Thursday Night Live at the Plaza
A Free Concert Series at Heritage Plaza in September 2017

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The Historic Downtown Woodland Group ups its game with bigger names for the September 2017 concert series, Thursday Night Live at the Plaza in Woodland, CA. With an expanded offering of regional and national touring bands, each with their own special flair, this family friendly music series features free live music on beautiful Heritage Plaza every Thursday from September 7th through the 28th at 7pm.


Highlighting the Louisiana Blues of Maria Muldaur on Sept. 7th; the Cajun & Zydeco of Tom Rigney and Flambeau on Sept. 14th; the Brazilian/Samba Funk of SambaDá on Sept. 21st and the Rhythm and Blues of Lydia Pense and Cold Blood on Sept. 28th, Thursday Night Live delivers a danceable assortment of diverse musical genres. These concerts also feature a professional sound system and sound engineer along with upgraded power for a bigger concert experience.


New this September, Thursday Night Live also brings a wider offering of Fun, Food, Family and Music to the Plaza. Delicious fares will be offered on site by local restaurants Father Paddy's, Las Brasas, and Savory Café (for the last two dates), while Blue Note Brewing and Uvaggio Wine Bar provide adult libations. Plus the Mosaic Children’s Museum is hosting a new family fun park right next to the Plaza, featuring a Jumping Castle, Face Painting and a Balloon Twister, along with special cold treats, all of which will be available as of 6pm.

Heritage Plaza is located in historic downtown Woodland, a city that is rapidly expanding with multiple new businesses, restaurants and shops. Concertgoers can sample local food booths, specialty wines and brews, as well as ice cold drinks, while listening to great music. Adults and kids alike will revel in the fresh sounds of Thursday nights, so grab the family, some chairs and your dancing shoes! 



Thursday Night Live at the Plaza Music Schedule


September 7th     Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band – Blues & R&B Queen 

September 14th   Tom Rigney and Flambeau – Rockin’ Cajun & Zydeco

September 21st   SambaDá – Brazilian Samba Funk Dance Band

September 28th    Lydia Pense and Cold Blood – Funk and R&B


About the Performers


September 7th, 2017

Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band – Blues & R&B Queen 


maria muldaurMaria Muldaur is best known world wide for her '74 mega-hit Midnight at the Oasis, which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable Pop Music success, her 49-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass, Appalachian “Old Timey” music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring, and recording with them throughout the '60s.


In the 43 years since Midnight at the Oasis, Maria has toured extensively worldwide, and has recorded 38 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band, before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards.

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September 14th, 2017

Tom Rigney and Flambeau – Rockin’ Cajun & Zydeco


Tom RigneyTom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that will tear the roof off of anyplace that has one and raise the spirits of everyone around. Flambeau showcases Rigney’s passionate, virtuoso fiddling, his commanding stage presence, his range, depth, and originality as a composer, and of course, his notorious red boots. 


Flambeau specializes in fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Their high-energy live show features tight ensemble playing, deeply infectious grooves, and spectacular soloing. Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney’s Irish roots or a little Swing and roots Rock and Roll, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier. Tom Rigney is a true American original and his great band, Flambeau, is truly one of the hottest bands on the American Roots Music scene. This is a band you have to hear!

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September 21st, 2017
SambaDá – Brazilian Samba Funk Dance Band

SambadaDubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal. SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by capoeira master Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.


True to its name, and the SambaDá reputation, their latest album, Ritual, is filled with rhythms grooving together. Percussion and horns blend with folkloric songs, and soulful vocals into an album that becomes a ritual experience celebrating AfroBrazilian roots and music. Inspired by recent collaborations and adventures, SambaDá has been busy exploring new dimensions of the music they love, which they are eager to share in Woodland with fans old and new!

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September 28th, 2017
Lydia Pense and Cold BloodFunk and R&B 

The word legend certainly applies to Lydia Pense and Cold Blood…and not in some past tense-make-a-living-as-an-oldies-act sort of way either. Pense can still shout like a 60's soul diva and purr a slow blues tune with spine-tingling subtlety.

Cold Blood, as a whole, features a stellar group of musicians who have been playing together for nearly 20 years, all veteran Bay Area musicians who have played with many great artists including Elvin Bishop, Jefferson Starship, Boz Skaggs, Albert Collins and more.

It's been a long road, over 40 years to be exact, with a break somewhere in the middle.  But Lydia and the band are living proof that a little time off can be a good thing. With their latest CD, Soul Of The Gypsy turning heads across the country, fans are remembering just what has been missing from music in the last few decades. The 12 songs exemplify how a performer can take great strides forward, without forgetting her roots. Of course, anything Lydia sings is sung well. She still has the chops, with the patina of a seasoned veteran who's done and seen it all.

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Our Partners
Historic Downtown Woodland Group is proud to team up with the City of Woodland and the Hoteliers to help promote and to bring a better experience to the Thursday Night Live at the Plaza concert series. We are grateful to be supported by the following sponsors:


Presenting Sponsors: City of Woodland,

Media Sponsor:  Daily Democrat

Supporting Sponsors: Mosaic Children's Museum, Sord, Caceres & Anagnostou Realty Inc., Morgan’s on Main, Firehouse Entertainment, Blue Note, Uvaggio, Las Brasas, Father Paddy's and Savory Cafe