Monday, April 30, 2018

Music Tonight: Monday, April 30

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The Miniplex hosts another band from the faraway land of Japan tonight, as stutter-start avant blues and prog trio Loolowingen & The Far East Idiots bounces on the ghost notes and staggers over the off-beats tonight at 8:30 p.m. (price TBA).

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Music Tonight: Sunday, April 29

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Two very different shows are available for your enjoyment at 8 p.m. tonight. Great Britain's hardcore veterans Antisect play the Siren's Song with local support from Dullahan, The ChainLinks and, in its debut performance, DëathWaivëR ($8).

Over at Humboldt State University's Kate Buchanan Room, world-class Cuban percussionist, studio ace and live dynamo Pedrito Martinez brings his whip-smart group to the stage for a rollicking night of hot Cuban dance music ($39). Who are you to resist?

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Yes, We Spam

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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On April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., lovers of the popular and enduring canned meat product SPAM gather in Redwood Fields in Cutten for a day of nitrate worship, live music and libations. Clear your calendar (and your notions about the palatability of something pink and slimy) and get your ticket to the ninth annual Spamley Cup Cook-off ($10, kids 12 and under free).

More than 15 teams will compete this year in the salty competition hoping to slay by serving up their best SPAM-incorporated dishes. Think sushi, "spalamari," tamales, enchiladas, pizza, crudités and more because that's what these backyard and pro chefs are serving up. Entries are judged on amount of SPAM used, presentation, creativity and taste, with the winners taking home a cash prize and the esteemed Perpetual Spamley Cup Trophy. The creativity extends not only to the food creations but team attire, theme and promotion. And you can take part in judging by helping decide who wins the prized People's Choice Award. Chef teams include Surfside Burger Shack, Oberon Grill, Mazzotti's, Humboldt Bay Provisions and Six Rivers Brewery. In addition to the tasty SPAM snacks (and a vegetarian booth), beer, wine, cider and Kombucha, the event has a raffle, silent auction, live music by The Bored Again and Plum Uglies, and kid-friendly games, all benefitting Humboldt CASA. Don't miss out on the fun. Rain or shine.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Music Tonight: Saturday, April 28

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Speaking of the mid-'90s, The Mateel hosts one of the decade's more influential acts this evening as The Crystal Method raises the roof with its era-defining electronica at 8 p.m. ($27). With a sound that is at once iconic but nonetheless groundbreaking in its time, this big-beat Las Vegas duo spanned every medium from dance floors to movies to video games. Catch them and your former self tonight.

Up at The Arcata Veteran's Hall at the same time the fantastic nonprofit EPIC is hosting its Forest Prom, an all-ages event that mimics that ancient high school social event but without the horror of a teens-only audience, and for a good cause to boot. There will be dancing to music provided by DJ East One and funk closers The Apiary and adult beverages available for those of age ($20, $15 students).

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Don't Start Your Engines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:18 PM

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If you're revving your engines for the start of racing at Redwood Acres Racetrack, you'll have to wait. The predicted heavy rains are delaying tomorrow's kick-off but not for long. April 28 ticket holders can use them on Saturday, May 5, when the track will be roaring with roadrunners, legends, bombers, mini stocks and bandoleros — "small cars driven by youngsters," according to the Redwood Acres Racing press release. If my kids are reading this, that's a hard "no." And if you live by the track, enjoy the blissful silence this weekend.

Read about local speed demons and life on the track in "Race Day" by John Bennett.
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Music Tonight: Friday, April 27

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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There's a free show at the gazebo in Old Town today at 4 p.m. with soul and dubsters New Traditions sharing the bricks with Arcata's dayglo-polished pop group Paradise Inc.

Later on at 7 p.m. at the Outer Space, you can check out a Bay Area bedroom folk/electro/lo-fi blend as Oakland's Wizard Apprentice rolls through town with Julius Smack. Local support is provided by rapper SIRI and comma comma, which plays ecstatic orchestral repetitions in the (near) dark ($6).

Finally, tonight at 8 p.m. up at the Van Duzer Theatre, you will find Chico's own pioneering "California-sound" jam band The Mother Hips ripping it up like it's 1995 ($36).

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Let's Get Ready to Rumba

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Despite what the weather does this weekend, you can bet your Bachata things will be caliente in the Creamery District. Humboldt's first ever Latin Dance Festival gets underway April 27-29 at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio. Brought to you by Humboldt Latin Dance Collective, the festival offers a variety of workshops in salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Cuban dances taught by some of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest Latin dance instructors, plus pros from Sacramento and local experts, too.

The event kicks off Friday, April 27 with a "meet and greet the pros" dance party featuring music by DJs Pachanguero and EastOne starting at 7 p.m. ($7). Then on Saturday, April 28, choose from a number of beginning and intermediate workshops and then click up your heels later at the two-room DJ dance party at 8 p.m. ($10). Sunday, April 29 offers more workshops with the pros. And throughout the festival, you'll have a chance to fuel yourself with drinks and food on site and local vendor wares.

Pick up an all-access pass online for $100 (or $105 at the door) to get into all the regular workshops and parties, a Saturday-only pass for $60 that includes workshops and party or pay $12 to drop-in on any of the workshops. Tickets available at www.humboldtsalsa.ticketspice.com/humboldt-latin-dance-festival.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Music Tonight: Thursday, April 26

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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There's a grab-bag show of beat-based genres at The Jam tonight as pioneering leftfield Los Angeles rapper Aceyalone and DJ Az. Redsmoke is joined by a group of artists spanning afrobeat to neo soul and dub at 9 p.m (price TBA). Also gracing the stage will be AfriCali, J Ross Parrelli, CBaker and Eva Rhyme.

Meanwhile, over in beautiful Blue Lake at the same hour, Portland's best country and western bar band Jenny Don't and The Spurs will be playing a free show at the lovely Logger Bar.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Music Tonight: Wednesday, April 25

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Modern jazz tricksters LD51 haunt the cozy confines of The Speakeasy tonight at 8 p.m. for an evening of free music.

Meanwhile, Whomp Whomp Wednesday at The Jam is curated tonight by electro maestros HullabaloO, bouquet, Norman and Little Brain. Doors are at 10 p.m. and it's only $5 before 10:30 p.m., $10 after. Viva.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Music Tonight: Tuesday, April 24

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Humbrews hosts a jammy evening of Americana and roots music as California Kind plays a set of semi-improvisational takes on traditional U.S. styles at 8 p.m. ($20). Join longtime jam scene regulars Kate Skene, Barry Sless, Rob Barraco, Pete Sears and John Molo for an evening of groovy, twangy fun.

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