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Breaking Away From the Expected

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Hello! I'm here to tell you about some live music performances that will enhance your life, make you more attractive to others and ensure that you don't become the kind of person binge-watching reality TV.

Don't say I didn't tell you

Here are some reasons you want to go to the Palm Lounge on Friday night:

You love objectively fun music.

You're a rocker.

You remember Automatic Pink. You know, from back in the 20th century.

You belong to that Humboldt County Punk Scene 1970s to Current Facebook group.

You like your power pop crunchy, your punk rock anthemic, your indie pop effervescent and your new wave spunky.

You enjoy being in a room full of people similarly inclined.

You dig DJs Red and Zephyr.

You're curious about Eureka's newest all-star lineup, Scary Photographs.

The Palm Lounge is a cool space.

The bartenders made up drinks named after local artists.

Please take yourself there at 8 p.m. You can expect music to start at 9 p.m. sharp, says Courtney Luv — oh, that reminds me, The Lost Luvs are going to pave the way for a trip down Nostalgia Lane with Automatic Pink songs. Go to this show. You're welcome. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: Kyoto Sushi.)

Goin' South

Another Friday night option is The 10 Man Brass Band and Sambamore turning Siren's Song Tavern into a night of New Orleans with drums, brass, jazz, pop, funk, Latin, Balkan and electronica. Show starts at 9 p.m., is free and all ages. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: Bless My Soul!)

That's a lot of pieces!

Relatively new 17-piece Nigerian Afrobeat group Lagos Roots plays at The Jambalaya on Saturday. I predict much amazement as the band takes the crowd straight to 1970s West Africa. This show starts at 9 p.m., has a $10 cover and is 21-and-over. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: 3 Foods.)

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Perhaps your father would like to celebrate his day with a jazz jam. La Musique Diabolique will oblige at the Morris Graves Museum of Art from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Cover is $5 adults, $2 seniors and students with ID, and free to children under 17 — the whole family can enjoy the gypsy jazz style pioneered by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in the 1930s. La Music Diabolique boasts a repertoire that includes jazz standards, as well as originals and creative arrangements. (Pre-gig lunch suggestion: Black Lightning Motorcycle Café!)

Once again the Siren's Song hosts a night of interesting, this time in the form of bluegrass and grooving bass lines with psych-folk duo Times and Energy, Evan Geesman (whose thoughtful acoustic songwriting is filtered through trippy SoCal electronic beats) and Cyclops and the Owl. The Sunday night show starts at 9 p.m., is free and all ages.

Sunday also brings up the return of Portland's playful and charismatic Miss Massive Snowflake, playing at the Little Red Lion. The band's songs are a little bit dreamy, a lot bit catchy and fully charming. Show starts at 9 p.m., is 21-and-over and may or may not have a cover. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: Mekong Café.)

Skipping ahead

So here we are at Tuesday. Why not support a hardworking group dedicated to bringing live music to the differently aged? In fact, Placebo just posted the following on Facebook:

"Want to book shows? Interested in working with a nonprofit? Want to enrich Humboldt County with a safe all ages atmosphere? Get in contact with us. We need more help with the load of work that is needed for a successful collective."

Aw, give the kids a hand! Or at least show up (or send your children) to a Placebo show. Maybe this one! Ghostfoot (Louisiana garage rock), Andrew Endres Collective (PDX jazz fusion), This Weeks Leader and Companion Animal will entertain in The Ink Annex on Tuesday night. All ages, obv, with a $4 cover for members and a $6 cover for non. No drugs or booze, please. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: North Coast Co-op deli.)

More Tuesday

Seattle's The Thoughts bring their brand of orchestral folk to Eureka at the Siren's Song (they're on a roll!) Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. along with Marina V, and Summer Nites. They will fill your heart with sweeping sound, then break it with savage sweetness. Five bucks gets you in. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: Five Eleven.)

And yet more Tuesday!

The wonderful singer-songwriter John Craigie returns to Humboldt for a show in the Humboldt Machine Works side of Robert Goodman Wines. Very cool. Doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 night of the show or $12 in advance through Wildberries, Robert Goodman Wines and Leigh Jones opens. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: Robert Goodman Wines.)

You won't be staying home

OU and Amy Denio bring a Mediterranean joyride comprised of folk jazz with funky rhythms and lush vocals in Sardinian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English at the Arcata Playhouse on Wednesday, June 18. Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 students, Playhouse and RJA members, $18 general and available at Wildberries, Wildwood Music or 822-1575. (Pre-gig dinner suggestion: Crush.)


Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Eight Days a Week calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to

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