The Hum: Mardi Gras 2019 Edition

Phat Cat…

Let’s talk holidays, specifically, semi-religious holidays. Carnival and the related Mardi Gras, aka “Fat Tuesday,” are age-old celebrations marking the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when some folks start fasting. Big parties use up all the meat, drink and other stuff they’re about to give up.

As with many Christian holidays, elements of old Pagan rituals have lingered. Wikipedia notes, “Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, parades, etc.” Are you looking to “parté?

The Mardi Gras & Masquerade Phat Tuesday Parté at Phatsy Kline’s Parlor Lounge has it going on.

Eat, Drink and DANCE!!! ~ Masks encouraged!
No charge to enter! That’s right it’s FREE! 5-7 pm they have “Meowy Hour” drink specials and Jambalaya/Gumbo feasting begins!!! (Supports AC Samoa Soccer)
7 pm Brazilian Butter music DJ Marjo Lak spins Brazilian Bossa Nova
8-10 pm The Bayou Swamis!
10 pm Copperton3
11 pm DJ Learix

Now I posted a note last week asking about gumbo, and this feast seemed to be the local answer. A fan of the Bayou Swamis posted it, and they are definitely ready to laissez les bon temps rouler Cajun style.

Randle Lundberg on accordion – photo by Bob Doran

They tell us,

The Bayou Swamis have stolen the funky Zydeco dance beats from the swamps of Louisiana and planted firmly in the marshes of Humboldt County. They have a repertoire of Cajun two-steps and Zydeco stomps, and they also swamp up classic swing tunes, country standards and traditional ’50s rockers. Their music continues to spread the swamp gospel and to keep fans dancing and clapping into the night!.

A special line-up for this evening will be Randle Lundberg – button accordion, fiddle and vocals / David Bradley – acoustic guitar and vocals / Marla Joy – bass guitar and vocals / Jonathan Kipp – Drums / Kate Koelmel-rubboard, triangle, vocals…

~ Costume up for a chance to win a nights stay at the The Inn at 2nd & C… Green, Gold and Purple Baby!

  • Meanwhile, at The Sanctuary it’s a different sort of music (with accordions) with Szkojáni Charlatans, “aninternationally traveling Balkan & Gypsy quartet based out of Hungary, and bringing Romanian and Hungarian folk tunes with a strong repertoire in Serbian, Bulgarian and Macedonian music,” who are here with Het Hat Club (or maybe it’s some combination of the two, there were two events listings. Anyway, the touring ensemble consists of:
  • Kjartan Code (US): Vocals + Bass
  • Valentin Desmarais (FR): Saxophone
  • Janos Bito (HU): Accordion
  • Isaac Misri (US): Guitar and tambura
Het Hat Club
The Tidepool High Divers

I haven’t heard this band, but I like the clever name, and the smile cowboy shirt on one member, and the photo that comes with it, with attention paid to background (with distant tidepools) although, as a photographer, I couldn’t help but notice something most you probably overlooked: Two out of four band members have their eyes closed. Rule of thumb for group shots: Take at least as many shots as there are members if you want everyone to have their eyes open. We blink much more than you probably think.

This Tuesday youth poets will be shinin’ at Word Humboldt! Incredible local poet Norah Gray will be hosting a special youth open mic to start the night from 630 to 730. All young people 18 and under are free to come rock the mic with us and and then we will have our all ages open mic for the remainder of the night! Bring your words and come and support local youth poetry!

Word Humboldt is a community space for you to speak your truth, be heard, and enjoy yourself away from the stress of the week.
Join us for a night of spoken word, good times and community at Northtown Coffee in Arcata, CA!

(Please forgive me for falling into editor mode, but “press” info does not typically need quite so many exclamation marks!!)

The Jam has another Tuesday thing: Top Grade Tuesdays:
“Get your weekly dose of dancehall, reggae and hip-hop from two of Humboldt’s premiere reggae DJ’s. Alternating weeks hosted by Cassidy Blaze and Real Youth. Check for weekly drink specials and authentic Jamaican cuisine.” (I should mention here, the Jamaican couple who does food there does a fine job.)

There’s also an opening reception tonight for Shē-ärt frəm Thə härt/ visual art show, part of the O2F Festival (Zero To Fierce)…
Details on the women-centric event at Arcata Playhouse or…

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