Another weekly missive from Jason:
“Good evening dancers and music enthusiasts. Hope everyone had a good week. We’ve got another eclectic set of performances around the area this week. Get your friends and family resolved to explore a new world through music. Hope to see you out and about.
THURSDAY ; 1/27
THE UNDERCOVERS ( classic pop standards ) – The Jam, Arcata 9p-mid.
BAILEE BARNETT & FRIENDS ( folk, rock )- Bear River Casino, Loleta 8-11pm
BRADLEY DEAN ( country, rock ) – Fieldbrook Market 6-8:30pm
AUSTIN ALLEY ( country )- Elks Lodge, Eureka 7-10pm
TRIPLE TONES ( country rock )- Cher-Ae Heights Casino , Trinidad 8p-mid.
THUNDERCLOUD ( heavy blues, rock ) -Bear River Casino, Loleta 9p-1a
BAILEE BARNETT & FRIENDS ( folk rock )- Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Trinidad 8p-mid.
DISCO NIGHT ( dj music )- Richards Goat Tavern, Arcata 9p-mid.
ARCATA SOUL PARTY ( Dj music ) -Hum Brews , Arcata 9p-1a
THE UNDERCOVERS ( classic pop standards )- Blue Lake Casino 9p-1a
NIGHTHAWK ( classic rock standards )- Bear River Casino, Loleta 9p-1a
RAISED BY WOLVES // SEA SHANTIES – Sirens Song, Eureka 4-8pm
JAZZ JAM – Blondies, Arcata 6-8:30pm
TRIPLE TONES ( countrry, rock )- Moose Lodge, Cutten 7-10pm
DONOVAN FRANKENREITER ( folk rock )- HumBrews , Arcata 8-11pm [shown in the pic above]
Once again, thanks to everyone ,each of you exploring your own paths to good quality dance music. The musicians, and venues have made a lot of accommodations to reward your experience. This is a free weekly public service available to anyone interested in our community. Please forward any questions, comments, recommondations to my address below and tell your friends , neighbors and family how much fun music and dance really can be.
Kind Regards, Jason ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Bob’s Music People
A photo show of my work (plus) just went up in Arcata’s Northtown Coffee. I’m calling it “Bob’s Music People” for a reason, all of the pics are of musicians and all are mine (and all are for sale) but they’re not exactly all “mine,” but in a sense they are. Confusing? I’ll explain.
There are several sections, a couple of walls full of things I made over the course of 20 years of photography in Humboldt, hung casual salon style, then there’s boxes filled with some little mounted Instagram-style square photos, and then there’s the centerpiece, a collection of 8 x 10 glossies that I amassed over the years. (And of course all pics feature music peeps.)
So again, the photos were not actually all made by me, one wall is crammed full of pics of people who played locally, done by other photographers, drawn from my massive collection, a banker’s box full of them sent to me when I was at the North Coast Journal over the years. When the newspaper was moving its office from Arcata to Eureka, Caroline Fernandez, the art director, had a box marked with a Post-it note saying, “Bob— Keep? 8×10.” Of course I wanted to keep them, I just wasn’t sure what I’d do with them. This is apparently what they were meant for.
For those who know nothing about music publicity, when a band or an artist comes to town, typically their publicist will send along a package with what is known as a “one sheet,” maybe for album they’re touring behind or whatever, maybe a bio, often both, and an 8 x 10 glossy photo they hope will run the paper. They often also a CD, of their work, like their latest album. (I have hundreds of those.) As the arts and culture editor and music writer, I got a lot of them. I would put a Post-it explaining the date and place some one is performing and the art department would run whatever they could fit in the calendar, or they’d use one to illustrate my column, “The Hum.” Carolyn would file the pics alphabetically when they were done. By the way, that was how publicity was done back in analog days, before everything went digital. Now it’s all about jpegs and music files. (And I get dozens daily even though I seldom write anything about them.)
As some of my friends know, I’ve been working on re-organizing my attic and my storage unit. A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a music sale at Northtown Coffee in connection with Everyday People, a new organization supporting youth music education.
I’ve been selling record albums and 45s at the flea market, and I brought some of those. Also brought the box of 8 x 10 glossies that I had buried in my attic.
The benefit was held on a dark rainy night and very few people actually came, but I got to know the vendors, all cool music people of Humboldt. They were quite fascinated by 8 x 10 glossies box and I ended up trading with most of them.
The owner of Northtown Coffee, Serge Mihaylo, exchanged some stuff he had and we got to talking about the potential of putting up a photo show.
Of course I am always looking for places to share my work, and I again I had a bunch of stuff in my storage unit or in my attic. I pulled it together a couple of boxes full, framed some of the glossies, (not fancy frames, just thrift store finds), and there you have it. “Bob’s your uncle” as they say in England.
The show is mostly in back in the stage area, and will be up through December and January and maybe beyond. Northtown Coffee is at 1603 G St, Arcata, CA, open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and occasionally evenings for special events.
Holly, the manager, wants me to tell stories about some of the photos at an event at some point, since as Rod Stewart said, “every picture tells a story.” I could probably write an essay of some of the pics and in some cases I already have. And there’s also a January Arts Arcata next year. Details pending on both.
So, stop by. Take a look. Have a coffee, and/or some food, currently they feature Cuban dishes from Mother’s Cooking. Check out the pics and maybe buy a couple or even a few. Everything is responsibly priced. Enjoy!
Yes, John Craigie is back! And the Hum is back, for what it’s worth…
John p.r. people tell me, “Modern-day troubadour/singer-songwriter John Craigie will be performing at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on November 10th & 11th in a long-awaited celebration of his latest album, Asterisk The Universe which was released back in 2020. For ticket information go here.
Known for his engaging live shows, Craigie is finally back out on the road combining his signature wry wit and clever observations with an earthy mix of soul, folk and rock…as well as a few laughs in between.
Craigie will be performing songs from his album, Asterisk The Universe, a record that showcased his storytelling prowess by exploring what it all means to live in the 21st century. The 10-track journey of organic instrumentation and articulate lyrics was a collaborative effort that involved a host of musician friends such as The Rainbow Girls, The California Honeydrops and many more.
You can watch John Craigie’s 2018 Woods Stage performance here from last year’s Pickathon for more insight into Craigie’s incredible stage presence and ingenious lyrics. Or you can watch his Paste Studio on the Road: Nashville session here.
Craigie had been touring continuously for most of the past decade (until the pandemic hit), steadily gaining fans with candid stories, vibrant jokes and life musings from the road. Through this time, he has garnered the admiration of venerated artists such as Todd Snider, Trampled By Turtles, Jack Johnson (who he opened for in 2017) and more.”
What’s going on? Where exactly is it @? Here’s some things you can do in Humboldt and vicinity…
Mojave Green and Lone Star Junction, “two of the most kick-ass Humboldt bands around” offer “an evening of rockin’ Outlaw Country covers and originals that are sure to supply the necessary soundtrack to your beer drinking Thursday night,” June 13, at The Jam (for a change).
The Eureka Summer Concerts Series celebrates a 22nd season of free shows Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Madaket Plaza @ the foot of ‘C’ St. in Eureka.
Starting June 13 with R&B by Fargo Brothers, then June 20 reggae with Irie Rockers. (BTW, they killed opening for Mykal Rose the other day.) Lots more to come in the series, including more “tributes.”
June 27 Nate Botsford (Crossover Country)
July 4 Clean Sweep (R&B/Funk)
July 11 Britnee Kellog (Hot Country)
July 18 Journey Revisited (Journey Tribute Band)
July 25 Johnny Young Band (Favorite Country Hits)
Aug 1 Tom Rigney (Cajun/Zydeco)
Aug 8 Big City Swing Committee (Retro Swing)
Aug 15 Heartless (Heart Tribute Band)
In McKinleyville that same Thursday evening (6/13), it’s the other Chamber Mixer, this one for the Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Bring your business card, buy some raffle tickets at Satori Wellness. You don’t need to be a member to attend, alternating between NoHum and SoHum.
Friday, June 14 is an Arts! Arcata night.
Friday (7 p.m.) Northtown Books welcomes Jacqueline Suskin to read from her new poetry book, The Edge of the Continent Volume Two – The City. You may recall in Vol. 1, she wrote of Humboldt and thereabouts as she sold freeform work at the Poem Store at the Farmer’s Market and elsewhere.
The further adventures find her heading south, a “move through the struggle of finding beauty, purpose, and joy in urbanity, and in doing so discover the infinite inspiration that exists in a place as unique as Los Angeles.”
Now she says, “Humboldt here I come! Heading north to Arcata for some river time and a few special book events: Friday the 14th reading at 7pm @northtownbooks and Sunday the 16th 5-7pm @creative.sanctuary for a writing workshop and potluck celebration to follow! Can’t wait to see all of my forest folks!”
Rancher Rick Levin sez, “Wow…..what a week of heat! But the weather is cooling and that’s gonna make a beautiful evening for Cadillac Ranch Under the Stars out in Blue Lake on Friday, June 14th at The Mad River Brewery from 6:00 – 8:30. Y’all Come!”
Returning to O-Day Saturday, The Basement has PD3 (L to R: Fred on guitar & Junior on bass plus Paul DeMark on drums).
Saturday evening (6/15), it’s the first Outer Space outdoors “Forest Show” of the season. “Meet in the big grass field at Redwood Park at 5:30 p.m. The walking audience takes off at 6” to hear Mash YellowBird, Blood Hunny, Cornbread Willie “and more!” The O-Space folks ask, “Please respect the forest! This show is a safer space for all creatures big and small, animals and plants alike.” Email email@example.com with any questions.
Mazzotti’s on the Plaza has smokin’ reggae on that night by the “legendary” Warrior King and The Rootz Warriors from Jamaica on their “Nuf Fraid Tour.” It’s a 21+ show, doors at 9:30 p.m. hosted in partnership with Proper Wellness Center, a medical cannabis dispensary in Eureka.
Same Saturday at the Blue Lake Casino presents Cherry Poppin’ Daddies in the Sapphire Palace. Remember “Zoot Suit Riot” from 1997, a song that helped kick off the neo-swing movement? Frontman Steve Perry is still at it.
Last year the Eugene-based band released Bigger Life, which Perry says has, “songs that will allow us to touch base with our punk/ska audience [as we] continue to play the all swing, classy theater type shows that are our bread and butter.” So, neo-swing/ska/punk? Why not?
Sunday, June 16, at 3 p.m. at Graves Museum, catch “For the Love of Cohen: Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert,” an intimate afternoon of classic songs by one of my favorite songwriters. Laura Hennings and Patti Hecht aka Gin & Laura are joined by Jerryl Lynn Rubin (piano), Matt Wardynski (clarinet), Randy Carrico (bass) and Jonathan Claasen (drums) for songs they love. “Hallelujah!”
Same Sunday, aka “Sundaze” at The Jam, Deep Groove Society has dance music by Ben Annand…
Jan van Lier…
You probably know Mac’s face, although you may not know who he is. You’ve undoubtedly seen an ad for his upcoming concert since there’s a larger-than-life photo of him on a billboard along the northbound 101 safety corridor outside of Eureka. It shows Mac Demarco, a 20-something dude in a hoodie with a gap-toothed grin, and tells us he has a show in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino on Wednesday, May 15.
Mac popped up in my Facebook feed last week, a post from Happy, an Australian music mag I follow, with a link to his latest YouTubeage. They explain, “Mac DeMarco has shared a new video for [the song] ‘On The Square,’ the latest taste from his upcoming album Here Comes The Cowboy. We’re not sure what on earth’s going on in this video, but it’s great.”
I don’t know what’s going on either, but the strangeness features Mac in formal dress with a pig mask and a Cthulhu mask building a white brick wall. The music is what I’d called mellow alt. rock, others call it “slacker rock,” Mac prefers “jizz jazz.” The new album was just released on Mac’s record label called simply Mac’s Record Label. He recorded it with vintage Japanese synthesizers and beat-up guitars in an apartment studio called Jizz Jazz Studios.
There’s a very local angle to all this: Mac’s successful career is intimately interconnected with former Eurekan Michelle Cable of Panache Booking.
Michelle is currently located in L.A. but she founded Panache in 1998 in Eureka, starting off with a zine. I wrote some stuff for Panache. And when Jensen Rufe made a movie about the local DIY scene, “Rural Rock & Roll,” in 2006, Michelle and I served as talking heads providing commentary. (If you’re a Humboldter, you can see lots of people you know here.)
As noted in a company bio, “Panache has existed as many different entities in the music industry since then. We originated as a music zine, born out of the pure love of discovering bands that both inspired and shook your soul. Eventually Panache evolved into a North American booking agency when we started organizing tours for bands nationwide.
After existing as an agency for over a decade, Panache expanded into music management to help our uniquely talented artists find the guidance they needed to develop their art into sustainable, healthy, long-lasting careers.”
There’s much more to Michelle’s story, a move to NYC, a bad van crash, recovery, etc. before eventually coming home to California. Panache today is described as “a collective of independent minded music lovers who pride ourselves in thinking outside the box [as they] bridge the gap between DIY culture and commercial success while always keeping the artist’s best interest and integrity to heart.”
I’m sure this will be a cool show. The opening act was supposed to be Instagram phenom Melanie Faye who loves guitars, Jimi and rainbows. However, Mac and co. report, “Some sad news – unfortunately, Melanie Faye can’t join Mac on tour this May… (but you can see what you missed)
“However, [Aussie pop singer] Holiday Sidewinder will join for all of Melanie’s dates (except Seattle)!
Check out the updated tour poster above made by the talented Robert Beatty. Doors @ 8 p.m. Showtime @ 9. Ages 16+ and they note, no chairs, “standing room only.”
Blue Ox Historic Village’s 16th annual May Day Artisan Faire is coming up over Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the foot of X Street in Eureka. Michael and Monica tell you all about it…
The event features live music, storytellers, local food and libations, a kids zone, and more. Saturday includes live music from Dale Winget…
Evan Morden and Seabury Gould…
Blue Ox Village is a Historic Park and Millworks that’s been a pride of Humboldt County for 45 years. Blacksmithing, pottery, fiber arts, woodworking, and much more happen at the Blue Ox, and May Day is the public’s chance to check it all out, and maybe even sign up for a discounted day-of workshop during the event.
This 2019 event is the second year organized by Dayl Hollenbeck, daughter of Blue Ox founders Eric and Viviana. “Growing up in this community, I got to experience first hand what a unique and magical area this place can truly be,” says Hollenbeck. “The May Day Artisan Faire is just one way we at the Blue Ox Village try to support our community and all the talented artists and craftspeople in the area.”
“If you have ever been interested in trying one of our workshops,” Hollenbeck adds, “now is the perfect time to come out, get your hands a little dirty, and celebrate Mother’s Day and welcome in spring!”
For more information on the May Day Artisan Faire, visit www.theblueox.org or follow Blue Ox Historic Village on Facebook.
As you may or may not remember, 29 years ago the Redwood Coast Music Festival was known as the Redwood Coast Dixieland Jazz Festival. The transition happened slowly, first by adding what was considered “alternative” bands to an all traditional jazz lineup. A couple of other things happened when Deborah Lazio was handling booking. (I have to admit, I don’t remember the exact sequence.)
Big name non-jazz acts were hired as headliners, and a spin-off outdoor blues fest, Blues by the Bay, was added for Labor Day weekend.
While BbtB was popular, especially with the baby boomer demographic, it lost money, and was discontinued a few years ago. (Acres of Blues is trying keep that spirit going at Redwood Acres, but that’s a story for another day.)
While there’s still an audience for Dixieland, its old fans are dying off, and the fest had added more pure swing, zydeco and R&B acts, basically all sorts of acts, like at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. At some point “Dixie” was dropped and for a few years it was known as the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival. In 2014, “jazz” was dropped from the name, as blues became important to the lineup and Western Swing was added. Redwood Coast “Music” Festival was born.
At this point it seems like the RCMF has completely merged with Blues by the Bay. The big name acts come from the blues world and you can go to the fest and hear no “jazz” at all, if that’s what you want to do. Really, with music in six venues, there’s too much to choose from.
My blues loving friend deejay Good Rockin’ Derral Campbell is afraid he’ll have a heart attack from a blues overdose. “Oh geez this lineup is stuffed with virtuosity and fun. It’s gonna be time for some very tough calls. Little Charlie’s gonna be wearing at least three hats 1) the Charlie Christian thing Saturday at 3 (Sat. at the Sequoia Center); 2) Two nights of performing with Carl Sonny Leyland… fascinates me with the prospects for high humor and hijinks (Fri./Sat. @ the Muni); and 3) A reunion w/ Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. Charlie and Kid Andersen at the SAME time? (Sat. 9-ish at the Muni) You know, all my college roommate buddies have had heart attacks now, and I know I’m playing on house money myself. And I may be pushing my luck this Friday night. I’m not excited though.”
(Here’s what he wrote about the fest for Jefferson Public Radio, “The Blues Is Back At The Redwood Coast Music Festival.” Derral is host of Rollin’ the Blues and The Blues Show on Saturdays on JPR’s Rhythm & News Service.)
Here’s what Little Charlie Baty, has planned, he’s the former leader of the Nightcats and will play with Rick Estrin and his former bandmates, as well as with Carl Sonny Leyland and others… well, I’ll let him take over.
“One of my big moments is rapidly approaching,” says Charlie. “It might be my biggest moment – you never know. This weekend I will be appearing as a Special Guest or Guest of Honor or a title with some sort of honorific attached to it at the Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka CA.
“My work starts on Friday. I will perform with the legendary pianist/vocalist Carl Sonny Leyland and his combo, during a set of blues and swing. Then I will rest for a few minutes and then reunite with Rick Estrin and the Nightcats for a brief spell. If all of that excitement doesn’t kill me, I’ll return the next day to perform a special Tribute to Charlie Christian set with a hand-picked combo of 7 or 8 people – drummer Jeff Hamilton, bassist Sam Rocha, trumpet player Marc Caparone are just some of the players and we will also be joined by vocalist Dawn Lambeth. Then another set or two with Sonny Leyland. I get tired just typing about it.
“There will be so much talent at this festival. Curtis Salgado will be there. My friend Geoff Miller and the Twilight Drifters will be playing. Pianist John Cocuzzi will be swinging until the girls come home. It is such a fun festival – traditional jazz, blues, rockabilly, swing, and probably all sorts of other music that I’m not up on. Over 200 musicians will be performing. I’ll get a chance to play with some of the most talented swing and trad cats out there. Plus I’ll get a chance to ham it up with Rick Estrin and Kid Andersen again, listen to Lorenzo Farrell’s soulful organ playing, and enjoy the steady pocket of Alexander Pettersen.
“Then there’s trying to keep up with Sonny Leyland. What a talented soul and just a plain nice guy he is! I love the way Dawn Lambeth sings – a beautiful voice without a bunch of unnecessary frills – she just has a way of selling a song with her voice. And, finally, I’ll be able to release this catharsis of Charlie Christian songs and ideas that have building up inside me for months.
“Now you’re caught up – check the oil, check the tire pressure, fill up the car with gas, pack a light bag and head up to Eureka. You’ll be glad that you did!”
KHUM’s blues deejay Chas Lewis recommends “Aki Kumar, Carl Sonny Leyland and Charlie Baty, Anthony Paule Soul Orch w/Wee Willie Walker” (all blues of course).
As Charlie mentioned, there’s a couple of sets by Curtis Salgado, who was the template for “Joliet Jake,” John Belushi’s character in the Blues Brothers. They hung out in Eugene when Animal House was filmed, and Belushi basically lifted Curtis’ act, both the songs and his attitude. That happened while Curtis was in first incarnation of the Robert Cray Band, where he served as brash front man for shy “Young Robert.” Curtis went on to serve as lead singer for Roomful of Blues and by the early ‘90s, he had his own band. In 2010 he was one of the headliners for Blues by the Bay after winning a Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year. He’s played here a couple of times with Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow-Out (and will do so again elsewhere), but lately he’s been playing with guitarist Alan Hagar.
Sarah Marina says, “When picking bands, consider venues. I like pairing them like wine and food for a tailored experience. 🙂 Ex: Morris Graves Museum for an intimate and lofty artistic moment as opposed to the vibrant mass of energy at the Muni. Same band in each setting is a different experience altogether. Same venue with each band… also unique.
“The other factor is guest artists rotating through each band. I heard [fiddler] Tom Rigney duel it out with Brian Casserly [trumpet] a couple years ago and that was an on fire duo. They are back at the Adorni Saturday night to do it again and I expect it to be a great show if you don’t mind missing a portion of the Muni blues.”
Speaking of blues, my friend Katy Stern says, “Don’t miss Anthony Paule and Frank Bey,” part of the big blues-orama Saturday at the Muni (with Curtis as “special guest). Everyone has their faves.
It ain’t cheap, they have different prices depending on if you’re just going to one day, but $30 is the cheapest. Please note: ticket sales locations are at the Muni and Adorni venues ONLY. Will Call is at the Adorni venue. If you can’t afford a ticket, there’s always the free show Sunday morning with our own Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir singing at 10 a.m. at the Adorni. And Les Craig notes there’s music all over Old Town, “We’ll be on the Gazebo Saturday from 11 to 1, courtesy of Eureka Main Street.”
See ya somewhere, people…
“People all over the world (everybody), join hands (join), start a love train, love train… The next stop that we make will be soon…” The O’Jays
After working as a music writer for several decades now, I’ve assembled a massive collection of records, CDs, etc. I wish I could say they’re well-organized — alphabetized or whatever — but they’re not, not at all, except a side collection of music by local artists. One corner of my office is dedicated to shelves full of CDs by Humboldt-based artists (and a few tapes), A to Z selections by artists from Absynth Q and Afromassive to Yer Dog and Robert Ziino.
The other day I was talking with my friend, the musician/deejay Lyndsey Battle, about local bands. She was thinking about doing a segment of her show on KHUM show featuring locals. I invited her over and we started going through my stash looking for music by folks that she hadn’t heard. We didn’t get far, maybe to the end of “D”s with the rare Dynamite Sweater demo. When she returned the discs, I asked what she’d liked best. The first one she mentioned was one she hadn’t heard before, the eponymous album by Barking Dogma, with none other than Tim “Timmy” Gray on drums and vocals, among others.
Now as it turns out, Arcata Playhouse is hosting a benefit for Timmy Friday, May 3 (doors @ 7 p.m. showtime @ 7:30). The musical evening, titled “Get On Board the Love Train,” will raise money for his medical expenses. As Joyce Hough explains, “Several years ago [he] was diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disorder which has restricted his ability to pursue his widely recognized talents as a musician and sound engineer/designer.”
Even if you don’t know his name, chances are you’ve heard Timmy’s work. In addition to Barking Dogma, he was a member of Lance Romance (a long time ago), The Bayou Swamis, The Joyce Hough Band and other bands. He also recorded a mess of local bands, and served as music director for Dell’Arte for over 20 years.
The upcoming Mad River Festival will feature “Turning Gray Skies Blue: The Music of Timmy Gray” with directed by Dell’Arte artist director Michael Fields. The Dell’Arte Company will celebrate “a lifetime of work” by their resident sound designer, with a “concert for the ages” featuring music he wrote for Mary Jane: The Musical, Blue Lake: The Opera, Wildcard, Grasshopper and the proverbial “much more!” (June 21, 22, 28, & 29 @ 8 p.m.)
Friday’s show at the Playhouse features the aforementioned Lyndsey Battle with Cory Goldman…
Old Dog with Marty Dodd, Gary Davidson, Tom Pexton, and Dave Deason…
and a solo set by guitarist/handyman Jeff Landon, who just happens to be replacing the gutters on my house as I compose this column. (He’s also been working on a new song for the show that I can’t tell you about.)
Closing the show will be dance music by Home Cookin’ with Joyce Hough, Fred Neighbor, Mike LaBolle, Gary Davidson (again) and Timmy.
“Join us for an evening of celebration as we lend our friend Tim a hand on the Love Train,” says Joyce, adding, “You can also assist Tim at GoFundMe: gofundme.com/timgraylovetrain.” Advance tix recommended. Get ‘em at Wildberries or online at brownpapertickets.com.
Coming to Humbrews Thursday, May 2, it’s Sepiatonic, an “electro-vaudeville” outfit from Portland, Ore. somehow combining “brass, bass, beats, bellydance, and burlesque.” A local connection is oneKarolina Lux, who says, “Hellooo Humboldt peeps! ‘Tis I, your long-lost returning HSU Marching Lumberjack bellydancing trumpet-playing friend 😉 back with my band/dance project Sepiatonic, and we are ready to RAGE the face off Humbrews… We have house/bass beats, we have brass, we have bellydance and babes. Please come by…xoxo”
If you know your Humboldt art history, you know that the deep roots of the amazing art umbrella org Ink People Center for the Arts lie in founder Libby Maynard’s printmaking. Their latest project is a back-to-the-roots thing, the Old Town Ink Lab, a “makers space for print media and literary arts” opening in Eureka at 212 G Street. The space will feature several printing presses, as well as work stations, tools, resources, and equipment for public use. They mark their Grand Opening Friday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. when the public will have an opportunity to say hello and make their own prints on one of the presses at no charge.
Deadhead alert: Friday (5/3) at Humbrews catch Garcia Birthday Band (aka GBB) allegedly “the premier Grateful Dead Tribute in the Pacific Northwest,” based in Portland, formed in 1999. They play on days that are not Jerry’s b-day.
At the Alibi, late that same Friday, “a rockin’ night of heavy psych music” by The Freeks from L.A. and CV from Eureka. “Music at 11 p.m. sharp. Bring earplugs.” Nuff said.
You might know the soulful folksinger Chris Webster from her Sacto band Mumbo Gumbo. She plays without them at the Arcata Playhouse Saturday evening (5/4, 8 p.m.) backed by the extremely accomplished accompanist Nina Gerber, who is best known for her role as Kate Wolf’s guitarist.
The Humboldt State Calypso Band, led by Professor Eugene Novotney, plays that same Saturday in HSU’s Fulkerson Recital Hall (also @ 8 p.m.) For 33 years they’ve been dedicated to “maintaining an accurate and authentic connection to the roots of the steel band movement, and to the innovative musicians of Trinidad,” with this special show dedicated to the memory of the late Clifford Alexis, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, who built and tuned the first set of steelpans made for the HSU Calypso Band and played with them dozens of times. Yes, of course, they’ll be playing one of his tunes, also one dedicated to him.
Okay, that’s all for now… Take a dip in the pool with Visible Cloaks…
If you live in Humboldt, you can imagine why four-twenty is such a big deal here – and it has nothing to do with blackbirds baked in a pie. For the uninitiated, 420 (or 4:20, or 4/20) is code for getting baked, as in the consumption of marijuana, or to be P.C. cannabis. Exactly why that number is lost somewhere in a smoky mist of lost memory cells for some.
The urban legend website Snopes.com debunks the theory that 420 comes from the California penal code section relating to marijuana use and pooh poohs the notion that there are 420 active chemical compounds in pot (for what it’s worth, High Times says there are 315). The folks at Snopes guess that the term came from a group of Marin County teen stoners who gathered every afternoon at 20 after 4 to share a smoke. (Was it pure chance that the initial legislative deal implementing California’s medical marijuana initiative Prop. 215 was Senate Bill 420?)
Whatever the source, the time and associated date have become synonymous with herb culture, which means it is an auspicious day to do something that stony types might want to attend, with special attention to jammish music, Dead stuff and, of course, reggae.
It’s 4/20 time at Humbrews, with Deadheads gathering for Hammond B-3 organist Melvin Seals and JGB in day two of a two-night run. (You’re supposed to know Melvin played keys for the Jerry Garcia Band.)
On Saturday, the Wave at the Blue Lake Casino celebrates 4/20 with The Miracle Show. You are invited to “bring back those flashbacks of that indescribable feeling that a great Dead show gave us all,” (for those not at the JGB show).
All day (noon-midnight) Blondie’s celebrates RedwoodStock on 4/20 with La Mancha, Over Yonder, Jade Moon (from L.A.), Los DuneBums, Cornbread Kelly. Flying Hellfish and Tonalites.
Forever Found (in Eureka) celebrates the “End of Prohibition” with a big reggae-centric bash with Rasta vet Don Carlos, plus Woven Roots and Object Heavy and local DJs and live artists galore. (Starts at 3 p.m.)