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Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:

Daniel Bennett Group Concert

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum brings a little New York jazz to the west coast on Friday, April 29.  The group voted “Best New Jazz Group” in New York City Hot House Magazine makes just one stop in Oregon on their national tour – in Cannon Beach!  The Museum offers a unique opportunity to listen to the group that has broken jazz barriers to create a sound that is called “synergistic” by NPR, transcendent by New York Times, and hypnotic by Time Out New York.

The Daniel Bennett Group performs modern Jazz, fused with elements of American Folk and experimental classical music.  Yahoo Voices calls Bennett’s music, “refreshingly capricious and trippy.” Daniel Bennett will be joined by renowned guitarist Nat Janoff and master percussionist Matthew Feick on drums. The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repetition." The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism."

The band has released six critically-acclaimed albums: A Nation of Bears, The Legend of Bear Thompson, Peace and Stability Among Bears, Live at the Theatre, Clockhead Goes to Camp, and The Mystery at Clown Castle. Daniel Bennett is very active in the New York City musical theater scene. Daniel Bennett recently composed the musical score for stage adaptations of Frankenstein and Brave Smiles at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Manhattan. Daniel Bennett recently played woodwinds in Blank! The Musical, the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. The New York Times called the show, "Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!" Daniel Bennett's theatrical works have strongly influenced his eclectic sound and musical storytelling abilities as a bandleader. The Daniel Bennett Group has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, NPR, First Coast Living (NBC), Indianapolis Public Radio, St. Louis Public Radio, and the Village Voice. Visit to learn more about this amazing group.

Now is your chance to have a taste of New York in your own backyard, but get your tickets now.  Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available through our online gift shop, by phone (503-436-9301), or in person (1387 South Spruce Street.) Tickets are $12.00 adults and $2.00 children. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips.


Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.:

Coastal Reflection Textile Exhibit Opening

Join the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and artist Mary Arnold on Saturday, May 7 for the opening of her solo show Coastal Reflections. The opening reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation by the textile artist Mary Arnold.

The exhibit integrates Arnold’s quest for artistic balance and love of nature. Each piece is created with batiks, hand-dyed fabrics, and even hand painted fabric to create forest, beach, and river scenes. Arnold likes to interpret and twist what we see in every day life into unique and colorful fabric creations. She enjoys being able to take fabric and use it as others would use paint or pastels to create images you will see in the exhibit.

Arnold is an accomplished textile artist who has shown her work internationally. She has won countless awards for her creativity, skill, and love of the craft. Don’t miss her solo show at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, on display May 7 through September 11, 2016.

This textile exhibit has been brought to you by Cannon Beach’s Center Diamond. Center Diamond has been selling fabric for over 20 years in Cannon Beach. Contemporary batiks, brights, Asian, landscape/beach, modern fabrics are their focus but they also have lots of sewing supplies and notions. Look for their custom made Haystack Rock batik and Tufted Puffin fabric and buttons -- all available only at Center Diamond.


Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:

Poetry Reading with Dave Densmore

Famed poet and fisherman, David Densmore will be reading poems and stories at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum in Cannon Beach on May 12.

Dave Densmore has appeared in the New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine, was one of the subjects of a documentary called 'Fisher Poets', and has published several books of his writings. He is well known as an artist and fisherman on the coast of Oregon and and in Alaska. He has appeared at events for the Bioneers, the 'Columbia River Keepers' events, and at New Bedford's 'Working Waterfront Festival'. He can often be found at schools speaking to children. When not fishing in Alaska or writing in Oregon, he spends his free time in Belize and Guatemala.

Dave Densmore is more than a fisherman and more than a poet, he is a staunch protector of nature and Mother Earth. His recent works are more often about the paint inflicted on Mother Earth by his fellow man than the contents of his fishing net, but the seas and the fishing life are his first love.

Hear Dave Densmore read his work and answer questions on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Seating for the event is limited. This event is free and open to the public.


Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:

 Deuber & Friends Concert

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is excited to welcome local musician, Paul Dueber and friends on Friday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. Paul Dueber has been performing locally for decades. He bought his current guitar at Portland Music when got out of the Marines in 1968. Paul sings songs in the tradition of Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, and Paul Simon. Deuber has played for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival event, at the Coaster Theatre for the Songwriters’ Hootenanny, among other venues.

Beyond music at concerts, pubs, galleries, and restaurants in town, Dueber has been instrumental in encouraging entertainers in public spaces like Sandpiper Square, where he and his wife, Margo have long owned businesses.

 “Dueber is a fine musician. He plays full, gentle chords on a warm, curvy Guild 12-string guitar that looks like an old friend. His contagious enthusiasm for honest music continues to spread.” – Jon Broderick, Coast Weekend

That a guy who thinks he sounds best alone in a dark room should take so passionately to public performance is the result of his long and happy career in local theater.

The event space creates an intimate setting that produces a sound warm enough to wrap up in. Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips. To volunteer for this event, email us at


Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.:

Na Rosai Irish Concert

Join us on Friday, June 17th for the season finale of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum's acoustic series. Toe-tapping, shoe-stomping, all around good time with Na Rosai.

Na Rosai will be making their coastal debut, so come welcome them. The group, made up of four blokes, is based out of Portland, Oregon. In 2010, Erik Killops returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon after receiving his bachelors degree in Irish Music & Dance at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Shortly after he met recent New Jersey transplant, and bouzouki player, Richie Rosencrans and California native, and uilleann piper, Preston Howard at sessions around Portland. All three were eager to start a project and discovered common interests in regards to traditional music. After a few house gatherings, a weekly performance began at local watering hole the East Burn. In the fall of 2012 flute player Conor O'Bryan moved to Portland from Chico, California and immediately joined the ranks of the band.

In the Fall of 2014 Na Rósaí released their debut album featuring an eclectic mix of traditional Irish music, old time Appalachian tunes, and a set of Breton and French tunes.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum offers a uniquely intimate setting that is perfect for such a rich sounding group.  Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets are available through the online gift shop, by phone (503-436-9301), or in person. Tickets are $12.00 adults and $2.00 children, complimentary refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will help fund upcoming events at the History Center; including future concerts, lectures, exhibits, and field trips. To volunteer for this event, email us at



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