Monday, March 31, 2014

Island Buzz

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM

  • Adam Kissick for NPR

Check out this morning's NPR segment on Future Islands, a North Carolina indie band fresh from SXSW and slated for an April 7 show at Humboldt Brews ($10). The band killed it on Letterman, so get to Hum Brews early and catch them at the smallest, cheapest show they'll probably be playing for some time. 
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Saturday satisfaction (and Germanic deep house future thizz)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Humboldt's dark new wave darlings Space Biscuit play The Palm Lounge with Arcata's Wownd following some stand-up comedy with Ben Feldman. The funny stuff starts at 8 p.m., theoretically, and the music kicks off around 10 p.m. Cover is $5 from 8 to 9:30 then a $3 to $5 suggested donation.

Maybe you want to rock out with your flock out. "Flock" referring to the dedicated followers of Led Zeppelin and the four women who keep the passion, beauty and aggression of that band's music alive. Yes, it's Zepparella! at Humboldt Brews. Tickets are $20, recommended in advance. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. and, sorry kids, this one is a 21-and-over trip down memory lane.

If battling bass is more your thing, never fear, Arcata has that, too. Yes, KMUD, World Famous Productions and the Northern Nights Music Festival bring you Battle of the Bass III featuring Salva at the Portuguese Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is 21-and-over.

What about Germanic deep house future thizz, you ask? No problem! Take yourself on out to the Alibi where ZORDON will offer exactly that. Cover is only $2! Show is 21-and-over, of course, and will start 11 p.m.-ish.


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Get Your Friday On With Fiddles or Livetronica or Jazz or Not-Jazz

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Austin heroine Carrie Rodriguez and renowned roots fiddler Luke Jacobs perform at Arcata Playhouse in support of their new album Live At The Cactus. Tickets are $15 general and $13 students. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Livetronica pioneers Particle are best known for marathon sets at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The band combines a full light show and multimedia production with a signature mix of high-energy dance music, rock and funk. Catch them at Humboldt Brews starting around 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and the show is 21-and-over.

If you're in the mood for excellent and sophisticated jazz, know that anything connected to the Redwood Jazz Alliance is the real deal. RJA's spring season continues with rising star bassist Linda Oh at 8 p.m. in HSU's Fulkerson Recital Hall. All About Jazz calls Oh's latest work, Sun Pictures, "an album of achingly fragile beauty." The touring version of Sun Pictures features Ben Wendel (of Kneebody) on sax, Matt Stevens on guitar and Justin Brown on drums. It's $15, $10 for students.

The jazz theme continues with a Redwood Coast Jazz Festival performance by Tommy Castro And The Painkillers — okay, so it's not exactly jazz since Castro is famed for his signature brand of modern day rocking rhythm and blues, but the gig is part of the jazz fest, so do with that what you will. This show happens in the sweet confines of the Eureka Theater at 4:30 p.m., tickets are $25 to $85 and a full lineup is available at and in the Journal's Calendar section.

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It's a Toss Up

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Leave your jokes about clown college at the door — Jamie Coventry and Natasha Kaluza have the sort of hand-eye coordination usually reserved for surgeons and super heroes. They take clowning to a level so high you almost don't want to be afraid of clowns. The San Francisco Circus Center Clown Conservatory graduates are about more than just pratfalls and seltzer bottles (though, they aren't above that sort of ridiculousness). They're acrobats, jugglers and theatrical comedians.


On Sunday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m., the crafty and capable Coventry and Kaluza are performing in the Goodwin Forum at Humboldt State University (free). The two-hour, family friendly show is chockablock with spectacle, hilarity and entertainment for all ages. In addition to slapstick vignettes with a modern twist, they have some razzle-dazzle tricks up their sleeves: knife juggling, extreme hula hooping and bizarre acrobatics.

Sure, they'll toss some conventional clowning into the mix for the sake of tradition, but don't expect tiny cars or squirting flowers. These clowns aren't of the birthday party variety. Their skills and thrills have made them two-time winners of the Best Comedy/Clown Act at the American Circus Festival and (in case you missed it) they juggle knives.

Coventry and Kaluza wont hog all of the fun, though. The audience can contribute by donning a costume or at least a silly hat. The night's merriment breeds more tomfoolery with all of the proceeds from concessions going to the Humboldt Juggling Festival, which takes place April 11-13. Because clowning is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Thank you, Winter, that will be all. We're done here.


We are tossing the wool socks and sweaters. In fact, some of us are even jumping the gun and going straight into summer — a flash of sun and suddenly people are in cut-offs and flip-flops. Daylight savings? Pfft. We are on island time.

If you can't wait for beach weather, cruise over to the Eureka Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. for the luau ($17.50, free for kids under 6). Will there be tiny umbrellas in the drinks? Will there be hula dancing? You bet your hibiscus there will.

Make like mid-career Elvis and sip a Blue Hawaii while the Polynesian Dance Group sways to live music. When you get peckish, there'll be authentic Hawaiian Kahlua pig with coconut pudding and pineapple upside-down cake for dessert. Too decadent? No need to feel guilty — proceeds from the festivities and the raffle go toward maintaining the building. So stuff a few bills in the 50/50 bucket and hang loose.

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Tonight's Setlist: Choose-your-own-adventure Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Let's start in Eureka. Meskalito, a new Arcata funk ensemble, joins funk improv quintet Ultra Secret Good Guy Organization in support of Ashland's moody alt rockers The Jawbone Club at the Palm Lounge. Show starts at 9 p.m., is free (tips appreciated, touring costs!) and 21-and-over.

Moving over to A-town, Arcata mega-poppers The Wild Lungs join Eureka acoustic punks TheBoredAgain at the Jambalaya. Revel in the intangible beginning at 10 p.m. Cover's $3, show is 21-and-over.

Maybe you want to experience a "beat." Head into the Arcata Theatre Lounge, where the sexified and infectious melodies of The Polish Ambassador will emanate from the stage, along with Liminus featuring the folk songwriter-electronic music composer pairing of Wildlight (the press kit promises Wildlight will "jumpstart a party into a syncopated bounce"), classically trained composer, producer and trumpet player Saqi and loop pedal goddess Ayla Nereo. Warm up by downloading the Ambassador's 10-album, 30-remix discography for free at Doors open at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $17 advanced and $20 general, available at People's Records, Wildberries and The Works. This show is 21-and-over.

Plan the rest of your weekend here.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Willoughby and Isabelle Arevalo hold hands and look to the sky as family, friends and a clown named Elliot join them to celebrate their wedding vows on Saturday, March 22 at College Cove Beach. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
  • Photos by Bob Doran
  • Willoughby and Isabelle Arevalo hold hands and look to the sky as family, friends and a clown named Elliot join them to celebrate their wedding vows on Saturday, March 22 at College Cove Beach.
Former Arcata Mayor "Bad" Bob Ornelas chats with Los Bagels owner Dennis Rael at a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the business' 30th anniversary. - PHOTOS BY BOB DORAN
  • Photos by Bob Doran
  • Former Arcata Mayor "Bad" Bob Ornelas chats with Los Bagels owner Dennis Rael at a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the business' 30th anniversary.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's a Terrific Tuesday!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

What do you need to know about The Rebirth Brass Band other than that the show is at Humboldt Brews, costs $20, starts at 9:30 p.m. and is 21-and-over? These guys are an international phenom. From the streets of New Orleans to points around the globe, The Rebirth Brass Band brings the funk so heavy it obliterates all else in the room. You can't not have fun. Go get your groove on.

We return to the British Isles for an evening of Scottish fiddle music with the Hanneke Cassel Trio at the Arcata Playhouse. Cassel's charismatic fiddling has earned the native Oregonian honors, awards and a stellar rounding out of her trio, which includes Mike Block and Christopher Lewis. Hailed by no less than Yo Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century," Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer and educator living in Boston. For his part, in addition to his work with Hanneke, Lewis has long been a fixture in the Boston indie rock scene.

Tickets are $15 general, $13 students and members. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Wildberries, Wildwood Music or 822-1575.

UPDATE: Warm Soda, Big Tits and Dirty Pillows canceled due to car troubles — BUT — there will be live music. White Manna and other bands TBA will still play the Shanty tonight!

Last, but far from least, a chance to experience killer garage-pop-glam act Warm Soda at the Shanty, where the drinks are cheap and the vibe is forever rock'n'roll. How fun will this show be? I clicked on the band's "Renegade Mode" video and was sold five seconds in. Warm Soda's riffs hook a person from the get-go with direct lineage from way back with The Stones and Ramones to The Strokes and The Hives to Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees — I don't normally like to compare one band to others, but this show is going to be so cool that I feel compelled to pull out all stops.

Along with Warm Soda, lead singer Matthew Melton's other band, Big Tits, falls more on the gritty, new-wave, early- punk side of things. Show starts 9-ish p.m., $5 cover, 21-and-over.

Take a 1:55 sample taste below:

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Jazz Hands

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Be prepared to blow your top. The Redwood Coast Jazz Festival is a weekend of jazz, blues, swing, dance and general excitement. The festivities boogie-woogie their way onto the scene with the Kick-off Dance at the Adorni Center on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Donna Landry and Swing Set open the evening, followed by High Street. The dance is $8 with event tickets and $10 without. Taste of Main Street ticket holders also get a discount on entry.

Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, March 27-30.
  • Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, March 27-30.

The official opening ceremony is at the Adorni Center at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. This free event features music from The Au Brothers, John Cocuzzi, Otis Mourning and Gator Nation. That's a lot of cool cats for one ceremony.

The Jazz Festival doesn't stop at jazz. Ya gotta have some blues, too. Blues Night takes over the Eureka Theatre at 4:30 p.m. Friday with over six hours of soulful tunes from Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, Twice As Good 2XG, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, and Dave Bennett and The Memphis Boys ($25). If you're not in the mood for blues, you can hoof your way over to the Eureka High School auditorium for Eureka High School Jazz Ensemble and The Commanders Air Force Jazz Combo at 7 p.m. It's free and promises to hit on all sixes.

Think you've got moves? High step it over to the Eureka Muni at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 for the dance contest. Entry is only $5 and there are multiple dance categories to choose from. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, The Morris Graves Museum is hosting a wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres from local venues, as well as music from John Cocuzzi and Kristy Reed Cocuzzi. Tickets are $35 without a festival pass and seating is limited. The Eureka Muni keeps the dancing going after the contest with a dance party at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday, March 30 is the final day of the festivities. The Eureka Theater presents two silent movies with live accompaniment at 1 p.m. and tickets are only $5. The day wraps up with the closing ceremony at the Adorni Center at 3 p.m. for $10 and an after party at the Red Lion at 5 p.m.

You can pay for each event individually, or you can head over to and pick up all-event tickets for $85. Either way, the weekend will be the cool cat's meow.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: From Mandolins to Oscillations, Your Entertainment Options

Posted By on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist blend traditional bluegrass and folk styles with contemporary acoustic music, reshaping old melodies and composing new music with a flair and richness that can be experienced at the Arcata Playhouse on Sunday night.

Grammy winners Reischman and Nygaard have performed together regularly since the early 1990s. Reischman also leads the Jaybirds and is often referred to as "an understated visionary." The show is presented by Playhouse Arts in association with Humboldt Folklife Society. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $13 students and Humboldt Folklife members, and available at Wildberries, Wildwood Music or (707) 822-1575.

Humboldt Brews brings Toubab Krewe to town for an evening of West-Africa-meets-the-American-South with instrumental tunes performed on various instruments including, but not limited to, the kora, kamelengoni, soku, two electric guitars, electric bass guitar, drum set and African percussion. Mountain Standard Time opens around 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Show is 21-and-over.

Over at the Jambalaya, it's a RWINA Records Showcase featuring Krampfhaft, Akkachar and Jameszoo. Krampfhaft hails from Utrecht, which, I have just learned, is a city in the Netherlands. His name is rumored to mean something along the lines of "convulsive," appropriate for the erratic tracks he creates — think bold synths over speed-addled drums and syrup-drenched vocals. His style lies somewhere between hyperactivity and hyperfocus, with a flair for the grandiose.

Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Chafik Chennouf, better known as Akkachar, boasts a long list of achievements including airplay on BBC1, BBC1 Xtra, Rinse FM and Kiss FM. Beyond that, Subway, a Rotterdam-based dubstep institution, released his debut solo single of "rainbow-flecked low-frequency oscillations" back in 2011.

Meanwhile, Jameszoo, referred to as a "committed crate-digger and cognoscente of avant garde jazz" creates sounds both "colourful and forward-thinking" and "chaotic and experimental."

Music starts around 9:30 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and the show is 21-and-over.

Krampfhaft Spit Thunder EP promo from Krampfhaft on Vimeo.

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