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EPIC Spring Gala featuring Petunia and the Vipers & Sour Mash Hug Band

Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Arcata Community Center.

This second annual event promises to please, with two great knee-slapping dance bands, gourmet comfort-food dinner, silent art auction, specialty cocktails, the ever-delightful Humboldt Fire Girls serving it all up, along with fire dance performances by Circus of the Elements and more. The Arcata Community Center is where all the fun and magic will take place and is once again being transformed, this time taking you back to the good-ole days of the classic Americana Era.

Petunia and the Vipers is roots Americana music at it’s best, blending sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rock and roll and bluegrass. “Road dogs Petunia and the Vipers play upbeat, hillbilly honky tonk that sounds like it took at least a 70-year time machine voyage from its birthplace to your ears. Taking traditional country sounds — the Vipers present a knowing sendup of their legendary influences and translate them into a boot-tapping live experience that’s anything but dated. They brings the hootenanny.“–Andrew Goff, North Coast Journal

Sour Mash Hug Band is a modern day Jug band with a twist! “Sour Mash Band evokes an era that never quite existed. Paris in the 30s, Harlem in the 20s, New Orleans in the 90s, its hard to say. An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime.” –The San Francisco Chronicle

The evening begins at 6pm with specialty cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet dinner served to your table by the Humboldt Fire Girls!

Dinner includes a drink of your choice, a New Orleans style feast with a delicious Andouille Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya, Braised Collard Greens, Corn Bread Muffins, Organic Salad, and more. A vegetarian option is available and all dinners are gluten free. Desserts to be announced!

In order to provide a quality dinner experience for our guests, there is limited reserved seating only.  Individual tickets for dinner and the music show are $40, or you may reserve an entire table of eight for you and seven of your friends for $300.

Purchase your advanced reservations for dinner and the music show here. Tickets purchased before April 5th are $40.00, and thereafter are $45.00. Reserve a table for eight for $300.

Doors open for the concert at 8pm, with beer, wine & cocktails being served by the Humboldt Fire Girls as well as special guest dance performers. Tickets are $15 in advance for general admission, $20 at the door.

Specialty cocktails such include the Whiskey Corpse Reviver, Good Ole Margarita, Vodka Lavender Lemonade and the Dark & Stormy, along with local beer and wine available throughout the evening.

Tickets may be purchased in person at Wildberries Marketplace, Redway Liquor, or at the EPIC Office (145 G Street Arcata) and online at

All proceeds from the evening benefit the Environmental Protection Information Center-EPIC.  EPIC works to restore and protect ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and endangered species in Northwest California. For more information please contact EPIC at 707-822-7711.

Thank you to Circus of the Elements, a DreamMaker Project of The Ink People for sponsoring the event!


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