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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Swing, Baby

Posted By and on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Davina Sowers, frontwoman for Davina in the Vagabonds, plays the keyboards during the dance party at the municipal auditorium on Saturday night. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Davina Sowers, frontwoman for Davina in the Vagabonds, plays the keyboards during the dance party at the municipal auditorium on Saturday night.
By now the musicians who played the Redwood Coast Music Festival this past weekend have packed up their instruments and are back on the road, and the dancers who spent the weekend swinging and spinning have soaked their feet and swapped their festival finery for their regular duds. Seems like a good time to peruse a few shots from the weekend by photographer Mark McKenna.
 
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Meow, Baby

Posted By and on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Sugar Cane Jane cats around the Arcata Theatre Lounge. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Sugar Cane Jane cats around the Arcata Theatre Lounge.
Rowr. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Arcata Theatre Lounge turned into a bit of a cat house as the Alley Cat Cabaret & Purrlesque slinked onstage to raise money for the Companion Animal Foundation. Photographer Alexander Woodard was on hand (paw?) to capture the feline frivolity. The evening featured more kittenish kitsch from locals Blue Angel Burlesque, Beat Vixens Burlesque, Bada Bling! Burlesque and Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens, and Bay Area headliners Sugar Cane Jane, Ophelia Coeur de Noir and Laika Fox. Sassafrass and Laura Lopez-Ayllon brought the hip-shaking belly dance, while Lizzy Moonbeam, Luna Eclipse and Mr. Humboldt himself provided a little mood music. Take a peek at all the pussyfooting around in the slideshow below. And remember: Spay and neuter your pets.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dancing around the Plaza

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 11:11 AM


Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival.

The first day of the North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more drums, dancers, jugglers and giant puppets than you could shake a belly dancer's jangling belt at. It was all blue skies and bright costumes, as you'll see in Alexander Woodard's photographs here in the slideshow. Like many of the revelers and performers, he's going back for the All Species Parade today — so wave and smile while you're there or check back with us tomorrow for photos of what you missed.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Bagel Attraction

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Angst in the Murphy's parking lot. - YOUTUBE
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  • Angst in the Murphy's parking lot.
Who needs dark clubs and city streets when you can shoot your music video here in Humboldt? Not KSHMR and Bassjackers ft. Sirah. That's right, it's ft. someone, so you know it's legit. Spinnin' Records describes the song "Memories" thusly: "As the chords sway you away, the electro drop and fetching vocals by SIRAH do their part to blow the dancefloor to bits. Making this track work on multiple levels, body and mind taken on a trip into the world of a couple of mastermind producers. BIG!" Fair enough.

As for the video, like many tales of forbidden young love, it begins at Los Bagels, hikes through redwoods, gazes down upon the shores of Trinidad, stops for some PG13 lesbian love scenes, crashes after a run-in with a disapproving father, swings into Murphy's for produce/awkward moments with the ex and rounds out with (spoiler alert!) a dizzyingly cut murder back at Los Bagels and a flannel-clad suicidal fall from the seaside cliffs. If we had a nickel ... 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Up River, Down River

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown.
As the morning fog burned off, revealing light smoke drifting overhead from inland fires, a diverse crowd gathered at the Yurok Tribe’s 53rd annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22. The morning started with a veterans' breakfast and parade, followed by the announcement of the winners of the Noo-rey-o-won-ee (beautiful girl inside and out) and Keet-ko (strong/able boy) contests, who were honored for their contributions to the community.

Around noon, the smoke and smell of barbecued salmon over cooking fires created a long line for the traditional feast. The stick game tournament started with the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old bracket, with players attempting to throw the “tossel” toward their “up river” or “down river” end line on the field. Live music, food and vendor booths, and a car show kept the attendees busy throughout the afternoon.



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Monday, August 24, 2015

Creamery Rises to the Big Top

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle.
A sold-out crowd headed for a big-top circus tent that sprouted on an open lot on the south edge of the Arcata Creamery district on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21. The "human only" Flynn Creek Circus from Mendocino led off the evening’s Creamery Festival lineup with a strong mix of entertaining, original and skilled athletic performances ranging from juggling to tight wire dancing to a heart-stopping double trapeze act. 

After the circus, the crowd followed enormous dragon and octopus puppets, stilt walkers and a band to a free evening performance at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle in front of the Creamery Building. Belly dancing and fire-twirling commenced, followed by an avalanche of large inflated balloons from the roof top into the excited crowd. Then the live music drew the crowd into the recycled old Arcata recycling center for the Holly Yashi dance party with the Latin Peppers. It felt a little odd — but nice — to be in the transformed Creamery district and the old Arcata recycling center on a Friday night, but it may have been the best dance floor in town.
 


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reggae on the River 2015

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM

UPDATE: Well, apparently this staycation thing is a bit more difficult than we anticipated. Ordinary wifi signals are apparently no match for Reggae's irie vibes, leaving our poor freelancer Alexander Woodard frustrated with no way of uploading his photos. We'll keep trying but, in the meantime, at least there are the live audio and video streams...

PREVIOUSLY:

Will you be sitting at home this weekend while your friends head to Reggae on the River? Maybe you couldn't afford a ticket? Or, maybe you're looking for all the Reggae vibes without all the sweat, crowds and hassle? Fear not, we've got you covered.

Local photographer Alexander Woodard is on scene, snapping away and posting to Instagram. We'll be curating his photos here, so you can enjoy the sights of the festival in near-real time. And kmud.org will be carrying live audio of the three-day festival. We've also embedded the live stream feed from the concert bowl below. So, fill up the kiddie pool, crank up the audio and use your mobile device to absorb all the sites via Woodard's lens. There you go: Reggae, staycation style.


Live streaming video by Ustream
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Rolled, Rocked and Raised

Posted By and on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Volunteers set up for the Roll. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Volunteers set up for the Roll.
Journal contributor Jennifer Savage emceed this year's Roll on the Mattole, the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company's annual fundraiser. Also in attendance was Journal staff writer — and Honeydew native — Linda Stansberry. Here's their report from the day:

LS: Honeydew is the BEST! Reporting done. Everyone go home and donate some money to the HVFC!

JS: This year's Roll on the Mattole delivered an exceptionally fine combination of music, sun and fun, all to raise money for the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company, whose crew is responsible for covering about 75 square miles of rural Humboldt. Last year's Roll, combined with community donations, brought in enough funds for a much-needed new fire truck. This year's fundraising surpassed even that. 

UPDATE: Claire Trower emailed to clarify that the Roll's goal is to fund operating expenses for the year – which total about $20,000 for workers' comp insurance, liability/truck insurance, supplies, fuel, radio replacement, etc. – and while last year's Roll brought in enough to top off the new truck fund, a significant portion was raised through other events. 

In addition to the logistics of getting to and from fires in this remote part of the county, firefighters face halting flames under daunting physical conditions. That makes training an exceptionally serious matter — but at the Roll, that seriousness is offset by an infusion of fun (at least for the spectators) when the top firefighters from the HVFC compete with those from the Petrolia, Whale Gulch and Telegraph Ridge fire departments in the Firefighters' Challenge. The challenge consists of multiple exercises involving equipment and simulated fires, worth varying points and scored by the pros from CalFire. 

Volunteer firefighters in the first relay of the day. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Volunteer firefighters in the first relay of the day.
LS: Um, yeah. I decided to do my part by engaging in a little pre-competition smack talk, per tradition. Petrolia and Whale Gulch were suitably intimidated by my verbal prowess, but I'd completely forgotten that the CalFire guys were judging, not competing. It wasn't until after the trials started that I understood their blank looks. I asked them not to hold it against us, which they gallantly said they wouldn't. Not that they had a single opportunity to criticize, because HONEYDEW IS AMAZING!

Digging a fireline is hard enough in the sunshine. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Digging a fireline is hard enough in the sunshine.
The race is on! - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • The race is on!
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
Success! - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Success!
Exhaustion sets in, albeit temporarily. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Exhaustion sets in, albeit temporarily.
"We did it." - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • "We did it."
Post-challenge breather - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Post-challenge breather

JS
: A family atmosphere prevails at the Roll — face-painted, music-loving kids abound.

LS: We love our little future firefighters! Honeydew!

JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
Ray Lingel and granddaughter. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Ray Lingel and granddaughter.
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JS: First District Supervisor Rex Bohn was on hand, grilling oysters through the day and bringing his mad live auction skillz — raising $3,600 in under three minutes — to the dance floor in the evening. 

LS: The music and food were awesome, but when are we going to get to the story of Honeydew's inevitable triumph? Honeydew!


On the block. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • On the block.
JS: Throughout the day, music, food, dance and good vibes emanated through the Roll.


JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
Shaman Nature - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Shaman Nature
Event organizers Linda Yonts and Kara. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Event organizers Linda Yonts and Kara.
Black Star Safari - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Black Star Safari
Fire Chief Marcus Dube - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Fire Chief Marcus Dube
Lost Coast Marimbas - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Lost Coast Marimbas
Gail Samuels. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Gail Samuels.
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JS: After the judges tallied the firefighters' teams scores, everyone gathered for the presentation of the trophy. 

LS: Honeydew? Honeydew!

The judges announce the division winners. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • The judges announce the division winners.
And the winner is... - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • And the winner is...
Honeydew! - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Honeydew!
LS: Honeydew!

JS: Honeydew!
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Monday, July 13, 2015

(UPDATE: POSTPONED TILL TUESDAY) Monday Night Setlist: The Brilliant Kind of Odd

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

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UPDATE: According to the event's Facebook page: "Somehow related to the stock market glitch, Chinese stock market crash, United Airlines being grounded and The Wall Street Journal crashing this date was fumbled and double booked. The show is still happening but is just happening the next night -The 14th of July. Same time ; same place; same bands. Any questions concerning this should be directed to the Siren's Song Tavern. Sorry about the confusion."

So, go on Tuesday, people. Everything else is the same. 

ORIGINAL POST:

This show should be weird and heavy and good with the avant-indie, Boston-based Bent Knee, ambient jamminess of Hendo's Deep Dark Light, and The Fairy Rings, a bunch of dudes that don't own motorbikes and are all like 12 years old (maybe slightly older), but rock out like some kind of background band at a 1960s-version of Sons of Anarchy.

At the Siren's Song Tavern. All ages, 9 p.m., no cover as advertised, but bring some cash to throw in the hat.


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Setlist: Ancient River, Classical Instruments

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 10:01 AM

I don't even know who books the Little Red Lion, but whoever this mysterious genius is, he or she is bucking the scientifically based indie fan personality trend. In this case, the Southern-psych flavored Ancient River, whose music I just found myself so lost in that I had to double check and make sure I hadn't accidentally gotten high. Nope, just lounging in the dreamy daze of Keeper of the Dawn.

These guys are not small time. The fact you can see them in that tiny, quirky gem of a bar, well, even you deserve that treat; don't let your low self-esteem tell you otherwise. The joint's 21-and-over, obv, and the music should start around 10 p.m. No word on the cover, so load up with some cash and be prepared to buy some merch.

Elsewhere, The Holy Trinity Church of Trinidad turns 141 years old this year and at 3 p.m., in celebration, an ensemble of string and oboe musicians will perform the music of Handel, Bach and Beethoven. Cellist Peter Kibbe of Los Angeles is the featured guest, along with recent-arrival-to-Humboldt, composer and conductor Michael Kibbe, who will world premiere his ode to oboes, Obo-dacious. Local musicians and members of the Eureka Symphony Erika Blackwell, Julie Fulkerson, Sherry Hanson, Don Morris, Kit Morris, Vanessa Kibbe, Ellen Weiss and Kira Weiss complete the ensemble.

Call 845-1125 to reserve a seat. A $15 donation is suggested. All ages.

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