Live Music

The Humboldt Folk Dancers are blessed with an abundance of talented musicians providing live music for our dance parties! We hope to meet again to play once the pandemic has passed!




The Balkan Yurt Orkestra was created following the Balkan Music Meetup classes held at the Creative Sanctuary in Arcata.

Current members include:

Joe Brookshire,
Emily Janzen,
Anna Fritschi,
Evaonne Hendricks,
Devora Kaufman,
Rick Kruse,
Craig Kurumada,
Larry Levine,
Linnea Mandell,
Heather Scharlach,
Gretchen Schuster,
Derek Shaw,
Ishan Vernallis,
Matt Wardynski



Chubritza International Folk Band was founded in 1993 in Arcata.

Current members include:
Janet Finney-Krull,
Rick Kruse,
Craig Kurumada,
Meadow Lo,
Linnea Mandell,
Derek Shaw (not pictured)

The EthniKs

The EthniKs are led by Guy Smith. The members are various musicians of the Humboldt community.


Highlights from Parties and Events

BULGARIKA, a virtuosic ensemble led by Donka and Nikolay Kolev, appear annually in Humboldt County, offering a public workshop and lessons in traditional Bulgarian music.
In 2019, they played a concert at Synapsis in Eureka. Here are some of the highlights. This video will be added soon!