Saturday, May 27, 2017

Music Tonight - Saturday, May 27

Posted on Sat, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Some salmon action is on the bill tonight at the Inn at 2nd & C (formerly the Eagle House Victorian Inn) in Eureka, where there is a seafood dinner and benefit concert for local fishermen and salmon protectors. The dinner starts around 6 p.m. but if you just want to get in for the music from Diggin' Dirt and Irie Rockers, $25 is all they'll ask from you. All proceeds from this event go to Salmon Action and will be split between Save the Klamath Trinity Salmon and Klamath Water Protectors along with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association. For more info drop a line to klamathtrinityriver@gmail.com. Up in Blue Lake, you'll find local Americana/rockers/swingers the Delta Nationals at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. As with all MRB shows, this one's free and all ages. Local surf-rockers Band O Loko are stopping by Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville at 9 p.m. for a free show. Welcome them at their first performance at the Brewery. Local Pink Floyd tribute Money (yours truly included) returns to The Logger Bar in Blue Lake around the same time to play a free show with some of your favorite Floyd tunes. If the '80s is more your scene, stop by The Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino for local superheroes Eyes Anonymous playing more hits than you remembered were from that decade. It's also a 9 p.m. show and free.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Dylan-esque Celebration

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:12 PM

Megan Hendley rang them bells at the Dylan to-do. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Megan Hendley rang them bells at the Dylan to-do.

Highway 299 (OK, State Route) led to a great sunset view of the Blue Lake skyline for Wednesday night’s seventh annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at the Mad River Brewery. All I really wanted to do was to drink a glass of cold hard cider, as I wasn’t going anywhere else for the evening, and the music covers of Dylan’s songs by the collection of local performers kept me in my seat all evening with long ago, far away memories.


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Music Tonight - Friday, May 26

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Thick grooves are on the bill at The Arcata Theatre Lounge around 8 p.m. courtesy of local reggae jammers The Dubbadubs along with Stonechild and trippy-pysch DJs The Desert Dwellers. Harnessing exotic instruments, eastern scales and reverb-drenched foreign female vocals, these dwellers of the desert bring you something you might hear in a yoga tent at Burning Man in the midday once the mushrooms start to kick in. Skip the playa dust; tickets are $30 at the door. Local champs of getting down, The Getdown, will be getting the dance floor moving at The Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino at 9 p.m. with a free show going into the wee hours of the morning. Claire Bent and Citizen Funk will be hitting the Hum Brews stage at 9:30 p.m. and $5 will get you into this funkfest. Another Seattle band is in our neck of the woods courtesy of the Low Hums who are stopping by The Alibi. They count a lot of influences, some among the early psychedelic area such as Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground, Dead Moon and some early British Invasion bands like Them and The Rolling Stones. With some freakiness from that era and some sounds you might have heard on the radio in the late '90s, the band is on the road promoting their recent release of Shine Rock, so feel free to pick up a copy tonight. Local surf-punkers The Sturgeons will be anchoring the show, which starts around 11 p.m. with only a $5 cover charge.

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The Art of the Wheel

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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"For the Glory!" Ready yourself for the rallying cry ringing out across the county this weekend as dozens of Kinetinauts (nuts?) and their human-powered contraptions roll, rumble and race across sea, sand, mud and land during the Kinetic Grand Championship happening May 27-29 (free). The Humboldt County Memorial Day Weekend tradition celebrating the wacky and wonderful pairing of art and engineering has been going — not for money, not for fame, but for the glory — since 1969.

Catch the romp and circumstance Saturday at the Arcata Plaza between 10 a.m. and noon as teams preen and prime themselves for the three-day journey. At the noon whistle, the teams start their pedaling, taking a few laps around the square in front of the Rutabaga Queens, who get be to all judgey. 'Cause there are actual written rules. Like your brakes need to work. And "Bodies are our only Batteries." And everybody "must try their best to have FUN at all times." Teams will then head off to Manila for the first leg, where at 1 p.m., you can watch them tumble, slide and flop down Deadman's Drop before making their way through Eureka, ending at Halvorsen Park with an all-day, early evening party (free). Sunday, vehicles cross the bay and head south through Loleta and Fernbridge to the finish line on Main Street in Ferndale on Monday. And all along the way, there are parties and pit stops with music and good times. For a complete schedule of events, check www.kineticgrandchampionship.com.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Music Tonight - Thursday, May 25

Posted on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Tonight the Miniplex in Arcata is hosting Seattle band Mommy Long Legs, who come out of the feminist punk scene of the Queen City and who are making their Humboldt debut (I think). Local "femme-nasty" rap duo Vagsicle — think Talking Heads art performance blending with some part of The Beastie Boys and a secret musical sauce — out of Blue Lake join Arcata's Clean Girl & The Dirty Dishes as the local support for this 9 p.m. and $5 show.

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AAI Flow Fashion Show

Posted on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Arcata Arts Institute's fashion design students show off their creations at the AAI Flow Fashion Show this Saturday, May 27 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge ($30, $20 seniors/students). New and returning students conceive and create these original wearable designs and walk them down the runway.

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Films al Fresco

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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They're here! Those sweet summer days that stretch out late leaving lots of time for outdoor activities. And when those activities cross over from dusk to darkness, sunset to stars, well, that's even better. Watching movies under the night sky against a backdrop of redwoods is a sublime way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. Add live music and snacks to the scene and you've got one perfect Saturday night. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission thinks so, too. The organization's popular Movies in the Park summer series kicks off Saturday, May 27 with everyone's favorite wrinkled alien E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982) touching down through the trees around 8:45 p.m. at Eureka's Sequoia Park (free). Come a little early to secure your spot on the grass and enjoy live music by Michael Dayvid beginning at 7 p.m. followed by Looney Tunes cartoons before the main attraction at dusk. Remember, this is Humboldt, so wear warm clothing. Bring a lawn chair and blanket (and a box of Kleenex for this one) and snuggle down with your little ones. Or your date. Popcorn, candy and refreshments are available by donation. Then come back one Saturday a month through August for the remaining films: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) on June 24, Disney's Moana (2016) on July 22 and The Neverending Story (1984) on August 19.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Belles of the Ball

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Kneel, peasants, before Rutabaga Queen Countess Kaleidoscope. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • Kneel, peasants, before Rutabaga Queen Countess Kaleidoscope.

On Saturday, May 20, in the frenzied lead-up to the even more frenzied Kinetic Grand Championship, a new Rutabaga Queen has once again ascended to her throne at the annual Rutabaga Ball. The Bayside Grange was the setting for a glitter bomb of grandeur as aspiring queens competed in talent, Q&A, Ball Gown and Bay Crossing. In the end, Countess Kaleidoscope was victorious, winning the 2017 Rutabaga Queen crown, which comes with a lifetime appointment and reign over this years kinetic sculpture race. Photographer Mark McKenna was there among the throng. Click through his slideshow below and weep, thou, at the glory.
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Music Tonight - Wednesday, May 24

Posted on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Bob Dylan turns 76 today and that means it's time for the seventh annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash happening at Blue Lake's Mad River Brewery at 5 p.m. Local musician/promoter/engineer/nice guy Chris Parriera has been organizing these tributes so make sure you thank him for all the hard work. I know Bob's voice isn't for everyone, but he, like The Beatles, is an artist who has shaped our realities more than we'll ever really appreciate. Remind me some time to tell you about the last time I was at the Brewery and overheard some college kids saying they "didn't think The Beatles were that good." Let's just say I left mid-beer before making a scene. You'll hear Dylan's songs, and the entirety of Nashville Skyline performed by locals The Detours, Jeff Kelley, Jan Bramlett, Les Scharnberg, Rosalind Parducci, Matt Brody and above-mentioned Parriera. It's a free show, but again, feel free to show your appreciation to these locals paying tribute to one of America's heroes.

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USO Dance

Posted on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Let's go to the hop — the Lindy hop, that is. Jammin' Friday hosts the USO Dance, Friday, May 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Arcata Veterans Hall ($9). Show up in your sharpest vintage military uniform or other classic clothing and swing your partner at this USO-themed dance. Dancin' lessons provided from 8 to 8:30 p.m. with tunes by Dr. Boogie.

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    • nice ..I know Michael David and I play all the oldies too with 2,3,or 4…

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