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UPCOMING SOCIAL DANCE CALENDAR ( 1/13-18 )

The weekly report from Jason Slyter:

“Good evening dancers and music enthusiasts . All the rain has given way to a crisp clarity that has gotten us clamoring for longer days of warmth. We can make those aspirations come true through persistence and due diligence. Here’s a list of venues prepared to reward those virtues open this week. Events have been subject to change so call/ check ahead for updates.”

As usual Dead covers are offered by a couple of Grateful groups this week…

FRIDAY ;1/14

SOL DAWN ( folk duo )- Fieldbrook Market 6-8:30pm

ARTS ARCATA ( various artists 4-8pm ) including ELDERBERRY RUST STRING BAND -Infuzions

THE UNDERCOVERS ( classic pop standards )- Cher-Ae Heights Casino , Trinidad 8p-mid.

LATIN NIGHT ( feat. Dj PANCHAGUERO )- Blue Lake Casino 9p-1a

DR. SQUID ( classic rock )- Bear River Casino, Loleta 9p-1a

THUNDERCLOUD ( psychedelic rock )- The Jam, Arcata 9:30p-1a

SATURDAY ;1/15

INDIE MUSIC SHOWCASE (feat. LINDA FAYE CARSON// DIRT MAGIC // @ Sirens Song, Eureka 8p-1a

GRATEFUL GETDOWN ( Dead standards ) -HumBrews, Arcata 9p-1a

HIGHWAY BAND ( country )-  Bear River Casino, Loleta 9p-1a

NIGHTHAWK ( pop standards )- Blue Lake Casino 9p-1a

SUNDAY ;1/16

HSU SWING CLUB ( Redwood Bowl Rm#126, Arcata ) 1-3pm

MAGNIFICENT SANCTUARY BAND ( local musician Jerry Garcia tribute )- HumBrews, Arcata 2-4pm

MONDAY ;1/17

TRIPLE TONES ( country, rock )- Moose Lodge, Cutten 7-10pm

MONDAY NIGHT SWING-“V” ( feat. Dj Rez )- Redwood Raks, Arcata 8-10pm

TUESDAY ;1/18

OPERA  ALLEY CATS ( jazz )- Speak Easy, Eureka 7-10pm

Thank You again everybody for your continued support of music and dance in our community. Please reach out with any: questions, corrections, ideas, tips, and other ways to tell our friends, family, and community how much fun music and dance really can be. I’ve got updated class info, as well as group /venue info. to share upon request. Have a great week everybody.

Many Blessings, Jason ( 94jlso38@att.net )

The Hum-Bob’s Music People @ Northtown Coffee

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.

The Post-it

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.)

The pic of ani difranco is already sold, but there might be another in the box. She’s playing at the Kate Wolf Music Festival next year.

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.

Taj Mahal is another of the stellar artists playing at the upcoming 25th anniversary Kate Wolf Music Festival in June 2022. (It’s also the farewell festival.)

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.

Some of Bob’s photos from 2000 forward

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!

The Hum: Get Festive ~7/25

Neukom peach ~ photo by Bob Doran

As July inches toward August, and the peaches are ripe, and the college students start trickling back into town, it seems like as good time as any for a festival of one sort or another. And there are a bunch of them, perhaps too many in fact. 

Let’s start with something I’m moderately involved in, something called a “FleART Market” in the Creamery District. “Join local vendors on Sunday, July 28th 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for a special day of not just any old flea or art market, but a flea AND art market, where art, weird stuff, and cool junk is itching to be sold.” 

I actually bought an EZ-Up a few years ago for a similar Creamery event where I turned it into a makeshift photo studio. This time I think I’ll do 3D portraits this time. And I have too much stuff in my life, especially CDs, so I’ll have some of those.

At FleArt it’s 15 items.

Expect “traditional booths,” and a “brand-new innovative idea, the Express Fifteen Aisle,” with sellers offering 15 items or less (like in the grocery store). 

They promise “musical minglings” by Space Socks and The Blue Lake Choir (both involving Arcata Playhouse founder Jackie Dandeneau), and Humboldt Drummers with Jesse J (as in Jonathan), who is fresh from a summer Humboldt Drum Camp. Also the Pub is finally open so you can check out their new space, and their wood-fired pizzas, pub fare and local beer.

Timmy Gray at the first Creamery Festival 2013 ~ photo by Bob Doran

Along with stacks of CDs, you’ll be able to listen to Foot Fall, a collection of ambient music pieces created by Timmy Gray for a Creamery Festival in 2013. The work is a sonic “soundscape” of the Creamery and thereabouts, intended to be put on your portable music player so you can listen while you walk around the space that inspired it. It’s very cool, like its creator. Downloads available free of charge. 

Also Sunday, July 28, the 59th annual Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival. Yes, the 59th. Let that sink in. It’s a firefighter benefit, for the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Dept. held at the Westhaven Fire Hall and “proudly sponsored” by the Westhaven Ladies Club, from 10 a.m, ’til 4 p.m. Traditionally the “ladies” bake a bunch of homemade pies (they warn, “hurry because they sell out quick”) along with berry jams. There’s bbq, and kids stuff including fire trucks and Smokey the Bear, plus “artisan vendors” and music by The Sand Fleas (10 a.m.), Moonstone Heights, That Buckin’ String Band and Rinky Dink String Band “in that order.”

The ongoing Eureka Summer Concerts (6-8 p.m. at the foot of C St.) continue Thursday, July 25, with the Johnny Young Band, a “rockin’ country” band (or a “country hits” band depending on who you ask).

Aug 1 (again a Thursday) catch hot Cajun fiddler Tom Rigney and his band, always popular at the Redwood Coast Music Festival.

Friday, July 26, the Miniplex has Pieces, a duo collaboration that Hudson Glover explains, “toys with the boundaries of noise, dance, pop, psychedelia, and digital glitch. Rose Cherami and IDHAZ rarely have the time to leave the Bay, but we are lucky to have them up here. They will both be be doing solo sets and will then perform together so you can get the full taste of what their label/collective True Indigo has to offer.”

Hudson goes on to note, “Local support will be coming from Comma Comma,” of which Mr. Glover is a member. “Alex (upright), Henri (sax), and I (synth/rhodes) will be debuting two compositions that we’ve been working on for several months inspired by late ’60s minimalism and space music with liberal use of polymeter and key changes.” Sounds good to me.

The 30th annual Roll on the Mattole runs noon to midnight Saturday, July 27, out in Petrolia at the Mattole Grange, a fundraiser for the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company. There’s a “Firefighters Challenge” VFD muster (hose contests), things to eat and drink, crafty booths and music, music, music…

With Ishi Dube and the Tuff Riddim Band (reggae), Rosewater (jazzy Dead tribute), Black Sage Runners (rock a la Cream etc.) The Bandage (alt. something), and locals, Mattole Muddstompers, Potholes 3 and Bodhimind (you’ll have to fill in genres). “Please no dogs, no glass containers, and no overnight camping at the Grange.”

Eureka declares Saturday “Get Out and Play Day 2019 on July 27” (#gopd2019 *for Jada who doesn’t care for #hashtags). There’s playful stuff all over town, but Sequoia Park seems to be a focal point with Blue Rhythm Revueproviding a soundtrack followed by a movie/cartoon at 8:30 p.m. Spiderman into the Spider-Verse.

Local rock and/or roll band, Wild Otis, hits Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. Saturday (again 7/27) starting at 8 p.m. That’s Norman Bradford and Rick DeVol on guitar & vocals (both from Dead On), with bassist Dan Davis and drummer Jimmy Moore as rhythm section.

At Blondie’s, touring Zen Mountain Poets are joined by locals band LodeStar, with Goodshield Aguilar and Linda Faye Carson. (Linda also hosts CampChair Concerts at noon Sundays at the foot of F St. in Eureka. BYO chair.) 

Zen Mountain Poets are a “psychedelic neo-prog folk jazz” combo from San Luis Obispo County referencing Ram Das saying they’re “who’s here now and who hears now… a gathering of musicians, poets, artists, dreamers, manifesters, dedicated to expressing heartfelt original songs that take our audiences on journeys.” 

LodeStar played with unrelenting passion at the recent Humboldt Folklife Festival, moving from the Street Stage last year (shown above) to rock the Main Stage. You get the picture (now). LodeStar @ 8 p.m. Saturday with Poets @ 9:30.

You are officially invited to “join Soul Party regulars DJ Red, #JAYMORG, and Funky T-Rex for another record slinging session at Humbrews Saturday (7/27) starting at 9 p.m. This time it’s a “summer, summer, summer time party!” whatever that means. As always, “still a 100% vinyl affair.”

The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival comes to the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. with Mendelssohn, Schubert and more modern classical pieces. If you’re out East, they’re also at the Hyampom Community Hall Friday, and at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville on Saturday.

All Seasons Orchestra

A little later Sunday at the D Street Neighborhood Center, the All Seasons Orchestra plays classics for its annual Summer Concert (’tis the season). They note, “ASO welcomes players of all ages. If you play a musical instrument and love to make beautiful music, [this] is your opportunity to participate in a community orchestra.”  They rehearse Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Experience psyche music of varying shades at the Miniplex, Monday, July 29 (8 p.m.) The bill is topped by JJUUJJUU, “a rotating ensemble of domestic & international collaborators, wrangled by Los Angeles-based musician, Phil Pirrone and collaborator Andrew Clinco (aka Drab Majesty mastermind Deb Demure)” of Desert Daze festivals fame. 

Not new, but I shot this vid by the band when they grabbed an empty slot at the North Country Fair after hearing about it on the radio that day.

Local support comes from “space-rock cosmonauts” White Manna, whose Cardinal Fuzz album, Ape on Sunday,’ was recorded in Freshwater. I picked up a copy of the vinyl edition, but couldn’t get them to cut loose with one of the purple vinyl special edition, which is now sold out, as well as the CD version. I think you can get a copy of the record at the show, or download it on Bandcamp.

Once again the Manna boys are paired with Opossum Sun Trail. “This is 21st century Cosmic American Music,” according to a Savage Henry review, with “hints of twisted Ennio Morricone, the sound of a spaghetti sauce stain on a Nudie-esque cowboy shirt.” How does a dirty shirt make noise? You’ll have to ask the Savage who wrote that. (Me.) 

That’s all for now, see you at the FleART Market for festive fun.