Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Two Reasons to Leave the House

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 7:41 PM

The sun's going down soon and you're wondering how to make the most of your Sunday night? You've two options.

A listen to Austin psych-pop quartet Tele Novella inspired us to highlight the band's Sunday gig at the Palm Lounge as Your Show of the Week.

"Don't Be A Stranger," from new EP Cosmic Dial Tone, bops along, Natalie Gordon's vocals layered sweetly over a salty crunch of sound provided by Jason Chronis (bass, vocals), Sarah La Puerta (keyboards) and Matt Simon (drums). The single "Trouble in Paradise" seduces even further, reminiscent of that state between fully awake and not-quite-asleep and evoking Tele Novella's nocturnal leanings.


Cool trivia note: The quartet also contributed a version of The Velvet Underground's "Stephanie Says" to much-lauded Wes Anderson tribute compilation I Saved Latin! Eureka's The Monster Women joins. Show is 21-and-over, starts at 9 p.m. and a $5 donation to the band is suggested.

One of my favorite all-male trios, Nipplepotamus, is also playing Sunday night. Find the band's surfy/psych/acid/punk sounds at the Logger Bar, 9 p.m., along with PDX's doom metal masters Mammoth Salmon. Free, 21-and-over.



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Where There's Smoke

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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Are you still recovering from Hops in Humboldt? Try a hair of the dog that bit you over at the Mateel Community Center and its SoHum Brew Fest and Barbecue Smoke-off on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($25 all-inclusive ticket, $10 barbecue and music only).

Instead of slaving over the coals for hours and battling flames yourself, let the contestants at this sixth annual meat meet compete for your vote, plying you with samples of their smoky delights. Then exercise your right as an American and vote on the best of the briskets, baby backs and kebabs. Same goes for the beer samples from the region's breweries and home brewers. Oh, you will have to dig deep and sample many, but this is your civic duty. Right?

Were those wings a little spicy? The funk stylings of Cold Blue Water should cool you off, and some indie rock from 3 Legged Dog will put you back on your feet. At least until next weekend.

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Tonight's Setlist: Get Ripped

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

There's this, the slightly mysterious Watercolor Paintings and Void Boys at the Birdhouse show...


...and for the less subtle, local blues favorites Buddy Reed & the Rip It Ups transform The Westhaven Center for the Arts from an art gallery to a lowdown, dirty, gut bucket blues dance hall as part of the center's monthly jazz and blues series.

You'd think a guy who has shared the stage with Muddy Waters, Big Momma Thornton, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, etc., might be content to rest upon his well-earned laurels. You'd be wrong.

For the uninitiated, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Reed performs seven days a week around town. Impressive. The Rip It Ups consists of Rick Ryno (drums), David Bethuy (bass) and Andy Fihn (harmonica).

Cover is a sliding scale of $5 to $10 with refreshments available. Portion of proceeds benefit the Westhaven Center for the Arts. Show runs from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Members of Motherlode play some funk for the crowd at the Humboldt County Fair Saturday, Aug. 23. despite being misidentified in the program as a "country" band called "Mother Lode." - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Members of Motherlode play some funk for the crowd at the Humboldt County Fair Saturday, Aug. 23. despite being misidentified in the program as a "country" band called "Mother Lode."
Jeff DeMark and his twin brother, Paul, of The Gila Monsters, told summer stories with "songs and wild left turns" in Acting on a Dream, Again! presented Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Arcata Playhouse. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Jeff DeMark and his twin brother, Paul, of The Gila Monsters, told summer stories with "songs and wild left turns" in Acting on a Dream, Again! presented Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Arcata Playhouse.
Food Network superstar Guy Fieri poses for a selfie with Kate Walstead Hutchings, one of his duties as guest emcee of Ladies Hat Day, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 23, at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Food Network superstar Guy Fieri poses for a selfie with Kate Walstead Hutchings, one of his duties as guest emcee of Ladies Hat Day, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 23, at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.
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Weeell, Isn't That Special?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

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If you remember the heady days of '80s stand-up (black blazer, light jeans, big sneakers), then Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey likely sent some kind of beverage out your nose. See him grab the mic again at the Van Duzer Theater on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. ($65, $25 HSU students).

On SNL, Carvey's characters became the stuff of legend as he morphed into a Teutonic bodybuilder, a songwriter with nothing to sing about beyond broccoli and the goofy, metal-loving, basement-dwelling Garth — foil to Mike Myers' Wayne — who made it to the big-screen in Wayne's World. While she never had her own movie, the scythe-browed Church Lady, who took clunky shoes and slut shaming to cathedral heights, struck funny bones and a few nerves during the zenith of televangelism and its accompanying mascara-streaked scandals. His impressions of George Bush Sr. and Ross Perot not only became the gold standard caricatures of the day (if you imitated either man, it was an imitation of Carvey's imitation), but helped color the way the public saw those figures: Bush as staid, overly cautious and irretrievably square, Perot as a delusional old coot.

It's worth heading out on Thursday night to see what the comedian makes of the current social and political scene, who'll get his teasing affection, as Garth did, and who he'll skewer. Just be careful when your sip your beverage this time.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Joke's on You

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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The comedy scene in Humboldt is growing at breakneck speed and the folks at Savage Henry Magazine want to keep that momentum going. The third annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival ($25 all-festival pass, $3-15 per show) is more than just an extremely long title; it's also a multi-town, poly-venue comedy explosion that spans an entire weekend. The festival runs from Thursday, Aug. 28 through Saturday, Aug. 30, with locations all over the county, including Jambalaya, Humbrews, Blondies, Los Bagels, The Palm Lounge, 6 Rivers Brewery, Arcata Theater Lounge, Mazzotti's, Big Fish Vapor Lounge, Fatbol and The Trim Scene. The hilarity kicks off each day at noon and runs until midnight. In addition to the multiple local comedians, more than 70 jokesters are travelling from out of town just to tickle your funny bone.

On Thursday, Aug. 28, David Gborie ($10) performs at Mazzotti's Arcata at 10 p.m. The San Francisco comic plays nationwide and has been featured at the Seattle International Comedy Festival and SF Sketchfest. On Friday, Aug. 29, Joe Wagner ($10) takes the stage at HumBrews at 10 p.m. You might recognize Wagner from Zach Galafianakis' Live at the Purple Onion or from any of his many television appearances on Comedy Central.

It's more than just standup comics, though. The festival also includes variety shows, competitions and live podcasts. Check out Bayside Myself ($5) at the Jambalaya at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. This live reading of an episode of Saved by the Bell has been featured at SF Sketchfest. On Saturday, Aug. 30, Spicy News ($5) adds some zest to the fest at the Jambalaya at 4 p.m. Watch comedians try to read current news stories while eating hot peppers. Just the description is hilarious!

There's literally more comedy than you can shake a stick at, because you can really only hold more than two sticks. You can pick up festival tickets at Wildberries or The Works, or purchase tickets at the door for each event.


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Come on, Get Hoppy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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Fortuna is far enough inland that the sun beats down just a little harder. On a typical August afternoon, you can run through the sprinkler or take a dip in the above-ground pool. Or on Saturday Aug. 23, you can sample a seemingly unlimited number of beers and ciders, while contributing to local nonprofits at Hops in Humboldt ($40, $35 advance). From 1 to 5 p.m., Rohner Park will be transformed into a Pinocchio Pleasure Island of microbreweries, live music and local wares.

Your ticket gets you a commemorative glass, which you can fill over and over again with samples of more than 100 beers from 35 breweries, including 21st Amendment, Deschutes, Ninkasi and more. Not a beer drinker? Can't have gluten? Not to worry, there are multiple ciders to choose from, including Sonoma Cider and Crispin. Pace yourself; that's a lot of booze.

No one wants to drink in silence. The festival features four musical acts to accompany your whistle-wetting. The day's performances include Amanda Gray and Whiskey Savage, The Dirty Rats, Ishi Dube and Vintage Rock N' Soul. These bands run the gamut from reggae to rock, appealing to toe-tappers of all sorts. Again, pace yourself; you've got a lot of suds to sample and a lot of dancing to do.

In fact, it's a good idea to add some food to the mix. You can't let an empty belly slow you down, after all. There will be nine food vendors on site, with options for everyone's hankerings. Even with a packed gullet, there's still a chance of overdoing it. So, plan your transportation in advance. You've got plenty of options. If you can't get a designated driver, you can take advantage of Redwood Transit's "Catch a Ride" rate of $3 oneway, or $4.90 round trip. Once you're in Fortuna, there's a free shuttle service throughout town.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mules, Mistakes and Making Amends

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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If you picked up the newest issue of the Journal this week, you probably noticed that Center Arts is kicking off its 2014 season tonight, with Amos Lee. You may have also noticed that the Music & More Grid, 8 Days a Week  and The Setlist indicate that Gov't Mule is playing on Sunday, August 24.
Pardon our jackassery; this information is wrongGov't Mule plays at the Van Duzer Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
We didn't mean to get your hopes up, we swear. Sometimes, when we are getting all of our ducks in a row, a mule or two sneaks its way in. They're stubborn like that.
The good news is, you still have a month to get your tickets to the show! 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We (keg) Stand Corrected

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

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With all of the excitement surrounding the upcoming 11th Annual Hops in Humboldt, we made some mistakes that made their way into print in the Aug. 20 issue. You, our readers deserve the truth, so let's set the record straight.

For starters, entry to the festival is $45 at the gate, not $40. What's five dollars between friends, though? The band line-up was also regrettably inaccurate. This year's line-up includes Kingfoot, The Dirty Rats, Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band and The Resonators. Finally, the taps close at 5 p.m., but the party rolls on until 6 p.m.

There ya go. With all your facts in order, you're ready to drink until someone makes you stop. Go!

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Around Humboldt County

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Bassist Ron Sharp and lead guitarist Rick Levin of the cosmic American music band Cadillac Ranch trade licks at a dance concert at Mad River Brewery in Blue Lake on a warm summer Friday evening, Aug. 15. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Bassist Ron Sharp and lead guitarist Rick Levin of the cosmic American music band Cadillac Ranch trade licks at a dance concert at Mad River Brewery in Blue Lake on a warm summer Friday evening, Aug. 15.
Mariachi Real de Mexico play real Mexican folkloric music to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wildberries Marketplace on Saturday, Aug. 16, in Arcata. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Mariachi Real de Mexico play real Mexican folkloric music to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wildberries Marketplace on Saturday, Aug. 16, in Arcata.
Maria Vanderhorst of Samba na Chuva dances at a wild party in Maple Creek Saturday night, Aug. 16. - PHOTO BY BOB DORAN
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  • Maria Vanderhorst of Samba na Chuva dances at a wild party in Maple Creek Saturday night, Aug. 16.
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