Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event Time: 
December 4, 2021 - 6:45pm
Free for CCPA Members, $15 Guests of Members

On Saturday, December 4, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly hosts the 46th Anniversary WOW Hall Membership Party featuring performances by Tim McLaughlin, West African Cultural Arts Institute, The Sugar Beets with special guest Paul Biondi and Cap’n Trips’ The Tributaries Salute to John Lennon.

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The Community Center for the Performing Arts was incorporated to save the Woodmen of the World Hall from demolition and keep it available to the community.  On December 10, 1975, the WOWATHON began with live entertainment 24 hours a day for five days in order to raise a down payment.  Today, the Hall remains community-owned and democratically operated.  The organization enjoys a broad base of community support, as demonstrated by the members list published in this issue.  

            Each year around this time the Membership Party serves to thank the supporters of the CCPA, a nonprofit (501c3) arts organization. Last year the CCPA celebrated its 45thAnniversary in virtual fashion.  This year we hope to bring you a hybrid event that will be enjoyable live or from the comfort of home.




Tim McLaughlin has been a staple on the Pacific NW music scene for almost 20 years.  He is equally versed on guitar and trumpet and can be seen touring and performing in groups ranging from salsa and funk bands, to rock and jam bands, to jazz ensembles, and with singer/songwriters.  McLaughlin is active in recording, teaching, performing and composing and brings to the plate his original versatility with an emphasis on creativity and spontaneity.  

Tim has toured and recorded extensively as the band leader of Eleven Eyes, as well as many other PNW favorites including Everyone Orchestra, Reeble Jar, SiMPLE, Medium Troy, MarchForth, Sara B3 and 45 RPM, John Shipe, DeSolution, Halie Loren, Malanga, and Banter Waves, King Radio, Son Melao, Kris DeLane and the Hurt, the Flipside Funk Jam at Sessions Music Hall, and as a solo artist.  

As a producer and recording artist, Tim has recorded numerous tracks for albums and artists of all kinds.  McLaughlin has also composed, produced and recorded the soundtracks to multiple documentaries with award-winning documentary producer Jerry Joffe.  

As a music educator, Tim directs the Music’s Edge Rock Camp which has resided at the WOW Hall since 2007. He also holds a full private teaching studio as well as runs the upper school music program at Oak Hill School.  

Playing music makes Tim a better teacher, and teaching music helps to be a better performer.  It’s Tim’s yin and yang!





For the better part of this century, Andrea and Alseny Yansane taught a West African Dance Class and periodic West African Drum workshops at the WOW Hall.  That endeavor led to their creation of the West African Cultural Arts Institute (WACAI), a 501c3 Nonprofit organization based out of Eugene.

WACAI's mission is to share the joy and passion of Guinean culture through vibrant educational programs focusing on music and dance, advocating for authentic, source artists from Guinea, and creating charitable projects in Guinea that promote artistic, emotional and physical health. 

WACAI's programs include Community drum and dance classes for kids and adults, Art-in-the-School Residencies and Assemblies, Master Classes and Lecture Demonstrations for colleges and universities, and Community Outreach events and performances. To learn more visit them at




“We played our first public concert on March 30th 1990 and we played the WOW Hall for the first time in January of 1992,” recalls Marty Chilla.  “We are happy to be back!”

The Sugar Beets have been playing their own style of high-energy acoustic music for three decades.  Defined by impeccable musicianship, multiple singers and songwriters, and unbeatable live performances, their soul-empowering groove and convince even the most catatonic listener to get up and dance.  The music draws from the foot-stomping traditions of bluegrass, Celtic, andf old-time fiddle music, yet is inextricably woven to the world of Motown, Gospel, country and pop.  Eplifting and always evolving, the Sugar Beets have developed a devout Northwest following that cuts across age barriers.

A common thread and a key to understanding the band’s impressive live performance is the explicit sense of inspiration and positivity communicated through the music.  Light-hearted and optimistic, the songs take the listener to a place where, if only for a brief time, life’s worries and complications are put aside.  

The Beets have changed players and taken breaks over the years, but still maintain the musical bond that inspires them to keep playing.  They possess a unique ability to connect with their audience.  One can’t help but ingest the sense of inclusion and friendship that surrounds them.

“I feel like the audience is family to me,” said bassist Matt Keeman, “and I think they feel like we are family to them.”

The Sugar Beets are Country Fair favorite and have appeared on festival stages across the Northwest with some of the biggest names in the business, but this will be the band’s first live performance in two and a half years.

Current band members are: 

Marty Chilla--Rhythm Guitar and Vocals

Megan Bassett--Vocals

Halie Loren-Vocals

Scotty Perey-Keyboards and Vocals

Jeremy Wegner-Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo etc.

David Burham--Violin

Matt Keenan-Bass

The Beets frequently play with special guests.  For this occasion, who could be more special than Paul Biondi.




Cap’n Trips alter ego The Tributaries will honor the great John Lennon at the WOW Hall Membership party on December 4th.

The Lennon tribute was first performed on John’s 81st birthday at the Eugene Saturday Market -- to much acclaim. Focusing mostly on Lennon’s psychedelic Beatles era, and touching on his later solo career, this show is guaranteed to raise a smile. All you need is LOVE.

Cap’n Trips and The Tributaries have been playing together for 13 years.  They have played shows that pay tribute to Jerry Garcia, Hot Tuna, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Eagles, Frank Zappa, and, of course, The Grateful Dead.

The band’s members are:

Tom Lemmon, lead vocals and guitar

Trey Longstreth, bass, vocals

Marcy Andrews, mandolin

Sean Jackson, keyboards, vocals

Ken Sokolov, drums

Some of this band’s past gigs have been Oregon Country Fair, including the Midnight Show, Spring Fling, Teddy Bear Picnic and the WOW Hall.  “We have had occasional guests joining us.” says Tom.


Unfortunately, because COVID is still expected to be with us, this year there won’t be a food buffet.  Masking is still the rule.  Proof of vaccination or lab test within 48 hours will be required for admission to the building.  However, we are planning to webcast the event free for the entire community.  The link will be posted on the website,

            The WOW Hall Membership Party is free for CCPA members, $15 for guests of members, so now is the time to renew your membership.  Here’s how:

            Mail your check to the CCPA at 291 W. 8th Ave., Eugene OR 97401.

            Call the office; current office hours are 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Have your credit card ready.

            Go to the website and hit the link in the top right corner.  This will route you to PayPal, or follow the link to become a monthly donor through Patron.

            All donations are tax-deductible and qualify the donor to make a matching gift to the Oregon Arts Commission that is eligible for a state income tax credit of $50 individual or $100 couple.




6:30 pm Doors open

6:45-7:30 Tim McLaughlin

7:45 – 8:15 West African Cultural Arts Institute

8:30 – 9:30 The Sugar Beets

9:45- 11:00 Cap’n Trips Tribute to John Lennon


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The W.O.W. Hall will comply with all COVID-19 Guidelines issued by the State of Oregon and the CDC at the time of the event. This may entail limitations on capacity that might be lower than the number of tickets sold and/or event cancellation.

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