Monday, January 1, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, Jan 1

Posted By on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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It's Jan. 1, 2018. The first day of a brand new year. Odds are most people are either hungover, still asleep, or getting an early start on their resolutions and going jogging for the first time in a decade or squashing an ancient family feud or finally getting around to reading an unreadably long masterpiece from the canon of western literature (don't do it, it isn't worth it. I'm looking at you, Melville). Anyway, everything's closed. Put on Thelonious Monk's solo piano album and clean up the mess you made last year. You will feel better.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Music Tonight: Sunday (New Year's Eve), Dec. 31

Posted By on Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Psychedelvis and The Rounders play The Logger Bar Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. (free). - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Psychedelvis and The Rounders play The Logger Bar Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. (free).

Well, it's here. The terminal point of a long and needlessly exhausting year of trials, travails and — hopefully — a few triumphs. Here's hoping that 2017 will be remembered as America's Empire Strikes Back year and that 2018 will bring a much-needed balance to the tailspin we are in now.

I have tried to find a little something for everyone tonight, so let's start off with the kid and friend family event. Redwood Raks Dance Studio has a dance party with two rooms, two DJs and a Martinelli's apple cider toast at the appointed hour. If you or your loved ones can't dance, fear not: Admission comes with a dance lesson starting promptly at 8 p.m. $12.

Across the bay, Siren's Song has the Peat Moss Variety Show performing A Peat Moss New Year's Eve, an evening of burlesque and stand-up comedy with live music courtesy Madi Simmons and Juddrum and special musical guest Biancamankai at 8 p.m. Admission includes food and an open bar. I will now name the comedians and burlesque performers in random order, try to guess who is who, winner gets nothing: Josh Barnes, Jessica Grant, Amber Lust, Nando Molina, Lulu Fatale, Electra Gray, Peat Moss, Lila Vanita. $49.

The Logger Bar hosts Psychdelvis and The Rounders, an Elvis Presley and David Bowie mash-up cover band which is also known to jam, jam, jam. Ground Control to Major Tom Parker. The music starts at 9 p.m. and we all probably know around when it will reach the crescendo. Free.

Meanwhile, at the same time on 10th Street, Humbrews kicks off a different sort of jam when local funksters Object Heavy team up with Absynth Quartet to drag you dancing and screaming into the new dawn.

For those who like bass-heavy electronic dance music or just prefer to go deaf first in the 20-250 hz frequencies, The Arcata Theatre Lounge has you covered tonight. At 9:30 p.m. the New Year's Eve Galaxy show starts with back to back sets by Onhell and Zanapod, Hypha and Rhizae, Avi8trix and Jason Burruss and a set by Danny Corn as well. Get deep down with future trap bass digging machines. $20.

If you want to be a star or watch other people star in their own celebration of Saturnalian excess, The Miniplex has a special night of Karaoke around 9-ish. Tonight's Dare-oke-a thing they do where the KJ picks the song for a brave member of the audience- will have the theme, "The future and new beginnings," so bear that in mind. I for one hope that a favorite karaoke tune of mine will make the list, "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath. Not because I wish for war, dear readers, but rather because I would like to see the part of the lyrics where God condemns all the politicians, generals and military industrialists to an eternity in Hell come true in 2018. Hosanna. Free with a two-drink minimum.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Music Tonight: Saturday, Dec. 30

Posted By on Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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New Year's Eve shows tend to have a fairly above nominal entrance fee which can get a little pricey so for New Year's Eve's eve, allow me to suggest three free shows that will allow you to save your ducats and doubloons (I just listened to a podcast about pirates, sorry) for the main attraction tomorrow night. The Lost Dogs brings its classic rhythm and blues sound to the Redwood Curtain Brewery at 8 p.m.

Buddy Reed and the Rip It Ups play some plain old blues blues at the Speak Easy at 9 p.m.

Also at 9, and farther south and up a hill, Claire Bent —vocals — joins her father Jim — on drums — and the veteran players in Citizen Funk for an evening of soul and funk classics at Bear River Casino. Shuffle, dance or have a gander, the entertainment's on the house. Free, free, free.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Take it Outside

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Start 2018 off on the right foot, followed by the left, and a healthy lungful of fresh Humboldt air. You've got those resolutions and, whether it's less Netflix and chill and more Nike and thrill or just taking in more of our beautiful local scenery, there are plenty of outdoor activities available. Here are two New Year's Day alternatives to Syfy channel's 24-hour Twilight Zone marathon (not that there's anything wrong with that).

The King Tides Event taking place Monday, Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary (South I Street entrance) is your chance to hang out with Friends of the Arcata Marsh board members Elliott Dabill and David Couch and photographer Paul Johnson for a special walk in which attendees are encouraged to take photos of the shoreline as part of the California Coastal Commission's statewide King Tides Event. Meet on the porch of the Interpretive Center at 10:30 a.m. for this free event.

While the 1st Day Hike is taking a rest this year, the 1st Day Paddle at Stone Lagoon Visitor Center is in full swing. Bring your own vessel or rent one there for this easy-going excursion on Monday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. Life jackets required (they'll be provided to those who don't bring their own), and please leave pets at home. Inclement weather cancels. Call 845-6171 for more information.

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Make 2018 Great Again

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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2017, come on. You were supposed to be better than 2016. Sure, we had an inkling right around November that you were going to be a handful but, really, did you have to be so bad? We're sending you on your way and setting the tone for an awesome 2018. Here are a few fine options for end-of-year release and revelry.

Say hello to the new kid in town: Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge. The hip new spot in the Historic Eagle House is the scene for BurningLeaf and Fraktal Productions' Laidback Lounge special New Year's Eve at Phatsy Kline's party happening Sunday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. ($10). Dress in your sparkly cocktail best, grab some drinks in the lounge, and get down to funky beats by Zera, Bandon Wayne, Copperton3 and BOA.

In Arcata, ring in the New Year with a fantastic swing and blues New Year's Eve Party for all ages at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ($12). Show up at 8 p.m. for a free dance lesson followed by a dance party in two rooms featuring DJ music, Martinelli toasts (this is a non-alcoholic event), a balloon drop, photo booth and costume contest (vintage attire encouraged).

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Music Tonight: Friday, Dec. 29

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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The Jam hosts a New Year's Eve warm-up local metal show at 9 p.m. Instrumental down-tuners Ultramafic open and hard rock while metal maestros War Möth headline the night. And DJ Red of Soul Party née Soul Night fame will spin heavy tracks from his vinyl collection before and between the bands. $5.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Spaceballs at the Arcata Theatre Lounge

Posted on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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For all the fanboys and girls who take their love of Luke, Leia and Lando a little too seriously, there's the irreverent antidote: Mel Brooks' Star Wars/Sci Fi parody Spaceballs (1987). Treat yourself and your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate to a showing of the cult classic Friday, Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. at Arcata Theatre Lounge ($5).

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Dec. 28

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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There's a storm brewing at the Alibi at 11 p.m. in the form of San Francisco's sludge and stoner flavored metal trio Hornss. Blue Lake's loud and crunchy honky tonkin' group Barnfire opens this rare Thursday night Alibi show with a set of, well, barn burners. $5.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 End of Year Local Comedy Showcase

Posted on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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Take a break from family tensions this holiday and slip down to the Palm Lounge at the Eureka Inn for a few drinks and a round of laughs at the 2017 End of Year Local Comedy Showcase, Thursday, Dec. 28 from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Humboldt has a lot of great comedians. Some of them might be there.

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Dec. 27

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 10:45 AM

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It's Salsa Wednesdays at the Griffin. Dance off those gingerbread men and sugarplum fairies (I am actually never too sure where to land when it comes to sugarplum fairies. Are they an edible sweet treat or a mystical being sacred to the general Christmas Canon of Enchanted Beings? Either way, I'd likely eat one). Staring at 9 p.m. DJs Sondido Pachanguero and East One will play the Puerto Rican and Cuban-influenced hip shaking rhythms loved by the most discerning dancers. (Free.)

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