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I have no idea whether there are still tickets available, but here’s the info:

Get your 29th Annual Reggae On The River™ 2013 tickets now…. Online and Local Outlet Tickets are NOW ON SALE For Highly Anticipated French’s Camp Homecoming! Online sales will close at 8am on Wednesday July 31. Tickets (if still available) will be henceforth available at the gate only.

Don’t delay in planning your pilgrimage to the 29th annual Reggae On The River™ on August 1-4, 2013. Making a highly anticipated return to the festival’s original French’s Camp venue, located approximately 10 miles south of Garberville in Humboldt County, CA, reggae fans worldwide are overjoyed at the news of the festival’s homecoming and tickets are flying out the door!

The main 3-day festival will take place Friday through Sunday, August 2-4, and a limited number of early arrival tickets will allow access to the grounds and an extra evening of DJs and special guests on Thursday, August 1. A total of 6000 tickets will be made available to the public for the 2013 event, and only 2500 of these will be early arrival tickets, which are expected to sell out first…

Tickets include the option of camping on site and are priced at:

~ $250 – 4-day early arrival ticket.  Allows access to festival grounds at 8am on Thursday, August 1, plus an extra evening of DJs and special guests.
ROTR 2013~ $190 – 3-day main event ticket.  Allows access to the festival grounds at 8am on Friday, August 2.
~ $250 – RV parking.  A limited number of additional RV spaces have recently been allotted. These were recently sold out, so get yours now!

Single Day Tickets will also be available for the following prices:

~ Friday – $75
~ Saturday – $75
~ Sunday – $55

Please Note: Single Day tickets will not be available in advance and will only be available to walk ups on the days of the event at Guest & Media Check In (not Will Call). Single day ticket holders are not permitted to park or camp on site and must either park in one of the offsite lots or ride the shuttle to the event.

~ In the interest of safety, we encourage our patrons to arrive before dark if at all possible. ~

Don’t miss this historic homecoming celebration! Stay tuned to this website or for all the details and be sure to join the ROTR newsletter where we’ve been offering a weekly sneak peek into all the epic talent in store for this very special Reggae On The River™ homecoming celebration. For more information call the Mateel office at (707) 923-3368 or send an email to

This looks like it’s going to be fun!

What: Annual theatrical presentation by the drama students  of South Fork High School! When: Thursday thru Sunday, May 16th – 19th, 2013 Where: Mateel Community Center Tickets: $15 Adults / $10 Kids & Seniors

This year the South Fork High School’s drama presentation will be the Who’s Classic Rock Opera: “Tommy”

The South Fork High School Performing Arts Department is proud to announce its annual Spring Play, this year being the Who’s “Tommy” which runs at the Mateel Community Center May 16th through 18th at 8pm, and May 19th at 2pm.

Based on the first-ever rock opera penned by the Who’s Pete Townsend, “Tommy” follows the story of young Tommy Walker, born in London on Victory Day at the end of World War II.  His father, a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, was presumed dead when he crashed in enemy territory.

Without giving away too many spoilers, young Tommy witnesses a murder, and the resulting trauma renders him “deaf, dumb and blind” – at least, psychologically speaking.  His mother, Nora, and stepfather, Frank try in vain to cure him, but fail to get through to Tommy.

In the meantime, Tommy experiences abuse at the hands of relatives, and the parents experience caretaker burnout.  Then, young Tommy discovers pinball – and nothing is ever the same!

Some people complained that when this play was set for the stage in the early 90’s, the music and story had become watered down from the Who’s original vision, but we have stayed true to the rock ‘n roll roots and story of this most epic rock opera.

Be prepared to rock your way through the story of Tommy’s journey from the depths of despair to the heights of spiritual ecstasy!  And the young talent of Southern Humboldt will satisfy your rock cravings from the opening notes of the show up to the final curtain.

ROTRPassed 4 to 1.  Despite the opposition from a local business owner concerned that he wouldn’t make enough money with the plan as is.

According to the Times Standard article, Supervisor Rex Bohn dissented, but the article doesn’t explain.  In fact, later in the article Rex is quoted as dismissing the appeal from the business owner as “economic issues” that can’t be addressed.  Does anybody know why Rex voted against?

Interesting to see that the CHP estimated 25,000 in attendance at previous events.  The cap this year is 8000.

Tickets are on sale now.

Found this on Youtube.

What: Musical icon Steve Earle in an intimate evening at Mateel!
When: Friday, January 4th, 2013 / Doors at 7pm / Special Guest at 8pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: Main Floor Seating $50 / Standing Room or Mezzanine $35 / MCC members receive $2 off!

Join us for an intimate evening with musical legend Steve Earle!

Please note two types of general admission tickets for this show, and the other following details:

~ $50 tickets offer SEATING on the main floor.
~ $35 tickets offer STANDING ROOM ONLY & space in the upstairs mezzanine.
~ Only 200 of each ticket type are available and they are expected to go fast.
~ All attendees, including children, must have a ticket.
~ The kitchen will benefit a local non-profit and a bar will serve those 21 & over.

Steve EarleSteve Earle

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.

1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.”

What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including:

~ The biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988)
~ The minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995)
~ The politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002)

…and the Grammy Award Winning albums:

~ The Revolution Starts…Now (2004),
~ Washington Square Serenade (2007)
~ Townes (2009)

~ I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”

Find out more about Steve Earle at his Official Web Site:

From the Mateel Site:
What: A World-Renowned Reggae Music Experience
: Saturday & Sunday, July 21st and 22nd, 2012
Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Benbow, CA
Advanced Weekend $110 ($120 at Gate) / Single Day (at gate only) $60

~ Tickets ON SALE now! …buy with above button or see outlets here.
~ Advance weekend tickets at $110 are advised as this event sells out!
~ Single day tickets (available only at the gate) are $60
~ Weekend tickets (sold at the gate) are $120

On Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2012 the Mateel Community Center proudly presents the 28th Annual Reggae On The River™ festival at Benbow Lake Recreation Area in Humboldt County, California.

An internationally renowned celebration of the best in reggae and world music, the 2012 Reggae On The River™ festival will feature nearly 30 classic and cutting edge reggae and world music artists on two stages, along with 80+ vendors, a lively kid zone, and a weekend full of fun on the banks of the majestic Eel River.

Lots more info, including the lineup schedule, through the link above.

More Information



Entertainment features Fishtank Ensemble, one of the most up-and-coming musical acts on the West Coast


Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented to musician, activist, and film producer Darryl Cherney.

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is excited to invite our members and the general public to the 34th EPIC Annual Meeting and Fall Celebration from 6PM – midnight on Friday, November 4th, at the Mateel Community Center, located at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway.

 We are very pleased to announce that the musical entertainment for the night will feature the intoxicating sounds of Fishtank Ensemble. As one of the most exciting new groups to recently explode on the international music scene, Fishtank Ensemble will bring it’s unique blend of Romanian, Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish, and Tango rhythms and melodies to the Mateel stage for their only fall 2011 appearance in Humboldt County.  Music is scheduled to begin at 9 PM. This high energy set will be sure to get everyone dancing, and will provide a raucous soundtrack to round out a traditionally EPIC party.

The main stage festivities will be only a part of the evening’s activities. The evening will start at 6 PM with the annual EPIC membership meeting, which will include brief updates of EPIC’s work to advocate on behalf of the globally treasured landscapes of the redwood region, as well as the nomination and election of the following year’s Board of Directors. At 7 PM a mouth-watering dinner will be served, highlighting a Mediterranean themed gourmet meal prepared by Tryphena Lewis, punctuated by a variety of fine desserts, and accompanied by excellent locally produced beers and handcrafted wines.

Ongoing through the evening there will be a silent auction for products, artwork and services from the local business and artist community, providing attendees a chance to bid on and take home an engaging array of high-value items at potentially breathtakingly affordable prices.

As well, EPIC is pleased to announce that Darryl Cherney is this year’s winner of the EPIC Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award, joining a long list of community members whose efforts to protect and restore the environment of our bioregion merit distinction and recognition. Darryl is a renowned Earth First! troubadour who has recorded dozens of unforgettable songs that capture the life essence of redwood activists. Darryl has in the last several years demonstrated a spectacular diversity of talents in the process of making the film Who Bombed Judi Bari?, a soon-to-be-released work that will prove to be one of the definitive documentaries of the redwood region. We are very proud to present the Sempervirens Award to Darryl at this year’s annual meeting.

Advance tickets to the celebration will be available at local outlets such as Redway Liqour and Blue Moon Gift Shop in Southern Humboldt, as well as at the Works in Eureka and at the EPIC office in Arcata, located at145 G St, Suite A, by the Arcata Marsh. Tickets for Dinner, Music, and Dancing $40, Music and Dancing $20.

Do not miss this great show, and be sure to come join us for an EPIC time on Friday, November 4, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. We hope you will be there to celebrate with us. For more information, contact EPIC at 707-822-7711.


What: The San Francisco Bay Area’s HOUSE OF FLOYD performs the music of Pink Floyd at the Mateel
When: Saturday, August 27th, 2011 / Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets: At the door $20 / MCC Members $18

House Of FloydThe Mateel Community Center presents: “House of Floyd”…

The San Francisco Bay Area’s HOUSE OF FLOYD performs the music of Pink Floyd, and has gained a strong following for their unique ability to enthuse both the hard-core fans of the early adventurous Floyd and those who enjoy the songs and soundscapes that later brought them widespread appeal. They capture the essence of each of the various Pink Floyd eras from the formative Syd Barrett days, through the 70’s and the final post-Waters era.

In the Pink Floyd tradition, a HOUSE OF FLOYD concert incorporates sound effects, moving lights, lasers and video projection – including many of the original, legendary backing films used by Pink Floyd. The set lists on any given night might be from an actual Pink Floyd concert, or a custom HOUSE OF FLOYD mix, but always includes rarely heard live arrangements used by Pink Floyd in concert – as well as the occasional obscure pieces that never made it to vinyl and were unknown to all but the serious collectors.

HOUSE OF FLOYD affords the opportunity for those who never saw Pink Floyd to “get” what made those shows so extraordinary. Those who were fortunate enough to have seen Pink Floyd in concert, get the chance to experience it again albeit by a pretty exciting “surrogate band.” You may even see a giant inflatable pig!

All kitchen proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare Advocacy Center!

For more information and audio/video samples of this inspired and “Pink” dedicated ensemble visit:

What: San Francisco Mime Troupe Presents…. “2012 The Musical!”
When: Saturday, July 30th, 2011 , 8:00 p.m.  – Dinner at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mateel Community Center
Tickets:  $18.00 for Mateel members/$20.00 general

The Sanfrancisco Mime Troup 2011 Promo PictureThe Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe opens its 52nd season with 2012 – THE MUSICAL!

Wilma Bonet (Posibilidad, Too Big To Fail) directs:

~ Lizzie Calogero
(Red State, Too Big To Fail)

~ Keiko Shimosato Carreiro
(GodFellas, Doing Good, Veronique of the Mounties),

~ Michael Gene Sullivan
(Posibilidad, Too Big to Fail, GodFellas),

~ and Victor Toman
(Making A Killing, GodFellas, 1600 Transylvania Ave),

~ along with Cory Censoprano and Siobhan Marie Doherty, who make their San Francisco Mime Troupe debuts in this lively satire about corporate funding and the art of mass distraction.

Written by Michael Gene Sullivan, with additional dialogue by Ellen Callas, and featuring a live band under the direction of Pat Moran, and music and lyrics by Bruce Barthol, 2012 – THE MUSICAL! plays July 30th at the Mateel Community Center


A small political theater company, Theater BAM!, finds itself at a crossroads: should they keep telling the stories they feel can change the world (and starve while telling them), or feed at the corporate trough, sell out, and be the mouthpiece for The Man? Tough decision. So when they are offered a commission from a “green” corporation that could save BAM!, the company is very tempted. All they have to do is create a new show: “2012 – The Musical!” But is it political? Will it keep with the company’s original mission? And who’s really bankrolling the production?

For more information call 415-285-1717 or visit, or call the Mateel at 923-3368.


July 2020