Saturday, March 31, 2018

Music Tonight: Saturday, March 31

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Can you split yourself into three independent sub-beings who report back to your master consciousness without overheating its mainframe system? If so, one neat trick you could try tonight is attending three different shows that all begin at 8 p.m. Bonus points awarded if you write the Journal a coherent letter about the experience afterward. In no particular order, your evening's entertainment is the following: Joanne Rand brings her quartet — featuring Tim Randles, Piet Dalmolen and Rob Diggins — to the Arcata Playhouse for a benefit concert for the Siskiyou Land Conservancy. It's a $10-$20 sliding scale entrance fee to hear good music for a good cause. Oh goodie.

The Siren's Song hosts San Francisco's prog-rock masters of atmosphere The Living (price TBA). Arcata's indie-alt darlings Without A Sound — who I'm going to assume got its name from the Dinosaur Jr. record until I hear otherwise — and Eureka's '90s-flavored metal act Lashing Out share that most holy of duties, local opener.

Finally, there's a senior recital at Fulkerson Hall. Join local treasures Carol Jacobson on cello and pianist John Chernoff as they help showcase the talents of Humboldt State University senior cellist Kira Weiss in her recital. Admission is free unless something goes terribly wrong in my above-mentioned mind-splitting experiment. Viva.

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Can't wait to swing?

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On Saturday, March 31 at 6 p.m., the Bayside Community Center raises funds and a ruckus with Roadhouse Swing Dance with Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers ($8, $5 students, free to kids under 12). Pick up the moves at 6:30 p.m. and put them to use when the band comes on at 7 p.m. Dinner and drinks are on offer, too.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Music Tonight: Friday, March 30

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The Bee Eaters play the Arcata Playhouse on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. - PHOTO BY DAVE WEILAND
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The Arcata Playhouse hosts bluegrass trio The Bee Eaters tonight at 7:30 p.m. Comprised of hammer dulcimer player Simon Chrisman and award-winning fiddle playing siblings Tashina and Tristan Claridge, this group is well-known beyond the bluegrass world for its playful and genre-bending virtuosity. This show is suited for the younger student budget crowd with tickets only $10 for all kids 25 and under and $20 for the rest of us 'dults. Meanwhile over at the Miniplex, Sage Francis and B. Dolan — two of Rhode Island's finest underground rappers — bring their road-trip rap act duo The Epic Beard Men to the stage for an evening of furry lyrics spitting at 9 p.m. Dr. Oop opens with other unnamed-on-the-flyer guests ($15 advance, door TBA).

Will the ghost of Syd Barrett bring a spectral Day-Glo picnic from the ether tonight to See Emily Play with the Vegetable Man when local tribute act Money dips into his portion of the Pink Floyd songbook for part of the set? There is only one way to answer this admittedly absurdly worded question: Come on down to Humbrews at 9:30 p.m. and get in line behind the piper at the gates of dawn ($10, $7 advance).

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Call Me Big Hopper

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Hunting for Easter fun around Humboldt? Grab your baskets and get ready to hit the bunny trail, kids. No need to wait for Sunday, either, as plenty of fun is going down on Saturday, March 31.

If you're in Ferndale, the local scouts have stashed eggs all around Firemen's Park for you to scramble after from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (free). Rain moves the fun and prizes to nearby Valley Lumber.

In Fortuna, the Shopaholics Easter Fair and Egg Hunt is hopping from 11 a.m. to. 4 p.m. at the Fortuna Veterans Hall (free). Have a snuggle and a photo with a real bunny ($10) at this fundraiser featuring an egg hunt, giveaways (not bunnies, don't worry), vendors and goodies.

Eureka's Carson Park Easter Eggventure goes from 10 a.m. to noon, with clues, challenges, games and an egg hunt that will have the whole family thinking outside-the-basket (free to kids under 12 accompanied by an adult).

McKinleyville kids can bounce over to the McKinleyville Safeway Shopping Center for the Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. (free). Five age-appropriate hunting grounds await, including one for kids with special needs, plus plenty of candy and prizes, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

Sweet.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Music Tonight: Thursday, March 29

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It's a real wild brain-flash rock show tonight at 9 p.m. when Denver's psych-pop warriors Eldrin meet the ocean-end of the western wagon trail at the Siren's Song. Local sky-tripping noise barons Strix Vega share the support duties with the aptly named Leone ($5).

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Music Tonight: Wednesday, March 28

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Haiti-by-way-of-New Jersey's own one third of '90s supergroup The Fugees, Wyclef Jean visits our little county for an evening of fun at the Mateel tonight at 9 p.m. I can't imagine that I need to introduce him further, so I will only add that good vibes So-Cal duo Culture Crew will open the evening ($40).

Another 4AD band, this one from Toronto, comes to Arcata for a night of unique and skilled pop at 9 p.m. U.S. Girls recently had a neat write-up in The New Yorker featuring its main mind Meg Remy, whose once lo-fi songwriting has become more brilliant and sophisticated in recent years. Local Latin/cumbia rockers La Mancha opens ($12, $10 advance).

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Music Tonight: Tuesday, March 27

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As far as I can tell, Ghost Light is some breed of jam band from the same sort of pedigree that East Coast genius Marco Benevento has, albeit with more of a Grateful Dead nod. I say "as far as I can tell" because after checking out the website — which was full of many mellifluous adjectives involving the five-piece — I still had no idea what it sounded like. So I dug up a live recording of members Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton performing a very modern take on The Dead's staple song Eyes of the World, which I found pleasing despite my prejudices. So if academy-level jamming par excellence is your thing, swing over to Humbrews tonight at 9 p.m. and watch Ghost Light's deal go down. Local guitar magician Piet Dalmolen opens ($15).

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, March 26

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Musical duo Peter McCoid and Anthony Pellico bring their funky acoustic jams to Blondies tonight at 7:30 p.m. (price TBA).

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Music Tonight: Sunday, March 25

Posted By on Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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There's another fun rock 'n' roll daytime show at The Jam today. Talented local songwriter Cliff Dallas brings his "spaghetti western" band The Mojave Green across the bay from Eureka to join the fuzzy roots band Hollow Down at 2 p.m. The show is a benefit for the Arcata Vet's Hall, so your $5 door fee goes toward keeping that set of doors open and thus perpetuates a net positive for the local scene. Neat.

Yhung T.O., Slimmy B, Da Boii and Lul G are the kids who comprise the up-and-coming Vallejo rap collective SOBxRBE. Though barely born in the heyday of Mac DRE, these guys are operating in the wake of his East Bay Thizz Nation scene and are starting to get a lot of recognition lately. Come down to the Arcata Community Center at 8 p.m. for an all-ages shindig to see what all of the fuss is about. Cuban Doll opens ($30, $25 advance).

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Wyclef Jean Comes to the Mateel

Posted on Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Former Fugee and thrice Grammy winner Wyclef Jean brings Haitian-Jersey flavor to the Mateel Community Center on Wednesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. for an 18-and-over show as part of his Carnival III tour ($40 advance). And hey, his 2010 bid for president of Haiti doesn't look so wild anymore, now does it?

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