An earlier show at Humboldt Brews tonight brings Trampled by Turtles songwriter Dave Simonett to town. Performing under his moniker Dead Man Winter, he's on the road supporting his recent release called Furnace. Dealing with the personal issues of divorce and separation from his two children, expect some intensely crafted songs of heartbreak and introspection. Ryan Montbleu opens the show around 8 p.m. with a $15 ticket price.
If you're in the mood for French Chanson and Gypsy Jazz, the Westhaven Center for the Arts is the place to be tonight for French Oak Gypsy Band, comprised of North Bay Native Stella Heath, French/American guitarist Gabriel Pirad and reedist James Inciardi. A $5-$20 sliding scale for this show at 7:30 p.m. Another slide guitarist — completely unlike above-mentioned Mr. Log III — brings high energy Mississippi Delta Blues. Grammy-winner Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings will be at The Old Steeple at 7:30 p.m. He's worked with John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt and the late great Ray Manazarek of The Doors. Grab your $30 tickets, as it'll fill up. The Sanctuary in Arcata hosts the show Dreams, Visions, and a Few Jokes put on by Mr. Story himself, Jeff DeMark. He's joined by Diana Heberger, Bob Davis, Tim Breed, Charlie Gilbert and string-slinger Marc Jeffares. "Carl Jung will be rolling his eyes in the collective unconscious" but he's on the guest list anyway, Jeff tells me. Stories and music start at 8 p.m. with a $7-$10 sliding scale. Also at 8 p.m. will be Skyline Swing playing some Gypsy jazz for free at Cafe Mokka. A packed bill is at Outer Space at 11th and M streets in Arcata tonight. Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz, Soar and Melrose Place join Vagabon at 8 p.m. for just $8. The debut album Infinite Worlds is a nice trippy mélange of acoustic indie-rock with electronic dollops sprinkled in the background. Deadheads will be flocking to the Arcata Theatre Lounge around 8:30 p.m. to hear The Schwag, whose mission is to carry "on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead." Good thing these folks are stopping by Arcata, right? They average about 150 shows a year and have been doing their thing for almost 25 years now, so you know they've got their chops. Bring $15 worth of dead presidents to get in the door.
In the event you missed said "certain member" of Moonpine last night, you can hear Nola with Belles of the Levee tonight at Cafe Mokka at 8 p.m. You'll hear some sublime vocal harmonies and jazz/blues roots music all for free, and you can bring the kiddos along. Supporting his album Chronology, is Chronixx, who I'm told is one of the "hottest global reggae artists to emerge out of Jamaica in recent years." He's backed up by his band Zincfence Redemption at the Mateel tonight at 8 p.m. with two of Jamaica's top female artists — again, I'm told — Jah9 and Kelissa. Rounding this $28 bill is Max Glazer/Federation Sound.
Everything's coming up daffodils at the Fortuna River Lodge for Fortuna Garden Club's Daffodils by the River, March 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. and March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free). Enjoy live music and pick up show-quality daffodil bulbs for your garden.
Start your weekend early with some local music you can check out in the comfort of your home. KMUD will be featuring local Arcata band Neighbors on the "occasional series" The Adventurous Ear starting at 5 p.m. I've been working my way through Ron Howard's Beatles documentary A Hard Day's Night so I'm glad to hear that Humboldt's own Beatles tribute Silver Hammer will be at The Jam tonight at 9:30 p.m. the price is TBA but for the chance to sing along with your neighbors to some of the best music in the Western canon, it'll be worth it. One-man musical cannonball/diablo/slide guitarist Bob Log III makes his long overdue return to Humboldt at The Alibi. Armed with an archtop guitar, loops and drums for his feet, this raunchy post-modern traveller from another dimension will melt your mind into the floor. Music starts at 11 p.m. and Moon Opossum — a "primitive country duo" that I hear is comprised of a certain member of Moonpine and a certain member of Opossum Sun Trail — opens up this $10 show.
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash (the Hollies, Crosby, Stills and Nash) returns to the Van Duzer Theatre on Friday, Mar. 24 at 8 p.m. ($56). With hits "Our House," and "Teach Your Children," it should be a very, very, very fine show.
Dell'Arte alum Rudy Galindo and his troupe Teatro Pachuco will perform physical comedy Coup De Foudre on Friday, Mar. 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 25 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse as part of its 2017 Family Series ($15, $10 kids under 10).
So you think you can dance? Check out these folks. Under the artistic direction of Emmy-award winning choreographer Travis Wall, the Shaping Sound Dance Company presents After the Curtain, the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. See it Thursday, March 23 at 8 p.m. at the Van Duzer Theatre ($36-$66).
The Mad River Brewery hosts Jenni & David and the Sweet Soul Band at 6 p.m. in the beer garden. As usual, these are free shows. As mentioned above, Wild Otis celebrates the release of Don't Let Me Fall with a CD Release Party at Redwood Curtain Brewery at 8 p.m. Expect to hear most, if not all, of the songs of their new album with some great covers thrown in to boot. It's a free show but do yourself a favor and pick up a $10 copy of this hardworking band's debut. Some alt. metal is at The Alibi from up north — Spokane rockers Mercy Brown are on a West Coast tour headed to the Treefort Music Fest. Fortunately for us, they're stopping by for the night. They'll probably be on at 11 p.m. with local Arcata stoner metal from Ultramafic following. The usual $5 ticket price.