Thursday, August 31, 2017

Music Tonight: Thursday, Aug. 31

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Claire Bent and Citizen Funk
  • Claire Bent and Citizen Funk

If you decide to call in sick to work tomorrow and make it a four-day weekend, start off at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room around 6 p.m. where you'll hear some jazz tunes from Fred & Jr. (no relation) for free. Enjoy some tasty local beers and if you have too many, you may in fact be sick tomorrow. Solo guitar-slinger Piet Dalmolen returns to the Redwood Curtain Brewery at 8 p.m., playing his guitar licks and loops for free. I know he won't refuse a tip, so help the guy get gas money so he can get back to Westhaven tonight. I wasn't aware anyone had blended the musical genres of cumbia and punk music, but everything's been done under the sun apparently. From East Los Angeles we have Thee Commons stopping by the Van Duzer Theater on Humboldt State University's campus at 8 p.m. Not only do they blend these two styles well — with some psychedelia thrown in for good measure — but they've also gotten rave reviews from their local press with the LA Weekly naming one of their shows in "LA's 20 Best Live Shows of 2016" so that's something to doff your hat at. I can't recall the last time I saw a $15 ticket price for a Center Arts show, so take advantage of this great deal. Claire Bent and Citizen Funk will be at the top of the hill in McKinleyville at 9 p.m. playing at Six Rivers Brewery for free, so stop in for a funky brew. What do these band names have in common: Utzalu, Ritual Knife, Zelosis and Primordial Wound? If you thought, "well, they all sound darkly overly-dramatic and therefore they must be metal bands," you are correct! Metal is on the bill at The Jam at 10 p.m. with bands from Portland, Atlanta, Whitethorn and Seattle (respectively) and $8 will get you in the doors.

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Steppin' Out at Bigfoot Days

Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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The small town of Willow Creek is celebrating something big: It's the 50th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin film and lots of out-of-towners are converging on the footprint of Bigfoot folklore for the annual Bigfoot Days happening Sept. 2 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m at Veterans Park (free admission). Enjoy live music, rides, food, vendors, car show, parade and contests.

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Dancing in the Streets

Arts Alive! and the I Block Party

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Where's the party? Take your pick. There are two hopping block parties happening this holiday weekend. You've got an extra day, why not make the last official weekend of summer count and hit both?

Arts Alive! is always a lovely night on the town, but this September's monthly art walk is especially bumping with the Opera Alley Block Party happening Saturday, Sept. 2 from 6-9 p.m. on the street in front of the Clarke Historical Museum (free admission). E Street between Second and Third will be closed to traffic to allow for all sorts of magic under the string lights and stars. There'll be delicious sliders (cooked to order) from a portable rig, with Ramone's serving up tasty treats, too. Have you tried The Booth Brewing Company's Korean beer? Now's your chance. The new brewery in town will be there along with long-time local staple Lost Coast Brewery pouring favorites (with root beer for the kids). Humboldt Distillery will keep things tropical with a Caribbean-style punch featuring its spiced rum, and Gabriel's will be uncorking bottles of reds and whites. The Latin Peppers and Wynsome Winds will provide music for your dancing and listening pleasure. The fundraiser benefits the Opera Alley Exhibit Space Project.

An Arcata tradition for 32 years, the I Block Party is back Monday, Sept. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. in front of Los Bagels (free admission). The family-friendly affair features live music from Daily Driver, The Jim Lahman Band, The Kentucky Warblers and The Bump Foundation. I Street is blocked off as well so revelers can mingle among friends and information/vendor booths enjoying local microbrews, cold drinks, barbecued chicken, tofu and albacore, as well as take part in a raffle and silent auction with free face painting for the kids. All proceeds benefit Arcata's sister city Camoapa, Nicaragua.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fair Champs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Rylan Lommori, of the Hydesville 4-H club, with his Grand Champion turkey. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Rylan Lommori, of the Hydesville 4-H club, with his Grand Champion turkey.

On an unusually hot, sunny day on Sunday in Ferndale at the Humboldt County Fair, the Junior Livestock Auction attracted a large crowd of willing and generous bidders on the well-fed and well-cared-for animals and birds offered for sale by 250 local young 4-H and Future Farmers of America exhibitors. Many individuals and businesses responded eagerly to the auctioneer, and the bids for the "champion" level animals and birds often far exceeded the current market price.


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Demetri Martin at the Van Duzer

Posted on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 2:44 PM

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Demetri Martin, former writer at Late Night with Conan O'Brien and regular performer on The Daily Show, is in town to lighten things up. Martin brings his comedy routine to the Van Duzer Theatre Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. ($39) Fear not, kids. That's an early enough show for a school night.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Music Tonight: Sunday, Aug. 27

Posted By on Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival wraps up today with three concerts at two venues. The first begins at Holy Trinity Church at 11 a.m. with preludes, dances and counterpoint with Peter Kibbe on the cello. Then at 2 p.m. you'll find soprano Clara Lisle and powerhouse pianist Daniela Mineva at Trinidad Town Hall before everything wraps up at the same venue at 8 p.m. with Festival Strings joined by soloist Michael Kibbe on the oboe. Trinidad's never had it so good.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Music Tonight: Saturday, Aug. 26

Posted By on Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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  • The Delta Nationals

Day two of the Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival gets underway at 2 p.m. at Trinidad Town Hall with Tales of the Baroque with Trio Seraphim. Four hours later, you'll find dance music courtesy of the Delta Nationals outside at the Mad River Brewery playing for free. Mon Petit Chou is at Cafe Mokka playing also for free and at 8 p.m. doing its French-Canadian thing, which is great music to drink cappuccinos to by the way. Temporary Resonance Trio is at Trinidad Town Hall at 8 p.m. to keep the Trinidad Festival moving along. The '80s Mercedes for the Ladies returns to the Wave Lounge in Blue Lake Casino at 9 p.m. so put on your leg warmers and headbands and get ready to dance to Eyes Anonymous. When I first read the press release about the band Talking Dreads, I was a little perplexed by the band's move to cover Talking Heads songs with a reggae-tinted groove but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. As I went back and listened to some Heads, I could definitely envision where reggae could definitely fit these songs. You'll have a chance to hear this first hand tonight at Humboldt Brews around 9:30 p.m., when the band gets on the stage. "Head Dread" Mystic Bowie is tight with Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads and he was a member of The Tom Tom Club, so you know you've got some real fans and real talented musicians tonight. Tickets are $10 for this show.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Thirsty for Hops in Humboldt

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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Grab some broad-spectrum sunblock, eat a stomach-lining breakfast and buy your designated driver a ticket for Hops in Humboldt on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Fortuna's Rohner Park ($45, $35 advance, $75 VIP, $10 non-drinkers). If you've never been or your memory of the last one is fuzzy, here are some pro tips.

Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of microbrews and a vote for the Taster's Choice Award. Rein in your ambitions, though, as there are more than 50 breweries and you are a mere mortal. Take stock of your physical limitations/plans for the future and be sure to take advantage of the free water, especially if you have plans for Sunday beyond weeping softly into the cool side of your pillow.

Don't let long lines get you down. Use the time to socialize, reapply that sunblock (nobody wants a Hops burn) and enjoy the music from the three bands on stage throughout the day, Jenny & David & the Sweet Soul Band, Strix Vega (featuring the Journal's own Andy Powell) and Melange.

Take a few beer breaks with some vendor browsing and games, like the ring toss and the beer-themed version of Plinko, Drinko. There'll be more than a dozen food stalls hawking goodies like Indian tacos, barbecue, wood fired pizza, doughnuts and steak on a stick for when you get peckish, so bring some cash. Drunk you loves doughnuts.

Don't forget to pat yourself on the back as you amble out of the park. After all, the Hops in Humboldt nonprofit has raised and doled out some $400,000 in local grants. Cheers to that.

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Wiyot Day

Posted on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Traditional Wiyot salmon barbecue - PHOTO BY HOLLY HARVEY
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  • Traditional Wiyot salmon barbecue

Celebrate Wiyot culture and sovereignty at Table Bluff Reservation on Saturday, Aug. 26 starting at 3 p.m. (free). Wiyot Day features traditional dances, games, cooking demonstrations, art and craft vendors and more.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Aug. 25

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Nonoka Mizukami plays Trinidad's Town Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 as part of the Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Nonoka Mizukami plays Trinidad's Town Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 as part of the Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival.

Classic country is on the bill tonight at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m., thanks to the Redwood Ramblers who are playing for free. The Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival kicks off tonight in Trinidad's Town Hall at 8 p.m. with a concert of modern classics featuring Nonoka Mizukami on the marimba, joined by Peter Kibbe on the cello. It'll be well worth it at $30. The Eastern European sounds of Chubritza return to Cafe Mokka at 8 p.m. and for free. At the same price, you'll find Jimi Jeff & The Gypsy Band rockin' the house in the Wave Lounge at the Blue Lake Casino at 9 p.m. At the same time (and also free) The Mojo Rockers will be groovin' the dance floor at Bear River Casino.

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