innermost recesses of your mind, extraordinary political insight and social commentary, Anne is in a league all by herself. An absolutely extraordinary experience to hear Anne’s music.”-Fan Review,

Sliding scale admission for the concert is $12-20.

Bua to Perform on Thursday, November 20th

Bua colorBua (pronounced Boo-ah), Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” will be performing Thursday, November 20th at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, Oregon at 7pm.

The quartet is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the U.S.–Brian O’hAirt on vocals, concertina, and sean-nos dance; Sean Gavin on flute, whistle, and uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd on fiddle; and Brian Miller on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals.

Bua play Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, “Down the Green Fields”, finds Bua further down that path where the band

explores forgotten sounds and inspirations with a blend of  enchantingly stark song arrangements and bold, earthy dance tunes. A review of their 2011 release, calls it “a testament, from beginning to end, of the lasting essentials of the Irish tradition.”

Bua has performed at many of the top Irish and folk festivals in North America including the National Folk Festival, the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the Lowell Folk Festival, the Dublin Irish Festival, The University of Chicago Folk Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, CityFolk, Catskills Irish Arts Week and Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic.

For more information about the band, go to