Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Music Tonight - Wednesday, May 31

Posted on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Didn't get enough jazz last night at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room? Return this evening as The RLA Jazz Trio with Paula & Don will be doing their thing for you and the family. Same deal as last night — and most nights — with a 6 p.m. start time and free enjoyment.

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The Summer Arts and Music Festival

Posted on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 4:00 AM

PHOTO BY AGNES PTAK
  • Photo by Agnes Ptak

The Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 packs an entire summer of festivals into two glorious days. Enjoy the four stages of global and local music and dance, crafts, food and info booths, and activities for all ages from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ($50 or $40 advance for a two-day pass, $30 single-day).

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Music Tonight - Tuesday, May 30

Posted on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Although Friday is still far out of sight, sneak on up to the Mad River Brewery Tap room at 6 p.m. this evening to catch some jazz from Blue Lotus. They'll start around 6 p.m. and go until about 8:30 p.m. and all for free. Bring the kids as well — just keep 'em away from the beer.

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Humboldt Crabs Fan Fest

Posted on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 4:00 AM

PHOTO BY KALI COZYRIS
  • Photo by Kali Cozyris

Slap the dust out of that bleacher cushion, cram your C-cap on and follow the streams of Crabbies faithful to the Arcata Ball Park Thursday, June 1 for the Humboldt Crabs Fan Fest starting at 5 p.m. ($5 with hot dog, chips and drink). Meet the players, watch batting practice and get autographs for the kids. Beer, cider, wine and food tasting in right field with a 21+ bracelet.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Splashdown: Kinetic Day 2

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Tempus Fugitorium in the splash zone. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Tempus Fugitorium in the splash zone.
They survived the sand and dared Deadman's Drop. On Sunday, Kinetic Grand Championship competitors got amphibious, using foam, floats, kayaks and paddles to navigate the waters of Humboldt Bay. Making waves (and making it back to shore) is no joke — listing craft, log jams and busted cabooses were just a few of the challenges. A slightly damp Mark McKenna returned from the second leg of the sculpture race with the slideshow below. Enjoy it from the dry comfort of your home.

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All Downhill: Kinetic Day One

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 10:31 AM

The majestic Kinetic Kootie rides again with the Carson Mansion as backdrop. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The majestic Kinetic Kootie rides again with the Carson Mansion as backdrop.
After parading around the Arcata Plaza, teams competing for glory (or just trying to stay upright) took off on the 2017 Grand Kinetic Championship. As the crowd cheered on Saturday, the human-powered contraptions made their way to the Manila Dunes to face Deadman's Drop, the steep, sandy, downhill challenge that's toppled many a team. Photographer Mark McKenna was there amid the gears and gritted teeth, catching the action. Check out the slideshow below and stay tuned for more updates this weekend.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Music Tonight - Saturday, May 27

Posted on Sat, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Delta Nationals - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Delta Nationals

Some salmon action is on the bill tonight at the Inn at 2nd & C (formerly the Eagle House Victorian Inn) in Eureka, where there is a seafood dinner and benefit concert for local fishermen and salmon protectors. The dinner starts around 6 p.m. but if you just want to get in for the music from Diggin' Dirt and Irie Rockers, $25 is all they'll ask from you. All proceeds from this event go to Salmon Action and will be split between Save the Klamath Trinity Salmon and Klamath Water Protectors along with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association. For more info drop a line to klamathtrinityriver@gmail.com. Up in Blue Lake, you'll find local Americana/rockers/swingers the Delta Nationals at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. As with all MRB shows, this one's free and all ages. Local surf-rockers Band O Loko are stopping by Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville at 9 p.m. for a free show. Welcome them at their first performance at the Brewery. Local Pink Floyd tribute Money (yours truly included) returns to The Logger Bar in Blue Lake around the same time to play a free show with some of your favorite Floyd tunes. If the '80s is more your scene, stop by The Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino for local superheroes Eyes Anonymous playing more hits than you remembered were from that decade. It's also a 9 p.m. show and free.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Dylan-esque Celebration

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:12 PM

Megan Hendley rang them bells at the Dylan to-do. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Megan Hendley rang them bells at the Dylan to-do.

Highway 299 (OK, State Route) led to a great sunset view of the Blue Lake skyline for Wednesday night’s seventh annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at the Mad River Brewery. All I really wanted to do was to drink a glass of cold hard cider, as I wasn’t going anywhere else for the evening, and the music covers of Dylan’s songs by the collection of local performers kept me in my seat all evening with long ago, far away memories.


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Music Tonight - Friday, May 26

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Low Hums - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • The Low Hums

Thick grooves are on the bill at The Arcata Theatre Lounge around 8 p.m. courtesy of local reggae jammers The Dubbadubs along with Stonechild and trippy-pysch DJs The Desert Dwellers. Harnessing exotic instruments, eastern scales and reverb-drenched foreign female vocals, these dwellers of the desert bring you something you might hear in a yoga tent at Burning Man in the midday once the mushrooms start to kick in. Skip the playa dust; tickets are $30 at the door. Local champs of getting down, The Getdown, will be getting the dance floor moving at The Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino at 9 p.m. with a free show going into the wee hours of the morning. Claire Bent and Citizen Funk will be hitting the Hum Brews stage at 9:30 p.m. and $5 will get you into this funkfest. Another Seattle band is in our neck of the woods courtesy of the Low Hums who are stopping by The Alibi. They count a lot of influences, some among the early psychedelic area such as Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, Dead Moon and some early British Invasion bands like Them and The Rolling Stones. With some freakiness from that era and some sounds you might have heard on the radio in the late '90s, the band is on the road promoting their recent release of Shine Rock, so feel free to pick up a copy tonight. Local surf-punkers The Sturgeons will be anchoring the show, which starts around 11 p.m. with only a $5 cover charge.

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The Art of the Wheel

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 4:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna

"For the Glory!" Ready yourself for the rallying cry ringing out across the county this weekend as dozens of Kinetinauts (nuts?) and their human-powered contraptions roll, rumble and race across sea, sand, mud and land during the Kinetic Grand Championship happening May 27-29 (free). The Humboldt County Memorial Day Weekend tradition celebrating the wacky and wonderful pairing of art and engineering has been going — not for money, not for fame, but for the glory — since 1969.

Catch the romp and circumstance Saturday at the Arcata Plaza between 10 a.m. and noon as teams preen and prime themselves for the three-day journey. At the noon whistle, the teams start their pedaling, taking a few laps around the square in front of the Rutabaga Queens, who get be to all judgey. 'Cause there are actual written rules. Like your brakes need to work. And "Bodies are our only Batteries." And everybody "must try their best to have FUN at all times." Teams will then head off to Manila for the first leg, where at 1 p.m., you can watch them tumble, slide and flop down Deadman's Drop before making their way through Eureka, ending at Halvorsen Park with an all-day, early evening party (free). Sunday, vehicles cross the bay and head south through Loleta and Fernbridge to the finish line on Main Street in Ferndale on Monday. And all along the way, there are parties and pit stops with music and good times. For a complete schedule of events, check www.kineticgrandchampionship.com.

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