Friday, May 16, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Friday I'm In Love

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Life is glorious. 

With a little help from friends
Let's start off with "Waiting For A Miracle: A Benefit for Steve Watts," which takes place at Humboldt Brews starting at 6 p.m. Watts, a local musician and cofounder of the music production company Passion Presents, was badly injured in an MMA fight last month. His friends want to help his recovery, naturally, and are hosting a silent auction to raise money for medical bills. Fun Beatles tribute band Silver Hammer performs. The event is 21-and-over with at $10 cover.

So much for the afterglow
The band came out with a new album last year, but for most fans, the appeal is nostalgia, which is fine, because frontman Art Alexakis has been orchestrating retro "Summerland" tours and because the new music sounds a lot like the old music, despite Alexakis being the only original member. No matter — all we really want is to live beside the ocean, leave the world behind, swim out past the breakers and otherwise sing along to Everclear's greatest hits. This opportunity to revisit your past takes place at Cher-Ae Heights Casino, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 general, $49 premium.

A higher state of mind
"Hi there, I appreciate very much you guys writing that little deal for the epic Fishbone show that happened at my venue in Hayfork called Northern Delights. I just wanted to mention a few more shows coming up soon that if you'd be so kind..." Of course, Francesco — being kind is our whole theme. Folks brave enough to drive out to Hayfork can catch Prezident Brown for $25, one drink included. Play it safe by buying tickets in advance via

click to enlarge Berel Alexander and band
  • Berel Alexander and band
All over it
Local boy done good Berel Alexander relocated to Oakland a while back to better serve his mission of bringing West Coast Soul to the masses. For the past four years, the neo-R&B five-piece has performed at the Sundance Film Festival and opened for G. Love & Special Sauce — things are going well. In January, Alexander released a new EP, All Over It, and now he returns to play a hometown show at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. It'll be a good-looking, feel-good kinda gig. Increasingly popular local jam band Liquid Kactus opens. Diggin' Dirt also plays. Doors open at 8 p.m., cost is $10 at the door, $8 advance and this show is 21-and-over.

Into longer-term planning? Entire Setlist here.
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