Concerts to Benefit The Arhoolie Foundation

Arhoolie Records has announced that it will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with three nights of concerts at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California on February 4, 5, and 6, 2011 and proceeds will benefit the Arhoolie Foundation.
The following musicians will perform at least one night:
Ry Cooder

Taj Mahal

Michael Doucet & Beausoleil Trio

Savoy Family Band

Los Cenzontles

Suzy and Eric Thompson

Any Old Time String Band

Barbara Dane and Bob Mielke’s All Stars & Las Edegran

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum

Campbell Brothers

Savoy-Doucet Band

Creole Belles

Bruce Bratton, Wayne Pope, & The Washboard 4

Country Joe McDonald

Paul Oliver

and many more

You can purchase your tickets from the Freight and Salvage website

For the entire press release, click here

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.