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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Written Off
LCO Behavioral Health Department

Everyday there is another front page tragedy detailing another spectacular fall from grace. What is missing is real understanding of the complicated personal experience within addiction. How does a smart, loving, promising kid from the Northwoods of Wisconsin move from acting in the high school play to putting a needle in his arm? WRITTEN OFF reveals that journey, in Matt’s own words. Behind the addiction, there is a person – all at once lovable and despicable, funny and pathetic, young and old, destructive and aware of his failings.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm

David Huckfelt of The Pines
with special guest Keith Secola

In the fall of 2017, David Huckfelt left behind the familiar—the comfort of his home in Minneapolis; the camaraderie of his critically acclaimed band, The Pines; the luxuries of heat, hot water, and electricity—and relocated to Isle Royale, America’s most remote and least visited national park in mighty Lake Superior. Six hours by boat off the Michigan coast, Isle Royale is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater lake, an isolated stretch of wilderness seemingly forgotten by the 20th century (to say nothing of the 21st). There, as an Artist In Residence selected by the National Park Service, Huckfelt spent ten hours a day for two straight weeks writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious and lonesome island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, Stranger Angels.

“The island is surrounded by 300 smaller islands, decrepit lighthouses and abandoned mines, lined with shipwrecks, ghosts, and the stories of the northern Ojibway, fisherman, and early settlers,” Huckfelt reflects. “I brought a mountain of notebooks and poetry and history books with me”, says Huckfelt, “and for the first time in nearly a decade, I found the solitude, depth, range, danger, beauty, and inspiration to go all kinds of places in my writing that I hadn't had the space to visit before.  With a sense of place so strong, it was less like an anchor and more like a launching pad to free up and access all kinds of places from throughout my life. It’s easy to travel anywhere in your mind in that kind of solitude, your whole experience rises up from the deep.”

Indeed, the music is both transportive and reflective, focused inwards even as it draws on an abundance of outside influence. Hypnotic banjo and gentle acoustic guitar meet trippy public domain samples and shimmering soundscapes underneath Huckfelt’s stark, raw vocals as he wrestles with questions of fate and faith, responsibility and independence, connection and loss.  A thread of deep ecology runs through these songs, but not the cute bumper sticker kind, the gritty, “what-comes-next-if-we-don’t-change-our-ways” kind.

“Isle Royale used to have fifty wolves in five packs…” Huckfelt says, “now there’s only one left. Cycles are cycles but it’s the height of pride to think we’re (humans) aren’t the major player.” The title track “Stranger Angels” brings this point home strongest, with the narrator longing for a place “where (he) won’t make the greedy richer”, and the fierce grip of climate change manifests in lyrics like “Wild mustangs starve in the hills outside Las Vegas… and the West is burning like a lake of fire.”

Above and beyond conservation, “Stranger Angels” is a record about “thin places”, those spiritually charged places where heaven and earth seem to meet and the veil between the world we see and the mystical world beyond becomes transparent.  On the rollicking blues-carnival track “As Below, So Above” Huckfelt pays touching tribute to his late grandmother who helped raise him in Iowa, not by writing about her, but to her, as a defiant elegy against death. A former theology student who once wrote and preached sermons in Cook County Jail in Chicago, Huckfelt has gone through the fire of the niceties and dogma of “heaven” and “god” and come out the other end with a worldview fiercely present, concrete and expansive.

“Stranger Angels as a title, to me, has a thousand references to what’s left after life and death and experience and loss and love burns off all the easy answers…” says Huckfelt. “The idea of god or spirit being hidden under the opposite of what we think we know, of ancestors and spirits visiting us, screaming in our ears all day long, but we miss it because it’s different, stranger than we expected… And the kindness we give and receive from strangers, the least, last and lost among us. Our cities are overflowing with strange angels, it’s such a mistake when we think we know which or who can offer us something, and which can’t.  Every spirit has something to give. Then, when I saw the night camera footage of the moose and wolves on Isle Royale, dancing in the moonlight and gracing the forest with their presence, I thought 'stranger angels, indeed.'”

The record also draws from deep wells of Native American tradition and spirituality, a life-long anchor for Huckfelt which has developed more fully through working with Native songwriters and poets like John Trudell, Quiltman, Keith Secola, Tom LaBlanc and more. References to the healing and prophetic prayer-visions of indigenous thought and voices are everywhere on this record, including the chilling, epic, cosmic pow-wow closing track “Star Nation”, with the authoritative voice of American Indian Movement activist & singer Floyd Red Crow Westerman leading the way.

Artfully weaving the historical, the ecological, and the personal into an elegant lyrical web, these songs contain layers of surprise and richness, as in the track “Everywind” with Huckfelt turning an imagining of the life of a woman named Everywind from a vintage photograph into a ballad in celebration of all women. The elegant “Still And Still Moving” sparkles like sunlight off the waters of Lake Superior as it ponders mortality and the impermanence of everything around us.  “False True Lover Blues” stands as a gut punch at the precise place where a broken heart starts to mend, while “You Get Got” starts with notes Huckfelt took of his grandparents talking in bed after sixty-four years of marriage, and travels in a country-waltz fashion into the political and the universal with some help from guest vocalist Erik Koskinen.

When it was time to record the songs from Isle Royale, Huckfelt again sought geographic isolation, working out of a 110-year-old farmhouse studio in Menomonie, Wisconsin. This time, however, he chose to surround himself with fellow artists, assembling a dream team of musicians including drummer/co-producer J.T. Bates (Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, William Tyler), and guitarists Michael Rossetto, Erik Koskinen, and Jeremy Ylvisaker, cutting sixteen songs in just three days.  Very special guests rallied to Huckfelt’s side, including spectacular performances by Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath on “Heart, Wherever”, “Everywind” and “Stranger Angels”, Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett singing harmony vocals on multiple tracks. Recorded and mixed by engineer-extraordinaire Adam Krinsky (Bellows Studio) the album captures the magic and spontaneity of a gifted band discovering the beauty and brilliance of the songs and each other all at once. Other stellar appearances include gospel-blues master Phil Cook on Hammond organ, while electronic musician and sample wizard Andrew Broder (Fog) haunts the tracks with the sparse, mercurial public domain samples of old-world Americana, as if these songs were coming through a Ham radio in an old ghost town.

"Stranger Angels" follows Huckfelt’s latest album with The Pines, 2016’s "Above The Prairie." Hailed by No Depression as “dazzling,” drawing the attention of Rolling Stone’s David Fricke who called The Pines “poignant stark country” and earning high praise in both the US and Europe, with Mojocalling it “their most beautiful yet” and Minnesota NPR station 89.3 The Current raving that it “hits so close to the gut that it reminds us that they are truly a singular band."

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Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. NDN Kars(Indian cars), his most popular song is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.

Secola is an accomplished artist, garnering awards and accolades as a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a composer and a producer. He is highly skilled with the guitar, flute, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and piano, and has played in venues from the halls of the Chicago Urban Indian Centre, to the walls of the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He has also performed at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002, and toured Europe several times. Among his numerous appearances he has graced the stages of the Rockslide Festival in Denmark, the Grand Opening Gala of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, The Kennedy Center and the SXSW in Austin, TX, and is a staple at the Grassroots Festival in Upstate New York, North Carolina and Florida.

Secola is a seven-time Native American Music Award (NAMMY) winner, not only for his music, but also as a producer including The Best Linguistic Recording for producing Anishinabemoin (2007). A well respected musician, he has worked with music legends such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and has collaborated with academics like author Dr. Tom Venum of the Smithsonian Folklife Institute on the recording, American Warriors: Songs For Indian Veterans, and with elders such as Karen Drift, a speaker of Anishinabemoin.

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Admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Check Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:00 pm MATINEE

Piatigorsky Concert
featuring Evan Drachman cello
with Doris Stevenson piano

Cellist Evan Drachman has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create a rich and varied career. Drachman is increasingly sought after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of the Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere.

Born in Boston, Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and received his Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1999, Drachman made his first recording, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. The duo released two more recordings; Infinity in 2004, and Romance and Revelation in 2007. Drachman has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States and abroad.

He currently lives in Maryland with his wife, Joan, and their sons, Eli and Oliver.

Pianist Doris Stevenson has garnered lavish praise from critics and the public alike for her solo and collaborative performances. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played New York City's Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Tokyo's Suntory Hall.

Stevenson has performed with many of the luminaries in the world of string players, like Gregor Piatigorsky, Drachman's grandfather, as well as the namesake of The Foundation, with Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier. Early in her career, she was invited to play with Piatigorsky and Jascha Heifetz, together.

Stevenson is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals throughout the United States.

Evan Drachman established the Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his renowned cellist grandfather. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspirational power of classical music. "Music makes life better," Piatigorski said. "Music is necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone." The Piatigorski Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky's mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.

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Admission is $15 in advance, $15 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Check Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 3:00 pm MATINEE

Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir

Admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Check Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Hayward High School Jazz Band Concert

Admission FREE. Free Will Offering.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Corky Siegel & Randy Sabien
with Special Guest Kalyan Pathak on Tablas

Admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Check Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:30 pm

WOJB presents Jonathan Byrd

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Northwoods Applause For Paws

5:30 pm - Wine & Appetizers at the Vet Center
7:00 pm - Molly and the Danger Band at the Park Center

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm

The Smoking Flowers
with Sonofmel & The Slideman

Admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Peter Yarrow
with Mustard's Retreat

Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Check Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm

American Pie "Feelin' Alright!"
A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!

Admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Check Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Michael Perry

Admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 7:30 pm

The Barley Jacks
featuring Brian Wicklund

Admission is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Students 18 and under are admitted for $5.

Tickets are available soon.

Dining Out before the Show at participating restaurants on the evening of a Park Center Event? Show your server your purchased-in-advance ticket for that event, and you’ll receive a discount on your meal. Discounts vary at various restaurants: Anglers / Lumberjack Steakhouse / Flat Creek / Fireside / The Ranch / Black Iron Bar and Grill / Italia Ristorante Italiano (closed for the season).
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