Sunday, December 8, 2013

From the Hum: Your Sunday, Monday fun days guide

Posted By on Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Tonight, Portland's "little orchestra" Pink Martini returns with what bandleader Thomas Lauderdale calls another "rollicking around-the-world musical adventure." The multilingual über-hip ensemble is part romantic Hollywood film, part musical archeologist and part red-hot samba parade, wildly diverse yet magically exhilarating. Tickets are $55 general and $25 HSU students. The whole shebang gets going at the Van Duzer Theatre around 8 p.m.

Here's a particularly endearing video to inspire you:

And one which captures the darling band's live magic:

In which Monday becomes a day to celebrate

Oh, you thought Monday was going to be a boring return-to-work day? Not even close! Because you've got two Louisiana talents — Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson — joining forces at the Arcata Playhouse to explore the crosscurrents of three Americana musical traditions: Cajun, Creole and old-time Appalachian music. Go back to the "old ways" of Louisana fiddle playing right here:

In addition to acclaimed releases on Rounder Records, Powell has recorded and performed with Loretta Lynn, Sting, Jack White, Levon Helm, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Ralph Stanley, Linda Ronstadt and, currently, Joan Baez.

Watson is a fiddler, singer, accordionist and songwriter who has performed with the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and his own group, Bijou Creole. In other words, these guys have some serious resumes and you don't want to miss this level of talent, especially in as fine and intimate a venue as the Playhouse (#CreameryDistrictRising). The show is presented in association with Humboldt Folklife Society.

Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 general and $18 members and are available at Wildwood Music, Wildberries or 822-1575. 
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