Friday, August 31, 2018

Clarke Historical Museum's Labor Day Block Party is a Labor of Love

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Labor Day Block Party - PHOTO BY KALI COZYRIS
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You've heard the buzz about Old Town's new art and now you can check it out for yourself while making a night of it at the Clarke Historical Museum's Labor Day Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Third and E streets (free).

The fun takes place during September's Arts Alive! so the weather should be at its Humboldt best (fingers crossed). Enjoy a last breath of summer evening with friends, families or your sweetheart, strolling the town enjoying wine and coffee, nibbling on locally made treats and taking in the sights and sounds of local artists and musicians. The Clarke's contribution to this splendid evening includes free admission to the museum where you can see the current exhibits, check out what's good with Humboldt Made and sip and sample while bobbing your head to the mellow vibes of Wynsome Winds. Outside in the Clarke Plaza, dance to the percussive salsa sounds of the Latin Peppers and peruse the trinkets and treasures aplenty at the rummage sale. Members of the museum's board will be grilling up shish kabobs of both the vegetarian and meat variety, while Lost Coast Brewery and Six Rivers Brewery pour beer and Violet-Green Winery brings the wine. Music in the square, art on the walls and the sizzling smell of a corner cookout wafting on the air all under strings of lights. And all as a fundraiser for the museum. It's no labor at all.

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Mattole Grange's Beef & Beans BBQ

Posted on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:30 AM

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Say goodbye to summer with a traditional deep-pit roasted beef and beans barbecue at the Mattole Grange's Beef & Beans BBQ on Sunday, Sept. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. ($15, $10 kids 6-12, free for kids under 6). The grange serves up generous portions (and roasted Shively sweet corn) at this benefit for the building fund. Bring your own setting and side dishes. Take home pies and raffle prizes.

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Music Tonight: Friday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Francis Vanek and Jim Wilde play Benbow Historic Inn on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 30-31 from 6-9 p.m. (free). - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Francis Vanek and Jim Wilde play Benbow Historic Inn on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 30-31 from 6-9 p.m. (free).

The Madrone is a relatively new joint with a beer bar and woodfired pizzas. Tonight after the Eureka Friday Night Market, it's going to be a venue as well, when fuzz chuggers Hollow Down join the magical Mister Moonbeam and the heartfelt high drifters Mojave Green for a free show in the heart of Old Town.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Super Squatch Me at Willow Creek's Bigfoot Daze Celebration

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Head east to Willow Creek this weekend for fun at the tiny town's biggest event, the 58th annual Bigfoot Daze Celebration making its appearance Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free admission). The town-wide event goes all day long with music, games, activities, food and craft booths, a deep-pit barbecue and more. Things kick off with the parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. This year's theme is Superhero Bigfoot, so keep an eye out for a conspicuous figure hulking about in a XXXXXXXXL cape. We're not saying the big guy's making an appearance, yeti might.

The kids' ice cream social packs 'em in starting at 10 a.m. over at the Willow Creek Museum, where you can see all manner of Bigfoot memorabilia. Jimi Jeff & The Gypsy Band rock The Forks Lounge early, starting their first set at 10:30 a.m. (grab a Bloody Mary — they're practically a salad and on special all day). After the parade, get to steppin' to Veterans Park around 11 a.m. for food vendors, beer, art, crafts, water slides, a bounce house, a rock wall and a softball tournament. At noon, there's a horseshoe tournament, live music, kids' bike games, a balloon toss and more. Bring your best freaky scream to the Bigfoot Call Contest at 1 p.m. or get racy at the Adult Bike Games. At 2 p.m. watch the Sasquatches send seeds flying at the watermelon eating contest or see who stacks up in the logging competition at 3 p.m. When it's all over, head back to the Forks for rock and roll from the Movers and the Shakers at 8 p.m. or roll to Rockslide Bar & Grill at 9 p.m. for DJ dancing and drink specials.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Aug. 30

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Jenna Pup, who fronts the trans-queer grindcore act HIRS, brings her solo show all the way from the city of brotherly love to the Outer Space tonight at 7 p.m. ($5). Joining Jenna will be local punk acts The Cissies and Daniel.

Nearly half a century into its career, Black Uhuru is still touring strong, albeit with only one original member, leader Duckie Simpson. If you want a chance to catch these monolithic legends of reggae play a set tonight, fear not. Simpson and company will be playing Humbrews at 9 p.m. ($25). Talented Belgian singer Onesty opens the evening's entertainment.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Digging It: An Interview with Diggin Dirt's Tyler Martin

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 6:17 PM

The eight-man funk band Diggin Dirt. - PHOTO BY GREG HERNANDEZ. COURTESY OF DIGGIN DIRT
  • Photo by Greg Hernandez. Courtesy of Diggin Dirt
  • The eight-man funk band Diggin Dirt.

We caught up with Tyler Martin, baritone saxophone player from local funk octet Diggin Dirt, fresh off of a sold-out show at Humbrews to talk about the band's summer of festival sets, sharing the stage with idols and their Humboldt sound.

NCJ: I understand the band's profile has increased recently through your extensive West Coast touring. Do any shows in particular stick out for you?

Martin: Definitely Alaska was huge for us. Not only had a bunch of us wanted to hit that state for a long while, but it also went off better than we could have imagined. Our first set at Salmonfest was epic and our second set blew us away. The room was already practically over capacity during sound check. It was crazy cool to see that people really made a point to tell each other about the Dirt and make it to the set. From our side, we're making music that we love and are so fortunate to have a group of eight really stellar musicians. We've become a brotherhood, really, and we've been shown that the crowd can see that, too. Another show that really stands out is our High Sierra set … it was a highlight of our summer and really helped to elevate our status as an up and coming band on the West Coast. We were fortunate enough to have the first set of the fest and people were hungry for some funk. Honestly, I've never been screamed at so loudly by a crowd. It was an incredible pleasure and privilege to share our music with everyone that was there, and we were humbled and inspired.

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Redwood Run – Blue Lake Rally

Posted on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 3:30 PM

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Redwood Run, the old-school biker rally that used to take place out at River View Ranch, has some new digs this year. Follow the rumble to Blue Lake Casino for the Redwood Run - Blue Lake Rally, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 ($5-$215). It's the same old wild times with live music, bike games, vendors, food, on-site camping and actress Katey Sagal. Long may you run.

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, Aug. 29

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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There will be cool and creepy night sounds on tap at the Miniplex this evening as the cross-continental scenes of Los Angeles and New York merge for a collage of dark tunes. From the closer town comes Thief — featuring members of San Francisco's avant-metal act Botanist — while the far coast is represented by the bleak electronic Hz shards of Piggy Black Cross. If I don't indulge in a late summer escape and jettison from the 707 orbit, I will definitely be here tonight at 8:30 p.m. (price TBA).

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Aug. 28

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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U.K. reggae toastmaster Pato Banton slides into The Jam tonight at 9 p.m. for what should be a hot night for all of you vibe aficionados out there who love island sounds from England to Jamaica and all archipelagos in between. Along for the fun will be Ishi Dube and C-Baker with Dynasty One and Sarge Onewise ($20/$15 advance).

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Re-Cap of Ladies Hat Day

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Ferndale native son Guy Fieri was on hand Saturday to present the Grand Prize and trophy to team "A Slice of Family, Friendshp and Fun at the Races." - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Ferndale native son Guy Fieri was on hand Saturday to present the Grand Prize and trophy to team "A Slice of Family, Friendshp and Fun at the Races."

The seventh annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair on Saturday attracted more than 100 glamorous, outrageous and funny competitors for some big prizes for their hat creations. See some of the feats of fashion in the slideshow below.

Ladies Hat Day "Hatagories" included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, and Best Couple or Group. A Grand Prize winner and Runner Up were chosen from any of the four "Hatagories."


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