Stay tuned for details about our 2017 Oyster Fest music lineup and entertainment features!


2016 Entertainment

  • Music this year features 5 different bands spanning a range of genres, young and old, from honky tonk to funk and bold. No matter what your taste, these bands will make you get up and DANCE!

  • Playhouse Arts and Kinetic sculptures, those glorious icons of our Creamery District's creativity, will be hard to miss as they weave their way through the crowds.

  • Special thanks to Stir Fry Willie (aka Fred Oystaire) for MC'ing again, Dave Silverbrand for rocking the Oyster Calling Contest (how many decades now?!) and KWPT The Point for another opportunity to gawk at the Shuck n' Swallow Contest.

Thank you to the Blue Lake Casino for sponsoring our Main Stage Music LineUp!

MAIN STAGE - 9th Street

10:00 to 10:30 Stir Fry Willie & DJ Music
10:30 to 11:45 The Honky Tonk Detours
Noon to 12:30 Oyster Calling Contest
12:30-1:45 Absynth Quartet
1:45 Contest Winners Announced
2:00 to 2:30 KWPT’s Shuck ‘n Swallow Contest
2:30 to 3:45 Naive Melodies
3:45 Fred Oystaire & announcements
4:00 Last Call for Alcohol!
4:30 Taps Off, Wine Bars Close!
4:00 to 5:20 Dynasty One
5:30 Festival Closes

Pandemic Steel Band will be on H Street in the Art Market - NORTH of 9th St., by the entrance.

Humboldt County's Newest Steel Pan Ensemble - Steelband, Soca, Calypso, and Funk

Dynasty One

Dynasty One

Dynasty One is a great high energetic band based out of Humboldt County, CA that brings nothing but good vibes, inspiration and positivity. Their music is a fusion of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, Rock and Afro! Combined with 5 of some of the finest musician's around there is no comparison to any other style of music when Dynasty One hits the stage. While in a category of their own, the power, energy, and rhythms are always raging high as Dynasty One is guaranteed to move any crowd!

     ~ Band Sponsor: The Blue Lake Casino & Hotel

Naive Melodies

Naive Melodies

Naive Melodies was formed in Arcata, CA early in 2011, performing and honoring music created by Talking Heads. Sets are designed to interweave older and newer Talking Heads songs. Fans can expect to hear a wide range of material, from early art-rock, to radio hits, and everything in-between. With blends of three-part harmonies, synthesizers, and heavy grooves, this 3-piece dance machine does Talking Heads right!

     ~ Band Sponsor: The Blue Lake Casino & Hotel

Absynth Quartet

Absynth Quartet melds the familiar and the avant-gard with a unique and provocative palette of tone and texture. This is street corner swing with a sense of humor, bluegrass with foot stomping danceability, all intertwined with playful forays into the depths of sophisticated musical experimentation. The synergy of these seemingly divergent styles ends up sounding something like Yonder Mountain String Band meets Phish... with a little bit of firelit gypsy caravan folk thrown in for good measure. The Eugene Weekly places the sound "somewhere along the spectrum of acoustic-improvisational-gypsy-jazz...with a dash of Eastern European exoticism that puts you in a smoky, understated hash bar kind of mood". Listening to the AQ is akin to being served an exotic meal (or mind altering beverage) one could never hope to replicate at home. You have to go out for this kind of stuff.

     ~ Band Sponsor: The Blue Lake Casino & Hotel

The Honky Tonk Detours

The Honky Tonk Detours

The Honky Tonk Detours love playing vintage honky tonk and alt-country music. The tunes range from classic songs by Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and Buck Owens to ones by younger artists like Sturgill Simpson, The Mavericks and the Detours’ own Jake Wiegandt. 

The band is comprised of: guitarist/vocalist Jake Wiegandt; Rick Levin, guitars/vocals; Ron Sharp, bass; and Paul DeMark, drums/vocals.

For the 2016 Oyster Festival, the band will be joined by extraordinary vocalist/acoustic guitarist Nola Pierce singing classics by Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams. 

Pierce is also currently playing with Belles of the Levee, Moon Pine and Opossum Sun Trail.

Levin and Sharp are also founding and current members of the country rock band Cadillac Ranch. DeMark also plays with The Delta Nationals and is a former member of LaPatina Band.

Wiegandt also performs with Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours. He is a former member of Rooster McClintock and LaPatina Band.

The Detours play the second Saturday of every month at the Mad River Brewery. Check them out on Facebook: Honky-Tonk Detours.  

     ~ Band Sponsor open ~

Streets of Baltimore (without Nola!)

Claire Bent, JAS, and Steve Smith with Ken Lawrence will be playing in the VIP Room, in Jacoby's Storehouse.




Arcata Playhouse and Playhouse Arts

Arcata Playhouse and Playhouse Arts enliven the Oyster Festival with their signature outdoor spectacles, including giant puppets, stilt walkers, street performers, and the Pink Polka-dot Peg-legged Pony! Watch for the bright colors, oversized creatures and festival fun!


Stir Fry Willie

Stir Fry Willie