Wednesday, June 26, 2019

From the Mouths of Bands: Spin's Faith No More Flashback

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 4:18 PM

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Who's feeling nostalgic for '90s Humboldt County — you know, the way it used to be 30 years ago — and/or alt-rock/metal played by yell-y, long-haired dudes in high-tops who hail from said Eden? If that's you, please enjoy this throwback Spin interview with local boy Mike Patton of Faith No More from 1990, re-upped by the magazine in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's album The Real Thing. It's worth it just for the hyperbolic descriptions of his hometown back in the day.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Photos from Dell'Arte's Tim Gray Tribute

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Emilia Sumelius (left), Sayda Trujillo and Laura Muñoz ended "Loser" from La Bottega da Caffe (2001), with lyrics about how losing a man could make one feel better.

“Turning Gray Skies Blue: The Music of Timmy Gray” is a moving tribute to the talented man who composed music and wrote lyrics for 20-plus years of Dell’Arte Company performances in Blue Lake and around the world. See the slideshow below for highlights of the rehearsal and performance.

The cast of 12 past and current Dell’Arte performers was directed by Michael Fields and supported by outstanding music by The Band (Marla Joy, Mike LaBolle, Jeff Kelley and Tim Randles). The show takes the audience through 16 songs chosen by Fields and Gray over cigars and strong drink.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Photos from Shuck Yeah

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 3:03 PM

Local beer was on tap at the Oyster Fest alternative Shuck Yeah. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
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  • Local beer was on tap at the Oyster Fest alternative Shuck Yeah.
Did the out-of-town beer at Oyster Fest leave you with a bitter taste? If it did (or if you just didn't want to drive up to Arcata) there was Shuck Yeah, an alternative celebration with local suds and oysters at the Eel River Brewing Co. this past weekend. The multi-brewery collaboration featured music by The Undercovers and drew a solid crowd. Check out photos of the fun in Mark McKenna's slideshow below.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Photos from Trinidad Fish Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 7:49 PM

Pitmaster John McClurg (Left) and volunteers Ryan (middle) and Gilbert helped wrangle the grilled salmon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Pitmaster John McClurg (Left) and volunteers Ryan (middle) and Gilbert helped wrangle the grilled salmon.

A large Father's Day crowd found their way to the 62nd annual Trinidad Fish Festival on Sunday, which featured the usual salmon barbecue lunch (with fish imported from Oregon). The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce lined up live music offerings, art and craft vendors, educational booths, community organizations and post-lunch desserts for sale by the Trinidad Civic Club.

The event also included the usual indoor flea market in the Town Hall, a few children's activities, the popular Lion's Club book sale and a lively parade with the Samba da Alegria drummers and dancers. Festival organizers apparently faced a shortage of local volunteers this year and that clearly negatively affected a few event-related issues (no shuttle service for tours of the Trinidad Head Lighthouse, for example). Parking and traffic was well-managed as usual. Enjoy photos of the festivities below.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Photos from Oyster Fest 2019

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:23 PM

Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass.

The 29th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival managed to pack the Arcata Plaza with thousands of attendees on Saturday, despite some unusual drama in the days before the event. First there was the local beer controversy and then the last-minute health crisis — oops, a math error, no crisis — regarding the safety of the 130,000+plus local oysters from Humboldt Bay to be eaten at the event, which is organized by Arcata Main Street as its primary fundraiser.

The early morning foggy overcast burned off in early afternoon for the usual event line up of live music, an oyster-calling contest for children and adults, and the Shuck & Swallow oyster-eating contest, as well as the food and beer venues. See more about winners of the Best Oyster contest here, and a slideshow of the day's highlights below.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Vote for the Best of Humboldt

Voting ends June 30

Posted on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 10:11 AM

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Cast your ballot, have you heard?
It’s Best of Humboldt – spread the word!

So, like, everyone is talking about it. Yeah, Best of Humboldt — only the biggest event of the whole year. It’s not just a popularity contest, you know. The Best of Humboldt award recognizes the people, places and things that totally go above and beyond to make Humboldt County, like, a super amazing place.

Now, the prom committee at the North Coast Journal is tallying the votes – and your voice matters (duh). Who will you crown Humboldt County royalty? #ncjboh19

• Round 1, Nominate: May 1 - May 28, 2019. Nominations accepted for best person, place or business in each category. Once nominations close, we proceed to Round 2.

• Round 2, Vote: June 1 - June 30, 2019 We do the math and find the top three nominees. Then you vote for your favorite out of those three.

Winners will be announced in the North Coast Journal's Aug. 9 edition and celebrated with a party in August!

Um, so how do I vote? Make an account and confirm your email -- it’s super quick and easy, pinky promise! Once your account is up and running, you can vote once a day. And FYI, we take Best of Humboldt, like, super seriously. NCJ has installed bots to monitor voting. We will totally remove wrongful nominations and votes.

All the hashtags, all the likes.

If you're a business looking to promote yourself, we have some free and ready-to-use posters and web tiles HERE. Remember to use the northcoastjournal.com/BOH19 URL and #ncjboh19 hashtag in your promotion.

And the winner is … to be announced in the North Coast Journal's Aug. 8 edition.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Boys of Summer Fog: Photos from Crabs Opening Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 8:15 PM

A Crabs batter fouls off a pitch. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • A Crabs batter fouls off a pitch.

Back for their 75th season, the Humboldt Crabs baseball team's first game on Friday night at the Arcata Ballpark ended in an 8-3 loss to the Corvallis Knights. (Read more about the weekend's games here.) The Crabs also lost the next two games to the talented Corvallis team on Saturday and Sunday, influenced no doubt by an incomplete Crabs roster (some players are still involved with the college playoffs). The college summer baseball team has played every season since they were founded in 1945, making the Crabs the oldest continually operated summer collegiate baseball team in American baseball. County supervisor Mike Wilson threw out the first pitch in front of large crowd. 
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