Old Liberty

Meaningful Movies: Free Screening of “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective”

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield is pleased to host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” is a film and discussion group. Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be turned away for lack of a donation.

The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no political affiliations.

The documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. Take a journey through an “ecological lens” and get an introduction to permaculture. The film gives insight on everything from growing your own diverse foods to healing the soil—whether you live in a city, suburb, or a rural area. Learn how new daily habits with gardening and permaculture can have a large impact on the Earth and discover resources on where and how to begin.

The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260.

“The Fire” Scottish Trio at Old Liberty

Are you up for some heel-stomping, kilt-flapping, hand-clapping, Scottish-style music? If so, then come on out to Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater where, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, you can hear Scottish music trio The Fire perform a special live concert. This lively ensemble is comprised of Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicki, David Brewer of Molly’s Revenge, and the multi-instrumentalist Adam Hendley. They’ll play rousing Scottish tunes that bridge the gap between the traditional fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland. The entire band honors traditions of the region and have travelled and studied Scottish music to provide a high-energy sound experience that speaks to the varying regions and stories of the Scottish landscape.

Tickets are $15 per person and all ages are welcome. Advance tickets are available by phone at 360-887-7260 or online at www.oldlibertytheater.com. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. so that you can purchase refreshments, including craft beer and wine, from Seasons Café in the lobby. The Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield. To learn more about The Fire, visit firescottishband.com.

Tony Starlight’s Tribute to Elton John

The Tony Starlight Show is bring Elton John to the stage this Saturday, June 10, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield. The performance will be accompanied by a full band celebrating the music of Elton John and lyrics of Bernie Taupin, so hold your tiny dancer closer with a cold brew in hand as you take a walk down memory lane with classics by the one-and-only Piano Man. (Wait, isn’t that Billy Joel? No matter—it’s still rock ‘n roll to me.)

Audience members will be treated to everything from songs (old and new and parodies, too!) to comedy sketches to impressions. Fresh from the Stony Starlight Showroom in Portland, this variety show—which changes every year—has included homages to Dean Martin, Axl Rose, Bob Seger, the Copacabana Club, the Rat Pack, and Solid Gold. You never know exactly what you’ll see, but it will definitely be entertaining.

This show is just right for anyone age 21 and over. Tickets are $20 per person. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but the Old Liberty will open its doors open at 6:45 p.m. so you can fortify yourself with refreshments from Seasons Café in the lobby, including craft beer and wine. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Street in Ridgefield. To learn more, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Alex Ashley, Kara Hess at the Old Liberty

Alex Ashley is a Pacific Northwest local who’s what’ known in musician circles as a “triple threat”: he’s that powerhouse combination of singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. He’s described by the Cascade Radio Group as “bringing fresh eyes and old soul to the gritty realities of life and love lost” through his songwriting and musical talents. Sultry vocals paired with tight, sharp guitar playing create a show that evokes an emotional musical experience. Ashley will be accompanied by a full band, and opened by Kara Hesse, a Boston Berklee School of Music-trained vocalist who offers soulful vocals.

Ashley and Hess will perform on stage on Saturday, May 20, at the Old Liberty Theater at 115 N. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. but the doors will open at 6:45 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and get some refreshments from Seasons Café in the lobby: coffee, tea, and pastries, as well as beer and wine. Tickets are $15 per person and are available by calling 360-887-7260. All ages are welcome. For more information about upcoming events and concerts at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Colleen Raney Performs Traditional Irish Music at Old Liberty

Considered “among the best in her genre” by Irish Music MagazineCollen Raney will be joined by a three-piece band to provide a live traditional Irish music concert at the Old Liberty Theater. Raney is both recognizably vocally gifted but also commits herself to studying Irish origin, culture and history behind each piece to provide an a truly authentic story and sound. (To give her a listen, visit colleenraney.com.)

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are $15 per person, available by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. Refreshments such as coffee, espresso drinks, tea, wine and beer are available from Seasons Cafe in the lobby. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and all ages are welcome. For more information, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Photo credit: Della Chen

Irish Tunes with The Press Gang at Old Liberty

The Press Gang—a three-piece ensemble from Portland, Maine, that plays “Irish music in the new tradition”—will be singing and strumming their way onto the stage at the Old Liberty Theater this weekend. They’ll perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. This year, the sought-after band is touring up and down the West Coast with Irish music phenomenon Hanz Araki.

These three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music—and for their relaxed, not-so-serious stage presence. As American performers in the Irish tradition, the Press Gang brings a unique perspective to the music. They intersperse their repertoire of Irish melodies with related folk tunes from Quebec, Scotland, and Appalachia, and some fine New England waltzes. They temper their arrangements with a musical sense of adventure, making each show spontaneous and fresh.

The Press Gang’s performance at the Old Liberty will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door or in advance by calling 360-887-7260.

West Coast Bebop Jazz at Old Liberty

Swing it, brothers, swing! It’s a familiar sound—that West Coast-style, Big Band-era, 40s and 50s jazz—but it’ll be new again this Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. An 11-member ensemble will present “Re-Birthing the Cool: Bebop & Beyond” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This group of professional musicians and vocalists will be laying down captivating rhythms, re-birthing Bebop jazz with fast, complex tempos and upbeat melodies.

As if that weren’t marvelous enough, fine wine and delectable chocolate will be available for sipping and sampling in the theater lobby. This event is held in conjunction with Ridgefield’s First Saturday celebration, “Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival,” featuring art, music, food and activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. under a big, heated tent at Overlook Park.

The Old Liberty will open its doors at 6:45 p.m. All tickets to the jazz concert are $15. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield.

“The Birds” & Bluegrass at Old Liberty

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield is going to the birds at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30: that’s when the restored theater will offer a free showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1963 film, “The Birds.” Admission is free. The Old Liberty is offering this special showing in honor of the upcoming BirdFest & Bluegrass celebration, to be held on Oct. 1 and 2 in downtown Ridgefield and at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Birdfest & Bluegrass features special workshops, canoe and kayak trips, and live bluegrass music.

If you can’t make it to the Friday night showing of “The Birds,” come back on Saturday, Oct. 1, for a live bluegrass performance with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and seats are $10 per person. Tickets for the Jeff Scroggins concert—which will also feature an opening appearance by The Brian Oberlin Bluegrass Quartet—are available by calling 360-887-7260.

The Old Liberty Theater is a landmark in Old Town Ridgefield, located at 115 N. Main Street. For more details and directions, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Bluegrass at Old Liberty

September is a mellow month, time for slowing down, kicking back, and tapping your toes to some real American music: bluegrass. The Old Liberty Theater is hosting husband-and-wife duo Curtis & Loretta to its stage on Saturday, Sept. 24, for some old-time pickin’ and grinnin’ with ancient inspirations and contemporary twists. They offer close harmonies, nimble fingerwork on stringed instruments, and a beguiling tribute to traditional American fold music with influences from the British Isles. They are on tour to celebrate the release of their new album, “When There’s Good to Be Done.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 6:45 p.m. for you to find your seats and get refreshments. Tickets are $15 for all ages, available by calling 360-887-7260. For more information about Ridgefield’s historic Old Liberty theatre, including details about upcoming shows and events, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield, just next to Overlook Park.

Bluegrass at Old Liberty

September is a mellow month, time for slowing down, kicking back, and tapping your toes to some real American music: bluegrass. The Old Liberty Theater is hosting husband-and-wife duo Curtis & Loretta to its stage on Saturday, Sept. 24, for some old-time pickin’ and grinnin’ with ancient inspirations and contemporary twists. They offer close harmonies, nimble fingerwork on stringed instruments, and a beguiling tribute to traditional American fold music with influences from the British Isles. They are on tour to celebrate the release of their new album, “When There’s Good to Be Done.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 6:45 p.m. for you to find your seats and get refreshments. Tickets are $15 for all ages, available by calling 360-887-7260. For more information about Ridgefield’s historic Old Liberty theatre, including details about upcoming shows and events, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield, just next to Overlook Park.

Terry Robb at Old Liberty

Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater presents Terry Robb in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Terry Robbguitarist, singer, composer, and producer—has long been considered one of the top acoustic guitar blues players in the world. Robb is an honoree of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, and the namesake of the Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar Award. Robb is celebrating the release of his newest album, “Cool on the Bloom.” For the performance at Old Liberty, Robb will perform a solo set, then join forces with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist Doug Smith. To learn more about Robb’s blend of blues, acoustic and contemporary, finger-pluckin’ goodness, visit www.terryrobb.com.

Admission is $15 in advance or at the door on the day of the show. Advance tickets are available by phone at 360-887-7260. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and all ages are welcome.  For more details, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty Theater is an independent theater and performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield. The theater is also available for private parties and events. For more information, e-mail don@oldlibertytheater.com.

Banjos & Bluegrass at Old Liberty

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy, five-piece bluegrass ensemble from (guess where?) the Rocky Mountain State, fronted by two-time national banjo champion Jeff Scroggins. Scroggins brings an eclectic sound to traditional bluegrass tunes, while the band combines world-class banjo and mandolin paired with fast licks and tight vocals.

You can hear them play this Saturday, May 21, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the theater will open its doors at 6:45 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and purchase craft beer, local wine and theater-style snacks from Seasons Cafe in the lobby.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Buy tickets over the phone by calling 360-887-7260. Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main St. in Ridgefield. To find out about more upcoming shows and events at Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

New Sounds at the Old Liberty

Cello innovator Gideon Freudmann and Courtney Von Drehle—noted accordionist and founding member of the music group 3 Leg Torso—will team up to give a special performance this Saturday, March 12, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. Both are performers and composers who draw from a wide range of influences, touring extensively and creating music for theater, film and dance.

Freudmann is the originator of “CelloBop”—a musical art form featuring electric cellos, resulting in a delightful mash-up of old and new, traditional and contemporary, familiar and unusual. Emmy-nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist Von Drehle specializes in creating music to accompany other media, which has led to numerous commissions for music for film scores, commercials, radio, dance, theater, and performance projects.

The Liberty will open its doors at 6:45 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available from Seasons Cafe in the theater’s lobby. Tickets are $15 for all ages. Purchase tickets by calling the Liberty at 360-887-7260.  For more details—and to see the Liberty’s excellent new website—visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Banjos at the Old Liberty

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield welcomes banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes to its stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Well-known locally and internationally for his banjo achievements, Barnes was recently honored with the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Barnes will be joined by guitarist and mandolin player Jacob Navarro.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 on the day of the show, available by calling 360-887-7260. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments are available from the Seasons Cafe in the theater’s lobby. The Old Liberty Theater is a landmark in Old Town Ridgefield, located at 115 N. Main Street. For more details and directions, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Mandolin Masters at the Old Liberty

As the old saying goes: you ain’t heard nothin’ ’til you’ve heard a mandolin. Well, maybe that’s not a saying, but it ought to be, especially if you’re hearing madolin masters Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin in concert this Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield.

Marshall and Oberlin are solo mandolinists who are partnering for this special concert, each performing their unique solo sets that include classical, bluegrass, swing, jazz, Western swing, and original music. Marshall, from Los Angeles, is the world’s premier solo mandolinist in the duo-style technique that includes his crowd-surfing arrangement of the William Tell Overture for solo mandolin. Portland native Oberlin is a performer, educator and founder of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. The two joined forces and recorded the duo album Twin Mandolin Slingers, and this concert at the Old Liberty will celebrate its release with beautiful duets as well as foot-stomping, blazing fast arrangements of their personal best and favorite music.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but the doors will open at 6:45 p.m. to allow guests to find seats and get a little refreshment from the Four Seasons Café in the theater’s lobby. Admission is $15 for all ages. Purchase tickets in advance by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main St. in Ridgefield. For more details, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Mandolins at the Old Liberty

As the old saying goes: you ain’t heard nothin’ ’til you’ve heard a mandolin. Well, maybe that’s not a saying, but it ought to be, especially if you’re hearing madolin masters Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin in concert this Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield.

Marshall and Oberlin are solo mandolinists who are partnering for this special concert, each performing their unique solo sets that include classical, bluegrass, swing, jazz, Western swing, and original music. Marshall, from Los Angeles, is the world’s premier solo mandolinist in the duo-style technique that includes his crowd-surfing arrangement of the William Tell Overture for solo mandolin. Portland native Oberlin is a performer, educator and founder of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. The two joined forces and recorded the duo album Twin Mandolin Slingers, and this concert at the Old Liberty will celebrate its release with beautiful duets as well as foot-stomping, blazing fast arrangements of their personal best and favorite music.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., but the doors will open at 6:45 p.m. to allow guests to find seats and get a little refreshment from the Four Seasons Café in the theater’s lobby. Admission is $15 for all ages. Purchase tickets in advance by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main St. in Ridgefield. For more details, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Tony Starlight at Old Liberty

What’s got music, comedy, impersonations, pop stars, and a guy named Tony? It’s the Tony Starlight Show, happening this Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield.

Audience members will be treated to everything from songs to comedy sketches to impressions. Fresh from the Stony Starlight Showroom in Portland, this variety show includes classics like “My Hair Keeps a-Fallin’ from My Head,” and “I Can’t Get These Jeans on Any More,” as well as homages to Dean Martin, Axl Rose, Bob Seger, the Copacabana Club, the Rat Pack, and Solid Gold. The show changes every year, so  you never know exactly what you’ll see: Tom Jones singing “Happy Birthday,” a Star Trek fan wooing a young lady, or Neil Diamond telling you to sing louder!

This show is just right for audiences aged 21 and over. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 in advance—available by calling 360-887-7260—or $20 at the door. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Street in Ridgefield. To learn more, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Free Showing of “The Birds” at Old Liberty

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield is going to the birds at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2: that’s when the restored theater will offer a free showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1963 film, “The Birds.” Admission is free. The Old Liberty is offering this special showing in honor of the upcoming BirdFest & Bluegrass celebration, to be held on Oct. 3 and 4 in downtown Ridgefield and at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Birdfest & Bluegrass features special workshops, canoe and kayak trips, and live bluegrass music.

If you can’t make it to the Friday night showing of “The Birds,” come any time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, for a free Pickers Party Open Jam Session (BYOB—Bring Your Own Banjo). Stick around and then at 7 p.m., for only $10 a ticket, you can catch a live bluegrass performance with Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising. Tickets for the Kathy Boyd concert are available by calling 360-887-7260.

Finally, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, you can see a free matinee showing of “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” the Coen Brothers’ movie that somehow successfully pairs old-time bluegrass music with George Clooney, John Goodman, and Holly Hunter. The Old Liberty Theater is a landmark in Old Town Ridgefield, located at 115 N. Main Street. For more details and directions, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Terry Robb Trio & Justus Reece at Old Liberty

Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater presents the Terry Robb Trio in concert with special guest Justus Reece at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Terry Robbguitarist, singer, composer, and producer—has long been considered one of the top acoustic guitar blues players in the world. Robb is an honoree of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, and the namesake of the Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar Award. For the performance at Old Liberty, he will join forces with the incomparable rhythm section of Dave Captein on bass and Dennis Carter on drums. To learn more, visit www.terryrobb.com.

Admission is $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the show. Advance tickets are available by phone at 360-887-7260. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and all ages are welcome.  For more details, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty Theater is an independent theater and performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield. The theater is available for private parties and events. For more information, e-mail don@oldlibertytheater.com.

Birds & Brews

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Pelican Brewing Company are a natural combination—not only because white pelicans visit Ridgefield’s waterways, but also thanks to Pelican’s ongoing support of conservation in the Northwest. From May through BirdFest & Bluegrass in October, Pelican Brewing will offer a commemorative version of its award-winning Imperial Pelican Ale in custom-labeled bottles showcasing Ridgefield NWR’s 50th anniversary.

The label, in eye-catching black and gold foil, celebrates the refuge’s anniversary with silhouettes of birds, animals, amphibians, and other critters you’ll find on the refuge. The back of the label tells a bit of the refuge’s story, plus there’s a QR code that lets smartphone or tablet users link to the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge website for more information. Pelican will also make Ridgfield NWR coasters and glasses available for purchase at their brew pubs on the Oregon coast, where a portion of the sales will be donated to the Friends to support its habitat and education programs.

For a taste of this craft beer and to find out more about the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s golden anniversary, come to a sneak preview from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. There will also be a formal kickoff at Pelican Pub & Brewery at 5:30 p.m. on May 2 during the Pacific City Birding & Blues Festival.