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What: Year End Mateel Party and Chili Cook-off

Who: Music by Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Airforce and Crooked Still

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Sat. December 20, 2008 (7pm)

Why: Great bluegrass & Americana music and delicious chili!

Year End Party & Chili Cook-off At Mateel This Saturday

To celebrate the close of another great year of Mateel events and programs, on Saturday, December 20th the Mateel Community Center will present its’ final concert of 2008 with a good old fashioned chili cook-off and music by the legendary bluegrass and Americana artist, Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Airforce plus the highly acclaimed, Boston-based string band, Crooked Still.

One of the premier folk music figures of the past 40 years, Peter Rowan has enjoyed a genre bending career that covers the musical territory between bluegrass, country, folk, Tex-Mex, blues, rock, Tejano, and even reggae. A collaborator with such esteemed artists as Bill Monroe, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Flaco Jimenez and Tony Rice, Peter Rowan can currently be seen in five different musical configurations. The Free Mexican Airforce is one of his longest standing and best loved groups and will perform both acoustic and electric versions of Peter’s varied material, including favorites like Midnight Moonlight, Panama Red, and Free Mexican Airforce.

Opening the show will be Crooked Still, an alternative string band who is currently enjoying major national attention. A mixed gender group, Crooked Still’s unique sound features great picking and female lead vocals which sets them apart from other string bands and has earned them a devout fan base. They recently came into even greater mainstream appeal with their song, “Ain’t No Grave” featured on the season finale of HBO’s, True Blood. This will be their first Humboldt County appearance, and it is a highly anticipated one for local fans.

Music will begin at 8:00pm and the event will begin at 7:00pm with free chili samplers. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite chili, with prizes awarded for both meat and vegetarian varieties. Chili samplers are included with the price of admission and traditional accompaniments such as cornbread, salad, beer/ wine and desserts will be available for purchase.

The Mateel Community Center is currently seeking anyone with a great chili recipe to put their skills to the test and enter this competition. Contestants will receive 1 free ticket to the event and must provide their own ingredients, serving equipment, and enough chili to fill a large stock pot. In addition to bragging rights, the creators of the winning meat and vegetarian varieties will receive a great MCC prize package with hat, t-shirt, a 2009 membership, and more. For more information or to sign up, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to and don’t miss what is sure to be an awesome year-end party on Saturday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at for $22. MCC members receive a $2 break when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. A free Sam Bush CD will also accompany each advance ticket order made at the Mateel office, so don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of this great offer. Admission at the door will be $25.

I’m probably in a minority of one who doesn’t find the shoe incident particularly funny, especially not after hearing/reading reports that the individual is being tortured in custody.  However, I haven’t had time to read up with any kind of depth.  I’m not going to get in to the debate over whether the action was appropriate, nor whether it should be considered a symbolic protest rather than an assault.  I’m more concerned with the fallout.  Does anybody have a link to a story to get me caught up?

Hopefully I’ll have something intelligent to say about it later.

I just returned from the Bay Area and the portion of 101 between Laytonville and Legget is extremely dangerous.  The shady areas have considerable black ice which survived the red stuff they dump on it.  I saw three wrecks, two of them quite spectacular and one of them with an ambulance and the jaws-of-life out.  The injury accident was just south of Laytonville.  A Forerunner spun out just south of Rattlesnake Summit and quite frankly they’re lucky they didn’t go off the road and down the hill.

Take your time!  If you can avoid it, don’t drive that stretch at night while it’s this cold.


December 2008