Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary

Arhoolie celebrated 50 years the weekend of Feb. 4 - 6 at the Freight and Salvage, in Berekely, CA, with a wonderful series of concerts, panel discussions, a parade and more. It was all a benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation. We'd like to thank everyone involved and everyone who came out to celebrate with us. Mike Melnyk was our official photographer and has put together a great slide show of the event.

Rufus Diamant was there Saturday Night and took these photos.

 Here's what you saw..... or missed:

Three Days of Concerts, Panels, and Films

February 4, 5, & 6, 2011

A benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation.

Parade with the Treme Brass Band from New Orleans.
4:00pm: Downtown Berkeley – starting in the northwest corner of Civic Center Park near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd and Center Street and ending up at the Freight and Salvage. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Weather permitting.

Afternoon Panels:

Saturday Feb. 5th:
1. Mexican Music and beyond: Nick Spitzer (moderator) with Linda Ronstadt and other guests.With previously unseen film clips from Linda's Mariachi period. (Saturday at 12 Noon at the Freight & Salvage)

2. Chris' film adventures with Les Blank, Maureen Gosling and other guests - with film clips from Chulas Fronteras, & Del Mero Corazon, Jai Ete Au Bal, & Down Home Music  1963, etc. (Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM at the Freight & Salvage) 

Sunday Feb. 6th:

1) Evolution of Cajun/Creole Music: With Chris Strachwitz, Marc, Ann, Wilson, & Joel Savoy – MC’d by Nick Spitzer (Sunday at 12 Noon - in Julia Morgan's historic Berkeley City Club located at 2315 Durant Ave.) 

2) The steel guitar in Gospel music with the Campbell Brothers and Bob Stone - author of the new book: "Sacred Steel". (Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM  in Julia Morgan's historic Berkeley City Club located at 2315 Durant Ave.) 

All panels and afternoon events are FREE for any evening ticket holders and $ 5.00 for the general public.

Friday Feb 4th

Tex-Mex Fiesta w/
   Santiago Jimenez Jr. &
   La Familia Peña-Govea
Los Cenzontles
Ry Cooder & Co.

    ~ Intermission ~

Any Old Time String Band
Michael Doucet &
    The Beausoleil Trio
Laurie Lewis w/ Tom Rozum
   & Co and guest Peter   Rowan


Saturday Feb 5th

The Washboard 3
Savoy-Doucet Band
Barbara Dane & Bob Mielke
   All Stars w/ Lars Edegran

    ~ Intermission ~

Toni Brown & Terry       Garthwaite (of The Joy
     of Cooking)
The Creole Belles
Tremé Brass Band 

Sunday Feb 6th

Los Cenzontles
Suzy & Eric Thompson
Country Joe McDonald
The Campbell Brothers

    ~ Intermission ~

Savoy Family Band  
Taj Mahal