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Best Of Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 2019 

click to enlarge Dustin Thompkins of The Undercovers.

Mark McKenna

Dustin Thompkins of The Undercovers.

Best Band
The Undercovers

Cover bands had never been my thing. No disrespect but I always felt that if I wanted to hear Prince belt out “Let’s Go Crazy,” Tom Petty run through “I Won’t Back Down” or the Beatles reminisce on “Yesterday,” well, they all did a pretty damn good job so why reinvent the wheel? Well, that is until one night a samba show took me to Six Rivers Brewery where the cleverly named The Undercovers opened. In the span of about 30 minutes, I was treated to a ripping rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” a seemingly-blasphemous-yet-somehow-perfect mashup of Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight” with Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” and a racing version of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Plus, they’ve got the whole Phil Collins/Karen Carpenter thing going with Matthew Cox delivering lead vocals while also holding down the drums, which is just plain cool. The kicker came when bassist Dustin Thompkins took the mic and broke into Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize,” which is probably something no cover band should ever do. But Thompkins crushed it and now all my daydreams of semi-lavish private parties include The Undercovers.

— Thadeus Greenson


Art Gallery
Morris Graves Museum of Art
636 F St., Eureka; 442-0278
Second Place: Canvas + Clay
Third Place: Old Town Art Gallery

The Undercovers
Second Place: Object Heavy
Third Place: Chubritza

Beer Festival
Hops In Humboldt
Second Place: Brew at the Zoo
Third Place: Strange Brew

Bear River Casino Resort
11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta; 733-9644
Second Place: Blue Lake Casino Hotel
Third Place: Cher-Ae Heights Casino and Bingo

Golf Course
Beau Pre Golf Club
1777 Norton Rd, McKinleyville; 839-2342
Second Place: Baywood Golf & Country Club
Third Place: Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club

Humboldt Clothing Line
Humboldt Republic
535 4th St., Eureka; 497-6270
Second Place: Homeboldt
Third Place: Humboldt Clothing Co.

Live-Music Venue
Blue Lake Casino Hotel
777 Casino Way, Blue Lake; 668-9770
Second Place: Logger Bar
Third Place: Humboldt Brews LLC

Local Artist
Sonny Wong
Second Place: Dakota Daetwiler
Third Place: Soodie Whittaker

Local Sports Program
Humboldt Crabs
Second Place: Humboldt Roller Derby
Third Place: Humboldt B52s

Music Festival
Humboldt Folklife Festival
Second Place: Summer Arts and Music
Third Place: Northern Nights Music Festival

Dustin Thompkins
Second Place: Lyndsey Battle
Third Place: Matthew Cox

Place for a Birthday Party
Sequoia Park Zoo
3414 W St., Eureka; 441-4263
Second Place: Logger Bar
Third Place: Harbor Lanes

Place to get married
Moonstone Beach
Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
Second Place: Fieldbrook Winery
Third Place: Historic Eagle House

Place to see a play
Dell'Arte International131 H St., Blue Lake; 668-5663
Second Place: North Coast Repertory Theatre
Third Place: Ferndale Repertory Theatre

Place to shoot pool
Logger Bar
510 Railroad Ave, Blue Lake; 668-5000
Second Place: Humboldt Brews LLC
Third Place: Harbor Lanes

Place to take visitors
Avenue of the Giants
Second Place: Ferndale
Third Place: Sequoia Park Zoo

Tattoo Artist
Henry Kruger
138 2nd St., Eureka; 443-0666
Second Place: Luis Lopez
Third Place: Dan Dosier

Wine Festival
Fieldbrook Wine Festival
4241 Fieldbrook Rd, McKinleyville; 839-4140
Second Place: Art and Wine in the Park
Third Place: Humboldt Wine Festival

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