Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM

World Tai Chi Healing Day was celebrated in more than 70 countries on April 26. In Humboldt it was marked by a morning of movement on the Arcata Plaza during the North Coast Growers Association's Farmers Market. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
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  • World Tai Chi Healing Day was celebrated in more than 70 countries on April 26. In Humboldt it was marked by a morning of movement on the Arcata Plaza during the North Coast Growers Association's Farmers Market.
Phillip Nicklas & Alana McConnell swinging the Lindy Hop at Dance of the Century on April 25, with hip hop by Humboldt Rockers and music from all eras spun by Pressure Anya in the HSU's Lumberjack Arena. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Phillip Nicklas & Alana McConnell swinging the Lindy Hop at Dance of the Century on April 25, with hip hop by Humboldt Rockers and music from all eras spun by Pressure Anya in the HSU's Lumberjack Arena.
David Katz former owner of SoHum's Alternate Energy Engineering, was the lucky winner of a raffle for a bicycle at the Bayside Grange Gourmet Breakfast and Electric Vehicle Show on April 27. Katz and his wife, Anne Braak-Katz, drove their electric car to the annual Earth Day brunch; she decided the bike was hers and rode it home. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
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  • David Katz former owner of SoHum's Alternate Energy Engineering, was the lucky winner of a raffle for a bicycle at the Bayside Grange Gourmet Breakfast and Electric Vehicle Show on April 27. Katz and his wife, Anne Braak-Katz, drove their electric car to the annual Earth Day brunch; she decided the bike was hers and rode it home.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Humboldt Music Promoter, Musician 'Seriously Hurt' in MMA Fight Saturday Night

Posted By on Sun, Apr 27, 2014 at 8:13 AM

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A local musician and event promoter suffered a neck injury during the So You Wanna Fight amateur mixed martial arts event at Cher-Ae Heights Casino on Saturday, according to a report by John Ferrara at the Lumberjack. Steve Watts of Passion Presents was hospitalized in Redding following a body slam that immobilized him. Read more at the Lumberjack.

Editor's note: This story previously contained the entire Lumberjack story, which is linked above.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Three Ways to Go

Posted By on Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Let's start with the sunnier side, specifically the bright light that is Westhaven Center for the Arts. Longtime folksinger Jim Page returns to Humboldt for a special evening hosted by the Northcoast Environmental Center and the Humboldt Folklife Society. Counting Bonnie Raitt and Utah Phillips among his admirers, Page needs little introduction — but if you don't know him, think socially relevant messages delivered in a classic 1960s/1970s-era style. That is to say, sharp, humorous and with no slight sense of irony. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 advance and for NEC or HFS members. Local music sweethearts Mo and Morgan Hollis open. (Note: Your faithful music columnist has a day job with the NEC.)


Ghostwriter brings his visceral songwriting and unrelenting DIY ethos back to the Alibi. The one-man band has spent years carving a niche in underground music with his stark take on Americana, opening for such luminaries as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers along the way. Think fire and brimstone deep in the backwoods. The Smashed Glass, local Irish punk balladeers, shares the bill. Cover is $5, show is 21-and-over, and music starts around 10 p.m.


For those seeking a dance party and then some — do you have your summer jam dialed in yet? — Robot Koch, Wu Wei and Naive Melodies join Blue Angel Burlesque and weed activist Ed Rosenthal at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Berlin-based producer Robot Koch brings beats too large to define, Wu Wei combines ambient IDM (intelligent dance music) with the earthy bass of futuristic world hip-hop, and Arcata's Naive Melodies perform and honor music created by the Talking Heads. Got that? Doors open at 8:30 p.m., cost is $20 and the show is 21-and-over.


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Spam On

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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There are two kinds of people in the world: the kind who cringe and clutch their artisanal loaves when they hear about a Spam cook-off, and those who start imagining what hammy delights they might whip up.

For the latter, behold the Spamley Cup Cook-off on Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Redwood Fields ($10 entry and tasting tickets, free for kids under 12). Pros and amateurs alike enter the arena and do battle can-o a can-o for the coveted cup.

That bald guy who eats poison cane toads on Bizarre Foods can't handle the Spam. But it's good enough for the Monty Python blokes, and it's a staple of that healthy Hawaiian diet you're always hearing about. (Umm ...) Spam sushi? Spam flambé? Why not? The Smashed Glass, the Monster Women, Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours and Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band will all serenade you as you sample the Spamenstein creations and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. The kids can play games while you mull over your decisions, and the whole thing benefits Humboldt CASA, a noble cause for a Spam throw-down. For these spatula-wielding men and women will enter the arena cooks and chefs, but they're going out processed-meat warriors.

We who are about to fry salute you.


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Tonight's Setlist: Sexy-Sweetness and Punk Fury

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM


Venerable singer/songwriter Greg Brown graces the Van Duzer on Friday night. His songs grow like snap peas, stories and music trellising up into sweet, sharp, nourishing delights. When he croons, "Ah, you get the feelin' things may be alright/On a summer evenin' before the dark of night," you believe him. Expect much triggering of nostalgia and laughter. Also, the man's voice is sexy as hell. Tickets are $35 general, $15 HSU students. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is all ages.

On the other side of things, Nebraskan punk-blues band Saint Christopher arrives blistering from the get-go. From the band's website:

"Art has been raped under the idea that we need to sell and profit, instead of challenge and inspire the person consuming the product. ... We value conformity and comfort, not heart and uniqueness. ... They have the wealth: the oil companies, the media, the bullshit music that they play on trashy commercial radio." 

This is old-school punk rock dedicated to destroying the status quo. Saint Christopher plays with Arcata skate rockers Imperial Destructo and A-town's Hollow Down, purveyors of dark acoustic jams. This antithesis-of-summer-sunshine gig takes place at the Jambalaya with doors at 9 p.m., showtime at 10 p.m., $5 cover and it's 21-and-over.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Franken Stein

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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With the legion of esoteric, fancy-pants beers on tap at our local bars and restaurants, why would you brew your own? Why go through the hassle and sacrifice garage space just to bottle some beer?

Well, because while you can probably find a Belgian cucumber ale if you look hard enough, it won't be your Belgian cucumber ale. And, like Dr. Frankenstein, you have been seduced by the exotic ingredients, the gadgetry, the bubbling cauldrons and the thrill of creation. (Insert evil laugh, lightning flash.)

Those of you ready to toy with forces beyond your comprehension can meet like-minded home brewers and taste their concoctions at the Humboldt Homebrew Festival on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center ($35, $30 online advance). Yours for the tasting are some 100 brews with names like Good Times and Bad Choices, Humboldt Honey Wheat, Hoppiness is a Warm Gun, Stacy's Mom, Death Star IPA and Breakfast. Save a little room in your tummy for chili-lime chicken wings, caramelized onion dip, local cheeses and beer-braised chicken by chef Galen O'Toole. All that and music by Motherlode, Old Dog, Lyndsey Battle and MeSKAlito. The day's loot goes to brainy international do-gooders Engineers Without Borders. Even money says those folks have something crazy brewing in the garage.

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Hart and Soul

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Sometimes the thought of a multi-day music festival involving some sort of camping seems like a far-off idea for people with much more expensive and comfortable sleeping bags. And how family friendly is Coachella, really? Let's try the low-key option happening right in Ferndale instead.

The Old Hart Theater building, where Ferndale Repertory Theatre hangs its hat, is hosting Music from the Hart, a two weekend music festival ($10 each night, $5 children 12 and under). On Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., it's Guitars and More Guitars, with locals strumming and plucking out classical and Hawaiian slack key. Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. is Noche Latino, with Ana and Jaime on vocals and guitar, and some music and dancing by Mariachi Herencia Mexicana. You can catch the highlights from those nights on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

On Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., catch a wave with Paul Beatie and the North Coast surf rock of Guns 'n Barrels. Things get more intimate after that on Saturday, May 3 with Singer/Songwriter Night, featuring Lyndsey Battle, Boomsauii, Hugh Gallagher, Paul Demant and Nola Sharp. Once again, if you missed either show or you just can't get enough, you can sample the offerings again on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

No hassle, no scene, no taking out a small loan for tickets. Just music in a place you already dig.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Strings sublime

Posted By on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM

That genre of music popularized by the great Django Reinhart has been the subject of some debate over how it's commonly referenced. Is "gypsy jazz" a racial pejorative? My brief research yielded neither a clear answer nor cause to stop use of the phrase, so I'll go with it for now.

Self-described "Americana meets gypsy jazz" band Taarka performs at the Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals), the band's sound speaks to influences ranging from Western and Eastern folk traditions to jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian and Celtic music all in a string band setting.

Tickets are $15 general, $13 Humboldt Folklife and Playhouse members. More info at 822-1575.


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Beautiful and stoned

Posted By on Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Get yer rock on
Tonight, the Alibi hosts Seattle stoner rockers Ancient Warlocks. Do you like seductive, powerful riffs? Do you enjoy feeling music reverberate through your body? Do you ever experience a twinge of nostalgia for those hot desert nights making out in the back of your '67 Mustang while the Kyuss cassette spun out in the front? Or maybe you're just a guy who likes to rock? Then you will enjoy Ancient Warlocks. The usual $5 cover, 11 p.m. start time and legal drinking-age folk only applies. 


'Fuego'
DJs Pressure Anya celebrate the one year anniversary of their monthly party "Fuego" at the Pearl Lounge. The night features a mix of tropical sounds including Latino beats, Jamaican riddims and modern bass music. For this celebration, they're bringing up DJ Sep from San Francisco's Dub Mission, which was voted Bay Area's Best Reggae Club by SF Bay Guardian readers. Sep started out on Bay Area radio at college radio station KUSF and later at Berkeley's public radio station, KPFA. She's the co-compiler (with producer Shockman) of Babylon Is Ours: The USA in Dub, a collection of all-exclusive American dub tracks and has a bunch of other notable credits to her name. It's a free, 21-and-over dance party at 10 p.m.

Shook action

The much-adored Shook Twins perform at Humboldt Brews in support of their forthcoming album, What We Do, produced by Grammy Award-nominated producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes). Best known for reshaping the American roots genre through a distinctive indie-folk songcraft — lush harmonies, foot-stomping gospel and unexpected grooviness — the music of Shook Twins seeks to balance a delicate vulnerability with scorching positivity. 9 p.m., $15.


Sparking up
Speaking of scorching, Circus of the Elements presents the third annual "Fire Fusion 420" — oh yeah, Sunday is 4/20 — at the Mateel Community Center. Featuring three stages of live music, artists and performances with MC John McClurg, this all-day includes The Nadis Warriors, Rooster McClintock, DJ Itchie Fingaz, Likwefi, Guns n Barrels, T-Hawk, Midnight Flock, Smoke n Mirrors, Mad River Rounders and more, plus a slew of burlesque, aerial and belly dancing performers, and — true to the name — a fire show by Circus of the Elements. Tickets for the 1 p.m. event are $25 pre-sale, $35 at the gate. You need to have an ID proving you are at least 18 years of age.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Drop everything!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

SILA - The World Needs More Love from Sila on Vimeo.

Usually we like to offer you a buffet of musical options, letting you choose according to your tastes, needs and desires. This week continues that tradition — but if we were to choose One Show You Must Go To, it would be Sila at the Jambalaya Friday night. The Kenyan-born artist shimmers, pulses and throbs his way through American pop, R&B, soul, and funk, all flavored with a serious dose of Afropop. World music DJ and Journal advice columnist Jess McGuinty says, "He's amazing! You'll love it! I promise!"

Tickets are $10, show starts at 10 p.m. and is 21-and-over.

Tonight (and tomorrow!): Rock out at the 'bi
Hey, it's a double-whammy heavy sounds fix with New Mexico's doom/black metalists Predatory Light, plus the interstellar noise of Golden Raven at the Alibi on Friday, followed by Humboldt cosmic rockers CV playing with Seattle stoner rockers Ancient Warlocks on Saturday. Do you like seductive, powerful riffs? Do you enjoy feeling music reverberate through your body? Do you ever experience a twinge of nostalgia for those hot desert nights making out in the back of your '67 Mustang while the Kyuss cassette spun out in the front? Or maybe you're just a guy who likes to rock? Then you will enjoy Ancient Warlocks.

Both shows come with the usual $5 cover, 11 p.m. start time and are for legal drinking-age folk only. 


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