5th annual Arhoolie Awards Celebration Concert

The Arhoolie Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and celebration of regional roots music – is proud to announce its 5th annual Arhoolie Awards and Benefit Concert, to be held April 14th at San Francisco’s The Chapel. Proceeds from the event will help further the mission of the Foundation built on the work of founder Chris Strachwitz and his seminal independent record label Arhoolie Records. Through our exhibitions, books, films, and Arhoolie Awards, we seek to broaden public awareness of our diverse music history, support the vitality of living traditions, and reinforce the value and sustainability of community-based cultures.

Enjoy a night of down-home blues, authentic Tejano conjunto music, and the best in Americana. This event features live performances by Dave Alvin, Santiago Jiménez Jr and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. 

A reception ticket featuring food, drinks, and special guests is available. Includes a special seating area and a gift bag of Arhoolie collectibles.

The event will also feature a silent auction for rare Arhoolie items and other roots music gifts.


Dave Alvin
Santiago Jimenez Jr
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Plus Special Guests


Friday, April 14th
The Chapel / 777 Valencia St., S.F. CA 94110 /
Doors 7:30 pm, Show 8 pm


$45 advance / $50 day of show
Special reception tix featuring food, drinks, gifts and special guests are available for $150
(Reception at 6:30 pm)

Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.