Celebrate Year End with Jazz, Opera, Mariachi, and Calypso Performances

The Calypso Band performs in Fulkerson Recital Hall
Humboldt Calypso Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Department of Dance, Music, & Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt presents performances by the Percussion Ensemble, World Percussion Group, Humboldt Calypso Band, opera workshop, Mariachi de Humboldt, and jazz combos Dec. 1 through Dec. 4.

The jazz combos The King’s Milk Quartet, The Groovy Goobers, and Lil Swaqq will play Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Fulkerson Recital Hall. 

The King's Milk Quartet is comprised of members Niko Roberds (alto sax), Dylan Westfall (guitar), Andrew Erbach (bass), and Gavin Kingsley (drums). They will be playing "Respected Destroyer" by Brandee Younger, "Imperial March" by John Williams, "There Will Never Be Another You" by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, and "Phantom Patriot" by Les Claypool.

The Groovy Goobers features members Luke Faulder (tenor sax), Luis Rodriguez (guitar), and Jerry Teklu (bass), with Gavin Kingsley on drums. Their set includes "Time Moves Slow" by BadBadNotGood and Sam Herring, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "Rush" by Yoko Kanno, and "Dreamflower" by Phillip Clendeninn.

The final combo of the evening, Lil Swaqq, showcases members Ricardo Paredes (alto and tenor saxes), Mathias Severn (tenor sax), John Gerving (piano), Keith Staats (bass), and Ben Aldag on drums. Lil Swaqq is performing "Doxy" by Sonny Rollins, "Hey Lock" by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, "Jeannine" by Duke Pearson, "Set Her Free" by Rachel Z, and "Just Another Day at the Office" by Monika Herzig.

Concert tickets are $10 general, $5 children, and free for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu.


On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Cal Poly Humboldt Percussion Ensemble, the World Percussion Group, and the Humboldt Calypso Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Fulkerson Recital Hall.

The Cal Poly Humboldt Percussion Ensemble begins the program by featuring four exciting works, three of which have never before been heard on the North Coast. The first premiere is a piece composed by Christopher Whyte entitled The Harrison Modes. This work features a large percussion orchestra consisting of nine performers playing two marimbas, two vibraphones, ceramic bowls, glockenspiel, crotales, and a variety of drums, found objects, and percussion instruments. 

The second premiere of the program, Raspberry Tango, is a marimba quartet by composer Dustin Schulze. It is a fun and playful piece with some unique counterpoint and harmony.

The third premiere of the program is a percussion quartet composed by Ian Briskey entitled Continuum. Continuum was written to convey a progression of continuous motion. It provides several opportunities to demonstrate musicality through extreme dynamic ranges, demanding rudimental control and ensemble timing and blend. 

The final featured work for the contemporary ensemble is entitled Lids by Ed Argenziano. Lids was written for as many 30-gallon metal and rubber trash cans as possible. This piece has choreographed interlocking parts spread between two groups, with the rubber cans playing more of a bass role. Inspired by the music of drum corps, this piece is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

The World Percussion Group’s portion of the show will feature a suite of traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms from the Bantú/Congo traditions in Cuba.

The second half of the program will feature the festive dance music of the Cal Poly Humboldt Calypso Band. For almost 40 years, the Calypso Band has been performing and entertaining local audiences and has proven to be one of Humboldt County’s favorite and most enduring musical ensembles. 

Concert tickets are $10 general, $5 children, and $5 for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu.


“Unchain My Heart!/“Descadenando mi Corazón!,” a joint concert of the Mad River Transit Singers and Mariachi de Humboldt, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

The Mad River Transit Singers will perform some of the great jazz standards in new and exciting ways. Selections include “Come Fly with Me” by Sammy Cahn and James van Heusen; the powerful ballad “God Bless the Child” made famous by Billie Holiday; “I’m Walkin’” by Fats Domino; Jay Althouse’s take on the classic “Cry Me a River;” Michele Weir’s exciting arrangement of the blues tune “Muddy Water;” and an innovative arrangement of “Unchain my Heart” for a cappella voices by Kirby Shaw. 

Mariachi de Humboldt will perform a tribute to the great ranchera singer and composer José Alfredo Jimenez, including “Ella,” “El Rey,” “Canta, Canta, Canta,” and “Caminos de Guanajuato.” Mariachi de Humboldt will also perform selections of regional sones, styles which originated in the 18th century and have special features from each region in Mexico, including “La Bamba” from Veracruz, “Tata Dios” from Huasteca, “Marcha de Zacatecas” from Zacatecas.

Concert tickets are $10 general, $5 children, and free for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu.


Opera Workshop: an Eclectic Evening of Classic and Contemporary Musical Theater Numbers will take place Monday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. 

The evening’s program is eclectic, covering standards from musicals like Man of la Mancha to reimagined performances from the cartoon Steven Universe. Act two of the evening is full of love and destruction, pairing classic love tunes with songs of horror.

The Opera Workshop features Music Majors Abelos Gaumot and Ernesto Saldana, Music Minors Miah Carter and Nicole Valazquez, Humboldt students Gwynythe DeVine, Ash Quintana, Noah-Charlie Regan, Elizabeth Mccullough, and Jose Zuniga (16, Music) , Victor Guerrero, and is directed by Elisabeth Harrington. Costume support is by Shay Heiztman, prop support is by Emma Lubin and her student team, plus members of the cast, and set pieces are by Stuart Jodeika and Marisa Day.

John Chernoff will provide piano accompaniment for the evening, and Jennifer Trowbridge will play guitar and percussion. Stage management and lighting support will be provided by Cal Poly Humboldt vocal students Anele Martinez and Amanda Bertucci-Johnson, and members of the cast will serve as backstage crew.

Not all scenes in the performance are suitable for young viewers. Scenes with content for mature audiences are indicated clearly in the program.

The performance will last around an hour and 45 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission. Concert tickets are $10 general, $5 children, and free for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu.