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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Five Things To Know Before You Attend Outside Lands With Your Teenager(s)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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  • Kaylee Savage-Wright
  • The crowd at Outside Lands 2012.


1. If your little darling still wants to hang out with you, savor it. This year's event starts Friday, Aug. 8, but the best Outside Lands fest I went to was in 2009, because the two offspring I brought with me were 13 and 15, respectively. It was their first major music festival. They studied the guide. They brimmed with excitement. Awe shone from their sweet faces all day and into the night as Big Name Bands in Real Life played songs the kids had memorized from the radio. Ah, what a magical time.

2. Be prepared. Remember when they were toddlers and you took them to museums and art galleries and coffee shops and it all worked out because you timed it after naptime and always carried snacks and toys and managed to attend to their needs enough to keep a meltdown at bay? Channel that. Bring enough water — refillable bottles are key. Bring easy, nutritious food. Kind bars. Dried mango. Sandwiches that travel well — think camping. Insist they bring sweaters. In case. Make sure you eat and drink so you don’t get cranky taking care of the little darlings. Have a plan in case you get separated — make them carry paper maps of the park on their bodies, because sometimes the cell service gets overloaded and phones don’t work. “Meet here,” you will tell them. “Here, see? Next to Choco Lands.” Walk them to it. Point out landmarks. Agree on bands that everyone wants to see ahead of time. Get to those stages early so you can stake out a good spot. (Insist that everyone uses the restroom first. It’s not a great thing to be standing within 10 feet of the stage and have your kid say, “I can’t wait any longer!” leaving you with the choice of holding your ground or sacrificing it because who knows if he or she will ever make it back through the crowd alone?)

3. Hands down, the most pain-in-the-ass part is getting to and from the festival. Do not, repeat, do not try to drive and park. If you do park, do it out in the Sunset and hoof it in. If you’re a bicycle-y family, take your bikes and ride them from wherever you’re staying — if the thought of navigating SF streets doesn’t give you a heart attack. Public transportation and shuttles can serve as a Plan A, but the sheer volume of people sometimes preempts that exit strategy. Plan B: walk. Everybody, wear your comfy shoes, accept that this is City Life and that sometimes, you have to suffer in the course of having fun.

4. Oh, yeah — have fun!

5. Don’t think the magic will last — or that you will have achieved some sort of permanent “cool” status because you took them to a musical festival where they were able to see some of their favorite bands live and up close. The amazement will fade. They will still inexplicably refuse to do their own laundry. You are still their parent, not their new best friend. And when you take them the following year, they’ll ditch you for their friends, who’ve shown up this time, leaving you to linger on the fringes, caring less about who’s onstage than whether your child is getting a.) crushed in the crowd, b.) roofied, c.) both, d.) a good spot in front of the stage. Because this had better all be worth it. (It is.)

BONUS: Take a little cash for Outside Lands souvenirs. They will treasure those T-shirts, and you’ll feel a little sweetness well up inside you when they wear them. That was such a grand time.

Check out northcoastjournal.com for Nick Savage-Wright's (yes, Son of Savage) "Beginner's Guide to SF Outside Lands Fest." 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Rodeo Fabulous

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Ronan Rodoni
Corral couture was in full swing at the Fortuna Rodeo this weekend. While the broncs and bulls bucked in the arena, it was a rodeo runway on the other side of the fence, with custom boots, blinding buckles, denim and Stetsons. Just take a gander at how folks worked their Western wear.


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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Haley Gibson
click to enlarge Mickelle Flockhart and Travis Ammer - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mickelle Flockhart and Travis Ammer
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brylynn Chipps
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Eddie Torrez and Seth Vasquez
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Cheyenne Wallace



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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Carina Irish
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Jack Singleton
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Jessica and Van Simmons
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Renee Imperiale-Egan
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Fidel
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mellissa Sterling and Leah Davis
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Lacey Anderson and Shelby Smith
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  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Future cowboys.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Freeing and Fantastical

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

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Photo by Chuck Johnson/Freak Photo

You can dance if you want to — and you will want to because it's Soul Night! But wait! That's not all! You also get all vinyl. Humboldt Brews, 9 p.m., $5 (get your tickets early), 21-and-over.

You can dance if you want to — and you'll want to because the No Good Redwood Ramblers know how to inspire people to their feet with that foot-stompin' bluegrass sound it does so well. In this case, the shindig in question is the 12th annual Pisces Party hosted by EPIC and Trees Foundation at the Beginnings Octagon in Redway. At 6 p.m., the event features a dinner and music by the Falling Rocks — get in on that for a $20-30 sliding scale at the door, or go straight to the party after 8 p.m. for a $10-20 sliding scale cover. All proceeds benefit the ongoing work of environmental protector, restorationist and Sacramento policy rabble-rouser Richard Gienger.


You can shpongle if you want to — and you might want to. The Arcata Theatre Lounge hosts SHPONGLE: The Museum of Consciousness Tour with Desert Dwellers. Shpongle is an English psychedelic music project formed in 1996 and considered to be one of the progenitors of the psybient genre, a genre combining world music with psychedelic trance and ambient. Do you feel the pull? Doors open at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $25/$30 at People's Records, Wildberries, The Works and online. This show is 21-and-over.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Options Large and Small

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Go big

Elephant Revival and The T Sisters perform tonight at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The five members of Elephant Revival claim a deep commitment to certain ideals: community, recognizing one's place in the flow of the natural world, harmony. These standards influence the band's blend of folk music, making it an uplifting favorite at festivals, including Telluride Bluegrass, Vancouver Folk Festival and Old Settlers.

Take the song "Remembering a Beginning," in which multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Paine sings of the unity of all things: "There's a fire burning, in the middle of this turning/Wild and yearning/For everything, for everything/Remains inside, these changing skies/Through waves in time/Remembering."

The changing skies, we're told, remind listeners that, while the very stuff of the universe remains, everything is always unfolding, expanding and contracting, ebbing and flowing — changing. "If we could remember that we are all varying expressions of the same living thing," says Paine, "maybe we would have less interpersonal and environmental struggle."

Here's an evocative track from the band:


The T Sisters are a family band out of the Bay Area whose throwback aesthetics range from the Andrews Sisters and 1960s girl-groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anchored by diverse influences spanning folk, country, gospel, klezmer and early '90s R&B, the T Sisters notably provided supporting vocals for Grammy-winning musician Laurie Lewis on the stage of San Francisco's most recent Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Dreamy:


Doors opens at 8:30 p.m., cost is $15 with advanced tickets available at Wildberries Marketplace, Peoples Records, The Works, the ATL and ATL online and it's 21 and over.

Go cozy

Or you could take advantage of "Date Night" at Six Rivers Brewery, which in addition to pizza and beer specials, features Kevin Danel and Dee Hemingway crooning Motown and soul.

Plan your weekend.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Hum Brews Owns Your Life

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Between the daytime beauty and the onslaught of seriously amazing nighttime options, Humboldt County really is the best. Case in point: Humboldt Brews has landed two sure-to-be-epic shows requiring you to forego your predictable weeknight routine and instead spend it being happy in the venue's outstanding music room.

First up, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers offer a "luminous, heartfelt patchwork of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul" in an early (8 p.m.) Monday night gig. (Note: Nicki is the wife of Tim Bluhm, whom you know from The Mother Hips.) Tickets are $15 and strongly recommended in advance. Please enjoy this Paul McCartney and Wings cover while you're counting down the hours:


You can also get a little pre-show taste via KHUM's Upstage Live, starting around 5 p.m.

And then... don't even think about slowing down because Tuesday night brings Moistboyz featuring Mickey Melchiondo aka Dean Ween from Ween playing dirt, best described as a "ferocious mix of charging riffs fusing classic metal with an outlaw country vibe." The melting of faces is promised. Qui – featuring David Yow from Jesus Lizard (!!!) opens, show time is 9 p.m. and tickets are $15. Get a sample of the hilarity here:


Both shows are 21-and-over.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: 'Come out and meet those people your Momma warned you about!'

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Technically, Mardi Gras aka "Fat Tuesday" offers you a chance to get your feast on before the penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Even if you don't observe the Catholic customs, you can indulge in several celebrations this week, beginning with Where's Queer Bill's Mardi Gras Masquerade Dance Party tonight.

The successful monthly queer night needed a new home when Nocturnum closed and organizers have found one in A-town's Humboldt Brews. WQB's launch party will feature DJ Razorburns, the Red Carpet Girls Drag Revue, free beads, Mardi Gras party favors, dancing and a costume contest with cash prizes.

Do you need a reminder that Mardi Gras revolves around energetic colors, glamour and wild design? Dress to impress — beads, feather masks and painted faces, oh my! Things get moving around 9:30 p.m., 21-and-over, $5 cover and please note that while WQB events are targeted toward the LGBTQ, everyone is welcome.

Further Mardi Gras your weekend and beyond via The Setlist.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Blue Lake's Rise Continues

Arts, Music and Community Boosted through Dell'Arte Grants

Posted By on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

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Fantastic news from Blue Lake – Dell'Arte gave out 10 Blue Lake Rising grants last night following the inaugural Mad River Alliance Steelhead Days event. Blue Lake resident and musician Claire Reynolds shared an overview of the awards, including one bestowed on her band, Patronus.

"The projects ranged from the Old Crows' plan to put in a bench on the levee trail to an elementary student planning a percussion workshop for kids. Patronus got a grant to make a music video that represents the town, its people and places. All of the projects must be completed by July 2014, so things will be happening quickly."

More on Blue Lake Rising.

Patronus' Laurel Goldsmith, right.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

From the Hum: Soul Night, Thursday edition

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

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Well, hey — it's Soul Night at Humboldt Brews. On a Thursday.

"We figured, what better way to start off a new year fresh than try out a Friday morning hangover?" say the purveyors of aforementioned soul.

Hop aboard with Jaymorg, King Maxwell, Matt'n'Adam and more. You can never go wrong going dancing. Doors at 9 p.m., cover is $5 and you've got to be 21 or older to get your groove thing on.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Get Ready to Run

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

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Lace up and warm up — Saturday the 25th is the Trinidad to Clam Beach Run. You have another 30 minutes or so to register online, or you can get it done in person between 6-9:15 a.m. just before the 10 a.m. race. 

If you've run it before, you know about the hills, the sand and the mouth of the river. Pick your course (3-mile, 5 3/4-mile or 8 3/4-mile), register and start carbo-loading now!


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