Some swing jazz is on the menu this evening at the Mad River Brewery Tasting Room at 6 p.m. for free with regulars Fred & Jr. Don't bother asking if they're related (they're not). For something a bit more rockin', head down to the Redwood Curtain Brewery in Arcata for some rock/blues from locals The Movers and The Shakers who are also playing for free and starting things up around 8 p.m.
Check out California native dances and songs and, meet tribal leaders from all over the state and learn about tribal diversity at the California Big Time and Social Gathering this weekend.
The annual event by Humboldt State students in the Native American Center for Academic Excellence is in its 10th year. Its purpose is to celebrate the diversity of California Native American culture so students are inviting tribal members from each end of the state's border, bringing awareness and honoring Native Americans of today through song, dances and arts and crafts.
You can join in on Sat., April 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Humboldt State University's West Gym (free).
The event is open to the public, which makes it a rare opportunity for everyone to learn more about indigenous cultures and see a Flower Dance demonstration, Northern California Brush Dances, Southern California Inter-Tribal Bird Singers and more. Don't miss it.
"It's an important opportunity for people to honor Native Americans in California," says Paula Tripp of the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program. For more information visit www.item.humboldt.edu or call the ITEPP center at 826-3672.
Get ready to ruuuummmmbbblllle! The Arcata Playhouse brings you four teams locked in a fierce competition of creative critical problem solving in the Rebel Craft Rumble going down on Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 to see the live art competition, where the winner is named Ultimate Supreme Craft Master.
The Paula Jones Band comprised of Ken Lawrence, Tim Randles, Mike LaBolle, Don Baraka and Mrs. Jones will be playing up at the Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. for free. I got a nice email — with photos! — from Brian Netzley of L.A.-based band The Black Market Trust, which plays The Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. Brian's also a member of the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (along with guitarist Jeffrey Radaich) so you can expect some killer Gypsy jazz from this group, but he tells me they also mix in some "Rat Pack-era Sinatra, The Beatles, and Beach Boys," so this sounds like a pretty intriguing blend of tunes. Welcome them to Arcata with $15.
Fat Tuesday ain't got nothing on the last Thursday in March. A Taste of Main Street, one of Humboldt's most anticipated nights of food and fun, rolls around Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. With 22 participating restaurants and food producers, it's your opportunity to see what the 'Boldt's been cooking. Try something from that new restaurant in town or see what's so hot about everyone's favorite dipping sauce. Get your ticket book from Eureka Main Street ($25, 442-9054) and lace up your walking shoes (maybe grab your umbrella, too) for the three-hour tour through the streets of Eureka. But don't let that daunt you — the ticket book has a handy map so you can plan your attack. Swing by all the savory spots first, leaving room (ha!) for desserts later, or make an efficient beeline around downtown and old town for the all-ticket challenge and hit every one. Whatever your strategy, come hungry. Those ample samples add up.
The annual fundraiser for Eureka Main Street helps put on other events such as Arts Alive!, the Summer Concert Series, 4th of July Festival and holiday festivities. "A Taste of Main Street is a way to fill your belly with a variety of tasty morsels while supporting future Eureka Main Street community events," Eureka Main Street's Amanda Kruschke says. "Think of it as having your cake and eating it, too." And fear not, full friends. There's a free shuttle around town to help you out.
Following A Taste of Main Street is the Redwood Coast Music Festival's Kick Off Dance at the Adorni Center ($10) featuring the music of Stompy Jones — so you can dance it all off. For more on that, call 445-3378.
Jump in the swing of things with live music all weekend at Redwood Coast Music Festival. On March 30-April 2, get your groove on to some jazz and blues all over the City of Eureka. For special pricing and other information visit www.redwoodjazz.org. Or give them a call at 445-3378.
As mentioned above, Me Pretty, commie noise punks from Santa Cruz, make their debut appearance in Humboldt at The Siren's Song Tavern in Old Town Eureka around 8 p.m. The trio is joined by local freak jazz/noise band Friends of Future Sound and local living-room-pop rockers Dimboi. Check out this three-band bill at this free show. Goodnight Moonshine is at The Arcata Playhouse around the same time. Molly Venter (of Red Molly), her husband Eben Pariser and Adam Chilenski on bass bring roots and Americana sound and will delight you in this intimate $15 performance. In case you thought Tuesdays were dull on the North Coast, local B-movie sci-fi garage legends The Monster Women are at The Miniplex in Arcata tonight at 9 p.m., welcoming Los Angeles's Death Valley Girls, who just wrapped up a European tour. Bring $7 for this alt-rock gig.
Get ready to shake, rattle and roll. The 27th annual Redwood Coast Music Festival gets into full swing March 30-April 2, swelling the city of Eureka with 30 bands at six venues performing 100 sets of live music. Add to that the throngs of people who come from all over to experience one of the best music and dancing festivals in the country.
The event (which started out as a Dixieland jazz fest), now serves up swing, zydeco, blues, Cajun, hot jazz, rockabilly, country and hip-hop. Catering to the large blues music base in the area, event organizers have expanded the blues shows and moved them to the event's largest venue, the Eureka Municipal Auditorium. Legendary blues masters Duke Robillard ("One of God's guitarists" and here for the first Blues by the Bay in '97) and James Harman bring the heat to the Muni for Blues Legends Night, Friday Mar. 31 at 5 to 11:30 p.m. Also performing are Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers with Carl Sonny Leyland and Two Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs. Then on Saturday, April 1, headliners Michael Doucet with Tom Rigney & Flambeau light it up from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Saturday Blues Show, which also features Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Kenny Neal and Gator Nation.
New this year, Matt Beard, who designed the event's 2017 poster, is setting up shop during Saturday night's blues show at the Muni, painting to live music. He'll also be painting at the Morris Graves Museum of Art on Friday and Saturday during the day. The seven canvasses he'll paint will be auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
With so many bands and events (and such limited space here), you'll want the full run down at www.rcmfest.org to plan your weekend and purchase tickets.
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.
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