The 142-year-old Holy Trinity Church of Trinidad is having A World of Song Benefit Concert this afternoon to help raise funds to maintain its historic beingness. Former Humboldt State University music instructor Steve Berman — now living in Grants Pass — will be performing on a multitude of instruments such as the oud, hurdy-gurdy, balalaika, charango, pipa, saz and a rather less exotic instrument known as a guitar. He'll perform songs from Ireland, Russia, China, England, Venezuela and Turkey. This show starts at 3 p.m. and reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 677-3456. A $15 donation is asked to help support this old church and a reception will follow the concert. For something completely different, punk rock is on the bill this evening at the Siren's Song Tavern at 6:30 p.m. Local bands Komatose, Dullahan, Cross Contamination and The ChainLinks are supporting MDC (Millions of Dead Cops), who formed in Austin, Texas, back in 1981. After relocating to San Francisco and then Portland, they play "fast hardcore punk music espousing far-left sociopolitical ideals, with singer Dave Dictor expressing his animal rights, gay rights, transgender rights, pro-racial equality and anti-capitalist convictions." Bring $10 for this show and feel free to wear your political convictions on your sleeve.
Conflict is on the bill tonight (as mentioned above) at the Arcata Theatre Lounge at 7:30 p.m., as the Beatles vs. Stones–A Musical Showdown attempts to answer the big question. Expect alternating "mini sets" by Abbey Road and Satisfaction (I'll let you guess which band is a tribute to which). The bands not only recreate the music that we have known and loved since the 1960s — at times to microscopic detail — but also play the part visually. Depending on how much you're squinting (or how far back you are) you might be persuaded that you're watching Mick strut around the stage, Ringo bobbing his head to the beat or Bill Wyman standing motionless in front of the amps. Abbey Road may have the more challenging time as far as visuals go, representing the changes The Beatles went through from their Ed Sullivan era "Beatle Suits" and mop tops to the Sgt. Pepper psychedelic military uniforms, to the Let it Be era long hair and denim. It might just reinforce your preference for either band or, if you're like me, it'll just be another reminder that you love them both. While this would be a great show to bring the kids to, it's 21+ and $28 gets you in the door.
Is that leftover Valentine's Day candy coursing through your kiddos' veins? Take them to Bounce City Night on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Four Square Faith Center (free) where they can to burn it off, eat pizza and go home ready for bed. Jump times: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for pre-school and special needs only, with an open jump from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
More Celtic tunes tonight at Cafe Mokka but this time with Whoops! at 8 p.m., free and all ages. There's a local showcase of music over at The Miniplex in Richards' Goat Tavern and Tea Room starting at 9 p.m. The email mentioned "three of the most obscure and totally unique groups in Humboldt, giving it up for free." So, with that said, help make these three bands less obscure: Melrose Place a new Arcata trio; The Tweeners a Eureka "freak ensemble"; and Blackplate, who are described as "farm fresh rockers from Shively." A few blocks away, Humboldt Brews hosts electronic reggae-dub innovaters Jon Wayne and The Pain, who bring cosmic beats into some psychedelia all mashed up with some roots reggae. Welcome this Minneapolis/St. Paul-based band to our neck of the woods. They're on at 9:30 p.m. and $10 will get you in.
It's the Third Friday Blues this evening at the Westhaven Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. with Jim Lahman, Dale Cash, Ron Perry and Bill Moehnke bringing the blues from the turn of the century to modern day. Sliding scale of $5-$10 for this one. Celtic band Good Company returns to Cafe Mokka tonight at 8 p.m. for a free all-ages show. At the same time and also free, you can get your funky groove on with Motherlode at Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata.
There are two types of people in the world: Those who think Revolver is the greatest album ever recorded. Period. And those who'd tattoo the track listings from Exile on Main St. on their forearms in true rock and roll fashion. You're either in the Beatles' or the Stones' camp — even if you think they both have merit. Apples and oranges, you say? Well, one band has to be king. Or so the decades-old argument goes. Ain't life unkind?
Brush your bangs across your brow straight and steady like Ringo's backbeat, or feather them out and rooster-strut down to the Arcata Theatre Lounge Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. for Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown ($28, $25 advance), to watch Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction take on rivals Abbey Road in spectacular fashion. Both acts bring an authentic look and sound to their performances. The Beatles lads, rocking signature styles (Hard Day's Night-era suits, Abbey Road bell bottoms and Sgt. Pepper's wigs and moustaches), play modern reissues of the exact same instruments and amps used by the Fab Four. And Trey Garitty (Keith Richards) of Satisfaction says, surprisingly clearly, "We've done everything to present the music just like the original album versions, because that's what fans have been singing along to for the last 50 years and that's the way they want to hear it." Doctor please, some more of these.
Mod or Rock. Pop or R&B. John or Mick. One reigns supreme. You be the judge.
Get your bluegrass on early with the Compost Mountain Boys, who are back at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. for free. Tributes are the name of the game this weekend with two such local acts hitting the stage at The Jam in Arcata around 9:30 p.m. I'm going to guess on the order and say that Nirvana tribute Lounge Act will be starting the show off. For some reason, we seem to have a lack of tribute bands for some of the greats from the '90s, but fortunately these fellas are helping fill that void. It might not seem like a Nirvana cover band and a Neil Young tribute would share a bill but not only were Nirvana members fans of the "Godfather of Grunge," Neil appreciated Nirvana and included tributes to Kurt Cobain on Sleeps with Angels. This won't be one to miss. Shakey will play some of your favorite Neil tunes, ranging from the earlier folky days to the whiskey-drenched Crazy Horse sound. Not sure what the ticket price is for this one, but whether it's $5 or $10, it'll be worth it. Hip hop fans will be heading over to Humboldt Brews to catch not just a legend but a founding member of The Living Legends. Recently releasing Three Eyes Off The Time, The Grouch returns to Humboldt to get in your ears tonight. He's joined by special guests Scarub, Pure Powers and Gabe Pressure with 2CoolGang at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 for this show.
Rise up and join others locally and around the globe in solidarity against violence and exploitation of women and children at One Billion Rising, Friday, Feb. 17, 1-3 p.m. on the Arcata Plaza (free). A mass choreographed dance happens at 1:30 p.m.
In New York City in the 1980s, one of the most influential subcultures was the drag ball scene, where African American and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women "walked" the runway, danced and strove to "pass" in competitions. These pageants came on the sequined heels of their predecessors dating back to Harlem around the turn of the century, and became safe places for LGBTQ people of color to express themselves and be supported by their drag families. The influence of the drag ball scene permeates today's culture — gay and otherwise. If you've ever "vogued," told someone to "werk it," said "yass, queen" or threw some "shade," you owe that parlance to these queens of color.
Now, paying homage to those who paved the way, Humboldt State University's Queer Student Union presents the Age of AQUEERius Ball and Queer Cabaret on Friday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room (free). The all-ages event is emceed by local drag diva Mantrikka HO and features performances by Circus of the Elements, Ophelia Cox, Jenna SeKwa, Alicia Lovejoy, Rico Suave, Raulin, Tucker Noir, Demi Fluxx, Hugh Johnson, April Shower, Deanie Babie and more. The ball portion, which includes the categories Kingest King, Queenest Queen and Queerest Queer, takes place at 7 p.m., followed by the cabaret at 9 p.m. Yass, queen.
Moonlight, the personal and poignant film chronicling the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and is nominated for eight Oscars. See it and hear more about its story when producer John Montague introduces it at the Minor Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8:15 p.m. ($7-$9.50).
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