Still on the fence about celebrating Valentine's? Read this week's Setlist
and see if you're swayed. Once you've decided that yes, you will opt-in on love, here's some options for your celebrating:
On the southern end of the county, the Mateel Community Center would like you to celebrate Valentine's Day at the Black & Red Ball
featuring reggae superstars. The Blak Soil Band is considered one of the tightest backing bands in reggae music with frontman Tarrus Riley embodying a rare blend of wisdom, maturity and street cred. He's garnered a bunch of awards acknowledging how successfully his expressive voice, lyrics and melodies capture the ups-and-downs of love and life in a way familiar to his island audience and accessible to the world at large.
Reno's smooth soul-meets-hip-hop mistress Lacy Redhead
opens. Wearing of black and red is encouraged as are advanced tickets, available online at the usual outlets. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, which opens at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m.
Working our way north, Eureka's Morris Graves Museum of Art offers a rather spectacular love night option — if you don't love a person, you can still love the art, the rotunda, the dark whimsy of The Comix Trip
, the all-lady random wonderfulness of Blood Gnome
and a third band, whose name is as yet unknown. Cover is $5, beer will be for sale, but the gig's all-ages, hooray! Because love knows no bounds. (Except those of a legal and ethical sort. Be advised.) The show starts at 8 p.m.
The Wandering Minstrels!
For those committed to A-town and a sure bet for the evening, the ever-lovin' and love-inspiring gypsy jazz authority Absynth Quintet
holds court at Humboldt Brews. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door — don't wait till the last minute, guys — the show is 21-and-over and things heat up around 9 p.m.
Please someone go to this and report back!
And now for something completely different and kind of weird taking place in (where else?) Blue Lake. Apparently Humboldt used to be home to an act known as Elvis and the Hound Dogs. The "Elvis" of the group is returning as "Psychedelvis
," with a note explaining, "As the name implies, the idea here is that I will not be bound to staying absolutely true to the original tunes ... Some will be remixed ... and others will remain exactly the same to appease the hardcore 'as he was' Elvis fans." OK. So this would be the show if you're feeling a little experimental. Or a lot experimental. Get back to me on how it was, would you? It's at the Logger Bar, natch, and starts at 8 p.m.