Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Opening Acts for the Sara Bareilles Concert Announced

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2022 at 1:02 PM

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With the countdown on to Grammy award winner Sara Bareilles’ hometown concert in Halvorsen Park on Oct. 16, the city of Eureka announced today that she has selected two opening acts with local ties for the free show.

Sharing the stage will be Mario Matteoli — a singer, songwriter and music producer who also grew up in Eureka — and local favorite Huckleberry Flint.

While tickets were swooped up within hours of the last month's announcement of Bareilles’ community concert, there is a waiting list and the city is encouraging anyone with more tickets than they need to return them to free up spots for others by filling out this form:

“I am so lucky to be able to come home and share music and appreciation for the community that raised me,” Bareilles said in the Sept. 20 news announcement. “It has been such a long time since I have been able to do a show for my hometown, and this year felt like a good year to make an effort to spread some joy. The roots of my music and my artistry come from Humboldt County, and I am who I am because of where I’m from. I hope to simply bring some music and gratitude to the community to say thank you for being my home.”

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sara Bareilles Returning to Eureka for Free Concert

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2022 at 9:38 AM

Tickets for Sara Bareilles’ free concert in Eureka were snatched up this morning within three hours of becoming available, but Mayor Susan Seaman urged those who missed out initially to add their names to the waiting list on the ticket site.

“We’re releasing some more tickets,” she said, adding that they would go to those signed up on the waiting list and that she also anticipates some additional tickets will also be returned due to duplicate orders.

Sign up for the wait list for the Oct. 16 concert here.

Grammy-winning recording artist and Eureka native Sara Bareilles is coming home to put on a free concert on the Eureka waterfront next month, the city announced this morning.

“I am so lucky to be able to come home and share music and appreciation for the community that raised me,” Bareilles said in a press release. “It has been such a long time since I have been able to do a show for my hometown, and this year felt like a good year to make an effort to spread some joy. The roots of my music and my artistry come from Humboldt County, and I am who I am because of where I’m from. I hope to simply bring some music and gratitude to the community to say thank you for being my home.”

The concert will be held Oct. 16 in Eureka's Halvorsen Park, with music scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. with local performers "hand-selected" by Bareilles opening.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate our shared love of this city and all of the wonderful art, culture, and craftsmanship it inspires," Mayor Susan Seaman said in the release. "We are so proud of Sara’s nationally acclaimed success and her continued support of the arts and the many wonderful non-profit organizations in our community.”

The concert is free but attendees must have tickets, which can be reserved online here.

Read more about Bareilles and the upcoming show in the press release copied below, and pick up this week's Journal — on newsstands tomorrow — for a more thorough report.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Rap Lyrics on Trial: Bill Would Limit Prosecutors’ Use of Words, Music as Evidence

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 8:42 AM

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Gary Bryant Jr. exchanged gunfire with a man in an Antioch apartment parking lot on a July afternoon in 2014. Both were struck by bullets. Bryant survived and the other man died.

Police said it was part of a string of gang shootings in the East Bay. At trial, prosecutors alleged — and a jury agreed — that Bryant and an accomplice were guilty of first-degree murder. 

Bryant, then 28, was a local rapper in Pittsburg who uploaded music videos to YouTube. In his lyrics, he talked about gang war, shooting at rivals and challenging other rappers. At Bryant’s trial, an Antioch police officer testified that the lyrics were key to understanding his criminal mindset. 

When Bryant said the phrase “geeked up,” the police officer alleged, he meant he was armed with guns. His words “lay a demo,” the officer said, meant shooting at someone.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

John Mayer Donates $10K to Redwood Parks Conservancy

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2022 at 1:36 PM

Musician John Mayer has donated $10,000 to Redwood Parks Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner to Redwood National and State Parks.

"We are so grateful to John Mayer for his generous donation to Redwood Parks Conservancy! John's donation will support us in our mission to protect and preserve the world's tallest trees," the nonprofit wrote in a Facebook post.

The donation comes after a production company that filmed a Land Rover commercial in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and False Klamath Cove areas in Crescent City featuring Mayer in 2020 apparently did not follow through with a donation promised to the nonprofit.

According to a Redwood Parks Conservancy news release, Mayer came to the rescue by giving a donation through his charitable foundation after the nonprofit asked for help in contacting the production company.

Read the full press release below and see the Facebook post below.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the contribution.
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Monday, May 16, 2022

Artist, Poet, Activist and Karuk Ceremonial Singer Brian Tripp has Died

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2022 at 3:38 PM

After a long and painful battle with illness, 77-year-old Brian D. Tripp, born in Eureka and raised in Klamath, died May 13. A nationally renowned artist whose work echoed traditional forms in painting and sculpture, Tripp was the 2018 recipient of the California Living Heritage Award from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. His mural "The Sun Set Twice on the People that Day" can be seen beside the Clarke Historical Museum, where it was relocated in 2021.
Brian Tripp at the 2018 California Living Heritage Award ceremony. - FILE
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  • Brian Tripp at the 2018 California Living Heritage Award ceremony.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Fundraiser for Julie Froblom at Arcata Playhouse

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2021 at 6:00 AM

She gets by with a little help from her friends. Local musician and saxophonist
extraordinaire Julie Froblom needs a little help, friends. Julie has contracted a rare lung disease and needs a double lung transplant. Clear your calendar on Saturday, May 15 at 7 p.m. when Jenni & David and the Sweet Soul Band perform a four-camera, live- stream concert from the Arcata Playhouse in support of Froblom, their saxophonist ($10 or better donation). Get your tickets at
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Friday, October 23, 2020

Eureka Bar Owner Decries 'Selective Enforcement' After Knowingly, Repeatedly Violating COVID Orders

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 5:16 PM

The city of Eureka has threatened to fine a local venue as much as $5,000 per violation if it continues with a scheduled burlesque and heavy metal show tomorrow night that would be in violation of state and county COVID-19 health orders, which still prohibit live entertainment performances.
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  • The Siren's Song Tavern in pre-COVID times.

Eureka Interim City Manager Miles Slattery said city code enforcement officials reached out to Siren’s Song Tavern owner JD Pegg yesterday after the county’s Joint Information Center informed city officials that it had contacted Pegg three times to notify him live performances remain prohibited but the venue had continued to schedule and advertise live shows, including karaoke nights and local bands. The county has tried the education angle to no avail, Slattery said, so the city’s code enforcement unit contacted Pegg to warn he could face fines of up to $5,000 per violation and potentially misdemeanor citations for operation in violation of the county’s health order.

“Hopefully, this gets his attention,” Slattery said. “This guy could care less. It’s just sad to me. First of all, it’s unfair. There’s plenty of other locations that would like to be doing the same but are following the rules. … If they continue to pursue (the show), we’ll have to take further action.”

Reached by the Journal this morning, Pegg, however, contended that if someone is being treated unfairly, it’s him. Striking a defiant tone, Pegg said the state and local orders prohibiting live performances are unfair to venues in comparatively low risk areas of the state, like Humboldt County, and that he’s fallen victim to “selective enforcement” that allows other venues flaunt the rules while he has been repeatedly contacted and threatened with fines.
“You know how much spread we’ve caused? Zero,” he said. “We’ve been doing live events for three fucking months now. Have we caused an outbreak? Has the Fortuna school district that’s been in session for months now? No. … There’s no fucking COVID here. There’s like 17 cases and they’re all at home. They’re not going out for fucking drinks. I don’t deal in hypotheticals, I deal in reality. That’s what all this COVID shit is, is hypothetical.”

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Local Theaters Go Red Tonight in Support of the Live Events Sector

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Humboldt County entertainment organizations, including local theaters, will turn on the red light tonight in support of the live events sector, which has taken a heavy hit due to COVID-19.  The idea is to draw attention to a vital industry that has been shuttered since early March, 2020, and most likely will not reopen until well into 2021.

Olivia McGahan, Regional Coordinator with We Make Events-North America, a collective of volunteers from the entertainment industry, has organized the local event taking place tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight in correspondence with events across the United States that will be happening at the same time.

A press release for the event states, "On September 1, 2020, #WeMakeEvents, a coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions, and live events workers, will light as many as 1,500 venues, and iconic structures in red in over 50 cities across North America to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events sector."

Local participating theaters include Arcata Playhouse, Dell'Arte International, Humboldt Light Opera Company S.P.A.C.E., North Coast Repertory Theater, Redwood Curtain Theatre and Ferndale Repertory Theater.

The release states, "Community members are encouraged to show their support by checking the social media sites of their closest theater where a map of all participating locations will be posted and visiting the aforementioned locations where they can take photos to post on social media using hashtags:
#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART #ExtendPUA."
A map of participating local theaters
  • A map of participating local theaters

For more information on tonight's event, see the press release below:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Siren's Song to Sing Again

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 1:45 PM

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In these difficult times, here is a glimmer of hope: The Siren’s Song Tavern will sing again.

The announcement that the Old Town bar and music venue has officially changed hands was made today on its Facebook page.

“We wish the new owner all the luck in this brave new world that is being crafted and look forward to raising a pint together in its future permutation,” the post states, thanking all those who have been a part of the venue over the years. "It is also our hope that you all will extend your patronage to the new owner and enjoy your time there as you did before.”

It is with the sincerest hopes for tomorrow that Phyllis, Matthew, and Nate make the following statement. As of today,...

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Juneteenth 2020 Celebration

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Join the Eureka Chapter of The NAACP and Black Humboldt for today's Juneteenth celebration happening from noon-11:30 p.m. at various online locations. 

The event includes performances from Black Humboldt artists, music, virtual vending from local POC businesses, Knowledge for Power sessions, hands-on workshops led by local black professionals and more.

Here's how to participate:

Zoom: Meeting ID: 328 941 2424
Facebook: @BlackHumboldt
Radio: 98.7 FM & 91.1 FM 88.1FM
Television: Humboldt Local AH11

For more information on Juneteenth and the celebration today visit Black Humboldt's website
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