Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary

Three Days of Concerts, Panels, and Films

February 4, 5, & 6, 2011

A benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation.

Arhoolie Records is pleased to announce that it will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with three nights of concerts at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California.  The concerts will take place at 8:00pm on February 4, 5, and 6, 2011.  All proceeds will benefit the Arhoolie Foundation.

The concerts will be emceed by Nick Spitzer, host of the popular public radio program “American Routes.”

Tickets can be purchased online and at the Freight and Salvage.

This event is ever-changing! Check back for the latest news.

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 4
Savoy-Doucet Band
Barbara Dane & Bob Mielke
   All Stars w/ Lars Edegran

    ~ Intermission ~

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


Tentative Afternoon Panels and Films

1) Chris & Paul Oliver discuss their first 1960 trip through the South with Paul’s recorded interviews and music and perhaps film clips.

2) Mexican Music and beyond – Nick Spitzer (moderator), Linda Ronstadt, Eugene Rodriguez and Chris Strachwitz. Clips from “Chulas Fronteras” and “Del Mero Corazon” with film maker Les Blank and editor Maureen Gosling present. 

3) The steel guitar in Gospel music with the Campbell Brothers and Bob Stone – author of the new book: “Sacred Steel”. 

Arhoolie Records is one of the premier roots record labels, bringing you the best in Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Tex-Mex/Tejano, Gospel, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and regional music from around the world.  Arhoolie Records was founded in 1960 by Chris Strachwitz.  Through the years, Mr. Strachwitz has recorded both known and obscure artists, and brought their music to wider audiences.  Among the notable musicians who have recorded for Arhoolie are Big Mama Thornton, Flaco Jimenez, Clifton Chenier, Lightning Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Earl Hooker, Beausoleil, Lydia Mendoza, Rose Maddox, and many more.

The entire Event is a benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation which is a public, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of authentic traditional and regional vernacular music. To learn more about the Arhoolie Foundation, visit