Things to do in Mendocino County this weekend – music, music and more music, Aug. 25 and 26, 2012

Are you ready for some great music this weekend in Mendocino County?

 *Arena Theater Live presents Rory Block Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.  Heralded as "a living landmark" (Berkeley Express), "a national treasure" (Guitar Extra), and "one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists" (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: "Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends."

A slide guitarist par excellence, and also a talented songwriter on her own account, Rory was born and raised in Manhattan by a family that had bohemian leanings. Her father owned a Greenwich Village sandal shop, where musicians like Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian all made occasional appearances.

“If you like music steeped in tradition and genuine feeling, this is your woman.” - People Magazine.

Arena Theater is located at 214 Main St., Point Arena, and Ca. For more information, call 707-882-3272 or visit

*Guitarist Gabriel Ayala, Native American Artist of the Year, will perform JazzMenco in concert at the Willits Community Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 25. An open enrollment all-styles guitar technique workshop with Ayala is being offered that day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WCT.

A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. He earned a master's degree in music performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels, and serves as a competition adjudicator.

Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States, and has appeared at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum for the American Indian, and Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin.

As Ayala continues to travel throughout the United States and other countries, he serves as an advocate for education for all youth while instilling his values of living a traditional lifestyle while abstaining from alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Ayala says he believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, "Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women."

For more information, call 707-459-1868 or visit

*Deep Valley Chamber Music Series will present Music in the Vineyard on the Parducci Winery patio (Ukiah) on Sunday, August 26; at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy an evening of chamber music, desserts, snacks, wine and other beverages.

The program will feature several Mendocino County performers, including Grammy Award-winning wind virtuoso Paul McCandless on English horn and saxophone, cellist Joel Cohen, and harpist Jessica Schaeffer. The Ukiah Symphony Quartet will perform the Quartet for Strings "in the Guitar Style," by 20th century Spanish composer Joaquin Turina. Quartet members include violinists Margie and Jessica Rice, violist Jeff Ives and cellist Clovice Lewis.

"Music in the Vineyard" is Deep Valley's annual fundraiser.

For more information and tickets, call 707-463-1102.



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