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The Week Ahead: Jan. 27 on…

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

FRIDAY ;1/28

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

SATURDAY ;1/29

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

 

SUNDAY ;1/30

RAISED BY WOLVES // SEA SHANTIES – Sirens Song, Eureka 4-8pm

JAZZ JAM – Blondies, Arcata 6-8:30pm

MONDAY ;1/31

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 ( 94jlso38@att.net )

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: The return of John Craigie *

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.”

Same week, another Hum ~ tons of music, YouTubage, SoundClouds, etc. ~ 2/5

I promised more… Here’s The Hum Feb. 5-9 part two…

The activists at EPIC ask, “Love good music? Interested in local wood craftmanship?” You know I do. The Environmental Protection Information peeps have a benefit coming on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Arcata Playhouse, 7:30-10 p.m. with Axon Orchestra, a Django-inspired trio with Fabrice Martinez on violin, Dusty Brough on guitar, and Miles Jay on stand-up bass.

Not necessarily the lineup playing Feb. 5

I know Fabrice from Fishtank Ensemble, who I’ve heard at the Playhouse years ago (and loved). Also, “this event will also feature the release of a year-long project of two hand-crafted, horse drawn ‘gypsy wagons’ that will be rolled out for the first (and possibly only) time in Humboldt before they get shipped to Topanga Canyon.” I suspect Fabrice is pivotal in all of this, but I wonder how it happened without my hearing about the “project.” Show up early, 6:30-ish, for a pre-show soup/bread meal (sound like a Crib thing).  

Whomp Wednesday has moved to the Miniplex, at least Feb. 5, this week with the “cyberdelic extra terrestrial music producer” Tripzy Leary from Vancouver, BC, “Morphing together psychedelic alien synesthesia with rich analogue bass frequencies that are spread across cyberspace…”

There’s also Minnesota at the ATL..

…and Pink Talking Fish at HumBrews, bands I talked about in the paper last week. 

That1Guy Radio…

At HumBrews Thursday (2/6) they have That1Guy (aka Mike Silverman) on his Magic Pipe, a strange homemade contraption that started out as a double bass and mutated with various gadgetry. He also plays the Magic Boot and the Magic Saw, with more electro-magic. It’s hard to explain. Best to see him do his magic.

Also on Thursday, Elwood, a folk and soul musician from La Grande, OR, plays at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. starting at 8 p.m.

The Thursday concert at the Old Steeple with iconic singer Iris DeMent and special guest Ana Egge is totally sold out, which is the case with a lot of the shows there.

Hawaiian slack key master Led Kaapana is there Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. There tickets available for that one. 

This weekend plus: Feb. 6-9, at Blue Lake Casino, they have the 11th Annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo, where you can meet tattoo artists and watch them work, or get a tat yourself.

Poster art by Sonny Wong

Somewhat unrelated, they have the “first ever” Sushi Eating Contest at Sushi Blue Saturday at noon. (Registration on Friday at noon.) “Contestants will be challenged to eat a large amount of sushi (some quite spicy) in the fastest amount of time,” (three minutes or less). The prize? More sushi (a gift certificate, so you can share) and 200 bucks. 

Semi-related, music, music, music, with ace cover band The Undercovers on Thursday (playing well chosen covers), then on Friday, Bleach, “the Bay Area’s most authentic Nirvana tribute band, and Saturday, the SoCal beach/rock/reggae band, Safety Orange, who are slightly Sublime-ish.

Saturday, Feb. 8, the Miniplex rocks heavily with Big Business. “They play heavy rock. On that, we can all agree. Things get tricky when you try to classify exactly where on the musical spectrum the dynamic duo’s racket falls. ‘I guess psychedelic heavy metal punk rock? I don’t know,’” says drummer Coady Willis, formerly of Murder City Devils. As of press time the mandatory local openers is “TBA,” but I’d suggest White Manna. Ask Colin, he’ll know. 

At the ATL Saturday, it’s a “Decades Dance Party” with Gabe Pressure, GMNIITE and Copperton3 spinning music from decades past (take your pick).

“Dust off those poodle skirts, flapper dresses, zoot suits, tweed pants, bell bottoms, jump suits, and come out to hear timeless hits remastered.” Plus at midnight, a special performance with pianist Bailee Barnett with the ATL Dance Team. (Yes, they’re back.)

At HumBrews, same Saturday, MONEY, Humboldt’s own “homegrown Pink Floyd tribute, is planning on doing the full Animals album, with lights and projections by Shawn Lei

Sunday I’ll be watching the Oscars with friends, but there are big parties in several places that show movies: the Minor and the Miniplex in Arcata, and the Eureka Theatre in Eureka where Absynth will be performing, maybe in tuxedos. Dress up for the Red Carpet, talk about films you maybe saw on tv. Whatever.

If your not going to watch the Oscars, up at the Van Duzer Sunday CenterArts has the Hot Rats Live! World Tour Plus Other Hot Stuff 1969 flash from the past with Dweezil Zappa and company playing masterworks by Frank. Kevin will be there. (He may even be writing something. No one tells me what’s going on.)  

Extra BONUS:

Anyway, that’s it for now. See ya somewhere… 

The Hum ~ What’s Cookin’? ~ 2/5 ~ part 1

What’s Cookin’? plus reggae for Bob, a benefit for the Playhouse “and more”

The late great Bob Marley was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Nine Mile, Jamaica

If you’ve been following the Hum for awhile, either since a quarter of a century back when it started, or lately, well, lately I’ve been nostalgic about the good ol’ days. I haven’t talked much about the real beginning of my writing career, such as it is. I was a Humboldt grad, but never a journalism student.

I was earning a living cooking, when a late reentry college student, a guy named Guy Cross, started a monthly entertainment newspaper called Edge City.

Guy with glasses: Guy Cross Edge City publisher w/partner

He knew me as the chef at the Silver Lining…

(We once did a cooking video together)

…and he knew I liked music “and more,” so he asked me to write for the fledgling paper about whatever I was interested in. 

One of my early assignments was to go to a local reggae concert. The 2nd annual Bob Marley Festival at the Eureka Muni had Aswad, Judy Mowatt and a fine Humboldt band, Rod Deal and the I-Deals, all brought together by the late Queen of Humboldt reggae, Carol Bruno. The show was in February in celebration of Bob’s birthday, Feb. 6, always a good time to hear reggae.

This year on Thursday, Feb. 6, which would have been Bob’s 75th birthday, El Gee and Booty Shakin Productions offer “A Celebration of Bob Marley’s Life” at the Arcata Theatre Lounge featuring Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser and The Black Soil Band and a special Bob Marley Tribute set featuring our own Ishi Dube, Madi Simmons and Vidagua (with Madi’s daughter, Lorenza)and DJSarge OneWise

Tarrus Riley

Headliner Tarrus Riley is a top flight reggae singer/chanter, and saxophonist Dean Frazer’s bands are always tight as a drum.

The reason that festival in the early ’90s came to mind was not because of Jamaica, but because of the late Rod Deal, who wrote timely anthems about what was happening in SoHum, like “2,000,000 Acres,” about the fight against the destruction of the redwood forest, and “Helicopters,” about the CAMP days when the government was raiding farms in the woods. He sang, “Helicopters are causing us to be afraid for life. Helicopters, one or two are always in sight. Helicopters, they’re violating our constitutional rights.” 

It’s Reggae on the River 1991, not Raggae…

A few years back Ishi, a Humboldt homegrown guy who was raised in SoHum, pulled that song out of the past for a remix, renaming it “Choppers,” and reminding us of a time when the herb was totally black market, before it was rebranded as cannabis, when the War on Drugs was fought by people on both sides wearing camo as more than a fashion statement. I’ll be surprised if Ishi doesn’t play that anthem on Bob’s day. 

Ishi Dube ~ Choppers ~ 2011

BTW, in advance of the big show, Tarrus Riley will be in town for a meet and greet Wednesday (2/5) from 5-7 p.m. at Proper Wellness Center in Eureka at 517 5th St. Can you guess what they sell there to help you to get well? (Yes, they also deliver.) 

Another flashback from my personal past came in an email inviting me to an Arcata Playhouse benefit dance party coming up Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. with Home Cookin’. I hope I don’t have to tell you too much about all the good things happening at the Playhouse, where in addition to a great variety of music shows, they host “theatre by all ages, for all types,” and “and more” like oversized puppets, an Artists in the School program, their teen program Apprentice Entertainment, etc. 

Home Cookin’

Haley Davis, the new Playhouse publicist noted, Home Cookin’ is “composed of legendary local musical veterans, Joyce Hough, Gary Davidson, Fred Neighbor and Mike LaBolle serving up savory musical entrees with a saucy backbeat.” (A food reference is mandatory.) 

For me, to start with, I’d probably put Fred second on the list, since he’s married to Joyce, and they’ve been in bands together for around 50 years. I’ve been dancing to their music for decades. In a way, they were also instrumental in the founding of the Hum.

In 1993, Edge City had changed hands and I was writing for a younger editor, Chris Lauer. I had shifted my work at the monthly to interviews with big name artists who were coming to town, everyone from Jimmy Cliff and Mickey Hart to Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure. I pitched a local story about an anniversary show at the Jambalaya — the club was marking 20 years since it was founded by Fred and Joyce, who took over the bar formerly known as Dan and Jerry’s at a time when they were the house band, Freddy and the Starliners.

Freddy and the Starliners album 1977 ~ two lps, one live at the Jambalaya

They weren’t really cut out to be club owners, a hard, mostly thankless job (just ask Pete Ciotti, who just sold the same club), but their various bands still played there. 

Anyway, Chris wasn’t interested in an interview with a local band, so I shopped the idea around. Jack Durham, then the B-section editor for the Arcata Union liked my idea. (BTW, Jack is now the publisher/editor of the Mad River Union.) That was one of the first pieces I did for a paper other than Edge City. Ultimately, it led to my longstanding Hum column, which started in the original Union

Bouncing back to the times when Fred and Joyce owned the Jam, they eventually sold it to Andrew Cairns, who then sold the club to their friend Chloe Damus and a couple of others. It was a golden time for the Jambalaya culturally with musicians like Elizabeth Cotton, Etta James, Robert Cray and The Meters gracing the small stage, and too many local folks to mention, along with poets reading their work. 

A friend and Westhaven neighbor of mine, Dixie Gorrel, started serving home-cooked meals at the Jam Fridays. The dinners became popular enough that it led to her starting a full scale restaurant in Westhaven, calling in Larrupin. The rest is more Humboldt history.

I mention this for a couple of reasons: First, the Jam is scheduled to reopen under new ownership in mid-February. (You probably read about it in the Union last week.) Second, another old friend of mine, Darcey Lima, who worked with me at the Silver Lining, has been doing something along the lines of what Dixie did years ago, but at the Logger Bar in sunny Blue Lake.

Darcey’s Dinner runs from 5-7 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month, with occasionally an extra bonus. There’s a meal Feb. 7, (The Stallions plays songs by Ween after at 9 p.m.), then there’s Darcey’s Special Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 14. Date night? That night, Eyes Anonymous plays “cheesy love songs and songs about break-ups.” Sounds romantic, right?

Jeff DeMark ~ photo by Bob Doran

A little more reminiscing about the early days of the Hum, 25+ years ago: One of things I wrote about was a one-man-show called Writing My Way Out of Adolescence by my old friend, Jeff DeMark. The first in a long line of stories “and more” from the Blue Lake raconteur. He’s still doing the same sort of thing, only different. He dropped me a email recently saying: 

 Inscrutable Rabbit

“I’m doing a show at the Westhaven Center on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The band is Inscrutable Rabbit and includes my [twin] brother Paul and John Dillon on guitar. John gigged in bands in the Bay Area for many years: funk, pop, jazz, etc. He moved up here maybe 18 months ago. He is the brother of Amy Dillon, who is married to artist Jack Sewell of the old Sewell Art Gallery. Tim Breed will also be playing with us. He is currently the drummer in the [Trinidad country western band] Tidepool High Divers and led the Psychedelvis Band,” who mixed Elvis tunes with Bowie covers, to interesting effect. “We will be doing almost exclusively original songs, a bunch of mine, others by Tim and John. And I’ll be performing a couple of stories and maybe a poem or two, also.  

“One of the stories is about Doug Sahm. Maybe you know this, but I got to know him at Slim’s [Boz Scaggs old nightclub] in SF, and he started coming up here, going to Crab’s games and hanging out semi-regularly. He died of a heart attack at age 58, 20 years ago this past November, and I want to pay tribute to him. 

“The other story is called ‘Pickle Anarchist,’ about working at McDonald’s. I wrote it for the Dell’Arte ‘Stories in the Tent’ event and they performed it with Jeff Kelley telling the tale. I’ve only done it once, so it’s very fresh.

I asked about the band’s name

“The Rabbit is a small sculpture I bought at a New Orleans flea market on Frenchman Street a few years ago. I liked the look of him and the title, “Don’t Underestimate Me”, made it imperative to buy it.  So many people feel underestimated and the Rabbit is there for people.  I call him Inscrutable because if you look at his face it’s an inscrutable gaze.  

These lyrics from the Rabbit say it all:

“The Rabbit is a freedom fighter

puncturing inflated balloons

filled with ego gas

nobody needs that crap.
Nobody knows what they’re doing

even if they act like they do

they’re just as confused as you

so just keep going.”

“So that’s the scoop. Any publicity will be much appreciated. Thanks, Jeff.”

Jeff sent this, complete with paid advertising.
That gives me an idea. Wanna see your ad in The Hum? Let’s talk…

I wrote what amounts to another column about the rest of stuff going on around the north county area, but I guessing Jack will balk at the amount of ink and paper required to put it in the paper. Plus, we haven’t really figured out how AB-5 is going to effect my work, ‘cause freelancers like me are in the crosshairs, but that’s a rant for another column. (See part 2.)

The Hum: Where It’s @ ~ 6/13-16

What’s going on? Where exactly is it @? Here’s some things you can do in Humboldt and vicinity…

Lone Star Junction plays a little Merle Haggard

https://www.facebook.com/events/1090640184454832/

Country and Spaghetti Western Music

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.

by Jacqueline Suskin

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!”

Friday evening at The Basement it’s the Greg Camphuis Quartet. “Jazz gets electric!” Need we say more? (Maybe.) 

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 outerspacearcata@gmail.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


Ben

Jan van Lier

Marjo Lak

and Joe-E.

The Hum: “Mac Is Big” ~ Mac Demarco @ Sapphire Palace 5/15

Mac Demarco ~ photo by Coley Brown

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.

Tour for Mac Demarco’s latest, Here Comes The Cowboy is underway…

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.”

They’ve been handling the successful Ty Segall since in 2012; Mac DeMarco joined their roster in 2013.

From Paris 2013

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.”

Mac and Panache‘s Michelle are truly DIY personified.

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)! 

Director Thom Kerr shot this vid in Los Angeles using a iPhone.

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.”

The Hum: Blue Ox May Day Artisan Faire ~ 5/11 and 12


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

The Rinky Dink String Band

Rinky Dink String Band

Sunday’s music lineup includes Jaimie Fullmer, Icarus and Sons, and Mojave Green...

(more than a surf rock band….)

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!”

Eric Hollenbeck

For more information on the May Day Artisan Faire, visit www.theblueox.org or follow Blue Ox Historic Village on Facebook.

photos by Bob Doran