Humming on Groundhog Day

The musical hum around Humboldt never stops, it just keeps humming along. The groundhog may not see his shadow here, we all woke up to pouring rain, but there’s music in the clubs tonight. Yes, on a Monday…

Let’s start with a Bad Kitty show tonight at the Palm Lounge (in the Eureka Inn). Remember to swing revival of the ‘90s? Squirrel Nut Zippers out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina was one of the classier acts of that short-lived era, mixing old time Delta blues, klezmer and more in with swing. The leader, James “Jimbo” Mathus, started the combo with his wife, but it didn’t survive their divorce.

Norm of Bad Kitty brings us up to date :

Stop the press and hold the phone, this just in. Jimbo Mathus will be in town Monday night. Who is this fellow you may ask? He is a guitar slinger extraordinaire, founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and also a sideman for blues giant Buddy Guy. Currently Jimbo is on the road with his latest band called The Tri-State Coalition in support of their 201 release “Dark Night of the Soul.” Come on down and check out this world-class entertainer for the low, low price of zero dollars, you may even be compelled to dance.

Music around 8 pm, again, no admission charge. How can you lose? Try a taste.

Meanwhile in Arcata a new band, The Golden Gate Wingmen jams at Humboldt Brews. As you might guess from the name, the band comes from the San Francisco Bay Area. If you know the Dead-associated music world you’ll recognize John Kadlecik of Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends and DSO; Jay Lane of Ratdog, Furthur and Primus; Jeff Chimenti of Furthur and Ratdog; and Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green and Jacob Fred. The band premiered to a sold out audience at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in November last year. They’re just getting going, mostly playing Kadlecik’s tunes. (He’ll also be one of the friends in Phil Lesh & Friends upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend at Terrapin Crossroads, Feb. 13 and 14.) Expect some tie-dye, psychedelic jamming and songs you know from the Dead. You get the picture. (That’s John below.)


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