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Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.

In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and other awards.

Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which includes: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others. In 2009 Maria teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation.

In 2011 Maria released Steady Love, a contemporary electric Blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.

In 2012, for her 40th album, Maria produced the critically acclaimed First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, and others.

In 2013, taking a brief hiatus from her yearly recording schedule, Maria focused on 3 special collaborations, performing worldwide with the 50th Anniversary Kweskin Jug Band Reunion concerts, teaming up with the Campbell Brothers, world-renowned Sacred Steel Gospel artists, for a very special presentation entitled, “Spirit & The Blues”, and touring as Special Guest Artist with Bill Wyman and The Rhythm Kings.

2014 marked 40 years since Maria’s big hit “Midnight at the Oasis” was riding at the top of the charts. To celebrate this landmark, Maria has created a multi-media retrospective Way Past Midnight , which chronicles her 50 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits and fan faves from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music.

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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Whyte-Orfield Blues Band

ELLEN WHYTE is known for her astonishing vocals, as she gracefully moves among genres from blues to jazz to funk and ballads. Her percussive rhythm guitar work is well suited to her voice, and she plays solo, in duos and trios, up to a full nine piece band complete with a horn section. She’s won numerous awards for her work, including consideration for two Grammy Award nominations in 1999 and most recently in 2009 for FOUR WAY STOP. She was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Ellen has fronted bands continuously now for 35 years, as she has three critically acclaimed albums in addition to the latest effort. She was captivated by music since she was a child growing up in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Leaving the humidity and the taffeta dresses of her accordion marching band behind, Ellen branched out to bluegrass, gospel, rock, blues and jazz. Her eclectic tastes in music include heroes such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.

SUE ORFIELD plays the tenor saxophone with the whimsy of Sonny Rollins, the passion of Kurt Cobain, the soul of Bill Withers, and the joy of Ella Fitzgerald. Along with a compelling mastery of her instrument, Sue brings to the stage a powerful presence and joy of all things musical.

Sue has played with many musical greats over the years, including Bo Diddley, Bobby McFerrin, The Indigo Girls, Ann Wilson (Heart), Dizzy Gillespie, Ivan Neville, Jo Dee Messina, among others. She tours internationally with several groups, including The Tiptons Sax Quartet (formerly The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet) (Seattle/NYC), and Ellen Whyte (Portland). Sue was voted "Best Horn" by the Washington Blues Society for the years 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Her own group, The Sue Orfield Band (SOB), highlights Orfield's talents as a composer as well as a player. SOB was voted Best Jazz Band in the Volume One "Best Of The Chippewa Valley 2009" reader poll (Eau Claire, WI). In fact, every year since 2009, Sue’s groups AcoustiHoo and The Sue Orfield Band have been recognized as one of the top three bands in the area, in the jazz, blues, and rock categories. Most recently, in response to the community’s inability to put Sue in a consistent genre, Volume One noted Sue as the “Best Sue Orfield”!

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.




Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm

The Abiders
with special guests Andy Dee, John "A-Frame" Beck and Gary Cobus

THE ABIDERS (Twin Cities, MN) put on an unforgettable show of Americana music with something for everyone - blues, country, rockabilly, jazz. These musicians have a groove - some special kind of chemistry - that sets their sound apart from the rest and connects with audiences. Whether bangin’ out their originals, gritty ol’ blues or back-hill country rockabilly, The Abiders deliver their own kind of music full of heart and soul.

The band’s 2014 CD, Designated Rider, a follow-up to their sampler Pawn Shop and produced by the incomparable Andy Dee, includes six new originals and five covers (+bonus tracks!) that demonstrate the talent, excitement and fun this band can bring to any event. Front ‘n center, the band’s dynamic singer/songwriter, Julie Weisenhorn, adds a driving rhythm guitar and vocals that can be sweet-as-pie one minute, and soulfully bluesy the next. A Liverpool UK original, Doug Molland is the real deal, pulling off licks and lyrics that harken back to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers. Karl “Karlos” Weisenhorn ices the proverbial musical cake with his cross-harp riffs that range from blues to jazz to rock and bring to mind such heroes as Junior Wells, Norton Buffalo and Paul Butterfield. Always eager for new sound, The Abiders are joined by friends and fellow musicians like Andy Dee (lapsteel, guitar), John "A-Frame" Beck (drums) and Gary Cobus (banjo) to take the show to the next level.

The Abiders believe in giving their time, talents and voices to promoting Minnesota music through the MN Blues Society and supporting the important work of causes like the Minnesota-based Future Roots Project in Nicaragua dedicated to youth education and well-being.

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.



Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Mezzo Soprano Katharine Calmuggio Donner and Pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt
Presented by The Piatigorsky Foundation

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.






Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:30-8:00 pm

Learning, Coping, And Surviving As An Alzheimer's Caregiver
Sponsored by: Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water's Edge, ARDC - Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North, Alzheimers Association, Hayward Senior Center, Hayward Area Dementia Network, Sawyer County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Program and Lac Courte Oreilles - Pride of the Ojibwe.

Hear a caregiver’s story of selflessness and struggles in caring for a loved one with dementia and learn ways to be a healthy caregiver.

We welcome all interested on the topic:
- Spouses and partners, family and friends of those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
- Professional caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s
- Those who come in contact with caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s including nurses, social workers, clergy, attorneys, financial advisors

Join former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber as he shares lessons from his more-than 10- year journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer's disease. Governor Schreiber will candidly describe his challenges and missteps, and highlight how compassion and humor provide comfort to both caregiver and the person with dementia. His raw honesty and practical advice will inspire other caregivers to find patience, courage and love as they climb the Alzheimer's mountain.

Book signing will be available

My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver will be available for purchase for $15.
Net proceeds are used to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver support programs.

Admission: Free Will Donation


Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:30 pm

First Thursday Music Series
Hosted by Sean & Ian Okamoto

Admission: FREE. Donations are gladly accepted!

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm

MANHATTAN Shorts Film Fest
Over 100,000 Film-Lovers Unite in over 300 Venues Spanning 6 Continents for the World’s First Global Film Festival - You Be the Judge!

Filmgoers will unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept 28 - Oct 8 when the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Park Center. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final 10 are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating cinema. 

The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from nine countries with films from Syria, Latvia and Georgia representing their respective countries for the first time in this event. Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections. These Final 10 short films represent the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTTAN SHORT for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s Final 10 represent an extraordinary range of film genres with comedy, drama, horror, scifi, animation, and martial arts short films all part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

In addition, all Final 10 short films will become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination, by screening for a week at Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood from Sept. 22-Sept. 28.

The Final 10 are:
Do No Harm (New Zealand), Behind (Spain), Fickle Bickle (USA), Hope Dies Last (United Kingdom), The Perfect Day (Spain), Just Go! (Latvia), Mare Nostrum (Syria), Viola, Franca (Italy), In a Nutshell (Switzerland), 8 Minutes (Georgia).

You Be the Judge!
Which of these 10 short films is the best? That's up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 9, at 10AM EST.

Admission is $15. Students 18 and under are $5.Tickets are available in advance at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd Street (Cash or Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Otis Gibbs

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:30 pm

LASKA
(formerly The Morton Sisters
Jerry Mighelle, Marlin Ledin
(Indie Folk/Pop)

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.


Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:30 pm

First Thursday Music Series
featuring Jason Chaffee
Singer/Songwriter
Hosted by Sean & Ian Okamoto

Admission: FREE. Donations are gladly accepted!



Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm

The Pines

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.



Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Tracy K

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.



Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Eira "Glen Tidings" Christmas Show

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.



Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Randy Sabien Holiday Show

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 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 Checks Only) or may be purchased ONLINE.

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 / DJ’s Dock / GRIDIRON Pub & Grub / Tally Ho / Italia Ristorante Italiano / The Loggers Mill
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