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Unfair! Not the same old North Country Fair
The "Same Old People" who'd run the fair more or less since the start were gone, replaced by new management in the person of Washington Vera, a local concert promoter with a less-than-stellar reputation among those in the local live music scene -- a reputation for cutting corners and promising things he doesn't deliver. Read More   
The Lonely H's at The Vista
Four of the five members of The Lonely H just graduated high school in June of '07 and went on their first ever U.S. tour for two months. Now they're back at it - and dropped out of college to pursue the rock 'n' roll dream. So they mean it! And have the sound to back it up.

Swaddled tight in the electrified buckskin of their classic rock-n-roll forefathers, our five Washington braves set out to blanket America in a hot winter blizzard. Don't be fooled by the silk strands tucked behind their ears: what the maps don't tell you is that all-night drives make for better lives, deer come out of nowhere, and what parents don't know (night after night) won't kill them.

The Lonely H spent their graduation summer [2007] touring coast-to-coast in support of their new record and got a glimmer of the mission they were born to undertake. Tour is a magical place where every stage, no matter how high, is a new opportunity to deliver the goods. Armed with melodies that sound like letters to Penthouse etched on colored vinyl, the band lifted, lightened, and gave rise to every technical challenge. Bulletins started coming in over the wire from fans and bloggers [MSNBC, The New York Post, CMJ]. So, from Memphis to Manhattan went pockets full of picks, licks, pianos, and the living-loving swagger that has happily intoxicated the Pacific Northwest the last few years.

Thanks to these starlit marauders, Port Angeles can sometimes sound like the good parts of 1970's Los Angeles depending what Saturday night they're home. Idling the van for a wise fall quarter at the University Of Washington, the H cracked books and fantasized with giddy relief about their soon-to-be-months out on the road in 2008. They can handle it, mama. Not only did they survive the twelfth grade riding ferries to play rock shows on school nights, they simultaneously penned and released two albums with heart and heat to match [Kick Upstairs (2006) and Hair (2007) ­ The Control Group].

See you next year...without a signed permission slip.

"The achingly epic vocal and lead piano belongs in a stadium full of bell bottoms and lighters raised heavenward." ­MSNBC

"Taut live shows swirled with swank three-part vocal harmonies earned the band a 'don't miss this' reputation." ­SPIN

"Truly infectious old-school rock n' roll." ­The New York Post

"Talk about overachievers." ­CMJ

   

Rowdy crowd forces The Vista to go 21+
It's the time of year when the only way to make it through the Slug Festivities Guide in anything close to two minutes, is to talk really slowly. Save for Dragged By Horses playing an all-ages show at Mosgo's on Friday night and The 3 Heads' annual return to the Indigo Nightclub with Strix Vega on Saturday, there was already so little happening until the new year. Now, there's even less. Read More   
The 3 Heads return to play last show at Indigo
The 3 Heads have come a long way from the punk group that formed in the late '90s in Eureka.

”When we started off we were doing it for fun. We mainly got by on our stage antics,” Lead Guitarist and Vocalist Heath Francis said. “We didn't even know how to tune our instruments.” Read More   

Beautiful anachronisms at the Synapsis
There is music you stick on in the background while you do the dishes, and there is music that arrests your attention and demands you do nothing but soak it in. Read More   
AS PRESENTS TEGAN AND SARA
AS Presents Tegan and Sara on Saturday, April 19th at 9 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, Humboldt State University. Folk-rock duo Tegan and Sara first burst onto the Canadian music scene in 1998, when they earned the highest score in history at Calgary's "Garage Warz" competition. Their quick rise didn't stop, for their melodic acoustics and charming stage personas led to a slew of dates with Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair that same year and a record deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records. In 2007, Tegan sang backup on a song on new Sire labelmate Against Me!'s album New Wave, and the twins, who had by now moved far from the singer/songwriter mold and were more interested in exploring pop, punk, and indie rock, came out with Christopher Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie) who produced The Con. Tickets are $25 general and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Notable upcoming events
In January, 1957, three months after the Soviets launched Sputnik, the U.S. launched its own satellite called Explorer 1. The space race had begun. Meet Daria Topousis, NASA Solar System Ambassador and hear about Explorer 1, the people who built it, the subsequent projects that led to humans landing on the moon and other solar system exploration. Read More   
Indigo sold but will soon reopen in new form
The only dance club in Humboldt County is closing its doors. Although many people may still think it's Club West, Indigo functioned for two and a half years trying to get out from under the reputation of the former venue. Indigo's owner Geoff Brandon said even the people who knew better would still call it “Club Indigo” and didn't realize it's not owned by the same people. Read More   
Excelling in music
More than a few jaws dropped when Mike Mills, bassist for the group R.E.M., confessed to being “a closet tuba player.”Read More   
What's up at Mateel?
Tickets are now available for the first two Mateel Community Center-produced events of 2008. Read More   
Humboldt County bands of MySpace -- round three
Myspace has pretty much jumped the shark at this point -- bands have realized that the fine print actually allows Rupert Murdoch to steal your songs, the ads are out of control, passwords are about as secure as a credit card in a lost wallet. Read More   
Classical guitarist to play Fortuna Concert Series
The Fortuna Concert Series returns following a break for the holidays, so be sure to mark Jan. 12 on your calendar. The first three concerts had casts of between four and six performers, which filled the stage with color, class and musical magic, but in the spirit of the Monday Club, the series is bringing an entirely different style to its hallowed hall, a solo performer. Read More   
Red Fox Tavern presents bluegrass pickers party
The Red Fox has been the scene of some exciting musical shows featuring many quality performers. These shows were held during the week and on Friday and Saturday nights, but what about Sundays? Read More   
Bess Dove 2007 (according to the Journal)
’Tis the week before Christmas and through most of the county, not much is stirring — with a few exceptions. We’ll run through a handful of notable shows and then move on to some ideas for last minute Solstice/Xmas/Kwanzaa/belated-Hanukkah holiday shopping for music lovers — yes, the annual “best-of” lists. Read More   
Be still my beating, broken, bloody heart ...
In a cramped living room, packed in so tight with two couches and musical equipment that the slightest wrong step would shut down the music, they practice.    
Karaoke review, “Karaoke is my release.”
“People thought it was going to be a fad, but I don’t think it’s going away,” declares DJ Leonard Smith. You’d be hard pressed to argue otherwise last Thursday night at Blue Lake Casino’s Wave nightclub. Leonard is keeping a steady rotation of singers running through the night. This isn’t a weekend night, yet the crowd continued to build, pushing 1 a.m. Read More   
North Coast piano prodigy returns home in concert
A gifted young pianist who is making an indelible mark in the music world is coming back to where it all began -- Humboldt County. His name is Ryan McEvoy McCullough, and although the 20-year-old was born in Boston, he was just a little more than 2 years old when his family moved to Eureka. Read More   
Radio days
Pete Meyer listened to baseball on the radio while growing up in Seattle, Wash. As a teenager, he and his friends assembled a radio station in his bedroom. They went to an electronics store and bought a small broadcast kit/transmitter. “We hooked up a microphone and some turntables to it and actually put it together and had shows for me and a few of my friends,” Meyer said. Read More   
Humboldt Brews reopens
After years of wear and tear, Humboldt Brews received a much-needed remodel.

On Dec. 6, 2007, the business will reopen. It has been closed since May. The remodeled interior will be a music-centered venue. It will have a bigger stage and dance floor as well as a redesigned restaurant area. Read More   

(Re)introducing the 3 Heads
Something is brewing in Los Angeles right now. No, it's not Nicole Ritchie on the wrong side of the highway, or Britney Spears' lack of lady-like unmentionables, but it is just as serious -- in a kick butt sort of musical way. Read More   
Music for a Cold Winter Night - The Hum by Bob Doran
They don’t call themselves Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band because they have a lot of members, it’s just a trio, but the sound they make — raw, bold blues played on acoustic instruments — is big and loud as can be. Read More   
The comforts of home
Driving up the dirt road leading to Thomas James' home, you would not expect the small two-story, wood-shingled tower to be both a home and a recording studio. Walking inside, egg cartons line the walls absorbing sound, and musical and recording equipment cover most of the second floor. It is here where Light Factory Studios was born. Read More   
Finely tuned
Geoffrey Daugherty set a goal for himself at the age of 14: to become a bassist and a photographer and to work with stringed instruments, just like his dad. Read More   
THE VISTA - update
An email from the Vista nightclub follows (ed) -

Due to a series of horrible events that transpired last Saturday (i.e. someone throwing a bottle through the window, breaking and/or carving the restaurant tables, tagging the bathrooms, kids getting caught drinking outside by the police and someone stealing my microphones and stands and yet again breaking my P.A., etc.), The Vista will no longer be all-ages. I tried my best, but the management is not budging on this and to be honest I can't really blame them.

Jon Fussell

Booking Agent

The Vista    

Sara Bareilles' return is rowdy, rapturous
Host Jose Recendiz worked annoyingly overtime Friday night lathering the crowd for Sara Bareilles' small-town-girl-becomes-overnight-sensation show at the Eureka Theater. He needn't have bothered. Not only did the opening acts -- Mario Matteoli and Raining Jane -- create a cozy, copasetic sense of enthusiasm and empathy in the audience but once on stage, Ms. Bareilles pummeled them. Just whacked 'em. Read More   
The Savage Eye – Jan. 8, 2008
Proving once again that she’s as fearless as she is clever, Arcata songstress Lila Nelson has incorporated a new feature, “Write Your Own Damn Songs,” into her Sunday radio show on KHUM 104.3 FM. Read More   
Standard Time best of 2006
Was that it? 2006 is over, and musically, I feel like we never even got a chance to say “hello.” Inevitably, I barely even got started on my musical New Year's Resolutions this year, like: Go to more shows featuring local bands, make sure to get CenterArts tickets early, check out open mics, better explore local hip-hop, get my own radio show. Maybe next year, right? Read More   
PINBACK AND MC CHRIS
AS Presents Pinback and MC Chris on Saturday, April 19th at 9 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, Humboldt State University. San Diego’s Pinback create some of the most complex, postmodern indie pop happening on the West Coast. Tickets are $17.50 general and $12.50 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

Pinback is a band comprised of two principal players: Armistead Burwell Smith IV (Zach) and Rob Crow. Pinback started as a part-time endeavor back in 1998, when Zach's band Three Mile Pilot went on an extended hiatus and Rob found time away from his other musical interests (mainly Thingy and Heavy Vegetable). After recording their self-titled debut, released by Ace Fu in 1999, Pinback became a fully realized project.

The next few years saw an increase in Pinback activity. The released a number of albums and EPs on a variety of record labels most notably Blue Screen Life in 2000 and Summer in Abaddon in 2003. Abaddon hit the scene like high tide gliding in, whirling around listeners, full of beautiful intensity. It found its place in the hearts of a crazy amount of people worldwide following the success of the single “Fortress,” and rightfully so. Between record releases, Pinback toured as a full band, hitting points across North America and Europe.

The bands latest release, Autumn of the Seraphs, pushes forward and upward. Its melodies are more dynamic and aggressive, while still gently pulling you back in again and again. While entirely recorded in the band’s home studios once again, this record is tighter, the drumming more immediate and crisp. Those duties were shared by Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket from the Crypt) and Chris Prescott (No Knife), and it’s a marked difference from Pinback’s previous releases. “Good to Sea” is the jam of Indian summer. “Walters” saunters its way to a buzzy guitar breakdown while “Subbing for Eden” works steadily toward each climactic chorus. It’s Pinback’s best yet, and it’s going to take you over.

Returning to Arcata from a recent sold out gig at Humbrews and warming up the stage is MC Chris. From voicing characters on the Cartoon Network (MC Pee Pants on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and various characters on Adult Swim amongst others) MC Chris is now one of the leading lights in the Nerd Core hip-hop movement.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 18 years old or a current HSU student with ID

   

Happy Merry - the Hum
The Hum 12/13

Happy Merry

Xmas shows plus the usual rock, jazz, punk etc. There are 12 shopping days until Xmas, but don't start counting those partridges yet, not unless you're part of the Christmas bird count. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" you hear about in song this time of year start on Christmas Day and run until Epiphany (the day the wise guys came to call). What with the proximity to the big day, the entertainment is rolling into full holidaze mode with diminishing club action amid dancing mice and visions of sugarplums. (What other time of year do people attend ballet performances?) Up at the Van Duzer Friday, they have Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas, with Xmas stories and all sorts of Irishness — pennywhistles, stepdancing — you get the picture. Unfortunately Riverdance has permanently spoiled Irish dancing for me, and I can't hear a pennywhistle without thinking of those horrid Irish Spring soap commercials.

I'm thinking A Very Playhouse Christmas may be more my speed. If you haven't heard about it, it's a holiday-themed music/comedy review going into its second (and final) weekend at the Arcata Playhouse. The director is David Ferney who runs the Playhouse; his wife, Jackie Dandeneau, is one of three stars of the show, which David explained is a direct result of Jackie's feelings for the holiday season. "Jackie loves everything about Christmas," David told me, admitting that he just kind of likes it. "And she's always wanted to do a Christmasy show," he continued. In the show Jackie is Mrs. O.R. Ganize, an obsessive/compulsive type who organizes a Christmas show with help from her aerobics instructor Babbette LeJoie (Elizabeth Masters), an '80s New Jersey type who David describes as "over-the-top bubbly." Dell'Arte vet Tyler Olsen plays Mr. S.K. Rooge IX, who, as you might guess, is the Scrooge-ish anti-Xmas foil, in this case one who's intent on a politically correct holiday. The interactions of the trio provide a framework for slapstick, silliness and songs, with the always-amazing Tim Randles at the keyboard providing soundtrack and backing. They've also worked in a collection of guests including Tara Caraiso, Sarah Cory, Lewis Armin-Hoiland, the Blue Lake Children's Choir and the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir. (The AIGC will be at the Playhouse Friday night; they're also singing on the Arcata Plaza earlier for Arts! Arcata. And they have their own holiday show in at the Presbyterian Church in Eureka Saturday evening.) The always enchanting Lila Nelson is in the Playhouse show Saturday, and, notes David, just confirmed for the Sunday matinee, "the lovely and talented Beti Trauth," who saw the review last weekend and was recruited on the spot. Come early or stay late for eggnog, hot cider and cookies.

The lovely, talented and tattooed alt. chanteuse Universalia Jane writes saying, "Jane here to let ya know that we (Universalia Jane and the Jet Set) are playing the Logger Bar with Tanuki (Tanuki is playing last) on the 15th of December. It will start directly after the Dell'Arte holiday show, The Hunting of the Snark, which probably, means around 9:30-ish." I've heard good things about Dell'Arte's musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's strange nonsense poem and about Deric's new band Tanuki. And Jane is just plain great. The combination should make for a fine Saturday night.

More seasonality: The theatrical folks from Shake The Bard are taping Static and Starlight: A Holiday Radio Show by Tim McDermond at the Accident Gallery Friday and Saturday. If you miss it or want to relive the experience, tune to KGOE (1480 AM) or KKDS (97.7 FM) on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m.

The Pearl Lounge celebrates its second anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 15, with a performance by the band that opened the place, Humboldt Time with Michael Curran on drums, Jim Wilde guitar, Sam Maez trumpet, Jimmy Durchslag trombone and Geoff Daugherty bass. If you haven't heard of them and can't figure it out from the array of instruments, Humboldt Time is a jazz band. They also play the night before at Cecil's. "The world tour," says Michael, who's feeling just fine a year after heart surgery laid him low. Since entertainment at the Pearl veers from jazz to alt. rock to DJ dance music, the second anniversary weekend also includes a Friday night party with DJ Danny and Zanapod.

More jazz? Are you a player? The Graves hosts another Sunday Open Jazz Jam Session on Dec. 17 (starting at 2 p.m.) with a core trio, Al Macy on piano, Shao Way Wu bass, Simon Lucas drums, and whoever else shows up. (They're looking for vocalists in particular.)

If you're a fan of the Compost Mountain Boys and have been jonesing for the return of their once-a-month bluegrass-Thursday at Humboldt Brews, well this is it. They're back Dec. 13. Friday at Humboldt Brews, it's a new band, Humboldt Buds (new name anyway) with the master guitar jammer Rubin Diaz, his old friend from Tunesmiths Tim Stretton on keys and a rhythm section with Marty Holland on bass, and Mike Meyers on drums.

Saturday Humboldt Brews jumps to another genre with a show featuring the fine local world beat/hip hop/funk fusion band WoMama with special guests Bloco Frimeza adding a spicy taste of samba. I got a couple of reminders about that show, one from WoMama frontman Jesse Jonathon and another from Bloco drummer Melody Walker. Melody was worried that I was "offended by [her] uppityness" last week re: the trouble at Muddy's (I wasn't) and says she's resigned to an end to music at Muddy's. "Now I'm trying to think of more creative long-term solutions to the ultimate problem of a lack of venues (esp. all-ages) in Arcata, and where the hell the Menstruals will wander along to now." And she wanted me to know about her senior recital this Thursday at Fulkerson Recital Hall (at 5 p.m.). "I'm doing a mix of classical art song and opera, and South Indian classical, plus a pre-looped presentation of Meredith Monk's "Panda Chant II". In the second half of the recital I will be joined by AkaBella and then Bloco Firmeza to do some folkloric singing and playing." Eclectic enough for you?.

Anna Banana Hamilton celebrates her 60th birthday Saturday at the Riverwood Inn singing and rabble rousing with her band, The Wild Cattahoulas, named for a breed of dogs that interbred with wolves. Joining in for the fun, local folkies The Hohstadts and SoHum swingers Off the Charts. Happy birthday Anna! (Are you still mad at me?)

Along with an announcement of Saturday's show at the Mateel, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (see calendar section for details), the Mateel sent along a teaser for next year's events, among them a Feb. 8, blast of psychedelic wildness from George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic. Tickets are on sale now.

Now that The Common Vice have moved from 19th century rock opera, bandleader Lord Brett Baily (of Que La fame) is celebrating the release of a Victorian Modesty as Performed by The Common Vice CD with a gala event at the Jambalaya Friday night (post-Arts! Arcata). They invite you to "party like it's 1899." And as noted on the poster, "In addition to their gracious performance you will be astounded by the musical delights of the stately gentlemen of Strix Vega." Sounds delightful. The Rubberneckers count down continues: Friday's show at Big Pete's is their third to last performance ever. (Didn't Led Zeppelin say they'd never perform again 27 years ago?) Joining the 'Neckers for the show at Pete's is Ghostwriter, aka Steve Schecter, a country blues/punk songwriter from Oregon/Texas. I dig his song "People," from a recent album he did with Boxcar Satan. It's a bit scary however as he growls, "People. You can't live with 'em and you just can't kill 'em 'less you want to go to prison."

Saturday night's show at the Alibi is the last rock thing there until next year. What with this being the year of the Portland invasion, it features a doom-psyche-metal trio from the City of Roses called Paranaut along with locals Dragged by Horses. The Arcata rockers have a new album in the can. Deep in the Woods is due out on Chicago's High Wheel Records (home of Walking Bicycles) on Feb. 5, and no, it's not a new CD — it will be pressed on 180g vinyl (that's heavy) and released as an MP3 collection. (For preview tracks check the DbH MySpace.)

The Vista continues its role as home of all ages punk and/or metal with a four-band show Thursday including This Moment In Black History from Cleveland, Kill The Switch, Sick Bitch, and Instant Asshole (mostly tending toward punk). Saturday they have a more metallic lineup with Slaughterbox, Conducting From The Grave, Killgasm, Fate and Dungeon Master. In between (on Friday) it's something slightly different, a show featuring SHIM from Seattle, a band with a neo-classic rock sound and vocals that are sung rather than shouted. There's a bit of grunge in there, a touch of metal, kind of garage rocky, but not lo-fi. Since no one goes to shows without a local opener (or so I'm told) the earthy Arcata/Manila-folk/punk quartet Henpecker is also on the bill. (Not that they are not worthy in their own right.)

It's the time of year for Xmas parties. The Metro is having theirs at Six Rivers Sunday, Dec. 16, and inviting friends and supporters. Gini (the owner) notes, "Our three in-house Djs: Itchie Fingaz, DJ Red and Masta Shredda will all take turns on the tables and battle for the title of best DJ. (They've been talking about doing this since they were all hired.) God only knows what they'll come up with to play, but no matter what it's gonna be fun!" Hey, isn't that what the holidaze are all about?

And as Little Jimmy from Henpecker says, "Merry Max Consumerism!" (Be careful with those credit cards.)

   

Fire marshal orders Synapsis to close doors; Placebo could be next
The city of Eureka’s industrial area is at a development crossroads, and Synapsis Performance and Art Space and The Placebo organizers hope they will be part of that area’s future formulae. Read More   
Iceage Cobra at The Vista
http://www.myspace.com/iceagecobra

Iceage Cobra are known in and around Seattle for being rock purists. Always growing tighter as a band with each show, these guys are sure to inspire fist-pumpin' and drink-spillin' all over the place. And with "Brilliant Ideas from Amazing People", their debut full-length, released on Seattle-indie Heavy Soul Records, they plan to extend their reach and get people all over the U.S. talking up their ferocious, sweaty brand of rock.

Here's a bit more information on the bandŠ Iceage Cobra. The name alone evokes the sort of bent creativity and tongue-in-cheek self confidence you might hope to find in a new band, but it doesn't tell you everything you need to know... Iceage Cobra came roaring into Seattle from Spokane, WA like the other Northwest rock greats from outta nowhere. Melvins, Malfunkshun, Nirvana... Iceage Cobra. They don't grow this kinda stuff in the big city. Small towns often breed the bands that start modern revolutions - and Iceage Cobra has what it takes to incite a movement. Iceage Cobra could never have existed before now. Their influences span the decades before them, but their popular live show is far from being a retro revue. It's a blast of youth and rhythm and charisma and humor and overdriven riffs - an irresistible rock n' roll gumbo with fat chunks of soul that get stuck in your teeth and follow you home. Iceage Cobra. Revolution. Rock n' Roll. Soul.

One of the more entertaining new bands in Seattle, Iceage Cobra bring the rock in a big way with a high-energy mix of garage-rock, punk, metal, and even a bit of rap, powered by gonzo guitar riffs, multiple time changes, and ass-shaking beats.² - Don Yates, Music Director KEXP 90.3

". . . shamelessly spastic blend of classic rock riffage, '70s soul, and dance-inducing backbeats" -Hannah Levin, The Stranger

"Iceage Cobra has what it takes to incite a movement." Matt Brown, NadaMucho.com   

Hello, 2008! Thanks for the good times, 2007
Another year done gone... Things started off beautifully this time last year with Bucky Walters and the Absynth Quintet at the Jambalaya. Read More   
Hello, 2007!
Did y’all know just how good Bucky Walters is? Read More   
Upful Jamdown: Bringin' the good vibes for 2007
Humboldt's foremost reggae DJ is coming out of a state of semi-retirement. On the last Saturday of 2006, DJ Dub Cowboy is back with a special message for the New Year by spinning strictly positive reggae music. Read More   
CENTERARTS PRESENTS JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
CenterArts presents Jesus Christ Superstar, the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 8th and 9th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be performed on the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as Superstar, Everything’s Alright and I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations. The national touring Broadway production will feature Ted Neeley from the original Superstar movie as Jesus and Corey Glover (from the hit rock band Living Colour) as Judas. Tickets are $65 general, $65 Senior/child, $55 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough Piano Concert
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, 20 year old native and international piano competition winner, will be giving a solo piano concert at the Arkley Center in Eureka at 8pm, 1/12/08. Tickets are $15 at the door, online, or by mail. Seating is reserved, so earlier purchase will guarantee better seats.   
A Cup o’ Kindness THE HUM 12/27
Well, we’ve survived another year. To paraphrase (and reverse) Dickens, 2007 was neither the best of times nor the worst of times. So we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, and make plans to celebrate the coming of a New Year. Read More   
Dressing up
It could potentially remind one of the opening scene of the lavish Broadway production “The Phantom of the Opera,” except the new chandeliers are not part of a special effect meant to startle audience members. Read More   
Packin' heat
The Eye’s new columnist, Dan Lewis (see B2) loves rock n’ roll. Last Saturday at the Alibi was a perfect example of this. “The evening began with Tanuki,” writes Dan. Read More   
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Mateel Announces a Taste of 2008
With fundraising efforts ongoing and a fair distance to go before the Mateel Community Center reaches it’s year end goal of $75,000, which will be used to hire four part time staff positions and guarantee all rental events and annual program through June 2008, planning is still in the works for Mateel’s 2008 Season and lots of great programs, events, and festivals are in store.

Thanks to the generous financial support of a collection of concerned community members who are underwriting expenses on these events without risk to MCC and for the full benefit of the Mateel, it is possible to present this Season even given the community center’s current financial and staffing status. Still a work in progress, many confirmed events are already on tap for 2008 and will offer a diverse array of arts and entertainment that is both local and world-renown. A sampling of these events includes:

- January 19- Just Another Hangover Tour (comedy from Seattle)

- February 8- George Clinton & Parliament/ Funkadelic (tickets on sale now)

- March 1- Delta Nove (Latin funk in a dual benefit for MCC & KMUD)

- March 15- 4th annual Irish Gold Peace Benefit & Brew

- March 21/22- Random People Monologues Project

- April 4- Katchafire & Tchiya Amet (indigenous reggae from New Zealand)

- May 2 or 3- Homegrown Hip Hop vol. 5

- May 9/10- Aging Project

- May 31/ June 1- 32nd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival (Benbow Lake)

More events, programs, and festivals are also in the planning stages now and will be announced as confirmed. Tickets are currently on sale for Just Another Hangover Tour with professional Seattle-based comedians, Heneghen, Scot Shields, and Roger Lizaola on January 19th. These tickets are available only at Redway Liquor, Wild Horse Records, and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $10 in advance. Tickets for George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic on February 8 are also on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $75. Mateel Community Center members receive a $5 discount when purchased in advance at the Mateel office only. This show is expected to sell out quickly so don’t delay if you want to guarantee your place in the audience when the legendary George Clinton and P-Funk “tear the roof off the sucka” in this exclusive North Coast appearance.

For more information on the events and programs of the Mateel Community Center, visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368. To help in supporting Mateel’s $75,000 year end fundraising goal, mail your tax deductible donation to MCC, POB 1910, Redway, CA 95560 or make a deposit in the Mateel’s donation account (#13010) at the Community Credit Union in Garberville. Community support is critical to ensuring another successful year of Mateel rentals and programming in 2008.

   

Burgeoning partnership
Singer-songwriter Jenifer “Breeze” Doyle’s idea for a musical reunion with guitarist Ruben Diaz grew into a plan to include another of her favorite local musicians, keyboardist Mike Kapitan. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! Jan. 9, 2006
Premiering at the Metro this week is Eustace, a newer Humboldt band that sounds as well practiced as those who've been around for years. Read More   
Merry Melodies channels '40s for holiday benefit
Looking back on the 1940s the era reads like a novel. There's the ultimate war between good and evil pulling the U.S. from a depression the likes of which has never been repeated, followed by a period of great hope for the future. In fact there are many novels out there that aren't nearly as compelling. Read More   
THE HUM - Footloose?
Melody Walker and friends call the “Ladylike Open Mic” at Muddy’s Hot Cup “Menstrual Monday,” providing fodder for all sorts of bad puns I won’t repeat here. On Monday of this week Melody was not singing at Muddy’s, nor was anyone else. She called me that evening to explain that live music at Muddy’s is suspended “until further notice.” Read More   
Hard Love - The Hum by Bob Doran
You wouldn't say that Bob Franke is a household name, and I'll admit I hadn't heard of him before a week or so ago when a friend called to tell me he is coming to town for a Humboldt Folklife show. Read More   
Manifest Destiny
"What's up with Manifest robbing that casino?" was the question asked. When I reread the story it came to me: Peter Collins, aka Pistol Pete, is also known in Humboldt hip hop circles as Manifest, one of the most audacious rappers around, notorious for grabbing the mic at every hip hop show possible. Read More   
Festival time again
Eureka artist Duane Flatmo created the poster for the 17th annual Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, which will be held March 29-April 1 in Eureka. Read More   
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker dies at age 57 in NYC
NEW YORK -- Michael Brecker, a versatile and highly influential tenor saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over a career that spanned more than three decades, died Saturday at age 57. Read More   
A ruckus brews in Redway
Hip hop headliners dish up hard-hitting concert Read More   
Ooh we ooh, I look just like Rivers Cuomo
CJ Stewart is fan club member 1,137 for the Weezer fan club. ”And you can print that 'cause it's true,” Stewart said. Read More   
Getting 'classical'
Martha Johansen’s longtime fantasy has come true. She now has a classical music program. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! Jan. 16, 2007
About a year ago my sister was convinced that I needed to get out of the house some more, so she started dragging me with her to open mic sessions at Sacred Grounds. That spring they were hosted by local HSU student and singer-songwriter, Devin Farren, who would often showcase his own material. I remember the first night he invited Andrea Zvaleko onto the stage with him for a few numbers to close out the night, and I was riveted to my seat watching the duo beautifully blend their voices together. Needless to say all of this got me hooked on open mics, and you could find me in there every week enjoying not only Devin Farren, but a number of other talented musicians and poets. Read More   
Off And Running - The Humb by Bob Doran
It's been a while since Thad Beckman lived here in Humboldt. The blues guitarist/songwriter left for Texas a few years back -- Austin to be specific -- and then moved on from there to Portland, Ore., home to a substantial Humboldt ex-pat community, not that he's exactly part of it. Read More   
Mateel forever: A benefit for the MCC
The Mateel Community Center has been a source of pride and a place of gathering in the SoHum neighborhood for years. It was conceived, built and maintained by the members of the area for the members of the area. Much like the little engine that could the Center has chugged along for years thinking that it could and up until recently that has been the case. Read More   
Jamine Loucks: Station! – Jan. 23, 2007
It’s a running joke among my friends that the Humboldt music scene population is slowly migrating to Portland. Read More   
Savage Eye – Jan. 23, 2007
What happens is this: someone 1.) wants publicity and/or 2.) is convinced their music or writing is so good that I’ll be blown away and launch their career into the superstar orbit (because, yes, we here at the Eye wield that kind of power). Read More   
Forever - the Hum by Bob Doran
The metaphor was unfortunate, even if it did declare itself a metaphor. The subhead in the Times-Standard preview of Wednesday night's Winter Ruckus 4 promised "six exciting acts that plan to metaphorically burn the place down." Read More   
Dimmick attempts to end Reggae land lease with Mateel
A multiple-contract dispute whose centerpiece is Reggae on the River has inadvertently become a reminder that Southern Humboldt residents care deeply for the Mateel Community Center, a nonprofit organization. Read More   
STREAMGUYS:HITTING HOME RUNS IN MEDIA STREAMING INDUSTRY
Jonathan Speaker is in utter disbelief over the recent breakdown in telecommunications services that has plagued the North Coast over the past month — and rightly so. Read More   
The Wolves Returen - THE HUM by Bob Doran
Not long after Los Lobos' Louie Perez called me last week, we got to talking about our kids. He has several, and spoke of his oldest son who, when he graduated from high school, announced that he was moving out of the house. His plan was to spend a couple of years "concentrating on the band." Read More   
Nucleus keeps it fresh after seven years
Their studio lies hidden down the long stretch of South G Street next to the 330 Club. As you enter the studio, you navigate a path weaving through musical equipment -- speakers, amps, drums -- stacked high. Read More   
Time of your life
It’s about “trying to get that blues feel.” Jon Turney, bassist/vocalist, explained his band’s name “Mojo Brown” is meant to spark images of the Deep South — “black magic, kind of Louisiana blues, the Delta-blues side of it.” Read More   
Humboldt hip-hop skips a beat, gets back on track
Can this typically urban-based genre truly flourish in a place where the only high-rises are trees? Read More   
Kulica is Back and Better
Kulica is a home-grown groove band with its roots firmly planted in Humboldt soil. In an attempt to find out a little more for my reading audience I looked them up on the internet. Read More   
Feel The Pulse - the Hum by Bob Doran
Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945 at Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica. Legend that he is in the world of reggae, his birthday is still commemorated long after his death, and most years the Bob Marley celebrations stretch through the entire month. The Ragga Muffins Tour is one such Marley-esque congregation, a string of shows by top reggae bands from Jamaica and elsewhere that worked its way up the coast last week with stops in Long Beach, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Among the headliners were two bands, Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage, who play Friday night at the Mateel in Redway. Read More   
Savage Eye – Feb. 13, 2007
Thursday’s show at the Jambalaya marked some sort of official Arcata rock moment. The cementing of the Jam as a rock venue in its own right? The reinforcement of Matt Marek (now playing with The Ravens) as the area’s premier rock drummer? Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! Feb. 13, 2007
This coming Saturday is a busy night for the Arcata music scene. Sacred Grounds is beginning to host shows again... Read More   
Academy debuts series
The goal is to go beyond textbooks. High school history books are a good example of where some students settle for the truth, but they really ought to look further, said Keri Gelenian, principal of Academy of the Redwoods. Read More   
AFI comes to light a fire in Eureka
AFI is coming to Humboldt County. Yes, you heard right. And, no, they didn't just have trouble with their tour bus or need a little gas money. They actually planned a concert right here in Eureka; they'll be here tomorrow. Read More   
Whose Blues? - the Hum by Bob Doran
The blues. Who's the audience for it in this day and age? Who are the players? At a time when plenty of young musicians are sawing on fiddles and picking up and picking on mandolins and banjos old timey style, a scant few seem interested in playing the blues, and if they do, it's more likely to be old gutbucket blues rather than the post-war electric kind. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! March 6, 2007
Most people are by now very aware of the show coming up on March 9. If you’re not aware, AFI is coming to town. They’re playing at the Muni in Eureka with a couple other large acts. However, that’s by far not the only thing happening this Friday Read More   
All things Irish
The first thing that catches the eye is an impressive collection, whose forms look like works of art, but, that’s just part of their value. Read More   
Reggae wars
People Productions and Dimmick Ranch this week issued a news release for the premiere of what it calls “Reggae Rising,” a three-day festival Aug. 3-5 at the Dimmick Ranch and French’s Camp in Piercy; however, they have chosen the same location and days as are scheduled for Mateel Community Center’s 2007 Reggae on the River. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! March 6, 2007
Most people are by now very aware of the show coming up on March 9. If you’re not aware, AFI is coming to town. They’re playing at the Muni in Eureka with a couple other large acts. However, that’s by far not the only thing happening this Friday Read More   
Eye editor to host KHUM Zappa show
FERNDALE – Arcata Eye Editor Kevin Hoover has been tapped to host the new Frank Zappa show, Zappa’s Grubby Chamber, Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KHUM 104.7/104.3 FM beginning April 6. Read More   
Too Much - The Hum by Bob Doran
Considering the fact that we're something of a rural backwater, Humboldt County certainly plays host to a lot of music in a wide range of styles. Sometimes there are just way too many choices of where to go and what to do. Check this week's calendar section for a rundown on this weekend's classical overload. The same is true in other genres. Read More   
McKinleyville musician releases new album
The blues have come down on musician Jesse Goplen. Read More   
Explanation owed for shutdown of show
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is keeping mum, so there may be hidden reasons why their agents cleared out the Red Fox Tavern in Eureka and shut down a show by Vallejo rapper Celly Cel. But the episode causes us to wonder why such drastic tactics were used. Read more   
Bar raid costs thousands, upsets owners
EUREKA -- Everything was going well at the Celly Cel show at the Red Fox Tavern March 16. Owners Rick Crum and Sam Magruder were patrolling the venue, along with about five of their own security personnel and another 10 provided by the show's promoter, Diamondback Entertainment. Read more   
17th Jazz Festival features fresh faces
Once again, it's time to take in all of the musical delights offered annually by what has been called the best jazz fest in the west -- the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival in downtown Eureka. Read more   
KHUM-FM announces podcast debut
Podcasting differs from webcasting in how content is transmitted, a news release stated. Instead of having to go to the Internet to retrieve audio, a listener subscribes to the podcast and, thereafter, the audio is automatically delivered to a listener’s computer whenever a new episode is available. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! March 27, 2007
What I’m really excited about this week is on Saturday. I’m not much for shameless self-promotion, but as I’ve never really talked about myself or what I do in this column I’d like to divulge a bit of my life to you readers. This Saturday is my birthday. Or rather, the birthday of my e-mail newsletter. Read more   
On Tour – March 27, 2006
A list of stuff from the Arcata Eye Read More   
Mateel Announces Membership Goal for 2007!
The Mateel Community Center would like to thank all the members who have joined us so far this year. Our goal is to reach 1,000 members for 2007. Last year many people signed up at the November annual membership meeting so they could vote in the December election for the Board of Directors. Memberships are annual and expire on December 31st of each year. Renewal for the new year begins after the annual membership meeting which is held annually in November. The Mateel offers for members for this year including email accounts – for example [email protected] Other benefits include: 1 vote in the annual Board of Directors election (w/ 1 year member History) Run for the Board of Directors (w/ 1 year member history) Nominate candidates for the Board of Directors at the annual membership meeting Discounts on all MCC produced events (inc. Reggae on the River) Discounts on all Mateel merchandise – Hats, T-shirts and Sweatshirts Bi-annual member news bulletins Monthly event emails Free admission to the Winter Arts Faire Welcome packet with thank you, membership card, sticker and coupons Premier volunteer opportunities Member savings, discounts and benefits can total over $42 value with the purchase of a $30 individual or $15 teen/senior membership Support the programs of your Mateel Community Center – Priceless Come by the office in Redway, log onto the website www.mateel.org to download the membership form, or simply send your name, address, phone and email with a $30 check made payable to the MCC and mail it to the Mateel Community Center, PO Box 1910, Redway, CA 95560. To help reach the goal there is a challenge for all members to sign up five new members for 2007.    
Getting 'fest'ive
It is for young people. That might run contrary to what many people would think in terms of a jazz festival, particularly the 17-year-old Redwood Coast Jazz Festival. Read More   
The 17th Annual Redwood Coast Jazz Festival Kicks Off Today!
Once again, it's time to take in all of the musical delights offered annually by what has been called the best jazz fest in the west -- the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival in downtown Eureka. And, this year, the 17th annual event has even more to offer fans. Read More   
Luminescent - the Humb by Bob Doran
The p.r. e-mail hooked me with its description of The Luminescent Orchestrii as: "a gypsy tango klezmer punk acoustic string band from New York City." There was a link to the band's webpage; I spared no time and immediately downloaded a few luminescent MP3s -- brilliant shimmering songs with complex driving rhythms, amazing East-Euro-style harmonies on the vocals, a perfect fusion of old and new sensibility -- Read More   
KHUM series earns Edward R. Murrow award
A two-part series titled “Picking Up: Meth on the North Coast,” has earned KHUM 104.3 and 104.7 a distinguished Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Director Association (RTNDA). Read More   
Too Much To Do On a Thursday Night?
Last weekend was a busy one for local shows, but the one that stuck out the most was the Rubberneckers with Eustace and Pete Ciotti at the Jambalaya. Ciotti's freshly married glow was followed by Eustace, who played on my KSLG show earlier in the day, and did another great set that night. Read More   
Local hip hop band inspires documentary
A hand-painted sign on the side of a Fortuna road planted a seed in the mind of Sabrina Ross Lee a few years ago that's now beginning to see fruition. Read More   
Jamine Loucks: Station! – April 3, 2007
This all goes down at Muddy’s this Friday, although Be Brave Bold Robot is playing Saturday at 1 p.m. live on KSLG 94.1 FM and again on the streets of Old Town Eureka for Arts Alive! with The Professional Superheroes. Read More   
Golden? the HUM by Bob Doran
For some reason the band portrait from San Francisco-based jamband New Monsoon had me feeling a bit nostalgic. I was a teenager living in the Bay Area when the Summer of Love rolled around 40 years ago. I know there's some sort of kinship between modern jambands and the bands I heard that summer, at what one might describe as the dawn of the jam era. Read More   
KHSU holds 'Record Swap'
KHSU 90.5 FM will present its first “Record Swap” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Goodwin Forum, Nelson Hall East, Humboldt State University. Read More   
Music in an 'Instant'
Improvisation is a creative endeavor that could be considered fleeting; however, Michael Moore, clarinetist and alto saxophonist with the 40-year-old internationally acclaimed Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, said he believes it can survive as long as a formal written composition. Read More   
FLOATING ON A STREAM OF PIANO JAZZ
Beverly Ritz's new CD, By Rowdy Creek, is piano music that takes the listener on a journey through the wiles of wildlife nestled next to the Pacific. “The point of my music is to create tranquility, to help people find peace,” Ritz explains. According to fans, this music is soothing, reminding them of another time when popular music was dominated by composers like Mancini and Jobim, and creating an ambience that is hopeful and serene. Composer/pianist Jessica Williams exclaims, “I love what I am hearing. You’re playing with passion and heart, and it’s just beautiful!” Critics, other jazz artists, and the 40 plus radio stations -- all over the world -- that are playing Ritz’s music agree. “It’s a harmonious pairing between jazz and nature,” writes Heidi Drockelman of Indie-Music.com. Tim Merritt, jazz record producer, says Ritz sounds like McCoy Tyner and Marian McPartland. By Rowdy Creek could be the ultimate palette of music for dreaming. Pianist/composer George Kahn elucidates in his review on www.cdbaby.com/cd/beverlyritz2, "You can feel the stream, and see the redwoods towering overhead. Very much in the style of George Winston, Ms. Ritz delivers a beautiful set of evocative solo piano pieces..." Since the release of By Rowdy Creek, Beverly has performed in two notable events in Brookings, Oregon, (a few miles up the road from Rowdy Creek). In December of 2006, she worked in a jazz festival with world-class sax player, Paul Biondi, and his band (including Buster B. Jones on guitar). Then, in March of 2007, she played piano in the concert given by Tower of Power’s Mick Gillette. Ritz’s performances have graced jazz clubs, cultural centers, educational facilities, and many a dinner table at top-notch country clubs. She has also played at senior centers where her tunes have been known to work wonders. One performance was powerful enough to rouse a man who was suffering from Alzheimer’s out of his silent isolation. Beverly reports, “Now he calls and asks when I’m coming back! I think music touches people in a way that nothing else does…. And I would like to follow my music around the world, reaching as many people as I can.” Beverly Ritz is available for concerts, other performances, and interviews. Her recordings are available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/beverlyritz2    
Are You A Humboldt Honey? by Kevin Hoover
ARCATA – You’ve seen her on the Plaza, at Co-op or HSU – the flower of Humboldt womanhood, festooned with any number of countercultural cues – calculatedly proletarian garb, buttons espousing causes sweet and snarky, a sage smudge or patchouli aroma and a faraway look in her eye.Read More   
Reggae on the River court ruling
[Thursday, April 26, 2007. Redway, CA.] The request made by the Mateel Community Center to have the courts intervene in a timely manner to stop the take over by Tom Dimmick and People Productions of our twenty-three year old fundraising event Reggae on the River has been denied today. The court’s ruling explains that it cannot establish at this time that a monetary settlement made on the merits of the lawsuit, once that lawsuit has been heard in court, will not successfully mitigate the losses the community center will suffer because of the coordinated actions of the private landowner and the previous production company, People Productions. It is the Mateel’s position that it will ultimately prevail in the lawsuit and that the referee will rule that the Mateel has a right to hold its event per Mr. Dimmick’s original promise to the Mateel when we entered that contract. It is furthermore the position that the Mateel is the only applicant under the conditional use permit and remains the only applicant until it no longer has a right to possess the property or assigns the permit to another. Until then, the Commission should only be dealing with the Mateel as the applicant. Continuing to treat Mr. Dimmick as an alternate applicant only exacerbates the confusion and frustrates the Mateel in trying to protect the community’s asset from being turned over to the hands of private individuals for their own private commercial gain. The Mateel will continue to fight the hijacking of our equipment, records, infrastructure, intellectual property and investment, made by this community for over twenty-three years, by private individuals wishing to reap the gain. We will discuss the current circumstances with our members on May 7th at 6:00 PM at the Mateel Community Hall in Redway. Until then we hope to see our community at the Thursday, May 3, 2007 planning commission meeting to help us ensure the Mateel permit stays with Reggae on the River.    
Judge denies Mateel injunction
A motion for a summary adjudication filed in Humboldt County Superior Court Thursday could be the deciding factor on whether the Mateel Community Center can use Tom Dimmick’s Piercy parcel for the 23-year-old Reggae on the River festival this year. Read More   
Support the scene in my absence
As I sat down to write my column this week, I was also transferring music to my MP3 player to provide a soundtrack for the 14-hour drive to the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in Indio this weekend. Even though I'll be out of town, I started scanning my Slug Festivities Guide online, and figuring out which shows I'll be bummed to miss while I'm away. Read More   
THE HUM The Coco Benefit
It was one of those phone calls. The caller ID on my phone said St. Joe's. Not a good sign. It was my good buddy Gregg calling from a hospital room where he was visiting our mutual friend Coco Hogan (pictured at left), a longtime Humboldt resident, someone I've known since I started going to Reggae many years ago. Coco was a SoHummer back then, one of the guys who helped build the Mateel. He's been living in Eureka for a few years, for reasons I needn't go into here, but he's always been a constant at Reggae, one of many hardworking volunteers who do what's needed: haul garbage, recycling, whatever, always with a warm smile. I just talked with Coco for a little while -- it was a difficult thing for him to do. He's been diagnosed with throat cancer, a serious bummer and, no, he doesn't have health insurance. What he wanted me to know was that he has a way to bring together the dueling forces down SoHum way: The Coco Benefit. Read More   
Arcata's best bands
Best Straight Up Rock and Roll Band: The Ravens... Most Missed Band that Is Not The Cutters: The Hitch... Band Most Likely to Have a Crush On: Dynamite Sweater... Read More   
Jasmine Loucks – Station! April 24, 2007
Despite the momentum that I’m usually privileged to witness in the Humboldt scene, there are certain times that, for whatever reason, everything seems to slow down. But just because things are slowing down with the scene overall, it doesn’t mean that there still aren’t plenty of things to do around town on almost every night of the week. Read More   
Mika Sun, from backup to star
Subliminal Sabotage emcee Mika Sun refers to himself as a “background man.” It is a good indication of the humble approach this rapper takes to everything he does. Read More   
A Plastic Vodka Bottle THE HUM by Bob Doran
I caught Jason Webley's act a few years ago in an unlikely place: a sports bar behind the now defunct Arcata Denny's. (The Placebo put on shows there for a spell.) What I remember most is him jumping up on a table with his accordion to lead the crowd in one rollicking sing-along after another.Read More   
On Tour – April 24, 2007
Melvin Seals, JGB MCC, Thursday Melvin Seals and JGB play a benefit show for Dancin’ in the Dunes, Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Dr., Manila. Doors at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be available. This show is all ages. Tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door. For more information, e-mail dunes [email protected], visit myspace.com/dune dance or call (803) 528-1537. Read More   
Reggae on the River PSA
PRESS RELEASE: Immediate Release

EVENT: Reggae on the River (festival)

DATE: August 3rd, 4th and 5th

CONTACT: 2b1 Multimedia Productions

(415) 861-1520 or Mateel Community Center

(707) 923-3368

REGGAE on the River Victory on Control of Festival Permit REGGAE on the River moves forward to save event for local community

[Humboldt County, CA May 4, 2007]

The Humboldt Planning Commissioners held steady in their support for the community last evening by confirming through actions, that the Mateel Community Center is still the applicant and holder of the permit for this year’s festival. “We appreciate the planning commission taking the action necessary to maintain the integrity of the decision making process to help guide the community through this controversy.” said Boots Hughston of 2b1 Multimedia, the producer for Reggae on the River. This clears the way for the Mateel, owners of the festival-- for over twenty three years, and its’ production partner, 2b1 Multimedia to successfully confirm its right to produce the festival this year and beyond.

The festival is a crucial part of the social and economic goodwill for the local Southern Humboldt community, a community which has much pride in their support over the years for building and maintaining a healthy nonprofit sector in a rural area with limited governmental services. For over twenty-three years the Mateel Community Center has used their largest fundraiser to distribute the goodwill of the festival by developing diverse cultural arts, theater, and music programs for the surrounding communities. Programming includes items like the Mateel Meal for those without resources and acclaimed theatrical performances by local youth through Recycled Youth.

Taunya Stapp, Executive Director of the Mateel Community Center said, “We are grateful to the commission and acknowledge the difficulty of the job, the changes requested, and we are fully up to the task. We have taken their words to heart and we hope to have any remaining issues resolved prior to the deadline set with the Mateel and Reggae on the River prevailing.”

2b1 Multimedia has an excellent reputation and track record for safe large festival events. The Mateel is very appreciative of 2b1’s support and continued willingness to assist in this year’s production. The Mateel commends 2b1 Multimedia for stepping up to ensure this festival stays with its community and music roots.    

Will Reggae on the River happen?
'Probably not,' says 2B1 Multimedia Inc., but the legal battle isn't over yet    
Ian Fays - Where are they Now?
Media Credit: The Ian Fays The Ian Fays ready for the EU tour The Ian Fays got signed to a small Italian label over a year ago, what's next for the hardworking lo-fi indie band from Humboldt County? Read More   
Rural Rock'n Roll comes back to It's roots
Rural Rock'n Roll is a one-hour movie filmed about Humboldt and it's music scene. Focusing primarily on the punk, rock, and indie scenes, Jensen Rufe showcases all the trials and excitement of playing in a small town band, featuring bands such as, The Ian Fays, The Ravens, The Buffy Swayze, and Eureka Garbage Company. Read More   
Wanna Hear Some Cow-Punk?
Cow-punk; it's a breed rock n' roll and bluegrass, sometimes country but will always make your head bob. That's what the Rubberneckers play, a group of friends that enjoy writing and performing music together. Read More   
Summer Festival Guide
You might think that Humboldt State University's summer recess means the town of Arcata dies. But to the contrary, the beautiful weather and fun-loving people come out en masse, making the Humboldt summer like none other. Read More   
--jASMiNE
Hey everyone, first of all, a happy birthday to Chris Parreira who's turning 21 today, and happy birthday in advance to Emily who's turning 18 on Saturday. Milestones each, hope they treat you well. Happy Mother's Day in advance to my mom, who's currently counting down the days 'til her wedding later this month. Exciting! Secondly, an update on what The Placebo (and the other 47 west 3rd groups) has been up to: our project descriptions got approved by the city, meaning we can go ahead and apply for the permitting we need. We're hoping to get a waiver on the fees, so we have to go before City Council... this next Tuesday. Please, if everyone could come and help support us, it would help a lot - you don't have to do much, just be a warm body sending good vibes. You can check out more info at theplacebo.net.

Alright, so TONIGHT, as it's Thursday, there is free live jazz at Big Pete's at 8. There also is open mic at Sacred Grounds at 8 (come earlier to sign up), as hosted by birthday boy Chris Parreira. Youn Joo Sim is playing a free show at the Fulkerson at 6, and Afromassive is playing at Muddy's at 9 for $3. The Empty Bottle Boys are playing at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates at 7.

This FRIDAY The Bucky Walters in conjunction with The Freelove Circus is hosting a end-of-semester bash at Muddy's at 8 for $7. Skipper is playing at Sacred Grounds at 7:30 ($2 to $5 suggested donation), and Autumn Royals and The Little Still Not Big Enough are playing at Big Pete's at 7. I'll be out of town, but if I were around you could bet I'd be at the Six Rivers High School Ballroom Blitz benefit at the Bayside Grange. There will be auctions, booths, and music by The Rubberneckers, The Ravens, AkaBella, Power Toast, and 8/01 Warning. The event starts at 7 and costs $10 for adults and $3 to $5 for students. Seabury Gould is hosting another kirtan and sacred singing workshop at the Community Yoga Center at 7 for $8 to $12 on sliding scale. This is your last chance to see HLOC's "The Full Monty," which plays at the CR Forum Theatre at 7:30 for $12 general and $10 for students. Earlier in the day there the CR dance classes are giving their final starting at 3, and that performance is free. "Ghost of the Hart" continues at the Ferndale Rep, call 786-5483 for reservations and information. "But We Digress," a Bollywood performance, starts at the D Street Community Center at 8 for $5. Anslinger is playing with Tsu Tain Guu Faitaa at Out of the Sun at 7:30 for $5, and The Retroactives are playing at Mosgo's at 6:30. Plinny the Elder, Craig Peters, Paul Baribeau (last show before he moves!), Shelby Sifers, and more are playing at an end-of-the-semester beach party at Moonstone Beach at 7.

If you're looking for something to do this SATURDAY and you can't/don't want to go to a bar, check out Japanese band Bleach03, Lozen from Tacoma, and locals The Baby Arms at The Accident Gallery. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9, and admission is $7. The Dancing Outlaws are playing at Mosgo's at 6, and the Green Life Evolution Center is hosting a family concert with storytelling by Seabury Gould. That starts at 7 and costs $5. The Arcata Vet's Hall is hosting an Old Fashioned Square Dance at 8 with music by The Striped Pig Stringband and calling by Michael Ismerio. Earlier in the day Magnolia is playing Farmer's Market on the Arcata Plaza. Steve Lloyd is playing at Mosgo's at 7. Has Beans is hosting an open mic at 6:30, and Ali Harter and Ryan McClellan are playing at Sacred Grounds at 7:30.

Of course on SUNDAY Mosgo's is holding it's regularly midday movie at 4, and subsequent open mic at 7. Muddy's is hosting Celtic Music Sessions at 7 with Scatter the Mud and Seabury Gould, and later that night DJ Echo is spinning at 9 for $3. There's a Mother's Day Brunch at the Bayside Grange starting at 9 am with music by Blue Jayz Band which costs $15. Jordaan Mason, Craig Peters, and Green Hills Alone are playing at Das Gasthaus at 8 (bring money for the touring bands!). The Westhaven Center for the Arts is hosting a spring fling from 1 to 5 with music by The Compost Mountain Boys, a BBQ, and art. Chamber Ensembles are playing at the Fulkerson at 8 for $8 general and $3 students.    

Reggae on the River canceled
There may be reggae music heard on the Tom Dimmick Ranch in Piercy Aug. 3-5, but it won’t belong to the Reggae on the River festival. Mateel/Dimmick settlement talks failed this past weekend and the sticking point, both said, was the trademarked name “Reggae on the River.” Read More   
KHSU-FM, First Street Gallery get cuts
Two Humboldt State University programs are facing substantial cuts following announced decreases to the university budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year. KHSU-FM will take a $20,000 cut, while First Street Gallery will lose $15,000, or 13 percent of its current budget. Both fall under the Office of the President, although KHSU also reports to University Advancement, which operates on private funding. Read More   
Reggae on the River canceled
There may be reggae music heard on the Tom Dimmick Ranch in Piercy Aug. 3-5, but it won’t belong to the Reggae on the River festival. Read More   
Performance claim disputed by reggae artist's manager
2B1 Multi-Media Inc.’s owner/Reggae on the River producer Boots Hughston faxed The Eureka Reporter several contracts on Friday, which, he said, proved he had performers’ commitments; however, one performer’s management has said that is not the case. Read More   
Woodstock with more Wiffle, hopefully less mud
ive music and wiffle ball may seem like a funny pairing, but someone once said the same about pork chops and applesauce. Read More   
'Rural Rock' returns to rural roots
”Rural Rock & Roll,” that definitive rockumentary on the underground, yet vital, Humboldt scene, is coming back to the North Coast for its first screening in more than a year and this is a good thing. Read More   
THE HUM East Nashville
I'd never really heard of East Nashville before reading something on songwriter Amelia White's webpage about one of her songs showing up on a double-disc compilation called The Other Side: Music from East Nashville. Amelia is not strictly from Nashville -- she moved there from Boston a few years back to make her way in the music world, and lately she's been on the road with her guitar about half of any given year playing finely crafted alt. country/neo folk songs. Read More   
'Steel-toed' harmony
It might have been better if he had been wearing toe protection, but if he had, Will Nicoll wouldn’t have been inspired by a unique albeit rather bizarre name for his band. “I used to wear these sort-of slippers. One day I dropped something heavy on them,” Nicoll said. “I assumed it would be good to have reinforced shoes.” Read More   
Summer Arts: A SoHum summer rite
In 31 years, it's exploded into one of the largest festivals Humboldt has to offer, yet it's still managed to retain its Southern Humboldt charm. It's none other than the Mateel Community Center's Summer Arts and Music Festival. Read More   
The Hum - Peace and Love from Comoros
Unless your knowledge of geography is far greater than mine, it's likely you have no idea where the Comoros Islands are, and thus would also have no clue what it means when the singer Nawal is described as "the voice of Comoros." Read More   
THE HUM by Bob Doran
It may be obvious if you follow this music column, I'm a sucker for Gypsy-ish violins, accordions, café music, retro-Euro stuff and for mixers and mergers who leapfrog genres. That said, I love Portland's 3 Leg Torso, who touch all of the above to craft a sound that defies categorization.

From the title of the band's most recent album, Astor in Paris, I'd initially guessed that the concept might be something like tango nuevo master Astor Piazzolla teaming with the Hot Club of Paris.

Not exactly, according to accordionist Courtney Von Drehle, who explained that the album was named for a tune on the record. "For that tune, I imagined what it would be like if Astor Piazzolla were born in France, and played nuevo musette or something lie that."

In the beginning the band was a trio with Courtney on accordion, violinist/trumpeter Béla Balogh, and a cellist. Courtney and Béla had been playing together in Lobe, an "art rock" band, up until 1996. "We had learned some Eastern European tunes," said Courtney, "and I convinced Béla we should go out busking."

Truth is, if 3 Leg Torso reminded me of any bands I've heard, it would be the street bands that played for tips at various points on our Italian vacation. (The guys were relieved that I was not reminded of Borat.)

"I didn't really want to force our music on strangers," said Béla, but in a moment of weakness he agreed. For some reason while arranging the gigs, the guys would adopt faux accents in imitation on Béla's Hungarian grandmother.

"I'd call and say, 'Hello, meester,' and we'd go out. We'd dress in hokey clothing..." said Béla.

"And we'd use those accents whenever we'd talk with people," interjected Courtney.

"So we called it meestering," Béla noted.

Courtney continued, "It did have some Borat elements although this was way before Borat, and sometimes people would press us asking, 'Where are you from?'"

"Ve are not from here," concluded Béla.

They may not be from here, but 3 Leg Torso is coming here -- for a show at the Jambalaya on Tuesday, June 12. Be there. I will.

It's a grey drippy morning, doesn't really feel like summer (and technically it's still spring), but for nightclubs that rely on the college crowd, the post-graduation summer lull is kicking in. Humboldt Brews is closed until August, using the slow time for a remodel. Others are curtailing their hours. The Red Fox Tavern for example, is only open weekends except for special occasions. (There's one this week and we'll get to it.) It may not be summer-related, but Sacred Grounds is closing for good after one more week. Having said all that, there's plenty going on this week.

We'll start with Sacred Grounds, but first a correction: When I mentioned the pending closure in recent column, I suggested that former barista Deric Mendes (the talented musician who starred in the Hedwig thing) might be looking for other employment. Well, the day that Hum hit the street, I bought some books from Deric at Northtown Books, where he'd just started working. Without really complaining, he let me know that he has not worked at Sacred Grounds since last year.

Sacred Grounds has at least one more show, an all ages Placebo thing on Friday (early) with a couple of cool out-of-town bands. I caught Kickball last time they played Sacred Grounds and loved them. They're a bouncy alt. pop combo from Olympia with that Olympian kind of sound (and a great drummer) who suggest, "be your own fucking rainbow." They recently toured Europe with a French band, clara clara, who are now over here touring with them. That one's a trio: keys/drums/bass, with a semi-crunchy dance-friendly sound or as they put it, "Une basse, une batterie et un bontempi leur suffisent à distiller une noise bordélique et ma foi étonnamment dansante."

As noted above, the Red Fox Tavern is closed most of the week this summer (Sundays through Wednesdays) except for special occasions, and this Monday's show is truly special. Anyone who pays attention to country music has heard of The Tennessee Three, typically used as a suffix, as in: Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three. Actually, in the very beginning it was the Tennessee Two, which was guitarist Luther Perkins and bassman Marshall Grant. Drummer W.S. Holland joined in 1960 making Three. Luther died in a fire in 1968, just before Johnny got his own network TV show and hit his second wind. Guitarist Bob Wootton took Luther's place, and that was the Cash band until Marshall left in 1980. Bob and W.S. were with Johnny until he died in 2003 (not long before they were supposed to play Arcata BTW). Today's "Three" still includes W.S. Holland on drums and Bob Wootton on guitar -- with help from Bob's wife Vicky Wootton on rhythm guitar and vocals, their daughter Scarlett on vocals, and Lisa Horngren on upright bass and vocals. The five of them play Johnny's material and some of their own including a song, “You Walked Tall,” which has gotten some airplay of late. Guess who it's about. The Rubberneckers open the show, and I imagine they're jazzed about it. Despite the student exodus, the café closest to campus, Muddy's Hot Cup, has an almost full schedule. This week it's improv comedy benefiting the Shakespeare company Shake the Bard on Thursday, Feminasti DJ Blancatron spinning house Friday (she's also at the Alibi Sunday), Rooster McClintock getting all twangy and shit on Saturday with Jay Dirt opening, Scatter the Mud's Celtic session Sunday, the usual Wandering Menstruals Monday and a songwriter night on Wednesday with Gregory Alan Isakov, Reed Foehl and Curtis Thompson from Kulica. Wait, what about the Tuesday jazz thing with Susie and Shao Way? That's moving to Thursdays.

What local musician do you suppose has had the most national (and international) press in recent months? My educated guess says it's Saint John Hunt, leader of the blues/rock outfit St. John and the Sinners, who play Friday at the Red Fox, and twice Saturday: at the veteran's North Coast Stand Down and at Blue Lake Casino. And no, he's not in the papers because of the band. It's because he knows who killed JFK, or at least he knows what his dad told him -- his dad being E. Howard Hunt, "a 27-year career CIA executive officer and covert operative most well-known his role in the Watergate affair," as St. John puts it on his website (www.saintjohnhunt.com), where you can buy his book, Bond of Secrecy, and a DVD interview revealing some big secrets. Not having heard the Sinners yet, I'm not sure what secrets are concealed or revealed in their music.

The Redwood Run is the ticket for power-packed rock/blues this weekend with Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Joan Jett and Molly Hatchet among those playing for bikers and just plain music fans down in Piercy.

You may have heard that young blues guitar ripper Corby Yates has taken up residency somewhere east of here out Highway 299. He's on the coast Friday and Saturday shredding at Cher-Ae Heights. (On second thought, is he still considered young?)

My favorite local shredders Dragged by Horses get heavy at the Alibi Saturday, joined by Santa Cruz psyche rockers, El Sonido, who describe their crashing sound as "liquid."

Jazzy/jammy guitarist Will Bernard plays that same night (Saturday) at the Red Fox. I signed up for Will's e-list at some show long ago and since have followed his rise in the jam world gigging with the heavies, Stanton Moore, Robert Walter, Lonnie Smith, John Medeski, guys like that. For this show he's fronting his own band, Motherbug. Should be good.

You'd think the Reggae biz would calm down, but it hasn't. I ran into Mateel board member Bob Stern at the Summer Arts Fest Saturday and asked him what's up with Reggae on the River vs. Reggae Rising. "They're going to try to put on a festival; we're going to try to stop them," is how he put it. Next salvos will be heard at the Planning Commish this Thursday.

The latest: Mateel supporters calling for boycotts of any nonprofit planning on having a booth at Reggae Rising. And how do you boycott a nonprofit anyway? Maybe when your house is on fire you don't call the local VFD? Sorry if this sounds like a broken record, but how about a little peace in the neighborhood?

   

Sacred Grounds closing
SEVENTH & F STREETS – Arcata’s biggest coffee house is grinding to a halt. Sacred Grounds Organic Coffee Roasters at the corner of Seventh and F streets, will close on June 16. Read More   
Mateel to shut its doors this week
The turnout for this past weekend’s Summer Arts and Music Festival was sizeable; however, the nonprofit Mateel Community Center cannot meet its operations expenses and will, in effect, shut its doors on Friday. “After more than two and a half years without our regular financial needs being met for operations, we have been forced to severely restrict all our programming and staff,” Executive Director Taunya Stapp wrote in an e-mail on Tuesday. Read More   
Scotia Band donates to Fortuna High
In April, Scotia Band board of directors President Tom Merrill, on behalf of the Scotia Band, donated a computer and recording software to the Fortuna Union High School music program, led by Jonathon Souza. Read More   
Get your wild on at Brew at the Zoo
We are fortunate to have a zoo in Eureka and the Sequoia Park Zoo is a quality one. It's a safe and organized grounds that feature a fine variety of animals. The zoo has expanded and improved in the last several years. It is bigger and better than ever. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and will guide you to the various exhibits. Read More   
Festival Gets the Green Light from Planning Commission
Humboldt County, California June 8, 2007

People Productions and the Dimmick Ranch are pleased with the outcome of last nights Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting at which the Reggae Rising Music Festival was given the green light to move forward, despite the Mateel Community Center's attempt to have the planning commission revoke the CUP. "I'd just hate to see this thing die" stated Commissioner Bruce Emad.

Reggae Rising Music Festival is a benefit for the Southern Humboldt community and will carry on the 23 year tradition of being one of the largest fundraiser for its non-profits. To date there are 20 non-profits signed on including; all of the volunteer fire departments, Beginnings Montessori School, KMUD Radio, Schools Foundation, Garberville Town Square, Trees Foundation, Vets For Peace and the Veterans of Foreign War to name a few. In addition to the support of the local non-profits the festival also has been given the green light from county agencies including; the Mendocino and Humboldt County Sheriff's department, Cal Trans, California Highway Patrol, Army Corps of Engineers, Forestry Service and Cal. Fire (formerly known as CDF).

Reggae Rising Music Festival will take place on August 3rd, 4th, 5th and features 3-days of camping and world renowned reggae music on 100 acres that includes; The Dimmick Ranch and French's Camp, situated along the picturesque Eel River. This year's festival is dedicated to the "Music" and the lineup promises to be unparalleled, and includes:

FRIDAY AUGUST 3rd ANTHONY B FANTAN MOJAH COLLIE BUDDZ ABYSSINIANS HEAVYWEIGHT DUB CHAMPION QUEEN OMEGA STREETSTOTHEHILL WISDOM

SATURDAY AUGUST 4th SLY & ROBBIE AND THE TAXI GANG with HORACE ANDY ZIGGY MARLEY CHERINE ANDERSON MORGAN HERITAGE TANYA STEPHENS RICHIE SPICE SOUL MAJESTIC

SUNDAY AUGUST 5th DAMIAN MARLEY STEPHEN MARLEY STEEL PULSE FREDDIE MCGREGOR RICHIE STEPHENS ISHI DUBE

More Artists to be Announced!

TICKETS AND CAMPING ARE ON SALE NOW and can be purchased online with a credit card by visiting our website at www.reggae rising.com. For more information on Reggae Rising call the hotline at 707-923-4583.

   

Zoo fundraiser to benefit primates
The Sequoia Park Zoo will hold Brew at the Zoo Saturday to raise funds for an expansion of the primate facilities.

The event will feature live music from Dr. Squid, local beer and beverages from Six Rivers Brewery and a gourmet barbecue catered by the zoo’s new executive chef, Michael Lyle. Read More   

Whild in the Streets - The Hum by Bob Doran
The Hum 6/14

Whild in the Streets

Whild Peach guitarist David Whild wasn't quite sure what the band was doing in Bozeman, Montana. "We're further and further from home everyday," he said when I called him at a Bozeman motel. Home is Atlanta, Georgia, and has been since Whild and his musical partner Peach moved there from Dallas in 1994. "The thing we did in Dallas, we were called Deep Elem, it was an original thing with our own songs, just totally alternative anything. At that time there was nobody doing what we was doing and we ran into a lot of resistance, people who didn't understand a black band playing this alternative rock funk kind of thing. It was funky, but didn't fit any certain category."

Whatever it was, someone at Capital Records liked it and the label brought the band to Georgia -- unfortunately the deal went south before there was a record in the can. "They had some changes, staff shakeups," said Whild, "so we got out of our deal, but we stayed in Atlanta."

The timing was right. While west coast and east coast hip hop factions still ruled, the dirty south was on the rise and Atlanta was at the heart of things with producers cranking out hits. "We started playing around town and evolved more toward hip hop and people started asking us to do sessions and that kind of thing. That's how we hooked up with Organized Noize and The Dungeon Family, then Goodie Mob and Outkast. We ended up playing on their records, writing with them and singing and touring. Once Outkast started going on tours and doing all these TV shows and going around the world, that took up two years at least, so we didn't do anything as Whild Peach for a while."

Whild and Peach worked with André Benjamin (aka Dre) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast from their second album on, a whirlwind period that culminated in the 2004 double-disc, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which sold 5 million copies, and became the first rap album to win a Grammy as Album of the Year. It also marked a transition point for Outkast. "Once Speakerboxxx/ Love Below came out Dre didn't really want to tour," said Whild, "so we had to do our own thing. That's when we started gigging again. And here we are out on the road."

The road brings Whild Peach to Eureka this Thursday, June 14, to play some “slunky” music at Red Fox Tavern. If soul/funk/rock is what you're into you should check it.

The second year of Jazz In June At Benbow Inn begins this weekend. In some ways it's a direct descendent of something called the Rites of Spring Jazz Festival, put together almost three decades ago by the Backwoods Jazz Association, a group SoHum jazz fans and players. That evolved into Jazz on the Lake, a big event at Benbow that fell by the wayside a few years back.

"Last year the idea came back. John Porter asked about seeing Jazz on the Lake revived," said Jim Wilde, who works by day as accountant for the Benbow Inn and plays jazz guitar at nights, at least when there's somewhere to play. Needless to say, Jazz on the Lake was good for business at Benbow. Plans were hatched, and a major headliner was lined up, then the Backwoods Jazz folks got cold feet. No one was ready to put up the required cash. Instead, Wilde explained, "We decided to do music on the patio instead." It went well and this year it's back with two almost solid weeks in June and more to come in August.

Wilde handled the booking. "I just called my favorite people, they all said, 'Heck yeah,'" said the guitar player. Things kick off Saturday, June 16, with guitarist Bruce Forman leading a trio including scatting bassist with Kristin Korb and veteran drummer Joe La Barbera. The jazz keeps rolling Sunday, June 17, with the Sheldon Brown Quintet featuring Brown on sax and clarinet and guitarist Dave MacNab.

Tuesday, June 19, it's SoHum's own Humboldt Time with Wilde on guitar, Michael Curran on drums, Geoff Daugherty on bass, Jimmy Durchslag on trombone and Sam Maez on trumpet. The Sam Maez Quartet plays Wednesday, June 20, that's Humboldt Time minus the trombone, then next Thursday, June 21, catch the latest incarnation of Equinox, a combo drawing on Backwoods Jazz members, formed to open a Jazz on the Lake show years ago, which includes all of Humboldt Time plus Francis Vanek and Les Scher on saxophones. The jazz series continues every night except Mondays through the end of June. Wilde recommends reservations since some shows will sell out. Call the Inn for details.

Things are looking up for the building at 47 West 3rd Street, home of Synapsis, Empire Squared, and The Placebo. Plans are afoot to bring the currently shuttered warehouse up to code so it can once again become a performance space, and the city seems to be going along with their ideas. They take the plans to the planning commission some time this summer. Of course the work is going to cost money, thus the benefit this Friday, June 15, at 321 Coffee, something they're calling an "Instant Art Show" with a crew of artists creating (and selling) work on the spot while DJ Raj spins arty music. Bring cash so you can take some art home.

Live music in Fieldbrook? That's right, the Fieldbrook Store begins a summer series this Friday, June 15, with those ubiquitous youngsters Steel Toed Slippers. Next Friday, June 22, is open mic night, Wrangletown plays old timey June 29, and there's more to come. Saturday is the annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on the plaza with too many mollusks, and music by those ragin' Cajuns The Bayous Swamis, bluesman Earl Thomas (who is also singing at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday; see calendar for details) and Kulica. The always-groovy Kulica also plays Friday night at Red Fox Tavern opening for ekoostik hookah a relatively venerable jamband out of Ohio (15 plus years old) with the usual mix of psychedelic rock, blues, funk, jazz and bluegrass. The band is at the Fox for a two night run with local reggae rockers Mobile Chiefing Unit opening Saturday night. Alert all Scandinavian Celtic rock fans: Your favorite band, Tempest, is playing Saturday night at the Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace -- for free.

Apple Barner from Gold Beach offer "cow-tipping, sheep-poking funk" Saturday at Six Rivers. They explain that growing up on the extreme southwest coast of Oregon in the shadow of the Siskiyou Mountains meant, "There is no underlying regional musical style such as those found in the Deep South, farm country, or the inner-city. It's kind of a no-man's land down here. The rest of Oregon forgets about us, and we don't belong to northern California. We just do our own thing." The result is music that they promise, "is somewhat based on reality or a form of it," including, "some songs you might find you even like."

Norm from Bad Kitty Productions is at it again, this time bringing Detroit-based psychobilly/gothabilly madmen the Koffin Kats to the Boiler Room Sunday, June 17. Wear black. With all due respect to KHUM-FM, the only local commercial station I tune in regularly, I have to say that the "radio without the rules" slogan is pretty much a relative thing. The deejays abide by less rules than most, but there's always the FCC regulations to think of and the potential fine for saying fuck or shit or some other arbitrarily banned word is huge. The pirates of the Humboldt Free Radio Alliance on the other hand ignore all rules. Fuck that. Since the low-power broadcasters at 99.9-FM don't have pledge drives like public stations, they throw the occasional benefit, typically at the Alibi, like the one Saturday night with renegade hillbilly Jay Dirt and Henpecker, who are either an anti-war folk punk band, an anti-folk war punk band or an anti-funk polka band, allegedly from Manila, but in truth from all over the map. Wherever they're from they're funny. Support your local pirates and be there.

   

Benbow Inn presents live music
Historic Benbow Inn is getting “jazzy.” For two weeks starting Saturday through June 30, Benbow Inn presents “Jazz in June.” Read More   
Rock on the Boardwalk
The only thing that might put a hamper on tonight’s kick-off of the 10th annual Eureka Summer Concerts Series is rain. “We’ve got some great bands this year,” said Pete Meyer, Power 96.3 morning show host. “We have such nice community support from Old Town and from Eureka merchants and, of course, the fans have just turned out in droves.” Read More   
Saints, sinners and spies
Scanning the rearview mirror of his blue Corvair Monza for the 20th time, Saint John Hunt looked for anyone tailing him. He knew the FBI was watching his family, but he hoped they weren't following him now. He had a job to do. His father needed his help, and he intended to succeed. Read More   
Good food, good beer and animals; Does it get any better?
In retrospect, it seems inevitable: Any event that features food, music, beer and spider monkeys is destined for success. Despite drizzly weather (and a party-pooper attitude from our host, Bill the Chimp) Sequoia Park Zoo's first-annual Brew at the Zoo fundraiser, held Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m., was a hit. Just ask the Patagonian cavies. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks: Station! – June 12, 2007
One of the greatest things about Arcata summers is the rise of festivals. We already experienced a brilliant Kinetic Sculpture Race as put on by the last three Rutabaga Queens, but that’s only the start. Coming up this weekend is the Oyster Festival, after that the 4th of July, and ending the summer with the North Country Fair. ",a href=http://www.arcataeye.com/index.php?module=Pagesetter&tid=2&topic=6&func=viewpub&pid=610&format=full">Read More   
low-power radio movement expects change
Blue Ox radio 97.7 FM has company. Since January, a quarter of the approximately 800 low-power FM radio stations across the country face dial relocation or the loss of broadcast privilege as a result of a rule change by the Federal Communications Commission. Read More   
Local band to compete in national battle of the bands
Local jam band Steel Toed Slippers will compete with 26 other bands in a nationally-televised Battle of the Bands hosted by CBS. Read More   
THE HUM - Surf's Up
Dennis Wilson once said, “Brian Wilson is the Beach Boys. We are his messengers.” Brian Douglas Wilson, the principal songwriter, producer, arranger, composer, architect and mastermind behind the Beach Boys, turned 65 on Tuesday, June 20, just two days after the birthday of one of his primary musical rivals and equals — Sir Paul McCartney (both born in 1942). It would seem unlikely that this kid from Hawthorne, Calif. (also the birthplace of Karen Carpenter, Kim Gordon, and the brothers Dave and Phil Alvin from the Blasters) would have anything in common with this working class lad from Liverpool. But the two would soon listen to and be influenced by one another’s work — with admiration and envy. Wilson had admitted to have repeatedly listened to Rubber Soul, upon its release in 1965, finding it “mind-blowing.” In turn, McCartney was astounded by Pet Sounds, a record that would eventually prove to be a milestone in contemporary music history. Read More   
Sounds of silence
KHUM.com and KSLG.com are part of a national day of silence today as they shut down regular programming on their webstreams to protest an increase in royalty fees they claim will end Internet radio. “It looks like about a 300 percent increase to us,” said Larry Trask, assistant program director and afternoon disc jockey for KHUM-FM 104.3 and 104.7. “If you create a rate structure where you can’t be in business anymore, I don’t see how that serves artists.” Read More   
KMUD-FM programmer to be honored
Friends and colleagues will gather July 8 at the Community Park in Garberville to celebrate the life of Berk Snow, programmer of the Wild River Radio Show and a member of the KMUD-FM board of directors. Read More   
Jasmine Loucks: Station! – June 26, 2007
One of the best parts of the summer is spending endless hours at the beach. And with the upcoming Dancing in the Dunes festival there are no excuses not to head out and get all sandy. At first the ticket price seems a bit high – $45 in advance or $50 at the door – but there’s an excellent line-up to accompany the price. The bill consists of Sister Carol, Ishi Dube with Massagana, Bloco Firmeza, Subliminal Sabotage, Aluna, Afromassive, the Humboldt Rockers, the Ficklehill Billies and Lost Coast Marimbas. rEAD mORE   
Jennifer Savage: Savage Eye – June 26, 2007
Huckleberry Flint’s new CD, Good Night Darling, starts off beautifully and stays there through a dozen tracks of lovely singing, songwriting and strumming. Read More   
One voice
It might seem strange to some to, in effect, anthropomorphize a musical instrument. But, an oboe, for instance, can be a voice when a composer and the purveyor of a song combine efforts in text and music. Additionally, a choral composer might choose to blend choral work with centuries-old poetry.Read More   
Dancin' in the Dunes benefits Manila youth
The Manila Dunes Community Center will be celebrating life, music, art, diversity, culture, health and sustainability this Saturday and Sunday -- and you're invited. In plain English, this means it is time for the second Read More   
Laden Swallow
This love is a drug¦ you'll be my heroine," cried Mark Staley on Laden Swallow's debut album Star Crossed. Comparing love to a drug and using a play on the words - heroine and the drug heroin - Staley builds an anthem for the broken-hearted. Read More   
7 Days of Karaoke
If you’re like us, these questions plague you: What is it about karaoke — singing other people’s songs, often badly — that brings tons of people to bars every night all over the country? Who are these people, what exactly do they do and why do they do it? Read More   
Clear, clean and strong - The Hum
Lila Nelson was asking for requests on her KHUM radio show “Meet Me in the Morning.” Mine was for anything from the new album she’d been talking about earlier, Good Night Darling, by Huckleberry Flint. She picked the opening track on the disc, “Carpenter,” a mellow number about building a home penned by guitarist Dustin Taylor that sounds quite different from the Huck Flint you might be familiar with. Read More   
Dancin' in the Dunes raises funds for youth programs
The second annual Dancin’ in the Dunes festival kicked off Saturday afternoon, featuring two days of music, dancing, food, camping, workshops and more.

Taarka and ThaMuseMeant headlined Saturday’s lineup, along with more than 20 other bands and dancing. Read More   

The Hum 7/5 - The Fire This Time
The Jamaicans are coming! You're thinking, what's new about that? Humboldt is a dread zone, a reggae magnet, and musicians from Kingston, JA. and thereabouts come through constantly. But this contingent is a bit larger than most with almost two dozen musicians and singers from JA. coming in for two shows: in SoHum Friday, July 6, at the Mateel, a CD release for Be Yourself, the debut disc by Joseph Shepard, and a second NoHum show Saturday, July 7, at the Eureka Muni: "the First Annual Humboldt Humble Jam" with Capleton and many others, billed as "the first time outside of Jamaica [that] Judgement Yard and David House will be on the same stage."

What exactly does that mean? Well, Judgement Yard is a compound/recording studio in the August Town, a rough section of Kingston, home to the dancehall vocalist Sizzla. The young dancehall artist Joseph Shepherd lives there, as do Congo Judah, Bobo David, and dub plate producer John Marcus -- all of them record for Sizzla and all are performing at both shows. David House is home to the JA-based dancehall star, Capleton, aka "The Prophet," who is coming here with his Prophecy Band and an artist known as Jah Thunder.

If the names sound kind of biblical, it's no mistake. All of them are Rastafarians, and most of them follow the path of the Bobo Ashanti, "the Priestly Order of Rastafari," whose members adhere to strict religious guidelines and typically wear their dreadlocks wrapped in turbans.

You might remember the last time Capleton was scheduled to play locally, a Fall 2004 show at Humboldt State that stirred controversy and was ultimately cancelled. Along with Sizzla, Beenie Man and five other Jamaican artists, Capleton had been accused of advocating violence against homosexuals through his lyrics and placed on a blacklist by the gay rights group OutRage! as part of its "Stop Murder Music" campaign.

Capleton is known as "The Fiyah Man" for his tendency to call down biblical fire and brimstone on sinners of all sorts. Asked about the OutRage! allegations before the 2004 show, he claimed he was basically misunderstood. "When Capleton say `burn' or when Capleton say `more fire,' it's not on a destructive level," he told me. "It's not saying to go out there and kill no one or murder people or destroy people. This fire is all about the purification of humanity and the uplifting of the people."

The Murder Music campaign was fairly successful, resulting in the cancellation of numerous concerts, in fact most of Capleton's 2004 tour, along with many shows by other targeted performers. OutRage! estimates income losses for the various blacklisted reggae artists at upwards of $5 million. But all of that is over as of June 13, at least for some on the list.

A press release from OutRage! declares, "Three of the world's top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men." It goes on to explain that Capleton, Sizzla and Beenie Man have signed something called "the Reggae Compassionate Act" in a deal between top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.

Said OutRage leader Peter Tatchell, “The singers' rejection of homophobia and sexism is an important milestone. We rejoice at their new commitment to music without prejudice.”

The pledge reads in part: "We, as artists, are committed to a holistic and healthy existence in the world, and to respect to the utmost the human and natural world. We pledge that our music will continue to contribute positively to the world dialogue on peace, respect and justice for all. To this end, we agree to not make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community."

While signing puts an end to the campaign against the three artists, Outrage! is still asking for boycotts for others who did not sign: Elephant Man, TOK, Bounty Killa, Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton. The overall effect of all this on reggae in general is hard to judge.

Warren Smith, the concert promoter who put on the recent Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, says he has seen a contraction in the reggae audience in recent years. He blames this at least in part on "fundamentalist Bobo types" who have become dancehall staples.

"All of I sudden I realized these people have more in common with George Bush than they do with me," said Smith. "They're fundamentalist Christians. They're very sexist towards women. They're anti-gay." As a result, he figures, "The younger generations are not embracing [reggae] like they used to. There's been a negative reaction to the whole stance on gays... and the fact that some of these artists take a Bible on stage and start quoting from it. It's no longer the cool music, and I think we're starting to feel that in the business... I really think the Rasta thing has run its course."

Will this alleged anti-Rasta reaction take hold in Humboldt? It's doubtful. This is still dread country. An on-again-off-again concert at the Mateel last Sept. featuring Buju Banton sold out easily, and truth be told, when Capleton speaks of "fiyah," locals are more likely to think of lighting their spliffs than of hellfire.

The Mad River Festival rolls on out in Blue Lake heading inexorably toward the Humboldt Folklife Fest, which starts July 15. (The Journal is some sort of media sponsor.) A few things this week might put you in the mood. First there's a film, Lomax: The Songhunter, playing at the Morris Graves Museum Thursday, July 5. It details the life of Alan Lomax, an influential figure in the history of folk music, the son of musicologist/folklorist John Lomax, and like his father a collector of songs. Patrick Cleary of the Humboldt Folklife Society leads a discussion following the film.

Then on Friday, July 6, the Mad River Fest presents the first of three "Bands Out Back" concerts in the Rooney Amphitheater, with Blue Lake-based groove/folk/rock band Kulica on the stage out back behind the old Oddfellows Hall that houses Dell'Arte.

Saturday the Band Out Back is an ad hoc combo called The Greenhorns assembled by the continually amazing Gregg Moore to play original music he composed as a live soundtrack for the great Buster Keaton comedy The General, a tale of a man who loves his train and is willing to go through hell to save it (which come to think of it fits right in with this week's cover story). Fred Belénger, Chris Larson, Susie Laraine, Julie Froblom and Dell'Arte's resident sound designer Tim Gray complete the Greenhorns band. BTW, if you saw Tartuffe, Gregg was the multi-instrumentalist wearing the extremely floppy hat. He also plays Portuguese folk-inspired jazz as part of the festival's Acoustic Jazz Night Wednesday, July 18.

Meanwhile Saturday, back at the Graves, it's Arts Alive! night featuring a Folklife Festival Preview with Circle Time music by Lisa Monet, songs by Melody Walker (featured on Folklife's Songwriter's Night, July 17) and neo-old timey tunes by Old Dog. (Lisa and Old Dog both play at Folklife's All Day Free Festival July 21.)

Big Pete's Pizza in Northtown celebrates its 2nd anniversary on July 5 (has it really been that long?) with a jam session including members of Moo-Got-2, Bump Foundation and (Little) Pete's band, Nucleus. No cover, happy hour all night. Sounds like a blast.

Got a note from an old friend, Coleman who moved up to the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington a few years ago. The former guitarist/bassman for now-defunct Humboldt County bands like The Yowling Zygotes and The Cow Persuaders is coming back for a show at Muddy's Hot Cup Saturday, July 7, with the acoustic trio, Ask Sophie, which also includes Snoqualmie cohorts Joe Burgener on harp and Cal Christensen on percussion playing eclectic folk, Americana and old country music, "leaning toward songs that tell stories of outlaws, criminals, outcasts, and misfits." They share the bill with a new band, No Not Yet, which includes Coleman's friend Peggy Martinez.

A missive from (Rutabaga) Queen Monica notes, "In case you are mentioning Los Olvidados in the Hum for this week, you might like to know that they'll be playing live at 1 p.m. Saturday, in the KSLG studio. I caught them last year sometime, at the Alibi, and adored them."

Well I was thinking of mentioning the band from Moorpark (down in Ventura County), in part because I like the classic Luis Buñuel film they borrowed their name from. After visiting their MySpace, I now know that they're a slightly folky, somewhat moody rock band with a classic SoCal flavor, as if the music of The Eagles, The Heartbreakers and The Burrito Bros, was somehow genetically imprinted on them. A bio on another site (purevolume.com/losolividados) tells me that the main players have known each other basically forever, or at least since they played in little league together. "flash forward about 10 years. two film students were bored after their old band faded out. the quiet one wrote a few songs and asked the other to help flesh them out with some of the [queen] latifah flavor we all once knew. the two began rehearsing and playing shows and (unwisely?) stole their name from a buñuel film knowing it would confuse a few and most likely be unpronounceable to most. they are not the forgotten." Jay Dirt opens the show for them at the Alibi Saturday night many hours after they play on the radio. Don't forget.

   

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The Hum 7/12 A burning thing by Bob Doran
It was one of those parties. A wild one. My friend Gregg was moving out of a ramshackle place in Blue Lake into classier digs elsewhere and had a backyard bash to celebrate. Gregg has definite pyromaniacal tendencies and included a flaming limbo dance as part of the affair, followed by fireworks and a bonfire to dispose of leftover firewood and scrap lumber around the yard. My job was to keep the festivities festive by providing a soundtrack using an old school record player set up on the porch of the back shed (and by old school I mean one with a built-in speaker that came from a school). Flipping through boxes of LPs in the shed I dug out songs with a fire theme: "Fire," both the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and the Jimi Hendrix versions, Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and others. Someone asked Gregg if they could burn his wooden ladder. He agreed. When I put on Social Distortion's cover of Cash's classic the revelers began something akin to a mosh circle around the fire pit. Some of the crazier partiers had stripped to nothing but their boots. A few naked crazies climbed up and over the ladder until it collapsed into the flames and someone literally "fell into a burning ring of fire."

The memory of that night came back when I heard that legendary O.C. punks Social Distortion are coming to the Eureka Municipal Auditorium Saturday, July 14. That's what the band's music is like. Led by the intense Mike Ness, Social D was part of the late '70s wave of Cali punk alongside bands like Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys and Bad Religion.

Comrades have fallen by the wayside, but, with a few breaks for rehab and the like, Ness has been at it ever since. At 45, the thoroughly tattooed guitarist is no longer a young punk, but that didn't keep him off his skateboard, and last year he fell off and broke his arm rendering him unable to play guitar. No worries: His friends stepped in as the band continued touring, first Ron Emory from TSOL, then Bryan Small from another fiery punk outfit The Hangmen. They've just released a new EP, The Hangmen In the City, produced by Ness and they're part of the current Social D tour. Also on the bill at the Muni: The Heart Attacks, a "scuzz rock" five-piece from Atlanta described by lead singer Chase as "a gang of pirate gypsy crackhead smart-mouthed snot-nosed rock & roll misfits." �

Meanwhile across town, it's The 5 Browns, who could be described as a classical novelty act. The family band, two brothers and three sisters, all play piano and all of them are pretty good. What's novel is they all play at the same time. That's right, five pianos on stage at once. They do some duo numbers and solos, but the main deal is pounding out warhorses from the classical repertoire all together on five Steinway grand pianos. What occurred to me was the fact that there probably are not five concert-ready Steinway grands in the county. No problem, the Browns travel with a truckload of them and will bring them to the Arkley Center Saturday evening.

Vocalese jazzman Bill Allison leads Redwood Jazz Voices in their first performance Thursday, July 12, at Muddy's Hot Cup with Dave Wilson on bass and Mike LaBolle on percussion. The young vocal ensemble includes Bill's son, Clay Allison, Lorenza Simmons (Madi's daughter) and Calista LaBolle (Mike's daughter). "All kids who grew up in households with pro musicians," Bill points out, adding, "They're all in tune to it."

Seattle nerdcore semi-star Matt Kenall used to call his one-man-band Capital Steps, but the similarly named comedy troupe complained, so now he calls himself Square Wail. He's at the Jambalaya that same Thursday on his "I'm Not Listening" tour playing loopy dance tunes he creates with a pile of gadgets, but mostly with a Nintendo Gameboy. No, really. Dj[hexWarrior] opens, playing out for the first time.

Friday at the Jam, it's yet another band from Portland, Wooden Nickle, a trio with guitars, drums and a laptop who craft cool, dark, haunted alt. folk/rock/country songs intermittently spiked with guitar feedback, hand claps and digital trickery. Deejay Jen Savage offers a preview on KSLG that afternoon at 1 p.m. Locals Laden Swallow open the show at the Jam with songs from their Awaken CD.

The Venerable Lord Bret Bailey from Que La/The Common Vice tells me he's been branching beyond rock opera with C. Vice. See what he's up to at the Pearl Friday. Deric Mendes' new band shares the bill.

There's art and music Friday at the big purplish foundry in Aldergrove Industrial Park known as Unauthorized Art. Percussionist Jesse Jonathon is the music guy out there, renting rehearsal space for some of the worldly bands he's in: WoMama, Afromassive, Dun Dun Fare, the Janky Mallets and Bloco Firmeza. The Arts! Arcata gallery opening that evening features sharp sculptures by Seth Magnusen and pix by photographer Christopher Cook including shots of various local bands. The music? "We're starting with a local songwriter, Rebekah Downey, then the jazz trio Weather Machine, then WoMama and The Janky Mallets ending midnight-ish. It's all a fundraiser for the building," says Jonathan, promising, "It's gonna be fun."

If you've been following the Synapsis/Empire Squared saga, you know it's actually going pretty well. Says Carmen Olson, the sexy Synapsis trapeze artist/stilt walker, "It looks like we're going to get the Conditional Use Permit we're applying for, so soon we'll do the fire exits and ADA compliance stuff required, and then we reopen. We have an architect working for us, John Ash, he's top notch. He read about it in the paper and called us to volunteer his time. He's drawing up the plans, then we'll have an idea how much we'll need. We're hoping to get a grant from the Humboldt Are Foundation, but in the meantime we're trying to get some money together." To that end, they're reviving Tsirkus Picaresque as Tsirkus Burlesque for a cabaret-style show Saturday, July 14, at the Dancenter in Arcata's Old Creamery. "It starts at 8:30 with a fire show and silent art auction," says Carmen, "then they'll be a burlesquey-style circus show. Between acts we'll auction off more art live. We'll have trapeze, fabric aerials, hula hooping, a clowning striptease, and other stuff. DJ-dancing after. It's kind of risqu� so it's adults only."

It's got to be bittersweet. Yer Dog's long-awaited CD release party at the Alibi Saturday is also the band's last show ever. "We'll be playing with The Ravens which should be loads of fun," says Pete. "We're encouraging everyone coming out to dress in the best formal wear, suits, tuxes, evening gowns... recreating a ballroom dance party." Don't know if that's possible in the confines of the Alibi, but it sounds different.

Coming up next Wednesday, July 18, at the Indigo, The Soul of John Black, with John �JB� Bigham, formerly of Fishbone, who has dug into his roots in recent years to come up with a new twist on the blues�call it alt. blues. Meanwhile at Muddy's Hot Cup, it's 8traC, an alt. funk outfit from Boulder with stunning blonde vocalist Chantel Mead out front and guitar work and samples from Derek VanScoten who came through town a few years back with a funk trio called Element37. (Think he likes names with numbers?) Same night at Mazzotti's: jazzy electro-acoustic jams by the Eric McFadden Trio with Eric McF supplying flamenco/Hendrix-inspired guitar riffs backed by stand-up bass and drums.

A reminder: Don't forget next Monday, July 16, is the next vote for Steel Toed Slippers on their way to TV stardom. Vote for them (more than once) at www.cbsnews.com up until noon Wednesday.

As you perhaps read elsewhere in this paper, it's Blues by the Bay weekend. If you listened to "The South Side," Chas Lewis' blues show on KHSU last Friday night, you got a taste of some of the artists who will be playing. You would have heard more this week, except the show will not be on. Chas is the radio name for KHSU's longtime development director Charles Horn, and he was summarily dismissed from his position Monday. The man who's described by colleagues as "the glue that holds the station together," won't even be allowed to volunteer as a deejay. Don't be surprised if things come a bit unglued at KHSU in the coming weeks as they struggle to fill his shoes. Good luck, both to Chas and those at the station.

   

The Hum 7/12  A burning thing  by Bob Doran

Seedy Simon Legree Stiffs ROADMASTERS
The Roadmasters are one of the longest running bands on the North Coast of California. The country band pleases crowds and had played their brand of music for over twenty years to Humboldt County music fans.

Last weekend the bands played music to a packed house way out in the middle of, well, way past Willow Creek in a little bar called Simon Legree's.

At the end of the night, still serving drinks to a packed house, Simon Legree's bartender, Ceasar, decided to pay the band $50 less than they agreed to be paid for the night.

Now, fifty bucks may not seem like a lot, but, really, come on Ceasar ... fifty bucks?

Insult me again, Ceasar.

If I were the band I wouldn't grace them with my presence again. Seems to me that it's a matter of principle.

Fifty bucks, Ceasar?

Fifty bucks?

Hey, fifty bicks will pay for a bit of gas to get the band out of your dive.

I decided to call a member of the Doctor Squid band to see if they had any dealings with the notorious bar owners at Simon Legree's.

Bobby Martinez, drummer for Dr Squid, was more than happy to tell us a story about the seedy bar.

"Ceasar invited us to play during a summer night last year. We were happy to make the hour and a half drive out to middle of nowhere to play for folks. We figured that people way out there probably didn't get to hear a live band very often, so we were happy to make the drive and play music for an evening".

But Martinez added "at the end of the night they knocked a hundred bucks off our original agreement for pay. I had to go to the guys and break the news. It's no fun when musicians have to play for next to nothing. I'll never play there again".

Kevin Held, keyboardist for the Roadmasters, agrees.

"I love playing music, but, hey, fifty bucks will get me home after the gig!"

-Eldin Green    

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Gainfully Employed The Hum 8/9
Back in the days when my main income came from restaurant work, the sound system of choice in the kitchen was a food-encrusted boom-box, typically with auto-reverse so the music would play on when things got going and the stoned dishwasher's attention was elsewhere. I turned one such dishy into a reggae fan starting with a homemade cassette of UB40 with their hit album Labour of Love on one side, the other a mix of the band's earlier more politically charged albums, Signing Off and Present Arms, along with a couple of newer faves like "Rat in the Kitchen" (which was something was we actually had). The lilting synth lines and high harmony vocals cut through the clamor of kitchen work and became a dinner shift staple. Sometimes the tape played all night.

I told him the mythic tale of the British band's founding by mates who'd met in a line at the employment office; the name, UB40, borrowed from the unemployment benefit form filled out when they went on the dole; their instruments purchased with the settlement lead singer Ali Campbell received after a bar fight. As I said, the tape served as an introduction to reggae for my dishwasher, and it did so for many others, as sales in excess of 55 million attest. A couple of decades and 23 albums into their career, the band is still going strong, still speaking up on issues of the day with songs like "Plenty More" and "War Poem," from the most recent album, Who You Fighting For.

UB40's '80s Britpop take on Jamaican reggae is not exactly roots stylee, but it has the feel and the consciousness of classic reggae, and the band has always drawn heavily on reggae's past in their repertoire mixing covers of favorite Jamaican tunes with originals. "Red Red Wine," UB40's biggest hit stateside, was in fact, a cover of a cover, although the band did not know it when they recorded it; they'd only heard the version by the Jamaican singer Tony Tribe and didn't realize Tony borrowed it from Neil Diamond.

Speaking of covers, the band is seeking to distance itself from a copyright dispute involving heiress and media darling Paris Hilton. You may have missed it, but Paris released a record last year with a single, "Stars Are Blind," whose melody sounds a whole lot like an old UB40 hit, "Kingston Town." Here's the deal: While it's more than likely that whoever borrowed the tune heard it on the UB40 record, it's not their dispute since theirs was a cover and they hold no copyright claim. Following media reports that the band was suing Paris, an official press release was issued stating, "UB40 are in no way associated or party to any legal action being bought against Ms. Hilton in relation to the song 'Kingston Town.' Any speculated legal action taking place against Ms. Hilton would be entirely at the instigation of the original songwriter’s music publisher." The statement went on to add, "However, UB40 have always acknowledged, respected and supported the rights of songwriters and their vitally important contribution in the musical process."

I imagine there might be some red, red wine on hand when UB40 makes its first Humboldt appearance on Tuesday, August 14, Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. Come early if you want to hear Elan, a Cali reggae singer who did a stint as lead singer for the legendary Wailers.

Need I mention that this concert (which BTW is produced by People Productions) follows pretty closely on the heels of that other big reggae concert down SoHum way? For those who were expecting some sort of Reggae review, well, I had big fun, and the music was great aside from the fact that there was too much of it. (I slept through a couple of sets.) And from what I saw everything was irie production-wise. My saying so will undoubtedly continue to raise the ire of the Reggaetista troll army who now have me pegged as an "embedded reporter," perhaps because I missed the Truth flotilla float-by. Sorry, I was having a good time and lost rack of time. But I'll see you online. (More on Reggae at rotrblog.blogspot.com when I get to it.)

Those who just can't get enough of that one-drop beat have a cupla others options this week: The inimitable Twinkle Brothers are at Mazzotti's Friday with Ishi Dube and Massagana opening. (Ishi and company killed at Reggae Sunday.) Then there's Afro Omega, a reggae/dub/rock outfit from Salt Lake City of all places, playing Monday at the Indigo Lounge. Vocalist/songwriter Elisa, aka Miss Omega takes the lead. They're on their way south after playing the Northwest World Reggae Festival up in Oregon, an event that a few of the local Rising boycotters will surely attend.

Up from L.A. for a show Thursday, Aug. 9, at Six Rivers, a tres cool duo called Bitter:Sweet. Beatmeister Kiran Shahani lays down trip hop grooves bordering on lounge pop creating a lush platform for sultry vocalist Shana Halligan. A track from their debut disc, The Mating Game, made it onto the soundtrack for The Devil Wears Prada. Album two, The Remix Game, is, you guessed it, a remix collection with Thievery Corporation among those enlisted for mixology. This could be the sleeper show of the week.

Also on Thursday, another Bad Kitty psychobilly joint the Boiler Room with Three Bad Jacks from L.A. and The Sick Shooters straight outta Ukiah.

Thursday at an undisclosed location, local drone mavens Starving Weirdos host a potluck for Philly psyche/folk band Fursaxa and Family Underground, a group of Danes who erect a wall of drone. Sound interesting? Send an e-mail to [email protected] for further details.

For some reason I don't quite understand, many 20- and 30-somethings are like totally into '80s nostalgia. You may find some of them at Blue Lake Casino Friday to hear the Tommy Tutone Duo (unplugged) playing hits like "867-5309/Jenny" and... Well I know they'll play that one.

The Red Fox Tavern is back in action after a summer hiatus imposed by your friendly neighborhood ABC. Thursday it's the return of jazz-punky vibraphone player Mike Dillon from Hairy Apes BMX etc. and his band, Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle. Next Wednesday, Aug. 15, it's an evening of underground hip hop with 2-Mex, Life Rexall, Existereo and Pickstur-One plus Itchie Fingaz on the wheels of steel. ($12/$8) Coming up: a return engagement by Marc Ford from the Black Crowes on Aug. 18.

Accident Gallery goes hip hop this month. Friday get schooled as movie night features Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, a doc on freestyle rappers and Wild Style seminal flick from 1983 about graf artists, breakdancers and rappers in the Bronx. Saturday is MC Night with J the Sarge (who rocked the mic during Sub Sab's excellent set at Reggae) plus Nac One, Callous and too many others to name.

Friday at the Jambalaya, it's the psychedelic/roots/rock/soul jamband Izabella headlining and Nucleus/Sub Sab drummer Pete Ciotti opening with his singer/songwriter thing. Sunday at the Jam catch crazy ass bass monster Freekbase, a protégé of the supremely funkadelic Boots Collins. He shares the bill with local slapbass master Chris Matheos and his band. Chris and co. are back again Monday to lead the new Jambalaya Funk Jam. Then on Tuesday at the Jam it's Sweet Crude Bill and the Lighthouse Nautical Society, a rockin' country punk outfit founded on a Virginia art commune on tour with songster Ian Thomas. Local Rasta-folk/punk combo Henpecker open the show.

Another local kid makes good: Tuesday morning Eureka-born "pop soul" singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles sang her hit song "Love Song" on The Today Show and talked with the host about writing "honest" music. The song was given away on iTunes leading to a No. 1 slot on the download site for her Epic album, Little Voice. Check the vid of her Today performance at today.msnbc.msn.com/id/20161429 and you'll find that she does not have a little voice at all, on the contrary. Bigger things are surely coming for Sara, who is 27, so "kid" maybe a misnomer, except for the fact that her proud dad called me when her album came out. The question: When is she coming home to sing? I promise I'll let you know when I find out.

peace - Bob    

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Down Home The Hum 8/16
College is almost back in session; the students are back in town and it's time for another CenterArts season. The local concert juggernaught kicks off a stellar '07-'08 series on Sunday, Aug. 19, with a show at the Van Duzer featuring what is likely the most successful old timey band working today, Old Crow Medicine Show.

A video for the band's cover version of the old Stones' tune "Down Home Girl" shows OCMS busking on the street in what seems to be New York City, initially being told to move along by a sympathetic cop who lets on that he likes their music. They dutifully cross the street with their guitars, banjo and standup bass and start again as city life grinds on. At the end an old guy wonders, "Are these the Sex Pistols?" The band does not correct him, answering, "How'd you know?"

Now it's not likely you'll see OCMS busking on the Arcata Plaza, but there's a grain of truth in the vid. The band got its start in NYC and played on the street and in dive bars for some time before they got their big break, a mythic meeting with Doc Watson (coming soon to CenterArts BTW) in front of a North Carolina pharmacy that led to a slot on Doc's annual Merlefest (named for his late son, not Mr. Haggard, BTW, although OCMS later toured with that Merle).

Moving up in the world they relocated to Nashville and eventually got to play the Grand Ole Opry, which is about as big as it gets in the country scene. A couple of albums and a coupla hundred thousand units later and they're playing all the big festivals, Bonnaroo, Telluride, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage and so on; they're regulars on Prairie Home Companion and CMT is playing their videos. That country-blues take on "Down Home Girl" crossed over to Triple-A radio and won them new fans at home and abroad.

After working their way down the West Cost they head for Europe for the fall, returning late Oct. just in time for another visit to the Ryman, home of the Opry, and my guess is they're having a grand ole time.

If you're thinking of going, you might want to act now. I'm told the show's close to selling out. Tickets are also moving fast for the return engagement by Portland's loungey orchestra Pink Martini (playing Sept. 9), also for blues legend B.B. King (Sept. 11), the Celtic Christmas show (Dec. 14) and especially for the Cirque du Soleil/Pickle Family spin-off Cirque Works in Birdhouse Factory (Sept. 25).

Coming (relatively) soon to CenterArts, jazzy chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux (Aug. 28) funky world music by Zap Mama (Aug. 31), jazz guitar giant John McLaughlin (Sept. 23), Mickey Hart's spacey Planet Drum (Sept. 30), then in one week in Oct. a veritable festival of American music with the above mentioned Doc Watson (Oct. 4), Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby (Oct. 7), Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (Oct. 8) and Solid Blues, a mini-fest in itself with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, The North Mississippi All-Stars and New Orleans-style pianist Joe Krown (Oct. 10).

Now the truth is, between the music styles and the prices, the CenterArts season is not really designed for HSU students. Their on-campus musical needs are met more by Associated Students Presents, whose season also opens this coming week with a visit by the funky San Fran Afrobeat band Albino!, playing at the Depot Wednesday, Aug. 22. AS Presents has beaucoup coolness on the horizon including the 7th annual Fall Harvest Festival Sept. 9, with a double dose of neo-old timey: Hot Buttered Rum and Devil Makes Three. Then it's a turntablist's dream with DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist reunited for their Hard Sell tour (Sept. 17) followed immediately by an indie rock one-two with Built to Spill and those old school alt. masters Camper Van Beethoven (Sept. 18). There's still more old timey with the ladies known as Uncle Earl plus local opener Huckleberry Flint (Oct. 16), then (drum roll please) a visit by alt. rock royalty: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame, playing at the Depot of all places (Oct. 26).

Coming Thursday to the Indigo Lounge, Peruvian-born "activist rapper" Felipe Coronel aka Immortal Technique. Raised on the mean streets of NYC, I.T. latched on to the political side of hip hop. Classic example: his most famous record, "Bin Laden," produced by DJ Green Lantern with Mos Def making a guest appearance, in which I.T. puts the blame for 9/11 squarely on the shoulders of the Bush admin. (He buys onto the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center.) Diabolic and DJ GI Joe complete the bill.

Earlier in the evening the Thursday Old Town Boardwalk Summer Concerts roll on, this time with hot Cajun swing fiddler Tom Rigney and Flambeau. Meanwhile the Power 96 Battle of the Bands is almost over. The winner plays next Thursday.

McKinleyville has it's own parallel Concerts in the Park in Pierson Park Thursdays, this week with that jazzy incarnation of Dr. Squid, Mr. Calamari’s Jazz Machine, next week with bluegrass by Compost Mountain Boys.

Seattle's Datura Blues play the Jambalaya Friday night with Washington neighbors, Mindless Thuggs, a band described by D.B.'s Ryan Jones as playing "freeform, droney improv rock" (which might also describe his band). Datura Blues got its start in Arcata in 1999 led by Jones who'd played in rock bands while in high school. Since the turn of the century says Jones, "We've gone from a quieter ambient sound to something more aggressive and rough around the edges. It's what I'd call psyche-rock, a mix of experimental sounds and rock 'n' roll." You might think new roughness came from moving to Seattle, grunge central. Not so, says Jones. "It had more to do with living in Prague. I lived there for a year and worked as a DJ playing fast music all the time. I had never explored that high tempo world in my own music." He's figuring eight Daturas on stage at the Jam Friday, five from Seattle plus a few old friends who are still in town. When the tour ends Jones is following the Dynamite Sweater plan, "Movin' to Portland."

The Felice Brothers are a rough-hewn, honest Americana band from somewhere along the shores of the Hudson River in New York. (Several of them are actually brothers; you can tell by the way they play.) They're traveling the country in a beat-up bus packed with drums, guitars, a fiddle and an accordion, driving to Humboldt all the way from Omaha to sing about whiskey and bad women on Friday at Six Rivers.

For rock in several flavors hit the Alibi Saturday where The Ravens mix rock and soul, Oakland's Rock N Roll Adventure Kids kick it lo-fi and The Shankers out of Chico play punky rockabilly.

Saturday is solo acoustic night at the Jambalaya with local boys Clay Smith from The Rubberneckers and Bret Bailey from Que La and The Common Vice strummin' and singing, hosting guests Nick and Heather Riffbroker from The Riffbrokers out of Seattle and Robert Szeles from L.A.'s Kiss The Girl.

That night at the Red Fox marks the return of guitarist Marc Ford from the Black Crowes. 'Nuff said.

The mural created on the wall below Wildberries is done and the Summer Youth Mural Project is throwing a block party Sunday afternoon to celebrate. Stop by for Wild food (from the store), jugband blues by Likely Story and samba drumming by The Janky Mallets.

Need a shot of reggae? Try Reggae Monday at Big Pete's with SelectaTruth and DJ Knutz spinning reggae, hip hop and funk.

The "Funk The West Coast" Tour hits Humboldt next week, landing at the Pearl Tuesday, then moving to the Jambalaya Wednesday. It's a joint venture by Indubious, a reggae/funk/acid jazz trio out of San Francisco with brothers Spencer and Evan Burton on bass and keys, on the road with Teddy Presberg and his Red Note Revivalists, a jazz/funk/jam band from Portland led by guitarist/composer/Ropeadope recording artist Presberg. Says Presberg, “There will be a lot of room for collaborating and jamming."

The Benbow Summer Jazz Series resumes where it left off in June bringing jazz almost every night to the Inn starting Saturday with guitarist Sheryl Bailey and her trio, followed by the Mary Jo Casasanta Quintet on Sunday; the Sam Maez Quartet Tuesday; pianist Larry Vukovich and his trio Wednesday and so on until the end of the month. Cool music on a summer night beneath the redwoods. What else could you ask for?

   

Dias & the Lokals: Two new albums, one night
Adam Dias is truly a local musician. Having grown up in the Fortuna school system while learning music from his father John Dias, who played in many local bands over the years, Adam's roots run deep. Full Story   
Dias & the Lokals: Two new albums, one night

Old Town Concerts Return
Humboldtmusic.com, in collaboration with radio stations Redwood Broadcastings’ KXGO-FM and KJNY-FM, the Arkley Center for the performing Arts, Eureka Television Group and Eureka Main Street, presents the second Old Town Fall Concert Series. Read More   
Pipejam Tickets At Local Outlets Now
On Saturday, September 8th, Mateel Community Center will present the first ever Pipejam at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville and tickets are now on sale at the usual local outlets. A full day concert and skateboarding extravaganza, The Pipejam will showcase the skills of professional skater/ musician, Frank Hirata, who will conduct two 30 min. half pipe demos throughout the day and offer an hour long skate lesson to kick off the event at noon. The Pipejam will also feature free skating on the park’s half-pipe and musical performances by Long Beach rap/ metal faves, Capitol Eye (of Skunk Records); cutting edge hip hop with Phileano; and the alternative folk rock of Frank Hirata’s band, End of June; plus entertainment by local hip hop and metal outfits like Subliminal Sabotage, North Coast Underground, and Skunked. The event will also host the interactive Fender Guitar Jam Shack, skate gear and clothing vendors, and lots more. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $18 for MCC members and teens (at the MCC office only), $20 in advance, and $22 at the gate. All ticket proceeds will support the Mateel Community Center, Southern Humboldt Skate Park, and the Southern Humboldt Community Park. For the full stage and ramp schedule visit www.mateel.org and for more info or to volunteer call 923-3368. So grab your skateboard and don’t miss The Pipejam on Saturday, September 8th at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville.    
Vending Opportunities Available At Bluegrass Fest September 29th
Coming up on Saturday, September 29th, the Mateel Community Center will present the 3rd annual Humboldt Hills Bluegrass & Beyond at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville and vending opportunities are currently available for local artisans, import vendors, and non-profit food booths interested in participating. The event will showcase the immense talents of the David Grisman Quintet, Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force, and Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, along with local favorites such as The Bucky Walters, Way Out West, Maureen Catalina, Old Dog, and Anna Hamilton, plus workshops, jamming opportunities, and a chance to enjoy the beautiful Humboldt hill country setting of the SoHum Community Park. Vending spaces are all 10x10 in size and are priced at $100 for craft vendors and $225 for non-profit food vendors. A very limited number of vending spaces will be offered and are available on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to apply to participate is Friday, September 7th, although those interested are encouraged to contact the Mateel before this to ensure your spot. For more info or to have an application sent to you, call vendor coordinator, Ashley Wilma, at 923-3368 ext. 31 or send an email to [email protected] For those not interested in vending, tickets are also now available at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $40 for Mateel members (at the Mateel office only), $42 in advance, and $45 at the gate. For the full entertainment and workshop schedule stay tuned to www.mateel.org and don’t miss the 3rd annual Humboldt Hills Bluegrass & Beyond at the Southern Humboldt Community Park on Saturday, September 29th.    
The Way Home - The Hum 8/30
Marie Daulne has come a long way since 1990 when she founded Zap Mama as an all-woman a cappella quintet. And it's not just that she's been around the world several times. The Zap Mama sound has evolved from an amalgam of African and European vocal styles to incorporate touches of jazz, hip hop, funk, soul and reggae, creating a polyglot of music and rhythm with Daulne out front.

When we spoke on a recent weekday morning Marie was in New York City, far from home, preparing for an American tour in support of her latest album, Supermoon, a cross-country journey that brings her to Arcata on Friday, Aug. 31, for a show at the Van Duzer, then in a few weeks, to Black Oak Ranch near Laytonville, for Earthdance, an event she calls "a psychedelic world," remembering a previous Earthdance performance.

We started out talking about home. It's a complicated thing for her. Home is Brussels, Belgium, where she was raised, but also in a different way, the Congo where she was born. The transition was not exactly easy. Her Belgian father insisted that her mother take the family away from the political turmoil that was raging in what was then the Belgian Congo. But, she explained, "He did not have a chance to come with us because he was captured. He was a prisoner of the rebels for a while, then they killed him. My mom had escaped with us, the little babies and children, and took us to Belgium."

She says memories of her homeland lingered. "When I was around 18, I didn't know why, but I was unconsciously attracted by the sound of the Pygmies. First, I should tell that before they escaped to Belgium, a lot of Belgian people hid themselves in the forest with the Pygmies and the Pygmies protected them. The rebels were afraid of the forest. So my family stayed a while with the Pygmies before we came to Belgium. So when I was 18, my ears were attracted to this sound of the Pygmies. I asked my mother about it, and I wanted to know more about the story of my father, why he was killed and where, so I decided to go back to the Congo, looking for answers about him. What I found was that I must become a musician. The sound of the Pygmies held some deep meaning for me, so when I came back to Belgium I created Zap Mama."

She did not really find exact answers to the questions about her father. "I found that human beings are strange. That's the answer. I found that there are good and bad people everywhere. I grew up straight away at the age of 18, and I knew that nothing is the fault of one person. Yes, sometimes one person can be the cause of a disaster, sure. But why does one man do something wrong? Why does one man kill another? I don't know that there is an answer to that."

Did she find home? Not really. "You know when I went back to Congo, I thought I would have a welcome like I was part of the family, part of the country, but that was not the case. They treated me like a Belgian come to visit as a tourist. I saw that that is not especially a place to call home. With my family, my husband, my children, the people I love — that is home."

The opening track on Supermoon "1,000 Ways," speaks of a thousand million people with a thousand ways to talk, "a thousand kinds of people, a thousand kinds of deals, a thousand ways to share, a thousand ways to hate and to love. A thousand people die, a thousand ones survive, a thousand ways to feel, to be a human being." And, she concludes, ultimately one must find his or her own way. Marie has found hers in Zap Mama.

Bad Kitty Productions has been bringing crazy rockabilly and the like to various local bars for some time now. This Thursday, Aug. 30, they shift gears slightly to offer a "Psychobilly Doubleheader" at the Manila Community Center for an all ages crowd. The Koffin Kats from Detroit team up with Zombie Ghost Train, a blast of costumed madness from the land down under (specifically Sydney) touring behind a brand new CD, Dealing the Death Card. Bad Kitty's Norm promises, "The band's live show is the perfect blend of charm and horror and is guaranteed to get the crowd swirling."

Fans of the fine bluegrass/gospel outfit, Huckleberry Flint take note. As detailed here once before, fiddler Marybeth Taylor has been living down in S.F., so the band hasn't had many local gigs of late. That said, you may want to make a reservation for dinner at Café Brio this Friday, Aug. 31, where Huck'll be playing outside for sidewalk café diners.

One time Arcata city council candidate Rob Amerman has been telling me about his new band, The Zygoats, for months now, and I had planned to make it to the Jambalaya last Friday for their debut performance and CD release party (how does that work?), which it turned out was also the debut of Ryan's new band, Angel's Share, but — I guess I crashed early. Next chance to see the hard-rockin' Zygoats is Saturday at the Alibi where they share the bill with Hexe, a heavy-duty guitar/drum duo who are working their way down the coast on their way back home to Oakland.

New on the reggae (not Reggae) front: The New Jerusalem Band debuts Friday at Mosgo's led by Madi Simmons. "It's roots with conscious lyrics, even some lover's rock," says Madi, who notes that there are two other singers beside him, a woman who goes by the name Omega Fire, and a cat who calls himself Haznebukuk.

Coming Tuesday, Sept. 4, to Six Rivers, The Salvador Santana Band. And yes, Salvador is related to that other Santana, Carlos — he's his son. While he followed dad's footsteps into a music career, he did not take up the guitar he was given when he was five, instead he settled on keyboards. He has an album done, but not yet released. In the meantime he's been working the festival circuit (Bonnaroo, High Sierra) and earlier this year contributed a track to A Song For My Father, a Father's Day album put out by Target stores. The compilation, which also includes cuts by Ky-Mani Marley, Ivan Neville, Devon Allman and others, opens with Carlos' classic, "Evil Ways."

Also on Tuesday, at Muddy's Hot Cup, Magnolia Electric Co. on their way south after playing Bumbershoot, the massive Labor Day festival in Seattle. MEC is the current nom de band of Jason Molina, a globetrotting ex-Ohioan who formerly recorded as Songs: Ohia. He's just released the Sojourner box set on Secretly Canadian, an ambitious collection that includes four CDs, all new material, each disc recorded with a different lineup in a different place (including the legendary Sun Studios), plus a tour DVD documenting the sojourner's life on the road, a few postcards and a commemorative medallion. The music? I'd describe it as plaintive, stately folk rock, with shades of Will Oldham, or maybe Neil Young (but with a stronger voice). Jason and Co. are on the road with Golden Boots out of Tucson Ariz., who describe themselves variously at a Goth country band and as a "crumbly western, alt. alt. country band." Fair warning: show up early — Muddy's will fill up for this one, as well it should.

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS GUITAR LEGEND JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
CenterArts presents guitar legend John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension on Sunday, September 23rd at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Pat Metheny says John McLaughlin has changed the evolution of the guitar at least three times, making him “one of the most significant figures in the modern history of the guitar.” Guitarist/composer John McLaughlin is one of the jazz greats. As a sideman, McLaughlin was the electrifying guitarist who helped spark Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew. As a leader, McLaughlin formed the seminal groups Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti. Since his emergence as a ground-breaking guru of jazz-fusion, McLaughlin has done nothing but sidestep expectations, leading an array of diverse and acclaimed ensembles. Tickets are $55 general, $53 Senior/child, $45 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

A family affair
It’s one thing to put words to music, but when those words are in a language that is not the singer’s own, a level is added that could make or break a song’s fluidity. Read More   
'Concert on the Green' set for Sunday
Fortuna’s Redwood Memorial Hospital will host its fifth annual Concert on the Green on Sunday from 1- 3:30 p.m. in the hospital’s gardens. Read More   
Arcata has Heavy-Rock Headbangers
Media Credit: Dragged By Horses EP album cover "Can we play one more? Our drummer wants to play one more," Pablo Midence, the lead singer and guitarist for Dragged by Horses, asked the barkeep at the end of their July 20 gig at the Alibi. Read More   
Local bar bought by Sidelines
Sidelines bar owner Sal Costanzo is buying Toby & Jack's and will take control by November. The purchase will finalize next month. The bar will stay the same, Costanzo said, save for a general cleanup of the building. Read More   
For Those Prepared to Rock
Westwood is kind of an awkward location for a music venue. It's not by anything exciting, it's a little out of the way, but when Mosgo's went into the space next to Westwood Market everything made sense. Read More   
Old Town Concerts showcase local 'music for music's sake'
It's all about promoting the best local music at the second annual Old Town Fall Concert Series on Saturday. Free to the public, this series will continue on Saturday afternoons throughout September, starting at noon and ending at 4 p.m. Performances will take place on a special stage set up in Old Town's historic Clarke Plaza, located at Third and E streets in Eureka. Read More   
Old Town Concerts showcase local 'music for music's sake'

Wendy Butler show 1st in 5 years
A ‘Caution’ on collecting

One-person play grapples with the nature of ‘proof’

How important is all the stuff?

"Losing Things: A Cautionary Tale" wonders whether the habit of collecting might be a way in which a person can attempt to come to grips with nearly dying, the memory of which seems to be dependent upon other means than her own memory.

Wendy Butler wrote and performs this one-woman play. John Heckel serves as what he calls an "assistant" in this production’s development.

The play will be performed on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Humboldt County Library, 1313 Third St., Eureka.

Admission is free. The short play will have no intermission.

In the play the audience will be introduced to Myrtle, who is intent on collecting everything that might help provide "proof." But, Drea would rather be done with it; there is a question raised as to what length she is determined to go to make it end. The two challenge one another on the importance of what Myrtle considers the "evidence."

Wendy herself must mediate between the two.

Is resolution possible?

Butler, a Eureka resident, has worked as a journalist in Humboldt County for the past decade. She has covered arts and news stories for several local publications, including the Times-Standard, Arcata Eye, McKinleyville Press and North Coast Journal. For several years she was a staff reporter and arts editor with The Humboldt Beacon. She is currently arts editor and news reporter with The Eureka Reporter newspaper.

She also produces and hosts the weekly art interview program "Artwaves" for KHSU public radio, based at Humboldt State University.

Butler has written and performed original work locally.

The plays include "The Light Police" (2000). The multiple-character play was part of Plays-In-Progress’ "A Voice of Her Own: Celebrating Women in the Theatre," an annual festival dedicated to women’s works. It was held at World Premiere Theatre in Eureka.

In 2001, Butler partnered with dancer/instructor Bonnie Hossack for "Going Forward," part of the bi-annual "Two Left Feet Dance Project," a festival for writers, dancers and choreographers held at Arcata’s Dancenter.

In 2003, Butler took part in Humboldt Arts Council’s "Saturday Nights at the Morris Graves" performing arts series. She wrote and performed "Light on Eight Tracks," a tribute to her 8-track player/recorder.

John Heckel, a retiring longtime theater professor at Humboldt State University has directed a significant number of productions during his tenure with the HSU Department of Theatre, Film and Dance. Most recently those are Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” (2006) and 2007’s “Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill.

   

EOTO makes Eureka appearance 9/24/2007!!
DATE: Tuesday, September 24th, 2007

EVENT: EOTO

PLACE: Red Fox Tavern/ Eureka, California

CONTACT: Matthew Beck/ Passion Presents

TELE/FAX: 707-822-0996

[email protected]

EOTO (feat. Michael Travis & Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident) makes Eureka appearance 9/24/2007!!

Jason Hann and Michael Travis (percussionist and drummer from the band The String Cheese Incident) make up this brand new 100% improvised live Breakbeat/ House/ Drum n Bass/ Trip Hop project. Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ's and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment, with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed LIVE to create an ever evolving musical experience. Since the project is 100% improvised, every night promises to be a unique dance experience. Hann and Travis play different roles in this band than in SCI. Jason plays the drum kit, percussion and sampler, while Travis is in charge of the tonal elements, playing bass, guitar, keyboards, as well as hand percussion and live mixing.

Michael Travis is a pioneer in the art of modern improvisational jam-rock drumming. He is especially known for his groundbreaking work on playing both hand drums and the drum kit simultaneously. As the drummer for the highly accomplished band, The String Cheese Incident, he has developed a unique style that is very supportive of a free jam aesthetic while still always laying it down. He further develops that approach in EOTO by being super solid to the point of emulating grooves that some of the best programmers and DJs would create, except with that elusive human feel. Travis has played along side some of the worlds greatest drummers while playing with String Cheese including Trilok Gurtu, Babatunde Olatunji, and Bill Kruetzman; & he has collaborated with many other artists including Keller Williams, Karl Denson, Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes, & Bela Fleck. With EOTO, he gets to stretch-out into brand-new territory; Handing over the rhythmic element to Jason, Trav is finally able to test out his melodic chops, playing the electric bass, electric guitar, keyboards, & samplers in addition to his EOTO mini-kit during the duo's spontaneous compositions.

Jason Hann is an accomplished composer/percussionist/ drummer who has been playing professionally since the age of 12. Growing up in Miami, Florida, he was exposed early to international music through his father, who is also a musician. Combined with his Colombian heritage through his mom, Jason grew up embracing rhythms from all parts of the globe. Music has taken him around the world, studying first hand in countries such as Mali, Ghana, Haiti, and Korea, both learning and performing folkloric and contemporary music of the land. A dynamic performer, Jason has also produced, composed, recorded, and toured internationally within many different genres of music including Rock, R&B, Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Flamenco, African, Persian, Electronica, Techno, Brazilian, Indian and other fusions of World music. Other than EOTO, Jason has recently expressed his musical energy through his band, The String Cheese Incident, all of his fellow band members respectful side-projects, as well as other artists such as Loreena McKinnet, Vinx, his solo electronica/ all- percussion recordings, & Jason also continues to hit road with the legendary soul man, Issac Hayes, when possible. With a diverse background of musical collaborations that also include Youssou N'Dour, Keller Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, and Dr. Dre, it is evident Jason has no plans to cease living in the musical moment.

www.myspace.com/eoto music

   

Jazz Alliance announces second season
The Redwood Jazz Alliance has announced an expanded six-show calendar for 2007-08. This decision, organizers said in a news release, is largely based on two acclaimed and well-attended performances — Kenny Werner Trio from New York City and Holland’s ICP Orchestra — during the inaugural year. Read More   
Harrington and 'Songs of Her Own'
Soprano Elisabeth Harrington begins the Humboldt State University concert season with a program of vocal works by women composers.Read More   
CENTERARTS PRESENTS SOLID BLUES: MAVIS STAPLES
CenterArts Presents the debut tour of the blues extravaganza Solid Blues: featuring Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, North Mississippi Allstars and Joe Krown on Monday, October 10th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Tickets are $45 general, $43 Senior/child, $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

If you are a fan of the blues you’ll want to make sure that you are in attendance for this ground breaking event. Solid Blues brings together legends and upstarts in an evening of America’s home grown music. From her early days belting out the lead vocals on hits like “Respect Yourself” with The Staple Singers to soulful solo recordings, Mavis Staples always delivers show-stopping performances. Charlie Musselwhite, one of the greatest living blues harmonica players, has won blues music’s highest honor, the W. C. Handy Award, a phenomenal 18 times. The North Mississippi All-Stars are a fast-rising, young trio known for their exciting, contemporary take on the blues. New Orleans-style pianist Joe Krown rounds out the show. The Village Voice called Mavis Staples “one of the great female voices.” She has become an inspirational force in modern popular culture and music. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, she received three Grammy® nominations in 2004, a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award and 3 W.C. Handy Awards in 2005, and the NEA's National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2006.

Charlie Musselwhite has been called “The world's greatest living blues harmonica player” by the New York Press. Eight-time Grammy®-nominee and eighteen-time W. C. Handy Award-winner, Charlie has also won Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Monterey Blues Festival. Charlie's latest CD, Delta Hardware, was called “an early candidate for blues record of the year” by All Music Guide.

North Mississippi Allstars won three Grammy® nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their debut recording, Shake Hands with Shorty in 2001, Phantom 51 in 2003, and their latest recording, Electric Blue Watermelon, in 2005.

New Orleans styled piano and Hammond B-3 player, Joe Krown is a favorite of the Crescent City and has won numerous awards there for his recordings and performances. He held the keyboard chair with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown & Gate's Express from 1992 until Gatemouth's passing in the fall of 2005 and has performed and recorded with innumerable other artists including Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and B. B. King. Joe's latest CD is Livin' Large with the Joe Krown Organ Combo.

   

Snoop Dog and Crew comes to Eureka
An Exclusive Humboldt Appearance

Snoop Dog and Crew

Potluck

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Eureka Municipal Auditorium

1120 F. Street

Eureka, Ca. 95501

Doors 7:30pm

Tickets on sale October 1st

$75.00 Advance

THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT IN ADVANCE!! GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.. Outlets: Arcata: The Metro, The Works... Eureka: The Works... Redway: Redway Liquors..Garberville: Wild Horse Records...Laytonville: PARK'N'TAKIT...Willits: Leaves of Grass...Mendocino: Twist... Ukiah: Ukiah Food Coop

online sales with In-tickets..

For information call the People at 707-923-4599

Official After Party..... Red Fox Tavern, Eureka...11:00pm

   

RICKY SKAGGS & BRUCE HORNSBY
CenterArts presents an evening with Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder on Sunday, October 7th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Virginia cool meets Kentucky thunder in this unique collaboration between genre-bending pianist Bruce Hornsby and multi-instrumental virtuoso Ricky Skaggs backed up by Skaggs' long-time, hot-shot band. USA Today called their debut album “Seriously impressive.” Tickets are $65 general, $63 Senior/child, $55 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby are touring in support of their eponymous debut album which was released earlier this year. The collaboration of country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs with renowned pianist and songwriter (not to mention Virginia native) Bruce Hornsby was described by the Springfield Republican as being “one of the most intriguing and imaginative projects either has ever taken on.”

"It's one of the most memorable projects I've ever done," raves Skaggs, and Hornsby agrees: "Ricky Skaggs is a deep musical soul, one of the great keepers of the traditional and mountain music flame. It was so inspiring (and educational) to make this record with these virtuoso musicians. And equally important, I learned a lot about Porter Wagoner and Lester Flatt, and we had a lot of laughs.

"The cross pollination was a great gift to both of us," continues Skaggs. "Bruce turned me on to his heroes like Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett... I turned him on to Roscoe Holcomb, Doc Boggs, some old banjo players and singers from the mountains of Kentucky, Carolina, and Tennessee... "

Backed by Skaggs' ace band Kentucky Thunder, the show will draw from deep roots in mountain music -- adding piano and Hornsby's inimitable songwriting to the core bluegrass lineup of mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle, and banjo.

Eleven-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs is affectionately known as one of bluegrass music's most recognized ambassadors. From his beginnings in bluegrass, he went on to put his own stamp on the mainstream country format, resulting in twelve #1 hits and eight Country Music Association Awards. 1997 marked Ricky Skaggs' triumphant return to bluegrass and the establishment of his own Skaggs Family Records label, which has gone on to break new sales records in the genre. Now in his 36th year as a professional musician, he continues to record and tour with his band Kentucky Thunder as one of music's most sought after live performers.

Grammy winner with sales of more than ten million albums to date, for more than two decades Bruce Hornsby has been praised as a virtuoso pianist, singer-songwriter, and band leader. Known as a musicians's musician in addition to his remarkable career as a recording artist, Hornsby has collaborated with artists from Roger Waters and the Grateful Dead to Bob Dylan and Branford Marsalis.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

   

Eliyahu & Qadim
HFS presents the return of Eliyahu Sills and Qadim on Sunday, October 7th at the Arcata Presbyterian Church (11th and G Streets). Led by Berkeley-based neyzen and bassist Eliyahu Sills, the quartet's instrumentation features oud, bansuri, saz, frame drums, tablas and song.

The group brings Indian, Iranian, Jewish, Moroccan and Syrian musicians together to explore and celebrate the common sound and spiritual heritage of the Near East region's ancient cultures.

Eliyahu & Qadim play music from throughout the Near East: Turkey, Israel, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Armenia, India, Morocco, and Iran, and are acclaimed for performances rendered with passion, authentic musicianship and spirituality. Qadim is a word found both in Arabic and Hebrew meaning "ancient past" and "that which precedes" as well as "forward movement" and "that which will come" -- an apt name for the bridging of cultures and bringing old traditions to a contemporary world. HFS presents the return of Eliyahu Sills and Qadim on Sunday, October 7th at the Arcata Presbyterian Church (11th and G Streets). Led by Berkeley-based neyzen and bassist Eliyahu Sills, the quartet's instrumentation features oud, bansuri, saz, frame drums, tablas and song.

The group brings Indian, Iranian, Jewish, Moroccan and Syrian musicians together to explore and celebrate the common sound and spiritual heritage of the Near East region's ancient cultures.

Eliyahu & Qadim play music from throughout the Near East: Turkey, Israel, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Armenia, India, Morocco, and Iran, and are acclaimed for performances rendered with passion, authentic musicianship and spirituality. Qadim is a word found both in Arabic and Hebrew meaning "ancient past" and "that which precedes" as well as "forward movement" and "that which will come" -- an apt name for the bridging of cultures and bringing old traditions to a contemporary world.

Tickets are available at The Metro, Wildwood Music, The Works, and online at http://www.humboldtfolklife.org. Admission for the show is $15 general, and $12 for Folklife Society members and students. Show is at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. Check out Eliyahu's website for soundclips:

http://www.eliyahusills.com.

Tickets are available at The Metro, Wildwood Music, The Works, and online at http://www.humboldtfolklife.org. Admission for the show is $15 and $12 for Folklife Society members and students. Show is at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. Check out Eliyahu's website for soundclips:

http://www.eliyahusills.com.

   

The Hum 10/4 This Different Rhythm by Bob Doran
Toots is back, plus Doc, Béla and Solid Blues

He doesn't lay claim to inventing reggae, but Frederick "Toots" Hibbert says he gave the Jamaican music style it's name. Born in a town called May Ten in the hills far from Kingston, Toots headed for the lights of the city when he was still a teenager. As he tells the tale, "I'm from the countryside. I grew up in the church with my parents; dad and mom would preach. I sang in the choir, grew up in that you know. People told me I could be a singer so one day after I become a big young man I got myself to Kingston." It was the ska era when Toots hit Kingston. As predicted he found work as a singer and put together a vocal group called The Maytals. "My music was a little different because of my voice, because of the sound I have," he recalled. "I can sing R&B, I can sing country, I can sing blues. And I invented the word reggae." How? "The music was playing in Jamaica for a long time. Then this rhythm come up, this different rhythm. Nobody knew what to call it. People called it different names like 'blue beat' and 'boogie beat.' One day we were sitting around and this word just comes up — reggae — because in Jamaica they would say, if a girl not looking good you call her streggae; if a boy not looking good you call him streggae. It's a nickname, slang for people who don't dress properly. I shortened it a little, said, 'Let's do the reggae.' It was a different vibe." The raggedy music called reggae took hold and Toots and the Maytals have been at it for decades, injecting the gospel sound he grew up with to prove that "Reggae Got Soul" as he put it in another song. Ready to feel the Maytals vibe? He's back in Humboldt Thursday, Oct. 4, for a show at the Indigo Lounge.

There's more reggae, plus rock and trance DJS Saturday at Southern Humboldt Community Park. Irie Boogie features assorted Humboldt and Mendo bands including Ishi Dube and Massagana, Self Fulfilling Prophecies, Soulevity and assorted irie DJs.

The CenterArts concert juggernaut comes on strong this week with four majors shows in the course of a week. First up is folk music icon Doc Watson playing at the Van Duzer Thursday, Oct. 4. The blind flatpicking guitarist with a rich baritone voice broke through nationally during the folk boom of the early '60s after playing the Newport Folk Festival and revived his career in the '70s when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band enlisted him for their Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. He's been going ever since although he did slow down a bit after his son (and music partner) Merle died in a tractor accident in the '80s. This tour finds him sharing the stage with David Holt, a multi-instrumentalist/storyteller/historian who worked with Doc on his autobiographic 3-CD set, Legacy.

Next up is a Sunday show featuring what might seem an unlikely pairing: jazzy pianist Bruce Hornsby and bluegrass mandolin master Ricky Skaggs. Of course if you know a bit about Hornsby it makes more sense. He was born in Virginia, so the Southern sound is part of him, and he can play with just about anyone. He was with the Grateful Dead for a time and has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt to Don Henley and Willie Nelson. What will it sound like? Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, the eponymous album they put out earlier this year, mostly leans toward the country side and they're touring with Ricky' band Kentucky Thunder, so expect jazzy bluegrass, not the other way around.

Hornsby has also worked with Béla Fleck, master of the mutant banjo, who returns to the Van Duzer stage Monday with The Flecktones. How do you describe a band led by a banjo player that includes a super-funky bassist like Victor Wooten, Victor's brother, who calls himself Future Man, on a homemade electronic rhythm thing called a drumitar, and a sax/flute player like Jeff Coffin? Well the band's latest album, The Hidden Land, won the 2006 Grammy for Contemporary Jazz, which doesn't quite hit it for me. I asked Béla if "contemporary jazz" is where he sees the band fitting into the musical spectrum. "Well it's funny," he replied. "The genre known as contemporary jazz usually includes music that I wouldn't include myself with, for instance Kenny G, etc. Yet the truth of the words 'contemporary jazz' actually fit the Flecktones music pretty well: We are contemporary and there is a lot of jazz in us."

Last up in the CenterArts blast of American music is a show Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Van Duzer called Solid Blues. This one is something of a mini-blues fest with a couple of stars who hit the blues scene in the '60s: soulful vocalist Mavis Staples from The Staple Singers (remember ""I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself"?) and blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite, plus the dynamite country blues trio the North Mississippi All-Stars, who have become darlings of the jamband set, and funky New Orleans-style keyboardist Joe Krown, who played in Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's band until the bluesman passed in 2005.

Also in a blues mode: WC Handy Award-winning guitar dynamo Joe Louis Walker and his band The Bosstalkers play at the Riverwood Inn Saturday, Oct. 6.

Got a note this week from Morgan, the blues-playing mechanic at Redwood Auto who fixed my car a few months back. (It's still running.) He wanted me to know that his band, Black Cat Bone, is playing its first public gig (aside from the Jambalaya blues jam) at Blue Lake Casino's Steelhead Lounge Friday night, sharing the bill with the jammy Papa Bear. The show is sort of a preview of Saturday's Bikes by the Bay at Halverson Park where both bands are playing. (B.C. Bone at 1 p.m., P. Bear at 2:45, a tattoo show in between.) Morgan didn't mention it, but the Bikes by the Bay website calls the band Bad Cat Bone and Donna Landry, so I guess she's their singer.

Something different? Eliyahu and Qadim perform music "inspired by ancient mystical music of the Near East" at Arcata Presbyterian Church Sunday. Bandleader Eliyahu plays a Middle Eastern reed flute called the nay and the bansuri, a bamboo flute from India. The band's name, Qadim, is Arabic and/or Hebrew for 'Eastern wind,' but also 'ancient' and 'that which will come.' It brings together musicians from India and the Middle East to, as the band puts it, "celebrate the common musical and spiritual heritage of the now troubled region's ancient cultures."

This birthday party invite (of sorts) came via e-mail: "Yes. I'm turning 40 this Friday, Oct. 5th. To celebrate, I will be spinning a free show at Mazzotti's that night. (10 p.m.-2 a.m.) Could you please include this in the calendar please? You could call it "DJ Red's 40th Birthday Bash" or words to that effect. Thank you! - Red." OK, done. No gifts required and please none of those stupid "over the hill" banners or balloons. Party dresses and those little pointy hats are fine however.

The e-mail subject line put it this way: "Iceage Cobra's bassist leaves band; band continues on with first half of West Coast tour." Despite the fact that the Seattle rockers released their debut album, Brilliant Ideas from Amazing People, earlier this year, bassist Brad Kaufman has called it quits on the eve of a tour. Most of the band's dates have been cancelled, but they're still coming here for two shows, playing Friday at the Vista with Angel's Share and The Zac Institute and Saturday at the Alibi with The Common Vice. Joe Reineke, former lead singer/guitarist of The Meices, is handling bass chores for the semi-aborted tour. After that the band is auditioning for a new bass player. Need a job?

The Dewayn Brothers play at Jambalaya Saturday? What is a Dewayn Brother? The question is asked and answered on the Kansas band's website. "Well its four brothers and a sister hell bent on pickin’ fast and partying hard! With rippin’ banjo, mando, guitar and thumpin’ bass all we need is the sweet voice of sis Jamie Lee and its a sound and a show you’ll love to see!" Incidentally, as best as I can tell they're not actually related.

It's local alt. night Saturday at Muddy's Hot Cup with Kumsar, Goodwin, Weigand, Jackson and Clark (formerly the little still not big enough) opening for Universalia Jane and the Jet Set and Deric Mendes' new band, Tanuki, with members of Strix Vega and The Lowlights. What's a tanuki? Wikipedia says it's a raccoon/badger-like creature from Japanese folklore, "reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded."

Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Muddy's Hot Cup it's alt. folk by Taarka Duo with David and Enion Tiller, a striped down (no drums) version of "seismic gypsy hypno-grass" trio Taarka.

More alt. that same night at the Accident Gallery with locals The Monster Women and Scout Niblett, a minimalist solo artist originally from England who records for Secretly Canadian Records, often with the help of famed producer Steve Albini. Other associates include Magnolia Electric Co. (who were just in town) and Will Oldham, who sings with her on her most recent album, This Fool Can Die Now. This one could be the sleeper show of the week.

   

World-class jazz
HSU – If music has a voice, then no genre waxes as poetic as jazz – and no voice dances upon the music the way Claudia Villela’s does. What Ian Hiler does for the Alibi and Humboldt Folklife Society does for the Arcata folk music scene, the Redwood Jazz Alliance provides for jazz fans, bringing world-class musicians to Humboldt County. Read More   
Another Blast - The Hum by Bob Doran
We seem to have a steady stream of blast-from-the-past bands coming through for shows at one venue or another, some more authentic than others. You know what I mean — iterations of Foghat and Iron Butterfly with just their drummers from days gone by, Mike Love fronting a band called the Beach Boys. Cher-Ae Heights has had a slew of familiar golden bands aimed at Humboldt’s boomers, a trend seen around the country and noted in this week’s Billboard magazine in a self-explanatory piece titled, “Music business hits jackpot at casinos.” This week’s local entry:Eric Burdon and the Animals, playing Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Trinidad casino. Read More   
History in music
Christ Episcopal Church, 15th and H streets, Eureka, is retiring arguably the largest pipe organ in Humboldt County. The church will soon begin installing a new pipe organ. . Read More   
All-ages show scene resurrected in Fortuna
When Out of the Sun closed in June teens in the Eel River Valley were left with nowhere to go. They started missing their all-ages venue and eventually a group of them decided to do something. They tracked down Tina Taylor, who formerly owned Out of the Sun with her husband, and asked if they could rent the space to put on a show. Read More   
EYE BALL
EYE BALL The Arcata Eye invites subscribers, contributors, advertisers, loyalists, minions, henchpersons, sycophants, friendly skeptics and fellow media titans to the 11th Annual Arcata Eye Ball, this Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 to 10 p.m. at E and O Bowl, 1417 Glendale, off State Route 299 in Blue Lake.

The event features free bowling, pizza courtesy Arcata Pizza & Deli, liberal access to bowling shoes and possible inclusion in the Eye’s Oct. 23 society pages photo spread. Subscriptions and dubious memorabilia will be available at the door. (707) 826-7000, [email protected], arcataeye.com.   

Southern Humboldt Hemp Fest
On Saturday, November 10th, the Hemp Awareness Health Advocates with Hemp Industries Association and MCC, present the 17th annual Southern Humboldt Hemp Fest at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. Open from noon to 10pm, this spirited celebration of the wonders of hemp will showcase speakers such as Jack Herer, Roger Rodoni, Patrick Goggin Esq., and the Reverend Roger Christie; music by Subliminal Sabotage, Jug Town Pirates, Darryl Cherney, and the Blackberry Jammers; and dance with Onyx Moon, Elemental Temple, and All N8tive Group. Also featured will be hemp vendors and information booths, the Organibis Kitchen, a beer and wine bar, and the Hemp Garden Art Gallery, along with lots of other great entertainment and activities. Admission is sliding scale at the door. Requested donation is $10-$20, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will pay Hemp Fest expenses and benefit the Mateel Community Center. For more information call Lenda Hand at 986-7759, Suzelle at 923-2586, or the Mateel office at 923-3368 ext. 25 and don’t miss the 17th annual Southern Humboldt Hemp Fest on Saturday, November 10th.   
Southern Humboldt Hemp Fest

Homegrown Hip Hop Vol. 4
On Saturday, November 17th, the Mateel Community Center is proud to present Volume 4 in the Homegrown Hip Hop series. The harvest edition of this twice annual showcase of the best in Cali hip hop, Homegrown Hip Hop vol. 4 will feature the groundbreaking Fresno based MC, Planet Asia, along with Humboldt and Mendocino favorites such as North Coast Underground, Some of The Truest, Mendo Green Team, Nac One, and Lil’ Sic, plus a lyrical MC battle, vendors, gear giveaways, and lots more. Doors open at 7:30pm and music rolls from 8pm to 1am with food and refreshments to benefit MCC and a 21 & over bar upstairs. Tickets are currently on sale at www.inticketing.com and will be available by the end of this week at the usual local outlets, including a new Laytonville outlet, Pure Bliss Day Spa. Advance tickets are $16 and admission at the door will be $18 for MCC members/ teens, and $20 general. For more information call the Mateel office at 923-3368 ext. 25 or visit www.mateel.org, where the complete talent schedule will be available soon.    
Homegrown Hip Hop Vol. 4

The Hum 10/25 - alt. something
Thurston Moore gets ecstatic, plus Ghouls Gone Wild and other All Hallows happenings

Who is Thurston Moore? As they put it semi-succinctly on the Ecstatic Peace! promo for his latest album, "Thurston Moore, for those of you just visiting planet Earth, has been playing music and liberating whatever ossifying standards rock 'n’ roll becomes threatened by since the late '70s when he walked the downtown jungle of punk/post-punk/no wave NYC and started the band Sonic Youth. Ever since he and the band have consistently stayed true to the authenticity and creativity of radical rock 'n' roll idealism."

(For the uninitiated we'll point out that post-punk is just what it sounds like, while "no wave" is the polar opposite of new wave, the music you hear at those ubiquitous '80s night record parties.)

Moore joined forces with guitarist Lee Renaldo early on. They both played with avant-garde composer Glenn Branca whose drone symphonies with multiple guitars in unusual tunings are often sited as influential on the Sonic sound.

Branca's influence and Moore's creative/authentic ethic often spill over into side and solo projects. They are in also evidence in the work by a wild collection of artists released on Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label, among them MV & EE, The Magik Markers and Mouthus, all bands that have played locally this year alongside Humboldt's droning Starving Weirdos. The February show with MV & EE and the Weirdos also included Charalambides, a husband and wife duo with Tom and Christina Carter. I mention this because Christina shows up singing harmony on Thurston's latest album, Trees Outside The Academy, and she's half of yet another E. Peace! duo, Scorces, with Heather Leigh Murray (another Charalambides associate). Scorces is the opening act for Moore's show Friday, Oct. 26, at The Depot (downstairs in the University Center).

All of the bands/musicians above, the ever youthful Moore included, are operating outside the mainstream crafting idiosyncratic music that defies easy categorization. Let's just say it's alt. something.

It's hard to say exactly what kind of music Thurston might play Friday, but one can guess he'll draw material from Trees Outside The Academy, which is just a month old. It may surprise Sonic Youth fans in that it's not loud, dissonant or shot through with electric guitar feedback. Recorded at the home of J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., it's a collection of songs in the folk vein (well, alt. folk anyway) with violin (Samara Lubelski from MV & EE), rather calm drums (Steve Shelley from S. Youth), and Thurston on acoustic guitars playing music that comes from a place he describes as "the new weird America." Expect a touring outfit that includes Shelley and Lubelski plus Christopher Brokaw (from Codeine) and bassist Matt Heyner. The record has a screech here and there, but mostly it's stuff you might describe as nice, not a word you typically ascribe to the Youth — and no, that's not a bad thing.

Halloween proper doesn't come until next Wednesday, but the costumed madness in the clubs and various Halloweeny events start early. There's some sort of list in the calendar, but it seems de rigueur to offer some of the highlights here too.

Sweet Melody Walker called to say, "The Luscious Ladies are doing a Halloween show at Muddy's next Saturday (Oct. 27). We're calling it 'Ghouls Gone Wild.' It'll be a costume party cabaret ball thing. Halloween repertoire. Of course we ladies will be in crazy sexy costumes; we're encouraging the rest of the crowd to do so as well. We'll have a contest with various categories with awesome prizes. We'll have apple bobbing with organic apples from the Farmers' Market, and we'll have tricks and treats for all the ghouls and boy-eez. It's going to be so spectacular." I'm so glad she didn't use the word spooktacular.

A Halloween Harvest Costume Ball at the Mattole Grange in Petrolia that night includes Cajun food plus music by Electric Mudd and The Nucleus, all to benefit the Mattole Salmon Group's restoration efforts.

Latin dance alert: Red Fox's Saturday Halloween Blowout reassembles Humboldt's favorite AfroCuban salsa band, Ponche!

Also on Saturday, the annual KMUD Halloween Boogie at the Mateel, this year featuring Los Duggans from Echo Park playing what an O.C. deejay describes as "Appalachian/metal/blues/punk, distorted guitars raging with banjo, gut bucket beating along with a modern drum kit." They're on tour with Old Bull, a like-minded political alt. country punk band also from down L.A. way. As usual this is a family event (kids free) with costumes, sweets and all that.

That's just the tip of the iceberg for Saturday, check the Music and More listings for costume parties in clubs too numerous to mention. Jumping forward to Wednesday, the real Halloween: You've got murder ballads by the spooky Pine Box Boys at the annual pirate costume party at Six Rivers. There's a Passion show at the Red Fox with stringy jamgrass by The Bucky Walters and Greensky Bluegrass. Moo-Got-2 is throwing a funky Halloween Bash at Muddy's Hot Cup. And last but far from least, the Jambalaya has a Blue Lake invasion, a Halloween Ball with The Brendas, Tainted Zucchini and The Rubberneckers. The three bands are all friends, all are theatrical in nature (The Brendas are always in costume) and what with the various Dell'Artesian connections this should be a wild one.

You say you don't want to dress up in a costume? There are other things to do. There's the Humboldt Baykeeper Birthday Bash Friday, Oct. 26, at the Arcata Community Center. It starts early with dinner awards, speeches and all that, but you could opt to show up late (and pay much less) just to hear the West African Highlife Band. The Oakland-based outfit is all-star all-African quintet led by Ken Okulolo of Kotoja, who originally came over with King Sunny Ade. There's Nii Armah Hammond from Hedzoleh Soundz out of Ghana and Nigerian guitarist Soji Odukogbe played for years with the late great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This is the real deal.

Also on Friday, Mad River Brewing Co. celebrates the annual release of its gold medal-winning seasonal brew, John Barleycorn Ale with a party at the plant in Blue Lake. Expect beer, barbeque and music by Kulica.

Guitarist Wolf Navarro debuts his latest project — appropriately named the Wolf Navarro Project — on Thursday at Jambalaya. Joining Wolf for some folk jazz fusion are Marcus Messina (from Mobile Chiefing Unit) on keys and guitar, Eric Andrews on bass and Simon Lucas on drums. Watch for a CD coming soon.

They seem to be 20-somethings; otherwise you might mistake Seattle's The Blakes for one of those obscure jangley psyche-rock garage bands from the '60s you find on a Nuggets compilation. At least that's the feel on their eponymous CD. The fact that they're named for visionary poet William Blake makes me like them even more. Catch them Friday at the Jam (with Zak Institute opening) or earlier that day when they play live on K-Slug.

Between the dark themes, growling vocals, monstrous guitars, pounding drums and often twisted imagery, modern metal in its many forms seems perfect for the All Hallows season. It's way before the holiday, but San Francisco stoner rockers Floating Goat and Walken roar Thursday at the Alibi. Saturday the Alibi hosts Portland's Facepilot, who lay down thunderous chords propelled by driving drums, backing your classic distorted roaring Satanic metal vocals. They're on a brief tour with Humboldt's heaviest band, Dragged by Horses.

There's metal plus punk across the Plaza Saturday at Mazzotti's. Rocktoberfest brings together Oceanside punks Pig Champion, Sacto thrashers Awaiting the Apocalypse and locals Entheogen and Forcefed Trauma.

Ready to repent? Earl Thomas takes you to church on Sunday singing with the True Gospel Singers at the Arkley Center to raise money for the National AIDS Day Marathon.

My favorite folky Lila Nelson is at Muddy's Hot Cup that night joined by Kenny Edwards the veteran songwriter (from the Stone Poneys etc.) who has been working with Lila on her next record.

Coming Monday, Oct. 29, to the Jambalaya, mad accordionist Jason Webley on his The Cost of Living CD release tour with several alt. folk bands, Ribbons, Led to Sea and Quilken, whose members also play on Jason's new album.

Yes, I, reggae moves ever forward, this week with hot Jamaican sing-jay Lutan Fyah, whose dancehall hit "Save The Juvenile" topped the Kingston charts earlier this year. He's at Indigo Friday night, a show presented by 2b1 Multimedia. As you might recall, way back in March Lutan was among the headliners booked by 2b1 for the ill-fated Reggae on the River 2007.

Is semi-related news, a note came in over the weekend from former Mateel E.D. Taunya Stapp. It seems her lawyer friend Robert Highley has filed the required papers to renew the Reggae on the River® trademark for 10 more years. Will there be a RotR 2008? Time will tell.

One more thing, don't forget Snoop Dogg and his posse are at the Muni Thursday, Oct. 25. When I checked before press time there were a few tickets left, but not many. Should be a rager, same with the after party at Indigo. Be there or be square. And don't forget, there ain't nuthin' wrong with being square — if that's your thing.

FOUND comes to town

It all began with a profanity laced note found tucked under the windshield wiper of Davy Rothbart's car one "cold as fuck" Chicago night in 1999. So it comes as no surprise that the last time Davy was in town, he began his FOUND Magazine reading with the seminal "Page me later" find. Davy read the note with feeling, driving home the irony with a pregnant pause before the p.s.

Mario, I fucking hate you
You said you had to work
then whys your car HERE
at HER place??
You’re a fucking LIAR
I hate you
I fucking hate you
Amber
p.s. Page me later

The fact that Amber mistook Davy's car for Mario's made the note both sad and funny. He shared it with his hipster friends and they too came up with sad/funny/ironic finds: similar notes, off-the-wall photos and other ephemera. Davy and his buddy Jason Bitner assembled them zine-style adding minimal typewritten explanations, initially figuring on just making copies for the contributors. Instead a copy shop employee who must have found it all fascinating gave him an extra 700 copies gratis. The extras were distributed leading to more finds sent Davy's way and a cottage industry was born. FOUND Magazine is published not quite annually. There's a website with a new "Find of the Day" posted daily, several books: Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items, a similarly titled sequel and two photo books, the most recent being Found Polaroids. There are CDs, FOUND greeting cards and an X-rated spin-off mag, Dirty Found, now up to its 3rd edition. The recently released FOUND No. 5 is a theme issue focusing on crime related finds, profusely illustrated with mug shots and the like. It goes in unusual directions with some long form finds like the series of letters detailing the often sad FBI career of one Elmer I. Jacobson including a personal reprimand from J. Edgar Hoover over the loss of his service revolver (and a demand for $28.91 to pay for it). Then there are the FOUND tours, cross country, even international road trips that find Davy reading all sorts of finds, including some submitted by audience members, with his brother, Peter Rothbart, along to play guitar and sing songs based on FOUND notes.

The FOUND Magazine "There Goes the Neighborhood Tour 2007" with the brothers Rothbart comes to Arcata's Northtown Books (957 H St.) on Saturday, Oct. 27, for a reading/concert at 8 p.m. You'll find FOUND online at www.foundmagazine.com. ~ Bob Doran    

Scotia Band to get new uniforms
Humboldt County residents’ response to the Scotia Band’s fall fundraising drive will land the band new uniforms. Read More   
Hot Buttered Rum in Eureka
A High Altitude Acoustic Experience

ARTIST INFORMATION

Bryan Horne -- upright bass, vocals

Nat Keefe – guitar, vocals

Zachary Matthews – mandolin, fiddle, vocals

Aaron Redner - fiddle, mandolin, vocals

Erik Yates – banjo, flute, accordion, clarinet, vocals

In a world where we face issues that present potential global impact and where our collective consciousness is being pulled in a thousand directions, wheeling in sensory overload and immersed in confusion, there is an overwhelming need for a sense of direction and inspiration toward organic and sustainable alternatives. In the highly saturated music scene of today, Hot Buttered Rum has emerged as one of the leaders of a musical movement toward these organic and sustainable roots.

With one foot in the door paying homage to traditions of folk, Americana and bluegrass, and the other wildly kicking out in every direction of the musical universe, Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect candidate to lead this evolution. The band itself, which started on a backpacking adventure, has matured into a national touring act, and is the very embodiment of the terms "organic and sustainable." Their "practice what they preach" mantra has caught on both musically and in the approach to how we define the term, lifestyle.

Aaron Redner, Bryan Horne, Erik Yates, Nat Keefe and Zac Matthews are Hot Buttered Rum. Former schoolmates and long time friends who grew up together in California, Hot Buttered Rum is a way of life for these five virtuosos. Their sound is as familiar and inviting as it is fresh and original, seamlessly weaving elements of folk, rock, reggae and bluegrass within the fabric of intelligent songwriting. Their commitment to taking roots music into uncharted territory has not gone unnoticed. Their newest album, WELL-OILED MACHINE (Harmonized Records), has received glowing accolades from critics and fans, and features bluegrass legends Peter Rowan, Mike Marshall, and Darol Anger. The songs are laden with hooks, melodies and thought provoking lyrics that can only be described as timeless. This is not necessarily defined as "bluegrass" or even traditional "roots" music, rather HBR is defined as a true synthesis of many genres set free on its own musical course. Rest assured. This ship is captained by the best of hands and visionaries who are unafraid of straying out of the norm. This willingness to explore “outside the box”, both musically and in their lifestyle choices, has helped create the kind of interest in Hot Buttered Rum, usually reserved for avant-garde composers and entrepreneurs, many years ahead of the rest of the world, coaxing their audience to follow them headlong into the great unknown.

On a mission of change and armed with conviction, HBR’s legitimacy as a truly unique musical act is only furthered by the band's passionate commitment to using alternative fuels in an effort to lessen their ecological footprint on the environment. In a world where concern is rising over the value and scarcity of our finite natural resources, it is comforting to know that Hot Buttered Rum is making the effort to lighten their impact while en route to their 150 plus shows they play coast to coast each year.

HBR NOTABLES

-- Appearances in Summer 2006 at: Bonnaroo Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Langerado Music Festival, Suwannee SpringFest, Wakarusa Music Festival, 10,000 Lakes Music Festival, Smilefest, the Harmony Festival, All Good Music Festival, Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival

-- Opening for Little Feat in Summer 2006

-- Co-headlined the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (Feb 2006)

-- Headlined 2 sold out Great American Music Hall performances

-- Opened for Michael Franti and Spearhead, Phil Lesh and Friends, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Yonder Mountain String Band, the String Cheese Incident

-- Past Performances at: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Riverbend Festival,Whole Earth Festival, San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival.

-- Recorded sophomore studio album, Well Oiled Machine, produced by Mike Marshall and recorded by dB Dave Dennison.

-- Continuing to tour successfully approximately 175 dates yearly nationwide and developing a devoted and ever-expanding fan base.

DISCOGRAPHY Well Oiled Machine (Feb 2006) In These Parts (2004) Live at The Freight & Salvage (2002)

   

AbandonTheory at Muddy's Hot Cup in Arcata
we've got a show coming up this saturday at Muddy's Hot Cup in Arcata. I was hoping you could help us out with the promotion of the show. there are several free mp3's on the website (www.abandontheory.com) Many thanks, Jesse Burns Abandon Theory   
Hobart Brown Passes
FORTUNA, Calif. (AP) — Hobart Brown, a gallery owner and artist who parlayed a bet with a friend over who could build a better human-powered vehicle into a hobby enjoyed worldwide, died Wednesday. He was 74.

Brown died of pneumonia, said his friend Shaye Harty, president of the nonprofit group that organizes the Kinetic Sculpture Race, a three-day competition co-founded by Brown that features wacky wheeled contraptions.

The event started in 1969 when Brown turned his son's tricycle into a decorated five-wheeled "Pentacycle" and another local artist challenged him to a race through downtown Ferndale that drew six other participants, Harty said.

The annual race is 38 miles. Over the years, the tradition expanded to other U.S. cities and as far away as Australia, Harty said.

Born in Oklahoma on Feb. 27, 1933, Brown moved to Los Angeles as a boy and learned to weld while working as an airplane mechanic. In 1962, he moved to Humboldt County, where he opened Hobart Galleries in Eureka to represent local artists.

His wire sculptures were shown in museums and collected by Ronald Reagan and Johnny Carson, among others.

Brown, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, retired from racing several years ago and had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in May.

   

Rubberneckers Call It Quits
Clay Smith of the Rubberneckers has announced that the band will call it quits. "There are 6 'Neckers' shows left and that be all," said Smith. " Burton is leaving with his family for Thailand on January 6 for an unknown amount of time, and we couldn't consider replacing him. We're playing as much as we can to get in all the rocking and raging that's possible. We even have a couple of all ages shows. Then we call it quits. It was fun while it lasted."

Here is a list of their remaining shows.

Nov 10 2007 Caspar Inn with the Kerosene Kondors Caspar, California

Nov 14 2007 The Vista with The Monster Women and RTX...ALL AGES SHOW Eureka, California

Nov 16 2007 The Jambalaya with Joe Lally (Ex-Fugazi) and Capillary Action Arcata, California

Dec 14 2007 Big Petes with Ghostwriter ALL AGES SHOW A rcata, California

Jan 3 2008 Jambalaya...LAST 2 Rubberneckers Shows PART 1: Acoustic Show with Rooster McClintock Arcata, California

Jan 4 2008 Jambalaya...LAST 2 Rubberneckers Shows PART 2: Electric Show with My Life in Black and White (our tour buddies from Portland) and Tainted Zucchini Arcata, California    

Development director Pam Long joins KHSU
Pam Long will be the new development director for KHSU-FM (90.5)/KHSR-FM (91.9), the public radio station licensed to Humboldt State University, the station announced Friday. Read More   
POST-FOLK VOCAL SYMPHONIES - The Hum by Bob Doran

My co-worker Heidi asked me a question at the office the other day, something along the lines of 'Do you know anything about a band from Canada coming to town? I can't remember the name but my friend says they're good.'

'Are they Quebecois?' I wondered. I'd heard about that show. She didn't think that was it. She promised to forward me the e-mail from her friend, Lisa. Subject: "good concert coming your way." It got straight to the point: "hi Heidi - you should see this band when they come to Arcata."

What followed was a band list letter from Moira Smiley saying, "Hi everyone! moira smiley & VOCO have shows up & down the West Coast comin' up! Exciting things happening here, and we'll keep you posted when it comes close to you!"

A MySpace link followed and an itinerary showing a North Coast jaunt including a show at the venerable Freight and Salvage followed by one on Thursday at the Jambalaya sponsored by Humboldt Folklife.

I clicked on the MySpace link and listened to a couple of songs. I liked what I heard. The first, "Dying Californian," begins with a choral group using harmonies a la The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, but run backwards. Moira comes in singing a sad song reminiscent of an old Appalachian ballad; before it ends, there's some subtle banjo picking. Subsequent numbers show off a Sweet Honey in the Rock gospel style, almost a cappella, something they call, "post-folk vocal symphonies and dancesongs," with low key bass and mysterious percussion. Moira Smiley provides accordion and banjo; Jess Basta and Christine Enns supply "body percussion"; Jessica Catron cello/electronics; John Ballinger banjo, clarinet and percussion. Everyone sings.

I don't know what it shows, but Luminescent Orchestrii is on their "Friends" list, and I love that band. With that additional recommendation I sent Moira an e-mail with something like a virtual interview. She responded almost immediately.

Who are you? Moira Smiley

Where are you from? Originally Vermont, now Los Angeles.

What do you do? Sing, write music, play accordion & banjo, arrange strange old music.

Why do you do what you do? always have - better'n laying carpet, i guess - really, is there any better job than to do what you love?

What are you working on? new songs, arranging old American hymns, writing new body percussion, thinking about clowning...

When will you be here? I'm bringing my band, moira smiley & VOCO to Jambalaya, for a 7:30 p.m. show Thur. Nov. 15th sponsored by Humboldt Folklife Society. We're also going to sing live on KHUM radio at 3:30 that same Thursday!

Who's that? VOCO is my five-piece band doing sweet stompin' rebel harmony soaked in Eastern Europe and Appalachia. Cello, banjo, accordion, percussion and body percussion.

What’s next? Bartok arrangements of the "Mikrokosmos.

Anything else you want to add? That's kinda fun - like a quiz! - Moira."

And I'll add one more thing. There's no Canadian connection; Heidi miss-remembered. The band is from Los Angeles. Don't hold that against them.

Pay special note to the start time. Most Jambalaya shows start after dinner; this one is during, and it's one of two separate shows that night. Later on it's one of Humboldt finest hip hop outfits, Subliminal Sabotage. They help close out something called Snow Day, a big too-doo around town that starts with Pro Sport and the Outdoor Store hauling in a whole bunch of snow, and not like when people come back from winter trips out 299 with snow in the back of a pick-up so they can throw snowballs, this is a huge pile, five tons, enough for pro snowboarders to strut their stuff. They call it a "Rail Jam," whatever that is. (I'm sure snowboarders know.) That's in the afternoon on the Plaza. There's also a couple of snowboarding movies at the Minor in the evening, then the "D.C. VIP Afterhours Party" with Sub/Sab ending a wild night at the Jam.

You might expect the NoHum/SoHum Sub/Sab to be part of Homegrown Hip Hop Vol. 4, Harvest Edition 2007, the all ages thing Saturday at the Mateel, but they're not. Representing the homegrown side are Eureka rappers Nac One and Lil' Sic and crews from Mendo, the funky North Coast Underground from Point Arena, Some of the Truest from Mendocino (the town) and the Mendo Green Team, plus the Humboldt Rockers breakdancers. The headliners are imports: Planet Asia, aka King Medallions (born Jason Green) is from Fresno via San Fran. I'm pretty sure he's not Asian, but Haji Springer is. He's a hyphy-style dude outta Oakland who lays down comical raps often mocking his Indian descent (that's India Indian, not Native American, BTW).

The Mateel is jumping this week. Friday night Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir plays for a KMUD/Feet First Dancers run benefit/charity auction for The Igoma Project supporting some sort of clinic in Tanzania. Old timers might remember Tillery from her days with The Loading Zone, a kick-ass blues/soul outfit that played around the Bay Area in the '60s and '70s. Now she's into gospel, again a la Sweet Honey. Tillery calls it "survival music." She explains, "This music, particularly the spirituals, has kept Black people alive through slavery, night rider's raids and segregation. This is the music that has been used as a support for just about every political movement in this country. People take spirituals, reword them and march together in the name of freedom and justice."

Coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Mateel, the Mateel Community Center Annual Membership Meeting, which according to the nonprofit's website includes "a 2006 financial report and current state of the organization summary, hall and event review for '06/'07, and a board of directors’ report along with a community input section, board candidate nominations and more." It was an eventful year for the Mateel, not all of it that good, and the reports should make for an interesting meeting.

Also in the benefit vein: an Arcata House Benefit Dance Party Saturday evening at the Bayside Grange with Cajun music by The Bayou Swamis and eclectic dance music by The Joyce Hough Band. As Joyce points out, this is the first public performance by the band in more than two years, and who knows when you'll get to hear them again. Plus it's a good cause, helping to house families down on their luck.

And there's yet another benefit: A Sunday noontime show with stringy jams by The Bucky Walters supporting the Arcata Educational Farm.

Remember last week I mentioned the return tour of Capillary Action, the guys who played at the Jambalaya with that crazy Czech band? As noted they're back at the Jam Friday, this time with former Fugazi bassist Joe Lally, who as far as I can tell, now plays solo with bass and laptop. Local support comes from The Rubberneckers, and I'm sad to report, this is going to be one of the band's last shows — ever. A fan list e-mail from Clay tells the tale: "OK kids, here's the scoop. There are [four] 'Neckers' shows left and that be all. Burton is leaving with his family for Thailand on Jan. 6 for an unknown amount of time, and we couldn't consider replacing him. We're playing as much as we can to get in all the rocking and raging that's possible. Then we call it quits. It was fun while it lasted. Get to one/all of these gigs cuz there won't be no more."

That's four gigs to go: Friday at the Jam, a Dec. 14, all ages thing at Big Pete's with Ghostwriter, and two Jan. shows at the Jam. More on them later. Ready for some holiday cheer? Noonanight Productions presents Pagan Christmas at Arcata's Portuguese Hall Saturday, Nov. 17, with Subliminal Sabotage, Space Cowboys DJs, funk/soul from the Bay by Monophonics, and The Glitch Mob, a crunky alt. hip hop/electronica crew that rips it up. Showtime @ 9, 20 bucks at the door, 21+ only. Reggae? How 'bout three shows the same night? Friday Indigo Lounge has Jamaican dancehall from Norrisman, Jah Thunder and Stevie Culture. Meanwhile locals Juce mix reggae and hip hop at Six Rivers, and the Red Fox brings in Cali reggae, a band called Rebelution from Santa Barbara. Saturday at the Red Fox: Soul Majestic, a white dread band from Santa Cruz who played RotR a few years back. Not bad as I recall. It doesn't sound possible, but a note from Afromassive bassist Aaron Bortz confirms it: The truly massive band will crowd onto the stage of Muddy's Hot Cup Friday night to blast some killer Afrobeat. Last time I saw Afromassive they filled the huge stage at the KBR with a line of horns, many percussionists and some seriously funky dudes from various local outfits, all of them laying into tunes from the Fela Kuti songbook or similar fare creating a really big, really funky sound. Incidentally, this is the second Muddy show that night: Touring Americana-ish songwriters Mike Press (from San Diego) and Jeremy Moses Curtis (from Rhode Island) play earlier.

Also at Muddy's, a Tuesday, Nov. 20, show featuring Scottish singer/guitarist Alasdair Roberts, who plays something you might call alt. Celtic. The roots are evident, but his songs tend toward skewed dirges. He records for Drag City, and has worked with Jason Molina and Will Oldham, facts that mean little to the Celtic folks, but speak volumes to the alt. crowd. Also on the bill, Charalambides, one of those alt. guitar duos that came to town in the past to play with the Starving Weirdos.

Hey, turns out there is a band coming from Canada: Montreal noise rockers AIDS Wolf play a Wednesday, Thanksgiving eve show at the Vista with thelittlestillnotbigenough opening. You can get an idea where A-Wolf is coming from by studying their "9 Principals." The last one: No. 9. "Become the Weird Punks. Remember when punk was weird and when weird was punk. Destroy genre straight jackets and move out of the comfortable. Confrontation with norms and expectations is where the AIDS Wolf family is most at home."

   

Mateel Announcements
Mateel Annual Membership Meeting This Tuesday, November 20th

This Tuesday, November 20th, the Mateel Community Center will hold its’ annual membership meeting. The event is open to all current MCC members and membership sign-ups will be taken at the door (although it is now too late to sign up and also vote in the upcoming board election). The event will begin at 5:30pm with snacks and refreshments and the meeting will be called to order at 6pm. It will feature an introduction of the board and volunteer staff, a variety of Mateel committee reports, plans for the coming year, nominations for the board of directors, and a Q&A session. The meeting’s adjournment is set for 7:30pm depending on the number of member questions. Afterwards, stick around for an informal gathering where you’ll have an opportunity to meet the board candidates (all candidate nominations must be made and accepted by the close of the meeting to be eligible). For more information visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368 and don’t miss this chance to help direct the future of your Mateel Community Center.

--------------------------------- Give Thanks Reggae Showcase & Mateel Benefit This Friday

What: Give Thanks- A NorCal Reggae Showcase & Benefit To Rehire Key MCC Staff by 2008

When: Friday, November 23rd (7pm-1am)

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

Who: Creation, Tchiya Amet & The Lighthouse Band, & Massawa w/ Stevie Culture

Why: A benefit to help raise the $75,000 needed to ensure Mateel operations thru June 2008

Give Thanks Reggae Showcase & Mateel Benefit This Friday

This Friday, November 23rd, the Mateel Community Center in Redway presents Give Thanks, a NorCal reggae showcase and fundraiser to rehire key Mateel staff positions and ensure all rental events and MCC programs through June of 2008. Featuring the irie roots and dancehall sounds of Creation, Tchiya Amet & The Lighthouse Band, and Massawa with Stevie Culture, Give Thanks offers up the best in regional reggae talent while providing an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Mateel to our local community. Creation has been one of the Bay Area’s premier reggae outfits for nearly 20 years and performs a combination of roots, dancehall, and dub fronted by the talented island-bred vocalists, Israel Powerhouse and Rahsul Culture Man. Accompanied by horns and a top shelf rhythm section, Creation has a repertoire of more than 200 songs and mixes a strong West Indies vibe into their original roots rock reggae.

Coming from the wilds of Mendocino County, Tchiya Amet is a First Nations Cherokee whose spiritual message and soulful, jazz-tinged reggae have received international attention through the albums, Rise Again Truth and Black Turtle Island, and drawn comparisons as Sade’s reggae-fied counterpart. She has wowed crowds at Reggae on the River and the Summer Arts & Music Festival and will be making her first ever Mateel performance along with her ultra-tight ensemble, The Lighthouse Band.

Massawa are Southern Humboldt/ Northern Mendocino’s reggae ambassadors and will kick off the evening’s entertainment. In addition to an impressive songbook of original material, they have backed many top names in reggae music and, on this outing, will support rising Jamaican star, Stevie Culture, who performs a mix of roots and conscious dancehall and is touring in support of his recent release, Top Class. Doors open at 7pm and music rolls from 7:30 to 1:00am for what is sure to be a funky reggae party. An ital Jamaican style dinner by Sue Moloney will be available for purchase along with desserts, beer, wine, and other refreshments. Admission is sliding scale at the door with a minimum donation of $12. All proceeds will directly support the Mateel Community Center’s $75,000 year end fundraising goal, so come enjoy some awesome NorCal reggae while helping put a sustainable staffing model in place at the Mateel. For more info, visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368 and don’t miss Give Thanks this Friday, November 23rd at the one-and-only Mateel Community Center.

------------------------------- What: 31st annual Winter Arts Faire

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: December 8th & 9th, 2007

Why: It’s the best holiday shopping opportunity in southern Humboldt!

31st annual Winter Arts Faire At Mateel December 8th & 9th

Coming up on Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway is proud to present the 31st annual Winter Arts Faire in a celebration of the down home Humboldt holidays. Bringing holiday cheer to southern Humboldt for more than 30 years, this beloved family event will feature nearly 60 handmade artisan booths, home-style local cuisine, diverse musical entertainment, children’s storytelling, and a visit from Santa both days. The Winter Arts Faire is also the best holiday shopping opportunity in southern Humboldt and a great place to mingle with friends before settling in to the winter season. It will also be one of your last opportunities to help in supporting MCC’s $75,000 year end fundraising goal, which will be used to ensure 4 part time staff positions beginning in January and all rental events and programs through June of 2008.

The 31st annual Winter Arts Faire will be open from 10am to 6pm both days, and costs only $7 per day or $10 for the weekend pass. 2007/ 2008 Mateel Community Center members get in free, as do those under 12 and over 65. Mateel memberships will also be on sale at the door for those wishing to take advantage of the free admission benefit. Attendees are encouraged to join in the community spirit with a donation for the Food Pantry and/ or Toys 4 Tots. Please only bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots and canned, non-perishable foods (no home-canned goods) for the Food Pantry. For more information call 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and don’t miss the 31st annual Winter Arts Faire on Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th at the Mateel Community Center.

   

CenterArts Announcements
CenterArts presents Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas on Friday, December 14th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Drawing from the infinitely rich treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage, Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas has crisscrossed the country bringing to packed concert halls an authentic remembrance of a way of life that is no longer with us. It’s an unforgettable staging of a typical night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the West of Ireland, in the days before television, cars and phones. Spend an evening with Tomáseen Foley and some of the most gifted Celtic musicians, dancers, storytellers, and singers as they rekindle the flame in the hearth. “Of all the story tellers I have heard he is the best. . . rural Ireland comes alive in Tomáseen’s stories,” Caitlin Quinn, PH.D, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tickets are $35 general, $33 Senior/child, $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

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CenterArts presents Circus Oz on Sunday, December 9th at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. “The hottest show in town,” The Sunday Times. Circus Oz delivers a rock ‘n’ roll, animal free circus is two hours of breathtaking death defying stunts, awe-inspiring acrobatic performances, sparkling comedy and a live band that will leave you begging for more. “Not to be missed,” Financial Times of London. Tickets are $45 general, $35 Senior/child, $32 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

Circus Oz was founded in late 1977 as an amalgamation of two already successful Australian groups, Soapbox Circus and the New Circus. The principles that were the heart of the original Circus Oz philosophy are still reflected in their performances today: collective ownership and creation, gender equity, a uniquely Australian signature, and team-work.

The founding members of Circus Oz loved the skills and tricks of traditional circus but wanted to make a new sort of show that a contemporary audience could relate to, adding elements of rock'n'roll, popular theatre and satire. They wanted it to be funny, irreverent and spectacular, a celebration of the group as a bunch of multi-skilled individual women and men, rather than a hierarchy of stars. Above all, they didn't want to take themselves too seriously. They sewed and welded together their own circus tent, got together a collection of old trucks and caravans and went on the road. Circus Oz was a fresh and original voice in circus and the company was immediately popular with Australian audiences. Within a few years, they began to tour internationally, with visits to New Guinea and Europe.

Since that time Circus Oz has performed in 26 different countries, across five continents to over two million people. They have broken box office records at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and represented Australia at scores of international festivals. They have performed on 42nd Street, at the Tivoli Gardens, in a refugee camp in the West Bank, in indigenous communities in the Australian desert, and in a glass opera house in the Brazilian rainforest. Along the way they have translated parts of the show into scores of languages from Hindi and Japanese to Danish.

In the mid-1980s new contemporary circus and physical theatre troupes began to appear across the world, in the wake of Circus Oz. It was at this time that Circus Oz itself underwent a major skills development phase through intensive training with acrobats from China's Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe. Many of the skills learnt over the years from the Chinese, such as pole-climbing and hula-hoop, continue to flavour the show, albeit reinterpreted and presented in a distinctly Circus Oz style. Only one of the founding members still performs with the company, and yet, as new waves of people have joined Circus Oz over the years, they have embraced the company's co-operative style and philosophy and made it their own.

The overall tenor of the performance has remained consistent over the years. There are usually eleven to thirteen performers (normally with at least two specialized musicians) who present an intimate spectacle of unrelenting energy, humor, multi-skill playing, surreal imagery, grace, and strength, fully integrated with a live and original musical score. Circus Oz continues at the forefront of international contemporary circus. Its performances today are as distinctive and dynamic as its touring program - the recent critically-acclaimed sell-out season on Broadway being followed by a successful tour of small Australian regional towns. The Circus Oz show is continuously revitalized with the injection of new ideas, skills and people.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

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CenterArts regretfully announces the cancellation of African legend Youssou N’Dour on Monday, November 26th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Youssou N’Dour has cancelled a week of U.S. appearances, including Arcata, since he recently accepted the invitation of Egypt’s current King Hosni Mubarak to perform a special ceremony at his palace. Refunds are available by calling the University Ticket Office at Humboldt State University at 707-826-3928.    

Blue Turtle Seduction
Blue Turtle Seduction

December 20-21, 2007 | Humboldt Brews Arcata, CA

Blue Turtle Seduction out of South Lake Tahoe, California has built a concrete fan base over the last four years, solidified by consistent touring. This schedule has allowed for, not only the refining of their live performances, but also their song crafting, adding to their large repertoire of original songs. Blue Turtle's music guarantees to move your feet with rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics that push the limits of its style and genre.

BTS' performances celebrate many different levels of live music as the crowd's enthusiasm combines with driving beats and layered lyrics. BTS has broken new ground this year, including playing in front of two sold-out crowds at the San Francisco Fillmore and releasing Deep See Rodeo, their 2nd studio album. The band travels in a 40-foot motor coach that has been outfitted to run on recycled vegetable oil, allowing the use of free, restaurant waste oil, burning much cleaner than traditional fuel. While blazing this trail at such a frenetic pace, BTS will be recording every performance. The results will yield a live release due out in the near future, capturing these musical jewels born from the High Sierra's. The songs tell stories that reflect like emeralds off of Lake Tahoe, the mountain paradise these Turtles call home.

There is no way to slow these Turtles down. Over Halloween weekend, Blue Turtle Seduction hosted the 2nd annual Las Tortugas: Dance of the Dead featuring much of the West coast's top-notch talent and conducted opening duties for Tea Leaf Green in the Southeast. The band will perform at Denver's Quixote's before heading to San Francisco for their Hitchhikers' Guide to the 12 Galaxies New Year's Eve run. Poke your head in on a BTS show near you and open yourself up, then ask yourself "have I been seduced?"

   

A REALLY BIG PARTY FOR FUN
KRFH TO HOST A “REALLY BIG PARTY FOR FUN”

KRFH, Humboldt State University’s student-operated radio station, is holding a local-music rock concert on Fri Nov 30 in the Depot from 7pm – 11pm.

The show will feature local Humboldt County acts such as This Dying Wish from Garberville, Emilia’s Rose from McKinleyville, Reluctant Hero from Fortuna, and Laden Swallow from Arcata.

“KRFH has had an amazing semester, so we’re topping it off with a really big party to say thank you to our listeners, supporters and crew”, said KRFH station manager, Daniel Giannotta.

All community members and HSU students are invited to attend. The admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door. For more information about the event, visit www.krfh.net.

   

Humboldt 101 adds programs
Humboldt 101, a continuously running Internet-only radio station, has recently added new programming to its lineup. Read More   
Local concert honors World Aids Day 2007
As the a cappella sound of Earl Thomas and the True Gospel Singers echoed inside the Eureka Theater on Saturday night, hundreds of area residents honored those who have been affected by the AIDS epidemic that began nearly 25 years ago. Read More   
Harmonic Convergence - the Hum by Bob Doran
It’s the week after Thanksgiving, a quiet time in general, and really quiet on the local music front. One holiday down, and “Christmastime is comin’...,” which means lots of parties and celebrating in the weeks ahead. Since we’re nearing the end of 2007, touring musicians are starting to go into self-imposed hibernation. After all the traveling they do throughout the year, they certainly deserve a break to rest and recharge. Read More   
Hillstomp plays January 18th at Jambalaya
Hillstomp¹s new album, After Two But Before Five, captures the energy of live performance while introducing new songs in Hillstomp¹s growing reportoire of "Bucket¹n¹Slide Rock¹n¹Roll". Recorded on two nights in Eugene & Portland, Oregon, the CD displays the ferocity of their fans and the electricity their live show.

Drawing heavily from north Mississippi trance blues, a bit from the hills of Appalachia and stealing energy from punkabilly, Portland Oregon duo Hillstomp create a raucous hill country blues stomp with a fiery youth and vigor. It comes clanging and tumbling out of an assortment of vintage mics, buckets, cans and BBQ lids drenched in rambunctious slide guitar.

In the spring of 2001, Hillstomp was born in a basement (of course) in Portland, OR. It was the bastard child of Henry Kammerer and John Johnson's mutual need to make music and drink beer. Within a few weeks the Guitar/"Drum" duo played their first open mic to a rousing and slightly scary response. Unfortunately, John's drumset (cardboard box, plastic bucket and Weber grill lid) didn't survive the ordeal, so the pair went back under the basement stairs to build some new drums and practice.

In June 2002, Hillstomp emerged from the dust and dark with a raucous brand of hill country blues rock stomp. It is a visceral music that makes you want to stomp your feet, shake your butt and love your neighbor. Whether playing original songs, traditionals, or the occasional revamped blues classic, Hillstomp has duct-taped together a distinctive sound that quickly bubbled upward in Portland's roots, blues and alternative-music circles. Their do-it-yourself brand of minimal gothic junkbox blues differs drastically from the 12-bar blues style listened to by your uncle. A whole different approach.

Following two E.P's, in 2004, Hillstomp revealed their first full-length self-released album One Word to a sold out and nearly rabid crowd at the White Eagle Saloon in Portland. The album was met with favorable reviews from far and wide, and obtained airplay at over 150 radio stations across the USA.

While Hillstomp toured behind this CD, they found the time to record, The Woman that Ended the World, which was released in October 2005. The album received rave reviews nationally (Magnet), overseas (UK, Norway & Italy), and debuted at #15 on the USA¹s Roots Airplay chart. Locally, the album was chosen as the Best Local Album of the year by the Willamette Week, (Portland¹s largest weekly) ahead of indie favorites The Decemberists and Sleater-Kinney. The album was also rated Top 50 of 2006 by UK¹s Blues Matters magazine.

In 2006, Hillstomp was invited overseas where they wowed the crowds at the Open House Blues Festival in Belfast and the Spitz Festival of Blues in London, and in 2007, they performed in Italy. They¹ve been featured on BBC and Italian radio. Hillstomp continues touring non-stop in the United States: They¹ve developed fanbases in cities up and down the West coast and performed as far east as Detroit. Along the way, they¹ve shared bills with Split Lip Rayfield, Avett Brothers, Scott Biram, Michelle Malone, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Lucero, Two Gallants, and Drag the River, to name a few. They¹ve also showcased their live act on local radio shows across the country including OPB¹s LiveWire.

Their new release, After Two But Before Five, wails into existence and rumbles into the RL Burnside song, "Goin Down South" with the crowd howling as the show begins. The CD features favorites of Hillstomp¹s past two releases while showcasing new gems like "Dark Clouds a-Risin¹" by Fred McDowell, "Rollin¹ & Tumblin¹" and the shoe-stompin¹ closer "Stewball". You can wait for Hillstomp to come to your town or pick up this CD and slip it into your playerŠand Hillstomp will never leave your living room again.

   

Humboldt Brews reopens after remodel
When Humboldt Brews closed its doors for the summer, its 15 employees didn't realize that the supposed three-month break would turn into a half-year remodel that would change the entire layout and look of the venue leaving only the kitchen and bar relatively untouched. Read More   
Sara Bareilles brings her 'Little Voice' home
Artists and record companies have been fighting illegal downloading for years. They feel that their music is being stolen and want to receive money for these downloads. Read More   
The Lonely H's at The Vista
Four of the five members of The Lonely H just graduated high school in June of '07 and went on their first ever U.S. tour for two months. Now they're back at it - and dropped out of college to pursue the rock 'n' roll dream. So they mean it! And have the sound to back it up.

Swaddled tight in the electrified buckskin of their classic rock-n-roll forefathers, our five Washington braves set out to blanket America in a hot winter blizzard. Don't be fooled by the silk strands tucked behind their ears: what the maps don't tell you is that all-night drives make for better lives, deer come out of nowhere, and what parents don't know (night after night) won't kill them.

The Lonely H spent their graduation summer [2007] touring coast-to-coast in support of their new record and got a glimmer of the mission they were born to undertake. Tour is a magical place where every stage, no matter how high, is a new opportunity to deliver the goods. Armed with melodies that sound like letters to Penthouse etched on colored vinyl, the band lifted, lightened, and gave rise to every technical challenge. Bulletins started coming in over the wire from fans and bloggers [MSNBC, The New York Post, CMJ]. So, from Memphis to Manhattan went pockets full of picks, licks, pianos, and the living-loving swagger that has happily intoxicated the Pacific Northwest the last few years.

Thanks to these starlit marauders, Port Angeles can sometimes sound like the good parts of 1970's Los Angeles depending what Saturday night they're home. Idling the van for a wise fall quarter at the University Of Washington, the H cracked books and fantasized with giddy relief about their soon-to-be-months out on the road in 2008. They can handle it, mama. Not only did they survive the twelfth grade riding ferries to play rock shows on school nights, they simultaneously penned and released two albums with heart and heat to match [Kick Upstairs (2006) and Hair (2007) ­ The Control Group].

See you next year...without a signed permission slip.

"The achingly epic vocal and lead piano belongs in a stadium full of bell bottoms and lighters raised heavenward." ­MSNBC

"Taut live shows swirled with swank three-part vocal harmonies earned the band a 'don't miss this' reputation." ­SPIN

"Truly infectious old-school rock n' roll." ­The New York Post

"Talk about overachievers." ­CMJ

   

AS PRESENTS TEGAN AND SARA
AS Presents Tegan and Sara on Saturday, April 19th at 9 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, Humboldt State University. Folk-rock duo Tegan and Sara first burst onto the Canadian music scene in 1998, when they earned the highest score in history at Calgary's "Garage Warz" competition. Their quick rise didn't stop, for their melodic acoustics and charming stage personas led to a slew of dates with Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair that same year and a record deal with Neil Young's Vapor Records. In 2007, Tegan sang backup on a song on new Sire labelmate Against Me!'s album New Wave, and the twins, who had by now moved far from the singer/songwriter mold and were more interested in exploring pop, punk, and indie rock, came out with Christopher Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie) who produced The Con. Tickets are $25 general and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    
multitude of musicians
Redwood Coast musicians comprising a trio of chamber groups will perform rare works by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach and classic ragtime numbers on Sunday at 8 p.m. in Humboldt State University’s Fulkerson Recital Hall. Read More   
Drumming up donation
Redwood Music Festival donated $7,000 to the Northern Humboldt Union High School District. CitiGroup/Smith Barney funded the grant which was used to purchase nine pan drums for the ArMack Music program foundation. Read More   
Jazz alliance sponsors show at Humboldt State University
On Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., four jazz improvisers, at the invitation of the Redwood Jazz Alliance, will join together on stage at Fulkerson Recital Hall at Humboldt State University for a singular night of musical exploration. Read More   
Plus ça change THE HUM by Bob Doran
By capitalizing the “S” in the middle of BeauSoleil, the Cajun band’s name becomes beautiful sun, but the truth is the band is named for an Acadian resistance fighter. Joseph Broussard Beausoleil fought the English in the mid-1700s during what is known as The Great Upheaval (or Le Grand Dérangement), when a British governor removed 10,000 French Acadians living in Nova Scotia from their homes by force. A number of them ended up in Louisiana. Living in the backwoods and bayous, they managed to hold onto at least some of their Acadian/Cajun culture through the years. Read More   
George Clinton & P-Funk Come To Mateel
George Clinton & P-Funk Come To Mateel Black & Red Ball February 8

On Friday, February 8th the Mothership will be landing in Redway as the one and only George Clinton and Parliament/ Funkadelic make their first ever Humboldt County appearance at the Mateel Community Center’s Black & Red Ball. Guaranteed to be a marathon evening of cosmic funk featuring more than 30 costumed musicians orchestrated by the legendary George Clinton (aka Dr. Funkenstein), this show is sure to be one of the Mateel’s all-time concerts to remember. Additionally, this event will feature the return of the Mateel tradition of the Black & Red Ball, which sees the hall swanked out in these namesake colors with hopes that attendees do the same.

So dig out your finest and funkiest Black & Red attire and get your tickets now for what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the P-Funk spectacle at an intimate venue like the Mateel Community Center. Doors open at 8:00pm and music is set to begin at 8:30. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $75. 2008 Mateel members receive a $5 discount when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Tickets are over 50% sold out as of press time, so don’t delay another minute in getting yours. For more information visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368 and don’t miss the Mateel Community Center’s Black & Red Ball with George Clinton and Parliament/ Funkadelic on Friday, February 8th. All proceeds benefit the Mateel Community Center and will support ongoing efforts to keep the hall open and programs alive.    

The Moon Mountain Ramblers
The Moon Mountain Ramblers (Acoustic Americana) from Bend, Oregon have been taken the high desert by storm. Ramblin' in from all parts of the territory, the Moon Mountain Ramblers have drawn five musicians together to create an original high desert sound and a soulful interpretation of traditional bluegrass, jazz/swing and country tunes. With two albums already under their belts the Ramblers have started touring outside of central Oregon to help promote their newest effort “Let It All Be Good” due out Spring ‘08. The band is also pleased to announce the addition of their newest band member Dale Largent (of Taarka) on djembe and percussion.

The Ramblers consist of Dan McClung slappin' the upright bass and blowin' the harmonica, Jenny Harada playing the fiddle, Joe Schulte choppin' the mandolin and singing along with Matt Hyman pickin' the guitar and singing with Dale Largent holding it down on percussion.

“The Best band I saw at 4 Peaks on Sat. was Bend’s own Americana string band the Moon Mountain Ramblers”. Ben Salmon (music reporter the Bulletin) ”They're self-described “high-desert soulgrass”. Built on more of a jazz and blues, than bluegrass foundation, the combo likes to embark on polyphonic sprees and improvisational interludes”. (Joe Ross, music writer Bluegrass Now) Voted the "Best Band in Central Oregon for 2004" by The Source

The Moon Mountain Ramblers have performed at festivals throughout Oregon including: the Sisters Folk Festival, Siskiyou Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks Music Festival, Prospect Bluegrass Festival, Bend Brew along with other festivals.

The Ramblers have also been featured at these venues: Les Schwab Amphitheatre, the Grove, Tower Theatre, the Domino Room, the Old Stone Church, McMenamins -St. Francis School (Bend, Or.) the LaurelThirst, the Goodfoot, McMenamins -Edgefield’s, Grand Lodge, Rock Creek Tavern (PDX) Alex's Resturant (Ashland, Or.) Cozmic Pizza (Eugene,Or) Pine Meadow Ranch (Sisters, Or.)

The Ramblers have shared the stage with: The David Grisman Quintet, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Jackstraw, the Gourds, Hot Buttered Rum, New Monsoon, Sneakin’ Out, Taarka and others.

The Moon Mountain Ramblers will be at the JAMBALAYA RESTAURANT in Arcata Friday Feb. 1, 2008 at 10 p.m. Morgan Corviday will be opening.   

EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR REGGAE RISING 2008
EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR REGGAE RISING 2008 ON SALE JANUARY 24TH!

For Immediate Release:

[Humboldt, County, CA January 22, 2008]

Early Bird Tickets for this years Reggae Rising Music Festival go on sale Thursday, January 24th at 4:20PM on the Reggae Rising Website www.reggaerising.com.

The festival takes place on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Dimmick Ranch and French’s Camp in Piercy, California and will feature three days of camping and world renowned reggae music, situated along the picturesque Eel River.

Show: Reggae Rising Music Festival 2nd Annual Where: Dimmick Ranch / Frenchs Camp When: August 1st, 2nd, 3rd Early Bird Tickets: On Sale January 24th @ 4:20PM

Early Bird Tickets are Three (3) Day General Admission Tickets. Limited quantity available. Get yours before they're gone.

VIP Upgrades will be available in the near future as will camping. Stay tuned for details.

The first artist lineup announcements are close at hand so keep an eye on the website!

   

“THE SOUTH SIDE” BLUES RADIO SHOW EXPANDS TO THREE HOURS
FERNDALE, CA – After nearly seven years on local airwaves, Blues / R & B radio show, “The South Side” expands to three hours beginning this Friday, January 25th, now airing from 7 to 10pm Pacific time each Friday night.

“The South Side” is an energetic and satisfying mix of classic Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul music from the last fifty-plus years along with new releases and occasional artist interviews and tributes. Host Chas Lewis – a musician himself – also maintains a companion website at www.thesouthside.org which includes playlists from each week’s show as well as a large collection of links and information for blues fans.

Weekly show playlists are also posted with the Roots Music Report, on the Blues-L listserv and the Yahoo Group, Blues-dj.

For six-plus years, The South Side aired on a local public radio station, moving to top-rated commercial station KHUM in August of 2007.

With studios in Ferndale, CA, KHUM, “Radio Without the Rules,” can be heard in Humboldt County and parts of Mendocino, Trinity and Del Norte Counties at 104.3 and 104.7 FM and streaming online at www.khum.com.

   

Always Going Somewhere The Hum 1/24
Redwood Jazz Alliance brings in Four M's, plus NWOBHM, Kirtan and Reggae biz

Unless you're up to date on the world of contemporary jazz, the names Myra Melford and Marty Ehrilch may not mean much to you. New Yorker magazine included the duo's 2007 release, Spark!, on a short list of the best of the year. Pianist Melford has also earned acclaim for her work with Trio M, where she works with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson. Saturday, Jan. 26, the always-forward thinking Redwood Jazz Alliance brings both the duo and the trio to Arcata for a show at Fulkerson Recital Hall that will also include a combination of the two, an unnamed quartet with all four M's.

Melford called from her Berkeley home to talk about the show, about jazz in general, and the "progressive jazz" she plays. I asked what she thought about the New Yorker review where the music she made with clarinet/saxophone player Ehrilch was described as "thorny."

"I think of it as quite melodic actually," she said with just a hint of defensiveness. "We use a lot of melodies and harmonic chord progressions and different kinds of grooves. It's not like traditional straight-ahead jazz by any means. But it's using song form a lot. We base out improvisations off of songs that Marty and I each write. And since we have both been influenced by a lot of the more experimental music of the '60s and beyond, our improvisational vocabulary includes that kind of thing the New Yorker refers to as 'thorny,' those kinds of textures or whatever. But I would say it's just that there's a lot of exuberance in the music, a lot of energy. That's how I think about it."

As Melford noted, the starting point for a new kind of jazz was innovative '60s improvisers like Henry Threadgill, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. I wondered, where is jazz going now? "It's always going somewhere," she answered. "It's hard to say where. For me? Well, I don't know. I think I'm on this path where I'm always looking for new sounds — that may mean new instruments or new combinations of instruments, new approaches or strategies for improvisation."

(For more of the conversation with Melford check the North Coast Journal Blogthing at ncjournal.wordpress.com.)

Thursday at Humboldt Brews, catch Del Mar, featuring drummer Bud Gaugh of Sublime fame. Note: The seaside name Del Mar reflects the band's oceanic Dick Dale-style surf sound, not their home base: They're touring out of Reno, this time out on the road with Sacto-based power rock trio SexRat.

Add this to the you-learn-something-new-every-day file. I was at a loss translating the acronym in the p.r. (press release) from HFRA (Humboldt Free Radio Alliance) for a Friday night Alibi show describing Trigger Renegade's music as "NWOBHM-inspired rock." Wikipedia informs me that NWOBHM stands for New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a sound that emerged in the late in the UK, "as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. The NWOBHM toned down the blues influences of earlier acts, upped the tempo, and adopted a tougher sound, taking a more hardcore approach." The Alibi show also includes The Zygoats playing some sort of post-NWOBHM music.

If you've been to The Works lately you might have seen the petition demanding a reunion of The Hitch, a beloved local metal quartet who have been on a long hiatus. Those who can't wait may want to hit the show at the Alibi Saturday with Machete and Side Iron since each band includes a former Hitch member. There's definitely a metallic taste in the music of Oakland-based Tempest, who typically describe themselves as a Celtic band. Watch Norwegian front man Lief Sorbye launch into a shredding solo on his double-necked electric mando Saturday at Blue Lake Casino and you'll know his roots are in rock. Blue Lake groove rockers Kulica are getting back into the gigging swing. Friday at Red Fox Tavern they share the bill with youngsters Steel Toed Slippers, who are gearing up for a big show in February marking their first CD release. More on that later.

Friday at Six Rivers: Hellbound Glory, a band out of Aberdeen Wash. via Reno playing a sort of neo-outlaw country they call "scumbag country" with songs about drinking, drugs, hard livin' ("like a head-on collision") and general rowdiness. As they brag on their MySpace, they are "officially banned from [Reno bar] Shea's Tavern for kickin' over pitchers and raisin' a ruckus." Also on Friday, a return visit to Calvary Lutheran in Eureka by the young San Francisco Opera Center Singers as part of the ongoing Eureka Chamber Music Series. More singing Friday at the Jambalaya as assorted rockers go acoustic getting all introspective and singer/songwritery. Well, maybe. Clay Smith from the dear departed Rubberneckers, Bret Bailey from Que La and Common Vice, Brett "the Truck" Schuler from Henpecker and Pete Ciotti from The Nucleus all have a few songs so sing. We'll see how acoustic they keep it. The just-mentioned Pete celebrates his 30th birthday Saturday doing what he loves to do, playing drums with The Nucleus. His b-day party at Humboldt Brews also includes a set by gypsy-jammers Absynth Quintet. Earlier in the evening, Ryan Roberts from Absynth will be at Libation with that other gypsy jazz combo, the Tom Toohey Trio. And the night before (Friday), members of both those bands play with the fiddlin' Rob and Joli of Cuckoo's Nest for the Westhaven Center's annual "Django Swing Concert" celebrating Django Reinhardt's birthday. It's blues time Saturday at the Jam with "string-twanging" guitarist Catfish Keith, a man who loves his National Reso-Phonic guitars (he's an official dealer) and plays them with relish.

Monday is not typically a big night for music, but this coming Monday, Jan. 28, brings a couple of touring acts to town. At the Jambalaya you have Woven, an ambient electronic rock outfit from L.A. who put out a couple of discs for Interscope. They share the bill with Deric Mendes' band, Tanuki. As Deric explains the band name was chosen because the mythical Japanese creature the tanuki had shapeshifting abilities. From the beginning, that was the plan for the band. "We originally started with acoustic guitar and cello," said Deric, "but we're getting to be more of a rock band. I've gone to electric and added more distortion. Now it's more a Brain Eno-inspired rock band." And a last minute addition to the Red Fox calendar brings Def Jux rapper Mr. Lif back to town for a Monday night show also including DJ Choc-Won, J the Sarge and others, for an evening of "industrial polka sprinkled with a wee bit o' bagpipe," according to the promoter, who adds, "it's really hip-hop in case you didn't know."

At the Mateel Friday, Taz presents "Blow Big," a Bay Area hip hop showcase with Indian rapper Haji Springer, Dubee, J-Diggs, Crest Creepaz, Bavgate, The Jacka, Rydah J Clyde, Miami Da Most and others. A bar upstairs for the 21+ crowd benefits the Mateel.

Did you miss seeing Clinton at Redwood Acres? Tickets for the Mateel visit by the other Clinton, Funkadelic's (George) Clinton, are about half gone. Get 'em while you can.

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer, aka Shantala, come to Arcata's Community Yoga Center Tuesday, Jan. 29, for an evening of the sacred Indian call and response chanting known as Kirtan. As Benjy explains, Kirtan is a yoga practice. "Most people think of yoga as postures or breathing, but there are so many other kinds, including the Indian classical tradition that I come from, Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound and vibration. Nada Yoga finds a beautiful meeting ground with Bhakti Yoga, which is the yoga of pure love and devotion in the Kirtan. The focus is on becoming aware of our essence and opening the heart."

Speaking of open hearts, my favorite folkrockers, Joanne Rand and the Rhythm of the Open Hearts play Friday at Mosgo's. Ali Nelson opens.

Reggae? You got it Tuesday at the Red Fox with D.C.-based SoJa mixing in a bit of dub. Humboldt's own Jah Sun opens. Reggae clash? You've got that too. A note from Dimmick Ranch indicates that the efforts to settle the Mateel v. People Productions/Dimmick Ranch legal dispute out of court have failed. (See reggaeblog.wordpress.com for details.) That means the two sides will lay out their respective cases before an arbitration judge starting Monday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Red Lion in Eureka. Proceedings are open to the public. Meanwhile, a note comes from People Productions announcing that "Early bird tickets for this years Reggae Rising Music Festival go on sale Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4:20 p.m. on the Reggae Rising website (www.reggaerising.com)." Reggae Rising is planned for the first weekend in August, same as lat year, and the same as Reggae on the River before it. According to Mateel board member Garth Epling, the main sticking point in negotiations regarding the lease for Dimmick Ranch was the fact that "the Mateel wants to preserve its ability to put on a local festival using the Reggae on the River name." As a result of the negotiation breakdown, the warring parties seem to be opting for what the Mateel's lawyer, Bill Bragg, describes as "the nuclear option." Well, I guess that's one way to achieve peace.

   

Pre-trial reggae accord off the table
A pre-trial settlement between Tom Dimmick, People Productions and the Mateel Community Center over breach of contract allegations for the Reggae on the River festival is about as likely as snow on the beach, according to the parties: Possible but doubtful. Read More   
Redwood Jazz finds the perfect combination
ARCATA – Like many ideas, the Redwood Jazz Alliance sprang from a combination of fatigue and dinner, founding member Eric Neel explained. Along with some other jazz aficionados Neel had traveled, once again, to the Bay Area for a show. Tired of the driving and the expense, they wondered, why not form their own organization and bring world-class jazz to Humboldt County. Read More   
FIRST CONFIRMED ACTS FOR THE 2008 "REGGAE RISING MUSIC FESTIVAL"
[Humboldt, County, CA January 24, 2008] People Productions and the Dimmick Ranch are pleased to announce the first confirmed acts for the 2008 Reggae Rising Music Festival, August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, at the Dimmick Ranch and French’s Camp in Piercy, California.

This year’s lineup promises to be unparalleled, and we're proud to announce: UB40, Junior Reid with Andrew & Wada Blood, Don Carlos, Gentleman, Tanya Stephens, SPECIAL BLACK UHURU set featuring DON CARLOS and JUNIOR REID with SLY & ROBBIE. Please check our website frequently as this is only the beginning!!! Many more acts TBA.

Early Bird tickets are ON SALE TODAY @ 4:20PM and can be purchased online with a credit card by visiting our website at www.reggaerising.com.

For more information on Reggae Rising call the hotline at 707-923-4583.

Early Bird Tickets are Three (3) Day General Admission Tickets. Limited quantity available. Get yours before they're gone.   

Delta Nationals to release new studio-recorded CD
The Delta Nationals will release its new CD “All Over the Map” at swing dance teacher Bruce Hart’s ninth 50th birthday party Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Arcata Community Center. Read More   
Mateel Community Center Open For Business
With the coming of 2008, after a full staff layoff and 6 months of “low power mode,” the Mateel Community Center is happy to announce that it is once again open and at your service. Embarking on a new business plan that seeks to create a sustainable Mateel by emphasizing income through hall rentals, in-house events and festivals, grants, membership, merchandise, and services for hire, back in the office to spearhead this effort are newly rehired staff members, Katz Boose (who will handle administrative and hall rental duties), Justin Crellin (talent and marketing coordinator), and Casandra Taliafero (on merchandise, membership, and special projects). Also on the team are Gina Guinn (bookkeeper), Heather Parker (hall caretaker), Ashley Wilma (vendor coordinator), and Cathy Miller (sponsorship and ads), who together will cover the full range of hall and office duties with the help of a dedicated collection of volunteers.

At the heart of this new plan is expanded use of the hall and a new rental fee structure designed to encourage diverse usage of the space throughout the week. Weekend for-profit rentals are now offered at $1250 and weekdays are $1000. Non-profit renters will still receive a subsidized fee of $600 for weekends and $400 on weekdays. Current interest in the calendar is high, and as much advance notice as possible will allow for the best range of date options, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. The MCC hall and its’ commercial kitchen are also available for a price of $50 per hour for those looking to do classes, food preparation, meetings, or low impact events.

Additionally, the Mateel office will now offer a variety of event related services to accommodate the needs of hall renters. Among these are discount color printing of posters and brochures, local event marketing services, and a variety of hall and stage configurations to accommodate renter needs. Call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to [email protected] to express your interest in calendar dates or any of the above services.

Memberships are also still the lifeblood of the organization and, with nearly 300 members already signed up for 2008, it is looking like the goal of 1000 members by the end of the year is well within reach. New membership categories have been added and the 2008 structure offers an individual membership for $30 ($15 for teens/ seniors), family for $55, business for $100, and lifetime for $1000. All memberships come with one vote in the board of directors election (family memberships receive two), discounts on Mateel sponsored events and merchandise, monthly event emails, and lots more. Also look for a big spring membership drive happening soon throughout Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

To become a member or renew your membership in advance of the spring drive please come by the Mateel office. Business hours are from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and this is also your one stop shop for MCC gear, tickets to Mateel sponsored events, general information, copier services, or to sign up as a volunteer. Volunteer energy is always needed at events, for office coverage, at the regular Wednesday work party, and as hall liaisons. Immediate needs are for responsible people who can commit to one day a week helping with secretarial duties in the office and for people somewhat familiar with the hall to train to act as hall liaisons at various rental events.

For an overview of how 2008 rentals, classes, and in-house programs are shaping up, please go to www.mateel.org. You can also visit the new Mateel Community Center myspace page at www.myspace.com/mateelcc and sign up as a friend of MCC. An in-house event brochure is also available at the Mateel office for those without internet access. Contact the MCC office at 923-3368 for more info or just drop by and get involved in the great things happening at your Mateel Community Center.    

George Clinton Tickets Going Fast
With the Mateel Community Center’s February 8th engagement with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic less than two weeks away, now is the time to get your tickets if you’ve been holding off. About 2/3 sold out as of press time, this intimate evening with the legendary P-Funk for the Black & Red Ball is sure to be a marathon night of cosmic funk that will go in down in the Mateel history books. Not only will this be George Clinton’s inaugural appearance at the venue, but it will also amazingly be the bands’ first ever Humboldt County performance, which is guaranteed to “blow the roof off the sucka.”

Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $75. 2008 MCC members receive a $5 discount when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 8:30. A variety of finger foods, desserts, refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase. So dig out your finest and funkiest black and red attire and get your tickets for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the one and only Mateel Community Center on Friday, February 8th. For more information contact the Mateel office at 923-3368 or via email at [email protected] All proceeds from this event benefit MCC and will support ongoing efforts to keep the hall open and programs alive.

   

George Clinton Tickets Going Fast

Mateel Now Accepting Summer Arts & Music Festival Talent Applications
The Mateel Community Center is currently accepting applications from entertainers of all varieties to perform at the 32nd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. Slated to occur May 31st and June 1st, the 2008 festival will continue the more than 30 year tradition of family fun on the shores of the Eel River. Featuring more than four stages, which host a of diverse array of arts entertainment, nearly 100 performance opportunities are currently available for bands, musicians, kid’s entertainers, dance and theatrical troupes, comedians, performance artists, storytellers, speakers, and more. To receive an application to perform at the festival, call 923-3368 ext. 25 or send an email to [email protected] and an application will be mailed to you. The application is also now available on the Mateel website at www.mateel.org.

The performer application deadline is Wednesday, March 5th and all applications must be postmarked by this date to be considered eligible. Applicants will then be notified of their festival status in April.

Applications for crafters, commercial and non-profit food vendors, and information booths are not available at this time, but will be available online by mid-February. To receive a vendor application when available, call Ashley at 923-3368 ext. 31 or send an email with your name and address to [email protected]

For more info on the 32nd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake, check out the festival’s website at www.mateel.org or call (707) 923-3368.

   

I Made a MySpace - the Hum January 31, 2008
This Sunday she'll be singing a "damn" song about Humboldt's MySpace scene, and in connection with that she threw in a little trivia contest on her last ... Read more   
THREE FUNKY KINGS, PORTER BATISTE STOLTZ
Their time has come at last. After spending years, even decades, providing some of the greatest backline support New Orleans music has heard, brilliant sidemen George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste Jr., and Brian Stoltz, (Porter Batiste Stoltz) are ready for their close-up.

Everyone else who hears Porter Batiste Stoltz believes, too, which is why their fall tour dates, and the prospect of a new album from the group, is reason to get excited. There’s no denying the trio’s pedigree, and their chops are miles wide and oceans deep.

The band’s debut album, Expanding the Funkin’ Universe (2005), offered funk, groove, fusion, rock, hyphenated style freakout. The new album promises to feature more focus and less wild-eyed indulgence. Porter explains “We’ve taken a real step forward in the groove and we learned some things from the first record that’s made this next one really special.” Stay tuned for information on the new album release as it becomes available.

GEORGE PORTER JR.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. Back in 1965, Porter joined on with the Meters, considered by many to be the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and gained recognition as one of the scene’s elite bass players. www.georgeporterjr.com

RUSSELL BATISTE JR.

As a member of one of N’awlins legendary musical families, Russell Batiste Jr. knows his way around a sound stage. He’s played multiple instruments, and has been at the drum kit since the age of four. Russell joined the Funky Meters in 1989 and, like Porter, has played with a wide variety of performers.

www.russellbatiste.com

BRIAN STOLTZ

Brian Stoltz’s playing is a perfect fusion of virtuosity, emotion, and instinct, and the combination has helped him to develop a reputation as one of New Orleans’ most sought after guitar players. Stoltz originally made a name for himself with the Neville Brothers, then later the Funky Meters with Batiste and Porter.

www.brianstoltz.com

February 07 Red Fox Tavern Eureka CA    

THE HUMBOLDT FOLKLIFE SOCIETY PRESENTS...
(1) Square Dance on Friday, February 22nd

(2) Freshwater Bluegrass Jam on First Thursdays

(3) Save the Date! -- Karan Casey in March

(4) Festival Call

(1) Square Dance

Our next Square Dance will be Friday, February 22nd, starting at 8 pm at the Arcata Veterans' Memorial Building (14th & J Streets). Tara Stetz will call with The Striped Pig String Band. Admission is $7 general, $6 HFS members; kids and seniors are admitted free of charge. For more information, please call Tara at 442-3646.

(2) Bluegrass Jam

The Freshwater Grange Bluegrass Jam begins at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month. The first hour, from 7-8 pm, is open to any level of bluegrass player. After 8 pm, the jam will progress to an advanced player's circle. People who are still developing their playing and singing skills will be welcome to stay and listen (instead of participating) during the later set.

The Freshwater Grange is located at 49 Grange Road in Freshwater, near Garfield School, just a few miles up Freshwater Road from 3 Corners. For more information, please call Judy at 443-4258. Hope to see you there!

(3) Karan Casey Band

We're working to bring Irish singer Karan Casey back to Humboldt the first week in March, so pencil it in on your musical calendar! Karan has one of the best voices to come out of Ireland -- she was the lead singer for Solas, is a guest with Lunasa, and is the featured vocalist for Paul Winter's latest Grammy winner -- and she is bringing a cellist, guitarist and pianist on this tour. Should be fabulous! Video and sounds are at http://www.folkloreproductions.com/KaranCasey.html We'll let you know the final details as soon as we have them.

(4) Festival Call

If you are interested in playing this year's 30th Annual Folklife Festival and haven't contacted us yet, please let us know by February 15th by emailing [email protected] We will need a demo if you have not played a Folklife event in recent years -- so please send us an mp3 or drop a cd to the PO Box this week with your current work!

(HFS, Attn. Festival; PO Box 1061, Arcata, CA 95518)

See you at the Music!

The HFS Team   

In Pursuit of Happiness - The Hum 2/7
The other Clinton gets funky at the Mateel, Steel Toed Slippers CD release at Mazzotti's

He's the master of the psychedelic funk he branded funkadelic, the spacey Captain of the Mothership. With James gone, you could say George Clinton is the funkiest man on Earth. The music he made with various iterations of his bands Parliament and Funkadelic was sampled left, right and sideways to become the basis of hip hop. Did he reap the profits? Not yet, but he's working on it. When we talked last week, he detailed the status of his court cases. He has the lawyer from the Hendrix estate working to reassert the rights to his back catalogue and associated royalties. He's won his first case and is awaiting a damage judgment. And when he becomes a millionaire, what's his plan? "I'll just go around doing shows, having fun funkin," he told me. Isn't that what you're already doing? "I'm not going to learn any new habits. I'll just keep funking it up, going fishing, maybe I'll buy me some Viagra."

Just what does that word funk mean to you?

"It's what you do to survive. You do the best you can, then funk it. It's an attitude. You funk it, hang loose. It's the Force. You do the best you can, take some blues and start jammin' — that's funk music. You just get in and jam and get funky. You don't blow your mind about it, you just do the best you can."

But when you got going at the end of the '60s it seemed like you were all about blowing minds.

"You see it was a positive blow then. You'd get fucked up and it was positive, but then it started becoming literal, and people were thinking they had to be crazy to do this. You got to be in charge of your crazy so whatever you funk up, you're still in control. It's not always easy."

And you have no regrets?

"Nah. I'm having a ball. In the pursuit of happiness, I'm successful. I don't ever want to catch it. The pursuit is what it's about. I'm still going after it."

Experience George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic in full pursuit Friday, Feb. 8, at the Mateel Community Center. Come dressed to impress: It's also the Mateel’s Black and Red Ball. Elsewhere on Friday, young rockers Steel Toed Slippers celebrate the release of their first CD, The Mixerfish Album, at Mazzotti's. I have no idea what a mixerfish might be, and what are Steel Toed Slippers anyway? Vocalist Emily Totten is somewhat vague, offering, "besides the name of our band a type of footwear I suppose." Drummer Matt Moss does not go much further saying, "I guess you could say, there are four of them in the whole world." Guitarist Will Nicoll gets deeper, "They're heavy but comfortable, intriguing but accessible and slightly assimilated, ponderable, but solid." Bobby Amirkhan, aka BassFury waxes poetic suggesting, "They're all the rage in Sweden. You may have thought clogs were in fashion there, but don't be fooled by shoe propaganda, they're all about the Steel Toed Slippers over there. But seriously, we're just a group of young and passionate musicians who want to make people think with our music while they dance and rock out." Note: The Mazzotti's show is all ages, so STS' high school classmates are welcome.

How 'bout some alt. hip hop? Head to the Red Fox Friday for a Portland crew including Sleep and Zelly Rock and Jon the Baptist and Peg Leg (of Science Non Fiction). Our own Republican Duck Hunters open. (I'm guessing you can read more about this one in the T-S' Northern Lights, since one of the Hunters is now the editor.)

Has it really only been a year since David Ferney and Jacqueline Dandeneau established the Arcata Playhouse? I guess so. They're celebrating the first anniversary Friday with Clüb Shampoo, a sometimes comic musical review with Lila Nelson, Jeff DeMark, Glasnost Gypsy Band, The Brendas, Joyce Hough and Fred Neighbor and many more.

Fans of the Neville Brothers and New Orleans funk in general will want to catch the PBS show Thursday at Red Fox. No, not the TV PBS, this is Porter-Batiste-Stoltz, as in George Porter Jr., bass player from The Meters, drummer Russell Batiste Jr. from The Funky Meters, and Brian Stoltz, guitarist for the Neville Bros.

It's Prom Night Saturday at the Vista. Well, not really, more like a dress-up Valentine show celebrating the return of former locals The Ian Fays, who are making it big (well, bigger) in San Francisco. They share the bill with former bandmate Julia Cupp's fine band The Broken Hearts and another iteration of thelittlestillnotbigenough. Formal wear encouraged. They'll have a photo corner for those who want souvenirs.

They're calling Saturday's show at the Pearl Lounge "The Portland Bluegrass Invasion," and the three bands, Whiskey Puppy, Chickweed and Clampit, Gaddis & Buck, are on their way home from the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival — but be forewarned: The bands from Oregon are more alt. old timey than straight-ahead bluegrass. For real bluegrass try The Del McCoury Band, who play the night before at HSU (more details in the calendar section) or for the local version, Thursday, Feb. 7, is the Compost Mountain Boys monthly gig at Humboldt Brews. Don't know how it happened, but that day is also the first in a monthly series of first-Thursday-of-the-month Humboldt Folklife Society Bluegrass Jams held at the Freshwater Grange with fiddler Judy Hageman hosting. If it lines up that way every month, y'all might wanna think about moving the Folklife Jam to another night.

After a semi-soft opening, Aunty Mo's kicks in to seven-day mode this week, running noon-2 a.m. daily. DJ Joe-E spins what new owner Justin describes as "totally gay dance music" on Thursdays, former ELFS DJ, Blancatron is there Saturdays and DJ Miyagi takes it back to the '80s Sundays. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host a grand opening Mystery Ball Mardi-Gras Masquerade Ball and Coat Drive this Sunday at noon. Bring a coat, sleeping bag or warm blanket for the homeless and you get in for just $2.

It was 10 years ago when San Diego indie rockers Armistead Burwell "Zach" Smith IV (of Three Mile Pilot) and Rob Crow (from Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) joined forces as Pinback. While Rob has been here a few times, I don't recall the duo ever playing Humboldt. That changes Monday, Feb. 11, when Pinback hits the Kate Buchanan Room with geek/gangsta rapper Chris Ward IV, aka mc chris.

Blue Cheer's debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, provided the soundtrack for countless high school stoner parties circa 1968. Forty years later the power trio is still playing the psychedelic blues and hard rock that eventually came to be known as heavy metal and/or stoner rock. Local stoner metal band Machete opens for them Monday at Six Rivers.

Remove all but the drummer and percussionist from the jamband String Cheese Incident, add some synths and looping devices and you get EOTO, (End of Time Observatory). Groove to the burbling rhythms of Michael Travis and Jason Hann Monday at the Red Fox.

Wednesday at the above mentioned Arcata Playhouse, an evening of politically-charged folk with ace songwriter/deep thinker/activist/poet Jim Page, on the road with Citizen Band, who note on their website, "Our guiding vision is simple. We believe that capitalism sucks and there are all these fucking greedy capitalists bent on ruling the world and wreaking destruction on all living things. The fight to change all this is long, hard, and sometimes sickening and laughter is the only medicine that everyone can afford. So we go for laughter in quantity (especially since we’re not that good at music)."

Feb. 6 is the day Bob Marley was born. There's a touch of irony in the fact that I'll spend much of his birthday in a room at the Red Lion, where warring parties battle over Reggae contracts in front of the grandson of the late Chief Justice Earl Warren.

The following Wednesday, Feb. 13, Sonoma-based reggae band Groundation brings its 8th annual Bob Marley Tribute Tour to Humboldt Brews. Special guest for the all-Marley music tour is guitarist, Will Bernard, who is up for a Grammy for his album, Party Hats. Incidentally, the disc features Groundation's drum/bass team Paul Spina and Ryan Newman on several tracks.

By chance that's also the day for the weekly Wednesday reggae night at Jambalaya featuring One Wise Sound with Aka Boom. And, in an unfortunate bit of counter programming, Wednesday is the day for High Voltage Reggae at Blue Lake Casino's Wave with your hosts Jah Sun and Ishi Dube (I'm told their back-up band is killer). I don't recall which club declared Reggae Wednesdays first. Let's hope it won't take a lawsuit to decide which show survives.

If you have cable TV and tune it to Access Humboldt Channel 12 this Friday at 10 p.m. you can catch Ishi on the debut of Live with Passion, a local music show hosted by Steve Watts of Passion Presents and a woman described in their p.r. as "the lovely Katie Mae." In the future the bi-weekly show will showcase music by Jah Sun, Moo-Got-2, Subliminal Sabotage and Mobile Chiefing Unit, maybe even the Steve Watts Band. Out on the town Friday night? Catch rebroadcasts Sundays at 11 p.m. and Thursdays at midnight. Live music at home? Now there's a conundrum.

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS GREG BROWN
CENTERARTS PRESENTS “ONE OF THE BEST SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN AMERICA,” GREG BROWN

CenterArts presents Greg Brown, who The Washington Post called “. . .one of the best singer-songwriters in America,” on Saturday, March 8th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Greg Brown has proven to be one of Humboldt County’s favorite folk musicians, and the Utne Reader called him “one of the truly great musicians of our time.” Tickets are $35 general, $33 Senior/child, $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

Greg Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice, and his unpretentious musical vision.

At 18, Greg won a contest to play an opening set for singer Eric Andersen in Iowa City, who then encouraged him to head east. Moving to New York, Greg landed a job at Gerdes Folk City in the Village running hootenannies. He recorded a couple of albums on his own then began working on A Prairie Home Companion and touring nationally.

Greg’s music is an intricate mix. It’s no wonder — he is an intricate mix of a person. Though a touring musician for over thirty years, he has never abandoned those things that move him deeply — family, home, poetry and the natural world. Music and words flow through him and he uses them to paint simple yet powerful images on a canvas of gospel, blues, country, rock, and jazz.

Greg formed a long lasting relationship with the Mid-Western record label Redhouse Records and released his sixteenth album with them in 1984 with, Milk of the Moon. In 1992 Greg released Dream Café which was also a huge critical success. The Washington Post called it an “unassuming triumph,” and in the opinion of Z Magazine, it rivaled Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks.

1994’s The Poet Game saw significant national radio play and earned not only critical raves, but also the Indie award for singer-songwriter Album of the Year. The Live One, released the next year, proved to be a fan favorite capturing the humor, warmth, insights, and spirit of his legendary live shows.

Greg continues to stay busy writing, recording and performing, and with the release of his new album The Evening Call, he will be performing at festivals and theaters across North America including a stop in the Van Duzer Theatre on March 8th.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
CenterArts presents an evening with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The historic Paul Simon album Graceland introduced the world to the lush a cappella harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and catapulted the group to international stardom. Since then, Ladysmith has recorded over 40 albums, establishing themselves as the number one record-selling group from Africa. Tickets are $38 general, $35 Senior/child, $32 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more than thirty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past three decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph Shabalala – then a young farmboy turned factory worker – the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala’s rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that they were eventually banned from competitions – although they were welcome to participate strictly as entertainers.

In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album – a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. A year later, Simon produced Black Mambazo’s first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Album. Since then, the group has scored eight more Grammy nominations.

In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, The Wynans, George Clinton and Ben Harper. In addition, Black Mambazo has been invited to perform at many special occasions. By special invitation from South African President Nelson Mandela, they performed for the Queen of England and the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The group has also performed at two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, a concert for Pope John Paul II in Rome, the South African Presidential inaugurations, the 1996 Summer Olympics and many other special events.

The group celebrated twelve years of democracy in the Republic of South Africa with the January 2006 release of Long Walk to Freedom, a collection of twelve new recordings of classic Mambazo songs with numerous special guests, including Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan and Zap Mama.

The newest offering by Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a tribute to Shaka Zulu, the iconic South African warrior who united numerous regional tribes in the late 1800s and became the first king of the Zulu nation. Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Daniel Lewis: Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Feb. 5, 2008
It seems like the more I go out the harder it gets to decide what I want to see. I’m a fan of a lot of bands around here and not only that, but feel rather responsible these days to put my two cents into this column and make some what of an impression on the reader to go see these bands and support the local scene. (I appreciate both of you readers, by the way.) Furthermore, there is an obligation to pass on to you a message of goodwill that is inspired by our community and the neverending battle to maintain a productive and cooperative “scene” worthy of not only writing about, but taking pride in. Read More   
Bandemonium! The Hum Feb 14
We'll start by forgiving the fact that the Mardi Gras/Carnaval Blow-Out and Dance Extravaganza coming up this weekend is on a Saturday, even though Mardi is French for Tuesday. Who wants to (or has time to) party on a Tuesday, what with work and all, even if it is Fat Tuesday? And we'll overlook the fact that the party's a bit late considering that we're already more than a week into Lent, since the Catholic origins of Carnival (or Carnaval if you prefer the Portuguese spelling) are often ignored.Read More   
Strix Vega: The anti-rockstar rockstars
You're not going to find over-inflated egos. Nor will you find surly attitudes, drinking problems, groupies, tattoos, drug references, ironic hipsterism or any of the other normal paraphernalia usually associated with the rockstar gestalt. Reqd More   
Joanne Rand to Wow Westhaven Center
The spot to mark on your entertainment calendar for Friday is the Westhaven Center for the Arts, located at 501 Westhaven Drive. The time to mark is 7:30 p.m., when an incredible amount of talent and tenacity will pour forth from the stage to the audience. The source of this is local favorite and Seattle legend Joanne Rand. Read More   
Making Sweet Music
The Eureka Symphony provides musicians of all ages a place to shine. Read More   
Ponche! Opens For Delta Nove
Who: Delta Nove & Ponche

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Saturday, March 1st (Doors- 7pm/ Music- 8pm)

Why: Great Latin funk, samba, and salsa to support the Mateel Community Center

Ponche! Opens For Delta Nove March 1st at Mateel

Freshly added to the Mateel Community Center’s evening with SoCal jam band, Delta Nove, on Saturday, March 1st, will be Humboldt’s favorite salsa band, Ponche!. Rounding out this spicy Latin line-up, Ponche’s Cuban style timba will be the perfect compliment to Delta Nove’s psychedelic samba, funk, and rock, which has earned them acclaim by both Relix Magazine and Jambase as one of the “top 10 bands to watch.”

Tickets will be available at the door only for a sliding scale donation. The minimum donation is $18 for MCC members and $20 general. Door proceeds support both the Mateel Community Center and Delta Nove. Doors open at 7pm with a gourmet dinner available for purchase and music will begin at 8:00. Stay tuned for more information soon and don’t miss what is sure to be an awesome musical mélange with Delta Nove and Ponche! on Saturday, March 1st. For more information call 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org. To hear Delta Nove’s music visit

www.myspace.com/mateelcc or go to www.deltanoveband.com.

   

Ponche! Opens For Delta Nove

The SoHum Soul Revival
What: The SoHum Soul Revival

Who: Judy Mowatt & Winston Jarrett with The Demolition Squad

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Saturday, March 8 (Doors-7pm/ Music-8pm)

Why: Real Roots Reggae in a celebration of International Women’s Day

SoHum Soul Revival Brings Classic Roots Reggae To Mateel March 8

On Saturday, March 8th, Friends of Reggae On The River present The SoHum Soul Revival at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. A spirited celebration in honor of International Women’s Day, this evening of roots reggae will feature two of the genre’s legendary artists. Headlining will be the one-and-only Judy Mowatt, who will return to SoHum for her first local performance in more than 10 years. Known for both her impressive solo career as well as her role as one of Bob Marley’s original backing vocalists, Judy Mowatt is revered as one of the true matriarchs of reggae music. Opening the show will be the classic Studio One recording artist, Winston Jarrett, for what is sure to be a night of real roots music with band support by The Demolition Squad.

Tickets for The SoHum Soul Revival are currently available online at www.inticketing.com and will hit the usual local outlets by Friday, February 22nd. Price is $25 in advance for MCC members, $30 general advance, and $35 at the door if available. Tickets for this show are expected to sell out, so purchasing your tickets in advance is advised. Don’t miss this chance to see two of reggae’s most enduring artists while celebrating International Women’s Day to support the Mateel Community Center. Doors open at 7pm and an ital dinner by Sue Moloney will benefit WISH. For more information on The SoHum Soul Revival call 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc.

   

The SoHum Soul Revival

Summer Arts Vendor & Talent Applications Now Available
Summer Arts Vendor & Talent Applications Now Available

Applications for handmade crafters, commercial and non-profit food vendors, and non-profit information booths interested in participating in the 32nd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake are now available and spaces come in a variety of sizes and prices. Handmade craft booths cost $140 for a 5x10 space, $190 for a 10x10 space, and $225 for a 10x10 corner location. Non-profit information booths are offered at $80 for a 5x10 space and $120 for a 10x10 space. Food booths are all 10x10 in size and are priced at $200 for non-profits and $270 for commercial vendors. To receive a vendor application, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 ext. 31 or send an email with your name and address to [email protected] You can also download a vendor application from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org. The deadline for vendors is Monday, March 31st and applications must be postmarked by this date to be eligible.

Applications are also currently available for entertainers of all varieties interested in participating in the event. Talent applications are available from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org or by mail. To receive a talent application by mail, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 and one will be sent to you. A complete talent application includes a CD or DVD and press kit and must be received by Wednesday, March 5th. For more information on the 32nd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area on May 31st and June 1st, check out the festival’s website at www.mateel.org or call (707) 923-3368.

   

CenterArts presents Midori
CenterArts presents Midori, Violin with Robert McDonald, Piano on Wednesday, April 9th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The Washington Post described a recent performance by Midori as “There is subtlety of gesture in Midori’s playing, depth of emotional expression and a level of pure physical power.” Midori’s first performance was with the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of 11 and she completed her first recording at age 14. Now in her 25th season of performing, the former child prodigy has matured into an artist who mesmerizes audiences with her energy and passionate virtuosity. Tickets are $55 general, $53 Senior/child, $45 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
CenterArts presents an evening of luminous solos and lush harmonies with the award-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock on Sunday, April 6th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock earned a Grammy nomination for their latest release Experience 101. The album is a joyous sonic tapestry celebrating the culture and history of African Americans and women. The Fort Worth Star Telegram described the ensemble as “. . .the gold standard. . .” of a cappella groups. Tickets are $45 general, $43 Senior/child, $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH LEO KOTTKE
CenterArts presents an evening with guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Acoustic Guitar Magazine called Kottke “One of the most creative and influential guitarists of the latter 20th century.” More than any other artist, Leo Kottke has defined the role of the contemporary acoustic guitarist as self-styled virtuoso, amassing a worldwide following in the process that first surfaced with his now legendary 1972 recording, Six and Twelve String Guitar. Tickets are $25 general, $25 Senior/child, $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. Try and Stop Me, the title of Leo Kottke’s most recent album encapsulates the spirit of the man himself — profoundly original, a little cantankerous perhaps, a deep talking Midwestern raconteur whose quick wit is matched by his astounding virtuosity on the six and 12 string guitars. For the past three decades, Kottke has been indefatigable in his pursuit of a unique musical vision that has placed him among the foremost acoustic guitar stylists of our time. Longtime Kottke devotees have learned to expect the unexpected. Try and Stop Me is no exception. It is the most improvisational record the legendary guitarist has ever recorded. Usually a meticulous pre-planner, Kottke threw all preconceived notions to the wind when he entered Studio M near his home in Minneapolis. “Over time, the importance of improvisation for me has increased,” he says. “I used to think that it was nothing worth hearing.” Among the factors that helped thaw Kottke’s longstanding reluctance to “jam out” was the making of Clone, his 2002 duet record with bassist Mike Gordon of Phish. “Clone raised the level of risk I was willing to accept,” Kottke admits. “I didn’t know where I was when I went in the studio to make Try and Stop Me. I wasn’t as flummoxed by that sensation as I might have been had I not spent that much time with Mike.”

Kottke’s ability to embrace folk idioms and pop melodies as readily as he assimilates jazz and classical influences makes him unique among guitar virtuosi. Over the years, Kottke has worked in the studio and shared concert stages with everyone from songwriters Lyle Lovett, John Fahey, and Rickie Lee Jones, to jazz musicians Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin and Joe Pass. “My music is maybe hard to categorize,” Kottke allows. “It doesn’t fit conveniently into the bins at record stores. That works for me, though... I don’t rise and fall with trends. Most listeners seem to have room for this stuff.”

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

At the Mateel
- March 8- SoHum Soul Revival with Judy Mowatt/ Winston Jarrett (credit Winston Jarrett photo above to Pierre Gaude if used please)

- March 15- 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew

- March 21/ 22/ 23- Random People Monologues Project

What: The SoHum Soul Revival

Who: Judy Mowatt & Winston Jarrett with The Demolition Squad

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Saturday, March 8 (Doors-7pm/ Music-8pm)

Why: Real Roots Reggae in a celebration of International Women’s Day

Judy Mowatt & Winston Jarrett at Mateel This Saturday March 8th

This Saturday, March 8th, Friends of Reggae On The River and MCC proudly present The SoHum Soul Revival at the Mateel Community Center in Redway and tickets are still on sale at local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com.

A roots reggae celebration in honor of International Women’s Day, this special evening will feature two of the genre’s legendary artists. Headlining The SoHum Soul Revival will be the one-and-only Judy Mowatt, who will return to Humboldt for her first local performance in more than 10 years. Known as the “international queen of reggae music” she has had a long and illustrious career both as a solo artist and as one of Bob Marley’s original backing vocalists in the I-Threes. She recorded 6 classic albums between her 1974 debut, Mellow Mood, and her conversion from Rastafarianism to Christianity in 1995. Her 1978 release, Black Woman, is one of the genre’s all-time great albums and also the first to be recorded at Tuff Gong Studios. She also received a Grammy nomination for her 1985 classic, Working Wonders, and was the genre’s first female to be honored with this distinction. While still putting her music to the beat of a solid reggae rhythm, the three albums Judy has recorded since 1995 are pure gospel and truly showcase the depth of her soulful voice in a setting that is equally engaging as her secular work.

Opening the show will be the classic Studio One recording artist, Winston Jarrett, for what is sure to be a night of real roots music. A founding member of the seminal reggae powerhouse, Alton Ellis & The Flames, it is Winston’s voice that punctuates these timeless recordings. He has also been a prolific artist in his own right, with more than 50 years as a professional musician under his belt and over 100 hit releases in Jamaica and England under both his own name and a variety of pseudonyms including Righteous Holmes, The Soul Stars, and T-Man, among others.

Band support for both Judy Mowatt and Winston Jarrett will be provided by The Demolition Squad, a crack ensemble of top NorCal reggae musicians. Judy’s set will be further rounded out with the inclusion of her keyboardist, Othneil Lewis, and a 3-part harmony section also traveling from Jamaica (which features Judy’s daughter and musical sensation in her own right, Yeshemabeth McGreggor).

Tickets for The SoHum Soul Revival are priced at $25 in advance for MCC members (at the office only) and $30 general advance at the usual local outlets. Tickets at the door will be $35 if available. This show is expected to sell out and purchasing your tickets in advance is advised so that you won’t miss this chance to see two of reggae’s most enduring artists while celebrating International Women’s Day to support the Mateel. Doors open at 7pm and an ital Jamaican style dinner by Sue Moloney will benefit WISH. A ceremony to honor women around the globe will begin at 7:30pm and music starts at 8:00. For more information on The SoHum Soul Revival call 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc.

What: 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Saturday, March 15th (6pm to midnight)

Why: Music, food, great local beers, and a benefit for three local non-profits

Irish Gold Benefit & Brew Celebrates St. Paddy’s At Mateel March 15th

On Saturday, March 15th the Mateel Community Center in Redway will get in the St. Paddy’s spirit at the 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew. A lively microbrew tasting event and benefit for the Mateel and three local non-profits, this year’s Irish Gold will feature internationally renowned Celtic rock innovators, Tempest; the tribal Celtic fusion of Bay Area favorites, The Druid Sisters Tea Party; and acoustic Irish music by Humboldt’s own Scatter The Mud Band, plus a traditional Irish dinner and unlimited free tasters from more than 8 local microbreweries.

Doors open, dinner begins, and beers pour from 6pm. The free beer tasting runs from 6pm to 8:30pm, with pints available for purchase between 8:30 and 11pm. A pot o’gold benefits Beginnings Inc., Whale Gulch School’s playground fund, and the Southern Humboldt Community Park. Admission is at the door only and costs $20 with beer tasting and $15 without. This event is open to 21 & over only with valid ID. For more info call 923-3368 or go to either www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc and don’t miss the best little brew fest in Humboldt at the Mateel Community Center’s 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew on Saturday, March 15th.

Random People Present Even More True Lies & Confessions March 21, 22 & 23

The Random People’s Monologue Project is back for its third year of community- generated theater, only this year it is call the Monologue/ Dialogue Project because fewer than half of the scripts are monologues. The majority or the scripts call for 2 or 3 actors, which is quite a change from previous years, and will certainly add a new dimension to the show. The production is entitled Even More True Lies & Confessions and will be performed at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 21, 22, and 23. Doors for the Friday and Saturday shows open at 8pm. Sunday will feature a matinee only with doors at 2pm. The show is for adults only and admission is at the door with a sliding scale of $12 to $20 to support the program. Those with questions about the show or interest in volunteering should contact Jenny Edwards at 923-7880 or Susan Alexander at 923-2978. Random People Monologues Project is a program of the Mateel Community Center and is further made possible by community support. Don’t miss what is sure to be another interesting look into the lives of our SoHum neighbors as the Random People’s Monologue/ Dialogue Project present Even More True Lies & Confessions at the Mateel on March 21, 22 and 23.

   

MOBILE CHIEFING UNIT St. Patrick's Day
DATE: Monday March 17, 2008

EVENT: A St. Patrick's Day

Celebration featuring MOBILE CHIEFING UNIT

VENUE: Humboldt Brews/Arcata, CA

DETAILS: 10pm, $7 adv/day of show, 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/

Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/

[email protected]

MOBILE CHIEFING UNIT

www.myspace.com/mcu

Spawned from the creative fertility of the Phish scene - founding members Michael Beck and Jason Miller were longtime employees of the bands philanthropic arm, The Water Wheel Foundation.)

Since joining forces with bass player Ryan Jones in Kalamazoo, MI in the late 90's, Mobile Chiefing Unit has proven themselves as a much needed beacon of positivity in tumultuous political times. Their debut record, Smell the Reggae (2002) was recorded at Western Michigan University Sound Studios and is an uplifting blend of conscious lyrics, driving reggae rhythms , and psychedelic musical exploration. Which quickly made them a staple of the bustling Kalamazoo music scene and landing them a headlining spot the Dunegrass & Blues Festival.

Realizing a life long dream to head west - The core of the band relocated to Arcata, CA in 2003 and is starting to make waves in the local music scene with unprecedented local support. They have shared the stage with such musical legends as Jimmy Cliff, Clinton Fearon,Israel Vibration, members of moe. and many more.

Their second full length album, "Dreams We Have Today", recorded at McKinleyville, CA's Bongo Boy Studios was released in September of 2007. The album was mastered by Paul Stubblebine, a bay area luminary, who has lent his studio magic to such legendary arists as: Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Taj Mahal, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Sam Bush and David Grisman and countless others. UPDATE: MCU was recently featured as part of the TV series "Live with Passion" on APEG Channel 12. The series features one hour of live music an interviews with the band from Passion Presents studio in Arcata.

   

Looking for Nothing The Hum 3/6
Greg Brown's back in town, Cali country from Bartenders Bible

It's not hard to imagine Iowan folksinger Greg Brown climbing out of a dusty, battered pick-up truck parked down some lonesome road, pulling an equally battered guitar and canvas bag full of fishing tackle from the back and ambling down an overgrown path looking for a hole where they're biting.

That's the picture he paints in a talking blues number called "Eugene" on his latest album, The Evening Call. As longtime sideman Bo Ramsey picks out a guitar pattern reminiscent of a burbling mountain stream, Brown lays out plans for a fishing trip, working his way through a check list: bamboo rod, hip boots and a book of flies, "Take along my Gibson J-45 made by women during World War II, coffee-stained stack of maps, a little propane stove, a pile of old quilts, can opener, kipper snacks, smoked oysters, gunpowder tea, copper tea pot and a good sharp knife.

"Sometimes you have to go look for your life," he offers, the first of a few flashes of fishing stream philosophy in his gravelly ramble. After a brief harmonica interlude he continues with the plan:

"You know I’ll park by some rivers, cook up some rice and beans, read Ferlinghetti out loud, talk to the moon, tell her all my love tales — she’s heard them, many times; I’ll make up some new juicer parts — drink cold whiskey from a tin cup, sit in a lawn chair, fiddling with my memories, close my eyes and see. Sometimes you gotta go not look for nothing."

Before he's done he's touched on "the blandification of our whole situation," and world peace while making his way east through Nevada and Utah heading for the Ozarks in search of brook trout and "the sounds old Mother Earth still makes all on her own." You just know he'll find that nothing and it will be something. It's a Zen thing.

Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey are back in town this weekend to play a few songs and telling a few stories on Saturday evening on the stage of the Van Duzer Theater. Expect an opening set from Bo. Sunday morning they hit Hwy. 299 driving on over to Chico. Maybe they'll stop along the way and see if they're biting, maybe not.

Call it California country, or alt. country; Bartenders Bible plays cry-in-your-beer music shot through with lap steel and banjo, drawing on twin SoCal traditions: Flying Burrito/Byrds hippie twang rock and Bakersfield outlaw style a la Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. According to B. Bible keyboard player/banjo man Matt Strachota, Gram Parsons and his shrine in Joshua Tree played a role in the band's latest CD, The Rim Rock Recording Sessions.

"We recorded the album at this place out by Joshua Tree called Pioneertown," said Strachota, calling from the band's home base in San Diego. "It was built by Roy Rogers and Gene Autry in the '40s. It has these Old West storefronts where they shot films. Behind the storefronts were bowling alleys and bars. It's still there, but the only thing operational is a restaurant/bar called Pappy and Harriet's Palace. Our bass player Jim bought a place a mile or so away; technically the area is called Rim Rock. It's high desert. We wanted to record out there so we basically just took a studio to Rim Rock and set up in his house. We took Paul Jenkins from Blackheart Procession out there to engineer it. Of course we had to take a little trip out to the Gram Parsons memorial, the place where they burned his body."

The Rim Rock songs speak of broken hearts, lonely truck drivers, hot dry desert days with vultures circling. And yes, you can sense Gram's ashes blowing in the wind. This weekend Bartenders Bible takes to the road heading north. Catch them when they stop for a show at the Pearl Saturday on their way to Washington. Elsewhere Saturday you have an unusually eclectic collection of concerts spread around the county: the worldly Gamelan X is at Fulkerson Hall (more on that show in the calendar), Irish singer/harpist Annette Griffin and the McBride Irish Dancers playing for a pre-St. Pat's "Best of Ireland" show at the Arkley Center and The Scotia Ragtime Band with music from the ragtime and World War I eras at the Fortuna Monday Club.

The seemingly tireless Pete Ciotti called to say, "Me and Lenny [Pettinelli, aka Nipsy] are releasing our Day Go CD Mangia this weekend. The band name is a play on words being we're both Italian — it's I-talian music done sort of funk style with the wacky Nipsy twist." The Day Go CD release party is Friday at Humboldt Brews with Murdockulous opening.

Catch the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra earlier Friday at the Van Duzer, a Redwood Jazz Alliance joint that's discussed by my man Maxwell in our review section this week.

For your weekly dose of underground hip hop check the Traveling Circuits Tour out of NYC coming to Humboldt Brews Thursday with The Metermaids, Bisc One and Domer.

Saturday the hip hop action moves to the Red Fox for a display of “revolutionary lyricism” by A.P.O.S.T.L.E. from Heavyweight Dub Champions with DJ Quest, Resident Anti-Hero and Humboldt's own J La Sarge.

Experience something a little different Sunday, March 9, at the Westhaven Center for the Arts: Zoe and Kim Boekbinder, aka the ecogroovy sister cabaret act Vermillion Lies, are up from Oakland to play "amazing music on random instruments" from their brand spanking new CD, What's in the Box?

Deep Groove Society presents a special edition of Sundaze on Sunday at the Jambalaya with "phonomental" SoCal Dj/producer Simply Jeff.

How about back-to-back stringband shows at Humboldt Brews? Huckleberry Flint plays one of its infrequent local gigs Sunday, followed by a Monday show by The Hackensaw Boys from Charlottesville, Virginia, a little town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The H-Boys have been rambling around playing wild jammy post-bluegrass for about nine years; don't miss 'em if that's your thing.

Also on Monday, Big Pete's Pizza rocks out with Weezer covers by Weepel plus heavy instrumetal music by 33 1/3.

Tuesday at the Red Fox it's guitar wiz Steve Kimock and Friends, with the current friends being a particularly stellar bunch. There's Melvin Seals from JGB on B-3 organ, bassist Hutch Hutchinson from Bonnie Raitt's band, Steve’s son John Morgan Kimock on drums, plus Billy Goodman from The Goodman Brothers handling vocals. Kimock watchers will remember that Billy and his bro were the ones who brought Steve west 30-someodd years ago.

HSU's NORML chapter celebrates "Legalize It" Day at the Van Duzer Wednesday, March 12, with speakers in the afternoon starting at 4:20 including Jack "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" Herer and Rev. Eddy Lepp. Later on (9-ish) there's music by AfroMassive and Subliminal Sabotage.

Meanwhile Wednesday the High Voltage Reggae show at Blue Lake Casino's Wave brings in special guest Winstrong, the Soul Rebel, a Mendo-based chanter originally out of Surinam.

And in other Reggae related business, the Mateel Community Center, in association with Friends of Reggae on the River presents The SoHum Soul Revival on Saturday, March 8, at the Mateel. Despite the name, it's not a soul music concert, it's a reggae show in honor of International Women’s Day featuring Judy Mowatt, a singer who made her name initially as one of the I-Threes, the backup vocal group for Bob Marley and the Wailers. Judy is bringing her keyboard player and own harmony vocalists, including her daughter Shema (by ex-husband Freddie McGregor), otherwise she'll be backed by The Demolition Squad, a reconfiguration of Hoy Kersh's band Massawa with Hoy's son Shasta Kersh on bass, Brody Forester on guitar and a few Jamaican musicians. The D-Squad will also back co-headliner Winston Jarrett, a Jamaican veteran who was part of Alton Ellis' band The Flames back in the day. Come early for an ital dinner prepared by Sue Moloney.

You may have heard that the organizers were a bit worried when, right after the event was announced, PG&E announced that the Redway area's power would be shut off for transformer repair work for 12 hours that just happened to fall in the middle of showtime. According to the Mateel staffer Justin Crellin, that problem has been solved. The planned outage has been rescheduled. Crellin also noted that the Friends of the Reggae on the River listed on the posters is a support group for Mateel operations. He emphasized that the show is not raising funds to support the Mateel's lawsuit against Tom Dimmick and People Productions.

For those who have not been paying attention, the Reggae suit hearings are on hiatus, at least until St. Patrick's Day. In the meantime there's the annual Reggae-related public hearing before the Humboldt County Planning Commission coming up Thursday, March 6, which includes a review of the annual report for what is officially described as "the 2007 Reggae on the River/Reggae Rising Music Festival."

As detailed in the public notice, "The Planning Comm. will be setting the attendance levels for the 2008 event; the applicant is requesting ticket sales be allowed to increase back to the 2006 levels of 12,000, and with the commensurate increase in staff and volunteers, the total number of persons at the event would be 14,400 persons."

Judging from what happened at similar commission meetings last year, I'm guessing we might see the ongoing resistance from the Mateel side go public once again. While the Reggae War is on break in the courts, it rages on in SoHum, particularly in the blogosphere, and there's no end in sight. One love? Forget it.

   

Josh Duke: Bonus Tracks – March 4, 2008
Remember the first time that you saw Donnie Darko?

Yeah, I hated it too. But like a festering mold or that girl at the company dinner who’s name you still can’t remember, poor old Donnie grew on me, and I begrudgingly keep the Director’s Cut DVD tucked away on my shelf, between Donnie Brasco and Doug’s 1st Movie. This is how I felt Friday night as I went to see Tanuki at the Jambalaya, except I wouldn’t put them next to Doug’s 1st Movie. Oh no, that place has to be earned. Read More   

Reggae Rising left hanging at meeting
A decision as to whether the Reggae Rising music event gets an increase in its attendance was postponed Thursday. The Humboldt County Planning Commission moved the item to its next meeting after time ran out. Read More   
Two-car collision sends local rapper to Redding hospital
Garth Hudson, 29, struck a Cadillac entering the intersection of Buhne and J streets, in Eureka, with his Expedition after running a stop sign, according to Eureka Police Department officers at the scene. Read More    
3 new Mateel PSAs
They are in regards to:

- Spring member drive

- Summer Arts talent applications extended

- Irish Gold final psa (March 15)

- Random People Monologues (Mar 21-23)

- Katchafire and Tchiya Amet (April 4)

Mateel Spring Membership Drive Happening Now Mateel Spring Membership Drive Happening Now The Mateel Community Center kicks off its Spring Membership Drive on March 1st. To join, visit one of the volunteers tabling at Smart in Redway, Jacob Garber Square in Garberville, the Arcata Co-op, and the Post Office in Laytonville. You can also stop by the office in Redway or download a membership form online at www.mateel.org. Family, business, and lifetime memberships are also available. To learn more about the benefits of being a member and the programs and services of the Mateel Community Center, check out the website at www.mateel.org . The goal is to reach 1,000 members for 2008. Help spread the love and join today!

What: 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Saturday, March 15th (6pm to midnight)

Why: Music, food, great local beers, and a benefit for three local non-profits

Irish Gold Benefit & Brew Celebrates St. Paddy’s This Saturday At Mateel

This Saturday, March 15th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will once again get in the St. Paddy’s spirit at the 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew. A lively microbrew tasting event and benefit for both the Mateel and three local non-profits, this year’s Irish Gold is set to be the biggest and best yet and will feature internationally renowned Celtic rockers, Tempest; the tribal Celtic fusion of Bay Area favorites, The Druid Sisters Tea Party; and traditional acoustic music by Humboldt’s premier Celtic ensemble, Scatter The Mud; plus an Irish dinner and unlimited free tasters from more than 8 local microbreweries.

Doors open, dinner begins, and beers pour from 6pm. The free beer tasting runs from 6pm to 8:30pm, with pints available for purchase between 8:30 and 11pm. The dinner will offer options of corned beef and cabbage or vegetarian Shepard’s pie with traditional accompaniments. A variety of free hors d’oeuvres will also be available to help soak up the beer tasters.

Admission is at the door only and costs $20 with beer tasting and $15 without. This event is open to 21 & over only with valid ID. A pot o’gold offers the opportunity to donate dollars to support the work of Beginnings Inc., Whale Gulch School’s playground fund, and the Southern Humboldt Community Park. For more info call 923-3368 or go to either www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc and don’t miss the best little brew fest in Humboldt at the Mateel Community Center’s 4th annual Irish Gold Benefit & Brew on Saturday, March 15th.

Summer Arts Talent Application Deadline Extended

The application for performers interested in participating in the 32nd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival has been extended one week. The new performer deadline is now Friday, March 15 and all applications must be received in the Mateel office by this date to be eligible. Applications can be downloaded from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org or picked up at office.

Applications are also still available for handmade crafters, commercial and non-profit food vendors, and non-profit info booths interested in participating in the festival. Spaces come in a variety of sizes and prices. Handmade craft booths cost $140 for a 5x10 space, $190 for a 10x10 space, and $225 for a 10x10 corner location. Non-profit information booths are offered at $80 for a 5x10 space and $120 for a 10x10 space. Food booths are all 10x10 in size and are priced at $200 for non-profits and $270 for commercial vendors. To receive a vendor application, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 ext. 31 or send an email with your name and contact info to [email protected] You can also download a vendor application from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org. The deadline for vendors is Monday, March 31st and applications must be postmarked by this date to be eligible.

For more information on the 32nd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area on May 31st and June 1st, check out the festival’s website at www.mateel.org or call (707) 923-3368.

Even More True Lies & Confessions Comes To Mateel March 21, 22 & 23

With Random People Monologue/ Dialogue Project’s third season now in full swing, twenty-five local writers, directors, and actors are rehearsing and getting ready to present their latest theatrical work . This year’s show is called Even More! True Lies and Confessions and it is being supported by the Mateel Community Center, a grant from the North Coast Cultural Trust, and by you, our neighbors.

The eleven scripts being performed cover topics ranging from a comedic piece entitled "Divorce Therapy" to an account of one woman's experience in Nazi-occupied France; from the confusion resulting when two people talk to each other and to other people on their cell phones, to a script dealing with the afterlife. Come and enjoy a lively evening of great theater created by your friends and neighbors of Southern Humboldt County. The two 8:00pm performances are Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22. Doors open at 7:30. There is a matinee on Sunday at 2:00pm; doors open at 1:30. Admission is sliding scale at the door with a donation of $12-20 to support the program. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and desserts will be available for purchase. For more info call the Mateel at 923-3368.

New Zealand’s Katchafire Brings Indigenous Reggae To Mateel April 4

On Friday, April 4th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway is proud to present an evening of indigenous reggae with Katchafire and Tchiya Amet & The Lighthouse Band. Hailing from New Zealand, Katchafire is one of the hottest groups from the southern hemisphere and are currently exploding on the international scene. This will be their highly anticipated first tour of the western U.S., and this performance at the Mateel will be one of the tour’s highlights. Comprised of full blooded Maoris, the native people of New Zealand, Katchafire infuses an infectious island vibe into their high energy roots reggae which is sure to be a hit with Humboldt audiences.

Opening the show will be Mendocino County favorite, Tchiya Amet and The Lighthouse Band. A First Nations Cherokee, her conscious music is a soulful and jazzy take on roots reggae and will be the perfect accompaniment to Katchafire. DJ Sister Yasmin will also spin her Crucial Dance Riddims throughout the evening.

Tickets will be on sale by the end of this week at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com. For more info, call 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.mypsace.com/mateelcc, where you can hear a sampling of Katchafire’s music. Don’t miss this awesome night of indigenous reggae at the Mateel on Friday, April 4th. Doors open at 7pm and live music will begin at 8pm.    

Pete Ciotti’s new project
Pete Ciotti is a New York Italian through and through, all the way down to owning a pizza place in North Town Arcata, Big Pete’s Pizza, and putting together an Italian band. Read More   
KHUM, Blind Boys of Alabama
KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM will broadcast live from Humboldt State University, on Friday, March 14 including a live performance from the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama.

DJ Larry Trask will be hosting from the campus and visiting with the students. The Blind Boys of Alabama will make an appearance on Trask's show in the late afternoon.

"I'm excited to get this chance to have the Blind Boys of Alabama on my show," said Trask. "I think we'll be able to talk with them a little bit and we'll listen to a little bit of their soundcheck."

The Blind Boys of Alabama are scheduled to play Friday night at the Van Duzer Theatre at HSU. The gospel group was formed in 1939 and founding member Jimmy Carter still leads the band.

Larry Trask DJs from 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday on 104.3/104.7 KHUM-FM and streams live on the web at khum.com.    

Sara Bareilles to Receive ASCAP Vanguard Award
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Sara Bareilles at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9th at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Bareilles will be presented with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which is given in recognition of the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Bareilles will perform during the awards ceremony, which will also salute the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007. Read More   
Strix Vega / Laden Swallow
If all goes as planned, Strix Vega should be arriving in Austin, Texas today. They left on Tuesday for world-renowned indie music festival, South by Southwest, headed south to L.A., then east, through lots of dryness and desolation, just to be in the same city during the same week as R.E.M., the Breeders, SXSW keynote speaker Lou Reed... not to mention the countless bands that toured through Humboldt in recent months, as they geared up for the indie rock showcase. Read More   
Daniel Lewis: Rock and a Hard Place
There was an emergency in Oregon, it seems as though there was not enough surplus of sunshine in the area of Grants Pass to sufficiently balance out Daylight Savings Time; Rachel and I were called in to investigate. On our way there I listened to the following albums, laughed at trees and yelled at sturgeon on the Smith River. They were mostly unresponsive, but I may have made a breakthrough with some of the elk. Read More   
The Irish Connection - The Hum Mar 13
Monday is St. Patrick's Day, which makes this St. Paddy's weekend — a time when Celtic bands are sure to find work. In oh-so-green Humboldt County that pretty much boils down to two bands: the quartet Good Company, who play Saturday at Muddy's Hot Cup, and Scatter the Mud, a somewhat wilder band that leads traditional Irish sessions in various pubs and cafes locally. Read More   
Mad Professor also DJ Dub Cowboy
DATE: Saturday - March 29, 2008

EVENT: Mad Professor also DJ Dub Cowboy

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern/Eureka, CA

DETAILS: 10pm, $20 adv., 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/ Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/

[email protected]

MAD PROFESSOR

http://www.ariwa.com/artists/madprof.htm

On the content of his character, and by the results of his recordings, he is one of the sanest record producers. The name Mad Professor was first given by friends at school, who were amazed by the experiments he carried out as a youth. Having built a radio and telephone system at the age of 10 years, it was no surprise that his interest and subsequent career in electronics along with a love of Motown, Philadelphia International, Treasure Isle and music of all types propelled him onward. The early Eighties, having built his own mixing desk, had launched Mad Professor along with the Ariwa Studio/ label from his front room in Thornton Heath. Early works include sessions with Ruts DC, Reggae Regulars, Merger, Jimmy Lindsay, Mikey Dread, Johnny Clarke and many more international artists. DUB ME CRAZY, the first in a 12 part series of albums, was to become his beacon for the label. With an episode being issued every year, the titles all told a different story. Beyond the Realms of dub – Dub me crazy Pt2, The African Connection – Dub me crazy Pt3, and Dub me crazy Pt 7 – Adventures of a dub sampler. The distinct variation and surprising sound effects were unique for this time. Dub, and the cool sound and clarity of his mixing encouraging many artists to the growing label.

By the mid - Eighties, the studio / label moved from its launch base of Peckham to Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood where it is still located. At this time he incorporated remix projects for the Orb, 400 Blows, Beats International (Lindy Layton), Sade and Brilliant. A heavy schedule of touring Germany, Holland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Spain Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia, USA, Canada and Japan, while still managing to produce the various artists’ projects was an enormous workload. The label by then had a healthy 104 albums with more in the infancy stage of planning. By the mid Nineties, Mad Professor’s profile increased to legendary status After remixing Massive Attack’s second album, Protection. No Protection was instantly received by all corners of the globe, benefiting from Virgin / EMI international launch pad. Professor’s personal Dub tours were increased to be a major part of his schedule, along with further remixes which include: Clementine, Tracy Spencer, The Boom, Danny Red, Depeche Mode, Jamiroqui, Rancid, KLF, Beastie Boys, Cidade Negra, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) along with the Massive Attack dub extravaganza all benefiting from the Mad Professor touch. Production work for various major labels include: Sony Music, EMI, Arista, Warner Brothers, Capitol Record, and Virgin Records. In 1998 the Ariwa record catalogue contained over 155 titles including over 30 dub albums from Mad Professor, 3 albums from U-Roy including the classic True Born African, 7 albums from the Upsetter, Lee Scratch Perry and many classic Lovers Rock albums, including Country Life - Sandra Cross, If I gave my heart - John Mclean, Black with Sugar – Kofi. By the end of the Nineties, Mad Professor’s Ariwa label gained international notoriety in many territories throughout the world. Mainly known for its Dub, roots and Techno / drum and bass catalogue.

The turn of the century saw new releases from Lee Scratch Perry – Techno Party, Macka B – Global Messenger, Mad Professor – Trix in the mix. By 2004 Mad Professor worked with Sly & Robbie at Ariwa, where the Taxi gang laid down their versions of Ariwa rhythms. Over 100 rhythms were recorded. An album titled The Dub Revolutionarys was released by Sanctuary Records owned Trojan Label. Some of those rhythms also formed the backbone for the next album from Horace Andy From the Roots. Also released by Trojan, this is Horace’s third album for Ariwa Sounds. Around this time Mad Prof collaborated with Mafia & Fluxy to produce Dancehall Dub, as well as 2 Sci Fi Dub albums. From Mars with Dub followed by A new galaxy of Dub. By the year 2005 the Ariwa catalogue passed the 200 figure, bumped up by new albums from Max Romeo, U-Roy and young protégée Joe Ariwa.

Fresh demand for the dub show has taken the Ariwa Sound to many far flung places. In 2003 Mad Professor was invited to play at the Greenpeace festival in Manáus, Brazil. Since then, Mad Professor has become an annual visitor to South America, Playing also Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, Portugal. In 2005 the dub show played Seoul in Korea, driving several hundreds of fans crazy to the warbler sounds. Bangkok in Thailand in 2006 and Goa in India in 2007, courtesy of the Big Chill. the Mad Traveller also played Dakar, courtesy of the Senegalese govt. Mad Professor is also involved in the Back to Africa festival, an annual celebration in the Gambia, committed to the positive movement of descendants of Africans, back to Africa.

For more on ariwa and Mad Professor,please check www.ariwa.com

   

The Itals also DJ Dub Cowboy
DATE: Friday - March 28, 2008

EVENT: The Itals also DJ Dub Cowboy

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern/Eureka, CA

DETAILS: 10pm, $20 adv., 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/ Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/ [email protected]

THE ITALS

www.myspace.com/theitals

Out of Savana La Mar, Jamaica, Keith Porter and The Itals are some of the toughest, most consistant touring artists in the reggae genre. These minstrels have the drive, perseverance and humility to reach to the farthest outposts, where many of their counterparts never go. For this sacrifice they are duly rewarded with the love and respect of the people. Keith Porter, Kada Porter and David Isaacs are the singers for this vocal trio. Known for their tight harmonies and uplifting songs of glory, these reggae messengers have been going fresh and strong all over the world since the early eighties. After many hard years on the road, they are still youthful and in good health. Keith Porter has proven himself to be one of the strongest men in the business whose endurance is remarkable. Keith “never gets weary”. The Itals are true samples of the “Rasta Philosophy”. March / April 2008, they will be touring North America again. “Got to reveal. Got to reveal. Truth that is hid – has got to reveal”, chant the Itals. “Sing farewell to my enemies. Sing farewell to my enemies – Alphas love is over me.” The Itals sing songs to make us remember God and focus on His great blessings to humanity. Just for the gift of hearing, we could never be thankful enough. “Temptation is a thing trying to keep me away from Jah glory. I love, I love, I love - Jah glory.” When the Itals hit the stage, Jah glory is on. Long before the Itals were a spark in their producer’s eye, Keith Porter recorded his first hit single, “Hitey Titey”, with the Westmorelites on the Studio One label in 1967. Around 1969, Keith became lead singer for a band named Soul Hermit, backed by Eugene Gray and Wignal Henry on guitars, and Reginald Seewell and Nash on base and drums. They played in numerous entertainment sectors of Jamaica until Owen Sinclair put together a new band in 1971. Called Future Generation, the band was composed of Dalton James and Roy Hilton on drums, Devon Henry on keyboards, Eugene Gray, guitar, Scott on sax, and Keith on vocals. They performed all over Jamaica for X amount of years, singing all styles of music, American R&B and love songs and native Jamaican songs.

Tiring of the club scene around 1975, Keith ran into Ronnie Davis on Orange Street in Kingston and asked him who was auditioning. Ronnie gave him a cassette with a rhythm he’d just had a hit on. “I was so happy with that rhythm I didn’t look any further,” says Keith. “In less than a week I had written Ina Disa Time and came back to Kingston to record it for Lloyd Campbell’s SpiderMan label. Lloyd felt it needed some harmonies with my lead, so Ronnie and I both added harmony parts. There was no intention of forming a group called the Itals; the record first came out as Keith Porter. After the song was on its way to becoming a hit in Jamaica, we all went out to do some promotion. Lloyd, Ronnie, myself and Brian Thomas of RJR were sitting out back in the cantina, when Brian said ‘why not call them the Itals’, because now there was more than one person singing. Everyone liked that name. It sounded good, so all of a sudden, Itals was a group. It was never intentional. I’ve always wondered if the name was the result of Brian noticing how strict I was about the food I ate, strictly Ital.” Campbell quickly repressed the record as ‘the Itals’ to meet demand. Today the song remains the Itals' signature tune, and has been described by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones as “the perfect reggae track”. It is included on the Rolling Stones’ Artist Choice CD, released in 2003, available through Starbucks Coffee from Hear Music, a division of EMI, and in selected major chains. The success of "Ina Disa Time" saw the group return to the studio with the addition of Lloyd Ricketts singing a third harmony part on a series of superb recordings for the SpiderMan label. Tunes like "Don't Wake The Lion," "Brutal," and "Temptation" followed on 7” release in Jamaica and New York in ’77 and ‘78, establishing the Itals among the best Jamaican singers and songwriters. The Itals were twice finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, and their 1981 tune, "Jamaican Style," earned them a place at Reggae Sunsplash that year. 1982 saw the release of the first Itals' album, "Brutal Out Deh" on Nighthawk Records. The Itals toured the US and Canada backed by the Roots Radics. Their second album, "Give Me Power," was released to critical acclaim and hit #1 on CMJ's Reggae Route chart. In 1985, Pollstar Magazine placed them in the top 100 artists of the year.

Their third album, "Early Recordings," gathers together all the Itals' early singles and several rare pre-Itals tracks for a collector's feast from Nighthawk. The Itals' fourth recording, "Rasta Philosophy," won a Grammy nomination for best reggae album in 1987, followed by "Cool And Dread." Next came the Rhythm Safari album “Easy to Catch”, followed by “Modern Age” on Ras Records. The Itals continued touring throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Over the years, the Itals have performed countless shows worldwide. Although the background harmonies sometimes change, they always sound as sweet as ever, backing the original Itals lead vocalist, Keith Porter. Now, with the release of “Mi Livity,” Mr. Porter steps a little further out front and demonstrates why good reggae music allows no labels or limitations.

   

Great American Taxi
DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2008

EVENT: Great American Taxi wsg Barry Sless, opening set by Victor Barnes

VENUE: Humboldt Brews/Arcata, CA

DETAILS: 9:30pm, $10 adv. $12 day of show, 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/ Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/

[email protected]

GREAT AMERICAN TAXI

www.greatamericantaxi.net Your head would spin adding up all the miles the members of Great American Taxi have traveled individually, and in just over two years together they’ve added a whole lot more to their travelogues. From their home in the high country of Colorado to the shores of the Pacific and back again through the grain belt of the Midwest heading further east to the Atlantic Ocean, Taxi has ridden the highways and biways spinning yarns and delivering high octane music to all who show up at their live shows and consume their 21st century Americana sound. From the bars, clubs and theaters to the main stage of Wakarusa to late night sets at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, up north to the 10,000 Lakes Festival via Summer Camp, and out west to the High Sierra Music Fest, the band has carved out their own territory in a very short time. Audiences are instantly immersed in their their folk and country sensibilities while they are fed large doses of improvisation and rock and roll. Touring relentlessy in 2007 supporting their debut CD release “Streets of Gold,” and with over 200 plus shows behind them in their short time together, Great American Taxi has built a hefty following the old fashioned way. With front-man Vince Herman at the wheel people will recognize threads of the Leftover Salmon fabric all the while being driven by original songwriting and musicianship from guitarist/vocalist Jefferson Hamer and keyboardist/vocalist Chad Staehly. The rhythm section and axles of the ride are supplied by well-seasoned veterans Jake Coffin on drums/vocals and Edwin Hurwitz on bass guitar. Jake spent years on the road with Dan Bern and Edwin clocked many miles with 90’s jambands Shockra and Skin. Great American Taxi traffics their collective past helping create their new Americana without borders brand of music.

BARRY SLESS

When it comes to playing western swing and boogie-woogie pedal steel, Barry Sless is unsurpassed. Barry can swing with the best of 'em - whether it's soaring on a high pedal steel harmonic or doing some soulful playing on the guitar. When Barry is not touring with the The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends,David Nelson Band, and most recently Great American Taxi, toursnationally as a member of Moonalice. Moonalice is another all-star band featuring Hot Tuna pianist Pete Sears, and former Kingfish drummer Jimmy Sanchez.

   

Action Packed April At Mateel
On the heels of a very busy month this March, Mateel Community Center is now gearing up for an action packed April with 5 diverse in-house events planned in addition to a number of rentals. Everything from comedy and fine art to music and poker will offer something to satisfy almost any taste and everyone is invited to come out and join in the spirit.

Kicking off the month, on the weekend of April 4th and 5th, will be back to back nights of music and comedy. Friday, April 4th will feature an evening of indigenous reggae with New Zealand’s top band and emerging international superstars, Katchafire, along with Mendo favorites, Tchiya Amet & The Lighthouse Band, and the Crucial Dance Riddims of DJ Sister Yasmin. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for only $20 MCC members or $22 advance.

The next evening, on Saturday, April 5th, get ready for Seattle Comedy Night Part 2. A follow up to the successful Just Another Hangover Comedy Tour that made a stop at Mateel back in January, Seattle Comedy Night Part 2 will feature talented Seattle based comedians, Harold Gomez (winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition) and Colin Dillon (of Howard Stern’s Killers of Comedy Tour). Rounding out the bill will be the psychedelic cowboy comedy of California’s own, Jesse X. Tickets for this event are sliding scale at the door only with a minimum donation of $12 MCC members and $14 general.

Then on Friday, April 11th, MCC will host the first ever Mateel Poker and Blackjack Tournament, which offers participants the opportunity to test their skills against other players in these two favorite games with proceeds supporting the Mateel Community Center. Buy-in for the Texas Hold’em poker tournament is $75 per participant with an opportunity for a second buy-in after the first elimination round. Buy-in for the blackjack tournament is $50, also with a second buy-in opportunity. Space in each tournament is limited and interested participants are encouraged to contact the Mateel office ASAP to sign up or for more information.

The following weekend on Saturday, April 19th, MCC will present Women of Humboldt County and Their Art. The largest showing of female fine artists from Humboldt County ever, this mixed media event will host more than 30 of the most accomplished local female fine artists as the Mateel is transformed into a beautiful art gallery. This afternoon event will be open from 3pm to 8pm and will also feature a Humboldt County wine tasting with selections poured by Riverbend Cellars, Whitethorn Winery, Briceland Vineyards, and Elk Prarie Vineyards, plus music by Humboldt Time and Folks of Thorne. Admission is $25 at the door and includes a commemorative wine glass, free wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to purchase and enjoy fine art and fine wines produced right here in Humboldt County.

And the Mateel Community Center’s in-house offerings for April will culminate with The Humboldt 420 Blowout on Sunday, April 20th. A co-production of MCC and Bonus Entertainment, this event will celebrate the 420 holiday with a night of top notch reggae music. Headlining the bill will be Jamaican dancehall favorite, Fantan Mojah, along with the roots reggae of Jah Sun, Elhadji, Ras Indio, and Demolition Squad, plus DJ Jungliss and much more. Tickets for The Humboldt 420 Blowout are available now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $25 MCC members and $30 advance with all proceeds supporting the Mateel’s new sound system fund. Additionally, the Mateel Community Center will host a number of rental events throughout April. Visit www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc for a complete list of happenings at the Mateel in April and beyond. For more information on any of the events above or the MCC in general, call (707) 923-3368. See you around the Mateel for an action packed April.

   

Emily Loeffler wins 2008 Young Artist Award
Emily Loeffler, piano, from Humboldt State received first prize and $500. Read More   
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Thanks to their aggressive touring schedule and dynamic sound, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has developed an extensive following. Impeccable musicianship and an explosive live show have gained the band widespread acclaim from both fans and industry professionals.

During the summer of 2008, G.P.G.D.S. will perform at numerous festivals including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, and Wakarusa.

Giant Panda played 180 shows in 2007. In November they completed a six week national tour, including ten west coast dates.

Formed in 2001, this Rochester, New York based group has made a name for themselves through hard work on the road. The band plays a unique blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat, with just the right mix of dark and light to keep you on your toes.

G.P.G.D.S. is receiving regular airplay on Sirius and XM Radio.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has opened for reggae greats Toots And The Maytals, The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Morgan Heritage, Yellowman, The Meditations, Mad Professor, and Edi Fitzroy. They've been joined on stage by members of Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, Umphrey's McGee, John Brown's Body, and String Cheese Incident.

"This is some of the most intense roots reggae we've ever heard..."

- Metro Pulse, Knoxville TN

"Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad creates some of the freshest, most addictive reggae this side of Jamaica."

- CD Baby

"...heavy, air-tight dub and roots reggae pressure..."

- Fritz Hahn, Washington Post

The GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD will appear Sunday, March 30 @ Humboldt Brews at 9 PM for two sets. 21 and older, tickets are $8. Humboldt Brews is at 856 10th Street in Arcata.

For more info call 707-826-2739

www.myspace.com/giantpandadub    

Mathew Cook Plays Out
Every Friday and Saturday night at Sunset Restaurant, Cher Ae Heights Casino, Trinidad, CA, 6:00-9:00 PM

March 21st--HCAR Presents An Evening With Matthew Cook A Concert For World Down Syndrome Day At The Arkley Center For The Performing Arts 8:00 PM

� Tickets available at the Arkley Center Box Office

And on-line at:

http://www.arkleycenter.com/main_view.php?id=58   

Mathew Cook Plays Out

Funky as Ever The Hum 3/20
The Greyboy Allstars together again, Citta di Vitti's jazzy soundtracks

The Greyboy Allstars first came together 15 years ago at the Green Circle Bar in San Diego, a club that's now gone like a cool breeze. A DJ who calls himself Greyboy spun funk, soul and boogaloo jazz records there. A scene developed and there was a call for live music. With the help of saxophonist Karl Denson, who'd played with Lenny Kravitz, Greyboy assembled an all-star combo drawing players from various area bands, among them guitarist Mike Andrews aka Elgin Park, bassist Chris Stillwell, drummer Zak Najor, and organist Robert Walter.

"The Green Circle was cool," recalled Walter, when I caught up with him via cell at his relatively new home in New Orleans. "It was in a sort of crappy part of town, off the beaten path with no other clubs around. It was kind of a hipster bar where people dressed up. They had a few touring acts. Greyboy was the DJ, he played every weekend and also on Wednesdays. Wednesday was our night; he'd play before us and after, and we'd play two big sets."

Greyboy wasn't really in the band but served a role that Walter described as "spiritual advisor" and a "taste thermometer."

"He helped us avoid any tackiness in the style. He was all about a certain era of records, which was basically soul-funk and jazz records from like 1967-1972. That was the golden age that influenced us. So we got turned onto all this music, and from there we insinuated our own personalities into it and it became something else. But that's how it started, as a tribute to Prestige and Blue Note funky jazz records."

In 1995 the band released an album called West Coast Boogaloo with Fred Wesley from James Brown's band producing. The Greyboy Allstars took off, although when they hit the road, Greyboy typically stayed at home. Over time the various players spun off on what they deemed "sidecar projects." Elgin put a rock band together under his nom de plume. Walter formed a combo he called Robert Walter's 20th Congress, then there was Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The Greyboy association ultimately fell by the wayside, as the various players became stars in the then-nascent jamband scene. Walter and Denson in particular became notional stars in that scene. Then a couple of years ago the Allstars decided to reassemble for a tour, then for an album, What Happened to Television? with Greyboy at the helm. It was a natural thing to do, and almost inevitable. Says Walter, "For me personally — and I don't know if Karl feels the same, but I have a feeling he does — doing those other things is great because I get to play more of my own music and push my aesthetic and all that, but as far as a band, I've always been trying to chase this sound, trying to have a band that sounds as good as this one. You know, there's something about the interaction of players and the democratic nature of the group that makes it easier and better sounding than other things. You might have some idea you can't pursue because we still go for a narrow aesthetic, but when you get in a room and start playing a groove, it just — it just sounds great."

It's true. The music sounds great, as funky as ever, kinda jammy and very cool. The Greyboy Allstars are now preparing for a spring tour (it's spring as of 5:58 p.m. Thursday), reassembling once more to hit the road with almost all of the original line-up (Najor has been replaced by drummer Aaron Redfield). A West Coast jaunt brings the boys to Eureka on Monday, March 24, for a show at Red Fox Tavern with an added bonus: Underground hip hop artist Busdriver opens.

Oakland-based jazz saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has a new project going. He spent some time watching moody films by Michelangelo Antonioni, Red Desert, L'Eclisse and L'Avventura, all of them starring the stunning actress Monica Vitti. As he watched with the sound on mute, he composed spontaneous soundtracks. He then brought in a rhythm section, a duo known as duo B. with Lisa Mezzacappa on contrabass and Jason Levis on drums and percussion. The trio, dubbed Citta di Vitti, also performs compositions written by Nino Rota for the films of Federico Fellini. They'll be playing these soundtracks Saturday, March 22, at Avalon during the dinner hour and on March 23, at Muddy's Hot Cup during what would qualify as Sunday brunch. Make this music your own soundtrack.

Is anyone still playing ska? Well, yes. Boss 501, a six-piece comprised of Chico State students, plays ska and rocksteady along with primal reggae and dub at the Jambalaya on Thursday. Local feral jazz band Dogbone opens.

For roots and culture style reggae stop by Six Rivers Friday where Jamaican-born New Yorker Sister Carol, aka Mother Culture, brings in The Yellow Wall Dub Squad, a team of JA-studio vets, and special guest Ms. Annicia Banks. Humboldt transplant Elhadji (from Senegal) opens. Also in the reggae mode and also playing Friday, Amha Baraka and the Living Man Band, led by a singer out of Washington D.C. via San Francisco.

The local rock 'n' rollerskate crowd gathers Friday at Aunty Mo’s Lounge (formerly Indigo, Club West before that) for the Redwood Rollers roller derby team benefit art and dessert auction/rock show featuring heaviness from Dragged by Horses and Side Iron, very indie rock by Arrogant Hare and feminist punk by Kill the Switch. Young rockers Steel Toed Slippers play at an Equinox election event Friday at Beginnings Octagon for apple grower/Supes candidate Clif Clendenen. STS also joins up with above-mentioned punkers Kill the Switch, post-punk rockers This Dying Wish and Portland psyche metal duo Palo Verde for a Placebo show (yes, all ages) Saturday at the Ink People space in the back of the Muni.

Later that night (Placebo shows end early by design), it's more Portland metal with Facepilot (on the stoner rock side) along with Tacoma sludge rock duo Lozen. What, no local support?

Paul from the arty alt. rock band No Not Yet (who I have no heard yet) writes to say NNY is playing Saturday at the Jambalaya with Tao Jonesers and the punky The Baby Arms, "Or if you prefer, one really complicated band: No Baby Joneser Arms, Not Tao Yet."

Are you missing The Rubberneckers? Two of them, Clay Smith (the one who's not a journalist) and Brendan Otto play Monday at Big Pete's. Across town Monday at the Arcata Playhouse saucy comedy duo Cass King and John Woods aka The Wet Spots offer a somewhat kinky sex-ed vaudeville/music review.

Since Leftover Salmon spawned and floated downstream a few years back, guitarist Vince Herman has turned his attention to a new project, Great American Taxi, pursuing a slightly less "polyethnic" take on Americana. For the current GAT tour, which comes to the Red Fox Tuesday, the band also includes pedal-steel player Barry Sless from the David Nelson Band, Phil and Friends, The Dead, etc. Added bonus, they're on the road with Colorado-based Victor Barnes, who offer "insurgent bluegrass" as the opening act. Those in search of high-toned entertainment might want to take in the Tchaikovsky Perm Ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet Tuesday at the Van Duzer. Is this the real deal? Well, the Russian dance troupe travels with a full orchestra instead of a CD player, if that's any indication.

Next Thursday, March 27, marks the 16th Annual Taste of Main Street, a mobile grazing party with nibblers ranging among 21 sites in downtown and Old Town Eureka. The night also marks the beginning of this year's Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, about which you'll hear much more next week. The kick-off is a Big Band Dance at the Adorni with music by Swing Fever, a quarter century old band from the By Area that swings on tunes by Duke, the Count, Gershwin, Porter and the like. Ready to swing? This is the start of a long weekend made for dancers.

I got an e-mail the other day from Folklifer/songster Joel Sonenshein. He's coordinating a house concert featuring Audrey Auld-Mezera, an Australian expat songwriter who lives in Bolinas (in Marin County) and sings like she's from the South instead of the land down under. She'll be in town next Friday, March 28, with ace guitar player Andrew Hardin, who played for many years with Texas folky Tom Russell. The house concerts work like this: Joel sends the details out via e-mail to a hundred or so people. They pass it along to friends; everyone needs to e-mail or call to set up a reservation and to find out whose house the show is at. Having attended a few of these shows, I can testify that it's an incredibly intimate way to experience music up close and personal. Over the weekend Joel called me asking for help with a little disaster. Something went haywire in his e-mail program: All of his e-mail is irretrievably lost and so is his e-mail list. He's not sure who's coming to this show and he can't inquire. Now computers are pretty much black boxes to me — I can't fix his e-mail — but I can do this, post the house party man's e-mail address: [email protected] Going to see Audrey? Were you on the list before? Want to be on it now? Drop him a line and help him resurrect his list.

   

Good for partying -- and helping young musicians
The Eureka Rotary Club meeting at the Wharfinger Building on Monday was jumping as the Zane Middle School jazz band blew the roof off the place in a tune-up for the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival this week. Read More   
Passing it on the next generation Jazz Fest seeks to keep community support
Since 1991, Redwood Coast Music Festival's Jazz Fest has invested nearly half-a-million dollars into local senior and youth programs. But as 2008's bleak national economic forecast looms over the 18th annual Redwood Coast Jazz Fest, promoters are keeping their fingers crossed the event will continue to be a success. Read More   
Crazy Fools The Hum 3/27
Asylum Street Spankers on April Fool's Day, and what else is happening Jazz Fest weekend

The Asylum Street Spankers van was in Arizona heading west when I rang Christina Marrs, the band's saw player (and vocalist, tenor guitarist, banjo and uke player) on her cell.

We started off talking about Asylum Street, a thoroughfare in the Spankers' hometown Austin, Texas. "It's the street that goes by the asylum," said Christina. "They call it the state hospital now, and they call Asylum St. Guadalupe or The Drag. But if you look at an old map of Austin you see the asylum way out on the outskirts of town and one little road that goes out to it. Now of course, it's quite central." In the beginning, 14 years ago, Christina and Wammo, the band's other lead vocalist and washboard player, would busk on Asylum St. and play in Austin clubs with a 10-piece acoustic jug band.

"When we started out we did a lot more covers, old country blues, jug band tunes, that kind of thing," said Christina. "Original songs started getting added to the repertoire, but we still do old tunes along with our own. Our records tend to be mostly original, but the live shows include older stuff and even more recent stuff that isn't ours."

Among the original tunes is a send-up of the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon,' updated as "Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV." According to Christina the topical song written a few years ago has fallen from the repertoire, as the gung ho stickers seem to have disappeared of late. "And as far as the Spankers being political, it only happens when the opportunity arises to be humorous about it, to have fun with it and make fun of the situation — that's really the only time we're ever going to get very political. With our crowd and our demographic, it's just preaching to the choir."

What is their crowd and demographic? "Oh, I'd say the average age is probably about 35, but that spans a lot. We like to say we have both kinds of blue hair at our shows."

The common thread of that crowd is probably a sense of humor. So, what could be more appropriate than seeing the Spankers on Tuesday, April Fool's Day? That's when the band's Left Coast tour hits Humboldt Brews. As Eureka prepares to batten down the hatches for Jazz Fest weekend and the onslaught of blue-haired dancing Dixielanders and zoot-suited youngsters (and everything in between), the rest of the county goes on with business as usual.

Jazz may be in the air, but the Red Fox is reggae central with the classic Jamaican trio The Itals on Friday. Last I heard, Keith Porter was the last original Ital still carrying the torch forward, his daughter Kada among those singing harmony. Saturday the Fox has Neil Fraser, aka Mad Professor, the crazy (like a fox) British dub master. The Prof typically travels with a suitcase full of electronic gadgets and a stack of DATs — that's all he needs to rock the party. Sunday it's Midwestern reggae with Jah Roots led by an irie cat who calls himself Ras Josh. Humboldt's own Jah Sun takes the mic as a special guest.

Meanwhile in Arcata, Humboldt Brews offers a solid weekend starting with Berkeley neo-Afrobeat band Albino! on Thursday. Friday it's something jazzy: Mike Kaptitan's Miles Davis tribute Miles Ahead.

Saturday HumBrews brings in The Easy, a reggae-ish rock band from Maui that includes former Humboldt local Jeff Thorpe, who once played bass with the funky Doctor Jiveslice and The Bump Foundation. Jeff wrote describing The Easy as, "a unique Hawaiian rock and roll musical experience fronted by an amazing ukulele playing singer-songwriter." He also noted that the opening act is an all-star mash-up of Bump Foundation and Moo-Got-2, dubbed Bumping the Moo.

Sunday at HumBrews it's Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, a band from Rochester NY with a killer name, playing something they call "North American international body music," which is to say reggae/Afrobeat/jamband/dub. They're pretty damn good judging from the tunes posted on MySpace (playing as I type).

UKEsperience, Humboldt's finest (and only) ukulele jamband, has returned from the 2008 Waikoloa Ukulele Festival in Hawaii, home of all things uke. Check out their tans Saturday at Six Rivers, where they play with special guest Nick Russo.

Remember in last week's Hum I mentioned that Colorado "insurgent bluegrass" band Victor Barnes was opening for Great American Taxi? Victor Barnes is back (or still here) to headline a show Thursday at Jambalaya with Steel Toed Slippers opening and DJ Chico spinning between.

The latest in the endless stream of Portland imports comes to the Jam Friday. The Quick and Easy Boys is an unusual country/rock/funk power trio mixing Hendrix licks with Hank Williams twang and Meters-style funk. Very cool. Bonus: local psychedelic-folk treasure Joanne Rand opens with Robert Franklin on guitar.

The Yay Area meets Humboldt at the Mateel Friday night with one of the founders of the Hyphy Movement, E-40, sharing the stage with homegrown acts including Potluck, Cool Nutz, Da Grindaz and DJ Itchie Fingaz.

Ready to dance? The Bay Area Balkan band Brass Menazeri plays for folkdancers Saturday at Redwood Raks, the newly named space in the Old Arcata Creamery Building. At the same time at Freshwater Grange, it's an "Old Time Country Dance" with music by The Country Pretenders and The Bayside Quartet with Katie Belknap on piano, Jim Cornwell on guitar and mandolin, and Judy Hageman and Brooks Otis on fiddles. (Bayside Q also plays next Saturday at the Graves for Arts Alive!)

Friends of salmon and wild rivers take note: The quasi-Celtic Druid Sisters Tea Party plays a benefit for the valiant efforts of the Friends of the Eel River Saturday at Mazzotti’s.

Tech Williams of "Do Som Bout It" Productions, takes the party outdoors on Sunday afternoon bringing something called "The Brigade" (a hip hop crew?) to Eureka's Carson Park, "right in the smack middle of town between the one ways; y'all know were it's at," as Tech puts it. He also notes, somewhat poetically, "If it rain, this will not go down, so pray for sun, so we can have fun."

The local hard rock crowd gathers Sunday evening at the Boiler Room to remember Matt Evans, drummer for Cycle of Violence, who died in February at the age of 26. The Social Ills, Anslinger, The Baby Arms and No Cigar offer heartfelt loudness for the occasion.

You might recall a show back in February with local "instrumetalists" 33 1/3 playing to raise cash to offset legal fees in a copyright infringement lawsuit that has Eugene doom metal trio, Middian locked in battle with members of a Milwaukee-based metal band called Midian. While the suit drags on, the Oregonian band is resolute, declaring on their MySpace, "The underground metal community's love has simply been overwhelming. With your help and support, Middian will stand triumphant against this truly evil attack on our persons and families." Show your support Sunday when 33 1/3 and Middian play at the Alibi.

The insider show for next week is definitely the Two Part Beast gig Monday, March 31, at the Accident Gallery. Two Part Beast is fronted by Imaad Wassif, a Lou Barlow associate who was in alaska! and The New Folk Implosion, and also served as touring guitarist for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Imaad and 2-Part have a new album out, Strange Hexes, described by booking agent Michelle (of Panache) as "heavy-psyche-folk-rock with eastern modal influence." The Broken Hearts and Monster Women provide local support for Monday's show.

The talk of the town this Monday was the upcoming Willie Nelson gig in SoHum set for August 31, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. People Productions has Benbow Lake State Park reserved for the date, and that's how it's listed on Willie's website, but the preferred plan is to use Dimmick Ranch, the new home of Reggae, provided the Planning Commission signs off on an expanded permit. Since Tom Dimmick and People Productions are still locked in a legal battle with the Mateel over the lease for the site, and the Mateel folks are making waves with the Planning Comm., the ranch idea is by no means a done deal. But it is certain that the show will happen one place or the other. And no, I don't know when tickets will go on sale.

I'm sure this will come as bad news to Glenn Maxon of Redwood Coast Music Festivals. Monday morning we were talking about his decision to move the date for Blues by the Bay from mid-July to Labor Day weekend, in part to pull in the just returning HSU crowd, but also to put the two-day fest on a three-day weekend, one where Glenn saw no local competition. He's got British blues legend John Mayall as Sunday's headliner. Will Willie steal the boomer crowd? I guess we'll see.

Redwood Coast Jazz Fest evolves.

The Redwood Coast Jazz Festival has come a long way since it began as a traditional Dixieland festival in the '90s. Now in its 18th year, the festival has had to evolve or face extinction.

"Before I got here they actually took Dixieland out of the [festival] title, but they did not really make major changes to the bands they booked," said Redwood Coast Festivals executive director Glenn Maxon, adding, "We're widening the jazz genres some more."

Of course the festival has indeed evolved over the years, adding blues, Cajun music, neo-swing, even bluegrass to the mix. The major addition this year is a sit down jazz concert Friday night at the Arkley Center featuring what Maxon sees as "modern jazz." Specifically that means the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, with two of jazz icon Dave Brubeck's sons — Daniel Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on trombone and bass — plus guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. Also on the bill Friday at the Arkley Center, Incendio, a Los Angeles-based Latin jazz fusion quartet following along the lines of the Gipsy Kings. Admission for the Friday night show is $40 without a general festival ticket, $10 if you have an all-weekend ticket ($75) or an all-day Friday ticket ($30).

"We're a jazz festival and this gives us something for everybody — I hope," said Maxon. "We're trying to attract the younger audience. We've had some great swing jazz shows with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlining last year, Cherry Poppin' Daddies the year before that and we have Lavay Smith this year. "

In addition to past festival faves Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, the Saturday night dance party at the Muni includes the energetic jump swing of Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit, and a band led by blues guitarist/singer J.C. Smith (no relation to Lavay). Admission for the Saturday night show is $30 without a general festival ticket, $5 if you have an all-day Saturday ticket ($40) or a three-day ticket.

Another show available to those without general tickets is the silent movie. This year the film is Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, a classic from 1926 with the baby-faced comic Harry Langdon in the lead, a young Joan Crawford in a supporting role and Frank Capra writing and co-directing. The five-piece Pastime Silent Movie Orchestra, a spin-off from the Humboldt Ragtime Band, provides a live sound track. Film admission is just $5, free with a jazz fest ticket. Showtimes are 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday (right after local old timey band Huckleberry Flint) and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with all shows at the Arkley Center. For a jazz fest teaser there's the opening ceremony Friday at noon at the Arkley Center with two trad bands, Titan Hot 7 and Blue Street — and free admission. Blue Street also plays at the Sunday morning hymnals at the Adorni Center, another free show. Uptown Lowdown also plays for free Sunday at the First United Methodist Church (at 520 Del Norte St., Eureka).

Another change this year is in the array of venues. Ownership of Indigo/Club West (now Auntie Mo's) was in question when the festival was booked, so that one's out. The Eureka Theater has also been dropped. All of the tent venues disappeared a couple of years ago, and of course the Eureka Inn remains closed. Maxon's solution to the drop in available spaces was to add two buildings at Redwood Acres into the mix. Franceschi Hall (the big building where the flea market is held) will have swing and Cajun bands (Gator Beat and Tom Rigney) along with a smattering of trad (traditional Dixieland) jazz. The Vickers Building next door (aka the Home Ec building) will have an almost exclusively trad line-up (same with the Red Lion). As Maxon points out, Redwood Acres also has an RV park and there is still a small circle of seniors who follow their favorite Dixieland bands like Deadheads traveling from festival to festival. A pair of shuttles will run from venue to venue downtown; a third bus will loop out to Redwood Acres on a regular basis. While there have been a decent number of ticket sales from out-of-towners, Maxon admits that advance ticket sales are slow overall. "I'm sure it's the economy — $4 a gallon for gas doesn't help," he said. He's counting on the locals to support the festival, and with it something he sees as key: youth music programs at local schools. With budget cuts looming across the education world, the added boost that comes from the festival proceeds is more important than ever. "Everyone knows that a higher percentage of music students go on to college. To make it in music you have to learn to practice and work hard," said Maxon. "We're out there supporting the music programs all over the county."

For further ticket information and other details call festival headquarters at 445-3378. For a full schedule of events for this weekend's Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, go to www.redwoodjazz.org.

- Bob Doran

   

HIP HOP 101
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact 826-4411

AS PRESENTS HIP HOP 101 FEATURING BROTHER ALI AND MEMBERS OF THE LIVING LEGENDS

AS Presents “Hip Hop 101” featuring Brother Ali, Scarub, LuckyIam, Eligh from the Living Legends crew and Northern State on Thursday, May 8th at 8 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, Humboldt State University. With a rubber-cement flow halfway between Slug's and Slim Shady's, and the ability to count himself as the planet's foremost albino Muslim rapper, Brother Ali is certainly a rare persona in the hip-hop universe. Politically aware and on topic Ali is a force to be reckoned with. Scarub, LuckyIam and Eligh are founding members of the influential Living Legends crew. Tickets are $25 general and $12.50 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 18 years old or a current HSU student with ID

   

Humboldt Folklife Society Events
Music and dance are in the air everywhere this month, starting this weekend with singer songwriter Audrey Auld-Mezera and a series of Balkan Dance events! Then, next weekend (April 4th-6th) is the Humboldt Folkdancers Festival, as well as a special HFS show during the Bayside Hayride as part of the KHSU spring pledge drive.

Hope to see you at at the music!

(1) Audrey Auld-Mezera House Concert - Friday, March 28th

(2) A Wild Weekend of Balkan Dance, March 29th-30th

(3) Folkdance Festival, April 4th-6th

(4) HFS on KHSU, April 6th

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(1) Audrey Auld-Mezera House Concert - Friday, March 28th

On Friday evening, Audrey Auld-Mezera returns to Humboldt County for an intimate house concert in Arcata, accompanied by virtuoso guitar player Andrew Hardin. Audrey, a transplanted Aussie now living in Bolinas, describes her songs as "music with the dirt left on."

Audrey is popular with other musicians: Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Fred Eaglesmith, Mary Gauthier and Nina Gerber appear on Audrey's recordings, and The Waifs count themselves among her many fans. Fred Eaglesmith calls her "one of the most honest original artists I know." Jimmy La Fave says that "Audrey is the real deal. I call her the Australian songbird. She has that wide-open sound & it's easy to relate to her music because she sings from the soul."

Andrew is a internationally admired guitarist, and a veteran of country, rock, and blues acts as well as the singer-songwriter circuit. Guitar Player's assessment? Andrew "... is electrifyingly high on emotion. He is one of the finest players in the country."

Admission to the house concert with Audrey and Andrew is a donation of $15; all proceeds go to performers. To reserve a seat, email Joel Sonenshein at [email protected] or call at 839-7063.

(2) A Wild Weekend of Balkan Dance, March 29th-30th

Shoshanna presents the Brass Menazeri in a Balkan Dance party, Saturday, March 29th from 8-11 pm @ Redwood Raks. The Brass Menazeri ("Menagerie") is the Bay Area's Balkan Romani ("Gypsy") powerhouse Brass Band. They cascade through music of the Serbian, Macedonian, Greek and Rajasthani Roma with wild rhythms, soulful vocals and hot improvisations. The Brass Menazeri is a shining example of traditional Balkan repertoire combined with new sensibilities, innovative arrangements and original compositions at the hands and lips of American devotees. Come get your Balkan Dancing Groove on! Admission is $10 general/$8 students and seniors at the door. Opening the show will be dance artists Rose Harden and Deb Rubin, who are at the forefront of San Francisco's cutting edge belly dance scene. Rose and Deb are also teaching tribal fusion belly dance workshops on Sunday -- more details are here:

http://www.shoshannaland.com/rose-deb.html

Redwood Raks is Shoshanna's new studio, at 824 L Street in Arcata -- on L between 8th & 9th Streets. (It is located in the Old Creamery Building, previously the location of the Dancenter.)

(3) The Folkdance Festival Returns April 4th-6th at the Bayside Grange

This festival only happens every two years, and this year's program is not to be missed! The 2008 festival features five dance classes, 12 bands, and multiple music workshops!

There will be:

* A Friday evening potluck, live music party and kafana

* Workshops in dance, instruments and singing, all day Saturday

* Live music party, concert and kafana Saturday night

* Food and treats by Rhonda Wiedenbeck and Jeff O'Connor! * Jam sessions

* A Sunday morning brunch, dance review and sing-along

* Vendors offering recordings and other items

* Great company and a lot of fun!

Check out the full schedule & registration info online at http://www.arcatafolkdancefestival.org or call 822-8045 for more information.

(4) HFS and KHSU

Folklife will be participating in the KHSU spring pledge drive on Sunday, April 6th, from 4-6 pm. We'll be in the studio to talk about the 30th annual festival and other exciting events coming this year, and will bring a few of our favorite bands with us! It's a great time to renew your pledge to keeping public radio alive. From the incredible diversity of music programming, local and national news, and cool new projects like Bright Moments with The Redwood Jazz Alliance group, KHSU serves a unique and important community role. We hope you'll tune in, and give us a ring!

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Coming soon... square dance details for April, Folklife Festival schedule and more! Thanks for being a part of the music!

   

Katchafire & Tchiya Amet At Mateel This Friday
This Friday, April 4th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will host an evening of indigenous reggae with New Zealand’s top band and rising international superstars, Katchafire, along with local favorites Tchiya Amet & The Lighthouse Band and the Crucial Dance Riddims of DJ Sister Yasmin.

A southern hemisphere sensation now taking the world by storm, Katchafire is a band poised to take it to the top. From humble beginnings as a family band playing the music of Bob Marley and other classic reggae artists, Katchafire has evolved to become one of the freshest voices in modern reggae music. An all-Maori band (the native people of New Zealand), they infuse an infectious and unmistakable island groove into their conscious, original roots reggae. With three platinum albums under their belt in their home country and a reputation for marathon, high energy performances, this will be the group’s first major tour of the Western U.S. and a highly anticipated one for stateside fans. Mendo favorites, Tchiya Amet and the Lighthouse Band will open with their jazzy and soulful brand of roots reggae. A First Nations Cherokee, Tchiya Amet also blends heavy doses of Native American musical and cultural influences into her music. She has won over crowds at local events such as Reggae on the River and the Summer Arts and Music Festival, and was a highlight of the Mateel Community Center’s Give Thanks NorCal reggae showcase last November.

Doors open at 7pm with the Crucial Dance Riddims of DJ Sister Yasmin. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $20 MCC members or $22 general.

Tickets at the door will be sliding scale to support MCC with a minimum donation of $25. Visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368 for more info and don’t miss Katchafire and Tchiya Amet for what is sure to be an awesome night of indigenous reggae at the Mateel Community Center this Friday, April 4th.

   

420 Blowout At Mateel
On Sunday, April 20th, Mateel Community Center in association with Bonus Entertainment presents The Humboldt 420 Blowout at Mateel in Redway. An irie reggae party in celebration of the 420 holiday, this event will showcase Jamaican dancehall favorite, Fantan Mojah, plus local roots reggae by Jah Sun, Elhadji, and Ras Indio with band support by The Demolition Squad. Doors open at 7pm with DJ Jungliss and juggling by the DI Alliance. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com. Mateel Community Center members receive a $5 discount when purchased in advance at the office in Redway. For more information call either the Mateel at 923-3368 or Bonus Entertainment at 223-7919. Thanks to Bonus Entertainment for underwriting this event for the benefit of the Mateel Community Center and see you at The Humboldt 420 Blowout on Sunday, April 20th.    
126 DAYS LEFT UNTILL REGGAE RISING 2008!!!
Reggae Rising Music Festival is pleased to announce the official "tickets on sale date" of April 1st. Tickets will be available at our official ticket outlets on April 1st, and will continue to be available via mail order, or via online credit card sales (please see www.reggaerising.com for details)

By popular request, the early bird ticket price of $160 will be extended during the launching of our outlet sales. Early Bird tickets are limited, and will soon be gone. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to get a break on this year's tickets!    

Making Merry Melodies
”We had five or six members when we started and no music, just a little songbook,” said Lurline Hatherill of McKinleyville, a founding member of the Merry Melody Makers. “Pretty soon, we had 10 members, then 12; it just kept on growing. Emmalena moved away; she's in a rest home in Redding now.” Read More   
A jazzy farewell
The 18th Annual Redwood Coast Jazz Festival came to close Sunday afternoon with a six-band finale at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium and a full house to applaud their efforts. Bands Gator Beat, Blue Street, J.P. and the Rhythm Chasers, Uptown Lowdown, Cornet Chop Suey, and the Titan Hot 7 put on a show to finish off Humboldt County’s very own festival, founded in 1991. Read More   
An acoustic evening with JoAnne Rand
DATE: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

EVENT: An acoustic evening with JoAnne Rand (Jackie Greene Aftershow)

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern/Eureka, CA

DETAILS: 11pm, $5 cover, $3 with Jackie Greene ticket, 21+ w. ID

JOANNE RAND www.joannerand.com

Just try to peg Joanne Rand's music, it's impossible: radical, classical, earth-based, politico-spiritual, folk-rock "song poetry" of the ages, written for the masses, but really appealing to the individual. Rand's twenty-plus year career includes performances with Bonnie Raitt, John Hartford, Janis Ian, members of the Grateful Dead, John Trudell, Floyd Westerman, Ralph Nader, and the McGarrigle sisters.

"Once upon a time a pigtailed kid with a big stick stood on a Georgia Mountaintop, singing the birds right out of the trees. At sixteen she began a big zigzag all over this country and beyond: Florida, London, Chicago, Santa Fe, Alaska, the Amazon. Then she hit the Pacific Northwest and a certain wild river captured her heart.

To this river is dedicated Joanne Rand's seventh self-produced album. Into the River is all about claiming your life, diving from the head into the heart. "Dive in! The river is yours, the river is now, river of life." In an age of uncertainty, Rand evokes the human values of love, compassion and courage.

During the late 1980s this same river gave Rand the guts to come out as a radical singer songwriter, winning fans throughout the US.

"Joanne Rand¹s singing raises your hair – elegance and fierceness in the same deep breath." –Gary Snyder.

She has been performing nationally and recording ever since, weaving her life into her work: from the loss of her brother (songwriter, Jordan Rand, whose songs grace her albums), to the birth of her daughter, Georgia. Rand, whose style has been dubbed Psychedelic-Folk-Revival and Acoustic Ritual spins songs of transformation and grassroots power. From audiences of 60,000 to personal appearances for hospice patients, weddings and birthing mothers, Rand moves hearts along a wide spectrum of human existence.

With roots in classical piano, gospel and the politico-folk-rock music of her youth, as well as indigenous songs and chants, Rand's career has included performances with Bonnie Raitt, Richie Havens, Janis Ian and members of the former Grateful Dead. During the 1990s Rand anchored Seattle's hometown music scene. At the same time Rand's quartet was voted Best Acoustic Band in Sonoma County by a California reader's poll. In 2002 she was proclaimed Sebastopol, CA's Official Folk Singer by the city Mayor.

Joanne has since returned to Humboldt, and recently released "Where Our Power Lies", a new album that contains 14 songs featuring Steve Kimock, members of Copper Wimmin, 2 full bands and so much more. Inspired by wild characters, wild rivers and mountains, this CD is her best yet!

   

A&E writers swear off first-person pronoun
Humboldt County's music journalists took a rare step on Thursday, each of whom promised to ban the first-person pronoun from their scene coverage. Read More   
Yonder Mountain String Band
If Yonder Mountain String Band’s fourth studio album and self-titled debut for Vanguard Records sounds a little different, well, it should. It marks the first time the burgeoning progressive string band has worked with a stellar rock producer—Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliott Smith, Beck and James Blunt—it’s the first time they’ve added a little drums to their mix of banjo/bass/mandolin/guitar and it’s the first time they’ve written almost an entire album spontaneously. Yonder Mountain String Band catches them transitioning into more folk and rock territories and most certainly and ceremoniously exploring different sounds and ways of songwriting. Previously, guitarist Adam Aijala, mandolinist Jeff Austin, banjo player Dave Johnston and bassist Ben Kaufmann would each show up to the studio with their own songs, or songs that had already been worked up on the road. But with Rothrock behind the boards, they sat around and came up with songs that stirred the band’s creative juices in a new way. “It definitely was the challenge that was ready to be taken on,” says Austin. “For me, it was a very necessary step that the band had to take, just because we’ve always been about letting ourselves experiment to the full width of the spectrum. It was a part of us that was just dying to come out.”

Under Rothrock’s leadership, Aijala added electric guitar to the album, while Austin, milked an old ‘70s amplifier for feedback with an acoustic mandolin. Ambient noise accompanies the disc-ending “Wind’s On Fire.” The cinematic instrumental “Midwest Gospel Radio” was born out of Rothrock’s request for a spiritual number. Says Aijala, “Tom’s input certainly gave the songs a new and interesting feel.” On the upbeat, rousing, first single “How ‘Bout You?” and “Classic Situation,” the band also brought into the fold Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, who changed the sensibility of the record, says Ben. “All of a sudden, our perspective got a little broader. His drumming shows up fundamentally and very subtly in places throughout the record. I’ll leave that up to the listener to find these. We ended up with an album that’s got rippin’ bluegrass on it, but approached in a non-traditional way, which really appeals to me because we are not a traditional band. It’s always been forward-thinking and this is the first time we’ve captured that in the studio."

As a result, the always progressive Yonder Mountain continues to close the gap between bluegrass and rock: With its dueling electric guitar/banjo solo section, “How ‘Bout You?” has the goods to turn people on to a new way of thinking about how a banjo can be played. “There are places where the banjo and the mandolin become rock instruments,” says Kaufmann. “Angel,” meanwhile, could be dubbed “hard-folk” “That’s a song where we draw from personal influences that bridge—for us—our love of heavier rock music, with lyrical imagery that’s clearly traditional,” Kaufmann continues. “There’s a fiddle in the solo section, but it’s clearly channeling the spirits of the rock guitar gods.”

Fusing traditional elements and modern techniques, the disc’s leadoff cut, “Sidewalk Stars,” appropriately and perfectly captures the spirit of Yonder Mountain on this album. A few of the tracks were worked up live, and a few come from outside sources. “I Ain’t Been Myself in Years” was written by band friend Benny Galloway, and “East Nashville Easter” was penned by Austin and lauded singer/songwriter Todd Snider. And it’s in songs like the latter where the band’s experimentations make even more sense.

Twisting and bending their sound with a rock producer was a natural next step for a group of guys who actually grew up on rock music. Comprised of Colorado transplants that grew up in the Midwest or Northeast, none of the band members had backgrounds in bluegrass music, but rather discovered it through old and new records and fellow musicians during college.

But it was indeed their new and growing love for bluegrass that quite unexpectedly brought the four players together during a free-for-all jam session at The Verve, a bar outside of Boulder, in 1998. Once they met, they knew they were onto something. “It was an eye-opening experience because we heard a unique sound,” says Johnston. “Something coalesced that night.”

Emphasizing song craft and unafraid to push its boundaries, things began snowballing quickly. In 1999, the band debuted with Elevation, produced by Grammy-winning dobro player Sally Van Meter and released (like each of its previous studio discs) on their own Frog Pad Records. Yonder Mountain returned in 2001 with Town by Town, helmed by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tim O’Brien. Van Meter was back behind the boards for the 2003 set Old Hands, a concept album of sorts that featured the songwriting of Benny “Burle” Galloway. Featured on the evocative tunes about cowboys, miners and all sorts of hard-livin’ Western folk were O’Brien, lauded fiddleman Darol Anger (Bela Fleck, David Grisman Quintet, Vassar Clements) and dobro player Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris).

In between those studio discs, the band released Mountain Tracks Volume 1-IV, issued on Frog Pad Records, and each capturing the energy of its increasingly popular live shows. With little radio support, Yonder Mountain has become one of the fastest rising touring bands in the country, its fanbase having ballooned over the past five years through steady gigging and high-profile festival sets, all of which are full of improv and none of which feature the same set list. “Now that we’re maturing as performers, our improvisation is more beholden to playing with good tone, good feel, good timing,” says Johnston. It can’t be understated just what the band has achieved with that untraditional banjo/bass/mandolin/guitar line-up. Using bluegrass as its bedrock, the band has grown like few rock bands even do these days. “It’s funny,” says Austin. “But now we’re playing before 4,000 people in Denver. Last year, we played before 700 people in Atlanta and we recently sold-out a 3,000 seat venue there!” Added Kaufman, “ I think there’s just something about the banjo that makes people feel good.”

“[This album] probably represents us more than any other record we’ve done,” states Aijala, “because it incorporates more of our musical influences than ever before. It’s a really cool thing to be a part of and I’ll never take for granted just how lucky we are to do what we do. It makes me more excited for the future.”

   

ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS EVENT TO BE HELD IN APRIL
ARCATA – The 2008 Battle of the Bands will be Thursday, April 17 at Jambalaya in Arcata at 10pm.

The annual event is a benefit for KRFH.NET, HSU’s student-run radio station.

Bands who place first and second in the battle will receive cash prizes of $300 and $200, respectively. The first and second place winners will also be guaranteed the two performing spots at the 2008 Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival on April 27.

The first place winners are chosen at the event by a four-member panel of KRFH student managers, and second place winners chosen by a peoples’ choice vote. Ballots are included with the price of an admission ticket.

“We are excited to continue this community event and our partnership with the Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival,” said Station Manager, Daniel Giannotta. “We welcome any and all bands to apply to compete for the 2008 Best Band in Humboldt title.”

Interested bands are invited to apply by visiting www.krfh.net, where the electronic entry form is posted. The deadline for entry is Friday, April 11, 2008.

For more information, or to enter the battle, please visit www.krfh.net.

   

Eric McFadden Trio with Bernie Worrell
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2008

EVENT: Eric McFadden Trio wsg Bernie Worrell (Talking Heads/Parliament)

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern/Eureka, CA

DETAILS: 10pm, $18 adv. $20 day of show, 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/ Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/ [email protected]

BERNIE WORRELL www.bernieworrell.com Bernie Worrell first came to prominence as a founding member and musical director of Parliament/ Funkadelic.While this massively influential supergroup was radically altering the course of music, he was radically charting the course of emerging keyboard technology during the golden age of analog synthesis. Among the key ingredients in his sonic stew were perfect pitch and a well-honed facility with the classical canon.

A child prodigy who began studying piano at the tender age of three, performed his first classical concert at the age of 4, wrote his first Concerto at the age of eight and performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at ten. His classical studies would continue throughout his adolescence, including private lessons at the Julliard School of Music, before Majoring in Classical Piano at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Upon leaving the Conservatory, Worrell served for several years as Musical Director for Maxine Brown before joining George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic crew. Worrell then proceeded to provide this freewheeling collective with a structural foundation which, while occasionally implied, was ever present. At the same time, he explored and expanded his own musical ideas in every conceivable direction with a brazenness which was both revolutionary and evolutionary. From fanciful forays on clavinet which leapt without warming from guttural gulps to squiggly squeals to liquid Minimoogª bass-lines which herded listeners to the dance floor, it all represented new musical language. All the while, his rapid advancements of the synthesizer's potential were actually traceable to his classical foundation. "When the synthesizers came about, my having been brought up classically - knowing a full range of orchestra, tympanis and everything, I knew how it sounded and what it felt like. So, if I'm playing a horn arrangement on the keyboard or strings, it really sounds like real strings or horns, because I know how to phrase it - how a string phrases, different attacks from the aperture for horns, for the trumpets, sax, or trombones." The hits were many: Flashlight, Atomic Dog, Aqua Boogie, Cosmic Slop, and Red Hot Mama are only a few of the Parliament/Funkadelic classics which Worrell co-wrote, played, and co-produced on literally dozens of albums - not to mention his years of wild P-Funk performances, which quickly became the stuff of lore.

After departing Parliament/Funkadelic, he resurfaced with the revamped Talking Heads lineup for several albums, including the Name of This Band is Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues, and Jonathan Demme's dazzling concert film, Stop Making Sense. Worrell's ominous colorings, this time delivered via new digital keyboards such as the Prophet 5, were central to the recasting of group leader David Bryne's musical ideas through African rhythms.

In the years since he left Talking Heads, Worrell has been a phenomenally prolific studio musician, serving as a primary change-agent in the many experimental works of producer bill Laswell while contributing his singular flair to projects the likes of Keith Richards, The Pretenders, Jack Bruce, Deee-Lite and Bootsy's New Rubber Band. At the same time, he has been among the most sampled musicians ever, with Digital Underground, De La Soul, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, DMX and countless others having acknowledged his timeless grooves by building their tunes around his signature riffs.

Worrell also released a series of critically acclaimed solo efforts including Funk of Ages, Blacktronic Science, Pieces of WOO/The Other Side and Free Agent: A Spaced Odyssey. He has become quite a sensation on the jam band circuit, playing with groups ranging from Warren Haynes' Gov't Mule to Laswell's Material and Praxis conglomerations.

In 1997, Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Parliament/Funkadelic (Talking Heads would follow five years later). That same year, he launched his own group, Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors, which has performed all over the US and abroad to rave reviews. The in-concert energy of this ensemble has twice been captured on live albums: Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors Live (1998) and True DAT (2002).

Worrell's work has also continued to surface in other places. In 1993, when David Letterman moved his program to CBS, Worrell helped launch the CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer. He co-wrote the score for the cult classic, Car 54, Where Are You? and other films, including the Ice Cube vehicle, Friday. In 2003, his music was featured in the NBC television mini-series, Kingpin.

The "Wizard of WOO" continues to wear many hats as effortlessly as he mixes musical forms, performing with both Mos Def's Black Jack Johnson band and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains - while at the same time, continuing to perform from time-to-time as "special Guest" with Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars.

ERIC MCFADDEN TRIO

www.ericmcfaddentrio.com

Like protagonists from some epic western novel, the Eric McFadden Trio arrives on the jaded contemporary music scene preceded by anxious rumors and curious anticipation. A veteran of celebrated underground bands including Liar, the Eric McFadden Experience, Alien Lovestock and IZM, Eric McFadden's sinister songs, vampiric vocals and flamenco-rock guitar improvisations have made him an icon along America's western seaboard. Lest you dismiss the preceding as absurd hyperbole, consider the fact that McFadden has performed and recorded with the lordly likes of Bo Diddley, the late Joe Strummer, Widespread Panic, psychobilly rockers The Reverend Horton Heat, blues troubadour Keb Mo', Rolling Stone Ron Wood, Primus kahuna Les Claypool and others. He was voted "Best Guitarist" by the New Mexico Weekly and "Guitarist of the Year" by San Francisco's Zero magazine. And in 2000, McFadden was recruited as a touring member of George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars, a distinction that thrusts McFadden into the pantheon of funk-rock guitar idols.

   

2nd Annual Hospital and Clinic Ball
The Jerold Phelps Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual Hospital and Clinic Ball and Staff Appreciation Night featuring the original rockin' dance tunes of the Marjo Wilson Band, coming up Saturday, April 12th at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. Dinner by Sue Moloney with locally donated wine and beer will be served starting at 6 pm. Dinner music provided by Hospital Staff--including Karl Verick, Billie Bachman, Jan T, Amanda Lamar and Genevieve Miller--followed by Covelo's own Marjo Wilson at 8 pm. Feel free to dress to the nines! Employees of the Phelps Hospital and the Community Clinic dine free in appreciation of all their hard work. A sliding scale donation is requested with all proceeds going to purchase life saving equipment for the Healthcare District. Volunteers are needed. Please call 223 3788 for all info.   
Sara Bareilles can do no wrong
In an interview last July, Bareilles explained that her music wasn't influenced by the Humboldt music scene. "I was too young to see shows before I left ... Read More   
'Musical ministry' aiming to buy Bridgeville
A “musical ministry” church from the Bay Area is trying to raise money to buy Bridgeville, which gained fame as the first town to be offered for sale on the Internet auction site eBay. The Church of Creative Reinvention Unifying Spirituality and Technology, or CRUST ... Read More   
International Flair for Fortuna Concert Series
The 2008 Concert Series has been dominated by musicians from around the area and this is a real testament to the quality of music in Humboldt County. We have had solos, quartets and more with a common thread of excellence in performance. Local talent is wonderful, but sophisticated audiences also appreciate the excitement that comes with performers from around the world, and that will be the case on Saturday at 8 p.m. Read More   
Humboldt Harmonaires sing into spring at the Arkley Center
If you're ready to have your spirits lifted by voices raised together in joyful song, then don't miss the Humboldt Harmonaires' Annual Spring Show, “I've Been Workin' On The Railroad,” at the Arkley Center this Saturday, April 19th. Read More   
Godzilla Plays the Tango - The Hum April 17
Being a tango fan, I was intrigued. I actually learned to tango, a little bit, when I took social dance in college long ago. Discovering Argentine master Astor Piazzolla and his oft-times brutal tango nuevo revived my interest as a listener. What cemented my love for the dance was a summer eve in Paris, when my wife and I came across a small group of tango dancers doing dips and turns to music from a boom-box in a small amphitheater along the Seine. Read More   
http://www.northcoastjournal.com/041708/hum0417.html
It could be argued that Elvis Presley originally put the sex in rock and roll. Colleen Duffy of Devil Doll wants to bring it back. In a world of prefabricated pop icons, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Duffy feels like sexuality has disappeared from the music, a few years back. Read More   
Merlin G. Marvel
Merlin loved music, especially the big-band sound, and was well known throughout Humboldt County for playing in many of the local big bands. Read More   
LOTUS with special guest GRAM RABBIT
DATE: Friday, April 18, 12008

EVENT: LOTUS with special guest GRAM RABBIT

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern/Eureka, CA

DETAILS: 10pm, $10 cover 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/ [email protected]

LOTUS www.lotusvibes.com

Link to Press Photo:

http://lotusvibes.com/HTML/promo.php Lotus, a five-piece ensemble, creates astonishingly danceable soundscapes. The music is heavily influenced by electronic music such as jazzy-house and drum 'n' bass and is mixed with elements of jazz, funk, and ethnic music from India, Africa, and Latin America. Lotus' seamless mixes and interlocking rhythms play like a DJ, but with a human touch. The result is a sophisticated yet accessible dance music with the ability to react instantaneously to the crowd and atmosphere of a room and that appeals to fans of live music, funk and jazz, as well as piquing the interest of electronic music communities.

Since its inception in 1999 Lotus has grown exponentially. The group gained a dedicated fan base by touring throughout the Midwest with excursions to Colorado and the east from 1999-2002. In June of 2002 Lotus relocated to Philadelphia in order to expand its touring schedule. Since the move Lotus has been growing internationally. Regular touring, word of mouth from devoted fans who trade Lotus's music across the country (and globe), and media attention have opened many new markets as familiar ones continue to grow. Lotus' most recent cross-country jaunt during this past Winter 2005 showcased just how well the band has grown by word of mouth and internet communities. They sold out venues such as the Fox Theatre in Boulder on their first true headline in the room, sold out Tribeca Rocks Club in NYC, supported the North American leg of the Ozric Tentacles tour, and closed it out with an opening slot for Michael Franti & Spearhead at Univ. of CO. This summer sess the band debuting at High Sierra Music Festival, All Good Music Festival, the 25th Annual Fat Tire Bike Week and returning to perform a late night set at Smilefest. The band has been featured in Relix magazine, SF Examiner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Times Leader Weekender, Fort Collins Weekly, Hittin' the Note magazine, Jambase.com, Jambands.com, The Onion, as well as many more regional magazines, newspapers, websites and specialty radio shows. Lotus's debut album VIBES, released in Feb. 2002, captures moments recorded live in concert during the fall of 2001. The first pressing of VIBES sold out in February of 2003. In March 2003 Lotus signed a record deal with Harmonized Records with national distribution through the Home Grown Music Network joining a strong independent roster of the Motet, Garaj Mahal, The Codetalkers and Perpetual Groove. The album Germination was released in May 2003 and instantly made it to ..2 on the Home Grown Music Network Charts. The eagerly anticipated debut studio release Nomad hit the streets on September 21 on Harmonized Records, showcasing a pristine and reworked sound not yet heard from the band. With only 3 months to work with, the album was the fan choice of 2004 as it sold more via Home Grown than any other disc for the year.

Lotus continues to evolve both musically and professionally. The use of some of the newest digital technology as well as classic vintage sounds along with a musical vision that grows from show to show makes every night a new experience. The fresh, creative, and mature sounds of these talented musicians are not to be missed.

GRAM RABBIT www.gramrabbit.com An eclectic group from Joshua Tree, CA, words cannot describe the splendor that is Gram rabbit.

   

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE TICKETS RELEASED
For more information contact 826-4411

AS PRESENTS ANNOUNCES ADDITONAL DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE TICKETS RELEASED

AS Presents Announces additional Death Cab for Cutie tickets released today for their show Monday, April 21st at 9 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, Humboldt State University. Bellingham, WA, indie pop quartet Death Cab for Cutie began in 1997 as the solo project of singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard. The underground success of the cassette You Can Play These Songs' Chords inspired Gibbard to recruit a full-time band, and in the summer of 1998, Death Cab for Cutie issued their debut LP, Something About Airplanes, to much acclaim from indie circles. After a lengthy courtship with Barsuk, the group inked a deal with Atlantic and released their label debut, Plans, in August of 2005. It sold nearly 90,000 copies during its first week of release, entering the US album chart at number four. Tickets are $30 general and $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 18 years old or a current HSU student with ID

   

KRFH Battle Winners
The winners of the 2008 annual KRFH Battle of the Bands were announced today.

1st place - Sour Cream

2nd place - Svelte Velvet

Both bands will be performing at the Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, April 27.

SLAMfest, a zero-waste event, will take place on the Humboldt State soccer field beginning at 11:00am.

For more information regarding SLAMfest, visit: http://www.myspace.com/hsuslamfest

   

Homegrown Hip Hop vol. 5
What: Homegrown Hip Hop vol. 5

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Saturday, May 3 (Doors- 8pm)

Who: Souls of Mischief, Myka 9, Subliminal Sabotage, and more!

Why: Conscious Cali-based hip hop to support the Mateel!

Homegrown Hip Hop vol. 5 Brings Conscious Hip Hop To Mateel May 3

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will present Homegrown Hip Hop vol. 5, a twice annual celebration of the best in Cali-based conscious hip hop.

The Spring 08 edition will feature Oakland based hip hop pioneers, Souls of Mischief (of Hieroglyphics fame), along with Myka 9 (of Haiku D’Etat), Subliminal Sabotage, Whosane, J The Sarge, and Onetribe. Also featured will be DJ Just One and DJ Elements, with MC 2Son running the proceedings. Doors open at 8pm with music until 1am.

Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $20 in advance. MCC members and teens receive a $2 discount when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Admission at the door will be $25. A selection of snack foods and desserts will be available to benefit the Mateel Meal and a 21 & over bar will be upstairs.

For more information contact the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc

   

DECEMBERISTS' JENNY CONLEE
ARCATA SHOW: Casey Neill to play Jambalaya on May 10th

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Casey Neill is touring in support of his latest full-length, "Brooklyn Bridge" (In Music We Trust). "Brooklyn Bridge" features guest appearances by The Decemberists¹ Jennie Conlee and Chris Funk (both play in a Pogues tribute band Neill fronts entitled KMRIA), John Wesley Harding, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (of Steve Earle and The Dukes), Erin McKeown, and others.

"Brooklyn Bridge" moves from indie-rock to Celtic, from pop-rock to Americana, all with an earnest, punk mindset that few singer-songwriters can touch - and mean it - when weaving through various genres not only on the same album, but sometimes on the same song.

The 12-track collection of songs was produced by legendary Scottish fiddler player Johnny Cunninghan, well-regarded in the Celtic and folk worlds as a top-notch player and producer (among many others, he produced Solas, an Irish folk supergroup that covered one of Neill¹s songs), his reach going as far as punk band The Dropkick Murphys, who have previously tapped Cunningham to work with them.

Neill met Cunningham in 1993 and the two began working together when Cunningham produced Neill¹s second full-length, "Skree" (Appleseed Recordings). Later, it would be Cunningham that convinced Neill to play electric and make a record that encompassed all his influences - from The Pogues and New Model Army to PJ Harvey, Fugazi, and legends Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen, in addition to his folk and Celtic ones.

"Brooklyn Bridge" would be a long, exhausting road, but ultimately rewarding one for Neill. The exhausting and most devastating, and reason for the delay in completing the record, was the untimely death Cunningham, who died of a heart attack on December 15, 2003.

"We had 12 finished songs in 2003 and we had begun to shop it. I had moved to back Brooklyn from Portland, Oregon. Johnny and I put a band together in the city to perform the material. We played a residency at the Living Room in October of that year," recalls Neill, discussing the completion of "Brooklyn Bridge" before Cunningham's death. "Johnny passed away suddenly that December and it was devastating. Two nights before he died, we sat in our local pub, the 11th Street Bar, and he gave me a talking to about life and music and his faith in this record. It was almost like he knew he was on his way out. I recorded a few more songs and edited the project since, always trying to imagine what his calls would be."

From the title track, which opens the album, "a love song for a girl and for the city", as Neill puts it, to the rocking "We Are The City" ("another New York City anthem inspired by the underground community on the Lower East Side in the 90s"). Through the Celtic-infused folk-rock of "The Holy Land", a song that takes place in 19th century New York and tells the story of a John and a prostitute dancing in Water Street outside of Kit Burns' Sportsman's Hall, a notorious venue where rat fights took place, Neill has a knack for storytelling and engaging his audience, all while giving them something to emerge themselves into and forget their worries for awhile.

"Next door to Sportsman's Hall was a brothel run by John Allen where hymns were sung in the main room. Both Burns and Allen were hated by the moral and religious establishment of the day," explains Neill about the song.

One song Neill likes to talk about is "Watch For Me", a bleak break-up song, but one where the melody doesn't get lost or forgotten in the bleakness. Something that worried Johnny so, "Johnny instructed me to party 'til dawn the night before the sessions so I'd sound like hell, like Mark Lanegan, because we were concerned it was going to be too pretty".

Neill also wrote "King Neptune" after Cunningham's passing and added it to the album.

"I wrote the song for Johnny and recorded it with his brother Phil playing piano and accordion. I wrote it for a tribute show we did for him at Town Hall in New York," Neill explains. "The summer before he died he went to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade dressed as King Neptune."

It was a long road to see "Brooklyn Bridge" through, but one that helped shape and give the record its sound. Neill is happy to finally pay homage to Cunningham once again, putting out the record he believed in so much to the world and allowing them to hear it.

With "Brooklyn Bridge" soon to be released, Neill and his band are gearing up to tour in support of the record and will tour both in the summer and the fall.

   

sub-ID
DATE: Friday, April 25, 2008

EVENT: sub-ID with special guests Danny Corn & James Christopher

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern, Eureka CA

DETAILS: 10:30pm, $10 cover 21+ w. ID

CONTACT: Katie Mae Richardson/Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 832-6944/ [email protected]

Sub ID www.sub-id.com

http://www.jameschristopher.com/

sub-ID is the soundtrack to the modern world. Their music bridges the gap between DJ culture and the improvisational elements of jazz. sub-ID’s sound represents the juxtaposition of their musical influences: organic and electronic, improvised and composed, traditional and contemporary. Live, sub-ID combines relentless dance grooves and psychedelic imagery and lights, with unforgettable melodies and soaring solos creating a concert experience that is completely unique. This is creativity that knows no boundaries in terms of origin and destination. sub-ID's sound design and production skills have been used in virtual instruments, music software, commercials, and commissioned pieces, in addition to working with other artists on albums, remixes, and various collaborations. One fans recent blog says it all, “sub-ID is not just a band...it's theater. Theater of sound...sound that takes over the bones and sinew till they have a mind of their own and they jig me on the dance floor like a marionette.”

After meeting in music school, Brad Bowden and Alana Rocklin began playing music together in 1999. While living in Chicago, they started their first digital studio creating an atmosphere that would lead to the beginnings of sub-ID and newpolyphony productions. During this time they performed regularly with fusion/electronica group The All Rectangle, which included artists such as AACM saxophonist/pianist Ari Brown, and Garaj Mahal guitarist Fareed Haque. Brad and Alana produced The All Rectangle’s debut CD “Ke Ala Mano (The Way of the Shark),” which was distributed by Thrill Jockey Records and received rave reviews from Jazz Times, Billboard Magazine, and The Wire. They performed regularly in Chicago sharing bills with STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), The Chicago Underground, and The Slip. Since moving to Nashville, TN in 2001, the duo has worked with a variety of different artists both together and separately. Alana is one of the most in-demand touring and session bassists in music city, and Brad’s production skills have been tapped for a variety of sessions in Nashville’s premier studios. Artists and projects they have recently worked with include: Nanci Griffith, Toontrack Music, Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, Willie Weeks, Victor Wooten, Futureman, Jeff Coffin, Bela Fleck, Kirk Whalum, Suzy Bogguss, Kofi Burbridge, Greg Osby, Steve Smith, Chester Thompson, Count Bass D, Chuck Ainlay, The Grand Ole Opry, BET, CMT, TN Lottery and many others.

Since forming in 2005, sub-ID has quickly become a favorite amongst underground electronic/new music fans and musicians. Their remix of “Better Day” was the first single on STS9’s critically acclaimed remix record “Artifact: Perspectives”, appearing alongside artists such as Bill Laswell, Ming & FS, Richard Devine and Slicker just to name a few. It was their remix that attracted STS9’s 1320 Records and led to sub-ID being the first artists to sign with the bands label. Since signing with 1320, sub-ID joined STS9 on their fall 2006 national tour playing to thousands across the country. The tour included 22 cities in all the major markets and venues throughout the country, including a sold out crowd at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In addition, sub-ID has shared bills with Jurassic 5, Prefuse 73, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, Richard Devine, Telefon Tel Aviv, Edit, and more. The group recently concluded their 2007 fall tour, sharing dates with the Pnuma Trio and STS9. This included sold out concerts throughout this beautiful country in the midwest, south, and east coast. 2008 will see the release of their highly anticipated debut recording entitled “BFF” along with a slew of original productions, remixes, collaborations, ep’s, videos, and conceptual products!!!

   

Where You Go With The Notes the Hum 4/24
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Reggae Rising Ticket Updates
EARLY BIRD TICKETS: ONLY 200 EARLY BIRD TICKETS LEFT!

When they are gone, they are gone. Get them now!

Click Here to order online or visit one of our local Ticket Outlets.

ARTIST LINEUP: JUST ADDED

We're proud to announce the latest additions to the Reggae Rising 2008 artist lineup. Joining us this year will be:

Julian Marley and the Uprising Band Blue King Brown

Cham

Natural Vibrations

Medicine Drum with Greg Ellis and Rara Avis

Rebelution Soul Majestic

Lion Camp showcase featuring Ishi Dube and Jah Sun

Jade Steel & Emerald Triangle

Click Here to view the complete 2008 Artist Lineup

Including profile pages with bios, audio, and more!

More artists to be announced so check the website often.

Artist lineup subject to change.

BONUS ATTRACTIONS

High Altitude Dancehall Club: The Dancehall Club features a completely redesigned yard and Live Performances by some of today's hottest Dancehall acts. Dancehall Club artists to be announced.

South Beach Dome: After the main stage is closed, the South Beach Dome marches on till morning. Featuring DJ's and Special Guest MC's, a favorite for those looking to keep the music going all night long.

Upgraded VIP Lounge: In a New Location with New Amenities

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1899 Mendocino Ave

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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721 S State St

Ukiah, CA 95482

The Works 213 F Street

Eureka, CA 95501

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987 H Street

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858 G St

Arcata, CA 95521

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website: ReggaeRising.com

   

HFS Presents !
1. Scatter the Mud Release Party - Friday, April 25th

2. Southern Square Dance - Saturday, April 26th

3. Recorders Northcoast Workshop & Concert - Saturday, April 26th

4. PATTY LARKIN with Peter Mulvey - TUESDAY, APRIL 29th (tickets online now!)

5. Big Baddy Two Sues - Saturday, May 3rd

1. Scatter the Mud Release Party

Celtic session leaders Seabury Gould and Judy Hageman play for Scatter the Mud's release party, at Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant (139 2nd Street, Old Town Eureka). The party starts at 8 pm and admission is free! Seabury will play Irish bouzouki, guitar, bamboo flute and vocals; Judy will be on fiddle and viola; and Alan Morden will play guitar, mandolin, bodhran and vocals.

2. April Southern Square Dance

Saturday, April 26th, starting at 8 pm at the Freshwater Grange is an HFS Southern Square Dance with dynamic caller Tara Stetz and the Striped Pig Stringband. Admission is $7 general, $6 for HFS members, and kids and seniors are free. For more information, please call Tara Stetz at 442-3646.

3. Fire and Ice: Workshop for Recorders, Flutes and Strings

Recorders Northcoast is sponsoring a day-long workshop for recorders, flutes and all string instruments entitled "Fire and Ice: A Medieval and Traditional Musical Journey South and North" on Saturday, April 26th from 10 am - 4 pm at the Humboldt Area Foundation. Instructors Eileen Hadidian and Shira Kammen will lead separate workshops, as well as an ensemble workshop for all instruments. The cost of the event is $55 for the day, with a $10 discount for HFS and ARS members.

Then at Mosgo's at 7 pm, Recorders Northcoast will present a "Celtic Spirit" concert with Eileen Hadidian, Shira Kammen and guests. Admission is $3 for the show.

4. Patty Larkin with Peter Mulvey

Tuesday, April 29th hails the return of the incredible Patty Larkin at the Arcata Playhouse, with Peter Mulvey opening! Admission is $15 general, $13 HFS members. The show is at 8 pm, with doors at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are available at Wildwood Music, The Metro and The Works - and ONLINE at http://www.humboldtfolklife.org/order.html (Online tickets will be held for you at the door.) This show is a co-production of HFS and the Arcata Playhouse's Four on the Floor Productions. (Note: our last email mistakenly listed this show on the 28th.)

5. Big Baddy Two Sues at Baykeeper

Don't miss HFS performers at the Humboldt Baykeeper office in Old Town, monthly at Arts Alive! May 3rd is Big Baddy Two Sues and Friends. Playing trad all over the map, the Sues run the gamut from Irish and English to French, Quebecois and Acadian, plus anything else that fits. The struggle for them both is to keep the number of instruments to what they can each easily carry in one trip!

The two Bad Sues are generally known as Susan Anderson and Sue Moon. Sue Moon is a southern Humboldt fiddler and button accordionist, and also one of our region's most popular dance callers. Folklife Society founder Susan Anderson plays fiddle, flutes, whistles & button accordions. The two Sues have played with the Contra Band, Macchu Picchu, Pasture Prime, and the Rolling Scones.

   

Tegan & Sara come to HSU
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GARY REYNOLDS AND THE BRIDES OF OBSCURITY
SEATTLE, WA-BASED GUITAR-POP BAND GARY REYNOLDS AND THE BRIDES OF OBSCURITY HIT THE WEST COAST IN SUPPORT OF DEBUT FULL-LENGTH, "SANTIAGO'S VEST"

EUREKA SHOW: Gary Reynolds & The Brides of Obscurity in Eureka, May 5th at Brogi's Boiler Room

Seattle, Washington-based Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity, fronted by studio owner, engineer, and producer Gary Reynolds (vocals, guitar, piano), and including members Don Durham (guitar, vocals), Justin Friesen (bass, piano, vocals), Perry Morgan (drums), and Jeremy Manley (organ, vocals), deliver slightly psychedelic indie-rock with a heavy pop leaning on their sophomore full-length, "Santiago¹s Vest", recorded at Reynolds¹ Seattle studio, Electrokitty Studio.

Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity will celebrate the release of "Santiago's Vest" March 8th at Sunset Tavern. Show is $7.00 and doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Also on the bill are Curtains for You and Dept. of Energy. "Santiago¹s Vest is a powerful collection of space-pop done by rockers, a group of men who know their way around psychedelic and pop history, but sometimes just want to have fun and play a catchy power-pop tune.

"The songs on ŒSantiago¹s Vest¹ were recorded with an entirely different approach [than our previous releases]. We got together and learned the songs in the studio, mainly aiming to keep only the drums and bass. Then we made up parts and added colors. The full-length is more produced, too. I think it¹s safe to say that everyone in the band likes this record best".

For Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity, they felt this was the best way to approach it. A relatively new band, they used "Santiago¹s Vest" to figure out how to work together in the studio.

Reynolds says one of the things he¹ s most proud of is that, "we figured out how to take a happy little pop song and twist it. We also figured out how to take something that may have leaned more towards a rock sort of thing and pull it into a more twisted approach."

The record was purposely mixed with the bass guitar way up in the balance, using "Abbey Road" as a mix reference. The result is a record that has a lot more bass guitar than most modern recordings. This also means that you can¹t get it as loud as other CDs, which is exactly what Reynolds and the band wanted.

"We¹re avoiding the Œloudness war¹ that¹s currently going on. We didn¹t compress the thing to oblivion either," he says with a smile.

"We¹ve always had a nostalgic feel to our music," Reynolds says without hesitation. "Not on purpose, but that¹s just the way things turn out. On this record it opens up and sound a bit more current without losing its appeal."

Look for Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity¹s "Santiago¹s Vest" in stores in November 2007.    

Casey Neill to play Jambalaya on May 10th
Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Casey Neill is touring in support of his latest full-length, "Brooklyn Bridge" (In Music We Trust). "Brooklyn Bridge" features guest appearances by The Decemberists¹ Jennie Conlee and Chris Funk (both play in a Pogues tribute band Neill fronts entitled KMRIA), John Wesley Harding, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (of Steve Earle and The Dukes), Erin McKeown, and others.

"Brooklyn Bridge" moves from indie-rock to Celtic, from pop-rock to Americana, all with an earnest, punk mindset that few singer-songwriters can touch - and mean it - when weaving through various genres not only on the same album, but sometimes on the same song. The 12-track collection of songs was produced by legendary Scottish fiddler player Johnny Cunninghan, well-regarded in the Celtic and folk worlds as a top-notch player and producer (among many others, he produced Solas, an Irish folk supergroup that covered one of Neill¹s songs), his reach going as far as punk band The Dropkick Murphys, who have previously tapped Cunningham to work with them.

   

DELTA NOVE'S INFECTIOUS ROCK
When: THURS. MAY 1, 2008

Where: HUMBOLDT BREWS 856 10TH ST. ARCATA, CA

Show Details: 21+, $10, 10:30PM

Web site: www.deltanoveband.com, www.myspace.com/deltanoveband

Delta Nove are coming to Arcata!! The Long Beach, CA, based band has no boundaries and induces dancing and grinning with their lively stage presence and contagious grooves. Heavily focusing on reggae, Brazilian, ska and rock styles, their endeavors reflect a passion and drive for music that truly expands the mind.

The band consists of five extremely talented musicians playing an array of instruments that are as culturally distinct as their music. They have four self-produced albums under their belts with a new one released in June entitled “The Future is When,” which captures the band’s very diverse musical style and songwriting.

"Delta Nove has one foot deeply rooted in funk, with monster chops and amazingly rich arrangements, while the other kicks with reggae, Latin, soul, and straight ahead rock,” said a journalist for the OC Weekly.

Delta Nove’s steady road to success includes a rigorous touring schedule throughout the United States. They continue to build a steady fan base, performing at massive music festivals such as High Sierra, Wakarusa, 10,000 Lakes, Earthdance, among others. They’ve also graced the stages of impressive venues like the House of Blues, the Knitting Factory, The Troubador and Key Club in Los Angeles.

Celebrate an evening of “world funk” with Delta Nove!

   

Scientist vs. Evil Vampires of Business - the HUM - 4/29
Jamaican dub master at Mazzotti's, plus trumpets and break-dancers

The minimalist, bass-heavy, effects-laden variation on reggae known as dub has some serious aficionados (this writer among them), but not a lot of people listen to it. The exception may be the music of Jamaican dub master Overton Brown, better known as Scientist, or The Scientist. Millions have been listening to his album, Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, but, for a time, he did not even know about it.

As he explained in a call to his home studio in Southern California, "I was standing in a supermarket one day, and a boy recognized me. He says, 'Mommy, Mommy, that's The Scientist. We have his music on our videogame.' I was wondering what the hell he was talking 'bout. He says, "Yes, your music is on Grand Theft Auto.' I didn't know what it was."

To be specific, about half of Scientist's Curse of the Vampires album, recorded in the early '80s, was used as content for a radio station called K-JAH in Grand Theft Auto III, a controversial shoot-em-up videogame for Playstation 2 (and other systems) created by Rockstar Games.

The game has sold in the millions internationally, but as Scientist put it, "I wasn't getting any money." Not until he hired some lawyers to sue Greensleeves Records, the British label that licensed his music without telling him or giving him a piece of the action.

He admits that he has better name recognition because of GTA, but he has mixed feelings about it. "I'm hoping kids don't think I'm a gangbanger or that I endorse shooting police officers. I never played the game, but everyone tells me about it. I don't understand why they have someone who steals a car and shoots up the place, then he's listening to reggae and Rastafari on the radio."

Scientist got his start as an engineer (his father was a radio/TV repairman) and as a teen, after training with King Tubby (one the inventors of dub), he took the genre into new realms. He still does engineering work (when we spoke he was in the middle of designing a circuit board for an amplifier). And when he's not in court (suits are pending all over the world) he goes on the occasional reggae tour to work as dubwise soundman extraordinaire.

That's what's bringing him to Arcata Thursday, May 1, a show at Mazzotti's: Wild Wild West Reggae Dub 420 Spring Tour '08 includes UK reggae stars Michael Prophet (who sings on the Curse record) and Sammy Dread, Jamaican vocalist Johnny Clarke and Hawaiian Lyon (from Hawaii of course), all backed by The Raggasouljahs, with Lesterfari of Boom Shaka on guitar, the great Santa Davis on drums, and a full horn section, all engineered live by Scientist.

Speaking of dub, Heavyweight Dub Champion is back in town for a two-night run Friday and Saturday at the Red Fox. The trio is on what they call a "Deep Deep Dub" instrumental tour, which means no chanters or rappers, just tripped-out dub.

About that Cowboy Junkies show at Van Duzer on May Day (Thursday the 1st): If you're familiar with the Timmins family band from Canada, it's probably because of The Trinity Session, an album of slo-mo covers and originals from 1988 that was pretty much the only time C.J. broke into the U.S. market. To celebrate the album's 20th anniversary, the band returned to the Trinity Church with a few friends (Ryan Adams, Vic Chesnutt and Natalie Merchant) to "re-interpret" that record as Trinity Revisited. So, if you request some of the old songs, chances are they'll remember them. Monahans, a moody rock duo from Austin/S.F., opens.

The poster for the Thrones/SubArachnoid Space show Thursday at the Alibi looks like something from the psychedelic '60s, and it makes sense. Portland's neo-psyche instrumentalists SubArachnoid Space pull the tradition into the here and now with long, loose spirals of darkness. Likewise Thrones, which is basically bassist Joe Preston formerly of The Melvins.

Also on Thursday, Long Beach jamband Delta Nove returns to Humboldt Brews for some "world funk."

Friday at the Pearl Lounge, it's another episode of Miles Ahead with keyboardist Mike Kapitan and friends (Brad Werren handling Miles' trumpet parts) in "a tribute to the music of Miles Davis starting from the Kind Of Blue era to the rockin' psychedelic explorations of the Bitches Brew and Live/Evil period." Very cool stuff.

Meanwhile at Fulkerson Hall, the Humboldt Symphony presents its spring concert including contemporary composer Robert Bradshaw's "Trumpet Concerto" with Gil Cline on trumpet. The rest of the program veers widely, from Baroque by Telemann, to Gershwin and Stravinsky.

For a different (let's say smoother) style of trumpet, you have Chris Botti playing Friday at the Arkley Center. The jazzy Portland-born Grammy winner's latest is titled Italia, so expect some of that flavor.

Next door at Auntie Mo’s, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are throwing a benefit for HIV Kids and the AIDS taskforce: Mo's Betta Disco Drag Dance Party has what you'd expect, folks in drag dancing to disco, but also drag racing on Big Wheels (really?) and a bike raffle.

Songstress Joanne Rand is back at the Jambalaya Friday with her band The Rhythm of the Open Hearts and a special guest: former Jam owner Joyce Hough. ("I'm Joanne's back-up singer," says Joyce.)

Over at Mosgo's, Amy Obenski, from Santa Cruz, offers what she describes as "introspective jazzy folk-rock with ethereal vocals."

The Miracle Show takes its Dead tribute to the Wave Friday. No cover, but bring a coupla quarters and maybe a miracle will happen.

Break-dancing fool Reckless Rex of Humboldt Rockers (a break-dance troupe) celebrates the 4th anniversary of the Rockers with Battle Time 2, a hip hop show/break-dance contest on Friday from afternoon until midnight at the Bayside Grange, with grand prizes (as in $1,000) and big name judges: BBoy Machine and BBoy Bebe (who also lead workshops this Saturday at Redwood Raks). They have Itchie Fingaz on the tables and some fine MCs including Z-Man (from S.F.), Eureka's Nac One, Dirty Rats outta Fortuna, and J the Sarge.

J the Sarge is about to drop a disc with Myka 9, a team-up they call Magic Heart Genies. Both of them are on the bill for Homegrown Hip Hop Vol. 5 on Saturday at the Mateel. Souls of Mischief from the Oakland-based Hieroglyphics collective headline the show, which also features Brooklyn's Whosane and Humboldt homies Subliminal Sabotage, with DJ Just One and DJ Elements on the wheels of steel.

Same time, different city, Tech Williams's Do Som Bout It crew turns the Eureka Vet's Hall into party central with hip hop action upstairs and down including DJ Assassin among others.

The Blue Ox Mill has it's annual May Day Living History and Artisan Fair all day Saturday with the usual crafty demos and tons of music: bluegrass by The Compost Mountain Boys (also playing Saturday for HSU's Compost Festival), cowboy tunes by The Tumbleweeds, old timey by Striped Pig String Band and the Empty Bottle Boys, jugband tunes by Likely Story and Celtic by Hearthfire and Moonstone.

Got kids? Think about taking them to hear Red Grammer on Saturday afternoon at the Arkley Center. Red is a Grammy-winning kids' entertainer, a former folky (he was once a Limeliter) who started writing songs for his own kids, then kept with it. Are your kids 4th or 5th graders? They get in free. Why? "Parents don't take kids to things when they're that age," says Holly, a mom who's been bringing Red to the area for a few years, basically so her son (a 5th grader) can hear him sing. "Red's music relates to kids that age. He's all about tolerance and cultural diversity, but he can't do that music if he has to just keep the babies in their chairs." Expect appearances by some local kids (and adults) and don't worry about being hit over the head with a message. Red makes it all fun.

The first ever Bike to the Beach Folk Festival takes place Saturday afternoon at Rogers Market in McKinleyville, just off the Hammond Trail. Organizer (and musician) Bob Smith invites you to "celebrate our trail systems and our bike friendly roadways and recreation areas," and listen to tunes by Moonsong Band, Kindred Spirits, The Highclass Hobo Society and Backwoods Capo.

The Broken Hearts are breaking up. "It's very sad," says Julia Cupp, the band's lead singer. "I'm leaving for Portland at the end of summer, Zak [McLongstreet, guitarist/accordionist] is going traveling at the beginning of summer. We're going on tour at the end of May with The Ian Fays, starting in S.F. and ending in Vegas, but we're just doing one more local show." That's Saturday (Arts Alive! night) at the Pearl Lounge.

Thelittlestillnotbigenough opens. Something exotic? San Francisco's Gamelan Sekar Jaya plays traditional and not-so traditional Balinese gamelan music Saturday at HSU's Fulkerson Recital Hall. (Costumed dancers too.)

Or how about Raquay and The Cavemen, a progressive Middle Eastern bellydance-style band from Brooklyn, led by red hot dumbek player Raquy Danziger playing Tuesday, May 6, at Six Rivers, a show presented by Shoshanna. (I'm guessing there'll be costumed dancers at this one too.)

Also on Tuesday, Andrew McKnight, a "songpoet" from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley sings heartfelt, topical songpoems from his latest, Something Worth Standing For at the Westhaven Center for the Arts.

Cool/esoteric show of the week: a four-way bill Tuesday at the Pearl featuring two Arcata alt. bands, Brother Mitya (aka John Thomas) and The Beat Nun (Maddy Shernock and friends) plus two touring duos, I Heart Lung and ellul. I Heart Lung is guitarist Chris Schlarb and drummer Tom Steck producing music they refer to as "refined chaos," leaning toward drone with jazzy guitar, subtle percussion, "improvisation and predestination," as they put it. IHL is about to release a drone opera, Interoceans on Asthmatic Kitty Records with guest spots by Nels Cline and pedal steel wiz Dave Easley among others, but this tour is just the two of them. That and labelmates ellul, with two Joels: Joel St. Julien and Joel Brown Tarman both playing guitar (Brown Tarman also plays keys). They both sing (in harmony sometimes) and manipulate all sounds via electronics devices as they "attempt to traffic meaning into a needle-eye spiral using the ever-evolving relationship between acoustic and electronic modalities with the human voice." A worthy goal. Incidentally, Brother Mitya and The Beat Nun also have an all ages show at Mosgo's Saturday, which is a good thing for those too young to hang out in bars.

   

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Fine Artists Sought For Summer Arts & Music Festival
Fine Artists Sought/ Auction Items Needed For Summer Arts & Music Festival

The Mateel Community Center is currently seeking fine artists to exhibit their work at the 32nd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, happening on May 31 and June 1, 2008. The exhibit is open to all artistic media, and interested artists are encouraged to call fine arts coordinator, Sue Crellin, at 223-0495 ASAP. Sign ups are also being taken in the Mateel office in Redway. There is no cost to artists to exhibit in the show, and exhibitors will receive two free weekend passes to the festival in exchange for their participation. Exhibiting artists may sell their artwork, however the Mateel Community Center will collect a 20% commission on any pieces sold at the event. This year’s festival will also feature a silent fine art auction to benefit Mateel operations and artists are encouraged (but not required) to donate a piece for this purpose. Auction items that are not fine art are also being accepted. Call Casandra Taliaferro in the Mateel office at 923-3368 ext. 27 if you have an auction item you would like to donate

Artists are allowed to show up to five pieces, depending on size and space availability. Mateel reserves the right to hang the show and, if space is an issue, which pieces will be included in the exhibit. In addition to the main fine arts display, the artsy feel will also be spread throughout the fair and artists with large and durable sculpture type pieces are currently sought. These pieces would be placed in random locations throughout the festival fairway and everything from lighted night time pieces to enormous oversized installations are needed. Unbreakable items made of wood, metal, or stone only please. To show these types of pieces, please call Justin Crellin at 923-3368 ext. 25 ASAP.

For more information about the 32nd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival visit www.mateel.org, where a full talent schedule, volunteer sign up sheets, and other pertinent festival information is posted. Many volunteer positions are currently available for 6, 12, and 18 hour increments. Admission to the festival will be sliding scale at the gate with a minimum donation of $12 and up per day or $20 and up for the weekend pass. All proceeds will directly support Mateel Community Center operations and programs.

   

Sum Funk
What: Sum Funk

Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area (Benbow, CA) When: Sat. June 7, 2008

Who: George Clinton & P-Funk, Fishbone, The Meters Experience, and more TBA!

Why: Celebrating funk in all its forms! A fundraiser for Mateel Community Center!

Vending Opportunities/ Tickets Available For Sum Funk On June 7 In Benbow

On Saturday, June 7th, Mateel Community Center will present Sum Funk at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt. An all day festival celebrating funk music in all its various forms, Sum Funk will highlight the return of legendary funksters, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic; along with Fishbone, The Coup, The Meters Experience with Leo Nocentelli, Kim Manning Band, Electrofunkadelica, and more.

Vending opportunities are currently available for crafters, non-profits, and import vendors in both 5x10 and 10x10 sizes. A select number of spaces will also be available to both non-profits and commercial food vendors and are 10x10 in size. For more information on vending at Sum Funk or to get on the list call vendor coordinator, Ashley Wilma, at 923-3368 ext.31 ASAP.

Tickets for Sum Funk are now on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $45 in advance. MCC members will receive a $5 discount when purchased at the Mateel office in Redway. Tickets at the gate will be $50 if available. Advance tickets are advised as capacity will be limited. Gates open at 11am and the funk will roll to 10pm.

For more information call the Mateel at (707) 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc and don’t miss Sum Funk on Saturday, June 7 at Benbow Lake SRA.

   

New Date for Blues by the Bay
The Redwood Coast Music Festivals announced it is changing the dates for their annual Blues by the Bay Festival. The 12th Annual Blues by the Bay Festival will be held August 30 & 31, (Labor Day Weekend)) at Halvorson Park in Eureka.

Once again it will feature great nationally known blues performers from around the world, great food, local micro-brews and art and craft vendors.

The 12th Annual Blues by the Bay Festival is a two-day, 12 act show sitting in the beautiful setting of Halvorson Park on Humboldt Bay. Doors open at 9:30 with music from 10:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $65 for 2-Day Early Bird Tickets (until June 30), $45 for Saturday or Sunday and $25 for youth 13  18 years of age and are on sale now at Wildberries MarketPlace, the Works (Eureka & Arcata), The Metro, Coast Central Credit Union (all Eureka Branches), Fortuna Music Mart, Wildhorse Records, RCMF Office at 523 5th Street, Eureka, by phone at 707-445-3378 or on the net at www.bluesbythebay.org.

   

Homecoming - The Hum by 5/22
Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller and former Weary Boy Mario Matteoli are back in town

I don't imagine they know each other, but Ethan Miller and Mario Matteoli have followed parallel paths. Both were born and raised in Eureka. Both left Humboldt County just out of high school and established music careers elsewhere. And both are coming home this week for shows at the Jambalaya. Matteoli relocated to Austin, Texas with some like-minded Eurekans and formed the successful alt. country band The Weary Boys, then left that band to go solo following a new muse. Miller moved to Santa Cruz and formed the successful alt. rock band Comets on Fire, then left that band to explore new musical directions with a band called Howlin' Rain.

"I'd worked really hard for my part with Comets on Fire, and really dedicated my life to that, both my musical life and my personal life," said Miller, reached at his home in Oakland. "Wed made four albums. When you think of yourself as an artist, you never want to become too comfortable with what you're doing. You don't want to think, 'Hell, I can dial this in. Another Comets record? No problem,' like this is what I'm known for, I'll do that again."

So, in part because he was moving in a different direction musically, but also just because he felt a need go his own way, he left Comets at its zenith. "I had songs I'd written, a catalogue of songs accumulated that were more personal to me, that were not something I was writing for this entity that was already formed. They were something for me, where I could control the overall vision. I wanted to let them take on a life of their own."

Does the Howlin Rain name connect back to Humboldt? "Maybe a little bit subconsciously," he said. "Certainly the physical and metaphysical characteristics of the area, especially the Southern Humboldt area, and will forever be part of my artistic landscape. My family owns a summer cabin in Southern Humboldt so I spend a lot of time up there. I go there to write and to relax after tours. And my folks are still up in Eureka, so I'm up there a lot too." And he's booked to play here twice: Wednesday, May 28, Howlin' Rain plays Jambalaya with two Eureka bands, Arrogant Hare and Zak Institute, both including members from Miller's local musical past. H. Rain returns Sept. 10, opening for The Black Crowes at the Van Duzer. "That was a fun surprise," said Miller. "I think that one will be a bit more expensive, and harder to get into."

Former Weary Boy Mario Matteoli was working his way up the California coast with a new solo disc when I found him in SoCal. Despite his nine year Texas roots, the record is called Golden State, in part to reflect a brighter view of the world he's taken on since falling in love. "You know, my last [solo] record was kind of depressing, so I was trying to make this one more happy, hopefully not sappy," he explained.

"It's hard to come up with something that's happy and not cheesy. The thing is, it's easier to write songs when you're all depressed, but it's not an easy way to live. You have to try to be happy and write good songs, and not make a wreck out of you life. A lot of the great ones, guys like Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams, they just totally destroyed their lives for their music. It was a beautiful thing, but tragic. I don't want a tragic end."

Mario will be at the Jambalaya Friday with his fiancée Cayce on harmony vocals and tambourine and backing from his older brothers, Jamie and Jason. Advance tickets are advised, if you can get 'em.

Extended versions of the Miller and Matteoli interviews are online at The Journal Blogthing

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I must be the wrong generation for Night Ranger, who, I'm told, are back to show that "(You Can Still) Rock In America." I don't know that song or any others by the S.F. hair metal stadium rockers who sold something like 10 million records in the '80s. Three out of five of the original members are still on board, now playing amusement parks, county fairs and casinos, Cher-Ae Heights for example, where they rock out on Thursday.

They're calling Thursday's show at the Arkley Center "Cowboy Storytellers," which you might guess means cowboy poets. It doesn't. The benefit for the Eel River Valley Foundation (associated with Redwood Memorial Hospital) features three country singer/songwriters you've probably never heard of, although you may have heard their songs if you listen to country radio. Aaron Barker has written 23 Top-10 songs for guys like George Strait (Easy Come, Easy Go). Paul Overstreet has 27 Top-10s under his belt, including Kenny Chesneys She Thinks my Tractors Sexy. Allen Shamblin wrote a ton of songs including hits for Toby Keith and Keith Urban, plus he co-wrote a song I actually know (I don't hear much country radio), Bonnie Raitt's big hit, I Cant Make You Love Me, from her Luck of the Draw album. Meanwhile Thursday, next door at Auntie Mo's, it's something quite different: psyche rock trio Dead Meadow, relative big timers in the psyche world, touring behind Old Growth, a new disc on Matador. They share the Mo's bill with local alts Tanuki and The Common Vice.

Stoner doom duo The Fire Demons (with guitar shredder Robert Tripp and ex-Hitch guitarist Jeff Langdon on drums) play Thursday at the Boiler Room with Eureka hip hop headbangers 4 Star Bravado. Saturday The Demons hit the Alibi with Portland party punks The Grip. Tripp notes, "We have a bunch of new material that well be performing at these shows and we expect that the gigs will be a great time for all. Were even giving away free band T-shirts to the first five people who ask. And of course there will be a wall of amps and speakers!" He also mentions that he and Jeff are both visual artists with shows up currently (Jeff at Arcata Artisans; Robert at the Coffee Break). And, "Oh yeah, my other band The Hard Ride is playing garage blues Sunday night at the Lil Red Lion with a punk band from Montreal called CPC Gangbangs. No idea what that means, but that show will also kick ass!" What does it mean? Says their record company Alien8, re: CPC G, "Although their sound is celebratory and consuming, it is often evil as well and full of the promise of self-destruction boosted by copious amounts of cocaine, LSD and Canadian Maple Whiskey." Hmm.

Still talkin' Thursday, you have "funktronica" by San Diego-based BluSirkut at Humboldt Brews. These guys used to be Karl Denson's band, now they're on their own, offering, "mashed potatoes and gravy nu-jazz, with cornbread drum 'n' bass, smothered in collard greens and a big ass side of sampledelic delight." Friday at HumBrews The Fickle Hillbillies jam with special guest David Hines on flute. Friday at the Red Fox it's Del Mar, ex-Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh's surf punk band, touring with Sacto psychobilly band Sexrat. The Wolf Navarro Project opens.

Ole's back with another Diamondback joint, a hip hop night at the Red Fox Saturday with Cool Nutz from Portland, and locals LCA and The Mendo Green Team in support of Houston's renowned Devin the Dude, a rapper with a sense of humor who broke out 10 years ago with his Odd Squad buddies. The Dude has a couple of new albums, a hits package and one he calls a "mixtape" titled Smoke Sessions Vol. 1, presumably first in a series. Ole calls this a "Funk A Lake" Party (no idea what that means); he also declares, "The Dude abides!"

A Mark Lovelace for Supe benefit Saturday at the Jambalaya includes Cajun music by The Bayou Swamis, DJ Red on the turntables spinning '80s tunes, plus an ad hoc super-group called I Love Lace teaming Mike "The Commish" Wilson from Dynamite Sweater, Rubberneckers' drummer Brendan "Wang!" Otto and that fab folky Lila "Madeline" Nelson. I'm told (by Lila) that the songs are already written and all of them are about how cool Mark is.

At Mosgo's Saturday, DeatHat, a trippy cool/spooky alt. something band from Santa Cruz/San Jose (with a great name) based around a marimba and a bass. Greg Lojko of the 'Neckers opens.

Coming from SoCal to Humboldt Brews Wednesday, May 28, Anthony Smiths Trunk Fulla Funk, which is, in Smiths words, "an infectiously grooving sextet featuring stellar musicians from across the country [playing] a hybrid of classic funk/rock/soul influences, with all the rock and jam-oriented improvisation you might expect." I got a little bit of static over last week's Pollstar preview of the next CenterArts season, partly because, "You can't believe everything you read in Pollstar" (that Gipsy Kings date was not fully settled), but mostly because some of you ignored my advice and called the ticket office asking questions. In addition to the early tix for The Black Crowes Sept. show, tickets go on-sale next Friday, May 30, for an Asylum Street Spankers gig Sept. 4 at Mazzotti's and for Steel Pulse's Aug. 28 KBR show (same night at The Waifs). Wait. There's more, also on August 28: an AS Presents show outdoors on the lower Soccer Field they're calling the Hum-week Concert 2008, apparently named for this column. So far the line-up includes Ozomatli, Brett Dennen, !!! (aka Chick! Chick Chick!) and the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. I approve.

Sad times at KMUD: Sunday around the time the Redwood Community Radio folks were celebrating the life of former music director Kate Klein, who died recently, word traveled via the grapevine that JJ "Jahwaiian Jerry" Hall, co-host of "Da Coconut Wireless" Tuesday afternoons, had suffered a fatal heart attack the night before. I imagine they'll be thinking of JJ Saturday afternoon when the station throws the annual KMUD Block Party in front of its Redway studios. They'll have a bar, BBQ, birthday cake and music of course: The N-P-K, Budd Rogers, Antonia Lamb, Cory Hanna, Quantum, Dan Nicholson among others. I'm thinking some slack key guitar would be nice to say goodbye to JJ. We'll miss you, man. Aloha `Oe.

   

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The Hum - Dancing for Independence
Fourth of July festivities, drummer wanted, and The Kids of Widney High

What do you think of, musically, when the Fourth of July rolls around? Brass bands and military drumlines maybe? "The Star Spangled Banner"? For me the old X song "Fourth of July" comes to mind: "On the stairs I smoke a cigarette alone. Mexican kids are shootin' fireworks below..." and that great chorus, "Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July. Hey baby, it's the Fourth of July. Hey baby, baby take a walk outside."

My plan for the Fourth: Take a walk outside and on down to the Arcata Plaza, where Independence Day festivities kick off with a decidedly non-military drumline as Bloco Firmeza pounds out a Brazilian batucada (at 11:15 a.m.) and the Samba de Chuva dancers shake things up. There's an international array of dancers as the day rolls on: step-dancing by the Emerald Coast Irish Dancers (at 1), bellydancing by Shoshanna and friends (2:45), all-American breakdancing by Humboldt Rockers (4:30). In between you can expect some noodle dancing when the Dead tribute band The Miracle Show plays at noon. Since we're in Humboldt, homegrown reggae is a must: Jah Sun and High Voltage play at 1; Ishi Dube and Massagana take the stage around 5 (assuming things run on schedule, which they seldom do). Later on, come nighttime, Ishi and Jah Sun team up as Lion's Camp for a show at Humboldt Brews. (They're also part of a Thursday, July 3, showcase at the Red Fox with Messenjah Selah.) Back on the Plaza, Arcata's No. 1 jamband The Nucleus plays in between the reggae. (You'll also find them at the Red Fox that night as part of Sub/Sab.) Closing things off on the Plaza, we have the Brazilian drum and dance ensemble that always plays at the North Country Fair, Quente Samba Amore, who will lead a samba line from the Plaza to the ballpark, where the Crabs will be heading into the second game in a double header. Fireworks follow.

Elsewhere in Arcata, specifically at the D St. Neighborhood Center, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom hosts an "Interdependence Day" Brunch (and book sale) with music by Marianne and Maria and The Raging Grannies. Since my mom is one of the Grannies (she's actually a great-granny) I'll have to stop by.

There was a time when Blue Lake's finest groove-rock band Kulica played every Thursday night at Six Rivers Brewing. They return to their roots Friday playing for a Six Rivers all-day Fourth-o-July bash that includes St. John and the Sinners and four other bands.

There's also the usual food, art, etc. all along Second Street in Eureka's Old Town on the Fourth with music on several stages, although I can't tell you exactly who.

And for those looking for something more traditional and patriotic, Ferndale has its annual parade down Main and a Celebrate America! musical extravaganza at the Ferndale Rep.

Don't miss the return of worldly rockers WoMama, fresh from their first tour and ready to "Afrock" the Arcata Farmers' Market Saturday morning. Later they play at Six Rivers as part of a Warriors Walking for Wellness Benefit (I believe connected to Relay for Life) along with the above-mentioned Quente Samba Amore.

Saturday at the Alibi it's Humboldt honky tonk and all-American Americana with Rooster McClintock. The music may be country-flavored, but they rock.

Saturday night at the Jambalaya it's acoustic music on the folky side with Andrew Herringer and Boomsauii. Most of the time it's easy to figure out who musicians are, since they typically leave a trail on the Web. Not so Andrew, who, clues tell me, might be from the Sacramento area. Boomsauii was new to me also; they appear to be local (they have a gig later his month at Mosgo's and play two days at the Humboldt County Fair in August). They have a MySpace, which offers more details (although it only says they're from California and Tennessee, so the localness is a guess). It shows that guitarist Mark, percussionist Dan and bassist Joe share the last name Hays, so we'll assume they're brothers. They use the "about" section of MySpace for an essay explaining the meaning of their name  sort of. After offering a capsule history of man's evolution and civilization in general, they get to a point where, "somewhere in the woods on the side of a hill, three crazy ass-holes are beating on a trampoline and chanting a word that is the product of an anomaly of evolution and society. The product of history and a trillion crossing paths  BOOMSAUII!" As the essay ends you are supposed the give "a slow clap." Don't ask me why. Ask them.

The Li'l Red Lion rocks on this week with that Thursday Fire Demons/Tarrakian show mentioned last week, then a Saturday night blast with local loudness from The Zygoats and Tucson indie rockers Mostly Bears, who tell us, "We are a lifeguard, a librarian and a beekeeper's assistant. Our combined age is 67. Our family tree has a John Dillinger branch. We run for the health of it. We did acid for a month last night. We write our letters in octopus ink. Hablamos espanyol, pues, probamos. We always draw a big yellow sun in the top right corner. We are very pleased to meet you. We are Mostly Bears."

The Red Fox continues its role as reggae-central: Saturday they have Chico's Mystic Roots Band (the guys who have been backing Pato Banton) plus Rude Lion Sound with DJ Jimmy Jonz, the sound-system that plays there most Thursdays. Tuesday, July 8, Bonus brings in Rootz Underground, a hot young six-piece out of Jamaica. Next Thursday, July 10, Proper presents two legendary Jamaican veterans: singer Cornell Campbell and your ace from outer space U-Roy, one of the godfathers of dancehall music, with the usual Rude Lion Sound crew.

When I asked Steve Watts of Passion Presents to send me the line-up for Arcata's Fourth bash (Passion is running the music) he added a note: "Steel Toed Slippers were scheduled, but broke up and cancelled last minute." News to me. I investigated. Apparently the bass player departed suddenly and the Slippers are re-grouping. "Its all good," says band dad Mossman. "Matt [son of Mossman] and Will are moving to LA and they will keep the name Steel Toed Slippers since they are the two original members." So, bass player wanted notices will go out and we'll hear from them again in the future.

The other day I happened to catch the first out-of-the-garage performance of a fine new country-rock band, Cadillac Ranch. They were drummer-less (maybe they still are) and were looking for the right person. I suggested posting something on Craigslist. Wondering if they had, I was looking at the musician listings there this morning and came across this hilarious bit of testosterone: "Seeking Hot Mini Skirt Babe to Front Band: We have a bitchin band with smokin players, doing balls-out hard rock ac/dc sabbath slayer priest etc. Want a hot babe to get up in front scream and dance your ass off in short short tight clothes. Entertain the crowd and the guys playing behind you, it will take a special gal to rock these go-go boots. If you cant sing or hit the high notes, would love to teach you how. Serious pro, drink, no parents either. We got a nice shed for playing in too." OK, I can guess why they don't want a teetotaler, but why the insistence on her being an orphan?

Coming up next week after all the Independence hoopla has faded, a special visit from a band out of L.A. called, The Kids of Widney High. The Kids are students at J. P. Widney High School, a special education school, where, about 20 years ago, one of the teachers led a songwriting class, then thought it would be cool to have a school rock band. A rotating group of Kids has kept the tradition going since. Teachers and music pros play behind them as the Kids handle vocals on songs about Elvis ("E-L-V-I-S") and my favorite, "Insects." ("You better watch out or the insects will get you!")

The Kids gig regularly in the greater L.A. area at clubs like the Knitting Factory, The Smell and (one of their faves) Mr. T's (a bowling alley). They've opened for numerous bands including The Melvins and Mr. Bungle, count Marilyn Manson and Adam from the Beasties among their fans, and once played a Warped Tour show.

This summer, for the first time, they're going on tour. After a stop in S.F., where they play at Amoeba and City Lights Bookstore, they hit Eureka for a couple of days. Tuesday, July 8, they play at the Eureka Library at 6 p.m. then head over to Accident Gallery for an 8 p.m. show. Wednesday, July 9, they're at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates in the afternoon, showtime 2:30 p.m.

Give 'em a listen, and show them some respect, which is all they ask when they update the Otis Redding classic (included on their latest disc, Let's Get Busy). "Dont ignore me when you walk by, Im not that different, and thats no lie... You stop and stare, and thats not cool. We have feelings, just like you. All were asking for is a little respect."

   

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Reggae On The River Talent Schedule
As reggae fans anxiously await the return of Reggae on the River, happening as an all-day festival on Saturday, July 19th at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt, the Mateel Community Center is honored and excited to present a deep and top-class billing of some of the genres freshest and most enduring talent.

Although a much different event from the Reggae On The River festivals of recent memory, this community celebration and keep-the-name-alive-forever fundraiser will continue the tradition of great reggae music on the banks of the Eel River.

The Mateel is hopeful for a strong showing of local support as they work to rebuild this community festival and would love to see a sold out event to show the world that the spirit of Reggae On The River is alive and well.

Many tickets are still available however, so everyone is encouraged to get theirs today at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $45 MCC members or $50 advance. Tickets at the gate will be $55. Gates open at 11am, and will be followed shortly thereafter by an opening ceremony with Native American elder, Coyote Fred Downey. Arcata-based afrobeat phenomenons, Afromassive, will get the musical festivities started with an energetic set at 11:30am.

Jamaican dancehall diva, Sister I-Live (Peter Toshs niece), plays her acclaimed brand of conscious live dancehall at 12:50pm.

At 2:10pm, Jamaican and local favorite, Stevie Culture, will rock the crowd with his electrifying stage presence with full band support by The Demolition Squad. Warrior King will follow with his groundbreaking blend of roots and dancehall styles at 3:30pm.

New Zealand sensations, Katchafire, will soothe with their infectious island infused reggae at 5:00pm.

At 6:45pm, it will be the roots harmonies of Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill (son of Joseph Hill). And, closing off the festival will be the legendary vocal group, The Wailing Souls, a set at 8:30pm.

Additionally, the event will feature 50 vending booths and a lively kid zone.

Camping is available at the Benbow Lake and Richardson Grove campgrounds on a first come, first served basis by calling 800 444-7275.

Free parking is available in Benbow and a limited number of interior venue parking spots will be for sale on the day of the event.

For all other festival info, visit either www.mateel.org or www.reggaeontheriver.com.

You can also call the Mateel office at (707) 923-3368.

A very limited number of volunteer positions are still available. Volunteer to help or get your tickets to support today and dont miss the triumphant return of the Mateel Community Centers Reggae On The River at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday, July 19th.

   

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Music is art, and art is subjective
On break right now, the band's original drummer, Cade Burkhammer, was part of the reason Ludington moved to Humboldt County. ... Read More   
Fourth of July festivities, drummer wanted, and The Kids of Widney
Also in the pipeline: another remodel at Humboldt Brews that Im told will expand their capacity to something over 400. ... Read More   
All Seasons Orchestra
The All Seasons Orchestra celebrates 20 years of making music in Humboldt County. All are invited to a free concert at Trinidad Town Hall on Sunday at 7 pm ... Read More   
Kmud Battle of the Rock bands Submissions
The Battle has began. KMUD, Redwood Community Radio is searching for Northern California's best thrash,metal,punk or alternative rock band. The BOTRS's is open to Mendocino, Humboldt,Del Norte,and Tri... contact: Lisa Luv or Brenda Starr phone: 923.2513 website: http://kmud.org/    
A brass musician's niche; HSU's Brass Chamber Workshop
Beginning July 20, the Brass Chamber Music Workshop (BCMW) will begin its 34th season at Humboldt State University. Brass musicians of all ability levels ... Read More   
Reggae On The River& Rising?
... will revive Reggae on the River as a single-day, roots reggae and world music celebration at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt. ... Read More   
You can't hold back the flow of Reggae on the River
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA
As a New Zealand group, they are definitely traveling the farthest to make it here to Humboldt for Reggae on the River. Although this area does not ... More   

30th Humboldt Folklife Festival
North Coast Journal - Arcata,CA,USA
By Maia Cheli-Colando In its 30th year, the Humboldt Folklife Societys annual summer music festival has grown to eight days  four evening concerts, ...More   

On The River
North Coast Journal - Arcata,CA,USA
... check out the Humboldt Folklifes website: www.humboldtfolklife.org. And if you want to turn up the volume a bit, theres more music a stones throw ...More   

MUSIC  July 15, 2008
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA
Miles Ahead, Miles Davis tribute, 10 pm, Humboldt Brews. The Dts, female-fronted hard soul from Bellingham, The Ravens, female-fronted garage rock and soul ...More   

Folk fest goes off
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA
... features two day-long, free events, four evening concerts, a swing dance and an old timey contra and square dance  all with Humboldt-raised music. ...More   

Ross Rowley: Set Up and Tear Down  July 15, 2008
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA The playing of music we do for free. Here we were, up in the canyons of Southern Humboldt, a two-and-one-half hour drive from home, the time is 3 am and we ...More   
CenterArts shows announced, tickets available
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA
World music fans will celebrate CenterArts upcoming season, including the Humboldt County debut of African music sensation Vieux Farka Toure on Sept. ...More   

Blue Lake Pageant ends with Bands out Back
Redwood Times - Garberville,CA,USA
Rocking the Humboldt County music scene and beyond for six years, Kulica dishes up groove, funk and soul-shaking rhythms to refresh your soul and get you ...More   

Reggae on the River rises Saturday
Willits News - Willits,CA,USA
... an all-day celebration of reggae and world music at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt County this Saturday, July 19. ... More   

Eureka pianist competing in Australia
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA
After graduating from High School, he left Humboldt County to study at The Colburn conservatory under John Perry. Although Ryan has competed in piano ... More   

Ross Rowley: Set Up and Tear Down  July 22, 2008
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA
This could possibly spell the end of pedal steel guitar in Humboldt County. (Younger dobro players, Im looking at you!) To get back to the influence of Bob ... More   

McKinleyville Summer Concert Series
How would your family like to enjoy four free outings this summer that are guaranteed to please every member, young and old? The McKinleyville Senior Center and the McKinleyville Parks and Recreation have just the ticket for you! We will be presenting our Third Annual Concert in the Park Series every Thursday evening in August. The concerts will be held in Pierson Park adjacent to Azalea Hall on Pickett Road. Each concert will start promptly at 6:00 pm, and will last until 7:30 pm or later, weather permitting. This year we have a very exciting line up of talent offering something for all ages. The well-known bluegrass band The Compost Mountain Boys will start off the Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. Mr. Calamari will soothe you with Jazz standards on Aug. 14. On Thursday, Aug. 21, Triple Junction will rock you out. Our final concert on Thursday, Aug 28 will feature The Fickle Hill Billies. All these bands are professional local bands with roots in Humboldt County. Michael Buell of Bay Area Music will make sure that the sound quality of each performance is superb.

Seniors have long known what it is like to live on a limited budget. Soaring gas and food prices have limited all family budgets, making fun outings almost unattainable. Many families have no entertainment budget at all. We started this event in an attempt to provide affordable entertainment for our community members that is enjoyable for all ages.

Spending time with your family, friends and neighbors is essential. The average person spends most of their time working, giving them little family and community time. In a world filled with so many wonderful communication devices (cell phones, blackberries, i-pods, and computers) you would think families and friends would be closer. To the contrary, quite the opposite is true. These devices have distanced us from the old-fashioned closeness people used to attain from getting together with their loved ones and community members at events like this one. You will be able to enjoy a variety of local bands with professional sound without spending a fortune on concert tickets. So, bring your entire family: Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad and all the little ones (both two-legged and four-legged). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and your dinner to Pierson Park every Thursday evening in August!

We were on the verge of losing our concerts because of last minute funding issues, but as luck would have it, concerned local businesses and individuals came forward to save the concert series, because they felt the need to foster a sense of community in McKinleyville. This years sponsors are: Helping Hands, Humboldt Human Resources, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Josh Mitchell Construction, The Rocking Horse, North Valley Bank, B&BS Green House, McKinleyville Office Supply, and McKinleyville Area Fund. We would like to thank them all, and a very special thanks goes out to the Sue McCay Family and the Schirmann Families for their support. Without the support of these people, there would not be a concert series this year. All of these individuals are involved in our community and care about its members, both young and old. Many of our sponsors will have tables at the concerts. Stop by and let them know how much you appreciate their support.

If you need additional information you can call the McKinleyville Parks and Recreation Department at 839-9003 or the Senior Center at 839-0191. If you would like to have a booth at one of our concerts please contact Danna Bates at 839-5016.

   

Song of the Lark - The Hum 8/7
Galician music, old timey, bluegrass and some alt. folk/pop

It's a dream for traditional folk musicians: Lark In The Morning Music Celebration is a week-long camp in the Mendocino redwoods with lessons and workshops on all sorts of instruments and traditional styles led by stellar players from around the world, plus dancing, parties and picking sessions everywhere you turn. A fair number of musicians and dancers from Humboldt are there this week. If you just now heard about it and want to go, well, it's too late. It's all sold out. You might think about attending the first week in August next year however.

So, why mention it here? Lark Camp ends Saturday and the teachers are heading off in various directions. Some are coming through our area and stopping to play. (And some live here.)

First up is a Humboldt Folklife Society show Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Bayside Grange featuring a combo called Verde Gaio from Galicia, a region on the northwest corner of Spain, right above Portugal. Galicia happens to be the home of Manu Chao, but he's not coming here (he is playing at the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park opening night Aug. 22, along with Beck and Radiohead however). As you might guess from the fact that they're teaching at Lark, Verde Gaio is more on the traditional side of Galician music.

Alexandre Cardosa plays with Xavier Blanco, both are masters of the Galician gaita, a type of bagpipe. Google Xavier and you'll come up with a YouTube vid of a solo performance at a festival in Galicia. As he begins, he's playing some sort of clacking percussion thing and whistles that bring to mind birds in flight. He calls out something in Galician while shaking a bell tied to his arm before squeezing the bag under his other arm and singing a sweet song. Since I don't speak a word of Galician, I have to imagine what it's all about. In my mind it's an ancient song from a shepherd who's coaxing his sheep along a hillside overlooking the sea. Whatever he's singing, it's music full of joy and passion, folk music in its purest form.

Xavier and Alexandre are traveling with fiddler (and gaiteiro) Kevin Carr, a folky from Oregon who I know from his work with Wake the Dead, an all-star Celtic combo that recorded an album of Grateful Dead tunes reimagined as Irish music. There's a clear connection between trad Celtic and Galician music that goes beyond the use of bagpipes, but don't ask me to explain. I'm sure Kevin can do so on Sunday at the Grange. Another person who could probably explain is Greg Moore, who put together the show in Bayside. (He's a teacher at Lark too.) As you might recall, Greg is the leader of Bandemonium, the alt. brass/percussion band that made a splash at the Folklife Festival a couple of weekends back. Bandemonium is opening Sunday's show, and I'm certain if Greg has his way, there will be some kind of collaboration with the pipers taking folk music in wild new directions.

Humboldt Folklife hosts more Lark musicians the next night, Monday Aug. 11, this time with a show at Humboldt Baykeeper in Old Town. W. Bruce Reid and Bonnie Zahnow hail from Seattle. Local picker David Isley met them up there. He tells me, "They play a lot of old time and jug band music, and both play fiddle, so they do twin fiddle old timey style and some Mexican and Argentine music. Bruce also plays banjo and banjo guitar. He's one of the most amazing musicians I've ever heard." And that's high praise from David, who is an amazing musician himself. See (or hear) for yourself on Friday evening when he's at Rookery Books on the Arcata Plaza as part of Arts! Arcata, or this Thursday when he plays various instruments at Gallagher's taking over for Seabury Gould, who's down at Lark in the Morning.

Incidentally, that same Thursday evening fiddler Tom Rigney and Flambeau are playing Cajun tunes down the way on the Eureka Boardwalk.

I doubt that there's a Lark connection, but Humboldt Brewery has some fine traditional bluegrass coming Sunday night. The Lilly Mountaineers features mandolinist/singer Everett Lilly, a pioneer in bluegrass music who recorded classic tunes back in the day with his brother, Bea, and played with Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in the '50s. Today he fronts a band with two of his sons Mark and Daniel and several other talented players. If you dig bluegrass, don't miss this one. Humboldt's top bluegrass band The Compost Mountain Boys opens the show.

When I was working on last week's story about troubles at KHSU, I had occasion to visit the campus office for HSU Advancement. Greeting me from behind a desk was Travis Williams, who asked, "Do you remember me?" "Of course," I replied. When my son was playing percussion in the ArMack Orchestra, Travis was the other percussionist. Now that's he's all grown up, he does database management for Advancement, and he also plays drums for a local band called Hey Eleanor led by his wife, Samantha. Their band is part of a three-band lineup at the Jambalaya Saturday with Double Threat and Oh Foot, a folk/pop duo consisting of Zac Bauman and Maddy Shernock (aka The Beat Nun). Early posters for the Jam show listed former locals The Ian Fays as part of the bill, which is not surprising when you hear the songs on Hey Eleanor's MySpace  The Fays would seem to be an influence on many young local alt. pop singers. (They've delayed their trip back to Humboldt.) BTW, checking Oh Foot's MySpace I learned that Zac and Maddy are both about to move away to the Davis/Sacto, presumably for college. I also discovered that Oh Foot is playing Friday at Mosgo's with Matt Engel. Bouncing over to the Beat Nun Recordings MySpace, I learned that Beat Nun and Oh Foot will be playing live on The Buck Calhoun Show! on KHSU next Wednesday, Aug. 13. Tune in at around 10 p.m.

Elsewhere in Arcata the same Saturday night as the Hey/Oh show, The Bump Foundation is once again laying down the funk at Humboldt Brewery.

Earlier Saturday, around 11:30 a.m., you can hear Portland's No Go Know, live in the KSLG studio on Monica Topping's show. I know very little about No Go except that they describe themselves as a "tropical/concrete/zouk" band on MySpace, where their songs either are not posted or don't work. They're in town to fulfill our weekly Portland quota with a show Friday night at the Lil' Red Lion with Pipe(s) Of the Doctor of Witchcraft. It's the first of four shows this week at the hip Eureka nightspot, a space that's been tipping the alt. music scales away from Arcata to Eureka. (See this week's cover story.)

Got a call last week from jazz drummer Michael Curran telling me about the merging of his old Redway business Pomegranate Video with his wife Holly's Persimmon's Garden Gallery. A new wine tasting room replaces the former video store. "We'll have our grand opening Saturday, Aug. 9," he said, "with the Michael Curran Trio featuring Mary Jo Casasanta  just me and [guitarist] Jim Wilde backing her." The tasting room features wine from SoHum vintners: Briceland Vineyards, Elk Prairie Vineyard and Whitethorn Winery. "And we'll have little plates of food  my wife Holly is a great cook and she also makes these wild herbal infusion drinks," said Michael. The plan is to have music two weekends a month. Next Friday, Aug. 15, Curran assembles another trio with electric bassist Ken Lawrence. Incidentally, you can also hear Curran play with Humboldt Time this Friday Aug. 8, at Cecil's where the jazz band plays once a month.

While looking for horserace post time for the Humboldt County Fair, I came across the listings for the Midway Stage, the one just out the gate from the track. Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band play there Thursday, Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m. Then on Friday and Saturday (same time) it's Ferndale resident Elaine Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang fame. (Remember "Sunday Will Never Be The Same"?) Sunday through Tuesday they have High Pilots, who seem to play nowhere but county fairs. Then on Wednesday and Thursday ex-Weary Boy Mario Matteoli and friends take the stage. Racetrack admission is free Wednesday, so that might be a good day to hit the Fair.

As you know, Reggae Rising was last weekend, and you'd think the major blast of Jah music might slow things, but the reggae shows continue to flow. Humboldt Brews has Woven Roots Thursday followed by a big Friday show with the classic Jamaican harmony trio The Mighty Diamonds. Formed in Trenchtown, Kingston in 1969, the Diamonds are unusual in that the original trio lineup, Donald Tabby Shaw, Fitzroy Bunny Simpson and Lloyd  Judge Ferguson, is still together after all these years.

Then coming to the Red Fox Tavern on Tuesday, Aug. 12, the "More Knowledge Tour" with British reggae toaster Macka B, drummer Wadi Gad, Italian MC International DJ SupaMario and The Roots Ragga Band.

And yes, I was at Reggae Rising  had a blast. Expect a review next week when I'm fully recovered.    

Ticket Scalpers / CenterArts / Alert!
Hola,

An angry caller to KHUM alerted me to the fact that organizations within the secondary ticket marketing are offering tickets for sale at inflated prices. To top it off though, they do not actually have some of the tickets they are advertising because we havent sold them yet since are still filling season orders. The article from Pollstar below if very helpful in understanding what may be going on. Please help us get the word out!

Best Wishes,

Michael Moore, jr.

Event Coordinator

CenterArts

Humboldt State University

1 Harpst Street

Arcata, CA 95521

707-826-4411

707-826-5980 (fax)

Boss Tix Switch

Posted Thursday, September 06, 2007 at 2:30 am

The first tickets hadnt even gone on sale for the upcoming Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band tour but that doesnt mean they cant be bought online already.

Prices on secondary market Web sites such as StubHub have Springsteen tickets going for more than $1,200. From all accounts, the Boss will be structuring his ticket pricing on the low-end of the scale (approximately $55 to $95), with the general admission floor section cheaper (if more desirable) than the surrounding seats.

The low ends pretty affordable for fans of a rock n roll legend but, then again, Springsteen by his own admission is a rich man in a poor mans shirt. His fans expect blue-collar pricing. Then again, a fan of the Boss might do anything to get those up-close VIP tix.

The question is, how can there be tickets, however expensive, available online when the presale hasnt even happened yet?

One Web site, Orderseats.com, even lists Springsteen tickets for various sections of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bruce hasnt announced where hes playing in L.A. when he comes to town October 28th, and according to sources, will likely not be playing the Staples Center.

Yet, section 119, row 18 was selling at press time for $1,181.

Orderseats.com didn't return a call for comment at press time, but StubHub spokesman Sean Pate explained how things operate on StubHub.com. Turns out, the practice of putting tickets online before a presale is common and StubHub sellers were offering tickets for Springsteen's Oakland, Calif., date 15 days before the presale.

"This happens for a lot of events, not just concerts," Pate said. "People have either a connection to getting tickets in advance or know theyll have tickets after the fact. Lets say you are a ticket holder at the Oracle Arena. Youll more than likely have an exclusive offer to buy Bruce Springsteen tickets even before a fan club presale. "

Corporations also sometimes get advance access or own suites and can offer them up for a night.

Then there are speculators  sellers testing the waters to see what the going rate will be. If several people buy $1,000 Springsteen tickets, or if they dont bite, the sellers can price accordingly after the onsale. Under its terms of agreement, StubHub sellers must provide a buyer with either the ticket purchased or one of equivalent or higher value.

"Youll see people buying the worst row in a section but knowing theyll get a ticket in that row," Pate said. "In that case, the order still gets filled with a better seat than what you purchased and the seller remains valid through our system. & Any ticket listed on StubHub is guaranteed by our company so a comparable will be offered."

Meanwhile, Orderseats.com says it has a 100 percent satisfaction policy.

"This means you are not charged for any tickets unless your order can be successfully filled," the Web site says.

-- Joe Reinartz    

More music of controversy at KHSU
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA

You could start by asking why  when audience research shows KHSU to be the most listened to radio station in Humboldt County, and when membership and ... More   

Scene Noir: This sea's big enough, thank you
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Prior to their Humboldt County tour stop, I was fortunate to do an interview with their singer/guitarist, Scott, and write an article about the band for ... More   

Karen Dumonts new CD, music for farmers
North Coast Journal - Arcata,CA,USA

By Bob Doran We were finishing up a day at the Humboldt County Fair, which is more or less a day at the races. (I managed to hit a couple of exactas and ...More   

Blues Sharp Five
Artist biographies:

The Eureka Reporter - Eureka,CA,USA

Some of Humboldt Countys favorite blues musicians come together on the same stage for the first time as Blues Sharp Five. Veterans of the local scene ... More   

Town Mountain at Humbrews
North Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain will be playing at Humboldt Brews on Tuesday August 26th @ 8:30.

Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams, and the Ramones had a baby. And its name is Town Mountain.

Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of Asheville, North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of the premiere young American bluegrass bands. Great original material, tight vocal harmonies, a charismatic stage presence, and instrumental expertise place this group in the upper tier of contemporary acoustic bands. But, in the end, it's always the undeniable, irresistible energy of a live Town Mountain show that truly sets this group apart.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that gives Town Mountain its unique, contagious energy. It could be the visual performance that accompanies their great music. The guys bob and weave around each other, to and from the microphones, in order to facilitate their surprisingly sophisticated vocal and instrumental arrangements. The result is a natural choreography, an exciting visual performance that makes the band almost as fun to watch as it is to listen to. Almost. Town Mountain is monumentally fun to listen to. This is the hard-driving, no nonsense, slammin' bluegrass that makes you whoop and holler and stomp your feet.

Since winning the 2005 Rockygrass Band Competition, this rowdy bunch, led by Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, has been playing some of the best venues and festivals all over the country. The band is filled out by Jesse Langlais on banjo, Phil Barker on mandolin, Barrett Smith on bass, and Merl Johnson on fiddle.

Here's what Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine said about Town Mountains debut recording "Original Bluegrass and Roots Country":

"Throughout the production, Town Mountain carries off each selection with style and perfection and "Original Bluegrass And Roots Country" is a most impressive recording debut. Expect to see these guys on the bluegrass scene for a long time."

The quickest way to hear the music is at www.myspace.com/townmountain

   

Humweek
AS Presents has this fun outdoor (on the soccer field) event on August 28th.

People have asked for a stage schedule, so her it is:

Gates open to the public 4:30 p.m.

Upright Citizens Brigade 5-5:45 p.m.

!!! 6-6:45 p.m.

The Marching Lumberjacks 6:45-7:05 p.m.

(performing off stage in the field)

Upright Citizens Brigade MC duties.

Brett Dennen 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Bloco Firmeza 8:15-8:30 p.m.

(performing off stage in the field)

Upright Citizens Brigade MC duties.

Ozomatli 8:45-end    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS
CenterArts presents The Asylum Street Spankers on Thursday, September 4th at 9 p.m. at Mazzottis on the Plaza, in Arcata. The magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers stand as one of Americas most distinctive groups. Defiantly acoustic, fiercely independent and absurdly good, one reviewer aptly described them as a roots-rock riddle, nestled in a satirical Vaudeville enigma, packaged in an old-timey radio-show puzzle and slathered with hippie-fried mystery sauce. Tickets are $22 general and $18 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 21 years old

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS LUCINDA WILLIAMS AND BUICK 6
CenterArts presents Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 on Wednesday, September 3rd at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Three-time Grammy-winner Lucinda Williams is one of the countrys most important and prolific songwriters. Dishing out a heady mix of rock, country, blues and folk with her backup band Buick 6, she shares her arduous life journey through her deeply personal songs. Her compositions are rich in literary detail and poetic imagery, each highlighted by a deceptively simple melodic sense and evocative singing that fits her material entirely. Some critics describe Williams as the female Bob Dylan, and in 2001 Time magazine dubbed her Americas Best Songwriter. Her latest effort West was hailed as one of the top albums of 2007. Tickets are $40 general, $40 Senior/Child and $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL
CenterArts presents Chicago, the musical on a new date! Thursday, September 4th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Its Broadways most popular musicala razzle dazzle tale of sin and celebrity. Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery are the cornerstones of this sultry and alluring hit. In 2002 Chicago took to the big screen, winning six Oscars and leading to the rebirth of the musical. And now you can see it live! Based on the 1926 play of the same name, Chicago is the story of seductive nightclub dancer Roxie Hart who finds that the road to fame can be a trail of blood. Throw in a cunning lawyer and lots of dancing, and Roxie goes from cold-hearted killer to the toast of the town. The recipient of six Tony Awards, two Oliver Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, Chicago is the sensation that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Chicago has no peer on Broadway in matters of wit, style and sheer musical riches.Variety. Tickets are $65 general, $65 Senior/Child and $55 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE WAIFS
CenterArts presents The Waifs and special guest Krystle Warren on Tuesday, August 26th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Sisters Vicki and Donna Simpson and guitarist Joshua Cunningham have crafted a totally unique and fresh sound that has earned The Waifs a devoted following and a string of sold-out concerts across the country. Redefining the folk tradition even as they embrace it, this young trio from Down Under has that hard-to-define spark, a way with words and notes and a musical personality that hits you at first listening. The Waifs are a group bubbling over with talent, verve and vitality.~ Dirty Linen. Tickets are $35 general, $30 Senior/Child and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS STEEL PULSE
CenterArts presents Steel Pulse on Tuesday, August 26th at 9 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, Humboldt State University, in Arcata. Probably the UK's most highly-regarded roots reggae outfit, Steel Pulse returns to Humboldt State University. Their sound features strong reggae beats mixed with powerful political commentary. Since their debut in 1975 politics have been at the forefront of their message. In 1992 they even went so far as to challenge the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission in the Supreme Court, asserting that their cab drivers discriminated against black people in general and Rastas in particular. Tickets are $35 general and $25 HSU students and are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 18 years old or a current HSU student with ID    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
CenterArts presents America's foremost song parodist Weird Al Yankovic on Wednesday, August 27th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre. From New Wave to Gangsta Rap; the comedy/music of "Weird Al" has sold millions of CD's and videos which led to multiple Grammy Awards. Now enjoying the most successful chart topping CD, single and video of his career with Straight Outta Lynwood's White and Nerdy. Dont miss Weird Als legendary live show! You can expect a full multi-media extravaganza, complete with video, costume changes and his full band. Tickets are $55 general, $45 Senior/Child and $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro and http://www.humboldt.edu/~carts/.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Humboldt County musicians and world-wide success
We don't know where this photo came from except that it was labeled "photo de france". We are assuming that world renowned drummer and rock star Danny Montgomery sent it to us himself as he enjoys his obvious success as a rock star and drummer of many famous bands.

Here's the pic   

Humboldt County musicians and world-wide success

2nd annual Pipejam
What: 2nd annual Pipejam

Where: Southern Humboldt Community Park (Garberville, CA)

When: Saturday, September 6th (Noon to 11pm)

Who: Pro skate demos/ Music by Fishbone, Ras Matthew, End of June & others

Why: A cool event and benefit for MCC and the Southern Humboldt skate park

2nd annual Pipejam hits Southern Humboldt Community Park September 6th

On Saturday, September 6th, Mateel Community Center will present the 2nd annual Pipejam at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville. An all-day skateboarding and music festival set amidst the beautiful country setting of the community park, Pipejam features pro skate demos, public competitions, free riding on the parks half pipe, lots of diverse music, and a variety of vendors in a benefit for the Southern Humboldt skate park and Mateel Community Center.

Pro riders Frank Hirata, Matt Pailes, Ryan Johnson, and Gershon Mosely will be conducting skate demos and lessons throughout the day, and more pros are expected to participate. Musical talent will include legendary ska/funk/punk rockers, Fishbone, along with Frank Hiratas band, End of June; Ras Matthew (aka Matt Pailes) & We A Dem, and local favorites, The NPK and Subliminal Sabotage. Tickets are available at the gate only for a price of $22 (MCC members and teens) and $25 (general) with those 10 & under admitted free. Gates open at noon with music from 2pm to 11pm. Skate park memberships and pre-event gear discounts are currently available at Tsunami Surf & Sport in Garberville and memberships/ safety gear will also be available at the event for those wishing to ride the ramp.

Visit www.mateel.org or www.myspace.com/mateelcc for more information or call the Mateel Community Center at (707) 923-3368 to volunteer or vend at the 2nd annual Pipejam on Saturday, September 6th.

   

Organic Gumbo The Hum 8/21
Queen Ida plays zydeco, plus back to school, and how to make money with music

When Ida Guillory was growing up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, playing accordion was not considered ladylike. That didn't stop Ida  she would eventually be crowned Queen of the Zydeco Accordion.

"Music  zydeco music  was in my family as long as I can remember. I had two uncles that played accordion and a cousin who played violin," she told me when I called her at home in Daly City, south of San Francisco.

After the family moved from Louisiana to Texas, Ida's mother would continue to visit their old home in the bayou. "One time she brought back an accordion. She told my brothers, 'I want you guys to keep the tradition, keep the music going.' At that time the youngsters in Louisiana weren't picking it up. Zydeco wasn't cool. So she brought it home and gave it to the boys. When I was brought up, women didn't play accordion. Violin and piano were fine, but not accordion  that was too masculine."

But, after listening to her brother Al develop his chops on the squeezebox, she decided she'd try it out herself. "I borrowed his accordion and went down to the basement where no one could hear. At first I didn't get it, but I kept trying."

She didn't really get into playing seriously until years later when her family left their Texas rice farm behind and relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. They weren't the only ones who'd come from Cajun country in East Texas and Louisiana. And when Ida married a Texan in 1950, they started having zydeco parties at home.

"We started with basement parties, then through word of mouth they got larger and larger, and finally we started renting a hall," she recalled. "At that time I wasn't playing much. My brother had a band, but I was still trying to learn."

At some point she started taking a turn on the bandstand on a few songs. At one show, where a reporter happened to be in attendance for a piece on the Bay Area Creole culture, she was introduced, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, as "The Queen of Zydeco." From the point when that was reported in the paper, she was "Queen" Ida.

In the '70s, a resurgence of interest in traditional culture brought in new crowds and the band started playing the club circuit. They made a few records, even won a Grammy.

Her brother, Al Rapone, has since moved back to Louisiana. Ida now works with a band that includes two of her sons, one on rub-board, another on accordion, so she can just sing on some songs. The music maintains its Cajun/Creole roots, but is a bit less traditional than it was in the beginning.

"Gumbo is the word for it," says Ida (who is also author of a Cajun cookbook). "It's traditional zydeco as well as other things we throw in the pot: a little bit of country-western, a little bit of blues, even some Caribbean music. It's all that. And people seem to like it."

Ready for some of Queen Ida's tasty musical gumbo? She's in town Sunday for a set at the Organic Planet Festival. Details on the rest of the event can be found in this week's calendar section. Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band should hit the stage at around 3:30, right after the samba parade. Stop on by.

You say you can't get enough of that accordion music? Wednesday, Aug. 27, CenterArts brings America's No. 1 rock/pop parodist Weird Al Yankovic to the Van Duzer stage for a multi-media show  and you know what? Al got his start as a SoCal teenager sending twisted accordion versions of rock hits to Dr. Demento, and the squeezebox is still his main instrument. Al's been doing OK: His most recent album, Straight Outta Lynwood, and its hit single, White and Nerdy, have taken him to new platinum heights, even the ringtone was certified gold.

There's the usual Farmers' Market on the Arcata Plaza Saturday, once again with old timey gospel by Huckleberry Flint. Then around the time the farmers are wrapping up, Concerts on the Plaza fires up with Marin's Latin/worldbeat/funk/jamband Vinyl, who also play later in the evening at the Red Fox Tavern. Local funkateers The Bump Foundation open the Red Fox show.

Also on Saturday, an amazing Canadian vocal ensemble called Chic Gamine stops off for a local house concert on their way to the Strawberry Music Festival. Based in Winnipeg's French Quarter, the group includes four women vocalists and one guy on percussion creating music that initially reminded me of early Zap Mama. (My wife says Camille, either way, great stuff.) It's fairly likely that the show will be sold out by the time you read this, but you can e-mail Joel Sonenshein ([email protected]) to check, and/or to get on the e-list for future house concerts.

Well, I finally made it down to Benbow to check out the Inn's Summer Jazz Series. It was simply sublime hearing pianist Dena DeRose sing and play under a night sky with Zen-like drummer Akira Tana and bassist Peter Barshay providing perfect rhythmic counterpoint. The setting in the inn's courtyard couldn't be better with friends gathering to enjoy cocktails, good food and wine  and world-class jazz  as the stars come out. As noted last week, they have guitarist Lee Waterman and Jazz Caliente coming in this Thursday. Friday, pianist Larry Vuckovich leads a Latin combo that includes Buca Necak on bass, Paul Van Wageningen on drums with Hector Lugo on Latin-style percussion. Vuckovich returns Saturday without Hector, but with Jackie Ryan doing her vocalese thing. Sunday it's bassist Chris Amberger leading a duo. Tuesday, Aug. 26, the fine local vocalist Mary Jo Casasanta fronts a quintet. Wednesday, Aug. 27, Eric Shifrin is up from San Francisco to play the Inn's grand piano. Humboldt Time returns Thursday Aug. 28. The series closes out next weekend with the Wayne Wallace Latin Quintet on Friday, Aug. 29; followed by a Saturday, Aug. 30, show with Akira Tana and Sound Circle featuring former local Randy Porter on piano with special guest Maria Volonte on vocals. If you dig jazz, well, it's well worth the drive south. Head on down.

The Lil' Red Lion just keeps on (alt.) rockin'. Thursday they have über-cool alt. something band Indian Jewelry on the "West Co$t" leg of "Che's Funky Bolivian Expedition 2," plus Sweaty Sweaters, an instrumental prog trio from Bellingham, and James Harkins' zombie-surf-emo band The Invasions, perhaps that band's last show. Friday gets loud with San Fran's self-described "drunk punk" combo The Bar Feeders, heading home from something called Total Fest in Montana and probably hung over. They're here with another Frisco punk outfit, The Penny Dreadfuls (formerly known as NNP). Saturday it's groovy, lo-fi, Beatle-esque Portland duo BoomSnake sharing a bill (if not an aesthetic) with Idyllwild punks Liquid Wagon. The Lil' Red action resumes Tuesday with more neo-prog by La Fin du Monde out of Chico plus Portland's System and Station, who are on the road with a brand new CD, A Nation of Actors.

Fortuna may have lost its all-ages haven Out of the Sun, but the scensters persevere. Monday, Aug. 25, they're throwing an end-of-summer back-to-school all-ages punk rock bash at the Fortuna Vet's Hall with four bands: Nural, The Material, A Farewell Device and This Dying Wish.

And so it begins. With the students back in town, CenterArts kicks of its new season Tuesday with two shows at once. Aussie folk rockers The Waifs are in the Van Duzer playing tunes like the title track from their fine new album, sundirtwater: "Well if your holding out on something, then just reach and we'll rise above  give me Sun, give me Dirt, give me Water, give me sweet everlasting love." Meanwhile in the Kate Buchanan Room British roots Rastas Steel Pulse lay down some serious reggae led by the dreadlocked David Hinds.

Then Thursday HSU's Associated Students take over with HumWeek 2008 (apparently named in tribute to this column) with Ozomatli, Brett Dennen, !!! and Upright Citizens Brigade. More details next week. Advance warning from Mike Dronkers: "Brett Dennen will perform live on KHUM 104.3/104.7 during the noon hour on Thursday, August 28."

Between the free exchange of music in the digital age and the rising cost of touring, how does a musician make a living? That question arose when I talked with Jason Munning, lead guitarist for the San Francisco-based folk/country/rock band Ten Mile Tide. Jason and his twin brother Justin are out front in the band, who have a sound that reminds me of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. (Jason had not heard of them.) The money thing came up because I noticed that all of the bands recordings were available as free downloads on their website. "I wonder how independent bands ever did it," said Jason. "Everyone talks about how file-sharing make it hard for musicians to make money, but the fact is, as an independent band, if we hadn't given our music away for free, people wouldn't have heard of us and no one would be buying our CDs. We went the other extreme and promoted giving the music away: Download it, burn it, post it, whatever. That model might scare some record labels, but it's brought us a following. Believe it or not people still buy our records from the website, to give as gifts or maybe just to support us. We found that it increased our touring income. That's where bands make most of their money today." He admits that it's harder with current fuel prices. "We focus on anchor dates, private shows, weddings, or festivals where we make more money. At this point we have those coming in. It would have been hard to start off cold, and the truth is, we're still trying to figure out how to make it all work." Wanna do your part? Ten Mile Tide plays Friday at the Red Fox Tavern. Pay that cover and don't spend too much on drinks. Buy the damned CD after the show so they can fill the gas tank.

   

Kaye Bohier Blues Band Invades Blues by the Bay
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Thomas has a degree from Humboldt State University and also has lived on the North coast part of the year. He began his singing career here and has ... More   

Hops in Humboldt: Live Music and microbrews, a local favorite
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Now in its fifth year, Hops in Humboldt is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 23 at Rohner Park in Fortuna. Live music starts around Noon with local hip-hop ... More   

It's a Louis Logical choice Monday
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

The result was one of the most entertaining shows I'd seen in Humboldt. Louis Logic shared multi-layer rhymes about women, jobs, and his rap fantasy life ... More    

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!
The Redwood Rollers gear up for their 3rd bout of the 2008 season this Sunday, August 24th at 2pm. Consider it a matinee. The Beauty School Drop Outs battle the Auto Shop Flunkies in Francheschi Hall in the Redwood Acres Fair Grounds. For fans who love stats, it is a particularly interesting line up this time because the Drop Outs have mainly defensive players on their roster and the Flunkies are made up primarily of ladies who play offense. It aught to be an interesting bout. And if you're not a stats fan, forget about all that and watch the girls rough each other up while skating around in a circle. They'll tell you who won at the end. This time kids under 10 are free with an adult present. You can get your tickets at the Eureka or Arcata Works or at brownpapertickets.com Tickets are $10 for adults and the doors open at 1pm. For further information con tact Guts and Gloria at (707)502-6368   
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!

The Future is Unwritten
Inaugural Biannual Music Festival

September 5, 6, and 7, 2008

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA 

While not always acclaimed for their role in rock and rolls underground music scene, Humboldt County has a proud history of churning out some of the best psychedelic rock music north of San Francisco. And in an effort to celebrate Humboldts rich music tradition, a handful of local musicians, artists, and promoters have decided to organize and present The Future is Unwritten music festival.

This first biannual fest will feature a number of psychedelic and psych-influenced performers from up and down the West Coast, including such local acts as Yer Dog and White Manna, as well as Portland Oregons Datura Blues. Festival organizers are also excited to present a handful of national acts, with the likes of Mammatus, Nebula, and Totimoshi all performing over the course of the weekend.

Details of the shows are as follows:

Chapter One of this years festival will be written Friday, September 5at Big Petes Pizzeria on G Street in Arcata with local psych-rockers Yer Dog and White Manna kicking off festivities with a special all ages performance. Organizers feel that making live music accessible to listeners of all ages is important to the fests success and to Humboldts music scene in general. Big Petes vested interest in providing live music for all of his patrons figured greatly into making the decision to have this venue be part of the festival. Those over 21 need not despair, for beer will still be served with proper identification. Pizza will be available to all. The door will be $5, with music starting shortly after 10pm.

Chapter Two of the festival will take place Saturday, September 6 at the Alibi in Arcata with Mammatus and Datura Blues. Mammatus hails from outside Santa Cruz, California and has created quite a buzz over the past couple of years with their fuzzed-out and somewhat demented live performances. The success of two releases on Holy Mountain Records has gained them national attention and landed them an opening slot for Acid Mothers Temple on their 2007 United States tour. Datura Blues, whose formative roots can be traced back to a cold and stormy night in Humboldt County, will open the show with their unique blend of psychedelic madness, one that incorporates elements of folk, punk, krautrock, and improvisational jams into the mix. The groups latest creation Is it as it is, Brother? will be out in late August and available at the show. Cover for this show will be $5. It is a 21+ event, with doors opening at 10:30pm and music starting shortly after 11pm.

Chapter Three brings the festival to Aunty Mos in Eureka on Sunday, September 7 and will feature Nebula and Totimoshi. Southern Californias Nebula are veterans of the psych/stoner rock scene and are well renowned for their mesmerizing live sets, which are highlighted by guitarist Eddie Glasss blistering and spaced-out guitar jams. The bands catalog includes a variety of releases, including well-received efforts on Sub Pop, Tee Pee, and Mans Ruin. This will be Nebulas first visit to Humboldt County, one that is sure to long endure in the minds of those who attend. Incidentally, Nebulas latest effort is titled Heavy Psych and will be available at the show. The Bay Areas Totimoshi will also be featured on Sunday nights event, and while it may be a stretch to say the power trio is psych-influenced, their latest release Milagrosa does find the band edging closer to some straight-up jams. Totimoshi have been busy lately, touring with the likes of Helmet, Mastodon, and the Melvins, as well as signing to Volcom Records. Local hard rockers Machete round out the bill and will certainly open the night with a loud bang and wallop. The show is a 21+ affair and will be $8. Doors open at 9pm with bands beginning at 10pm.

Festival organizers intend to present The Future is Unwritten again in the Spring of 2009 with the hopes that it can become part of local music tradition each year during the vernal and autumnal equinox. If you need more information about The Future is Unwritten, please contact Mike at [email protected]

You can also visit http://www.myspace.com/tfiu.

   

STRATOSPHEERIUS
STRATOSPHEERIUS TO PLAY EUREKA, SEPTEMBER 9

(Jam/fusion/rock/jazz/progressive/singer-songwriter group will be doing a show at The Red Fox Tavern)

Stratospheerius will be performing at the Red Fox Tavern, 415 Fifth Street, in Eureka, on September 9. The venue phone number is 707-269-0282, and admission is 10 dollars.

Stratospheerius is playing its first tour of California this September. While lead singer/violinist/mandolinist Joe Deninzon has toured California as both a solo act and with other artists, the group is excited to play a number of west coast dates for the first time in its seven year career.

In addition to Joe, Stratospheerius' members are Aurelien Budynek (guitars, vocals), Jamie Bishop (bass) and Lucianna Padmore (drums).

The band's musical range combines jam, fusion, rock, progressive, virtuoso, singer-songwriter, jazz and metal, and describes itself as "psychojazz trip funk." Stratospheerius has played at colleges, festivals, and clubs throughout the US. The New York-based group has opened for Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, The Slip, Ekoostik Hookah, and John Scofield. The group was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, won the Online People's Choice Awards in the Cornucopia Festival, and was named "Best Jam Band" in Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards.

Some of the dates will be in the V3 tour with other violinist-led bands, including Jesus Florido on September 3 at The Temple Bar in Santa Monica and September 11 at Di Piazza's in Long Beach.

Stratospheerius' album, HEADSPACE combines elements of hard rock, jazz, funk, and Middle Eastern music. "Today is Tomorrow," "New Material" and "Old Ghosts" have garnered airplay on all kinds of radio formats. The instrumental "Heavy Shtettle Part II: Heavier Shtettle," which Joe co-wrote with Testament's Alex Skolnick is finding its way on both jazz and metal radio formats.

Support for the band from fans, radio, and media has been significant. CASHBOX writer Justin Scro reviews, "Stratospheerius is creating a genre of its own," and "the vocal performance of Joe Deninzon is on par with his stringed abilities." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER praises Stratospheerius for its "funky electric violins, driving guitar rhythms, and fevered drumming layered in an explosive fashion."

Other outlets have been praising the group for not fitting into one genre. Mark Kirby of MUSIC DISH NETWORK writes, "Stratospheerius' music has smarts, but not of the cold calculating kind; the music has rawness and intensity, but not the stupid punk kind. Statospheerius have a band sound that avoids the pitfalls of jazz, while keeping its sophistication and musical depth." COSMOS GAMING's Chris Dahlberg says, "Stratospheerius is an impressive group, and HEADSPACE continues to see them progressing further and further in both technical prowess and original ideas. There are other groups that try to work string instruments in like this one has, but no one else has the ability to switch up genres like Stratospheerius."

   

HUMTUNES etc
A new project with HumTunes and Humbrews starting September 2nd and continuing once a month. The project starts with a live recording for Humboldt Access featuring Joanne Rand at 8:30pm on Sept 2. We are working on another featured artist for that evening. These events will be free to the public. DVD's of show will be available in the near future. Clips of the shows will be streamed on the web through UTUBE and Google Video.

For more information call Andy at 826-2739,

This band from Australia, Live @ Sub's, is playing Humbrews on Thursday, Sept 4. Local band, Silent Giants, are opening.

They come from the East of Melbourne, Australia where the hills are big and the beats are even bigger. Following up their previous EP 'Memoirs Of An Ashtray', [email protected] returned with the new EP Holiday in Japan fortified with the title track which has been receiving some huge support from Triple J. In keeping with their cheeky nature and definite influences from the likes of Sublime, Bob Marley & The Chilli Peppers, the Holiday In Japan single is all about living the good life and along with five other killer tunes the EP is chockfull of funk-filled riffs and reggae-rockn beats.

Each descending from their own separate musical backgrounds, [email protected] is an interesting combination of life long musicians. From that of Guitarist/Singer Sub who played with US group The Toledo Show, touring the US during 1997 & 1998, followed by an Australian tour in late '98 finishing at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival. Or Deef [email protected] drummer/singer, x-drummer of heavy grooves band Another Race (aka Biscuit), and bassist Wingman. Now playing together after knowing each other since they were in school, "the Subs" boys take a somewhat different approach to their music, enjoying each gig, recording session and tour as one big party/a way of life!

Another highlight for the band was featuring on the new Triple J "Like a version 2" compilation CD with a JJJ live studio recording of "Roll Up" originally by the Long Beach Dub All-Stars.

2007-2008 has seen [email protected] tour extrensively around Australia and also their first US tour of California and Nevada. The lads are now back in the studio recording their 5th Record, with the aim of getting it out early 2008 while summer is still with us that dwell south of the equator!

Cubensis is playing Humbrews on Friday & Saturday, Sept 5 & 6.

Since 1986, Los Angeles-based band Cubensis has carried the torch in celebration of one of Americas most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. Cubensis sets out to re-create the Grateful Dead experience by emulating the sounds of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and the rest of the legendary San Francisco jam band. Cubensis plays complete shows covering all eras of the Grateful Dead, and no night is ever the same. Cubensis is far more than just your standard cover band as they bring the magic and sounds to those longing for the live vibe that only the Grateful Dead was able to deliver. "This is not imitation," cautions lead guitarist Craig Marshall, "This is the real deal. We're satisfying our musical curiosities like they did, by exploring improvisational frontiers. When you take a musical leap of faith, sometimes you land on the rocks, but sometimes you fly."

Cubensis performs its critically acclaimed live performance of Grateful Dead show recreations to audiences and venues all over the western United States. Giving homage in a continually evolving artistic outlet, the band recreates the Grateful Dead experience with compelling authenticity. Like the Dead, the band explores and searches out all the possibilities of the music.

The group is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. LA Weekly recently raved "Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the real McCoy." Big Brother skateboard magazine says Cubensis is "the nations premiere Dead tribute" and the OC Weekly declared them "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going." OC Register affirmed Cubensis was "the best place to channel Jerry Garcia" and AOL Citybeat stated, Cubensis is renown for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight.

Each night, Cubensis decides on performing songs from the hundreds that the Grateful Dead performed during their 30-year tenure as fathers of improvisational rock. As a chamber orchestra interprets Bach or Mozart, Cubensis presents a completely spontaneous set list, song by song, with uncanny faithful interpretation. Audience members encourage the band by calling out requests for favorite tunes. The band performed their 2000th show during the 2005 summer tour.

The group has its craft so well refined that even members of the Grateful Dead themselves, such as keyboardists Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten, have appeared on stage and performed with these live music interpreters. Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir praised the band, saying, Just love what you do...and of course, you do!

Cubensis dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can "see" shows that happened long before they were born. All eras of the Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band are represented. As with the originators, improvisation is key, so every nights performance is unique and memorable.

In celebrating the Grateful Dead concert experience, the band performs a wondrous amalgam of blues, country, jazz, electronic and rock and roll music, all in the space of about three hours on stage. As with all improvisational jambands, every Cubensis performance is an ongoing experiment, and is closely tied to the boundless energy of the Deadicated fans. No set list is ever repeated, no tune ever played without true improvisational passion, no fan left unsatisfied. Each and every experience is unique... as it was MEANT to be. Truly, there is nothing like a Cubensis show!!

In addition to regional touring with numerous sold out shows, Cubensis continued their commitment to community service in August, when they performed a benefit show in partnership with the Rex Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, to further the organization's philanthropic goals. Money raised at the benefit concert was contributed directly to the Rex Foundation which provided grants to area community groups and non-profits.

In 2006, the band plans to tour fulltime with some 150 dates per year spread across the southwest from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The last several years have seen them playing at medium to large sized theatres joined by special guests such as Vince Welnick of the Dead, Chris Robinson and Marc Ford of the Black Crowes, Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers fame, Garcia collaborator David Nelson, and Barney Doyle of the Mickey Hart Band.

Cubensis's authenticity and popularity is possible because of the Dead's fervent fans, called Deadheads, who followed the group from show to show, who have now latched on to Cubensis. Unlike most bands, the Dead allowed its fans to tape performances. The tapes have been archived, and a data base called DeadBase lists the order of songs done at every show. Thus, the bands appearances and performances are highly anticipated.

The band doesn't reproduce the Grateful Dead's songs note for note---though it would be hard for most listeners to tell. The Dead's music is highly improvisational, with rock, country and jazz influences. Cubensis members say there's room for interpretation while staying true to the original. Its all about tapping into the same inspirational flow, says Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall. Dead guru Jerry Garcia granted Marshall permission to recreate the Deads music, as long as he "did a good job" of it. I told him we played all Grateful Dead songs, recounts Marshall, to which Garcia replied, in mock surprise, Oh yeah? So do we!

Even the press has caught on to what they're trying to do. LA Times observed, As the tribute to one of the ultimate jam bands, their set lists are as free and frollicky as the crowd. Big Brother skateboard magazine did a feature piece on Cubensis in its January 2002 issue and various newspapers and online publications have consistently praised the band, and its mellow but fanatical following. In the end, what Cubensis does is not just a tribute to the Grateful Dead but a testament to the enormous number of unique setlists they performed in their long career. Cubensis seizes the framework of the original music and sees how much further it can be taken.

   

RANDS LIFE ON DISPLAY AT HUMBREWS

On a recent summer tour, Joanne Rand had a special performer on stage with her.

Her nine-year-old daughter Georgia.

She was on stage dancing with me, dance that tells stories of the songs, Rand said. It was really a wonderful feeling to see that happen. I felt like a plant and she was the flower.

Rand performs at Humboldt Brews for the first-ever HumTunes event, a free made-for-TV performance on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Although her daughter is not scheduled to be dancing on stage, Rands life story, told in the nine CDs of her music, will be on display.

Each disc is a different chapter:

The sister who honors her brothers explosion of creativity near the end of his life, tragically shortened by AIDS, in the compelling The Monkey Puzzle, which is perhaps her masterpiece.

Her daughters birth inspired another disc, Family History.

Its my favorite album, she said. It also tells the story of my ancestors. Its a mix of quiet songs and more rockin type stuff. And its more personal.

Songs born in the wilderness, along the Klamath and Salmon rivers, in Where Our Power Lies.

Through it all, Rand, 47, feels that her lifes purpose is as a midwife of sorts.

I want to change the world, she said. I want to help move people across borders; borders of the mind, feelings that happen in transition.

Her most recent CD, Broken Open, is a solo endeavor, the tracks put down last winter. Later this fall she will start re-recording some of those songs and new ones with her band, The Rhythm of the Open Hearts.

She is proud of her heritage, a mixture of Southern gentility and Appalachian mountain folk. Yet she didnt stay close to home.

I left Georgia as a teenager because I didnt fit in, she said. I made a big zig-zag across the country over a number of years and ended up in the west.

Why does she live in Humboldt - or more generally, the northwest between northern California and southern Oregon?

The greatest concentration of shakers and movers are here and the wilderness is here, she said. Its mostly the people. I love the southwest but every time I go there, I know why Im living here. This is where the activists live.

Activists like her husband, Greg King, a well-known environmental advocate. And Rand herself.

Rands aspirations as a shy young adult began with creative writing, but then she decided to go to art school. After that, massage school.

Finally, in her mid-20s, she embraced her musical abilities.

What I had to say was more important than my ego telling myself that my songs were not good enough, she said.

Along with creating music and performing, Rand has again tapped into her healing arts background. I feel like it has taken me all there years to realize that what I really like the most is to help people, she said.

She has returned to massage therapy, working at a couple of area clinics. Its a great balance for the music because its about listening to the other person.

Rand is also at work on a music composition degree at Humboldt State University.

But its family and nature that form the strongest threads in the fabric of her life, woven together by music.

When I was a kid there was this tree that Id make a pilgrimage to and play music for it, she said. When I got in sight of the tree, I couldnt speak. I just had to play for it.

One day, her daughter may turn that story into a dance.

NOTE: Joanne Rand and Robert Franklin take to the stage at HumBrews on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for the inaugural made-for-TV HumTunes video shoot. The show will debut on Ch. 12 (Access Humboldt) on Sept. 13 at 10-11 p.m.

   

UNREQUITED LOVE, SOCIAL INJUSTICE, AND PARALLEL PARKING
When Sari Baker walks on stage with guitarist Mike Craghead at Humboldt Brews for the videotaping of a new local music TV show, she wont bring any sheet music.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, she wont have a musical instrument either.

Even if she did, they would be useless.

One of Humboldts most talented, exuberant and poignant singers does not play a musical instrument. Nor does she read music.

I write things in my head, she explained. I tape them or sing them over and over again until I remember them. A chorus, a little catchy part of a song will come to me and Ill build on that.

Artists she performs and recorded with - from Eldin Green of Dr. Squid and most recently the Sari Baker Trio - enjoy the freedom, as she describes it, to put whatever instruments they hear to the song.

The 33-year-old emerged reluctantly as a musical artist. At age 22, she began to perform and write songs. She credits Green with a wonderful experience on her first CD and Craghead in balancing her anger on the second album.

A lot of my songs are a little angry, she said, adding with a laugh, If I had better choice in men, it might might not have been that way. If you listen to my songs, the first ones especially, it sounds like Im pissed off. And I was out there with my pissed-offed-ness.

I met a wonderful man a few years ago, she said of husband Steve, and I havent written a damn song since. My friends call him the career killer.

Happiness, she said, is a narrower market.

A government employee, there is a reason why she has a day job.

When you try to turn your art into industry, you compromise a lot, she said. When I do it on this level, I feel a lot more control and what I sing about is on a level that Im passionate about.

Her biggest musical influence and inspiration has been Scott Baker, her father. From a family in Humboldt County for three generations, Baker said, The only people I consider locals are native Americans.

She has three published CDs. The most recent is a12-song series about an unrequited love. Still Feel You, with the Sari Baker Trio.

Her first album, Mad Woman Blues, was produced by Eldin Green, who owns the humboldtmusic.com website. Eldin was awesome, someone willing to help me make my first CD. He had his own ideas but it was always my call about what to release with my name on it.

Her second disc True with Mike Craghead, the songs were still about bad experiences with men she loved. Its my motto, hurt me and Ill write something pretty, she said.

Now her focus has changed. Her songs are less about ill-fated love and more about social injustices.

Politics can often replace love as far as song material goes. Ive branched out. I started focusing on other things, she said.

I moved into Eureka a few years ago, and I live on what the police refer to as Heroin Alley. It has exposed me to a lot of issues in our society; the distribution of wealth and the general apathy of people have come up in inconvenient and upsetting ways. People can not go around and ignore it and be in bubble about gas prices and food prices ... and all of the problems with the system.

With an offbeat and irreverent sense of humor to balance her passion for social justice, Sari Baker likes to lampoon the uppity. Thats why she reads Vogue, for the ardent pretencia of it all.

Pretencia?

The pretension of Vogue does require a certain amount of devotion, she said after reading a hilariously inane selection from the magazine. Sometimes its refreshing to put life in perspective. There are so many NOT important things that people choose to care about.

Among her talents, Baker is a good driver who can handle a stick shift.

And Im really good at parallel parking, she said. Im proud of that.

NOTE: Sari Baker with Mike Craghead will perform at Humboldt Brews in Arcata on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for the inaugural videotaping of HumTunes, a live music TV show featuring North Coast area artists. HumTunes can be seen on Access Humboldt Ch. 12 Saturdays 10-11 p.m. and Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. beginning Sept. 13.

   

Blues by the Bay draws record turnout
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

EUREKA -- The strong wind blowing in from Humboldt Bay on Sunday sent many hats flying through the crowd at the annual Blues by the Bay festival in More   

Dancing in the Dunes to fill Manila with music
The Eureka Reporter - Eureka,CA,USA

... Svelte Velvet, Humboldt Rockers, the Freelove Circus, Antioquia, and Aluna. In addition to the music, the festival will feature local artisans, More   

I Street Block Party helps children in Nicaragua
The Eureka Reporter - Eureka,CA,USA

... food and music made it a great Labor Day event. Its an awesome celebration of life in Arcata and its culture. Any chance of culture in Humboldt County ... More   

Humboldt Hills Hoedown returns September 27
Redwood Times - Garberville,CA,USA

Also on tap will be a variety of vending booths, music/dance workshops, jamming opportunities, a lively kid zone, the soon-to-be-famous Road Apple Raffle, ... More   

Willie Nelson in So Hum
Redwood Times - Garberville,CA,USA

People Productions put on an amazing afternoon of music, food, and fun. The crowd was a true mixture of Southern Humboldt from the very young to the more ... More   

Pipejam rolls through Community Park this Saturday
Redwood Times - Garberville,CA,USA

... Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville. An all-day skateboarding and music festival set against the beautiful backdrop of the Community Park, ... More   

Southern Humboldt Arts Alive Friday
Redwood Times - Garberville,CA,USA

Eagles Perch, 827 Redwood Drive; showing the handmade guitars, violins and mandolins by Bud Rogers, with live music. * Vets Hall, 483 Conger St.; More   

EARTHDANCE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 2008 UPDATE
Sept 12th, 13th, 14th

With just over one week to go, the excitement is building. We hope you will join us for an incredible weekend of Music, dance and global unity.

Please remember there is only 9 DAYS LEFT to buy pre-sale discount tickets. From Friday Sept 12th, tickets will only be available at the gate from the festival box office. So don't delay, buy your pre-sale tickets this week and save.

We are excited to present the band, LOTUS, one of the hottest acts to combine jam, indie and electronica. Watch out for them on the Arlo Forest Stage on Sunday night. They will also be playing songs from their long awaited new album HAMMERSTRIKE, which is due for release this fall.

For those waiting for a concert experience with the dynamics of a rock band, the dance inducing rhythms of club music, and the sophistication of modern electronica, an unlikely musical alternative has arrived in the form of the band Lotus. Formed in 1999, Lotus has spawned a massive following of fans. The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has excited crowds across the US, Canada, and Japan.

Due to be released this fall, the new album from Lotus, Hammerstrike, finds the band reaching back in order to move forward. The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises. Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track. The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.

"The Synchronized Global Ma". This year, in every Earthdance location, the "Prayer for Peace" will be followed by the tone of MA (pronounced Maah), as people across the world synchronize their voices with the intention of healing the Earth. The vowel sound of "Ma" is common in many international languages to represent the sound for Mother and in many spiritual disciplines is the sound that activates the heart center. To increase cohesiveness and provide a single, specific point of focus for the global community, the "Prayer for Peace" will be immediately followed by a recording of a fundamental tone (the specific human frequency of 125hz), which will serve as a foundation note for people to tune into. The note is also based on the Schumann Resonance, which is the consistant tone emitted by our planet as discovered by Nasa. Thus, we will be uniting our intention and voices to heal our planet using the actual tone that our planet is vibrating at.!!!!

Does your car have two people and four seats? Or even better -- Leave your car home! We are encouraging all Earthdancers to please car pool to help our festival stay green and to help YOU save money and gas. Visit our online ride share board to hook up with folks needing a lift, or to advertise empty seats in your vehicle. Our easy to use system also allows you to find people who match your interests. It's a great way to meet new festival friends. Please remember, 3 or more people per car gets free parking at the festival.

Earthdance Laytonville is now on MYSPACE. Check out our new profile and add us as your friend. Also, feel free to grab our flyer and post it on all YOUR friend's profiles to spread the word about Earthdance Laytonville. Your support is appreciated.

www.MySpace.com/EarthdanceLaytonville

email: [email protected]

phone: 541-488-5468

web: http://www.earthdancelive.com    

The not-open open mic
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Prior to moving to Humboldt about five years ago, Gordon had been writing songs since he was 16 years old, but had never played an open mic. ... More   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS MASON JENNINGS
CenterArts presents Mason Jennings with Special Guest Zach Gill (Animal Liberation Orchestra) on Tuesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings blends the deeply personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer, and the broad musical eclecticism of a jazz musician with a rock & roller's passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene and earned him a loyal cult following, as he moved over 30,000 copies of his first two albums and sold out shows around the country without the benefit of a major-label publicity department. Tickets are $25 general, $25 Senior/Child and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    
CENTERARTS PRESENTS MC CHRIS
CenterArts presents MC Chris is dead tour with special guests totally michael on Thursday, October 16th at 8 p.m. HumBrews, in Arcata. While in college MC Chris began studying and performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. UCBT is home to many familiar faces, people you see on The Office and SNL. One night after ripping tickets at the UCB, Chris was discovered by David Willis, creator of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Chris wasnt ready to leave NYC for the Atlanta and instead took up a job as animator on Daves friend Adams show, Sealab 2021. MC went on to animate the first few seasons as well as provide the voice of Hesh in numerous episodes. During his entire stint with Adult Swim, MC was writing rhymes, recording music and self releasing albums. Albums were followed by t-shirts. And the money rolled in. All shows had sold out. Lines wrapped around the venues, so dont be slacker and get your tickets today! Tickets are $18 general and $16 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 21 years old    
CENTERARTS PRESENTS METHOD MAN & REDMAN
CenterArts presents Method Man & Redman on Thursday, November 6th at 8 p.m. in the Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way, in Arcata. Method Man was the first  and biggest  solo star to emerge from the groundbreaking Wu-Tang Clan. His mush-mouthed, sandpaper-rough bellow and imaginative rhymes easily made him one of the most recognizable, unpredictable MCs in the group. Method Man frequent collobator Redman made his initial impact with Whut? Thee Album in 1992. He blended reggae and funk influences with topical commentary and displayed a terse, though fluid rap style that was sometimes satirical, sometimes tough, and sometimes silly. As solo artists and collectively they are two of the top MCs in the field who have are responsible for too many hit singles to list, including How High Bring the Pain, Tear It Off, Bring the Pain, Whateva Man, Rockafella, Blow Your Mind. Tickets are $40 general and $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    
CENTERARTS PRESENTS VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ
CenterArts presents Music from Mali! Vieux Farka Touré on Tuesday, September 16th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The son of international African music superstar Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré was recently nominated for a 2008 BBC World Music award. Vieux is known for beautifully realized concerts and recordings both honor and extend the life and work of his famous father. With the rich music of Malis northern desert as his foundation, Vieux sets flourishes of rock and reggae amidst Saharan blues and traditional Malian melodies. Tickets are $25 general, $23 Senior/Child and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    
CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE TAJ MAHAL TRIO
CenterArts presents The Taj Mahal Trio on Saturday, September 27th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Describe legendary musician Taj Mahal in a single word? Impossible! You could call him a singer, multi-ethnomusicologist, two-time Grammy Award-winner, world traveler or fisherman. All titles would be accurate, yet none can convey the warmth, humor and outright joyfulness of Taj and his music. Performing here with his road seasoned trio, Taj draws on influences ranging from Southern blues and gospel to the lilting rhythms of the Caribbean and reggae. Its a sound that is stunningly soulful, absolutely irresistible and unmistakably Taj! Tickets are $45 general, $40 Senior/Child and $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    
JJ GREY & MOFRO IN LAYTONVILLE!
"Rich, funky swamp grooves...Grey is a singer-songwriter [who] celebrates life's most fundamental joys with unforced talent and deep feeling." -New York Times

Down-home roots, rock and soul artist JJ Grey and his band Mofro are celebrating the release of their new CD, ORANGE BLOSSOMS, with a live performance in Laytonville on September 14, 2008. ORANGE BLOSSOMS features 11 original JJ Grey compositions (and one cover) that come right out of the Southern musical tradition. Following up on the major success of Grey's last Alligator album, COUNTRY GHETTO (and the reissue of the band's first two releases, 2001's BLACKWATER and 2004's LOCHLOOSA), ORANGE BLOSSOMS is a groove-driven, soulful masterpiece. Concert information is below:

Sunday, September 14th

Earthdance Peace Festival

Black Oak Ranch

Hwy 101

Laytonville, CA

Tele: 541-488-5468

Show Time: TBA

Sunday Only - $75

3-Day Festival Pass - $160

*Check website for detailed festival information: www.earthdancelive.com

Like Florida's state flower, the orange blossom, songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist JJ Grey's songs are fascinating, beautiful, and complex. Both are products of the same ground: the rich, fertile and ancient soil of the Sunshine State. Born and raised just outside of Jacksonville, Florida, Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern musical storytellers and, like the best of the great Southern writers, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid and personal, political and universal. His multi-textured music overflows with dynamic rhythms and thought-provoking lyrics. From raw funk to deep soul, blues and rock, JJ and his band Mofro deliver devastating live and recorded performances. Blues Revue says the band plays "irresistible North Florida roots, soul and blues....Joyous, funky grooves and gritty, mesmerizing lyrics."

ORANGE BLOSSOMS, produced by long-time cohort Dan Prothero and Grey, was recorded in north Florida and boasts some of Grey's most profound and moving music to date. The album features 12 songs (including 11 Grey originals) inspired by Grey's life experiences and visionary observations. With long-time friend and guitarist Daryl Hance, bassist/organist Adam Scone, drummer Anthony Cole, and the Hercules Horns of saxophonist Art Edmaiston and trumpeter Dennis Marion, Grey moves effortlessly from gospel-tent fervor to Southern-fried rockers to deeply emotional soul. ORANGE BLOSSOMS is fueled by JJ's gritty, smoldering vocals and intense, funk-infused guitar and keyboard work. Relix raved, saying, "Grey and Mofro fuse rock with plenty of soul and groove-heavy blues, and dirty, infectious funk. The deep and introspective lyrics are a breath of fresh air." Debuting in 2001 with BLACKWATER, following up in 2004 with LOCHLOOSA, Grey steadily built an intensely loyal following through constant touring. In 2007, with his first Alligator release, COUNTRY GHETTO, Grey reached an even larger audience, doubling both his album sales and his concert attendance. Now, with his new album, ORANGE BLOSSOMS, JJ Grey takes another giant step forward.

From gritty funk and juke joint romps to contemplative country soul and blistering rockers, Grey's music is in a class by itself, at once contemporary and classic. Now, with his latest release, ORANGE BLOSSOMS, JJ Grey will bring his singular musical vision and hip-shaking, soulful live show to his ever-growing fan base, showing how his songs speak to people all over the world and how far-reaching his Southern roots can spread.

   

Cleary can help KHSU move forward
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

I came to Humboldt County in the fall of 1977 to attend Humboldt State University, and one of the classes I enrolled in was a production course at the ... More   

Mindaltering Music - the HUM by Bob Doran
The Future is Unwritten music festival and other psychedelia

Psychedelic: It's a word that conjures images of stoned '60s-style hippies with flowers in their hair noodle dancing to endless guitar solos. My New Oxford American Dictionary tells me it's an adjective "relating to or denoting drugs that produce hallucinations and apparent expansion of consciousness" and also "a style of rock music originating in the mid-1960s, characterized by musical experimentation and drug-related lyrics," or "denoting or having an intense, vivid color or a swirling abstract pattern: a psychedelic T-shirt," or let's just say tie-dye.

I'm not sure how the word is defined by the organizers of the first ever The Future is Unwritten music festival. They declare, "Humboldt County has a proud history of churning out some of the best psychedelic rock music north of San Francisco," and they're celebrating that "rich music tradition," with a fest spanning three days and three venues with seven bands total: three out-of-towners, three locals, one ex-local.

At Sunday's Willie Nelson show I ran into Jeff and Roshawn, two members of Machete, who play a Sunday show as part of the F/U festival. When I mentioned the psyche fest, they were confused. "We are not a psychedelic band," they said in no uncertain terms. Like a machete, the band is metal, hard sharp metal.

"It's a loose term, but, yeah, we're psychedelic," said Pete Ciotti, guitarist for Yer Dog, who play the fest's first night. "I'd say we fall into the category, kind of in a Neil Young psychedelic style." The band started out playing country-ish rock a la Wilco or Exile-era Stones, then mutated into a spacier zone, but Pete and bassist Pat Quinn are the only carryovers from the original Y-Dog. "This is a new version of the band," said Pete, "new line-up, new CD in the works, slightly new sound." Yer Dog plays Friday, Sept. 5, for "Chapter One" of The Future is Unwritten in an all-ages bash at Big Pete's with another Arcata band, White Manna, who self-identify on MySpace as "garage/psychedelic/other."

F/U moves to the Alibi Saturday for Chapter Two, with Ryan Jones returning to his old digs with the latest incarnation of the amorphous drone/psyche/ambient combo Datura Blues and a new album, Is it as it is, Brother? D.B. is paired with Mammatus from "the outer reaches of Santa Cruz County." As the band explains it, "Mammatus harness[es] instruments and amplifiers with the brave intent of transforming the natural beauty and massive fury that lies in the earth into acoustic energy. The sound that results from these explorations is an aural adventure, a sonic quest through the outer reaches of the natural and spiritual worlds." Hmm, sounds psychedelic to me.

Sunday, Chapter Three takes the fest to Aunty Mo's, where the above-mentioned Machete opens for Bay Area-heavyweights Totimoshi and the SoCal band Nebula. Totimoshi plays intense hard rock with slashing guitar lines that might be described as Latino grunge if there was such a genre. They're on the road with Nebula, led by guitar jammer Eddie Glass, the band that perhaps defines the notion behind the festival. Nebula's latest release, Heavy Psyche is along stoner rock lines (see review on page ??), an evolution of metal into a spacey netheregions intended to take the listener on a trip of some sort. To where? That's up to you.

Absynth Quintet, named for a mind-altering liqueur, celebrate their new CD, Indigo Shoes, with an extravaganza at the Jambalaya Friday (see review on page ??). The plan for the show, says Ryan Roberts: "We are going to play the whole album backwards." And yes, satanic messages will be revealed. Saturday at the Jam: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a big time "jazz/electronica/psychedelic" band, who I'd describe as a tripped-out jamband.

Meanwhile, Humboldt Brews has a Friday/Saturday run by Cubensis, from SoCal, who I'm told is one of the top Grateful Dead tribute bands around.

Following last year's annual KMUD Lu'ah, organizers and master cooks JJ and Cousin Mark retired, and retired the name with them. Then JJ, aka Keke Kanaka Kapakahi o Kaliponi, passed on to that great lu'ah in the sky. Sunday, the station is reviving the event, renamed the Aloha Barbeque and Slack Key Festival. Now held at Beginnings in Briceland, it will feature Aaron Mahi, Martin Pahinui and George Kuo, the same Hawaiian slack key players as last year.

Got a note from Celtophile George Z. re: another Beginnings event, an Irish concert on Thursday, Sept. 4, featuring One for the Road, "a new band made up of some of the best young players, two from the states, Dave Cory from Portland and Kira Ott from SoCal, and two from Ireland, Pat Egan and Mick Walsh."

Same Thursday, CenterArts takes to the Plaza with a show at Mazzotti's featuring Austin's wild and crazy Americana/jug band assault team Asylum Street Spankers. Since pregnancy is in the news of late, we'll note that lead singer Christina Marrs is expecting her third child and will begin maternity leave as soon as the Spankers return to Texas.

Things have slowed at the Lil' Red Lion after a wild summer with tons of shows (and not enough patrons). I haven't heard who is coming of late, but James Harkins, formerly of The Invasions dropped by with a flyer. He's debuting his solo act, James and the Junk Set, Friday at the Lion, playing guitar and a makeshift drum-kit. "Seriously everything came out of the junkyard or the recycling center," he tells me, adding, "I'm playing all the songs my bandmates wouldn't let me play because they weren't punk enough." Joining him, John Ludington, whose set at the Humboldt Folklife Fest's songwriter night totally impressed me, and new-in-town songwriter Steven Lee Wood.

You might also see James at the Eureka Theater earlier that night. The WildRiver101 Film Festival kicks of a "Friday Fright Fest" with Jon "Akira" Olsen's Zombies of Eureka assemblage with walking dead vids featuring The Invasions, The Buffy Swayze, The Ian Fays, The Monster Women, Dynamite Sweater, The Ravens, The Professional Superheroes and Von Richter. (I'm in it too.)

Bad Kitty Norm describes it as, "sort of a homecoming. Lightnin' Bill Woodcock was born in Eureka but left here as a toddler. The Lightnin' Woodcock Trio is a tongue-in-cheek mix of blues and punk rock." and they're playing Monday at The Pearl, if you're into that sort of thing.

Redwood Jazz Alliance opens its fall season with a concert by the Donny McCaslin Trio on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in HSU's Fulkerson Recital Hall. I don't know much about McCaslin aside from the fact that he's been playing tenor sax since he was a teen and he's a Berklee alum  but the RJA folks have not hit a sour note yet, so I trust that he's the real deal.

We told you about it months ago: iconic southern blues-rock band The Black Crowes and alt. psyche ex-locals Howlin Rain are playing the Van Duzer Wednesday, Sept. 10. There are plenty of tickets left in the balcony. Want seats on the floor? I can steer you to some online, $566 apiece, $1,132 for the pair. That's how good this show will be.

   

The Babes open Fortuna Concert Series season
Humboldt Beacon - Fortuna,CA,USA

Directed by Carol McWhorter Ryder, a Fortuna native,the choral group evolved from the Humboldt Light Opera's chorus. Says Ryder, the Babes started about 15 ... More   

Tickets now on sale for Humboldt Hills Hoedown
Redwood Times - Garberville,CA,USA

Advance tickets can be purchased at Blue Moon in Garberville, Redway Liquor, Fortuna Music Mart, The Metro and The Works in Eureka/Arcata, Pure Bliss Day ...More   

Afro-blue The Hum 9/11
Vieux Farka Touré, son of Ali, Clüb Shampoo II and other delights

As any musicologist will tell you, the blues comes from Africa. Nowhere is this more evident than in the bluesy music that comes out of Mali, particularly as played by the late great guitarist Ali Farka Touré, whose sound was famously described by Martin Scorsese as "the DNA of the blues." Before he died in 2006, Ali made one last recording, contributing to the debut album by his son, Vieux Farka Touré, a youngster whose name translates as "old." While he took the torch from his father, Vieux is using it to light his own way. His eponymous Afro-blues album was followed this year by Vieux Remixed: UFOs Bamako with Cheb I Sabbah, Karsh Kale and Nickodemus among those handling remix chores.

Music is personal expression, says Vieux. Everyone has their own ideas and their way of doing things. No one can replicate what someone else has done. I am working to follow my fathers path, but that path continues into new areas. I am of a new generation, so there are things that inspire me in todays world that I put in my music, just as he did in his time.

Vieux spent the summer touring the U.S. including a series of shows where he was part of a James Brown tribute show with J.B. alums Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley joined by Cheikh Lô and others. Now Vieux is working with a five-piece band that mixes African and American musicians and styles. They hit Arcata Tuesday, Sept. 16, for a show at the Van Duzer Theatre.

Arcata Playhouse proprietors Jacqueline "Jackie" Dandeneau and David "Guapo" Ferney are so talented and nice that you almost forget they're Canadian (just kidding). They've booked a phenomenal collection of cool shows to their space in the old Creamery, turning it into a major cultural resource. Friday, Sept. 12, they bring in a bunch of friends for another edition of Clüb Shampoo; this one subtitled "Teased Up." The show, hosted by David and Jackie, is a review featuring a who's-who of local talent: Tim Gray, Marla Joy, Mike LaBolle and Tim Randles make up an ad hoc house band called The Frosted Tips. (The event p.r. was littered with further hairdresser references, but we'll forego them here.) Then there's Lila Nelson and Jaese Jecuyer, both of whom shined in Dell'Arte's Korbel IV, Tyler Olsen (Korbel IV's co-director), Jeff DeMark, Julie and Curtis from Kulica, dancing by Shoshanna, music and dancing by Yo Tango, plus "surprises" untold. J&D note, "Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended." (The show sold out last time.)

The Playhouse comes alive again Monday, Sept. 15, with ace guitarist/songwriter/storyteller Willy Porter. I caught a set by Willie years ago when he was on the road with Joan Baez  he was really good. More recently he drew raves at one of the Lost Coast Live shows at Ferndale Rep, a cool series, although I never did understand why they kept the performers' identities secret. Willie is touring with Raining Jane, an all-female folk-rock quartet from L.A. who have been up here a couple of times with their friend Sara Bareilles, an ex-local who has been doing pretty well for herself this year. Sara is currently down-under in Australia; next stop Europe. Maybe she'll cross paths with local floorcore stars Starving Weirdos who just took off for a three-week Euro-tour: a week on the British Isles (including a gig at London's Millennium Dome) then over to the Netherlands for the ZXZW indie culture festival and on to Amsterdam and Brussels.

Saturday morning might be pretty crazy on the Arcata Plaza with the city's 150th anniversary party in the midst of the Farmers' Market, Magnolia swinging for shoppers and historic displays on the 8th St. side. Mazzotti's plays host to the annual KHSU Music Sale that morning starting at 10 a.m. Expect to find treasures buried amidst box after box of CDs albums by bands you've never heard of. Friday Jamdown host DJ Dub Cowboy will be in the house, mashing up music in many stylees. And yes, there will be vinyl for all you cratediggers.

San Fran's Mon Cousin Belge offer what they describe as "deep faggotry jams" at Aunty Mo's Saturday with Arrogant Hare opening. Meanwhile honky tonk garage rockers Side Iron headline a show at the Alibi with Portland's Thee Headliners opening. Side Iron includes Keil, ex-Que La and Greg, ex-The Hitch, which reminds me: Last week, I incorrectly identified Jeff, formerly of The Hitch as part of Machete. He was hanging with Machete man Roshawn, also formerly of The Hitch, but Jeff is in The Fire Demons. All of this sort of confusion may be cleared up if the new blog, HumboldtBandsFamilyTree.wordpress.com takes root. Ross from The Delta Nationals is supposed to be helping me with it, but we've both been kinda busy. BTW, The Nats play Saturday with The Bucky Walters at the Arcata Community Center for Arcata 150th Anniversary bash. Should be fun.

Don't forget The Neville Brothers are at the Arkley Center next Thursday, Sept. 18. More on that next week.

It's EarthDance weekend at Black Oak Ranch down in Laytonville. The annual "celebration for world peace and unity" gets underway Friday with Neko Case and Kinky among that day's headliners. Saturday's show includes Digable Planets and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and many, many others, plus the Prayer for Peace ritual. This year they're also offering Sunday-only tickets and it's a good day with swamp-funksters JJ Grey and Mofro (who play next Thursday at Humboldt Brews), reggae star Anthony B, young Afro-hip hopper K'Naan and Michael Franti and Spearhead all on the main stage. Also playing Sunday, Panjea, an awesome Afro-fusion band led by former local Chris "Toosa" Berry on mbira, and, of late, with ex-String Cheese fiddler Michael Kang.

Did you notice the date on this week's paper? That's right, it's Sept. 11, aka 9/11, another one of those dark days that will live in infamy. The Accident Gallery and the poetry collective A Reason to Listen (Therese Keslin, Vanessa Pike, Nicola Hunt and Brad Wilson) are marking the date with a politically-themed poet's open mike with prizes. Meanwhile at HSU, songwriter Jesse Goplen plays for a 9/11 Truth HSU event that also includes a new 9/11 documentary Fabled Enemies. Jesse will debut songs from his upcoming EP, Cowboy, some of them love songs, some with a political 9/11 theme like his last album, September Eleven Blues.

Jesse brought a burn of the new disc by my house last week and showed me his new guitar, a Gibson Custom Shop Super Jumbo Elite Custom, bought with part of a $25,000 sweepstakes prize he won after spending weeks entering every contest he could find online. He played me a tune off the album, a beautiful bluesy thing in a minor key called "Highway 101," written for Kyana, the love of his life. After he left, I spun the disc, and heard songs like "Didn't You Know?" where he asks us to listen to Willie Nelson's take on the 9/11 story. It made me wonder, why dwell on darkness when there's a bright future ahead, one that could be made even brighter by that big beautiful guitar.

   

Musical Memories
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

The fund has been established in conjunction with the Humboldt Area Foundation to aid elementary school level instrumental music at Eureka City Schools. ...More   

The world premiere
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

... premiere of Kegg Overture, an original composition written for this concert by Dr. Gilbert Cline, professor of music at Humboldt State University. ...More   

Digital Discrepancies and the Last Metro Stop
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Compared to iTunes, the local music sections of Humboldt record stores probably reach fewer people, but their existence points to the possibility (now ...More   

Humboldt Hip-Hop Makes a Joyful Noise
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

... only a small sliver makes hip-hop music. On Saturday Sept. 20 almost all of the Humboldt hip-hop community will gather at the Mateel Community Center in ...More   

Kevin Hoover: Now playing:
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA

... killuglyradio.com for starters), tribute bands and even a Friday night radio show dedicated to his music, right here in Humboldt on KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM. ...More   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS LINDA RONSTADT WITH MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO
CenterArts presents Linda Ronstadt with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano on Sunday, October 26th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Linda Ronstadt has established one of the most impressive careers in the history of contemporary music. Arguably the most versatile vocalist of the modern era, she has broadened the latitudes of the pop singer, expanding the vocalists canvas to include country, rock and roll, big band, jazz, opera, Broadway standards and Mexican influences, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of the ultimate song. With worldwide album sales of over fifty million, thirty-one gold and platinum records and eleven Grammy Awards, Ms. Ronstadt is the consummate American artist. In this one-of-a-kind performance, she joins with the acclaimed Mariachi Los Camperos to perform some of the music closest to her heart. Tickets are $85 general, $85 Senior/Child and $75 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 or go to http://centerarts.humboldt.edu/    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS NATALIE MACMASTER
CenterArts presents Grammy-nominated fiddling virtuoso Natalie MacMaster on Tuesday, October 7th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. From the back roads of Cape Breton to stages around the world, Natalie MacMaster never fails to leave audiences breathless. Her energetic raveups, heart-rending waltzes and simultaneous fiddling and step dancing all add up to a joyous celebration of traditional music! The Los Angeles Times called MacMaster one of Celtic musics most dynamic performers. Tickets are $38 general, $35 Senior/Child and $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 or go to http://centerarts.humboldt.edu/    

EEK-A-MOUSE
DATE: Monday October 6, 2008

EVENT: EEK-A-MOUSE

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern 415 5th St. Eureka, CA

DETAILS: 10:30pm, $20 adv., 21+

CONTACT: Matthew Beck/ Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 616-9575/ [email protected]

It is not only Eek-A-Mouse's 6 feet 6 inches height that make him one of Jamaica's most individual talents. He has created a style all his own, and gone on to become something of an international phenomenon quite apart from the rest of the world of reggae. Hylton's unusual name was originally that of a racehorse upon which he frequently lost money; when the horse finally won a race, he had, of course, refused to back it. "My Father's Land" and "Creation", his first two releases, came out under his real name in the mid-70s. Not only were they made while he was still in college, they were produced by his math teacher Mr. Dehaney. In 1980, he started recording with Joe Gibbs after working briefly with the Papa Roots, Black Ark, Gemini, Jah Life, Black Scorpio and Virgo sound systems. "Wah Do Dem" was the 1980 single that made his name in Jamaica. Even though it was considered too controversial for radio airplay. It was followed by "Modelling Queen," another JA hit single that appeared on his first album "Bubble Up Yu Hip". Both were produced by singer Linval Thompson and issued on his Thompson Sound label in Jamaica. By 1981, he had teamed up with producer and Volcano sound owner Henry "Junjo" Lawes and had achieved significant hits with "Once A Virgin", "Modelling Queen" and "Virgin Girl". Before the year was out, the artist had joined forces with producer Junjo Lawes and remixer Scientist. Backed by the Roots Radics, Eek cut "Virgin Girl" and "Noah's Ark," before having another go at "Wa-Do-Dem," for Greensleeves. The latter did the trick and Eek-A-Mouse had arrived with a sound so unlike any other, equal parts singing, DJing, and disconcerting Oriental-esque weirdness, that soon all of the island was raving about the rodent. He was the toast of Reggae Sunsplash in 1981, his bubbling lunacy providing a cathartic release to a festival otherwise in mourning for Bob Marley. "Biddy biddy beng" roiled out across the crowd, and the audience shouted it back as one, instantly cementing the syllables as the catchprase of the new decade.

A chat with Eek-A-Mouse is something of an aural adventure. More than a quarter-century of recording, global touring and enough years of residency in the suburbs of Irvine to justify an accent heavy on California mall girl-isms have hardly changed the dancehall godfather's husky Kingston patois. Though his voice is smooth and rich in tone, Mouse's unique re-imagining of English grammatical rules can prove challenging to the unprepared ear. Take a conversation touching on Mouse's feelings about his music's place among reggae's current crop of dancehall favorites. While a couple of decades removed from the early '80s Jamaican dancehall scene that solidified his reputation as one of the genre's most irreverent and oft-copied toasters, The Mouse  as he is fond of calling himself  hardly feels his career has peaked or that his time has passed. "I'm Mouse, you know? I'm Mouse, so I can change my style any time. There's different reggae now ... hip-hop, dance, regular reggae. Just like Eek-A-Mouse. I'm also unique, you know? Different." "I was singing when I was a child, yeah," said Mouse, asked about his hand-to-mouth beginnings in Kingston's notorious Trench Town ghetto. "I would sing with my mama. I was singing all the while. Then the kids got interested, and sometimes I would sing them songs. Sometimes there would be little concerts going on in school and I would participate in singing, you know? But I knew I was gonna be a singer soon." Mouse's diverse list of early musical influences reads like a Magic 8-Ball of the varied styles that would eventually color his inventive lyricism and instrumentation. "I loved Nat King Cole, Marty Robbins, Cab Calloway, Patsy Cline ... all different singers. Sam Cooke and The Beatles ... and stuff like that," said Mouse, rhapsodically. "And then I came up with my own original style." That "original style" included elements of "sing-jaying," an early form of toasting (boastful catch phrases, singing and DJ work) mixed with funky vocal gymnastics and effects. Mouse's contribution to the genre was a percussive, nasally vocal style, and a talent for using his voice as a musical instrument that moved The Boston Globe to call him "the Al Jarreau of reggae." Much to his chagrin, Mouse has also often been called the originator of "sing-jaying." "I don't know why they call me that," said Mouse, chuckling. "Maybe ... it's a good vibe. Maybe a good vibe is what they feel, you know? Using my voice as an instrument ... (it's) just what I do, you know? "Sometimes, if I'm freestyling lyrics ... I'm thinking about the sound. I say, 'bam-ding-ding' and stuff like that to get the lyrics together."

Over the years, Mouse's core audience has also happily accepted his frequent lyrical switch-ups from half-baked humor ("The Mouse and The Man" is about a Disney World meeting of the minds with Mickey) and pointed social commentary ("Operation Eradication" is about the murder of his friend Errol Scorcher by politically-motivated Jamaican eradication squads). "That just came natural," said Mouse, of not being pigeon-holed to a sole lyrical style. "I never worried about ... sounding the same because I'm always seeing stuff happen to people. And I'm alive, you know? So I just sing about current stuff happening in the world ... and just make it unique to The Mouse." And as evidenced by some off-the-cuff long-distance crooning, what seemed to be on The Mouse's mind of late was some serious fascination with amour. "I've got a song called 'Pretty Girl,'" said Mouse, offering a track from this summer's still untitled followup CD to 2001's "Eeksperience." He began singing softly and sweetly, "She's a pretty girl. Pretty like a diamond. Pretty like a-gold." After finishing, Mouse shared a few verses from another gently performed love song called "I'll Be Waiting," this one using all manner of weather-related lyrical metaphors as a promise of keeping one's love real. You in love, Mouse? "Yeah, you know ... but not really," he said, laughing again. "I go through stuff sometimes, you know?  and I'll sing about it. It's like stress release." We know.

   

Melvin Seals & JGB
DATE: Friday & Saturday October 10-11, 2008

EVENT: Melvin Seals & JGB

VENUE: Mazzotti's on the Plaza/ 773 8th St. Arcata, CA

DETAILS: 10:30pm, $20/$25, 21+

CONTACT: Matthew Beck/ Passion Presents

TELE/EMAIL: (707) 616-9575/ [email protected]

Melvin Seals has established a reputation as a recording artist, producer and record company executive in the field of gospel music. He first took up piano at the age of 8 and his first public performances were playing gospel music in church; his first band, "Gideon & Power," was a local San Fransicso group. He has gone on to perform/record with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Daniels, Chuck Berry-and for 15 years with Jerry Garcia. He was the featured organist in such broadway hits as "Evolution of the Blues" with John Hendricks, ACT's production of "American More Or Less," the Joyce Carroll Thomas play "A Song In the Sky," and the hit "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope".

Melvin formed JGB one year after Jerry Garcia's death on August 8, 1995 and was originally joined by Gloria Jones and Jackie Labranch, who had been Garcia's background singers. He toured steadily from late 1996 through 1997 and then released a live CD with JGB, "Welcome To Our World," in February of 1998. Continuing a tradition of great song writing, Melvin Seals & JGB keep the music alive performing across the country to fans of all ages.

   

The Hum 9/25 Natural
Taj Mahal on food and music, plus clean-cut folk and a couple of new CDs

Natch'l bluesman Taj Mahal released his first album in 1968, which means, as of this year, he's been in the blues business for 40 years. "I've outlived the former music business," he told me when I asked what had changed for him over that time. "I started out playing music that I liked, music I thought needed to be heard, that needed to have someone play it. Young African Americans of my generation needed to be responding to the traditional music that had been passed to them. Somehow or other is had been passing people by. A bunch of other folks picked up on the music and did real well with it. I didn't see that I should be left out, especially when it comes to my culture. I wasn't mad at nobody, because I don't talk that way  I just put my energy out there. If you want things to change you gotta do something about it. So, that's what I've been doing, doing something about it ever since." When he said "other folks" picked up on the blues, he basically meant young whites were embracing the blues, in part via British blues players. I wondered, wasn't the blues pretty much considered old folks music in the black community? The question struck a chord.

"That was the urban audience. They saw themselves as being connected to what was new and what was more hip. If you were country, there was something wrong with you. OK. Now Mr. Urban Know-It-All, whoever you are, eating food that's being genetically altered by Archer-Daniels-Midland, poisoned by Dow Chemical insecticides and Monsanto fertilizer, you tell me what was wrong with being country and knowing how to handle your food? Now we're all in the same boat and you're better off if you have that knowledge. "My interests as a youngster were two: music and agriculture. I figured there was no way a culture was going to get away without those things. So I learned about the older style of agriculture. It doesn't change. I don't buy the modern way that says I'll just walk in my kitchen and be totally serviced and I'll be fed and washed and put out the door and I'll never have to lift a finger. What kind of foolishness is that? There are people who want that, but I think that's the reason we have the drain on our resources we have today. Everybody's waiting for someone else to do it, for someone else to carry the load. The guys at the top figure the consumer will be the one to pay for it, all of it. And look where that brought us.

But for me, music has been the highway to stick to. When I connect with the music of my people in Africa, we're talking about 149 generations. It's not, 'I didn't get a hit so I quit and drove tractor for awhile, then they convinced me to come back and now I've got a big hit and everything's great.' No, this is a real serious commitment, man. It's like what are you doing here on this planet?

"What makes me able to do what I'm doing is, I know when I wake up in the morning and think about the music, or music comes to visit me in my sleep, I know I'm on the right path. And I'm lucky because I get to do what I love. That's what this 40th is all about, to say, 'Here I am, and thank you guys for supporting me all these years. And I'm still here, still lovin' it, just like I was in the beginning.'"

Feeling natural? The Taj Mahal Trio plays Saturday night at the Van Duzer.

It's hootenanny time Saturday at the Arkley Center with a flashback to the folk revival featuring The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four, two combos that had smash hits back in the '50s and early '60s with their clean-cut take on folk. Formed in 1957 in Palo Alto, The Kingston Trio made their name with an extended gig at San Francisco's hungry i and a surprise hit version of the murder ballad "Tom Dooley," and a series of very successful albums. The original trio lasted 10 years, disbanding in the Summer of Love. One member, Bob Shane wanted to keep things going and bought the name from the others. Until he retired in '05, Shane worked with a rotating group of singers included former members of The Limeliters and The Brothers Four. The Brothers Four were frat brothers at U. Wash in Seattle when they got going in 1958 (which means they're celebrating their golden anniversary). They followed a trajectory similar to the K. Trio, moving to S.F. and scoring pop hits with "Greenfields" and "Green Leaves of Summer." Only Bob Flick remains from the original line-up; Mark Pearson has been a Bro off and on since 1968.

Meanwhile across town at the Eureka Theater, it's a flashback of a different sort as San Fran-based House of Floyd offers a tribute to the psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. Expect a Floyd-esque show with lights, lasers and theatrics. Like Deadheads, they're devotees who say, "For each of us, Floyd has simply become an all-encompassing obsession about life, death and everything in between."

And out in Blue Lake Saturday we have another tribute: Garratt Wilkin and The Parrotheads present "A Celebration of Jimmy Buffett's Music." I'm guessing margaritas will be the drink du jour.

Ready for one more? Tuesday, Sept 30, the Red Fox presents Phish Pharm, who "celebrate of the music by Phish," with "mad light show!"

The Bucky Walters play "bluegrass and beyond" Saturday as part of the Mateel's massive Humboldt Hoedown down at SoHum Community Park (see calendar for full details), but first, on Friday, the band celebrates completion of a new CD, Phone, at Mosgo's. Of course the Phone of the title is one of those old timey models, not cellular or Bluetooth. Berel Alexander opens the Mosgo's show.

Mosgo's is CD release central this weekend: Saturday, ex-local Casio cuties The Ian Fays are up from Frisco for an all-ages CD release party for their latest, Dylan's Lost Days. The Fays also play Friday at the Lil' Red Lion; both local shows pair them with their friends Hey Eleanor. Incidentally, if it's like the twins' other albums, the Dylan of the title is probably not Bob, but some ex-boyfriend.

San Francisco's BLVD is another of those electro-jam outfits applying elements from electronica like looping and sampling to live jams, and in this case incorporating hip hop elements via MC Souleye, a self-described "conscious wordsmith" out of Colorado. They're at the Red Fox Friday with San Diego funk combo On The One.

Classical fans have a choice to make Friday: The new season of the Eureka Chamber Music Series at Calvary Lutheran begins that night with pianist Anton Nel playing Beethoven. Over at Fulkerson Hall, it's "Fascinating Rhythms" with soprano Elisabeth Harrington, clarinetist Virginia Ryder and pianists Deborah Clasquin, Ching-Ming Cheng and John Chernoff (HSU music faculty all) performing jazz-inspired classics. The show's name comes from one piece that Clasquin will play, part of a collection of etudes by Earl Wild based on Gershwin tunes.

Humboldt Baykeeper celebrates another birthday Friday with a bash at the Arcata Community Center. Dinner from Hurricane Kates, speeches, awards and the requisite auction are followed by vibrant music by The West African Highlife Band, an all-star ensemble from the Bay Area. Leader Ken Okulolo came to the U.S. from Nigeria with King Sunny Ade and later formed Kotoja. Guitarist Soji Odukogbe, also from Nigeria, played for years with the late great Fela Kuti. Percussionist Nii Armah Hammond, from Ghana, was a founding member of Hedzoleh Soundz. Is this sounding familiar? The same band played for the same event last year. And same as last year, you're welcome to skip dinner and just come to dance.

peace - Bob

   

HumTunes at HumBrews to feature Ruben Diaz with his Buds.
When Humboldt Buds takes the stage at HumBrews in Arcata on Wednesday night, Ruben Diaz and his buds will light up the stage with high octane music.

With Mike Meyers behind the drum set, Mike Dieter on bass, and keyboardist Marcus Messina rounding out the group, the free performance Oct. 1 will be videotaped for the music TV show HumTunes on Access Humboldt Ch. 12.

Things are in the mix and lots of things are going on for me, Diaz said. I am always busy with lessons and trying to gig ... this year I have some really cool stuff happening.

Humboldt Buds has been playing off and on for several years. Ruben and I have known each other since 91 when we played in a band called Wannabes, said Meyers.  Weve played on a lot of different projects over the years.

Diaz was raised in LA and grew up in a family surrounded by musicians. He fell in love with guitar at a young age and was playing beautifully by the time he was a teenager. With the help and teachings of his father Nino Ricardo, He attended the Musicians Institute of Technology where he honed his licks and studied to became a fluent and creative player in any idiom. He has played professionally for more than two decades.

He has performed and recorded with many national musical artists, ranging from drummer Alan Sweet, to Ray White of Frank Zappa. Diaz is an associate faculty member at College of the Redwoods and Guitar Instructor for Center Activities at Humboldt State University.

The first musical act will be a duet featuring Kathy Lee with Jeff Smoller.

Kathy Lee is not just any Jazz singer. Kathy studied both classical voice and violin and is at home singing, Swing, Rock, and Folk music. She has been a choir director, has played in the Eureka and Humboldt Symphony and is the lead singer and charter member of Magnolia.

A veteran rocker, Jeffs guitar credits range from L.A.-based Free & Easy to local bands such as Panache, The Shades, The Soul Seekers and Magnolia. A regular at Babettas, his solo work ranges from jazz to classical to pop and folk.

Playing together since the 1990s, from Alder Bay to Oyster Fest, Kathy and Jeff have performed with John Berning, various recording projects and of course Magnolia. This gig marks their first as a duo so surprises are in store for all.

HumTunes at HumBrews. Wednesday, Oct 1. 9 p.m. Free show.

   

METHOD MAN & REDMAN
The biggest hip-hop show of the year comes to the Arcata Community Center a month from today (November 6th) when Wu-Tang's Method Man teams up Redman. We recently received confirmation from the agent that Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) & Alchemist (who has produced records by Ludacris, Linkin Park, Ghostface Killah and is currently Eminem's DJ) plus Termanology will support Meth and Red at the show.

For more information contact 826-4411

CENTERARTS PRESENTS METHOD MAN & REDMAN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS EVIDENCE & ALCHEMIST PLUS TERMANOLOGY

CenterArts presents Method Man & Redman with special guests Evidence (Dilated Peoples) & Alchemist (Ludacris, Linkin Park, Ghostface Killah) plus Termanology on Thursday, November 6th at 8 p.m. in the Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way, in Arcata. Method Man was the first  and biggest  solo star to emerge from the groundbreaking Wu-Tang Clan. His mush-mouthed, sandpaper-rough bellow and imaginative rhymes easily made him one of the most recognizable, unpredictable MCs in the group. Method Man frequent collaborator Redman made his initial impact with Whut? Thee Album in 1992. As solo artists and collectively they are two of the top MCs in the field who have are responsible for too many hit singles to list, including How High Bring the Pain, Tear It Off, Bring the Pain, Whateva Man, Rockafella, Blow Your Mind. Tickets are $40 general and $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928.    

Bringing a little bit of blue to the grass in Humboldt
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

The Compost Mountain Boys serve as Humboldt County's premiere bluegrass band, offering that good old-timey music with enthusiasm and a pure love for the ... More   

Revel in old glories with the Bucky Walters' new album
Lumberjack - Arcata,CA,USA

Around since 2005, The Bucky Walters book shows all over Humboldt County. The band's first studio album, "The Bucky Walters," was recorded in threeMore   

Ross Rowley: Set Up and Tear Down  Oct. 7, 2008
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA

Years later, the current band Im in (The Delta Nationals  Scene Ed.) played for legendary Humboldt County dance instructor Bruce Harts ninth annual 50th ...More   

The Resonance of Objects - The Hum 10-9
Brightblack Morning Light and Avocet, plus a WoMama party and other worldly music

Their record company, Matador, refers to them as a "nomadic duo," and notes that Nathan "Naybob" Shineywater and Rachael Hughes, aka Brightblack Morning Light, are "currently living in rural New Mexico" (judging from the photo supplied, somewhere out in the desert). More immediately, Brightblack is in greener climes, on their way south out of Oregon on "The Crystal Totem Turr." They'll be in Arcata Friday for a show at Humboldt Brews.

HumBrews is the first place I heard Nathan and Rachel play: Five or six years back I went there to see neo-folk icon Bonnie Prince Billy, aka Will Oldham, and was drawn in by the opening act, Rainywood, an earlier incarnation of Brightblack that was exploring a sort of dub-folk sound that would evolve into the languorous reverb-soaked bright-black space-funk-gospel of today. The Rainywood EP I bought that night included a song called "River Day" about following a sparrow to take off for "a rainbow river day" enjoying the sun and rain and the colors they make together. I talked with Nathan about the song a couple of years ago when BBML was here for a fall music fest at HSU  I ran into them on the Plaza at the Farmers' Market the next morning. He told me "River Day" dated back to his days living in Arcata. At the time he was working packing toys for the Michael Olaf Montessori Company and busking with his guitar, usually by the Minor Theater. He made friends with some of the street people, including one particular old hippie (whose name escapes me) who encouraged his tendency to cut out from work and escape out 299 for river days. That same sort of feeling of escape from care carries through to the music he's making now.

A couple of weeks ago Matador released Motion To Rejoin, a follow-up to the eponymous Brightblack Morning Light album of 2006. The band describes Motion... as "anti corporate, anti nuclear, anti coal," noting that it was recorded with four solar panels. Again, the dreamy music is made on processed slip-sliding guitar and vintage keyboards with occasional horn interludes and laid-back percussion. I can't really tell you exactly what songs like "Hologram Buffalo," "Past a Weatherbeaten Fencepost" or " When Beads Spell Power Leaf" are about  when there are vocals, they act more as mystic incantations than as songs in the traditional sense. All I know is, they evoke a cool, supremely relaxed feeling, and I like them  a lot.

Joining Brightblack on the Crystal Totem Turr is Avocet, aka Meara O'Reilly, formerly of a band called Feathers. She tells me, "I'll be playing songs on guitar and with an instrument that I built out of amplified silverware and horsehair, as well as singing through home-made plate reverb. My songs are often written based on the resonances of objects." Since Brighblack's music is all about resonance, I'm sure she fits right in.

Elsewhere in Arcata that night (Friday, Oct. 10) my favorite "Afrock" band WoMama marks the official release of their CD, Foté Faré with a party at Redwood Raks, the dance studio in the old Arcata Creamery. Naturally, they're including dancers: Shoshanna's Ya Habibi Belly Dancers (Redwood Raks resident troupe) and next door neighbors from New World Ballet, plus the WoMama affiliated Brazilian-style drum and dance troupe Quente sambAmore and the also-affiliated a cappela group AkaBella. Sounds like quite a party.

A couple of notes came in this week re: a Friday show at the Jambalaya. Robert Tripp wanted to let me know about his blues-rock band, The Hard Ride, formerly known as High Grade. After finding drummer Tavan Anderson (ex-Nuns with Guns) via Humboldtmusic.com earlier this year, the band played a few shows with rotating bassists before taking a break to "work on new ideas that were harder, faster and dirtier." A couple of personnel changes later Jody Goldman from Dragged By Horses signed on as bassist (a good sign). "We played our first gig last weekend at Bikes by the Bay and things are sounding better than ever," says Tripp, adding, "This Friday we're playing at Jambalaya with two touring bands. Then on Saturday, we'll be at the Lil' Red Lion with my friends Ol' Scratch who are on tour from Virginia. These guys play doom metal through a giant wall of Sunn O)))) amps and cabinets. Come on out and witness some great guitar rock!"

The second note came from my friend Coleman, an ex-local who now lives in Washington and plays with the folk-punk trio Ask Sophie. Coleman is also in Rumplesnakeskin, a three-piece power trio that was supposed to play at the Jam with The Hard Ride. "Well," says Coleman, "things don't always turn out the way you want when you are dealing with creative, march-to-a-different-drummer types, and Rumplesnakeskin's singer/guitarist bagged out on the gig. Fortunately, 2/3rds of Rumplesnakeskin is also in Ask Sophie, and we're playing a private function in Humboldt, so we recruited Brett "the Truck" Shuler to replace our singer and will play as Ask the Truck at the Jam. Hope to see you there."

Same night, over at Mazzotti's, organ/keys jam-master Melvin Seals begins a two-night run with JGB, the remnants of the Jerry Garcia Band. Friday is also Arts! Arcata night, which means music and art all around town. Photographer Chris Tuite combines music and art with this show of concert photos at Arcata Photo Studios (in the Jacoby Storehouse) including pics from local shows and stuff shot this summer in NYC during his internship with Rolling Stone.

Wait, there's more: The Gyan Riley Trio plays Friday at HSU's Fulkerson Hall. The son of minimalist music legend Terry Riley (and a former HSU music teacher) guitarist Gyan Riley mixes classical and jazz styles adding East European, Indian and African elements. One of my favorite jazz drummers, Scott Amendola, is on Gyan's latest album, Melismantra, and he'll be up for Friday's gig playing tunes from the CD along with violinist/violist Timb Harris. Weve also opened up certain sections for improvisational solos to allow for unexpected twists and turns," says Riley.

The Red Fox continues it's role as reggae-central: Friday they have niceness by Pato Banton (backed by Mystic Roots), Saturday it's Bob's son, Ky-Mani Marley, then on Wednesday, Oct. 15, it's former Black Uhuru vocalist Junior Reid and The One Blood Band. Irie!

The raw food restaurant Green Life Evolution Center is moving into the old Greenhouse Boardshop in Arcata and, as they did when they were out in Blue Lake, they'll have music on occasion. Saturday, Oct. 11, they ease into the new space with a show featuring the amazing kora player Youssoupha Sidibe, who blew many minds at this summer's Reggae Rising.

Up at Fulkerson Hall Saturday, pianist Deborah Clasquin plays 20th century music from all over including tunes by Ravel, Bartok, jazz piano great Bill Evans and lesser known composers Frederico Mompou and Karol Szymanowski.

Kabile Traditional Wedding Band has been playing traditional Bulgarian village music on traditional village instruments for 30 years, which, according to the Humboldt folkdancers bringing them to town, makes for "an acoustic experience quite different from [music] played on Western instruments influenced by American jazz." So, the Kabile show Sunday evening at Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Bayside should be totally worldly.

   

Jan van Lier releases "Rishada"
Very exciting news from Deep Groove Society. Please help celebrate the worldwide recognition that this Arcata producer is experiencing by including a mention in local media.

This week Arcata based producer Jan van Lier releases his 3rd EP on Definitive Recordings, "Rishada". The EP contains 3 tracks from Jan, two which were huge summer anthems for Carl Cox this year, plus a remix from good friends and excellent American producers, Taurus and Vaggeli.

The title cut "Rishada" was included by Carl Cox on his "Space Ibiza 2008 CD", and "Si Es Bueno" was charted by him on his top 10 for Resident Advisor, Raveline, Carlcox.com, and other prominent websites and magazines. "Manni Ruman" is a bouncy electro-tech-house jacker that is sure to conjure up fond memories of the old warehouse days. Remix duties on "Manni Ruman" are served up by Taurus and Vaggeli, who provide a more uplifting electro house vibe to balance out the EP. Taurus and Vaggeli have recently remixed David Vendetta, and have releases on Bug Eyed, Teggno, Vacation Records, and Donald Glaude Records (DGR).

With the last release with Definitive, we asked the community to help out with the release by going onto Beatport.com and listening to and buying the tracks that you liked. Your wonderful support helped "DeepRush" get in the top 100 charts, and the John Acquaviva mix peaked at #31, which was awesome. We are positive that it was because of all the support that this was accomplished, so once again we ask for your help in making this release a success. Look for and click on the banner that pops up for "Rishada" at Beatport.com . The links can be found in the Electro House section

https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/genre/detail/17/electro_house

   

WoMama rock Redwood Raks
Lumberjack - Arcata,CA,USA

The CD features what Jonathan calls an ode to Humboldt County - "Home Sweet Humboldt." "This place [Humboldt County] has so much going on, so many different ... More   

New News from Humbrews
Dave Brogan Band at Humboldt Brews on Thursday, Oct 23

David Brogan of ALO specializes in variety, eclecticism and groove. The music he creates encompasses everything from poppy jam-rock, straight ahead funk to synth drone ensembles. Brogan started learning both piano and percussion at the age of seven. His piano studies took him in the direction of music theory, songwriting and composition, and drum studies at UCSB, where he hooked up with the west-coast jam outfit ALO- pulling triple duty as drummer, songwriter and occasional lead singer. He has recorded two albums with the band, Fly Between Falls, and Roses and Clover, both for Brushfire Records / Universal.

In January of 2008 Brogan headed into the studio to record material he'd been developing over the last few years. Tim Bluhm, lead singer and guitarist of California cult band The Mother Hips, produced and appeared on the record. Ranging from atmospheric acoustic folk to pseudo arena-rock anthems, the songs on the album reflect Brogan's continued dedication to the eclectic. He also plays most of the instruments on the album, which features guest artists Jackie Greene, Paul Hoaglin, Tim Young, bandmate Dan Lebowitz and others. The album, titled Thunderbird / Sun Transformation, is slated for release in mid-October of 2008.

LYNX & Jamie Janover at Humboldt Brews on Wednesday, Oct 22

Boulders newest and hottest sounding solo artist is celebrating the release of her debut album Grain of Sand.

LYNX, an innovative singer songwriter who was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, has been playing music and performing since the age of 7. Now at the age of 23, she has been breaking new ground on the live music scene.

Her style consists of an eclectic blend of folk music, hip hop and electronica. Her talents include guitar playing, singing, rhyming, live looping and outrageous beat-boxing with a message behind it all that deals with world issues today including climate change and social justice.

She has already spread her style of folky hip hop and live looping technology from Washington State to So-Cal, the Colorado Rockies to Virginia, Minnesota to British Columbia. She has jammed with and opened for acts like RAHZEL, MATISYAHU, THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT, RUSTED ROOT, BASSNECTAR, KID BEYOND, THAT 1 GUY AND MORE!

   

On Tour  Oct. 14, 2008
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA

Humboldt Free Radio presents Holy Mountain Records artists Mammatus, psychedelic stoner metal from Santa Cruz, with Crucial Blast Records artists Wildlife, ... More    

Raise The Dead
DATE: THURSDAY & FRIDAY OCTOBER 30-31, 2008

EVENT: Operation: Raise The Dead with HEAVYWEIGHT DUB CHAMPION, DR. ISRAEL, STERO LION & JILLIAN ANN

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern 415 5th St. Eureka, CA 95501

DETAILS: $20 THURS. $25 FRI , 21+, 10:30pm

HEAVYWEIGHT DUB CHAMPION

Created in the mountains of Colorado in 1997, Heavyweight Dub Champion is a musical entity here to reclaim sacred space through ritualistic performance and sonic alchemy. HDC communes with Warrior Spirits in the creation, production and performance of their vibrational healing aural mandalas. Their debut album, "Survival Guide For the End of Time" won numerous awards in the State of Colorado, including Westword Magazine's Colorado Album of the Year. Their upcoming release features multiple tracks with KRS ONE, Killah Priest, Dr. Israel, Apostle, Stero Lion, Elf Tranzporter, Wailer B, Lady K, and others. All music falls under a specific credo described in the Last Champion Manifesto, included in "Survival Guide." The mission of Heavyweight Dub Champion and Champion Nation is the Unconditional Liberation of the Human Race. All music is created from scratch by the sonic shamanistic alchemists: Resurrector, Patch, and Totter Todd. "Survival Guide" features scratching by DJ Hot Daddi 36-O and their as of yet untitled follow-up album features scratching by DJ Illnaughty.

DR. ISRAEL

Lead by Brooklyn's own Dr. Israel, this new incarnation of the Dub sound is like nothing else you've heard. "Patterns of War," the new album by Doc and the young Brooklyn collective Dreadtone International, is a new-school-meets-old-school marriage of roots, dub, trip-hop, rock, and R&B. Teaming up with vocalists Lady K and Chemda, along with an assortment of Brooklyn's finest dub players, the good Dr. has created possibly his most accessible effort to datean entirely new dub sound. Think Massive Attack vs. Fugees. Heavy heavy bass lines, thundering beats, beautiful melodies, pristinely produced vocals, and conscious lyrics paint an over-all soundscape which is as powerful as it is unique.

Building on their continued success at Reggae Rising and beyond the band returns to Humboldt for a legendary Halloween Celebration!

   

The Hum 10/23 Go Fish
Barry Melton talks politics, plus Ronstadt con Mariachi and a big jar of jam

Back in 1965, when musicians in San Francisco were just starting to invent psychedelic rock, across the Bay in Berkeley, an equally psychedelic folk/rock band called Country Joe and The Fish, formed, initially to serve as opening act at a campus performance by The Fugs and the poet Allen Ginsburg. In the beginning the band was Joe McDonald, and guitarist Barry "The Fish" Melton. Berkeley was a political place at the time, revolution was in the air, and The Fish was a political band. With some added members, the band went on to iconic status playing the Avalon and the Fillmore and famously (since it's recorded on film) at Woodstock.

Forty-some-odd years later, Melton is working as a Yolo County public defender, but he still plays music, and will do so Saturday at that home of classic rock, the Riverwood Inn. Since politics is once again in the air, I asked Barry about the intersection of rock and politics.

He replied, "Rock 'n' roll has a significant part of its heritage wrapped up in the vast span of American music: blues, country, folk, jazz and popular music. All of those idioms have, at times, political content interwoven into them. For the most part, and under ordinary circumstances, politics doesn't fit into our lives all that much, but given a significant turn of events (like hard times), whatever is going on eventually becomes a part of all art forms. Not to be intentionally trivial, but it was Bertolt Brecht who said, 'The job of an artist is to reflect his times.'"

The ad hoc band Melton is bringing along in made up of old friends with their own individual histories: multi-instrumentalist Lowell "Banana" Levinger was in The Youngbloods, drummer Roy Blumenfeld (who was just here with Nick Gravenites) was in The Blues Project and Seatrain, bass player Steve Ashman founded and the Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra.

What should you expect from this quartet? "I've been playing with Peter on and off for over 40 years," said Melton, "and I've had the privilege of sharing the stage with both Banana and Roy through their various incarnations for most of my life. Now we're guys from the Sixties who are in our sixties.

"My dear friend Spencer Dryden, who passed away a few years back, loved to gig on Saturday nights as the years went by. Spencer would say, 'Old musicians are fortunate  we're like a group of old guys who sit around and play poker; but when we get together to play, nobody has to be a loser we all have fun and we can take a bunch of people along with us.' I think the very special part of playing with Banana, Peter and Roy is that we're all around the same age, we understand each other musically, and we all still love to play. We can swap songs and improvise in an idiom that's easily accessible to each of us, and on a good night it can get kind of magical. It's a good life."

Linda Ronstadt stated cranking out hits in the '60s, when she sang with L.A. folk rock band The Stone Poneys, and continued through the '70s when she her folk pop excursions made her the best paid women in rock. She would later turn to jazz standards, hit Broadway, and in the '80s, embrace her Mexican-American roots. Border music is in her blood  she's originally from Arizona, from mixed Mexican-American/German/English heritage  and her current tour, which brings her to the Van Duzer Sunday, once again takes us south of the border as she reunites with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano one of the bands that appeared on her 1987 album Canciones de Mi Padre.

When he's not jamming with ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) Dave Brogan fronts his own band, playing jammy folk-rock. He'll be at Humboldt Brews Thursday, a jammin' place all week. Friday HumBrews has Miles Ahead, who are bidding goodbye to sax player Dan Pearson. Saturday it's jazz/funk from Seattle's Flowmotion with local funksters Moo-Got-2 opening. (BTW, they are the answer to last week's Magnum quiz.) Coming up Tuesday, Oct. 28, the return of Toubab Krewe, a truly fine band from Asheville, NC, who jam on traditional North African blues, transmuting it into something totally original and totally awesome. Bring merch money: pre-release copies of the Krewe's new album, Live at the Orange Peel, are available exclusively at their shows. For a preview tune in to KHUM that afternoon, they'll be in the studio with Mike Dronkers at 1 p.m.

Equally jameriffic: McTuff, a band started by Hammond organist Joe Doria, as an ode to soul jazz organ greats like Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith that now includes the inimitable Skerik on sax. They're at the Red Fox Saturday. Coming up Monday Oct. 27, at the Fox, a special edition of the Acid Jazz Experiment (No. 26) to celebrate Brian Swizlo's birthday. Expect special guests, surprises and "one hell of a party!"

Don't know much about Tophs House, the new venue in Benbow, but I imagine it will be full of people Friday night when Bermudan dancehall star Colin Harper, aka Collie Buddz returns to SoHum with The New Kingston Band. Collie, who played this summer's Reggae Rising, is what you might call a sound-clash warrior. He explains, Back when Beenie and Bounty used to war lyrically, seeing clashes wit Kilimanjaro an all, the sound-man an everyting  the whole music scene for me took on a new meaning. Clash thing an lyrical war became a part of my daily life from early out. DJ Pee-Wee, Rise of the Revolution and DJ Selecta Prime open the show, which, being close to Halloween is a costume party. I don't know the size of Toph's, but I'd guess advance tickets are mandatory.

More reggae? Wednesday, Oct. 29, Sonoma's studious roots band Groundation returns to the Mateel. The band originally came out of the music program at Sonoma State University where Harrison Stafford taught a course, "History of Reggae Music." That was 10 years ago; the rootsmen have been around the world a cupla time since spreading the reggae vibe.

The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir holds its annual Harvest Concert Saturday at the Arcata Presbyterian Church with a special guest set by the worldly a cappella group AkaBella. Note that this is the first Harvest show for new choir director Jaese Lecuyer who's been singing with the choir since 1995.

Also in the vocal music vein, the annual Humboldt Harmonaires Beer and Peanuts Show, running two nights, first Friday at the Fortuna Riverlodge, then Saturday at the Arcata Community Center, with the Humboldt Harmonaires Barbershop Chorus, The Outstanding Bills Quartet, Mirth First Quartet and guests The Coastal Chords. You're also invited to sing-a-long with Fortuna accordion legend Lindy Mantova.

On the classical front, the Eureka Chamber Music Series brings the Anglo/Irish ensemble Carducci String Quartet to Calvary Lutheran Friday for a program including works by Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak and Phillip Glass.

That same night at HSU's Fulkerson Recital Hall, there's a show put together by local percussion guru Eugene Novotney and Marimba One featuring Polish marimba soloist Katarzyna Mycka playing music composed for the instrument by an international array of composers including Anna Ignatowicz from Poland.

Folklifer Maia Cheli-Colando interviewed Katarzyna and asked if her music is distinctly Polish. "Yes," she replied, "I think there are some specific features that [differentiate] players from different continents, countries. Poland in this case is pretty specific: very patriotic, proud, but also kind of revolutionary. The geographical position of my country is possibly uncomfortable, between two big and strong nations, Russia and Germany, but we've never given up the independence.

"For marimba music with Polish feeling, I was looking for somebody who understands the sound and features of marimba, and I'm so happy to have found the person. Her name is Anna Ignatowicz and her compositions definitely sound 'Polish' and touch my national soul." (You'll find more of Maia's interview on the Journal Blogthing.)

   

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
DATE: FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2008 (HALLOWEEN!)

EVENT: GREENSKY BLUEGRASS 3rd Annual Humboldt Halloween

VENUE: Humboldt Brews 856 10th St. Arcata, CA 95521

DETAILS: $12 , 21+, 9:30pm, The Bucky Walters to support p> GREENSKY BLUEGRASS TOURING IN SUPPORT OF THEIR RECENT RELEASE "FIVE INTERSTATES"

THE BAND FUSES TRADITION WITH AN ENHTUSIASM FOR IMPROVISATION

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS is one of the most exciting bands in today's music scene. Like a breath of fresh air, this five piece band plays traditional bluegrass instruments and uses them to create original songs and soundscapes that are unique and new, yet somehow feel comfortable and familiar. Though they have been likened to '70s era Americana acts like The Band, Greensky would prefer not to be compared to any other bands. "We really just try to make music as a group that sounds and feels right to us", says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, later adding that "it is nice to know that other people really dig it, too."

"Greensky Bluegrass hits timeless targets with deadly accuracy while simultaneously veering off the tired and true highway."-Jambase.com

While "green sky" is the opposite of "blue grass", the band insists that the name came about as more of a pun than a statement about their music. "Along with the tradition of bluegrass, we all have lots of different musical influences that we bring to the table", says guitar player Dave Bruzza, "and we somehow wanted to reflect that in our name." Upon witnessing the band's live shows, this statement seems to make a little more sense. On any given night, in addition to the myriad of excellent original songs, one might hear traditional bluegrass songs with an exploratory rock and roll jam or selections from the Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley turned bluegrass. "We are as likely to play a three minute song as we are a ten minute song on any given night", says dobro player Anders Beck, "and I think that keeps it exciting for the audience". Perhaps this is the reason that Greensky Bluegrass is as equally embraced by the jam-band community as it is the bluegrass/Americana community and the band's fan base is growing so rapidly.

"Of course, this is bluegrass. So manic chops mean a lot to Greensky Bluegrass. Yet they are also masterful storytellers. Mandolinist Paul Hoffman in particular pens some true rural balladry." -Seattle Weekly

Greensky Bluegrass is touring in support of their recently released fourth album, "Five Interstates", which was produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The album, their strongest to date, features twelve original tracks and one traditional bluegrass song (a nod to the deceased King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin) ,and showcases the band's songwriting and playing talents in a way that is incredibly accessible to fans of many different types of music. Carbone notes on the package: "Five Interstates came together like five lives intertwined, the intersection of a lifetime frozen in precious time and preserved in a digital tableau. I'm blessed&We're all blessed to be witness to a band ascending as true as an arrow shot to the sky."

Since winning the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Greensky has been touring constantly, playing over 170 shows a year, and all the hard work is certainly paying off. Recent highlights are too many to list, but include selling out venues in many parts of the country, sharing the stage with musical heroes, getting asked to play shows with the likes of Tony Rice and Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth, and being asked to play the inaugural Rothbury Festival in their home state of Michigan. "It certainly felt like an affirmation that we are doing something right", noted bass player Mike Devol.

Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin).

   

Great American Taxi
Featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon

Wednesday, November 12th

The Red Fox Tavern

Eureka, CA

Great American Taxi continues to break through the barriers of traditional music and forge a musical path that is distinctly their own. With Leftover Salmons former front man Vince Herman steering the ride, Great American Taxi reaches beyond the realms of traditional Americana, Roots, Funk, Rock, and full flavored Country and has instead melded these into a sound aptly dubbed, Americana without Borders.

Great American Taxi was originally formed when Vince Herman scrambled to put together a group of musicians for a post-Katrina benefit. What transpired was the creation of a 7 piece band that gelled so quickly it was impossible to give up. A few years later (and a couple members lighter), Great American Taxi has traveled across the country countless times picking up many fans for the ride, become a staple to the festival scene, and released a critically acclaimed debut album (Streets of Gold). It appears, to the joy of their fans, that Taxi is here to stay. While Great American Taxi has chosen to make their mark the old fashioned way, taking to the road and gaining fans one by one, their debut album, Streets of Gold, hit the shelves with a great response from fans and critics alike. From the warm heart-felt lyrics of the title track, to the festival feel of Ride, down to the politically and environmentally charged Appalachian Soul, this album truly shows the range and appeal of Great American Taxi. While relying on their talent in improvisation, it is truly their songwriting and the structure of their songs that makes them unique to the scene.

On lead guitar, vocals, and various other instruments, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) drives this ride bringing along his now famous festival attitude for passengers to enjoy. Keyboardist, Chad Staehly (John McKay Band) brings literate, melodic tunes in the vintage country rock tradition. With additional vocals and a powerful big-room feel provided by drummer Chris Sheldon and bassist Edwin Hurwitz, Great American Taxi has found a recipe that keeps fans traveling from city to city to see what they might come up with next. Just catching the ride on a permanent basis is Jim Lewin on lead guitar and vocals. It is the blending of each band members style and experiences as well as a dedication to playing great new music that makes Great American Taxi a force to be reckoned with. No other ensemble on the scene today floats so effortlessly along the roots-rock spectrum with such ground breaking original style or genuine love of music and the stage. Through it all, they keep the audience dancing - and laughing - along.

Who: Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon

Where: The Red Fox Tavern 415 5th St. Eureka, CA

When: Wednesday, November 12th

WEB: www.greatamericantaxi.net Press photos, bios, dates and much more!

   

Ross Rowley: Set Up and Tear Down  Oct. 21, 2008
Arcata Eye - Arcata,CA,USA

Not all of these new bands were punk rockers, but collectively, they definitely did not represent the status quo of the Humboldt music scene at the time. ... More   

WARRIOR KING
PASSION PRESENTS: DIRECT FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA WARRIOR KING BRINGS CONSCIOUS VIBES TO HUMBOLDT COUNTY

DATE: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9 EVENT: WARRIOR KING

VENUE: Red Fox Tavern 415 5th St. Eureka, CA 95501

DETAILS: $25 , 21+, 10:30pm

WARRIOR KING http://www.myspace.com/warriork

"Like a bolt of lightening from the sky, Rasta messenger Warrior King has burst upon the scene, utilizing his gift of song to spread Jah truth throughout the land."

Warrior King was born on the 27th of July 1979, in Jubilee Hospital, soon moving to Clarendon, then settling in the growing city of Portmore at age eleven. "From birth I..ve always loved music, but it was not until I attended high school at the age of 13 that I thought about it as something I could do myself," Warrior King explains. "At this time I followed Bounty Killer..s style, but them my friend Warrior Mark, him said, "you have the potential. You have the talent." From there I started increasing my own thing, and with encouragement of my peers and inspiration and t..ing, the music started to flow." Like many successful Jamaican entertainers, Warrior King gained his earliest stage experience in talent shows. "I started out with school concerts at first, "He says. "At the time when I just came inna music, I used to do some combinations with a yout.. named likkle blacks, Marlon Stewart. We used to do Tastee..s Talent show together, so we could start getting exposed and gain experience." When he first started out Warrior King chatted in a hardcore deejay style, like his original hero, Bounty. A switch to the more holistic "singjay" sound came gradually. "It..s a natural thing what just grow inside of me, even his name is an extension of his evolution. "I changed my name from ..Junior King.. to ..Warrior King.. because it had more of spiritual feel to it. Fighting against oppression, fighting against wrong. I..m jah warrior, yuh know, fighting a warrior rootical love." In 2001, his single "Virtuous Women" graced the airwaves internationally and become number one throughout many countries. His debut album Virtuous Women was released shortly after which also featured a handful of top charting singles ("Breadth of Fresh Air", "Power to Chant"). Warrior King has been working hard in the studios with legendary producer Colin "Bulby" Yorke, and Sly and Robbie .His third album will be released in early 2008. He has been rehearsing tirelessly with his band as he gets ready to tour the world with his new album. Stay tuned for more info on cd release and tour dates. To all his fans Warrior King wants you to know that you will be seeing him soon.

   

THE HACKENSAW BOYS
PASSION PRESENTS INAUGURAL ELECTION DAY CELEBRATION

DATE: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4

EVENT: THE HACKENSAW BOYS ELECTION DAY CELEBRATION

VENUE: RED FOX TAVERN 415 5th street Eureka, CA

DETAILS: $12 adv/ $15 door , 21+,

10:00pm, The Bucky Walters to support

THE HACKENSAW BOYS http://www.hackensawboys.com

Come down to the Red Fox Tavern and join in our election day celebration and receive one free draft beer with your "I VOTED" sticker.

"One never doubts the Hackensaw Boys are giving you everything they have in them. It's refreshing in a world of half measures and empty talk. They have their sights on the right things and it always comes through in their music." - Dennis Cook (Jambase)

The Hackensaw Boys first began playing their joyful blend of old-time tinged music on the streets of Charlottesville in the autumn of 1999. Far from limiting themselves to the old-time canon, however, the Hackensaws have been first and foremost a band of songwriters. Their music, while drawing upon the spirit of the mountains, is sophisticated and informed by the best elements of punk rock and classic country music. As one reviewer put it: Imagine the Carter Family meets the Ramones, and you begin to get the picture.

You see them in the early hours of the morning walking hotel corridors, or boldly traversing rush hour streets. They are sincere, polite but talkative men with instrument cases. They admire the local scenery and appear unfed. By day they seem incapable of action but at night they step onto a stage and with taut fiddle bows, worn cutlery and dirty strings bring you a focused, vibrant and joyful sound. They are the Hackensaw Boys  and they are in your town.

Proof of the Hackensaws' amazing versatility is evidenced by their awesome gig resume, which spikes crazily between opening slots for everyone from The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse to The Detroit Cobras and De La Soul. They're also keen to collaborate, serving as the backing band for Country singing/songwriting Hall of Fame legend Charlie Louvin and collaborating with Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven mahouts Johnny Hickman and David Lowery (they've also rung in the new year with Del McCoury at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville).

After seven years of relentless touring throughout the United States, Europe and the U.K., the Hackensaw Boys are being recognized as one of the most exciting groups on the diverse Americana music scene. The group's second release for Nettwerk Records "Look Out" represents the recorded culmination of the Hackensaw's unique vision: A celebratory but defiant sound culled from old-time mountains, backstage doorways and punishing drives through the evolving American landscape. Nine of the album's 12 songs were written from within the group and sometimes-Modest Mouse-sometimes-Hackensaw, Tom Peloso, contributed two tracks. A pounding rendition of the traditional "Gospel Plow" rounds out the package.

The Hackensaw Boys have survived departures and arrivals, tribulations, blessings and, most importantly, each other. Add to this, thousands of nights in hundreds of clubs from Nashville to Bangor, from Los Angeles to Rotterdam and you begin to get an idea of the dedication and sheer mule-like tenacity that is the Hackensaw Boy ethic. So, whether you catch these guys on the road or pick them up in a store, be sure to check out the Hackensaw Boys  the perfect anodyne for the aches and pains of modern life.

   

Eight Days of Doom to Pass Through Eureka
In this darkening season of ghosts, witches, and celebrations of the dead, perhaps no show is more timely than the one slated for Wednesday, November 5th at Aunty Mos Lounge in Eureka when Humboldt Free Radio Alliance presents Corrupted, Asunder, and Amber Asylum.

Corrupted hails from Japan and are visiting North American shores for the first time in over ten years. Their brand of sludgy and excruciatingly slow riffage, combined with the lowest of gut-wrenching death growls, is unique in a way that has made them appealing to both punk and metal audiences. Corrupteds legendary status within the world of doom metal is partially due to the bands somewhat reclusive nature and dedication to a do-it-yourself work ethic, one that lead to the bands decision to eschew involvement with large record labels and refusal to make themselves available to any kind of mainstream press.

Oaklands Asunder is responsible for bringing Corrupted back to the United States for this much anticipated tour, which has been fittingly dubbed the Eight Days of Doom, and has in recent years established themselves as one of the most respected doom oriented bands in the metal underground. Their 2006 release Works Will Come Undone (Profound Lore Records) received wide recognition as a model of excellence within its genre. Asunder is comprised of well-respected veterans of Californias underground music scene, including members from Dystopia, Weakling, and The Gault.

While not heavy in same way as the bands that will follow, the dark ambient sounds of San Franciscos Amber Asylum will certainly set the mood for the evening. Their neoclassical approach is highlighted by the inclusion of violin and cello in their stormy and introspective work and has made them a West Coast favorite since the mid-90s. The bands main songwriter, Kris Force, has always attracted a variety of musicians into its ever-changing fold, most notably Steve Von Till of NeurosisHammers of Misfortune.

Doors for this event will open at 9pm with music starting at 10pm sharp. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. This is a 21+ show.

   

GREAT AMERICAN TAXI
PASSION PRESENTS

DATE: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12

EVENT: GREAT AMERICAN TAXI

VENUE: RED FOX TAVERN 415 5th St. Eureka, CA 95501

DETAILS: $15, 21+, 10:30pm

CONTACT: Eric Kinnally

EMAIL: [email protected]

GREAT AMERICAN TAXI

http://www.greatamericantaxi.net/ http://www.myspace.com/greatamericantaxi

GREAT AMERICAN TAXI ROLLS INTO THE RED FOX TAVERN

" Vince Herman and company proceeded to take us all to honky-tonk heaven, stopping off in spacey, cool limbo and hard-rocking "hell-yes" along the way." - Sarah Hagerman (jambase)

Great American Taxi continues to break through the barriers of traditional music and forge a musical path that is distinctly their own. With Leftover Salmon's former front man Vince Herman steering the ride, Great American Taxi reaches beyond the realms of traditional Americana, Roots, Funk, Rock, and full flavored Country and has instead melded these into a sound aptly dubbed, "Americana without Borders".

Great American Taxi was originally formed when Vince Herman scrambled to put together a group of musicians for a post-Katrina benefit. What transpired was the creation of a 7 piece band that gelled so quickly it was impossible to give up. A few years later (and a couple members lighter), Great American Taxi has traveled across the country countless times picking up many fans for the ride, become a staple to the festival scene, and released a critically acclaimed debut album (Streets of Gold). It appears, to the joy of their fans, that Taxi is here to stay.

While Great American Taxi has chosen to make their mark the old fashioned way, taking to the road and gaining fans one by one, their debut album, Streets of Gold, hit the shelves with a great response from fans and critics alike. From the warm heart-felt lyrics of the title track, to the festival feel of "Ride", down to the politically and environmentally charged "Appalachian Soul", this album truly shows the range and appeal of Great American Taxi. While relying on their talent in improvisation, it is truly their songwriting and the structure of their songs that makes them unique to the scene.

On lead guitar, vocals, and various other instruments, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) drives this ride bringing along his now famous festival attitude for passengers to enjoy. Keyboardist, Chad Staehly (John McKay Band) brings literate, melodic tunes in the vintage country rock tradition. With additional vocals and a powerful big-room feel provided by drummer Jake Coffin and bassist Edwin Hurwitz, Great American Taxi has found a recipe that keeps fans traveling from city to city to see what they might come up with next. To keep the ride fresh, Taxi has a rotation of lead guitar players getting on and off the ride in different cities, among them are Jefferson Hamer (Single Malt Band), Barry Sless (Phil & Friends, Moonalice), and Jim Lewin - but you never know who might get on in your city! It is the blending of each band member's style and experiences as well as a dedication to playing great new music that makes Great American Taxi a force to be reckoned with.

No other ensemble on the scene today floats so effortlessly along the roots-rock spectrum with such ground breaking original style or genuine love of music and the stage. Through it all, they keep the audience dancing - and laughing - along.

   

Mateel Community Center Annual Membership Meeting & Party This Friday
This Friday, November 14th, the Mateel Community Center will hold its annual membership meeting and thank you dinner/ party at the Mateel in Redway. The meeting is open to all current MCC members and membership sign-ups will be taken at the door for those wishing to join on the spot. The event will begin at 5:30pm with a Mexican dinner and attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. The meeting will be called to order at 6pm and will feature an introduction of the board and staff, a variety of annual committee reports, information about the past and coming year, nominations for the board of directors, and a member comment opportunity. The meetings adjournment is set for 7:30pm. Afterwards, stick around for music by Ponche!, Humboldt Countys hottest salsa band. Music is free for members and a sliding scale donation of $10 and up is required for non-members. Beer, wine, and other refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the musical portion of the evening. For more information visit www.mateel.org and dont miss this chance to celebrate Mateel while helping direct the future of your community center. For those members wishing to step up their involvement in the center, three seats will be available on the Mateel Board of Directors starting in January 2009 and candidates for these seats are currently being sought. Candidates must be a current MCC member with at least one year of prior membership and be nominated by a current member at the annual membership meeting. Terms last three years and require attendance at two monthly board meetings, plus participation in board committees, and additional volunteer energy. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the board of directors, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to [email protected]

   

Upcoming shows at Humbrews

Antioquia and Womama, Humbrews 10:00 pm > > In the San Francisco Bay Area, bands that stay within the bounds of one > genre are the exception rather than the rule... And so it is no surprise > that Antioquia, an eclectic roller coaster of sound that dances from genre > to genre as if there's no such thing, has chosen the Bay Area as its home. > This socially conscious quartet of three men and a lady create churning > cauldrons of groove...the driving pulse of the tamboras, the hard swish of > the maracas, a screaming guitar and funky slap bass that would make Les > Claypool perk his ear create the sound that can only be described as > Antioquia. > > While the atmosphere of SF is the perfect incubator for such a sound, > Antioquia's conception took place much farther south in the department > (province) of Colombia that gave the band its name...and where guitarist > Adley Penner and drummer Craig Miller discovered their musical chemistry. > The two northern transplants, Penner from Vancouver and Miller from > Milwaukee, first met in 2003 playing music on a bus in Ecuador. They > traveled together to Medellin Colombia where they became enthralled with > Afro-Colombian folkloric music, taking lessons from accomplished > percussionist Juan Guillermo. Two years later and with a newfound sense of > self and purpose, Miller and Penner returned to Vancouver determined to > flesh out the sound of their new band. > > In June 2006, Miller and Penner moved to San Francisco and performed with > three different bassists until they found Alabama native Paul Martin on > Craigslist. With slap happy grooves and a pension for experimentation, > Martin proved to be the perfect fit. Lead vocalist and fellow British > Colombian Maddy Streicek completed the line-up in December 2006 when she > moved to northern California. www.myspace.com/antioquia > > Saturday, Nov 15 > Dubskin, Humbrews 10:00 pm > > Dubskin is a 6 piece Roots/Dub Reggae band from Ft. Collins, CO. After > forming in 2006, Dubskin has just released their debut album "Love in > spite of...". The album is a nice mix of past and present creating a new > version of a familiar sound. Dubskin has also toured hard in the past year > sharing the stage with Burning Spear,Israel Vibrations, Morgan Heritage, > The Itals, Midnite, Groundation, Mad Professor, Anthony B and more, along > with headlining shows of their own across the U.S. www.myspace.com/dubskin >

> Sunday, Nov 16

> Blue Turtle Seduction, Humbrews 10:00 pm

> > When Blue Turtle Seduction played their first show in 2001 it was... > well... rough around the edges, sloppy, chaotic, and ... one hell of a > great time. From the beginning there was a raw and original sound, a clear > and intense vibe, and the energy was through the roof. > > It was the rebellious outdoor spirit of South Lake Tahoe, CA (work hard, > play harder) wrapped into electric guitar and mandolin; harmonica, > harmonies, and adrenaline; drums, bass, and violin. > Fast forward to 2007 and find a band that dedicated itself to practice and > playing as many shows as possible to polish that rough sound into > something that has been winning fans over night after night from small > town to big city, from Hawaii to New York City, and from dive bar to > famous theatres all while marching to beat of their own drummer. > > And while the big question spreads from mouth to mouth, "What kind of > music is it?!" The band and fans alike scratch their head and offer, "Well > its jam-newgrass?, how about gypsy rock?, no its Duran Duran meets String > Cheese Incident, meets the Clash ... no its not, its Blind Melon meets the > Samples... forget it, just come to the show! > > And whether its the show, the two studio CDs, or internet downloads you'll > find music with meaning, lyrics that dive into two feet of fresh snow and > ride the wave through the apocalypse landing on a sunny beach with tequila > in hand with a spirit that kind of dares, "Go big or go home!"

> www.blueturtlemusic.com    

Eureka Reporter Newspaper - Gone - Poof!
One of Humboldt Countys news sources, the conservative leaning Eureka Reporter, originally launched to put it's rival, the Times-Standard, out of business, officially died November 7th. Media News Group CEO Dean Singleton, who owns the Times-Standard, made a deal with owner Rob Arkley and bought the ER that resulted in it's closure on Wednesday.   
mission:CRITICAL 4
Arcata, CA DJ Dub Cowboy teams up with The Middle Agent & J-Sun (Deep Groove Society) for the futuristic sounds of mission:CRITICAL 4. The music is primarily a mix of Jamaican dancehall with US Hip Hop and underground Dubstep and Jungle mixed in. The result is an intense and motivating blend of sounds accompanied by intelligent visual stimulation. This musical format is also the basis of a new radio show produced by DJ Dub Cowboy for KRFH.NET at Humboldt State University.    
Sons of Harry Smith - The Hum 11/20
Alt. roots by O'Death, Ghostwriter, Lightnin' Woodcock etc.

It was way back in 1952 when mystic artist, experimental filmmaker, ethnomusicologist and record collector Harry Smith assembled The Anthology of American Folk Music, an annotated box set with selections from his vast collection of 78s in the blues, country, old timey and gospel vein. Smith's masterwork influenced musicians from Bob Dylan to the Grateful Dead, turning them on to tunes and styles most had never heard. The legacy of Smith and the artists he anthologized carries through to a new generation in the wide array of alt. roots music heard in nightclubs and cafes across the country  and here in Humboldt.

For example: Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Jambalaya, Portland's raw bucket 'n slide country blues boys Hillstomp share a bill with New Yorkers O'Death, a Goth country punk combo touring behind their new CD Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin, which is quite good with raggedy old timey banjo and fiddles sharing space with guitars and drums on dark songs about life, love and yes, death. If Harry Smith was still around, this is the music he'd be into.

The next night, Friday, Nov. 21, Ghostwriter plays Big Pete's Pizza. Ghostwriter is the nom-de-band for Austin musician Steve Schecter whose solo act finds him kicking out rhythms with a homemade foot-percussion device as he strums his hollow-body guitar and occasionally blows a harmonica on primal folk/punk blues.

My newest MySpace friend Lightnin' Bill Woodcock in back in town for a pair of shows. The Eureka native with amazing muttonchops plays a mix of classic blues and raunchy originals he calls "electrified psycho-delta blues/punk" on Thursday at the Pearl Lounge and Friday at the Jambalaya. Opening for both gigs, the local band, Blue Rhythm Review. "We're a soul band," says SoHum native James Moore, BRR drummer, "but we'll try to funk it up a bit for the crowd. What we try to do is get people up and dancing." The line-up: "We have Samantha Toste from Vintage Soul on vocals, Dan Perez from Arcata Music on guitar, Zach Stone on sax. Tim Day plays bass, he's in Vintage Soul too, but on drums."

Prog-rock guitar slinger Wolf Navarro has back-to-back gigs with his power trio Silent Giants. Thursday, Nov. 20, they're at Humboldt Brews with honky tonk heroes Rooster McClintock and self-described "melodic rock heart-throbs," The Common Vice. Friday the Giants hit the Red Fox with worldly "Afrock" band WoMama.

Lots going down in the hip hop world: Thursday, Nov. 20, at Mazzotti's Bonus brings in Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak, the guy who coined the term "hyphy." S.F.'s San Quinn will be along to "Shock the Party" along with Oaktown duo The Game Brothas.

Same Thursday at the Kate Buchanan Room, it's a benefit for the HSU Ski/Snowboard Club with local boys Subliminal Sabotage and Bay Area rap duo Caldecott Connection (named for the tunnel) plus "special guests." Showtime 9 p.m.

Saturday at the Fox, That's How We Roll presents a hip hop blast featuring L.A. rhymer Abstract Rude along with DJ Drez and Myka 9 and the proverbial "special guests." Ab got his start working with Aceyalone at the seminal open mic scene at a vegetarian restaurant called The Good Life, which spawned Project Blowed. He later assembled Abstract Tribe Unique with a pair of dancers and DJ Drez on turntables, then Haiku D'Etat with Acey and Mykah 9. On a semi-related note, did y'all see in the Lumberjack about the new owner O-H's Townhouse? Gil Miracle of High Art is part of the local hip hop crew Opti-Pop. Apparently his plan is to turn the old school steak house into a nightclub called The Life.

Sunday night at the Red Fox, T-S A&E dude Chris Durant throws a "Hip Hop Birthday Bash" with his crew, Republican Duck Hunters, plus Aquifer and The Joint Chiefs of Stash, who tell me they are "Del Norte County's premier freestyle rock band." Here's an idea for a b-day present for Durant: a new name for his band whose topical reference to the Cheney/Whittington quail hunting incident is now 2 1/2 years old.

Got a note from NightHawk vocalist Marcia Mendels letting me know, "Clint Warner is going to join us for our gig this Friday at Bear River Casino. Ever since Clint filled in for Steve Delay last fall, we've wondered how much fun it would be to have both of these rocking guitarists on stage at the same time, and this Friday, we're going to find out!"

On the reggae front you have Jamaican veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott playing Friday at Humboldt Brews with support from semi-local Stevie Culture and Itawe. Saturday at Six Rivers Brewing it's Brit-born chanter Pato Banton, once again backed by The Mystic Roots Band.

Last time Saul Kaye was up here he was with his rock band. Lately he's been playing solo doing songs from his latest disc, Jewish Blues Vol. One. He explains, "You say Jewish blues and usually people laugh and say, what is that? The content is Jewish with songs written from he perspective of slaves in Egypt, and the Prophets and other characters from the Old Testament." Musically he draws from country blues and Chicago blues emulating guys like Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. Saturday Kaye hits a couple of brewpubs in Humboldt playing at 3:30 at Humboldt Brews, then from 7-9 at Six Rivers (before Pato). "Brews and blues is the theme of this tour," he notes.

Our favorite raconteur Jeff DeMark tells a few stories, old and new, at Muddy's Hot Cup Saturday backed by members from UKEsperience. He explains that the impetus for the ukulele back-up was a piece Jeff read a few years back at "In a Town This Size," a gathering of local literary legends held at CR. The story touched on that strange uke-wielding musician Tiny Tim. "This summer I read that story out at Dell'Arte with backing music by Curtis and Nick from Kulica. Jason from UKEsperience was watching the show. He liked it and wanted to work with me. It's taken a while to do it."

With the Jambalaya packing dancers in Sunday nights for Deep Groove Society's Sundaze, an expansion to Saturdays was in order. DJ Dub Cowboy put togther mission:CRITICAL teaming with The Middle Agent and J-Sun from Deep Groove. "The music is primarily a mix of Jamaican dancehall with hip hop and underground dubstep and jungle mixed in," says Dub C. "The result is an intense and motivating blend of sounds accompanied by intelligent visual stimulation," which is to say some sort of light show.

The Metal Shakespeare Company returns to the Alibi on Saturday with thirtythreeandathird opening. Formerly known as Dagger of the Mind, Portland's MSC's name explains the concept: It's a metal band using the Bard's words for lyrics. Jason "Lord Simms" from MSC tells me excitedly, "We have some new costumes! We now do the "my kingdom for a horse" scene from Richard III and the Mercutio/Romeo/Tybalt battle scene from Romeo and Juliet! We are now officially authenticated as a reasonable artistic endeavor by performing at the illustrious Oregon Shakespeare Festival where we shockingly went over extremely well, selling out of merch and signing autographs for many a 4th grader." Wanna get in on the action? They'll be offering a part in Macbeth to some special audience member.

   

Band Behind Your Hedge- in Scotia?
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Williamson agrees with this writer who says, I wasn't born in Humboldt County, but I got here as quick as I could. He loves the area. As for his music, ...More   

The Terrordactyls' set leaves fans content and happy
Lumberjack - Arcata,CA,USA

The house show took place in downtown Arcata and attracted a large audience, many of them students at Humboldt State University, and a spirit of camaraderie ...More   

ON THE ONE
On The One delivers their hip hop, jazz funk grooves to the Red Fox Tavern Wednesday December 10th

"Do you like it fohhhhnky? Not funky, but much deeper than that? I'm talking about the kind of music that makes you sweat. On the One delivers just that." -Synthesis, Chico, Ca

2007 San Diego Music Award Winners for Best Jazz Album (nominated in 2008), ON THE ONE walk alongside live acts such as Karl Denson Trio and the Greyboy All-Stars when it comes to export music from America's finest city. The name ON THE ONE comes from both Prince and James Brown. Both singers have been known to say, "ON THE ONE" meaning "everyone in the band drop in on the first beat&on the ONE."

Their debut album "Love Addiction" was recently picked up by the Japanese label, P-Vine, through a licensing deal with Velour (Soulive / Kaki King). 2008 will see ON THE ONE touring North America and the Far East in support of their record.

Drum King John Staten (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) teamed up with long time friend and sax aficionado Jesse Molloy (Giant People) to create ON THE ONE in the summer of 2006. Bassist Andy Irvine (Giant People) and the addition of guitarist Pete Lombardo square this funky soul rock quartet. The band was handpicked to support Earth Wind & Fire, summer 2008.

While touring with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe OTO drummer John Staten opened for an entire tour supporting the Allman Brothers. He was invited on stage nightly culminating with John playing their encore at Red Rocks in Golden, CO. With music industry heavy hitters calling him one of the best drummers in the business, Staten's hard hitting hip-hop beats drive ON THE ONE'S sound. Sax, groove bass, and effortless guitar team up to bring generations of music lovers to the dance floor. Don't miss the funkdown!

With Special Guests: MOO-GOT-2

Labeled as one of Humboldt county's most prominent party/club dance bands Moo-Got-2 has been creating quite the buzz. With their infectious dance grooves and booty shaking rhythms from start to finish, the band flows effortlessly into a frenzy of funk and rock reminiscent of bands like Galactic, Ween and the Motet. They also have a lot psychedelic moments similar to STS9, Phish and the Disco Biscuits. The great thing about this band is they have their own twist to the jamband element that is unpredictable and exciting. The audience is always paying attention to this and continuously egging the band on. In short Moo-Got-2 is all about fun. The have a great ability to take a simple funk tune and write lyrics that tell stories. They play to the crowd very well night after night blending many different styles such as funk, rock, reggae and latin into an eclectic mix.

   

BUSTLE IN YOUR HEDGEROW
All star band brings music of Led Zeppelin to Humboldt County !!

"Bustle in your Hedgerow puts on sporadic shows showcasing only Zep tunes. But don't call them a tribute band. Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger channel Led Zeppelin's songs with such passion and energy, you would swear they are their own songs."

A little more than two years ago, Joe Russo and Marco Benevento took their fledging Duo onto the East River aboard a Rocks Off Boat Cruise in New York City with Rana's Scott Metzger and made waves playing a scintillating set of Zeppelin that was nasty enough to dredge up mob-hit corpses. Since then, they've perfected the act by adding WEEN bassist Dave Dreiwitz. Bustle in your Hedgerow has come on strong lately, selling out packed venues across America. Now, they're bringing the act to Humboldt county for the first time ever, and it will be nasty enough to keep your boogie on til the wee hours. If you ain't heard Metzger go medieval on the Led Zep, you got to hear this... if you have, you've already got your tickets.

...And it is a cover band?!?! To the unsuspecting eye, maybe, but to the trained ear, it is a rock juggernaut, as Marco and Joe team up with old friends Scott Metzger (Rana, Danjaboots) and Dave Dreiwitz (WEEN) to form BUSTLE IN YOUR HEDGEROW. The foursome have wowed crowds around New York for a couple of years now, after being created on a dare from Flaco, joining together when their schedules allow to drop the ROCK on the city's live music aficianados. The band has taken the show on the road for a smattering of one-off performances, including a beyond sold-out post-Lollapalooza 2006 party that left the Abbey Pub in Chicago in shambles. Now, the band is ready to take this show on the road and they're coming to Eureka, CA.

What exactly is this show, you ask? It is a big, loud, dirty ROCK & ROLL CONCERT! Liquor? The bars are stocked! Groupies? We'll take 'em if you've got 'em, shrieks and screams of Robert Plant? Nope, but we do have Marco Benevento's tricked out Wurlitzer covering the lines! Aleister Crowley? Still dead, as far as we know, but we've got Szufranowski on our team!

You get the point, now don't miss the show.

   

Peter Rowan/ Chili Cook-off To Close Out 2008 Events At MCC
To celebrate the end of a great year of Mateel events and programs, on Saturday, December 20th the Mateel Community Center will present its final concert of 2008 with a good old fashioned chili cook-off and music by the legendary bluegrass and Americana artist, Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force plus the highly acclaimed, Boston-based string band, Crooked Still. The event will begin at 7pm with free chili samplers and the music will start at 8:00. Attendees will vote for their favorite chilies, with prizes awarded for both meat and vegetarian varieties. Chili samplers are included with the price of admission and traditional accompaniments such as cornbread, salad, beer/ wine and desserts will be available for purchase.

The Mateel Community Center is currently seeking anyone with a great chili recipe to put their skills to the test and enter this competition. Contestants will receive 1 free ticket to the event and must provide their own ingredients, serving equipment, and enough chili to fill a large stock pot. In addition to bragging rights, the creators of the winning meat and vegetarian varieties will receive a great MCC prize package with hat, t-shirt, a 2009 membership, and more. For more information or to sign up, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to [email protected] and dont miss what is sure to be an awesome year-end party on Saturday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for $22. MCC members receive a $2 break when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Admission at the door will be $25.    

Deadline for Mateel 30th Annual Logo Design Contest
With the Mateel Community Centers 30th Anniversary right around the corner, Mateel is looking to our local artists to help develop a special logo to celebrate the centers 30 years of service. A contest is being offered and all local artists are encouraged to submit a design to commemorate this great Mateel milestone and the deadline is fast approaching on Friday, December 19th. The winning logo will adorn a variety of MCC merchandise and be used for promotional purposes, offering a great opportunity for both aspiring and professional artists to have their work seen.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

- Must be approximately 8x10 inches in size

- Must include Mateel Community Center and 30 years, 30th anniversary, etc

- Electronic designs must be in vector graphic

- Non-electronic designs must include both a line drawing and a full color image

- Contestants must include their name, mailing address, and phone number with design

Entries will be judged by the Mateel Community Center board, staff, and membership and the winning design will be announced by the end of January 2009. The winning artist will receive a 2009 MCC membership, a Mateel merchandise pack (including sweatshirt, t-shirt, a pair of pint glasses, and sticker), and 4 tickets to any Mateel Community Center event (or a combination of events). The winner will also receive free samples of any merchandise the logo will be used on. This prize package has an approximate value of $400.

Entries should be mailed to: Mateel Community Center

POB 1910

Redway, CA 95560

Submitted via email to: [email protected]

Or be delivered to the MCC office at 59 Rusk Ln in Redway on or before 5:00pm on Friday, December 19th. For more information call the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or send an email to [email protected] and dont miss this chance to have your work commemorate 30 great years of the Mateel Community Center.

   

Mateel Seeks Silent Auction Items For Winter Arts Faire
With the Mateel Community Centers 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire fast approaching on the weekend of December 13th and 14th, Mateel is currently seeking donations for a silent auction that will be a feature of this years event. Always offering a great vendor raffle at the faire, the silent auction will now allow attendees another way to support MCC while having fun and getting something in return. Items of all varieties and values are sought and will go a long way in helping support the year-end fundraising efforts of your community center. Businesses or individuals with items to donate are encouraged to contact the Mateel office ASAP at 923-3368 or at [email protected]

As usual, the 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire will also be the best holiday shopping opportunity in southern Humboldt and will feature more than 60 handmade artisan booths, live music and storytelling, Humboldt County homegrown cuisine, and a visit from Santa each day (12-3pm). Offered in the spirit of Communities Coming Together, the event will be open from 10am to 6pm both days and is free for Mateel members. Admission for non-members is $7 per day or $10 for the weekend. Memberships will be available at the door for those wishing to step up their support of MCC while taking advantage of the free admission benefit. And, dont forget to bring a donation for Toys For Tots or the Humboldt Food Bank when you come to the event. Please bring only new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots and canned, non-perishable food (no home canned goods) for the Food Bank. For more information or to volunteer call the Mateel office at 923-3368 and come share in the community spirit of the 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire, December 13th and 14th at the Mateel Community Center in Redway.    

Riding On The Hum 11/27
New Riders return, plus Blitzen Trapper and Zeppelin backwards

The name sets the stage: New Riders of the Purple Sage was theoretically an update on a cowboy band from the '30s, which in turn was named for a seminal cowboy novel by Zane Grey, the guy who basically invented the Western genre. The New Riders came together toward the end of the '60s. The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was renowned as a guitarist, but he was also a fine banjo player and jammed on bluegrass and country tunes with guitarist David Nelson. Hanging around that scene was a kid named John Dawson, aka "Marmaduke", from Millbrook, New York, where Timothy Leary had his psychedelic headquarters. Marmaduke was totally into country from the Bakersfield school, songs by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos and Merle Haggard and the Strangers, with wailing steel guitar, the same kind of thing Gram Parsons was getting into with The Byrds and the Burrito Bothers. Garcia ended up getting his own steel guitar.

The original New Riders was Dawson, who wrote most of the songs, Nelson on guitar and Jerry on steel with Dead lyricist Robert Hunter or Phil Lesh on bass and Mickey Hart on drums. (By taking Dawson and Nelson on the road, the Dead had an instant opening act.) The difference from Bakersfield country was cultural: Where Merle and Buck were doing redneck anthems like "Okie from Muskogee," Dawson was a hippie, writing songs like "Dirty Business," a tale of a coal mine strike that ends with the mine blown up.

At some point having after the '60s turned into the '70s, having Jerry and others Dead guys in the band stopped making sense and Buddy Cage, who'd played guitar in Great Speckled Bird (with Ian and Sylvia) took over steel chores. Dave Torbert took the bass chair and wrote some songs; Spencer Dryden (from Jefferson Airplane) became the drummer. The Riders even scored a modest hit in 1973 with The Adventures of Panama Red album when the twangy marijuana tune, "Panama Red," became an underground radio staple. The Riders kept rolling into the early '80s then pretty much disbanded, although some other players took over the name for a time.

In recent years the band was resurrected with Nelson and assorted sidemen playing the old tunes. The current touring lineup has Nelson and Cage joined by guitarist/mandolinist Michael Falzarano, who's played with Hot Tuna and drummer Johnny Markowski and bassman Ronnie Penque from Stir Fried handling rhythm section duty. Riders management notes that "John Dawson will not be a part of this outing due to some ongoing health concerns, but you can count on these guys not only keeping his tunes alive, but taking them to new places as well." See where they take things on Monday, Dec. 1, when the New Riders ride into town for a show at Humboldt Brews.

Incidentally, the Riders' hit "Panama Red" was not written by Marmaduke, it was by Peter Rowan, who's coming 'round again Dec. 20, for a show at the Mateel backed by The Free Mexican Airforce. Sharing the bill is Crooked Still, a hot bluegrass combo from Boston, whose current line-up includes former local Tristan Clarridge on fiddle and cello.

Remember the old preacher fear campaign that claimed Led Zeppelin was inserting Satanic messages into its music, heard only when you spun the record backwards. Allegedly "Starway to Heaven" in reverse became an ode to the Devil around the point when they were singing, "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now." I have no idea what that line actually means, so maybe it was a secret message. Well, today Bustle In Your Hedgerow is the name of a band that's sort of a Zeppelin tribute, but not exactly. Keyboard jammer Marco Benevento and drummer Joe Russo (aka Benevento/Russo Duo) have joined forces with bassist Dave Dreiwitz from WEEN and Particle guitarist Scott Metzger to bustle through various Zep tunes, playing parts backwards, forwards and sideways, just to see what happens. They'll be doing that on Sunday Nov. 30, at Red Fox Tavern. I assure you, this ain't no cover band.

Country superstar Wynonna Judd plays next Tuesday at the Arkley Center. (Or do we call her just plain Wynonna at this point?) As you might suspect, the show is totally sold out and has been for some time. Curiously, I received an Events.com e-mail this morning listing the show with a link to "Buy Tickets." It led to TicketsNow, one of those semi-official online scalping services. Tickets were available for most of the shows on her holiday tour, some jacked up to $350 or more, but there were none offered for the Eureka show. Maybe the sellers learned their lesson when they tried scalping part of the CenterArts season.

Walking through town the other day with my friend Willoughby I pointed out a pole flyer for the Blitzen Trapper show coming up Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Red Fox. From the angular font used for the band-name logo, he figured them for a metal band. They are most definitely not a metal band, although there's an occasional ripping guitar on their latest Sub Pop disc, Furr (reviewed by Zogboy elsewhere in this paper). Most of the guys in Blitzen Trapper grew up in Salem; they're now part of the herd of Portland indie bands. Their sound draws on a wide range of influences: for me, parts bring to mind a those jaunty Brit bands from the late '60s, other times it's Neil Young and/or '90s alt. rock.

Furr starts with the folk-rocky title track, a tale about a shapeshifter (or am I just thinking that because I'm hooked on True Blood?) who changes into a teen wolf and lives out in the woods with the pack: "They allowed me to join in and sing their song... howling endlessly at the dawn." Or maybe it's a song about being in a rock band, either way, the protagonist ends up changing back to human form to marry a girl and "settle down upon a farm" to raise a family. Still he dreams of "running careless through the snow" with his old wolf buddies.

Blitzen T. is running careless on the road with The Parson Red Heads, a like-minded Sixies-ish band also originally from Oregon, now based out of L.A. The first song that comes up on their MySpace is a cover of "I'm into Something Good," the Goffin/King song made famous by Herman's Hermits. That should give you an idea where they're coming from. I once owned that Hermits' record, but I like the new take better.

The "First Thursday Film" next Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Morris Graves Museum is Helvetica, a cool documentary about the typeface, reviewed in the Journal a few weeks back (again by Zogboy). The music connection? El Ten Eleven, the L.A. post-rock/math duo that played the Alibi recently, did the soundtrack music. Yes, I took that nap and stayed up late to see them, and it was worth it.

As you are no doubt aware, Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, which makes this as good a time as any to give out some thank yous. Thanks to the folks who run the clubs and cafes and assorted other venues that provide a place for all of us to go hear music. And ditto to the promoters who bring in touring bands, often without making any money in the process. Thanks to the sound men, the lighting techs and everyone else who helps the shows come off. An especially big thank you to the musicians who put their blood, sweat and tears out there to entertain us. And last, to readers who have made it this far, thanks for sticking with me, without you there's be no point in writing this column every week. Enjoy the holiday.

   

The Palette Wants You!
The Palette is a magazine published once a year which lists artists and art organizations in Humboldt County sponsored by the Humboldt Arts Council. They are looking for the musicians who would like to participate in their magazine by putting in a listing. You can do this by submitting a form and paying a fee of $75. If you are interested, here are the links to an introduction letter and the submission form.   
Recycled Youths "Be It Ever So Humboldt"
On December 4th, 5th, and 6th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway is proud to host the newest theatrical work by Recycled Youth, a teen theatre troupe directed by Joani Rose, Barbara Penny, and Susan Alexander. This years play is entitled Be It Ever So Humboldt, and it once again tackles a variety of important social and political topics. The play shows exclusively at the Mateel Community Center for 3 nights only on December 4th, 5th, and 6th. Doors open at 7:30pm with curtain at 8:00 for all performances. Admission is at the door only and offered for a price of $10 adults and $5 for those under 19. Additional donations will also be accepted to help support this great community program, which is made possible in part by funds from the Mateel Community Center, Mel & Grace McLean Foundation, North Coast Cultural Trust, and community donors. For more information call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and dont miss Recycled Youth in Be It Ever So Humboldt, December 4th-6th.    
32nd annual Winter Arts Faire
Coming up on Saturday and Sunday, December 13th and 14th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will present the 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire in a celebration of Communities Coming Together. Bringing holiday cheer to southern Humboldt for more than 30 years, this beloved family event will feature nearly 60 handmade artisan booths, home-style cuisine prepared from local ingredients, diverse musical entertainment, childrens storytelling, and a visit from Santa both days (12-3pm). The Winter Arts Faire is also the best holiday shopping opportunity in southern Humboldt and supports local creative vendors and handcraft artisans. The 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire will be open from 10am to 6pm both days, and costs only $7 per day or $10 for the 2-day pass. Mateel Community Center members get in free, as do those under 12 and over 65. Mateel memberships will be available at the door for those wishing to take advantage of the free admission offer. Winter Arts Faire will also be a drop off location for Food Pantry and Toys 4 Tots, and attendees are encouraged to bring donations for these two great community programs. Please bring only new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots and canned, non-perishable foods (no home-canned goods) for Food Pantry. And, be on the lookout for the roaring motorcycles of Kiwanis as they ride in to pick up the toys as part of their annual Toys 4 Tots run. For more information call 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and come share in the spirit of Communities Coming Together at the 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire on Saturday and Sunday, December 13th and 14th at the Mateel Community Center.    
Peter Rowan/ Chili Cook-off
To celebrate the end of a great year of Mateel events and programs, on Saturday, December 20th the Mateel Community Center will present its final concert of 2008 with a good old fashioned chili cook-off and music by the legendary bluegrass and Americana artist, Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force plus the highly acclaimed, Boston-based string band, Crooked Still. The event will begin at 7pm with free chili samplers and the music will start at 8:00. Attendees will vote for their favorite chilies, with prizes awarded for both meat and vegetarian varieties. Chili samplers are included with the price of admission and traditional accompaniments such as cornbread, salad, beer/ wine and desserts will be available for purchase. The Mateel Community Center is currently seeking anyone with a great chili recipe to put their skills to the test and enter this competition. Contestants will receive 1 free ticket to the event and must provide their own ingredients, serving equipment, and enough chili to fill a large stock pot. In addition to bragging rights, the creators of the winning meat and vegetarian varieties will receive a great MCC prize package with hat, t-shirt, a 2009 membership, and more. For more information or to sign up, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to [email protected] and dont miss what is sure to be an awesome year-end party on Saturday, December 20th. Tickets are on sale now at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for $22. MCC members receive a $2 break when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Admission at the door will be $25.    
MOONALICE
Bay Area music legends Moonalice bring their diverse musical stylings to The Red Fox Tavern December 6th

"Moonalice's music is an eclectic brew of rock, roots, and rhythm-and-blues, peppered with a healthy dose of improvisation and played with some serious chops."

Moonalice is a Bay Area band of veteran players and old friends looking to explore new territory together. The high-energy group is composed of G.E. Smith (Bob Dylan, Saturday Night Live) on guitar, Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) on bass, Barry Sless (Phil Lesh, David Nelson Band) on guitar and pedal steel, Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna) on keys, Ann McNamee (Flying Other Brothers) on vocals and percussion, Roger McNamee (Flying Other Brothers) on guitar and vocals, and Jim Sanchez (Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John) on drums.

The band has logged quite a few shows in the couple years they've been on the road. Some of which include appearances at San Francisco's colossal and high profile Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park in 2007 and 2008. Other outings included Wavy Gravy's Summer of Love Revival, The Grateful Garcia Gathering, the Sausalito Arts Festival, Earthdance, as well as shows at a variety of clubs and theaters across the country.

With a culture based on groove, the tribal members blow minds on guitars, keyboards, and a range of other instruments to prove their worthiness to play the low end.

According to legend, the Moonalice tribe is descended from Piltdown Woman, or possibly from a couple of naked, snake charmed gardeners who liked to hang around with friendly dinosaurs. Core to the Moonalice culture is the Coming of the Seventh - Yggdrassil - a mythical player of low tones who emerges periodically from the sea, where he cavorts with a school of thermally enhanced tuna.

The myth of Moonalice portends that upon the arrival of the Seventh, the groove will grow impossibly deep. So much so that the words "Dig it" will pass the lips of those who have never before uttered, let alone entertained, such thoughts.

The tribe - or band, as it is known in Moonalice culture - plays traditional Moonalice music, an intoxicating brew of roots, blues, psychedelia, and strange but kind folk. In Moonalice tradition, the musical ceremony - the gig - is a fusion of sound, lights, and refreshing beverages that improves reality for people who get too much of the real thing during the day time.

Moonalice's new album is produced by legendary producer T. Bone Burnett and is due out in Febuary 2009 !    

YA HO WA 13
For the first time in 30 years psychedelic-rock pioneers, YaHoWha 13, are on tour and they're bringing their free spirited musical approach to Humboldt Brews on Wednesday December 17th

"The organic fluctuations of sonic chemistry. Wildly primal, Jazzy, Blues-y, Electrical, Contagious, Always inspired. This music is so clearly channeled from the Divine. Unpracticed, unpretentious, yet still wickedly rockable! Fire. Water. Air. Ether. Earth. This music combines every element, taking you on an energetic cosmic carpet ride."

YaHoWha 13 is "reincarnated" with the three surviving members of the original musical "messiah-ship", and legendary, apocalyptic, prophetic, professional, hippie-flower child, love, health, and wisdom collective known in the late 1960's and early 70's to the Hollywood entertainment industry, and LA locals alike, as simply, "The Source". The Source owned and ran the first major vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles, and in the wee hours of the morning, (4am) in their garage studio in the Hollywood Hills, YaHoWha13, with Father Yod leader of the cult, recorded over 65 albums, 10 of which were released on vinyl and are now fiercely collected as some of the most classic and inspired psychedelic music ever made&.in fact they are considered in underground circles to be among the several bands who specifically created that genre. Their musical musings were recorded, manufactured, and released by the communal family's indie label Higher Key Records between 1972 and 1975 and sold at their restaurant's adjacent record/ book store while performing numerous free concerts at select high schools and college campuses. Sunflower [ plays a melodically throbbing bass], Octavius [on traps, tympani, gong, Tibetan bowls, and bells] and Djin [on various electric and acoustic guitars played with feathers, bones, and bows] were the Source Family's three main in house" musician/magicians forming the rhythm section of the various evolving collaborations of the community's talent including, Father Yod and the Spirit of '76, Savage Sons of YaHoWha, Fire Water Air, and YaHoWa13 with Father Yod/Yahowha vocalizing, whistling or playing gong and tympani. Always spontaneous and innovative, YaHoWha 13 explores the roots of tribal psychedelic mayhem, ecstatic trance-fusion, rock and roll revival, and transformative experimental rock about as "far out of the cultural box" of modern musical expression as it gets. They're unpredictable, lost, but always going somewhere absorbing all in its path, leaving ethereal fingerprints in space. An old family saying the band plays by, "live in the now" forms the basis of its musical philosophy, a philosophy revealed to them by Father Yod/Yahowha who left this world in 1975, but whose spirit remains in the band.

The band members separated in1977, when the commune dispersed, but their original LPs had a life of their own. By the late 1990's these albums had become so collectable, that due to the efforts of Source members Sky Saxon, lead singer for the Seeds, and Damian Paul, head of the family's HigherKey record label, a 13 cd box set called "The Yahowha Collection" was released on Captain Trip Records in Japan and re-mastered and re-released on Swordfish Records UK. Since then the band's international underground popularity has been steadily growing and once fans, most of whom had not been born when the band was originally formed, having discovered that Sunflower Aquarian, Octavius Aquarian and Djin Aquarian, were still around, wanted to hear and see these superheroes play and rekindle the old sonic alchemy for the first time in 33 years. After they were featured on the cover of "LA Weekly" on Memorial Day of 2007 a reunion gathering happened that November when a mini West Coast tour was arranged for the band. The houses were packed and the trio soared&. Sky Saxon came on stage and sang with the band and it was like the old days at Pandora's Box, or the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Strip&..a real psychedelic treat. Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes have been known to jump in to jam with Djin, Sky and the 13 behind the scenes as well. In April of 2008, the band played at the Knitting Factory in NY to a full house of diehard psych fans and it then became apparent that the band was back. A three day "NPR" feature about the Source Family also appeared in April of 08 and you can find YaHoWa13 recently in a special feature in "Paper Magazine".

An album of YaHoWa 13 called "Feather of Wisdom" [Live at Café Du Nord] was released this year on Soundatone Records and a rare recording of The Spirit of 76, one of the incarnations of the band featuring three of the Source sisters vocalizing on 11 of Djin's rockin' psych-gospel songs called, "Children of the 6th Root Race", was released on the indie world's premier label, Dragcity Records. A live in studio recording is coming out later this year on indie's Prophase Records called, "Sonic Portation" heralding their regrouping.

Being a trio leaves a lot of open space to be filled, or not, but you never know who they might transport on stage at any given show to jam with them, maybe you. They are rhythmic, tribal, light, melodic, ancient, modern, and revolving explorers of sound getting the whole place moving or meditating and by the end of the set&"all are one". These ground breaking bros of the psychedelic genre don't hide the fact that they've been around for a while&.but they can still pilot their ship and deliver their cargo with class. If you want to take a trip to the stars, transport back to the 60's or to future destinations, "to be announced at concert", where none have gone before, YaHoWha13 can take you there. Here's what Devendra Banhart has said about the music, "The Source Family has the best album covers hands down! Creation at its purest, just being, present as can be, letting the unknown unfold, raw as the Stooges wasted on Ataraxia, free as the Santa Ana Winds, and rare as an astral encounter with the powers of creation, from Kohoutek to Operetta, the wild saga ever endlessly flows!" (This band of shamans doesn't just play music; they channel for their audiences just like they did for the family, cosmic and divine energies for heart-head and soul. Sometimes primitive, sometimes contemporary, sometimes without time, but when it comes to where YaHoWha13 is willing to go&.there are no limits. Get ready to go on a never before played cosmic journey through the elemental kingdoms of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth on to the celestial star gates of the surrounding galaxy and beyond, into the infinite within&&&&&.

   

Mateel Launches Fundraising Effort
As the Mateel Community Center awaits long overdue payments from its settlement of the legal dispute with Tom Dimmick, Carol Bruno, and People Productions, the center finds itself in dire financial straights and is looking to the community for support to help keep the organization afloat in these tough financial times. While Mateel remains hopeful that these debts, which currently total over $250,000, will be paid soon, not having these funds in hand on the timeframe agreed upon in the settlement is now causing concern over the Mateels ability to maintain operations in 2009.

With a recent court ruling that supports the centers ability to use whatever means necessary to collect, the MCC board now has a variety of options to consider and will begin to evaluate assets of the various parties who owe the center money. While this may provide some assurance that these overdue payments will be made good on eventually, this process will likely take months or longer to bear fruit. As it stands currently, MCC has operating capital sufficient to continue operations through the beginning of February 2009, after which the center will be forced to close its doors and cancel its programs and events if the settlement money continues to remain unpaid. With a number of rentals already on the calendar for next year, closing the doors would have immeasurable impact on a large number of community groups and hall users and would also have severe, if not irreversible, affects on the centers ability to produce treasured annual events such as the Summer Arts and Music Festival, Reggae on the River, Recycled Youth, and the many other community and youth programs central to our local identity.

In an effort to stem this harsh, but seriously potential reality, the Mateel Community Center is now launching a major fundraising effort to try and raise $100,000 by the end of January 2009. These funds will be used as operating capital, allowing the center to keep it doors open, continue with our precious annual programs and services, and maintain a core staff to attend to the basic operational needs of the center while continuing to implement and refine the business plan the Mateel has been operating under since January 2008. This plan represents the first time in many years that the center has sought to cover operations with the value of its inherent assets and a key aspect of its success was in the production of increased in-house events and programs to raise the necessary operating capital. By in large, the business plan was highly successful and came very near to covering the total operational expense of the center in 2008. With some minor adjustments to the event plan and the communitys support to continue on this course, MCC is confident that the plan for 2009 would not only cover operations, but also leave enough at the end of the year to begin with the following years planning.

While Mateel recognizes that $100,000 is a lot of money to raise in a short amount of time, there is hope that local patrons who recognize the value of the center and its events/ programs will consider becoming a lifetime member. With a current membership totaling over 700 and conservative estimates of more than 10,000 users of the hall in 2008, if only 100 of these people were to step up their commitment to the center with lifetime memberships, MCC could easily achieve this goal. For those who would like to support, but are not in a position to make this kind of contribution, basic membership in the organization is also crucial and 2009 memberships are currently available. And, there are still two MCC events left before the end of the year, both of which will support this fundraising effort. These events are the 32nd annual Winter Arts Faire on December 13-14 and MCCs final concert of 2008 on December 20 with Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force, Crooked Still, and a chili cook-off. Please come out for these great events and help the Mateel in its Herculean efforts to keep the center operational in the absence of the critical settlement funds from Dimmick, Bruno, and People Productions. For more information about the events, programs, and services of the Mateel Community Center and how you can get involved, please stop by the MCC office in Redway, call 923-3368, or send an email to [email protected] Your patronage is greatly appreciated!

   

Not the King of Pop - The Hum 12/4
Why isn't Richard Thompson more famous? plus Karen Dumont's birthday, Candye Kane, and Hellbound Glory Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

I've never fully understood why Richard Thompson never achieved the popularity and the cultural icon status of some of his compatriots. He's a stellar guitar player  when Rolling Stone magazine assembled a list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, he was in the top 20. And his songwriting is absolutely brilliant. Songs like "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" and "Beeswing" are perfect short stories in and of themselves with subtle guitar lines that fit like a glove, and when he rocks out, he kills. So why isn't he a star and a household name? Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Thompson has been at it for four decades now having begun his career in 1967 with the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention while still a teen. He went solo in the '70s, then married a singer, Linda Peters. Richard and Linda toured and recorded together for just short of a decade. Their eventual divorce is laid out in heart-wrenching, sometimes bitter songs that are perhaps too honest for most. His work since is less bitter, but never less honest and powerful. Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Thompson regularly answers questions from his dedicated fans on his official website, BeesWeb. Amid gear geek queries, some did-you-reallys (Did you really play with Jimi? Yes) and a few when-might-you-play-here questions, someone asked about the "greatest Spinal Tap moment" in his career. His wry description of a date with Fairport Convention offers a further clue as to detours on the road to stardom. Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

"Fairport did a BBC radio show in front of a live audience, must have been 1970," he writes. "Mott The Hoople, then little-known, opened for us, but their fans snapped up all the free tickets, so they went down a storm, and we died the death. Thinking our careers over, we repaired to the pub, got plastered, and mused on the fickle nature of the pop world. We decided that we needed a bit more showmanship in the act, and thought that Motts stage antics, i.e. knee-length boots, choreographed guitar moves, rubbing fretboards together, head-banging, etc., would be the way to catch the next generation of fans. Sure enough, next show, which I think was Leicester, a couple of the band had got the boots, and towards the end of the set, we started to ham it up, pissing ourselves with laughter, of course. Needless to say, it went down an absolute storm. The crowd went wild. This was very depressing, and confirmed our suspicion that audiences were gullible idiots. We tried it one more time after that, and then settled on careers of mediocre sales and obscurity." Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

So there you have it. He decided early on that obscurity was preferable to playing to the wants of gullible idiots. Of course he's not totally obscure. The day before his upcoming Arcata show (Wednesday, Dec. 10 in HSU's Kate Buchanan Room) he'll play a sold out show in Chico; and his Dec. 11 show in Petaluma is sold out too. You might want to get a ticket for the KBR show now. Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Got a call last week from Karen Dumont, one of my favorite soul/blues/gospel singers. She's moved back to town, done with Oregon, and next Tuesday, Dec. 9, she'll be the host (or hostess) of the weekly Jambalaya Blues Jam. That date just happens to be her birthday. Would I come down and let her buy me a drink? Of course I already knew she was born that day. Regular readers may recall the story of one Dec. 9 many years ago: I was at the Jam and overheard someone toasting Karen on her birthday. My response was something like that Beatles song: "You say it's your birthday, well it's my birthday too..." When we compared notes we discovered we were born on the same day and in the same year. So yes, I'll stop by for a drink and a taste of the blues (after I go see the Anat Cohen Quartet play jazz in the KBR, see the Calendar section for details on that show). Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Also in the blues mode: a show Friday at the Riverwood featuring voluptuous blues belter Candye Kane. When you open up Candye's webpage (www.candyekane.com) you hear her singing, "I'm the toughest girl alive; I walked through fire, but I survived..." which is appropriate considering that she's come through a battle with the Big-C as a survivor. Yes, a recent MRI shows she's now cancer-free. Her music and her life have always been about empowerment, this just adds a new dimension.Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Another "Urban Legends Tour" hits the Arcata Community Center Friday with DJ MuziqLement hosting Too Short, Glasses Malone, Mistah Fab and the Mendo Green Team. (It's all ages.) Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

That same Friday at Humboldt Brews it's a rare appearance by the hot local Afrofunk congregation, AfroMassive. Dancing shoes advised. (And not all ages.) Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

As always, the reggae keeps rolling in. This week you have Prezident Brown and The Solid Foundation Band playing Thursday at the Red Fox, followed by a Friday show at Mazzotti's with Jamaican singjay Lutan Fyah backed by the East L.A.-based, cumbia/reggae band Quinto Sol. Then on Saturday Jambalaya has DJ Dub Cowboy's mission:Critical mixing reggae with hip hop, this week featuring JUCE, a band that does the same. Also on Saturday, Madi Simmons and his new band Synergy play reggae/funk at Fernbridge Market. Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Elsewhere around the Plaza Saturday there's "dance dance Evolution" with DJ Gone Crazy mixing reggae, funk, hip hop and jazz at Arcata Community Yoga Center (above the Outdoor Store). Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Saturday at Mazzotti's Oakland-native MC/songstress Mystic sings about "The Life" with local support from D.W.I. (Driving While Intoxicated?) and Purple Basement.Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

Across the way at the Alibi that night Bad Kitty brings in some "pure Scumbag Country": Hellbound Glory out of Reno. Their twanger "Ballad of Scumbag Country" speaks of up-all-night hell-raising and a rejection of Nashville in favor of the hard life of an outlaw scumbag playing for like-minded fans suggesting, "Old Waylon just might have done it this way if he were here today." Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

At Humboldt Brews Saturday the Kim Manning Band mixes funk, reggae, hip hop, jazz, jamrock, etc. Kim is a funkadelic goddess best know for her association with P-Funk Allstars (she sings for them and her band opened when P-Funk played the Mateel). Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

The Red Fox will surely draw the jamband crowd this weekend: Friday they have the Dead tribute band WorkingMan's Ed featuring guitarist Stu Allen from JGB. Saturday it's Moonalice, an all-star combo with G.E. Smith from SNL (and Bob Dylan's band), Barry Sless from David Nelson Band (and Phil and Friends), Jack Casady from the Airplane (and Hot Tuna), Pete Sears from J. Starship (and Hot Tuna), Jimmy Sanchez, who plays with Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt and Ann and Roger McNamee from Flying Other Brothers. There's a legend about the origins of Moonalice, something about a Native American tribe, hippies and hemp. The band today is a harbinger: "A new day has begun. A daring sextet of nomads has emerged to revive the tribe, its music, and its legend. The new Moonalice crosses the land, spreading good vibes and giving new hope to millions whose culture had been laid waste by the prohibition of hemp. With each gig, the tribe grows. There is Moonalice in everyone." Ready to join the tribe?Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

One more on the funk side of jambandage: A show Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Humboldt Brews with locals Moo-Got-2 opening for On the One, a jazz/funk outfit from the San Diego circle that includes The Greyboy All-Stars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Giant People. Once again, dancing shoes advised.

   

Local attorney releases first album
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The album was recorded and engineered exclusively by Humboldt County musicians and features vocals by songwriter Collins and backup vocals by Tim Gray, ...More   

Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir: A message of joy and peace
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Attendees were moved by the experience and inquired with Lourin Plant, a choral director with multiple groups at Humboldt University, about starting a local ...More   

Humboldt welcomes back NCD's enchanting Nutcracker"
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The annual countdown is over for Humboldt Nutcracker fans because (at last) this weekend the North Coast Dance Company once again presents the beloved ...More   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS IMAGO THEATRES BIGLITTLETHINGS
CenterArts presents Imago Theatres Biglittlethings on Tuesday, January 6th at 7 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The latest creation from the award-winning Imago Theatre, Biglittlethings is a visually stunning mask-and-movement spectacle set in a fantastic world where seeing is not necessarily believing. Wearing elaborate masks and costumes (but without speaking a word), six performers conjure up a stage full of magical critters and creatures. A feast for the eyes, a twister for the mind, and a bundle of laughs for all ages! Tickets are $25 general, $20 Senior/Child and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

A spectacular program of unique images and creative critters, Imago's presentation will surprise kids from 3 to 103. Arms are really legs, up is down and back is front in this presentation. Entertaining since 1978, co-founders and directors Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad draw upon their training in the Jacque LeCoq method to create characters that are both fantastic and touchingly human.

In addition to being adept in theatrical movement, Triffle and Mouawad are also talented in the plastic arts. Using any and all materials, the pair create masks that defy definition, incorporating not only the face but the body as well. Additional use of music and multimedia effects combine for a truly unique theatrical experience.

American imagination and flair has allowed this company to travel the world entertaining audiences in Europe, Asia and America with their blend of multimedia and theatrical ingenuity. Their program has drawn the praise of critics from San Francisco to Singapore. The New York Times said Imago's performance left everyone...feeling giggly. The Seattle Post Intelligencer called Imago entrancing and clever, and The Oregonian said, next time (they are) playing within 50 miles, gather up the children and go.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS TEN-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BOBBY MCFERRIN
CenterArts presents Ten-Time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin on Friday, January 9 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Tickets are $65 general, $65 Senior/Child and $55 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu. to sing with this musical legend!

Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century , Dont Worry, Be Happy. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies, and his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, the Vienna Philharmonic and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds. Yet McFerrin's reach extends well beyond musical circles: he's worked with actor Jack Nicholson, comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, the Muppets and audiences around the world. to sing with this musical legend!

With a four-octave range and a vast array of vocal techniques, McFerrin is no mere singer; he is music's last true Renaissance man, a vocal explorer who has combined jazz, folk and a multitude of world music influences - choral, a cappella, and classical music - with his own ingredients. As a conductor, he is able to hear orchestrally, and with this gift has expanded his singing to include more imaginative territory than most; he might extend his vocal repertoire to sing trumpet-inspired parts in the jazz standard Round Midnight or to interpret the flute and cello parts in works by Fauré and Vivaldi, or to simply create entirely new sounds. to sing with this musical legend!

In 1983 Bobby McFerrin did his first tour of Europe as an unaccompanied vocalist, performing without any prepared material. Audiences were bewildered at first, and then blown away. Tapes of those concerts were made into the album The Voice, a landmark recording that served notice of the arrival of a major musical talent the German critics called Stimmwunder, which means wonder voice. Throughout the 1980s McFerrin continued to develop his amazing solo improvisations and audience interactions and won his first Grammy in 1985 for Another Night in Tunisia with the Manhattan Transfer. Further Grammy awards came for Bernard Taverniers Round Midnight and How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, with Jack Nicholson in 1987. to sing with this musical legend!

In 1988 he released the album Simple Pleasures, which paid homage to the music of the 1960s. Shortly after Simple Pleasures was nominated for a 1988 Grammy for album of the year, while Don't Worry, Be Happy won both the Record of the Year and the coveted Song of the Year awards. It might just as well have been named Song of the Decade, as "Don't Worry, Be Happy" hit the #1 spot on pop charts in almost every country in the world. to sing with this musical legend!

In recent years, he has combined his love of improvisation with his conducting skills, extending his vocal journeys to larger groups of singers - whether trained or not. McFerrin's solo concerts have always included audience participation; McFerrin sees them not as singalongs, but as a genuine collaborative process of making music in the moment. Dont miss your chance to sing with this musical legend!

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Grapevine The Hum 12/18
Absynth Q and friends, Crooked Still at the Mateel, and folks home for the holidays

I heard it through the grapevine, second-, maybe third-hand: Absynth Quintet was allegedly breaking up  again. A distraught Lila Nelson heard the story and offered mediation services. When I put the breakup question to AQ guitarist Ryan Roberts, he replied with a paraphrase from Mark Twain: "The rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated," adding, "Don't know how that got started but we are all fine and dandy." And I'll testify that everything seemed fine and dandy when I saw the band play gypsy-ish jazz at the Jambalaya during last Friday's Art! Arcata.

Ryan also notes that AQ has a gig Friday, Dec. 19, at the Red Fox Tavern with some very special guests. Former AQ fiddler Zebulon Bowles is back in town with his friend Rushad Eggleston, master of the electric cello. "Rushad is bringing up his own band, Tornado Ride, but will also play with us and Zeb," says Ryan.

For those unfamiliar with the work of Mr. Eggleston, he's a Berklee College of Music grad who pioneered the use of electric cello in bands like Fiddlers 4 and Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. In 2004 he founded the band Crooked Still with several other like-minded alt. bluegrass types in the Boston area. About a year ago he left that band to go his own way and form Tornado Rider, where he promises "a one-of-a-kind mystical experience driven by the mammoth power of an electric cello" and "powerful anthems about falcons, whirlwinds and pretty girls, which will haunt your brain for weeks."

By chance Rushad's former band Crooked Still is playing locally this weekend as part of a Year End Mateel Party and Chili Cook-off taking place Saturday at the Mateel (of course). Headlining that show are SoHum faves Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force, led by songwriter/Dead associate Rowan, the guy who wrote "Panama Red" for New Riders, among many other great tunes.

I'm pretty sure this is the first Humboldt appearance for Crooked Still. It's also a homecoming of sorts for one of the band members. After Eggleston left the band in 2007, two new players were signed up: cellist Tristan Clarridge and fiddler Brittany Haas, both of them coming from Anger's Republic of Strings. Local fiddle fans will recognize Tristan as one of the Clarridge Family Fiddlers (with his sister Tashina). Tristan is a champ: In fact he was the youngest winner of the Grand National Fiddle Championships in Weiser, ID, and he's managed to adapt those skills to play innovative bluegrass and Celtic music on cello.

Re: the Chili Cook-Off, the Mateel folks are "seeking anyone with a great chili recipe to put their skills to the test and enter this competition." Bring a big pot o' vegetarian or meat chili and serving equipment and you get one free ticket to the event plus a shot at a prize package including a 2009 MCC membership, a Mateel hat and T-shirt, "and more."

Thursdays at the Red Fox are typically have reggae DJ Jimmy Jonz on turntables; this Thursday, Dec 18, he'll have some guests in for a "massive all star show!" Ace Deuce features guitarist Ray White (formerly of the Mothers of Invention, KVHW, etc.), bassist Bobby Vega (formerly of Sly and the Family Stone, Zero, KVHW, etc.) with locals B. Swiz (keys), Chris Noonan (saxes), Nate Krystaff (guitar) and Tofu Mike Schwartz on drums.

You'll also find Tofu at the Red Fox Saturday, Dec. 20, when Play Dead gathers for another tribute to the Grateful Dead etc. Rumor has it (via the grapevine) that former local keyboard wiz Mike Emerson will be in town for the pre-holiday bash. After Xmas, hard-workin' Mike has a couple of dates with bluesman Tommy Castro, then hits the road with Carlene Carter (June's daughter).

You've heard about hot yoga. Well, on Friday, Dec. 19, try WoMama's Winter Hot Box, a sweat-inducing all-ages blast at Redwood Raks featuring Afrockers WoMama plus the Janky Mallets' samba drumline, and worldbeat DJ Whitebeard (who lives down the street from me). "Come add to the fire," urges Jesse J, singer for WoMama and leader of JM.

As part of a jazzy weekend, head over to Muddy's Hot Cup Saturday evening, Dec. 20, to hear Bill Allison's Redwood Jazz Voices, an ensemble featuring Bill on piano leading a group that includes vocalists Calista LaBolle (Mike's daughter), Lorenza Simmons (Madi's daughter and a member of AkaBella), and Bill's son, Clay Allison with Bill Andrews on bass and Brian Blakely on percussion. Allison has been doing a jazz piano brunch at Muddy's in recent weeks, including pieces done with some of his voice students (ranging from eight-year-olds to grown-ups). "Sunday's are more straight-ahead jazz, familiar tunes, some of my favorites," said Allison. Redwood Jazz Voices is something different. "It's a body of work that comes out of my work for the last 20 years," said Allison, "progressive jazz with voices as instruments on tunes by Monk, Mingus, Miles, McCoy Tyner and the like."

After brunch Sunday, head over to the Morris Graves Museum for the afternoon Jazz Jam (from 2-4:30) featuring pianist Darius Brotman with bassist Shao Way Wu and drummer Ed Campbell and young Rose Armin-Hoiland on vocals. I've heard Rose sing a couple of times  she has a fine and mellow jazz voice and will surely go far. And in case you were wondering, they will not be doing any Christmas music. "You can count on that," promised Brotman.

Around this time last year we were telling you about Eureka homegirl Sara Bareilles coming home for the holidays and a sold out show at the Eureka Theater. She's back this weekend, this time playing two nights Arkley Center  both sold out almost instantly. For those who have not been paying attention, Sara's career has taken quantum leaps since she was here last. Her hit single Love Song, had already gone to No. 1 on the charts, and hung in the top 10 for weeks, now it's in the running for a Song of the Year Grammy. It doesnt get much bigger than that. But wait, shes also in the running for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Apple announced that her album, Little Voice, ranked in the top five for iTunes sales in 2008.

Former Weary Boy Mario Matteoli will be at the Jambalaya Monday Dec. 22, for a long-awaited Jackson Brothers reunion. In case you've forgotten former locals Detroit, Mudpit, Harpdog and Motorcycle Jackson, they've moved on to fame and fortune with The 3 Heads, Ignit and of course The Weary Boys. Like Sara they're home for the holly-daze, ready to play.

Last week we were talking about Making Blindness Fashionable 2008, the comp assembled by James Forbes to benefit Humboldt Council of the Blind. He disc is an awesome yet poignant snapshot of the Humboldt indie scene at a particular point just passed, poignant since many of the bands have since split and/or moved on (as almost all bands do). HCB's Peggy Martinez' No Not Yet is on there (she's off to Seattle). You've got The Ian Fays and The Broken Hearts (both moved), Eureka Garbage Co. (split), The Buffy Swayze (split), plus Dynamite Sweater singing about opening for The Buffy Swayze. And James has a couple of his ex-bands on there: Arrogant Hare and Henpecker (both split). You're not going to get all those Humpty Dumpty bands back together again; this will have to do. Get one at an indie music store near you, at the Lighthouse of the North Coast in Eureka, or with PayPal on myspace.com/methbogrecords.

With that shopping tip, I bid you season's greetings and adieu. I'm off 'til Xmas. Look for a sub-Hummer next week. Peace.

   

ISHI DUBE & MASSAGANA
ISHI DUBE & Massagana ring in 2009 with their New Years Eve celebration DEC. 31st at the Red Fox Tavern

"Reggae is a cry from people who are suffering.... but also an exaltation of gratitude for the blessings we have." -ishi dube

Ishi Dube is a talented and determined artist with a profound love for reggae music. On stage, Dube doesn't miss a beat; he gives a sincere, energetic, and uplifting performance. Not only a singer/ song writer, Dube is also a skilled producer, musician, and sound engineer, he is involved in nearly every process of production from the roots to the fruits. Dube's natural talent and hard work are sure to gain notoriety in the world of reggae music.

Ishi Dube was born in 1980 at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in India. Three years later Ishi and his mother relocated to California. It didn't take long for a few Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, and Third World albums to take effect on young Dube; he's said to have made up his own reggae lyrics by the age of three! At age 16, Dube was playing drums in his first band, the Soul Rebels. Over the next decade Dube refined his craft by giving hundreds of live performances which in turn, created a substantial following in Northern California. Now Ishi Dube exploding on to the scene, blending messages genuine roots reggae sound with a contemporary dancehall edge to the reggae community everywhere. With lyrical content ranging from political to spiritual to messages of societal change, Ishi's vocal styles range from a sweet and melodic roots sound to a rougher, rhythmic deejay delivery. Dube grasps the attention of his audiences with multiple vocal techniques, accompanied by heavy riddims covering nearly every sub-genre of reggae; from ska, lover's rock and roots, to dub, rockers, and dancehall.

Since the release of his debut album, Massagana thanks and praise, Dube has been touring and performing at premier festivals and venues, writing and recording songs with widely respected artists such as Everton Blender, Capleton, Ras Attitude and many more. Dube is currently producing other artists and is now the vice president of Universal Balance Entertainment (an independant record label). Along with fellow artist Jah Sun, Ishi co-founded the strong network of reggae artists called Lioncamp. Hard- working, dependable, and talented, Ishi Dube is an artist on the rise. Dube's positive message and pleasant demeanor make his performance enjoyable for people from all walks of life. Ishi is a conscious entertainer, an energetic performer, and a serious musician. Dube says that the underlying point behind his music is give thanks for life, live it with compassion, and make the most of it.

More love, everytime. Rastafari.

With Special Guest: Michael Marshall

http://www.myspace.com/michaelmarshall

http://michaelmarshallusa.info/home.html

Michael Marshall was the lead singer of the R&B group Timex Social Club. In 1986, he had taken an offer to join Run DMC's Raising Hell Tour, before he left the group. In the 1990's he worked with the group called "Mo'fessionals" and made a few songs with them. In 1995, Mike did a feature for a rap group from Oakland called The Luniz and sang the chorus on their hit "I Got 5 On It." Mike is the only currently active member of the Timex Social Club group. He completed the album called "K.I.M." with the rapper Equipto 2004. Had an international top 10 hit "Your Body" with DJ Tom Novy 2005. Completed solo album Love, Lies & Life with hit song "So Young" featuring San Quinn 2006.Mike lives now in the San Francisco bay area

   

Peter Rowan: Freeing up some time to find his vision
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

He's happy to have been asked back again and really appreciates the laid back atmosphere in Southern Humboldt. Everyone's looking forward to (coming to ...More   

The Uniontown Jazz Trio performs in Eureka
The Uniontown Jazz Trio will perform Saturday, Dec. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

The trio includes:

" Susie Laraine, a well-seasoned performer on tenor, flute, and alto flute, who comes from the San Francisco area and has been playing in jazz groups in Humboldt County for six years.

" Shao Way Wu, acoustic bassist and longtime Humboldt County resident, who performs in many different musical styles and is well known for his high energy and exceptional talent.

" Brian Post, pianist, who is a professor of music at Humboldt State University and plays jazz with the breadth and facility that brings Schubert, Debussy, and the scope of classical music into the jazz context.

These three musicians have combined to produce a unique trio. They play mainstream jazz compositions and standards, while working together to give the music a fresh sound. Their own arrangements open up the trio format to new textures and variations in the traditional functions of the instruments.

The museum is located at 636 F St. For more information, call (707) 442-0278 extension. 201.    

Let this be the end
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA We've said it before, but we hope this spells the end of a long-running and emotional feud that has left southern Humboldt County divided over a music

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NPK Perform To Benefit The Humboldt Surfrider Foundation
On Friday, January 16th at Humboldt Brews in Arcata, local quintet NPK will be performing a full set of original songs that will create a great circumstance to dance and have fun. There is also a bigger meaning to the show, and that is to raise money, awareness, and membership to the local non-profit organization; The Humboldt Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research, and education. The Humboldt chapter is one of over 80 chapters world wide.

One of Surfrider Foundations first and largest victories was a successful Clean Water Act lawsuit filed in 1989 and settled in 1991 against pulp mills in Humboldt County, California that were operated by Simpson Paper Company and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. These pulp mills used chlorine in the Kraft bleaching process to turn brown wood pulp into white paper. The mills discharged approximately 40 million gallons per day of untreated wastewater into the near-shore surf zone. This wastewater contained excessive concentrations of Biological Oxygen Demand and suspended solids, had a pH value outside of the permit limits, and contained dioxins and furans, extremely toxic chemicals created by the use of chlorine in the bleaching process. Surfers in the area of the discharge complained of skin rashes and nausea. The mills also produced hazardous, irritating air emissions. The settlement won by Surfrider Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (at the time, one of the largest penalties levied by the EPA under the Clean Water Act, and the largest in the Western U.S.) required the pulp mills to construct wastewater treatment facilities to eliminate toxic discharges to the ocean and extend their ocean outfall pipes. The mills also agreed to evaluate the elimination of the use of chlorine in the pulp bleaching process through substitution of chlorine dioxide and/or hydrogen peroxide in an Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) or Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) process. The Louisiana-Pacific mill became the first TCF bleached Kraft pulp mill in the U.S. in 1993.

Now that the coastline is being threatened by the prospect of major oil drilling it is more important than ever to be informed and organized in order to protect our scenic shores for future generations to enjoy. The NPK is helping to organize this show in the hope that the North Coast Community can come together using music, dance, and entertainment mixed with responsible activism and education in order to resist the degradation of the health of our environment and the quality of our lifestyle. The music will start around 9:30 p.m. and go late into the night. A donation of $8.00 at the door goes to funding the future projects of The Humboldt Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS HENRY ROLLINS
CenterArts presents Post-Punk Icon Henry Rollins in a spoken word performance on Saturday, February 7th at 8 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, HSU. Following Black Flag's breakup in 1986, Henry Rollins was been relentlessly busy, recording albums with the Rollins Band, writing books and poetry, performing spoken word tours, writing a magazine column in Details, acting in several movies, and appearing on radio programs. On his spoken word albums, he is remarkably more relaxed than when fronting a band, showcasing a hilariously self-deprecating sense of humor that is often absent in his music. All the while, he has kept his artistic integrity, becoming a kind of father figure for many alternative bands of the '90s.Tickets are $25 general, $25 Senior/Child and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, The Works in Arcata and Eureka, or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS KODO
CenterArts presents Kodo on Monday, February 2nd at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Traditional rituals recast as theater, and contemporary thoughts about ancient instruments both figure in Kodo's performance, which includes ancient and modern compositions. Yet with tense, angular postures, with stylized, frozen gestures and, in one playful piece, with animal-like scampering and slithering, Kodo reminds its audience that, above all, its music is a matter of flesh and blood, wood and stretched skin. Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse." ~ wrote The New York Times. Tickets are $45 general, $40 Senior/Child and $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

Kodo is a group whose activities are centered on the Japanese drum, or taiko. While exploring the countless byways of the traditional performing arts we strive to create something new for the modern age. The name Kodo conveys two meanings. The literal readings of the two characters that make up the name in Japanese are drum and child - conveying Kodo's desire to play the taiko purely, with the heart of a child. The word Kodo is also a homonym for heartbeat - humanity's most fundamental source of rhythm - the first sound a child hears in their mother's womb.

Since Kodo's debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, one third of the year has spent touring Japan, a third on Sado Island, and the rest of the year touring overseas. On our One Earth Tour we have given over 3,000 widely acclaimed performances in 43 countries, from war-torn Croatia to America's Carnegie Hall.

The world is a kaleidoscope of people and cultures. In this age of exploding populations and lightening-fast communication it is more important than ever that these diverse cultures learn to recognize and accept each other so that all may share our increasingly shrinking planet in harmony. Since ancient times the taiko has been a symbol of community - serving as a link among people, and people and the heavens. On the One Earth Tour we will continue to bring the sound of the taiko to the ears of the world - and with the taiko's unique ability to transcend the barriers of language and custom - remind us all of our membership in that larger community: the world.

There are three principal elements in the make-up of a Kodo performance. The first is that of pieces based upon traditional folk arts, learned from local people throughout Japan. The intention is not simply to replicate, but, in rearranging them for the stage, attempt to capture their universal spirit and energy as they filter through our bodies. Art rooted in the soil developed through an intimate relationship between the people and their art, and between art and nature.

The second element of the performance is made up of compositions of friends and mentors of Kodo. These include composers Maki Ishii and Shinichiro Ikebe, Kabuki orchestra musicians Roetsu Tosha and Kiyohiko Senba, and jazz pianist Yousuke Yamashita.

The third element consists of original compositions of Kodo members themselves, who have used their exposure to the rhythms and sounds of the many people and places they have been lucky enough to visit as grist for their own creations.

The performance begins with the blending of these three elements with our lives amidst the sights and sounds of Sado Island, and then is forged into its final shape on the anvil of rehearsal.

The New York Times wrote that . . . [Kodo] created waves of percussive sound that seemed to turn Carnegie Hall itself into a resonant cavity covered with animal skin.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

   

AS PRESENTS THE ANIMAL LIBERATION ORCHESTRA
CenterArts presents the Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) on Sunday, February 8th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Keyboard Magazine called ALO A funky blend of '70's, R&B and jazz, with a whopping dollop of groove. Born from a childhood friendship and nurtured on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, the four-piece collective more commonly known as ALO, found their musical roots in the feel-good vibe of the breezy California town. After being reunited with collegiate cohort Jack Johnson  who not only invited the band to be the support act on his world tour, but also signed them to his label Brushfire Records  ALO made waves with the successful release of Fly Between Falls (2006) and Roses & Clover (2007). Tickets are $20 general and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

AGGROLITES HAVE CANCELLED
CenterArts regrets to announce the cancellation of the Aggrolites on February 11th at Humboldt Brews in Arcata. The Aggrolites have accepted the opening slot on Flogging Mollys spring tour, and will therefore not be performing in Arcata. We are working to reschedule.

For more information contact CenterArts 707-826-3928 or centerarts.humboldt.edu.    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS REVERNED HORTON HEAT
CenterArts presents the Reverend Horton Heat and special guests Throw Rag on Thursday, February 12th at 8 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, HSU. Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. Its been an almost 20-year journey for him, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide. You may remember Throw Rags crazy psychobilly performance from when they opened for Flogging Molly back in 2003 at the same venue. Tickets are $25 general and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, The Works in Arcata and Eureka, or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is 18+ or HSU Students Only    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS KOOL KEITH (DR. OCTAGON VS. DR. DOOOM)
CenterArts presents Kool Keith (Dr. Octagon Vs. Dr. Dooom) with Kutmasta Kurt and DJ Dub Cowboy on Tuesday, February 24th at 10 p.m. at Humboldt Brews in Arcata, Ca. Kool Keith first emerged as part of the legendary New York crew, the Ultramagnetic MCs, back in 1987. At a time when rap was slowly making the transition from B-Boy braggadocio to a more aggressive, politicized stance, the group quickly established themselves as lyrical innovators with such classics albums as Critical Beatdown. Kool Keith has been responsible for now-classic hip-hop records, each one a testament to his bugged out sensibility and lyrical genius: Sex Style, his album under his own name, started it off, followed by the legendary Dr. Dooom. But the one that garnered him the most notoriety and praise was the 1996 classic Dr Octagonecologyst. Produced by Dan the Automator, Kool Keith played the role of a sexually deviant doctor, telling tales that dropped the jaws of everyone who heard it. Tickets are $25 general and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is 21+    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS MUNICH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR, PHILIPPE ENTREMONT

CenterArts presents the Munich Symphony Orchestra with Principal Guest Conductor, with Philippe Entremont on Saturday, February 14th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. The Munich Symphony Orchestra, one of Munichs distinguished world-class orchestras, made its debut US tour in the 2005-2006 season. Internationally renowned artist Philippe Entremont will again be leading the orchestra as conductor and piano soloist when they perform at the Van Duzer Theatre. Acclaimed worldwide for the elegance and virtuosity of his playing, as well as his outstanding interpretive abilities on the podium, the pairing of Philippe Entremont with the Munich Symphony Orchestra proves to be a stunning collaboration. Tickets are $65 general, $60 Senior/Child and $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

Munich Symphony Orchestra

Philippe Entremont, Conductor and Pianist

Wagner Siegfried idyll

Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1, op. 15, C major

1. Allegro con brio

2. Largo

3. Rondo. Allegro scherzando

Intermission

Webern Fünf Sätze, op. 5

Mendelssohn Symphony no. 4, op. 90, A major (Italian)

1. Allegro vivace

2. Andante con moto

3. Con moto moderato

4. Saltarello: Presto    

Loudon Wainwright is painfully honest
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Even back then I was writing music with references to getting old, said ... My job when I come up to Humboldt is to make something happen for the audience ...More   

Acclaimed singer-songwriter makes home in Humboldt
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

I angered my piano teacher because I wouldn't follow the music. In those days, only doctors understood dyslexia, he explained. ...More    

Coming Soon to the Alibi
Strix Vega (CD release / tour kick-off show)

Wah-Wah Exit Wound (prog rock from Seattle)

Cull (heavy rock from Portland)

The Bug Nasties (garage rock from Seattle)   

Mateel Kicks Off A 2009 Comedy Series on Friday, February 6th
What: Mateel Comedy Night (w/ Myk Powell and Jesse Allison)

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Friday, February 6th (Doors- 8pm)

Why: A great new addition to the Mateels regular offerings!

After several well received comedy shows in 2008, the Mateel Community Center is proud to announce the return of regular comedy nights and the kick off event for 2009 will be on Friday, February 6th. Transforming the Mateel Community Center into an intimate comedy club, complete professional comedians, full bar, candlelit tables, and even table service, the Mateel Comedy Night is Southern Humboldts only venue to catch up and coming professional comedians.

While the series eschews the star power of big name comedians, big laughs are still in store as the best and brightest underground talent from across the U.S. take part in the series. This first Mateel Comedy Night of 2009 will showcase headliner, Myk Powell, a Paso Robles, CA native who has the distinction of being the only fat, white guy to be a return performer on HBOs Def Comedy Jam, and feature comedian, Jesse Allison, a pro who got his start in Cleveland, OH, did a stint with The Second City, and now resides in Portland, OR where he has been taking the west coast by storm.

Doors for Mateel Comedy Night will open at 8pm and admission is at the door only. The event is offered at a sliding scale of $10 and up and will directly support the continuation of a regular comedy series at the Mateel Community Center. Table seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis with a two drink minimum per person at the table. For more information call Mateel at 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and dont miss the hilarious and highly anticipated return of Mateel Comedy Night on Friday, February 6th.    

Winter Rock features Whole Lotta Rosies at Mateel this Friday
What: Winter Rock with Whole Lotta Rosies and International Trash

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Friday, January 23 (Doors- 8pm)

Why: Rocking music in a fundraiser for MCC!

This Friday, January 23rd, Maiden Humboldt and the Mateel Community Center are proud to present Winter Rock at the Mateel in Redway. A fundraiser for MCC, this rocking evening will feature SoHums brand new melodic metal band, International Trash, opening for headlining act, Whole Lotta Rosies.

L.A.'s premier all-girl AC/DC tribute band, Whole Lotta Rosies has been written about in numerous magazines, recorded tracks on various CDs, toured for the U.S. Troops overseas, traveled across the country for events and festivals, and appeared in feature films (including a role as Dylan McDermott's back-up band in Unbeatable Harold). They were founded in Los Angeles in 2000 by rhythm guitarist, Trudi "T-Bird" Keck, making them one of the first all-girl AC/DC tribute acts anywhere and the first in Los Angeles.

"The Los Angeles music scene was flooded with male tribute bands that were selling out venues left and right," says Trudi. "Female groups in Los Angeles were few and far between. I went to a club on Melrose one night and saw a female fronted original band. In the middle of the set they covered a Led Zeppelin song. The crowd went nuts! And the singer sounded amazing doing it! Right then and there I decided to put together an AC/DC tribute band, because that had always been one of my favorite bands. Not just female fronted, but all girls! Within a few weeks after setting up auditions and scheduling rehearsals, the band was well on its way."

Nearly ten years later now, The Rosies are still going strong and are recognized as one of the best tribute acts in the business. In fact, Whole Lotta Rosies was named "Most Outstanding Female Tribute Band" for three years in a row, 2005-2007, by Rock City News, L.A.'s longest running and most respected rock & roll magazine. Lead guitarist, "Angus" Nancy Luca, was also named "Best Female Guitar Player 2006" at the Rock City News awards, while lead vocalist, Coreen Sheehan, who is often called "the female Bon Scott", also picked up the award for "Most Outstanding Female Lead Vocalist" two years running.

According to Trudi, the current line up is the strongest that Whole Lotta Rosies has ever had. We have a talented group of beautiful girls who have each led or been a part of other girl bands that have enjoyed local, national, and worldwide recognition. These girls know what it takes to keep it going. The group is comprised of Coreen Sheehan on vocals, Trudi Keck on rhythm guitar, Nancy Luca on lead guitar, Melanie Sisneros on bass, and Ellen Kotheimer on drums.

Trudi continues by saying that musicians dream of playing the greatest songs ever written, seeing the crowd going crazy, selling out venues, and touring the world. We're doing exactly that! These are not our songs. True. We're a tribute band, but we're living our dreams. We get to do what we like to do. We have a good time. The crowd has a good time. That's everything that matters."

Advance tickets for Winter Rock are on sale now at Wild Horse Records in Garberville and at The Works in Eureka and Arcata. Advance tickets are $13 and the price at the door will be $15. Doors open at 8pm with snacks and refreshments available. A 21 & over bar will be upstairs and will benefit MCC. For more information or to volunteer, call the Mateel office at 923-3368. Additional show info can also be found on both www.mateel.org and at www.maidenhumboldt.com. Dont miss what is sure to be an awesome kick off to the Mateel Community Centers 2009 season of events as Whole Lotta Rosies and International Trash come to Winter Rock this Friday, January 23rd. For those about to rock, we salute you.    

AS PRESENTS LYRICS BORN
CenterArts presents Lyrics Born and special guests on Friday, February 27th at 9 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Tickets are $15 general and $7.50 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU. The Works in Eureka or Arcata or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

One of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling independent hip-hop artists of this era, Lyrics Born is not the type to sit still. While recording his fourth solo album, completing new projects, and making decisions at Quannum Projects, he still averaged over 150 sold-out shows a year. He's a whirlwind.

Everywhere At Once is not just the title of Lyrics Born's latest and most accomplished record to date. In an age of narrowcasting and niche marketing, the new record reflects LB's determination to follow his own muse wherever it will lead him. I stuck to my guns, he says on the trunk-busting opener, Don't Change. I'm about the funk.

His breakthrough solo debut, Later That Day, was a huge indie seller and one of the top 5 most critically acclaimed American hip-hop records of 2003 alongside Jay-Z's The Black Album and Outkast's Love Below/Speakerboxxx. With the release of Everywhere At Once, rapper/producer Lyrics Born finds himself part of a new vanguard of hip-hop artists like Gnarls Barkley, M.I.A., and Kanye West who are pushing the edge with compelling yet instantly accessible sounds.    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE RETURN OF THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS
CenterArts presents the return of the Afro-Cuban All Stars on Sunday, February 22nd at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU A red-hot, Cuban big band with a multigenerational mix of rising stars and old-time legends from the islands Golden Age! Led by Juan de Marcos, the unsung hero of the Buena Vista Social Club, the All Stars boast a phenomenally tight fifteen-piece lineup that suavely moves through everything from bolero and chachachá to salsa. The All Stars are also the recipients of four Grammy nominations, numerous other awards, and been the subject of the Buena Vista Social Club documentary by Wim Wenders. Tickets are $45 general, $40 Senior/Child and $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

kinda late, but here's The Hum for 1/15
NPK's Mission

plus Janiva Magness and Inaugural happenings

It was five and a half years ago when I met the self-described "Humboldt independent high-energy dance-rock quintet" called NPK backstage at Reggae on the River. A lot has happened to the SoHummers since then: Members went from 20-something to 30-ish, babies were born, the band grew from a trio and recorded three full-length albums. Their latest, The Current, is set to debut officially Thursday, Jan. 22, with the requisite CD release party at the Mateel (with Sub Sab and This Dying Wish). But first, there's a benefit for Humboldt Surfriders, Friday night at Humboldt Brews.

Benefits are something NPK does well. As guitarist Tanner Speas explained, "When we did the second album, Attraction/Reaction, we put together the 'Southern Humboldt World Tour.' We played two or three times a week for about a month and a half, played all the little rural neighborhoods in the area organizing benefit shows for volunteer fire departments, schools, environmental and civil liberty organizations, youth groups, all the nonprofits we could help. In the end, we raised about $50 grand. That established a reputation for us and it also gave what we do more meaning. If all you are is a band trying to get people to come watch what you do, that's not much. What we try to do is connect with bigger purposes."

While some of the band's songs are about partying and relationships, they also touch on more serious subjects. "I try to write about issues that are on my mind," said Tanner, "things that are happening in the local community or in the world. We have a song on the new album called 'Frog in the Pot.' It's basically talking about the climate crisis and my emotional reactions to that. We had a song about the same subject, 'Drive to More,' on our last album. I used the analogy of this thing in our culture where people step on the gas to try to get there faster, do more, achieve more, that kind of motivation, when it really all ties back to fossil fuel consumption. And where does that really lead us? Nowhere in a hurry."

As noted here last week, blues singer Janiva Magness is headed somewhere in a hurry, to the Riverwood for a show this Saturday, then in May to the Blues Music Awards, where she's nominated for four awards including "Album of the Year" for her latest on Alligator, What Love Will Do, and "Entertainer of the Year." She's won a BMA before  for "Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year"  but that does not mean she's on easy street?

"I have a very rich full life these days. I'm grateful for that," she said when I called her L.A. home. "Some days are better than others. I will say that being a musician or a blues artist is not for the faint at heart. It's an intense struggle, and it can be really really glorious.

"The landscape of playing live music, doing it for a living, has changed, and that includes the blues. I have this theory: Blues music has always been around and will always be here. How that happens changes as the world is changing, but people really need live music; it's such a tremendous healing force. People need to hear real people playing real instruments; it's about human connection. And blues is the music of the people, so it's not going away."

It's a rare a week that goes by in Humboldt without a major reggae or dancehall show. This week it's the ever-so smooth vocalist Barrington Levy on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Toph's House in Benbow (an early show with DJ Selecta Prime on at 8). Coming to Toph's Tuesday, Feb. 2: reggae-pop icon Maxi Priest.

Fickle Hillbillies' guitarist John Chapman called to note an addition to that band's Saturday show at the Red Fox: It's now a double bill with The Miracle Show (who also play Friday at Mosgo's). "We're doing this with them because they're more of a draw, being a Grateful Dead cover band and all," admitted Chapman, noting that bass player Norman Bradford plays and sings in both bands. A reminder, despite the name, the Hillbillies play rock, so don't expect any old timey or bluegrass.

For bluegrass on the alt. side with fine pickin', tight vocal harmonies and an occasional Dead cover, check Greensky Bluegrass, a string jamband from Kalamazoo on the road behind their fourth album, Five Interstates, taking the Arcata off-ramp for a Monday night show at Humboldt Brews.

That Monday, Jan. 19, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with added significance this year. The local chapter of the NAACP is holding their usual lunchtime celebration at the Adorni Center starting at noon, with the theme "I See the Promised Land." They'll have speeches, poetry and music, including the new Spanky and Our Gang, which includes Spanky McFarlane and my friend Karen Dumont, plus Karen's new vocal group, Echoes of Glory, with Donna Landry and Doug Vanderpool among others.

As I'm sure you're aware, next Tuesday marks the (final) end of one administration and the (hope-filled) beginning of another, and Humboldt County is ready to celebrate. Professional scene-ster and part-time musician Terrance McNally tells us of one end-of event: "Area bands Side Iron and Magnum [of which T-McN is a member] are joining forces at the Alibi for Operation Mission Accomplished: a Tribute to the Nation's 43rd President. 'This is historic times,' George Walker Bush once quipped. This is indeed. On Tuesday Bush leaves office after eight years of protecting Americans from internationalism, the U.S. Constitution and the Democrat Party. Both bands opted to take their message of decisiveness and OB/GYN love directly to the most liberal corner of the county. Songs such as 'Shock and Awe,' 'I Ain't One for Fancy Talk' and 'Where Wings Take Dream' will be performed. Attendees are encouraged to keep hope to a minimum." Note: The show is not on Inauguration Day, it's Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Alibi.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, in The Big Day and there'll be dancing in the streets in D.C. and around the world as Barack Obama is inaugurated as our new president. Locally we have a number of options: Jambalaya has an "Inaugural Ball" to be broadcast live on KHUM with deejay Mike Dronkers as host. Supplying the musical soundtrack at the Jam: Absynth Quintet and The Sundown Poachers from Siskiyou County. Says Mike-D., "It's going to be mayhem, but mayhem for, by, and of the people."

Humboldt Brews' Inaugural evening has kick-ass foot-stompin' Americana from Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band with UKEsperience opening. You'll find more American music across town at Muddy's Hot Cup that night as our own Striped Pig Stringband plays host to The Flat Iron Stringband on their biodiesel-fueled "Hard Times in the Country" Winter tour. FIS' hope is that "down-home music that everyone can relate to" will "bring people's hearts back to the music of Appalachian barn dances ... just as the Carter Family spread the 'Sunny Side of Life' to Depression-era families through the radio waves..."

For American music of a different stripe, check the Myka 9 "Welcoming in a New Prez Party" at the Red Fox Inaug Night. Myka has Humboldt connections (he worked with J the Sarge and DJ Drez as Magic Heart Genies), but he comes out of the legendary Freestyle Fellowship and the L.A. Good Life/Project Blowed scene. He's on The 1969 Tour, behind an awesome new disc named for the year he was born, trading rapid-fire rhymes on the road with the likes of Sole (from Anticon), Ceschi and Factor (from Fake Four Inc.) plus Meeting of the Minds.

Dell'Arte hosts an Inaugural Ball at the Carlo including a replay of Obama's inaugural address (the real time ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. D.C time). Aretha Franklin sings at the Washington version; The Bayou Swamis play in Blue Lake, where you are invited to come dressed as your favorite politician and contribute something warm to a "Brother, can you spare a dime?" clothing drive.

"Hope" is the word of the day. Keep it alive.    

HFS Presents a Music-Packed January '09!
If you were wondering how to celebrate the new year, look no further! We've got two concerts and a dance next week, plus more on the horizon in 2009!

(1) Flat Iron String Band at Muddy's Hot Cup - Tuesday, Jan 20th

(2) Mike Dowling House Concert - Thursday, Jan 22nd

(3) Benefit Dance for the NEC - Saturday, Jan 24th

(4) Celtic Session with Guest Host: Good Company - Sunday, Feb 8th

SAVE THE DATES: Our February dance dates will be Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 21st. We'll post more info soon!

VOLUNTEERS: We can always use more volunteers at the dances! If you'd like to help out, please call Tara Stetz at 845-1651. Thanks!

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(1) Flat Iron String Band at Muddy's Hot Cup - Tuesday, Jan 20th

Our friendly old time concert coordinator Colin is back with another stringband show this month! Come down to Muddy's Hot Cup in northtown Arcata on Tuesday, January 20th, for the Flat Iron String Band - a young, vibrant ensemble playing traditional American music, carried by fiddle, fretless banjo, guitar and bass. Local pluckers of the Striped Pig will open the show. Tune into 'Chicken Scratch' on KHUM (104.3/104.7 and streaming live at http://www.khum.com) on Monday, January 19th at 6 pm for a preview with the band, or visit them on MySpace at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=412752576

Ranging from Appalachian oldtime square dance music to 1950's honky tonk and original takes on old standbys, Flat Iron's country duet vocals and whoop-and-holler dance tunes evoke a older sound and emotion. They envision themselves as a bit of a throwback to mountain-country life in those hollers and foothills of the Appalachian range, while still incorporating the modern day approach learned from their rock and punk music influences.

Admission to the Flat Iron show is $8 HFS members, $10 general; concert starts at 8 pm.

(2) Mike Dowling House Concert - Thursday, Jan 22nd

This is your chance to see and hear the amazing Mike Dowling in an intimate setting. Mike is one of the true gentleman masters of the guitar, comfortable with swing, blues, and country, to name a few genres, and will grace us with a wide variety of musical treats.

Mike won a Grammy as one of twelve finger-picking artists playing Henry Mancini tunes in 2005. He has been a featured guest on Prairie Home Companion, and joined the Guys All Star Shoe band as guest guitarist. Mike also spent a few years in Nashville as a session guitarist and songwriter, and his songs have been recorded by Emmy Lou Harris, Kathy Mattea and Del McCoury.

When the late great Vassar Clements heard Mike play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply, "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere." Mike, who teaches as well as he plays, performs throughout the world and is a popular swing and blues guitar instructor at music camps throughout the country, including the California Coast Music Camp. Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear a true master of American roots guitar. Check out his website - http://www.mikedowling.com

Please email Ken Collins at [email protected] (preferred method) or call 599-2599 for reservations. We will provide directions when you reserve. The show is Thursday, January 22nd at 8 pm in McKinleyville. A $15 donation is requested ($13 HFS). This show is sponsored by HFS and our friends at Wildwood Music.

(3) Benefit Dance for the NEC - Saturday, Jan 24th

HFS presents a benefit for the Northcoast Environmental Center on Saturday, January 24th from 7:30 - 11 pm at the Arcata Veterans' Memorial Building (14th & J Streets). Tara Stetz will call the dance, played by the Striped Pig Stringband. Admission is $7 regular, $6 HFS members. Kids (15 years and under) and seniors (60 years and over) are admitted free of charge. The Northcoast Environmental Center will have beer and snacks available for sale during the dance. For more info, please call Tara at 845-1651.

Upcoming dances: We have two dances planned for February - Friday, February 6th with caller Natalie Cabrera, and Saturday, February 21st with caller Tara Stetz!

(4) Celtic Session with Guest Host: Good Company - Sunday, Feb 8th

Seabury will be in Mexico at the beginning of February, so Good Company will be the guest host for our monthly Celtic Session at Gallagher's Irish Restaurant and Pub in Old Town, Eureka. The session is held on the first Sunday of every month, from 7-9:30 pm. Please bring a folding chair if you have one readily available!

   

Chad makes it to Mix Magazine!
(Here is the letter from Chad - ed.)

Hi Sarah

I can't seem to find the link for reader comments for the Talk Back section of the magazine so I'm writing you. I give you permission to print any part of this letter.

There is some needed discussion about the loudness wars on the Dec 2008 issue of Mix (Nashville Skyline, December 2008, The Limits of Compression) but I'm not reading solutions. I'd like to read an article with some actual tips on how to find a happy medium between a dynamically rangeful, and competitively volumous master recording. I wish this war volume never started! The fact remains that as a producer of TV and Radio spots I don't want to fall too far out of the spectrum, yet I don't want flat sounding recordings. I was thinking of average volume. In Wavelab there is an analyze function that can tell you the average volume of an audio file. I have heard that many are shooting for an average of -12 or -11db for popular music and that just sounds too squished to me. I have been compromising and going for -14db which seems to translate over the air OK. The fact is I have no reference for this. I'm just guessing. There are articles complaining about loudness, but no hard data going into what the analyzed volume of a well mastered track should be, or what the standard is at this time (even if it's way too loud). Also I don't know what exactly happens to a file when it gets played on the air whether on radio or TV. Should we keep levels very mellow and let the station's limiters/maximizers do the work? It's confusing to say the least. We need to start setting the quality standard if nobody else will.

To sum it up, I'd like some recipes for mastering levels to be used on CD, Radio, and TV. I know there are no hard and fast rules, but some general concepts and perceived volume levels would be a good starting point to maybe begin the deescalation of this terrible war. I'm not saying we need a timeline, but we need to begin talks now.

Thank you.

www.humboldtmusic.com/chadjohnson

PS: To Peter Cooper: Two artists I wish had louder recordings are Rickie Lee Jones and Paul Simon. Theyn are the only ones that make me have to turn up my iPod during shuffle play. I hear Rickie has a "No Compressors!" rule in her sessions, and Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints" is one of my all time favorites. In a perfect world everyone would turn down to match the dynamic range and sonic beauty of these artists.

   

Summer Arts & Music Festival Applications
The Mateel Community Centers 33rd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival is coming to Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt on the weekend of June 6 and 7 and applications are currently available for handmade crafters, commercial and non-profit food vendors, non-profit information booths, and entertainers interested in participating in the festival.

Vending spaces are available in a variety of sizes and prices. Handmade craft booths cost $150 for a 5x10 space, $200 for a 10x10 space, and $235 for a 10x10 corner location. Non-profit information booths are offered at $80 for a 5x10 space and $120 for a 10x10 space. Food booths are all 10x10 in size and are priced at $200 for non-profits and $300 for commercial vendors. To receive a vendor application, call the Mateel office or send an email with your name and address to [email protected]

You can also download a vendor application from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org. The deadline for vendors to apply is Monday, March 9th and applications must be postmarked by this date to be eligible. Applications are also currently available for entertainers of all varieties and are currently available from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org. To receive a talent application by mail, call the Mateel office and one will be sent to you. A complete talent application includes a CD and/or DVD and press kit and must be received by Monday, March 9th to be eligible.

For more information on the 33rd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area check out the festivals website at www.mateel.org or call 923-3368 and make plans today to be a part of the festival magic on June 6th and 7th, 2009.

   

Redwood Coast Children's Chorus celebrates 30 years
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Our touring chorus became musical world ambassadors from Humboldt County. We didn't compete, but went there to share our music, make new friends and bridge ...

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THE SECOND HALF: Redefining 'retirement'
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Annette Gurnee Hull, who was also a piano accompanist for Humboldt State University, has been teaching piano for more than 25 years and continues to provide ... More   

Concert and instrument drive to benefit schools
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All proceeds from the concert will go to school music programs in Humboldt County. In conjunction with the concert, Redwood Coast Music Festivals and The ... More   

Maxi Priest in Benbow
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA The balance of harder reggae with pop and R&B has become his signature and he brings his smooth style to Southern Humboldt on Tuesday, Feb. 3. ... <"a href="http://www.times-standard.com/entertainment/ci_11579765">M   
Small music venues in struggle over copyrights
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By AMY GITTELSOHN Live music has returned to Mamma Llama Coffeehouse in Weaverville. Last Friday the Bucky Walters Band from Arcata took the stage. ... More   

Folklife Fare - A Threesome Of Exciting Announcements
(1) February Folklife Squares and Contra

Dancers, first join us for an evening of contra at the Bayside Grange, on Friday, February 6th, at 7:30 pm. Caller Natalie Cabrera will be joined by the Rocky Gulch Collective String Band.

Then on Saturday, February 21st, we'll have a Barn Dance at the Arcata Vets Hall, at 7:30 pm. Dances will be squares, called and taught by Tara Stetz with the Striped Pig Stringband. The Barn Dance will be a benefit for the Trails Trust of Humboldt Bay.

Beer and snacks will be available for purchase at both events; all dances will be taught, no prior experience is necessary, and there is no need to bring a partner! Admission for the dances is $7 general, $6 HFS members; youth under 16 and seniors are admitted free of charge. We're always looking for volunteers -- work part of the evening, and dance the rest for free! Questions? Call Tara at 845-1651.

(2) The Bee Eaters

Local musician Greg Lojko is bringing Tashina and Tristan Clarridge's band "The Bee Eaters" to the Arcata Playhouse on Friday, February 6th! Tickets are $10 HFS members, $12 general, and are available at Wildwood Music and at the door.

Darol Anger raves about the band -- "The Bee Eaters are the instrumental cream of the brand new string nation. Harking back to the "grand old days" when new virtuosos seemed to spring onto the scene fully formed with a whole repertoire of brilliant music nobody had ever heard before, somehow these kids have absorbed everything we had to offer and alchemized it into a whole new musical world." Catch a clip at http://www.beeeaters.com

(3) Joe Craven Benefit Concert and Used Instrument Drive

Redwood Coast Music Festivals (parent of The Redwood Coast Jazz Festival and Blues by the Bay) and KWPT 100.3 and 102.7 FM 'The Point' are partnering for a spring instrument drive to benefit local schools. You can get involved in three ways - (a) attend the benefit concert this Saturday, January 31st, with the phenomenal Joe Craven, (b) donate a used instrument that you no longer need, and/or (c) send a donation check to the RCMF Wish List Fund!

School music budgets have been dramatically reduced; many now rely heavily on parent support and fundraising to maintain any in-school musical experience. The RCMF recently interviewed twenty local music teachers to ascertain their greatest needs - which included everything from sheet music and music stands, to orchestral and band instruments and accessories, Macbooks and computer music programs, and travel funds for local and regional concerts. They have established a Wish List Fund to bolster these school music programs.

Ways you can contribute to the RCMF Wish List program:

(a) Joe Craven Concert - Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven will perform on Saturday, January 31st at the Eureka High School Auditorium. McKinleyville High School's Steel Drum Ensemble will open at 7 pm; doors are at 6:30 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, and $5 for youth 18 and under. Advanced tickets are available at the Jazz Office (523 5th St, Eureka). Proceeds will go to the RCMF Wish List Fund and for instrument repair.

(b) Used Instrument Drive - Between January 20th and February 13th, drop off your used instruments at The Jazz Office, Arcata and Eureka Co-Ops, the Fortuna Music Mart, or any local branch of Umpqua Bank. Instruments collected will be donated to local school music programs.

(c) Checks for the Wish List fund can be made out to RCMF Music Wish List and sent to the Jazz Office, 523 5th Street, Eureka 95501.   

Winter Death Ravages Mateel February 28th
On Saturday, February 28th, Maiden Humboldt and the Mateel Community Center present Winter Death at the Mateel in Redway. Featuring A Band of Orcs, the demonic lords of hell metal who seek to dominate the frail human realm with their evil, vile, and primal sounds, Winter Death will offer Humboldt metal fans a rare death metal experience. To learn more about the gruesome music and gory theatrics of A Band of Orcs, visit www.abandoforcs.com and stay tuned for the announcement of a local opening act soon

This is an all-ages show with a 21 and over bar upstairs. Doors open at 8pm and a variety of snacks, desserts, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets will go on sale soon at The Works in Eureka/ Arcata and at Wild Horse Records in Garberville for a price of $13 in advance. Admission at the door will be $15.

For more information on Winter Death, call the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.maidenhumboldt.com. Underwritten by Maiden Humboldt, this event is a benefit for the Mateel Community Center and represents an ongoing effort to expand and diversify MCCs events, programs, and services. Come support this effort and dont miss the onslaught of Winter Death on Saturday, February 28th.

   

James King Band - Humbrews - Monday, Feb 9
The James King Band have been entertaining now for many years and have been taking people by storm with their style of traditional bluegrass music. Whether it be a James King signature ballad or a good ole foot stomper, James and the band really know how to make a crowd respond to their style and show. They get the crowd into their music and show in every form.

The band is based around the soulful sounds of James King's lead vocals, but his top-notch backing band is pure heaven.

The James King Band is simply one of the best in bluegrass today.

   

Youth Competition Finalists at Arkley
Eureka Symphony showcases Youth Competition Finalists at the Arkley

Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Partially funded with a grant by Humboldt Sponsors, the program will have ... During those auditions, the young musician must present the work that they ... More    

Former Humboldt fiddle prodigies return to Arcata
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

The fiddle festival still exists as part of the week-long Humboldt Folklife Festival, ... and moving to the East Coast to take advantage of its music scene. ... More    

CENTERARTS AND AS PRESENTS A JAMPACKED APRIL!
CenterArts & AS Presents A Jampacked April! AS Presents has The Fleet Foxes with Blitzen Trapper on April 13th at the Arcata Community Center and Vetiver with Richard Swift in the Depot on April 16th. CenterArts is proud to announce Clem Snide on April 9th and The Aggrolites on April 10th, both at Humbrews in Arcata. Tickets will be available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, The Works in Arcata and Eureka, or at centerarts.humboldt.edu beginning February 11th.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Stephen Marley returns to Humboldt
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Stephen Marley then spent decades playing in the Melody Makers, touring the world providing music and background vocals for his older brother Ziggy. ... More   

Potluck's "Pipe Dreams"
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After 10 years of making music, Potluck just released their fourth and latest album "Pipe Dreams" on Feb. 10. "Pipe Dreams" glorifies more than just the ... More   

A special recital with Yuja Wang
CenterArts is proud to announce an exciting addition to our classical music line-up for the 2008-2009 season! On Friday, April 10, CenterArts will present a special recital with Yuja Wang at 8pm in HSUs Fulkerson Recital Hall. A fast-rising star in the classical music world, Yuja Wang is widely recognized as one of the most exciting, young pianists to arrive on the scene. Tickets are $25 general, $22 Senior/Child and $15 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

At age 21, Yuja Wang has already established herself as one of the most significant pianists of her generation. She first came to international recognition in February 2005 when, on one days notice, she replaced Radu Lupu with the National Arts Centre Orchestra where Pinchas Zukerman was conducting and performed Beethoven's Concerto No. 4. The success was immediate and dramatic with the Canada press reporting "a star is born." Yuja was immediately reengaged to perform Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in June and has been invited back every season since. Yuja made her debuts with the New York Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan and the Chicago, Houston and San Francisco symphonies in the 2006-07 season. She first performed with the New York Philharmonic at the Vail Festival in July 2006 and then again joined the orchestra in Tokyo, with Lorin Maazel conducting, and performed the Liszt Concerto No. 1. In September, she performed Ravel's G Major Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, and returned in the spring to perform Beethoven Concerto No. 2 with Charles Dutoit. Yuja collaborated further with Dutoit at the Chicago and NHK symphonies where she made her debuts performing Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2. In March 2007, Yuja's career made another major advancement when she replaced Martha Argrich playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja was drawn to the piano at the age of six when she began studying with Professors Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren. She moved to the United States at age 15 upon her acceptance into Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. In 2006 Yuja received the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Monica Topping For the Times-Standard
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Local MCs James 1 Ton Kerri and Josh UnderRated Leiderman focus much of their music on Humboldt's biggest agricultural export. ... More   

The Devil Makes 3
Who: The Devil Makes 3 (support act TBA)

Where: Mateel Community Center (Redway, CA)

When: Friday, March 6th, 2009 (Doors- 7:30pm)

Why: Great alternative acoustic music to support MCC!

The Devil Makes 3 Play Mateel Friday, March 6th

On Friday, March 6th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will present an evening of rocking acoustic music with The Devil Makes 3. Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, The Devil Makes 3 is at the forefront of todays alternative acoustic movement and their hip and danceable take on country blues/ bluegrass has quickly made them into a national sensation. They are a favorite of Humboldt audiences, boasting sold out performances at multiple venues in Arcata, and their performance at the 2008 Humboldt Hills Hoedown was the highlight of the festival.

This will be The Devil Makes 3s first time playing the Mateel Community Center and advance tickets are encouraged. Tickets go on sale this week at the usual local outlets for a price of $15 for MCC members (at the Mateel office only) or $17 general. They are also available in advance at www.inticketing.com. Tickets at the door will be $20 if available. Doors open at 7:30pm and music starts at 8:30pm with opening act still TBA. This is an all ages show. Beer, wine, snacks, desserts, and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more info visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368 and dont miss The Devil Makes 3 at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, March 6th.    

Tricky Booking
Michael Moore Jr.

Humboldt Beacon - Fortuna,CA,USA

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Drew Emmitt
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Winter Death Ravages Mateel February 28th
This Saturday, February 28th, Maiden Humboldt and the Mateel Community Center present Winter Death at the Mateel in Redway. Featuring A Band of Orcs, the demonic lords of hell metal who seek to dominate the frail human realm with their evil, vile, and primal sounds, Winter Death will offer Humboldt metal fans a rare death metal experience at the Mateel. Arcata based metal band, Ashes, will open the show with a mixed bag of original metal drawn from influences like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Slayer. This is an all-ages show with a 21 and over bar upstairs. Doors open at 8pm and a variety of snacks, desserts, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is at the door only for a price of $13 MCC members and $15 general.

For more information on Winter Death, call the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or visit either www.mateel.org or www.maidenhumboldt.com.

Underwritten by Maiden Humboldt, this event is a benefit for the Mateel Community Center and represents an ongoing effort to expand and diversify MCCs events, programs, and services. Come support this effort and dont miss the onslaught of Winter Death on Saturday, February 28th.    

Community plans fundraiser for stabbing victim's family
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Thanksgiving Room
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Summer Arts Festival- Volunteers Needed/ Applications Due
The Mateel Community Centers 33rd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival will be held on the weekend of June 6 and 7 at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in southern Humboldt and opportunities are currently available for volunteers, vendors, and performers to participate in the event. A wide variety of volunteer positions are currently available and interested people should call the Mateel office at 923-3368 to sign up for the volunteer crew of their choice. Of particular need this year are volunteers with experience in parking, traffic, and security, as the Mateel is working to build an in-house parking and security team for festivals and MCC events.

Those interested to perform or vend at the festival are encouraged to turn their applications in this week. The postmark deadline for both talent and vendor applications is this Monday, March 9th and applications received after this date are ineligible.

Vending spaces are available in a variety of sizes and prices. Handmade craft booths cost $150 for a 5x10 space, $200 for a 10x10, and $235 for a 10x10 corner location. Non-profit information booths are offered at $80 for a 5x10 space and $120 for a 10x10. Food booths are all 10x10 in size and are priced at $200 for non-profits and $300 for commercial vendors. To receive a vendor application, call the Mateel office or send an email with your name and address to [email protected] You can also download a vendor application from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org.

Applications are also still available for entertainers of all varieties. This application can be downloaded from the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org. To receive a talent application by mail, call the Mateel office ASAP and one will be sent to you. A complete talent application includes a CD and/or DVD with press kit and must also be received by Monday, March 9th to be eligible.

For more information on the 33rd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area check out the festivals website at www.mateel.org or call 923-3368. Make plans today to be part of the festival magic on June 6th and 7th, 2009.    

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The Devil Makes Three
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CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE FLEET FOXES
AS Presents The Fleet Foxes with Blitzen Trapper on Monday, April 13th at 8 p.m. in the Arcata Community Center in Arcata, California. By all accounts the Seattle based Fleet Foxes have had an incredible year. The band released their self titled debut record on the ultra hip record label Sub Pop, they performed on Saturday Night Live, and they were picked by the British music magazine Mojo as the number one record of the year! Dont miss your chance to catch this band before they are too big for Arcata! Tickets are $25 general and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the Works in Arcata and Eureka, University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

Aja Pecknold (the brother of Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold) wrote that the first time I heard Boots of Spanish Leather, it was as if all of the oxygen had been drained from the room, suddenly replaced with the wavering golden longing of this one song. Only it wasn't Dylan singing, it was my 14 year-old brother Robin, belting out these heart-worn lyrics as the afternoon spring sunlight streamed through rain-stained windows, illuminating a thousand dust flecks in my cluttered college apartment. Each verse further eclipsed any hint of a self-conscious adolescent, as his fingers moved nimbly over the fretboard. It was the first of many songs I'd hear him master in the short time after our father gave us both acoustic guitars.

But while I fumbled awkwardly through Heart of Gold and Blackbird, Robin climbed quickly skyward, up past the tree line, where the air was thin, and the expanse before him unfolded, unobstructed. It wasn't long before he was crafting original material of his own, forsaking most other responsibilities in favor of hunkering down with his Martin and his best friend Skye Skjelset.

As most best friends are, Skye was along for the journey, picking up guitar around the same time, and the two forsaking their sterile suburban surroundings just outside Seattle ate lunch together in the science room, did their best to ignore high school, and immersed themselves in the music collections of their folks and the private world of songwriting in their basements.

It wasn't until a few years later though, in 2006, when the boys emerged, and began shaking out some of the basement-born tunes live as Fleet Foxes. They created new songs, scrapped the old, then created more and scrapped them too, eventually finding a few that fit just about right, along with some new friends who emerged from Seattle's musical woodwork: keyboardist Casey Westcott (Seldom), drummer Nick Peterson (Headphones, Pedro the Lion) and later, bassist Christian Wargo (Crystal Skulls). From the Fox den, with the help of credit cards, minimum wages, tip money, friends and family, the boys worked, crafting their first demo, and subsequently the Sun Giant EP and the debut full-length album, with family friend (and Pecknold childhood hero) Phil Ek manning the rudder.

As far as the music Robin puts it best: We aim to be adventurous and true to ourselves and to enjoy our time together the music we make is a reflection of our instincts. To me, the most enjoyable thing in the world is to sing harmony with people, so we do that a bunch. We love acoustic guitars, electric guitars, big rolling tom drums, mandolins, dulcimers, bass guitars, bass pedals, organs, pianos, kotos, and most of all harmony and melody. We've succeeded for ourselves if we've made a song where every instrument is doing something interesting and melodic. We try to draw from the traditions of folk music, pop, choral music and gospel, baroque psychedelic, sacred harp singing, West Coast music, traditional music from Ireland to Japan, and film scores, and are inspired by the music of our friends and contemporaries in the Seattle music family.

Opening the show is the Portland based band Blitzen Trapper whose demo made a few critics top ten lists last year.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

Hot Buttered Rum rolls into Humboldt Brews
Hot Buttered Rum rolls into Humboldt Brews Tuesday March 17th delivering an upbeat, melodious melange of fastpicking, long lugubrious bass, and woodwind notes.

"This five piece has been making serious inroads, garnering rave reviews.Though steeped in traditional bluegrass, the band resonates as much with the folkies as those equipped with dancing feet. Having already shared the stage with the likes of Darol Anger, Tony Furtado and Bruce Molasky, they are one of the hottest bands out there." - Relix magazine

Hot Buttered Rum, one of the hardest-working and fastest-rising stars in the musical firmament, has become, over the last five years, a group that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. It began with a core of five uniquely talented musicians writing and singing songs on the mountaintops and city streets of Northern California; five musicians who, on the night they realized they loved playing together too much to ever stop, were sipping a warm buttery winter drink from which the group derived its name. Since that fateful night, the organization has steadily expanded to include a rich tapestry of fans, friends and family reaching from coast to coast.

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album featuring the whole band, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release. Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting. Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the bands bolder and heavier side. That full sound permeates Live in the Northeast  from the reggae-tinged Return Someday and psychedelica of Desert Rat through definitive covers of the Grateful Deads Cumberland Blues and Leo Sayers Feel Like Dancin  winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

The widespread appeal of HBRs music stems not only from the bands musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together. It was this chemistry that drew the group together, and that holds it together still through the rigors of their involved professional life together. It is this chemistry that audiences are consistently drawn to and caught up in, comment on effusively at shows and in online chat groups. It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success.

Hot Buttered Rum is just as comfortable plugging in at a large-scale rock festival as it is inviting the audience to enjoy its quieter repertoire at an acoustic folk session. Perhaps this is why the band has enjoyed success at such diverse festivals as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. HBR has managed to do all of this without the use of drums, opting instead to channel their music through the guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos and string basses of traditional bluegrass. These, along with their occasional flutes, accordions, and other sundry instruments, are amplified with both electric pickups and microphones, giving them the volume and punch to carry through even the largest sound systems.

The band has shared the stage with some of todays most accomplished artists, such as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its recent critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine. The support and encouragement the band receives from these and other musical elders is important, since HBR has such a great love and respect for American musical traditions, as well as those from Africa and Europe. Blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and rock permeate the groups performances, while the members varying degrees of classical training lead them to invest heavily in group composition. One of the things the band enjoys most is its ability to turn on a dime and leave its audience wondering what new realms their songs will explore, while at the same time assuring them that, above all, the musics purpose is not to impress but to entertain and to inspire.

HBR is committed to achieving its musical goals in an environmentally sensitive manner. Since 2003, the band has toured in vehicles that run on vegetable oil and biodiesel instead of fossil fuel products. Doing this has not been easy, especially in the early days. But, being in a business that requires driving thousands of miles each year, HBR knows that using alternative fuel is one of the most effective ways it can reduce its ecological footprint. The band enjoys performing for educational assemblies and benefit concerts, and many of their songs seek to raise awareness about the socially and environmentally volatile era in which we live. Above all, HBRs goal is to satisfy their audiences minds, hearts and dancing feet with a unique and uplifting blend of progressive American music.

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS CLEM SNIDE
CenterArts Presents KHUM-FM favorite Clem Snide with special guests The Heligoats on Thursday, April 9th at 10 p.m. at Humboldt Brews in Arcata, California. Conjuring a sweet and lusciously melancholy sound that merges the tunefulness of vintage pop, the late-night vibe of cool jazz, the lonesome spirit of classic country, and the delicate touch of folk, Clem Snide was first assembled by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Eef Barzelay while he was attending college in Boston during the early '90s. Rolling Stone magazine called the band a . . . mascot of indie rock. . . Tickets are $12 general and $10 HSU students. Tickets are available at the Works in Arcata and Eureka, University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

Note: This event is 21+

   

CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE AGGROLITES
CenterArts Presents KHUM-FM favorite The Aggrolites on Friday, April 10th at 10 p.m. at Humboldt Brews in Arcata, California. Imagine a band of southern California twenty-somethings who play a brand of rocksteady reggae and ska that sounds like nothing less than Wilson Pickett throwing a house party backed by The Meters and The Maytals. The sound is like the real thing; all the grit and tube-warmed funkiness you'd expect from a Studio One recording from say, 1965. Veterans of the So-Cal ska punk scene, The Aggrolites appeal equally to punks raided on Rancid and The Clash and to reggae purists in love with the deep ska of vintage Trojan and Studio One. Tickets are $20 general and $18 HSU students. Tickets are available at the Works in Arcata and Eureka, University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

Note: This event is 21+

   

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AS PRESENTS VETIVER AND SPECIAL GUESTS
AS Presents Vetiver and special guest Richard Swift on Thursday, April 16th at 9:45 p.m. in the Depot, HSU. Vetiver is singer/songwriter Andy Cabics band. Andy may be best known as the band leader for the nascent freak folk scene founder Devendra Banhart (Andy even co-wrote Devandras breakthrough song). Vetiver will be touring the west coast in support of their recently released SubPop Records debut Tight Knit when they transform the Depot into a performance space on April 16th. Vetivers songs have been described as dreamy, gentle songs that George Harrison would have written in some sunny country garden. Richard Swift opens the show. Uncut described Richards debut as The onset of a major talent. Tickets are $2 general and FREE for HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928

Note: This event is 18+ or HSU Students Only    

Music book scholarship now available
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PASSION PRESENTS ZEPPARELLA
PASSION PRESENTS

DATE: FRIDAY MARCH 20

EVENT: ZEPPARELLA

VENUE: RED FOX TAVERN 415 5th street Eureka, CA

DETAILS: $15 , 21+, 10:30pm

CONTACT: Eric Kinnally

EMAIL: [email protected]

ZEPPARELLA

http://www.zepparella.com

http://www.myspace.com/zepparella

Zepparella rocks out the music of the Led Zeppelin all night at the Red Fox Tavern Friday, March 20th

&it seems like times they are on a mission  like its their duty to interpret Zeppelin in front of a crowd, like unseen hands and vocal chords are guiding them.  Tahoe Weekly

Zepparella is four women intent on bringing the passion, the beauty, the aggression, the musicality of Led Zeppelin alive. Zepparella is no costumed, wigged-up tribute band. You'll hear no backing tracks or misguided attempts at note for note replication. Instead Zepparella offers four seriously talented musicians who have loved and studied this music long enough to make it a part of themselves. It is a celebration of some of the greatest music ever written, by women who love it as musicians and as fans. We who want to celebrate it with you, fellow appreciators.

Four women intent on bringing the passion, the beauty, the aggression, keeping the musicality of Led Zeppelin alive.

Zepparella delivers an explosive, emotional musical journey at every event. They take on the challenge of balancing their devotion to playing the songs as close to the original as possible, while taking advantage of their own musical communication and carrying the audience away on the ride.

Individuals with widely diverse musical tastes, Led Zeppelins music is common ground. The magic of Zeppelin was the dynamic energy between the four musicians, and the songs allow Zepparella to feel that energy too.The combination of personalities in Zepparella is something extraordinary. From the first time on stage there was such a strong musical connection that to the girls it felt like a homecoming. And in a musical career, that kind of connection may be the most elusive gift of all.

The players:

Anna Kristina, the popular Bay Area stage actress, vocalist, songwriter and solo artist, brings her seductive style and powerful range to front the band with consistently transcendent performances. Her soulful delivery is mesmerizing.

Gretchen Menn applies her dazzling and emotive guitar playing to the leads. After her stint as Agnes Young in the top-grossing Bay Area band AC/DShe for three years, and then touring as the second guitarist in the national metal band BOTTOM, she now takes on the Page lines with an arresting ability that cant be missed.

Nila Minnerocks seminal bass playing, dark, beautiful, aggressive, melodic, fills out the bottom end of the band. Her joined-at-the-hip connection with Clementine began eleven years ago in BOTTOM, and close to 20 trips around the US, Canada and Europe and three records have created the remarkably intuitive rhythm section that Zeppelin deserves.

Clementine tackles the best rock drumming ever written with her own powerfully passionate style, bringing the Motown influence of the Bonham groove to the forefront. As Phyllis Rudd in AC/DShe and throughout the run of BOTTOM, she developed a heavy-hitting sound suited to attempt Zeppelin. The musical connection established with Gretchen in AC/DShe and the lifelong rhythmic conversation with Nila creates the bond required to do this great music justice.    

PASSION PRESENTS ZEPPARELLA

PASSION PRESENTS KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE

DATE: WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 & THURSDAY MARCH 19

EVENT: KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE

VENUE: RED FOX TAVERN 415 5th street Eureka, CA

DETAILS: $25, 21+, 10:30pm

CONTACT: Eric Kinnally

EMAIL: [email protected]

KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE

http://www.myspace.com/karldensonstinyuniverse

http://www.globalimaging.us/kdtu/news.php

Highly energized funk machine ,KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE, lands at the Red Fox Tavern Wednesday and Thursday March 18th &19th

"Karl Denson's Tiny Universe proved that they are a funk powerhouse with a huge sound and super-tight grooves. Their performance was one of the most enjoyable shows that I have seen in some time." - Richard Clarke (jambase)

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been expanding listeners' minds and making them move to animated grooves since 1998. Led by former Lenny Kravitz sax-man Karl Denson, the Tiny Universe brings a dynamic sound that defies categorization. The band members,have earned a reputation as kings of the unstoppable all-night show.

2002 saw the release of the accessible, deeply-grooving album The Bridge, so far the only recording by the current incarnation of the Tiny Universe. A multigenre mix of music, the album earned immense critical praise. While some bands become trapped by the expectations of their fan base, The Bridge is evidence that KDTU refuses to be pinned down. The albums tracks range from the danceable R&B-flavor of originals 'Because Of Her Beauty' and 'The Answer,' that hint at lessons learned from the funk school of James Brown, to the afrobeat and spoken word passages of the Fela Kuti tribute 'Freedom' to the slightly psychedelic treatment of Curtis Mayfield's 'Check Out Your Mind.'

The Group Denson has built a reputation as a groundbreaking musician equally potent as a masterful collaborator and an innovative solo artist, following in the footsteps of funkmasters Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. From the beginning of his musical education, the California native filtered both the funk and soul of Motown and Stax with the deep searching of jazzmen like Yusef Lateef, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and, of course, John Coltrane.

Beginning in 1989, Denson spent four years recording and touring with Kravitz during the rock star's most liberated period of music-making, the Let Love Rule and Mama Said albums of the early 90s. During this same period, Denson and DJ Greyboy's 'Unwind Your Mind' collaboration became the top dance track in Europe.

1992 brought the beginning of his solo career. Recruited by German jazz label Minor Music, Karl spent the next four years recording four acoustic jazz albums: Blackened Red Snapper, Herbal Turkey Breast, Chunky Pecan Pie and Baby Food. These recordings showcased Karl's prowess as a composer as well as jazz saxophonist. During this time he also became labelmate to former James Brown hornmen Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker. From 1992-1994, during an extremely busy two year stint, Karl recorded and toured with his own quintet, as well as Lenny Kravitz and Fred Wesley. In 1994 Karl left the Lenny Kravitz band in order to devote full energy to his own vision. The Greyboy Allstars were created and quickly became synonymous with the term groove or acid jazz. Inspired by a love of jazz music and dance music the band defied the odds by becoming one of the largest drawing club acts in the country. The group could be characterized as a 'true jazz band with a ryhthm to keep you dancing'. Denson's drive to continually innovate and push the musical envelope drove him to form the Tiny Universe, and the band is currently touring and writing material for their next release.    

PASSION PRESENTS ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION

DATE: TUESDAY MARCH 17

EVENT: HOT BUTTERED RUM

VENUE: HUMBOLDT BREWERY

856 10th St Arcata, CA 95521

DETAILS: $15 , 21+, 10:30pm

CONTACT: Eric Kinnally

EMAIL: [email protected]

HOT BUTTERED RUM

http://www.hotbutteredrum.net/

http://www.myspace.com/hotbutteredrum

Hot Buttered Rum rolls into Humboldt Brews Tuesday March 17th delivering an upbeat, melodious melange of fastpicking, long lugubrious bass, and woodwind notes.

"This five piece has been making serious inroads, garnering rave reviews.Though steeped in traditional bluegrass, the band resonates as much with the folkies as those equipped with dancing feet. Having already shared the stage with the likes of Darol Anger, Tony Furtado and Bruce Molasky, they are one of the hottest bands out there." - Relix magazine

Hot Buttered Rum, one of the hardest-working and fastest-rising stars in the musical firmament, has become, over the last five years, a group that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. It began with a core of five uniquely talented musicians writing and singing songs on the mountaintops and city streets of Northern California; five musicians who, on the night they realized they loved playing together too much to ever stop, were sipping a warm buttery winter drink from which the group derived its name. Since that fateful night, the organization has steadily expanded to include a rich tapestry of fans, friends and family reaching from coast to coast.

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album featuring the whole band, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release. Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting. Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the bands bolder and heavier side. That full sound permeates Live in the Northeast  from the reggae-tinged Return Someday and psychedelica of Desert Rat through definitive covers of the Grateful Deads Cumberland Blues and Leo Sayers Feel Like Dancin  winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

The widespread appeal of HBRs music stems not only from the bands musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together. It was this chemistry that drew the group together, and that holds it together still through the rigors of their involved professional life together. It is this chemistry that audiences are consistently drawn to and caught up in, comment on effusively at shows and in online chat groups. It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success.

Hot Buttered Rum is just as comfortable plugging in at a large-scale rock festival as it is inviting the audience to enjoy its quieter repertoire at an acoustic folk session. Perhaps this is why the band has enjoyed success at such diverse festivals as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. HBR has managed to do all of this without the use of drums, opting instead to channel their music through the guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos and string basses of traditional bluegrass. These, along with their occasional flutes, accordions, and other sundry instruments, are amplified with both electric pickups and microphones, giving them the volume and punch to carry through even the largest sound systems.

The band has shared the stage with some of todays most accomplished artists, such as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its recent critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine. The support and encouragement the band receives from these and other musical elders is important, since HBR has such a great love and respect for American musical traditions, as well as those from Africa and Europe. Blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and rock permeate the groups performances, while the members varying degrees of classical training lead them to invest heavily in group composition. One of the things the band enjoys most is its ability to turn on a dime and leave its audience wondering what new realms their songs will explore, while at the same time assuring them that, above all, the musics purpose is not to impress but to entertain and to inspire.

HBR is committed to achieving its musical goals in an environmentally sensitive manner. Since 2003, the band has toured in vehicles that run on vegetable oil and biodiesel instead of fossil fuel products. Doing this has not been easy, especially in the early days. But, being in a business that requires driving thousands of miles each year, HBR knows that using alternative fuel is one of the most effective ways it can reduce its ecological footprint. The band enjoys performing for educational assemblies and benefit concerts, and many of their songs seek to raise awareness about the socially and environmentally volatile era in which we live. Above all, HBRs goal is to satisfy their audiences minds, hearts and dancing feet with a unique and uplifting blend of progressive American music.

   

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Katchafire & Bayonics At Mateel
On Friday, April 10th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will host a great double bill of music with Katchafire and Bayonics. Katchafire is an indigenous reggae band from New Zealand and are one of the hottest emerging acts on the international scene. Their first tour of the western US last year saw sold out shows up and down the coast and included stellar performances at both the Mateel Community Center and at Reggae on the River. Their return to Humboldt is a highly anticipated one from both fans and the band, making for a show that is not to be missed.

Opening the event will be Bay Area favorites, Bayonics, who perform a unique brand of reggae infused Latin hip hop that features conscious bi-lingual lyrics, heavy horns and percussion, and funky grooves for a one of a kind musical experience. Tickets go on sale this week at the usual local outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for an advance price of $20 MCC members or $22 general. Admission at the door will be $25. This is an all-ages show and advance tickets are encouraged. Doors open at 7:30pm with music at 8:00pm. A variety of snacks, desserts, refreshments, beer, and wine will be available. For more info call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and dont miss Katchafire and Bayonics in an awesome double bill at Mateel on Friday, April 10th.    

A Conscious Uprising - Mateel and KMUD Come Together
On the new moon of Friday, April 24th, KMUD Community Radio and the Mateel Community Center will come together in a Conscious Uprising, a dual-benefit with Heavyweight Dub Champion featuring Dr. Israel and The Goddess Alchemy Project at the Mateel in Redway. Here to reclaim sacred space through ritualistic performance and sonic alchemy, Colorados Heavyweight Dub Champion combine elements of dub, trip hop, reggae, and electronica with a mission to liberate the human race. Opening the show will be the transcendental electronica and conscious hip hop of the all-female, Santa Cruz based, Goddess Alchemy Project. The event will also offer a gourmet snack bar, psychedelic art displays, and a fully decorated hall with 21 & over bar. This is an all ages show and tickets are on sale now at the Mateel and KMUD offices in Redway with a $2 discount for current MCC and KMUD members. Advance tickets are also available at Redway Liquor, Fractalize (Redway), Wild Horse Records (Garberville), The Works (Eureka/ Arcata), Fortuna Music Mart, Peg House (Leggett), Pure Bliss Day Spa (Laytonville), Main St. Music (Willits), Ukiah Natural Foods, Tangents (Ft. Bragg), and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $27. Advance tickets are encouraged and admission at the door will be $29 if available. For more information call Mateel at 923-3368 or KMUD at 923-2513 and dont miss Conscious Uprising at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, April 2004. Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 8:00.    
CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
CenterArts presents The Alexander String Quartet on Sunday, April 5th at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall, HSU. A formidable ensemble in peak condition, is how the Los Angeles Times described a recent performance by the Alexander String Quartet. The Quartet has performed on four continents and released numerous recordings, including an acclaimed nine-CD set of the Beethoven cycle on the Arte Nova label. Tickets are $45 general, $40 Senior/Child and $25 HSU students. Tickets are available at the Works in Arcata and Eureka, University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu.

Having celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2006, The Alexander String Quartet are Zakarias Grafilo, violin; Frederick Lifsitz, violin; Paul Yarbrough, violin and Sandy Wilson, cello. The quartet have performed in the major music capitals of four continents, securing its standing among the worlds premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. In 1999 BMG Classics released the Quartets nine-CD set of the Beethoven cycle on its Arte Nova label to tremendous critical acclaim. A new recording of the Beethoven cycle will follow later this year. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving there as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at the School of Music and Dance in the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University and Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances.

The Alexander String Quartets annual calendar of concerts includes engagements at major halls throughout North America and Europe. The Quartet has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Library of Congress and chamber music societies and universities across the North American continent. Recent overseas tours have brought them to the U.K., the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, France, Greece, Argentina and the Philippines. The many distinguished artists to collaborate with the Alexander String Quartet include pianist Menahem Pressler, clarinetist Eli Eban, cellists Lynn Harrell, soprano Elly Ameling and saxophonists Branford Marsalis.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and the following year became the first string quartet to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. In 1985, the Quartet captured international attention as the first and only American Quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition, receiving both the jurys highest award and the Audience Prize. In May of 1995, Allegheny College awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees to the members of the Quartet in recognition of their unique contribution to the arts. Honorary degrees were conferred on the ensemble by St. Lawrence University in May 2000.

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that They were, to put it simply, terrific of tone, virtuosity and balance. The quality level, as well the particulars of communicative virtuosity, place the Alexander Quartet right up there with the best on todays international scene.

For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928    

CENTERARTS PRESENTS THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET

AS PRESENTS GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
AS Presents Greensky Bluegrass on Tuesday, April 21st at 9:00 p.m. in the Depot, HSU. Formed in the fall of 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass has undergone a musical evolution as unique as the music it has produced. As newcomers to the bluegrass scene, the band sought to define themselves within the framework of their bluegrass favorites while establishing a voice of their own, drawing upon an array of influences and varied musical backgrounds. This voice first became evident in their 2004 release of Less than Supper. In 2006 the band won the famed Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, earning them a spot on the main stage of the 2007 festival. Soon thereafter they released their second studio album, Tuesday Letter. Touring extensively since 2005, Greensky has developed great versatility in the performance arena, earning audiences nationwide. Tickets are $2 general and FREE for HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at centerarts.humboldt.edu. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928 Note: This event is 18+ or HSU Students Only    
AS PRESENTS GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

2009 SUSTINABLE LIVING ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
AS Presents the 2009 Sustainable Living Arts and Music Festival featuring ALBINO! and Great American Taxi on Saturday, April 25th from 3-8:00 p.m. on the Student Business Services Parking Lot, HSU. Please join us for an afternoon of fun AND educational opportunities related to sustainable living. The event will future entertainment from San Franciscos Heavy Heavy Afro-Beat band ALBINO!, Colorados Americana without borders sounding Great American Taxi (featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon) and a set from the Bay Areas premier mashup dance party provocateur DJ Partyben. Tickets are FREE general and FREE for HSU students. Information is available at the University Ticket Office at HSU or at www.humboldt.edu/~asp. For more information call CenterArts at 826-3928    
2009 SUSTINABLE LIVING ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

*VID* A Farewell Device - "I Hate You" - VIDEO
   
*VID* HUMTUNES - March VIDEO with STOLEN TAXI
   
PASSION PRESENTS - DARK STAR ORCHESTRA
DATE: MONDAY APRIL 20

EVENT: DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

VENUE: EUREKA THEATER 612 F St, Eureka, CA

DETAILS: $25, all ages, 8:00pm

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA PAINTS A MUSICAL MASTERPIECE OF GRATEFUL DEAD MEMORIES AT THE EUREKA THEATER MONDAY APRIL 20th

" What impresses me most about DSO is how close they come to capturing the vibe, the emotional atmosphere, of what the Grateful Dead used to do.... A sold out run in San Francisco and many other towns around the country says I'm not alone in feeling there's something special to this tribute. They highlight and expand upon the glories of days past, and in this way, build a future for the music."- Dennis Cook (Jambase)

Each night, the Chicago-based band decides on performing one show from the 2,500 that the Grateful Dead performed during their 30 year tenure as fathers of improvisational rock. As a chamber orchestra interprets Bach or Mozart, Dark Star Orchestra presents the complete original set list, song by song, and in order, recreating historic music with uncanny faithful interpretation.

DSO is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances. Rolling Stone praises Dark Star Orchestra's fanatical attention to detail. USA Today says DSO is channeling the Dead and the Washington Post declares them the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going. Dallas Morning News affirms DSO is the next best thing to being there, the Denver Post describes Dark Star Orchestra as a perfection-oriented practitioner of homage and the Associated Press notes that DSO takes its act to a level of detail that befits a rock band famous for its fanatical following.

The group has its craft so well-refined that even members of the Grateful Dead themselves, rhythm guitarist/singer Bob Weir, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux, and keyboardists Vince Welnick and Tom Constanten, have appeared on stage and performed with these live music interpreters. The group recently performed their 1600th show and recently released a three disc set of a special 30th anniversary recreation of the infamous 5/8/77 show from Ithaca, NY.

Precision is king with this group, which position the stage plot based on the year of Grateful Dead show to be performed. Dark Star Orchestra adapts their phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras in which they perform. At the end of every performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can see shows that happened long before they were born.

Were given a canvas with a boundary, whatever the stage set up is the framework and all of the painting that we do within that framework is unique to us, says rhythm guitarist/vocalist Rob Eaton. So we offer the sound and the structure, but all the stroking and painting is all us. So its fresh at the same time and also historically correct.    

PASSION PRESENTS - YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
DATE: THURSDAY APRIL 16

EVENT: YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

VENUE: EUREKA THEATER 612 F St, Eureka, CA

DETAILS: $25 adv/ $30 at door, all ages, Doors 7:00, Show 8:30pm

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND brings their foot stomping jamgrass good times to the Eureka Theater Thursday April 16th.

" They are playing incredible music but they got some fresh approach to bluegrass music that transcends something. I have seen a ton of great bluegrass bands and I cant tell you I think they are any better than any of them."- Craig Ferguson (Telluride Bluegrass Festival)

Colarado's YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, known for its high-energy, improvisational live shows has just released (April 15, 2008) a new live album on the band's own Frog Pad Records. This marks the 5th volume in their lauded series of live albums, Mountain Tracks. Blending bluegrass and rock with traditional instrumentation (guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo), YONDER has pioneered a sound that is their own over the past ten years as a band. Yonder (Adam Aijala-guitar, Jeff Austin-mandolin, Dave Johnston-banjo and Ben Kaufmann-bass) first came together in September 1998 over a growing love for bluegrass that quite unexpectedly brought the four players together during a free-for-all jam session at The Verve, a bar outside of Boulder, in 1998. Once they met, they knew they were onto something. "It was an eye-opening experience because we heard a unique sound," says Johnston. "Something coalesced that night."

Emphasizing song craft and unafraid to push its boundaries, things began snowballing quickly. In 1999, the band debuted with Elevation, produced by Grammy-winning dobro player Sally Van Meter and released (like each of its ensuing studio discs) on their own Frog Pad Records. Yonder Mountain returned in 2001 with Town by Town, helmed by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien. Van Meter was back behind the boards for the 2003 set Old Hands, a concept album of sorts that featured the songwriting of Benny "Burle" Galloway. Featured on the evocative tunes about cowboys, miners and all sorts of hard-livin' Western folk were O'Brien, lauded fiddleman Darol Anger (Bela Fleck, David Grisman Quintet, Vassar Clements) and dobro player Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris). In between those studio discs, the band released Mountain Tracks Volume 1-IV, issued on Frog Pad Records, and each capturing the energy of its increasingly popular live shows. Their last studio release, "Yonder Mountain String Band" was produced by rock producer Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliot Smith, Beck) creating a sound for the band that continues to close the gap between bluegrass and rock. It's an album that "represents us more than any other record we've done," states Aijala, "because it incorporates more of our musical influences than ever before. It's a really cool thing to be a part of and I'll never take for granted just how lucky we are to do what we do. It makes me more excited for the future."

With little radio support, Yonder Mountain has become one of the fastest rising touring bands in the country, its fanbase having ballooned over the past five years through steady gigging and high-profile festival sets, all of which are full of improv and none of which feature the same set list. "Now that we're maturing as performers, our improvisation is more beholden to playing with good tone, good feel, good timing," says Johnston.

It can't be understated just what the band has achieved with that untraditional banjo/bass/mandolin/guitar line-up. Using bluegrass as its bedrock, the band has grown like few rock bands even do these days. "It's funny," says Austin. "But now we're selling out Red Rocks in Denver, just 40 miles from where we became a band." Yonder will return to Red Rocks August 2nd after last year's triumphant sold-out show. This summer will be a big year for the band with a co-headline tour with longtime collaborator Keller Williams, lots of festivals (Bonnaroo, Rothbury, Telluride Bluegrass, the band's own North West String Summit), and ending the summer with a hometown show at Red Rocks.   

Artists of the Emerald Coast
On Saturday, April 18th, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will host an afternoon of fine art, acoustic music, and mingling at Artists of the Emerald Coast, a mixed media showcase of professional local artists. Building on the tradition begun last year with the event, Women of Humboldt County and Their Art, Artists of the Emerald Coast represents the Mateels continuing desire to host an annual art show which highlights our communitys wealth of artistic creativity. Over 20 professional local artists will be participating and the show will feature diverse artistic media including woodworking, sculpture, photography, oil paintings, watercolor, mosaic, and more, with most pieces for sale.

The event goes from 3pm to 8pm and costs $10. Admission comes with free hors doeuvres and refreshments. Fine local wines and craft beers will also be on hand and available for purchase. For more information about Artists of the Emerald Coast, call the Mateel at 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and dont miss what is sure to be a fun and colorful afternoon of art and camaraderie on Saturday, April 18th.    

Humboldt Folklife Society Announcements
March and April are annually jam-packed with folk music! Join us as we kick off spring with an Equinox Dance this Saturday, March 21st, followed by a Harmony Workshop and Concert in southern Humboldt next weekend, then mark the dates for upcoming concerts in April!

FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Calling all musicians! We'll be opening the application process on April 1st for the annual Folklife Festival in July. If you are interested in playing the Festival, we'll be asking you to submit your information online at the website this year. So, next week, expect an email from us explaining exactly how the simple application process will work!

We're also looking for volunteers to help us staff the event! Please contact Tara Stetz ([email protected] or 845-1651) if you would like to be a part of making this fabulous festival happen - we need volunteers for a variety of roles both at and before the week-long event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

(1) Equinox Dance - March 21st at the Bayside Grange

(2) Northern Harmony Concert and Workshop - March 28th-29th in Garberville & Briceland

(3) Flatpicker Tim May House Concert - Thursday, April 9th

(4) Ukulele Legend Bill Tapia at the Arcata Playhouse - Sunday, April 26th

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(1) Equinox Dance - March 21st at the Bayside Grange

The March Barn Dance will be held at the Arcata Veteran's Hall on Equinox - Saturday, March 21st from 7:30-11pm. Continuing our support of local nonprofits, the March dance will be a fundraiser for the Humboldt Baykeeper. Tara Stetz will call, to the picking of the Striped Pig Stringband. Drinks and snacks will be available.

Dance admission is $7 general, $6 HFS members and students; youth under 16 and seniors are admitted free of charge. We're always looking for volunteers - work part of the evening, and dance the rest for free! Please call Tara at 845-1651 to sign up!

(2) Northern Harmony Concert and Workshop - March 28th-29th in Garberville & Briceland

The vocal quartet Northern Harmony - Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler, Suzannah Park, and Nathan Morrison - presents a concert of traditional harmony singing on Saturday, March 28th, at 7:30 pm at the Garberville Presbyterian Church (437 Maple Lane). The quartet will also present a world harmony singing workshop on Sunday, March 29th from 1-5:30 pm at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland.

Concert admission will be available at the door on a sliding scale of $10-15. Advance registration is advised for the workshop; workshop admission is $25-$35 (also sliding scale). For concert questions, please call 923-4346. To register or inquire about the workshop, call Jessie at 986-9310. Bring a pot luck snack to share at the workshop if you wish!

Concert: Northern Harmony's concerts include ancient sacred and secular songs from Caucasus Georgia, with its dark, sonorous sound and startling, dissonant harmonies; oral tradition songs from Corsica, with two highly ornamented upper voices over a harmonic bass; village and arranged songs from Bulgaria and Macedonia, using the arresting Balkan "hard voice"; lively and contrapuntal, traditional and contemporary American shape-note songs; 1930's tight harmony quartet gospel; ornamented Appalachian harmonies; hearty and rhythmic South African songs and dances; and delicate medieval motets. Performing primarily a cappella, the group accompanies some numbers with accordion, banjo, guitar and keyboard.

Workshop: The Sunday workshop will feature South African folk songs and dances, Appalachian harmonies, Balkan songs, contemporary shape-note songs, doo-wop, and songs from Corsica and the Republic of Georgia. The teaching is particularly efficient with the four Northern Harmony singers there to lead each vocal part. Close attention is paid to the distinctive vocal style of each singing tradition.

Performers: Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler are the founder and co-director of the Vermont Village Harmony singing camps and of Northern Harmony. Patty is a very powerful and passionate singer with a wide range, plays accordion, and has particular expertise in Georgian, Corsican and South African music. A long time leader of shape-note singing, Larry also has expertise in medieval, renaissance and early baroque music, and his strong bass voice anchors the quartet.

Suzannah Park and Nathan Morrison are two charismatic singers of the younger generation of Village Harmony leaders, and have toured with Village/Northern Harmony since their early teens. Coming from a family of three generations of traditional musicians, Suzannah is particularly at home in the ornamented singing styles of Appalachian music, but her rich and flexible voice shines in other genres as well. Nathan has a beautiful tenor voice and also plays banjo and keyboard.

(3) Tim May House Concert - Thursday, April 9th

Jim Cornwell is organizing a house concert with flatpicker Tim May at Holly's house on Thursday, April 9th. Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels' recording of "I'll Fly Away," which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005, the same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album. Doors to Tim's concert open at 7 pm, with show at 7:30 pm; donation $15. Jim Cornwell is also coordinating a small workshop with Tim May in Trinidad - cost is $30 and includes admission to the concert! Read more about Tim at www.timmaymusic.net Tickets are available at Wildwood Music, or call Jim at 845-2648.

(4) Bill Tapia at the Arcata Playhouse - Sunday, April 26th

SAVE the DATE! Ukulele virtuoso legend Bill Tapia comes to Arcata on Sunday, April 26th for a special concert at the Arcata Playhouse. Don't miss this unique chance to hear the 101 year old performer who has been credited as the first to play jazz on the ukulele. You can learn more about the legendary man at www.billtapia.com Ukesperience will open what promises to be an incredible show!

   

*VID* HUMTUNES April VIDEO - local music TV show featuring UKESPERIENCE
   
Bonus Tracks
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

Set with two stages and a well-stocked bar, Nocturnum gives a fresh coat of paint to the same old Humboldt music scene. On the docket we had Nipplepotamus, ... More   

Jackie Green @ Eureka Theatre
Jackie Greene returns to the north coast to lay down his Americana roots music at the Eureka Theater Friday May 8th

" Greene's songs span the basest impulses of lust and revenge to the noblest spiritual aspirations, everything that defines what it means to be human. " - Randy Lewis (LA Times)

Many people have already made up their minds about Jackie Greene, the Americana phenom from Sacramento who made his first album only six years ago and has steadily built up a passionate following among both rank-and-file fans and some of the biggest names in music. Tours with a whos-who of American roots music - Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Willie Nelson, B.B. King and Ramblin Jack Elliott among them  and performances everywhere from the Newport Folk Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival to Bonnaroo, have meant that Greene was recognized quickly by those who know talent, and who saw something rare and promising in him. Their early enthusiasm has only grown with each new album.

Nevertheless, Greene himself is less and less keen on defining himself in a world that wants him to be its latest New Dylan. Instead, 27-year-old Greene is thinking big - about death or, more accurately, transformation. He named his new, game-changing album Giving Up the Ghost for a reason. The phrase refers to the destruction of certain notions and practices that I used to hold in high esteem, he says. Im just sorta sick of being the kid with the harmonica rack. I dont want to be Bob Dylan.

Who Jackie Greene actually is becomes much clearer with Giving Up the Ghost. The album opens with the sweeping, richly-orchestrated Shaken, the albums first single, which eschews the clean lines and familiar roots sound of his past. With a deliberative pace and washes of strings and synths, blessed with a memorable melodic hook, Shaken is a statement of renewed purpose  even though Greene is vague about what that purpose might be.

And as he prepares his band to head out for another year of serious touring, Greene is giving himself and his band the same sort of license he gave himself as a songwriter. The recording is the recording, and the live show is the live show, and in my mind thats different, it sounds way different, and thats good, he says. Live is still the best way to experience music, because its pretty pure. If you want to hear something the same way over and over, you can listen to the record, but if you want to hear the song, you go hear it live. You might get a fucked-up version of the song, I might play it on the piano instead, and it might not work, but thats just how it goes.

Greene is just as philosophical about his commercial fate as the release of his fifth album looms and the pressure grows for him to sell the large numbers of records his enormous talent clearly warrants.

I dont know where everyone else gets that from, he says. I dont feel that pressure. Ive stopped feeling pressured about anything, because I realized that when everyone says, This is it, its going to go big, and then it doesnt, you let yourself down. Ive stopped giving a shit about that. It makes me feel better about me. If this record totally flops, Ill just make another one. Im attached to em, I created em, but the commercial thing isnt a reflection on my art or anything else. Its its own thing. Thus freed from some of the musical, lyrical and commercial constraints he had once put on himself, Jackie Greene is pushing forward into new territory, and with Giving Up the Ghost, he is expanding his own, and others notion of who he is. The new album features the sounds of a talented youngster giving himself some room to move, to explore new textures, surprising chord changes, and other characters that may or may not be him. Ultimately, he says, My hope is that these songs will someday ignore their creator and tell their tales all by themselves.

   

Jackie Green @ Eureka Theatre

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ Eureka Theatre
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND brings their foot stomping jamgrass good times to the Eureka Theater Thursday April 16th.

" They are playing incredible music but they got some fresh approach to bluegrass music that transcends something. I have seen a ton of great bluegrass bands and I cant tell you I think they are any better than any of them."- Craig Ferguson (Telluride Bluegrass Festival)

Colorado's YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, known for its high-energy, improvisational live shows has just released (April 15, 2008) a new live album on the band's own Frog Pad Records. This marks the 5th volume in their lauded series of live albums, Mountain Tracks. Blending bluegrass and rock with traditional instrumentation (guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo), YONDER has pioneered a sound that is their own over the past ten years as a band. Yonder (Adam Aijala-guitar, Jeff Austin-mandolin, Dave Johnston-banjo and Ben Kaufmann-bass) first came together in September 1998 over a growing love for bluegrass that quite unexpectedly brought the four players together during a free-for-all jam session at The Verve, a bar outside of Boulder, in 1998. Once they met, they knew they were onto something. "It was an eye-opening experience because we heard a unique sound," says Johnston. "Something coalesced that night."

Emphasizing song craft and unafraid to push its boundaries, things began snowballing quickly. In 1999, the band debuted with Elevation, produced by Grammy-winning dobro player Sally Van Meter and released (like each of its ensuing studio discs) on their own Frog Pad Records. Yonder Mountain returned in 2001 with Town by Town, helmed by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien. Van Meter was back behind the boards for the 2003 set Old Hands, a concept album of sorts that featured the songwriting of Benny "Burle" Galloway. Featured on the evocative tunes about cowboys, miners and all sorts of hard-livin' Western folk were O'Brien, lauded fiddleman Darol Anger (Bela Fleck, David Grisman Quintet, Vassar Clements) and dobro player Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris). In between those studio discs, the band released Mountain Tracks Volume 1-IV, issued on Frog Pad Records, and each capturing the energy of its increasingly popular live shows. Their last studio release, "Yonder Mountain String Band" was produced by rock producer Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliot Smith, Beck) creating a sound for the band that continues to close the gap between bluegrass and rock. It's an album that "represents us more than any other record we've done," states Aijala, "because it incorporates more of our musical influences than ever before. It's a really cool thing to be a part of and I'll never take for granted just how lucky we are to do what we do. It makes me more excited for the future."

With little radio support, Yonder Mountain has become one of the fastest rising touring bands in the country, its fanbase having ballooned over the past five years through steady gigging and high-profile festival sets, all of which are full of improv and none of which feature the same set list. "Now that we're maturing as performers, our improvisation is more beholden to playing with good tone, good feel, good timing," says Johnston.

It can't be understated just what the band has achieved with that untraditional banjo/bass/mandolin/guitar line-up. Using bluegrass as its bedrock, the band has grown like few rock bands even do these days. "It's funny," says Austin. "But now we're selling out Red Rocks in Denver, just 40 miles from where we became a band." Yonder will return to Red Rocks August 2nd after last year's triumphant sold-out show. This summer will be a big year for the band with a co-headline tour with longtime collaborator Keller Williams, lots of festivals (Bonnaroo, Rothbury, Telluride Bluegrass, the band's own North West String Summit), and ending the summer with a hometown show at Red Rocks.

SAM BUSH:

Though he admits a certain discomfort with the moniker "King of Newgrass," Sam Bush has more than earned it. As cofounder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival through 18 years during the 1970s and '80s, Bush may not be the only person responsible for newgrass, the wild bluegrass stepchild that features rock 'n' roll grooves and extended virtuosic jams, but since New Grass Revival's dissolution in 1989, Bush has certainly been one of the most brilliant of newgrass's many bright lights.

Besides helming the ever-popular Sam Bush Band, featured on the upcoming release Laps in Seven, the mandolin prodigy from Kentucky has been a prodigious influence on musicians young and old. Bands like Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and String Cheese Incident, to name just a few, are indebted to Bush's example, not only in his wide-ranging choice of material and rock-based acoustic grooves, but by his captivating, high-energy live shows, which have made him an in demand headliner, and fan fave at important festivals like Telluride and MerleFest.

When not heading his own band, Bush has spent the past 15 years as a supersideman with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and the Flecktones; spearheaded boundary-stretching collaborations with Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, and David Grisman, and driven nearly every "bluegrass supergroup" imaginable with his inimitable mandolin playing

Sam Bush's ability to be continually touched and amazed by new music may be the quality that makes him such a successful and virtuosic performer and band leader. He helped create newgrass music almost 35 years ago, but Laps in Seven is evidence that he's still as vital a presence on the acoustic music scene as ever: still making new sounds, still rockin' out on great songs, and still pushing the bar higher for the legions of his proteges, fans and friends.

   

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ Eureka Theatre

Afroman - Humbrews
Thursday, April 16 - Tix $15 adv/$18 door at Humbrews, The Works, inticketing.com

Most musicians have so many ups and downs in their careers it often seems as if they survive purely by the seat of their pants. While Afroman's actions over the years haven't been quite so impulsive, his start in the industry came about as a direct result of an unfortunate schoolyard incident involving, believe it or not, the low-riding seat of his pants.

"The first tape I made was about my eighth-grade teacher," recalls the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Joseph Foreman. "She got me kicked out of school for sagging my pants, which was a big deal back then. So I wrote this song about her and it sold about 400 copies: it was selling to teachers, students, just about everybody. And I realized that, even though I wasn't at school, my song was at school, so in a way I was still there. All these people would come by my house just to give me comments about how cool they thought the song was."

That episode was precisely the proverbial 'kick in the pants' Afroman needed to satisfy his burgeoning musical aspirations. Using a low-cost microphone, tape deck and mixer -- purchased by his parents to "keep him out of trouble" -- the novice rapper went from ragging on his teacher to crafting spirited tapes filled with his patented mixture of perceptive humor and straight-from-the-street sentiments.

"I'd hustle to all the swap meets in LA until security ran me out," he remembers adding that he initially lived in the infamous South Central section of Los Angeles before moving, as a teenager, to Palmdale, California. "I also went to all the low-rider shows and Venice Beach. Basically, any function where I thought I could flip over a dollar and expose people to my music."

That hustling ultimately paid off when "Because I Got High" from THE GOOD TIMES, his debut full-length CD, became the most popular summer song of 2001. A hilarious ode to the pitfalls of smoking marijuana, the track was a Top Ten tune in over a dozen countries, with the album certified gold in the United States.

   

STRINGS FOR INDUSTRY
Strings For Industry delivers a foot stompin' bluegrass good time to Humboldt Brews Wednesday May 6th.

"Darol Anger is the sort of musician who refuses to concede that musical boundaries even exist. Surrounding himself with musicians of the absolute top rank, Anger has upped the ante of string-band music almost off the charts."-Amazon.com

&An all-star band spiralling up out of the rich caffeinated brew that is the music community of Portland, Oregon. Too famous to be local but residents just the same, Portland's very own all-star team of nationally-known talent has coalesced as Strings For Industry. Musical legends Darol Anger (violin) and Carlton Jackson (percussion) team with acknowledged monsters Scott Law (guitar) and Tye North (bass), deliver a musical experience embracing the length, breadth and depth of American Music. In the great tradition of groups like The Band and NRBQ, this band covers it all with their original songs and re-imagining of classics.

Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist SCOTT LAWs fiery guitar and mandolin playing compliment soulful singing and a book of songs from punkfunk-jazz to three-chord Americana. A lifelong improviser who thrives on live performance, Scott is as comfortable in an intimate acoustic setting as with a highly energized electro-psychedelic-blues-rock raging freakout. He has worked with Phil Lesh, Bill Nershi (Honkytonk Homeslice), Hanuman, Melvin Seals, his own group (Scott Law Band) and The Piano Throwers among others.

The LA Times has described CARLTON JACKSON's drumming as being intensely musical. This phrase also perfectly describes Carlton, a nationally known first call musician in the industry. His incisive style & mastery of various music genres has made him a natural choice for his work in live performance, feature films, television and radio. Carlton has worked with jazz greats Tom Grant, Leroy Vinnegar, Billy Eckstine, Bo Diddley, Jerry Hahn, Maryann Price, Mark Isham, Jim Pepper, Bobby Torres, James Cotton, Houston Person, actor Bruce Willis, Dianne Schuur, Larry Coryell, Danny Barnes, Bill Frisell, and Gordon Lee. Carlton has also worked under the batons of conductors Pete Rugolo, Norman Leyden and James DePreist. Dan Balmer and Terry Robb, Blues/R&B singers D.K.Stewart and Curtis Salgado, country-pop singer Toni Land and iconoclastic composer Jon Newton, have also engaged his musical services.

A native of Portland, Oregon, bassist TYE NORTH toured all over the US with Leftover Salmon for 7 years. He recording three records with them, featuring guests Bela Fleck, Waylon Jennings, Earl Scruggs, and Lucinda Williams. Tye has performed and collaborated with Victor Wooten, Paul Mccandless, Mike Kang, Sam Bush, Karl Denson, Robert Walter, Jessica Lurie, Darol Anger, Taj Mahal, Future Man, Wally Ingram, Jeff Coffin, and Bruce Hampton. He has taken part in and promoted concerts for the Annual Zambiland Orchestra, held by beloved drummer Jeff Sipe. He recorded and toured with the group Comotion, featuring Mike Kang, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Paul McCandless, Jeff Sipe, and Aaron Johnston.

Violinist, fiddler, composer, producer and educator, DAROL ANGER is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. He developed his signature sound through working with many of the worlds great improvising string musicians, among them Stephane Grappelli, Mark OConnor, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, David Grisman and Vassar Clements.

His current group, The Republic Of Strings, breaks new territory for bowed string instruments and presents young talent. With the jazz-oriented Turtle Island String Quartet, Anger developed and popularized new techniques for playing contemporary music on string instruments. His groups The Republic of Strings, The Fiddlers 4, Psychograss, and the Anger-Marshall Duo feature his compositions and arrangements. His group Montreux was the original musical model for the New Adult Contemporary radio format. The David Grisman Quintet forged a new genre of acoustic string band music with Darols fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and technical mastery often in the forefront. Anger has produced dozens of critically lauded recordings since 1977 which have featured his compositions and performances.

   

FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL ANNOUCEMENTS ... CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!
We've locked down the list of events for the Humboldt Folklife Festival, and are inviting all local musicians to apply for performance and workshop slots! The Festival application process will be open now through Friday, May 1st. If you want to play or lead a workshop, please complete the form, even if you have performed in recent years - we need this info to plan and advertise the Festival! Drop over to http://www.humboldtfolklife.org/festform.html if you are interested in being a part of this year's festivities.

The Humboldt Folklife Festival will run nine days this year, from Friday, July 17th to Saturday, July 25th! The schedule of events is: Friday, July 17th - Square Dance... Saturday, July 18th - Family Contra Dance... Sunday, July 19th - Annie & Mary Day Fiddle Festival... Monday, July 20th - Flying Fingers... Tuesday, July 21st - Village Coffee Shop... Wednesday, July 22nd - Acoustic Jazz... Thursday, July 23rd - Bluegrass... Friday, July 24th - Swing Dance... Saturday, July 25th - All Day Free Festival

If you aren't looking to play but would like to volunteer, we'd love to have your help! Please contact Sara Sunstein at [email protected] for more information. We're also always looking for dance volunteers -- including for this year's three Festival dance events... if you'd like to specifically help with the dances, email [email protected] or leave a message for Tara on the HFS line (822-5394)!

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April Concerts and Dances:

(1) TIM MAY HOUSE CONCERT - Tomorrow night! Thursday, April 9th is the Tim May house concert, organized by Jim Cornwell and to be held at Holly's house. Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels' recording of "I'll Fly Away," which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005, the same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album.

Doors to Tim's concert open at 7 pm, with show at 7:30 pm; donation $15. Tickets are available at Wildwood Music, with directions to Holly's house -- please pick up tickets in advance if possible! If you can't make it to Wildwood, call Jim at 845-2648. Jim Cornwell is also coordinating a small workshop with Tim May - cost is $30 (cash, please, at the door) and includes admission to the concert. The workshop is at Michael Walker's guitar shop at 550 South G St, Suite 2 in Arcata (not Trinidad as previously mentioned), just past the Marsh and directly across from Roto Rooter. Intermediate to advanced players are requested.

(2) BARN DANCE - April 25th is a square dance night with Tara Stetz and the Striped Pig Stringband at the Arcata Veteran's Hall, starting at 7:30 pm and running until 11 pm. Beer will be available for purchase; dance admission is $7 general, $6 HFS members and students; youth (15 and under) and seniors are admitted free of charge. We're always looking for volunteers - work part of the evening, and dance the rest for free! Please leave a message for Tara on the HFS line (822-5394) to sign up.

(3) BILL TAPIA CONCERT - Ukulele virtuoso legend Bill Tapia comes to Arcata on Sunday, April 26th for a special concert at the Arcata Playhouse. Don't miss this unique chance to hear the 101 year old performer who has been credited as the first to play jazz on the ukulele! Ukesperience will open what promises to be an incredible show.

Tickets for the concert are $15 HFS members and $18 general, and will be available starting April 11th at Wildwood Music in Arcata and at The Works in Eureka and Arcata. You can also order tickets online now at http://www.humboldtfolklife.org/order.html Doors will open for the concert at 7 pm; Ukesperience starts at 7:30 pm; drinks and snacks are available for sale at Playhouse shows.

About Bill... At 101 years young, there's no doubt that Bill Tapia is in a class by himself. Not only is he still playing, touring and recording, his chops, wit and showmanship remain top notch. Having purchased his first instrument at age 7 from one of Hawai'i's original ukulele makers, Tapia represents the last living link to the earliest days of Hawaiian music as we know it today.

Abandoning the uke for guitar, Tapia's youth was spent performing and jamming with the top names of the day, including Charlie Barnet, Billy Holiday, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby and many more. While in Hawai'i he led his own big band and also worked with Island luminaries like Sol Hoopi'i and Johnny Noble. After World War II, Tapia and family settled in the San Francisco area, where he taught guitar in obscurity for decades.

Bill picked up the uke again a few years ago. Since then, he's hit the Top 10 on the jazz chart twice while touring the West Coast between frequent trips to perform in the Aloha State, where he now has a second home. The "Duke of the 'Uke" is a consummate showman and charismatic raconteur, sharing his living history of jazz, ukulele and the Islands in every performance.

In 2004, Bill Tapia was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame, and his colorful life was recently documented in "To You Sweetheart, Aloha" - which premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

We've locked down the list of events for the Humboldt Folklife Festival, and are inviting all local musicians to apply for performance and workshop slots! The Festival application process will be open now through Friday, May 1st. If you want to play or lead a workshop, please complete the form, even if you have performed in recent years - we need this info to plan and advertise the Festival! Drop over to http://www.humboldtfolklife.org/festform.html if you are interested in being a part of this year's festivities.

The Humboldt Folklife Festival will run nine days this year, from Friday, July 17th to Saturday, July 25th! The schedule of events is: Friday, July 17th - Square Dance... Saturday, July 18th - Family Contra Dance... Sunday, July 19th - Annie & Mary Day Fiddle Festival... Monday, July 20th - Flying Fingers... Tuesday, July 21st - Village Coffee Shop... Wednesday, July 22nd - Acoustic Jazz... Thursday, July 23rd - Bluegrass... Friday, July 24th - Swing Dance... Saturday, July 25th - All Day Free Festival

If you aren't looking to play but would like to volunteer, we'd love to have your help! Please contact Sara Sunstein at [email protected] for more information. We're also always looking for dance volunteers -- including for this year's three Festival dance events... if you'd like to specifically help with the dances, email [email protected] or leave a message for Tara on the HFS line (822-5394)!

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April Concerts and Dances:

(1) TIM MAY HOUSE CONCERT - Tomorrow night! Thursday, April 9th is the Tim May house concert, organized by Jim Cornwell and to be held at Holly's house. Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels' recording of "I'll Fly Away," which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005, the same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album.

Doors to Tim's concert open at 7 pm, with show at 7:30 pm; donation $15. Tickets are available at Wildwood Music, with directions to Holly's house -- please pick up tickets in advance if possible! If you can't make it to Wildwood, call Jim at 845-2648. Jim Cornwell is also coordinating a small workshop with Tim May - cost is $30 (cash, please, at the door) and includes admission to the concert. The workshop is at Michael Walker's guitar shop at 550 South G St, Suite 2 in Arcata (not Trinidad as previously mentioned), just past the Marsh and directly across from Roto Rooter. Intermediate to advanced players are requested.

(2) BARN DANCE - April 25th is a square dance night with Tara Stetz and the Striped Pig Stringband at the Arcata Veteran's Hall, starting at 7:30 pm and running until 11 pm. Beer will be available for purchase; dance admission is $7 general, $6 HFS members and students; youth (15 and under) and seniors are admitted free of charge. We're always looking for volunteers - work part of the evening, and dance the rest for free! Please leave a message for Tara on the HFS line (822-5394) to sign up.

(3) BILL TAPIA CONCERT - Ukulele virtuoso legend Bill Tapia comes to Arcata on Sunday, April 26th for a special concert at the Arcata Playhouse. Don't miss this unique chance to hear the 101 year old performer who has been credited as the first to play jazz on the ukulele! Ukesperience will open what promises to be an incredible show.

Tickets for the concert are $15 HFS members and $18 general, and will be available starting April 11th at Wildwood Music in Arcata and at The Works in Eureka and Arcata. You can also order tickets online now at http://www.humboldtfolklife.org/order.html Doors will open for the concert at 7 pm; Ukesperience starts at 7:30 pm; drinks and snacks are available for sale at Playhouse shows.

About Bill... At 101 years young, there's no doubt that Bill Tapia is in a class by himself. Not only is he still playing, touring and recording, his chops, wit and showmanship remain top notch. Having purchased his first instrument at age 7 from one of Hawai'i's original ukulele makers, Tapia represents the last living link to the earliest days of Hawaiian music as we know it today.

Abandoning the uke for guitar, Tapia's youth was spent performing and jamming with the top names of the day, including Charlie Barnet, Billy Holiday, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby and many more. While in Hawai'i he led his own big band and also worked with Island luminaries like Sol Hoopi'i and Johnny Noble. After World War II, Tapia and family settled in the San Francisco area, where he taught guitar in obscurity for decades.

Bill picked up the uke again a few years ago. Since then, he's hit the Top 10 on the jazz chart twice while touring the West Coast between frequent trips to perform in the Aloha State, where he now has a second home. The "Duke of the 'Uke" is a consummate showman and charismatic raconteur, sharing his living history of jazz, ukulele and the Islands in every performance.

In 2004, Bill Tapia was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame, and his colorful life was recently documented in "To You Sweetheart, Aloha" - which premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

   

Mateel and KMUD Present Conscious Uprising Friday
On Friday, April 24th, KMUD Community Radio and the Mateel Community Center will come together on the new moon for a Conscious Uprising, a dual-benefit featuring Heavyweight Dub Champion (featuring Dr. Israel) and The Goddess Alchemy Project at the Mateel in Redway.

Heavyweight Dub Champion combines elements of dub, trip hop, reggae, and electronica with a mission to liberate the human race and reclaim sacred space through ritualistic performance and sonic alchemy. Opening the show will be the transcendental electronica and conscious hip hop of the all-female, Goddess Alchemy Project. The event will also offer a gourmet snack bar with creations by Sue Moloney, psychedelic and sacred art displays, and a fully decorated hall with a bar for those 21 & over. This is an all-ages show and tickets are on sale now at the Mateel and KMUD offices in Redway with a $2 discount for current MCC and KMUD members. Advance tickets are also available at Redway Liquor, Fractalize (Redway), Wild Horse Records (Garberville), The Works (Eureka/ Arcata), Fortuna Music Mart, Peg House (Leggett), Pure Bliss Day Spa (Laytonville), Main St. Music (Willits), Ukiah Natural Foods, Tangents (Ft. Bragg), and online at www.inticketing.com for a price of $27. Advance tickets are encouraged and admission at the door will be $29 if available. For more information call Mateel at 923-3368 or KMUD at 923-2513 and dont miss Heavyweight Dub Champion and Goddess Alchemy Project at Conscious Uprising on Friday, April 24 at the Mateel Community Center. Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 8:00.    

Mateel and KMUD Present Conscious Uprising Friday

The MERMEN deliver psychobilly
Surf punk rock at Humboldt Brewery Saturday May 16th

"The Mermen inject gravitas into the camp-added surf genre like spiritual beach bums searching for that elusive last wave... the Mermen have gotten increasingly open ended and jammy but remain as narcotic as the bends." Andrew Lentz, LA Weekly

Rolling Stone's David Fricke states, "The Mermen play an extreme brand of surf music; the trebly turbulent and black minor chord moods of guitarist Jim Thomas are like a rough ride on the icy seas of the mid-Atlantic," the Village Voice states, "Amazing, cascading waves of dreamlike sound," and Guitar Player Magazine calls Thomas's guitar playing, "Liquid poetry." The LA Times says the Mermen's music "`refuses to be pigeonholed by soaring in all directions--from pretty, atmospheric psychedelia to electrifying Hendrix-esque soloing to punchy punk inspired riffing." But, to their diehard fan base, The Mermen's melodic, hook-laden and evocative music saturates the soul with the California spirit, experience and emotion that transcends the instrumental surf-guitar rock/jam-band genre. Songwriter and guitarist Jim Thomas channels the Golden State's sun-drenched, surf and sand coastal lifestyle love affair with sound and tone as drastic and dynamic as the icy San Francisco Ocean Beach surf one second, to the warmth of a San Diego Sunset and beach bonfire the next.

California comes alive with an electric vibrancy with every glassine note, crystalline riff, ingenious chord change, frantic, frenetic and flavorful arpeggios, harried hammer-ons, screaming scales and nuanced-to-brilliantly, blunt, and blatant applications of vibrato, reverb and tremolo that leaves the hair on the back of your neck and arms standing straight-up. To say that Thomas approaches his instrument with the fervor and imagination of Dick Dale, humor of Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen, and the playing skills of Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan is a massive understatement.

Backed by a rhythm section of bassist Allen Whitman and drummer Martyn Jones, they lay a foundation as thick and tasty as caramel and crème liqueur for Thomas's fretboard pyrotechnics. Not relegated to simply thumping out 1-3-5 root note bass lines along with laisser-faire kick-snare-high-hat drumming - so common of the surf-rock genre - the dynamic duo's innovative and harmonious underpinnings are a fusion of John Paul Jones and John Bonham thunder and Geddy Lee and Neil Peart creativity.

The resulting emotional response to The Mermen's music is best described as the exhilaration of being swept weightless at breakneck speed by the surf, spray and wind on the perfect Mavericks tube ride that never ends.

Rolling Stone Magazine's David Fricke concludes, "Hints of Dick Dale filter through the cracked sidewalk waveforms of Sonic Youth. Thomas sounds more like Neil Young at the wheel of the good ship Crazy Horse."

   

PIMPS OF JOYTIME
The Pimps of Joytime bring their afrobeat soul-funk dance party to the Red Fox Tavern Tuesday MAY 13th

"The genre-defying Pimps of Joytime pay homage to funk, afrobeat, latin and hip hop, combining loops and live playing in a way that is seamless and infectious. The joyful noise you'll hear is a heady musical gumbo sure to get you moving."

The Pimps of Joytime are the ultimate desert island band. PJT's can turn a lifetime in isolation into a party that never ends. This multi-ethnic group hits all the marks and crosses all the barriers, bridging the gap between underground funk, soul, pop, dance, afrobeat and latin, filling every song with soulful harmonies and great vibes.

Coming out of Brooklyn & New Orleans, The Pimps of Joytime are definitely the live group to look out for. Their songs are songs you sing along to, dance to, make a block party to! Band leader, singer, guitarist and producer Brian J comes from a strong musical background and advanced his sound over the past few years to a pure original groove of his own.

The songs range from heavy New Orleans Funk to Latin Cumbia to Afrobeat Soul, to Ballads and Blues. Backed by a swinging Brazillian groove, "H20" features the vocals of the great Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers. "Street Sounds" takes you on a soulful dancefloor groove around the various cities where street musicians create the soundscape. "Bonita" is a call to all beautiful Latinas to the dancefloor, and just to surprise you, there's some real heavy funk/ blues tunes such as "My Gold" and "Hey Mr J." They've been very busy touring in SF, LA & their hometowns New Orleans & NYC. The Pimps of Joytime's first album "High Steppin" will surely take you higher!

Brian J is the band's ringmaster. He started PJT's in Brooklyn back in 2005, where they cut their teeth while playing clubs in Williamsburg and the East Village. On stage, he's the lead singer and guitarist, and in the studio, he's the funkiest one-man-band this side of Minneapolis.

Mixing samples and dance beats with tasty live musicianship and sweet vocal harmonies, The Pimps of Joytime have evolved into the current five-piece that gets crowds on their feet from London to New York to San Francisco. Somehow, PJT's found a way to put a modern twist on a retro sound, creating dirty, ass-shakin' grooves like no one else out there.

2008 was a great year for The Pimps of Joytimethey put out two albums on DJ Nickodemus' Wonderwheel Recordings, "High Steppin" and "Funk Fixes and Remixes". 2009 is gonna be even betterwith a new record on the way and a team in place to bring this band to the masses across the USA and beyond.    

PIMPS OF JOYTIME

Mateel Comedy Cabaret Brings More Laughter to Redway May 1st
On Friday, May 1st, the Mateel Community Center will present the May edition of Mateel Comedy Cabaret, a monthly showcase of professional comedic talent. The last event of the series before taking the summer off, this months show is sure to be one of the funniest yet and will feature the talents of Ngaio Bealum, Catilin Gill, and Jesse X.Mateel Comedy Cabaret Brings More Laughter to Redway May 1st Headliner, Ngaio Bealum, hails from the Bay Area is recognized as one of the funniest comedians in California. Hes been featured on MTVs Half Hour Comedy Hour, BETs Comic View, Make Me Laugh, A&Es Evening At The Improv, a variety of Comedy Central programs, and was runner up in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Mateel Comedy Cabaret Brings More Laughter to Redway May 1stFeature, Caitlin Gill, will be the first female comedian to appear in the Mateel Comedy Cabaret series. A San Francisco native and rising star in the citys comedy scene, she is host of The Ladies Room Comedy Showcase and loves telling dirty jokes to strangers in clubs. The psychedelic cowboy comedian, Jesse X, will also appear as a special guest and emcee for the evening.Mateel Comedy Cabaret Brings More Laughter to Redway May 1st Admission is at the door only and is offered on a sliding scale to support this comedy series. The minimum donation is $10. Doors open at 8:00pm with show time at 8:30. Limited table seating is available on a first come, first served basis with a 2 drink minimum per person at the table. Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase, along with gourmet snack foods, desserts, and refreshments. This show is recommended for those 18 and over. For more info call 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and dont miss Mateel Comedy Cabaret on Friday, May 1st.

   

Reggae On The River Performers Announced/ Tickets On Sale
On Saturday, July 18, 2009, the Mateel Community Center invites all to the 25th annual Reggae on the River. Presented as a full day showcase of the best in reggae and world music, the shores of the Eel River at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area will come alive for this silver anniversary celebration with performances by Tanya Stephens, The Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, Etana, Majek Fashek, Queen Omega, Soul Majestic, and Woven Roots, along with vendors, a kid zone, and a great local vibe.

Tickets go on sale this Monday, April 20th and are available at the usual Humboldt/ Mendocino County outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for the advance ticket price of $50. 2009 Mateel Community Center members receive a $5 break when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Tickets at the gate will be $55 if available. Advance tickets encouraged. For further festival updates, camping information, etc, stay tuned to www.reggaeontheriver.com or call (707) 923-ROTR and dont miss the 25th anniversary of the one and only Reggae on the River on Saturday, July 18th.

   

*VID*HumTunes May Video with PAPA BEAR

Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

In its 18th year, the prayer breakfast started locally as the follow-up to a show put on by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir on the Humboldt State ... More   

Mateel Announces Summer Arts & Music Festival Talent
Coming up on the weekend of June 6th and 7th, the Mateel Community Center will present the 33rd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. A beloved local tradition to celebrate the arrival of summer, this favorite family event will again offer the most comprehensive celebration of arts and culture in Humboldt County, with more than 100 diverse performances on 4+ stages, over 150 handmade craft and food booths, an all-media fine arts showcase, outrageous kid zone, and so much more.

Featured talent will include Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Rx of the P-Funk, Freekbass, Seneca with P-Nut Daniels, Yogoman Burning Band, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Peppino DAgostino, Rice Rokit, Native Elements, Fuga, Funkanauts, Malina Moye, LoCura, Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, La Colectiva, Alice DiMicele Band, Scott Huckabay, Salsa Dura, Insects vs. Robots, Dread Daze and just about every local band, performer, and dance troupe out there. The complete line-up and stage schedules will be posted soon at www.mateel.org, so check here for performance days/ times and other festival updates. Admission for the festival will be at the gate only and your donation helps support the work of the Mateel Community Center. The minimum donation is $12 per day or $20 for the weekend pass, with kids 12 & under free. Gates open at 9:30am both days and the fun wraps up at 10pm. Free shuttle service is offered continuously from Redway and Garberville and a limited amount of paid parking is also available in Benbow. For more information on the 33rd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake, call (707) 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and be sure to come join the fun on the weekend of June 6th and 7th.    

Reggae On The River Performers Announced/ Tickets On Sale
On Saturday, July 18, 2009, the Mateel Community Center invites all to the 25th annual Reggae on the River. Presented as a full day showcase of the best in reggae and world music, the shores of the Eel River at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area will come alive for this silver anniversary celebration with performances by The Mighty Diamonds, Tanya Stephens, The Abyssinians, Etana, Majek Fashek, Queen Omega, Soul Majestic, and Woven Roots, along with vendors, a kid zone, and a great local vibe.

Tickets are on sale now at the usual Humboldt/ Mendocino County outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for the advance ticket price of $50. 2009 Mateel Community Center members receive a $5 break when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Tickets at the gate will be $55 if available. Advance tickets encouraged. For further festival updates, camping information, etc, stay tuned to www.reggaeontheriver.com or call (707) 923-ROTR and dont miss the 25th anniversary of the one and only Reggae on the River on Saturday, July 18th.    

KMUD connects the community
Lumberjack - Arcata,CA,USA

Inside the station there are three studios, six offices for staff, a music library and kitchen. It does not look like the inside of a house anymore, ... More   

Fine Artists Sought/ Auction Items Needed
Fine Artists Sought/ Auction Items Needed For Summer Arts & Music Festival

The Mateel Community Center is currently seeking fine artists to exhibit their work at the 33rd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, happening on June 6 and 7, 2009. The exhibit is open to all artistic media and interested professional artists are encouraged to call the Mateel office ASAP to sign up.

There is no cost to artists to exhibit in the show, and exhibitors will receive two free weekend passes to the festival in exchange for their participation. Exhibiting artists may sell their artwork, however the Mateel Community Center will collect a 20% commission on any pieces sold at the event.

The festival will also feature a silent fine art auction and anyone with art to donate is encouraged to contribute a piece for this purpose. Auction items that are not fine art are also being accepted.

For more information about the 33rd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival call 923-3368 or visit the Summer Arts page of www.mateel.org, where a full talent schedule, volunteer sign up sheets, and other festival information is currently posted. See you in Benbow for this favorite southern Humboldt tradition on the weekend of June 6th and 7th.    

Mateel Announces Summer Arts & Music Festival Talent
Coming up on the weekend of June 6th and 7th, the Mateel Community Center will present the 33rd annual Summer Arts and Music Festival at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. A beloved local tradition to celebrate the arrival of summer, this favorite family event will again offer the most comprehensive celebration of arts and culture in Humboldt County, with more than 100 diverse performances on 4+ stages, over 150 handmade craft and food booths, an all-media fine arts showcase, outrageous kid zone, and so much more.

Featured talent will include Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Rx of the P-Funk, Freekbass, Seneca with P-Nut Daniels, Yogoman Burning Band, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Peppino DAgostino, Rice Rokit, Native Elements, Fuga, Funkanauts, Malina Moye, LoCura, Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, La Colectiva, Alice DiMicele Band, Scott Huckabay, Salsa Dura, Insects vs. Robots, Dread Daze and just about every local band, performer, and dance troupe out there. The complete line-up and stage schedules will be posted soon at www.mateel.org, so check here for performance days/ times and other festival updates. Admission for the festival will be at the gate only and your donation helps support the work of the Mateel Community Center. The minimum donation is $12 per day or $20 for the weekend pass, with kids 12 & under free. Gates open at 9:30am both days and the fun wraps up at 10pm. Free shuttle service is offered continuously from Redway and Garberville and a limited amount of paid parking is also available in Benbow. For more information on the 33rd annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow Lake, call (707) 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org and be sure to come join the fun on the weekend of June 6th and 7th.    

Reggae On The River Performers Announced/ Tickets On Sale
On Saturday, July 18, 2009, the Mateel Community Center invites all to the 25th annual Reggae on the River. Presented as a full day showcase of the best in reggae and world music, the shores of the Eel River at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area will come alive for this silver anniversary celebration with performances by The Mighty Diamonds, Tanya Stephens, The Abyssinians, Etana, Majek Fashek, Queen Omega, Soul Majestic, and Woven Roots, along with vendors, a kid zone, and a great local vibe.

Tickets are on sale now at the usual Humboldt/ Mendocino County outlets and online at www.inticketing.com for the advance ticket price of $50. 2009 Mateel Community Center members receive a $5 break when purchased in advance at the Mateel office in Redway. Tickets at the gate will be $55 if available. Advance tickets encouraged. For further festival updates, camping information, etc, stay tuned to www.reggaeontheriver.com or call (707) 923-ROTR and dont miss the 25th anniversary of the one and only Reggae on the River on Saturday, July 18th.    

Blue Turtle Seduction @ Humbrews
Times-Standard - Eureka,CA,USA

They'll be stopping in to Humboldt Brews tomorrow night for a show that starts around 9 pm For music samples, check out Blue Turtle Seduction's website, ... More   

The MERMEN - Humboldt Brewery Saturday May 16th
"The Mermen inject gravitas into the camp-added surf genre like spiritual beach bums searching for that elusive last wave... the Mermen have gotten increasingly open ended and jammy but remain as narcotic as the bends." Andrew Lentz, LA Weekly

Rolling Stone's David Fricke states, "The Mermen play an extreme brand of surf music; the trebly turbulent and black minor chord moods of guitarist Jim Thomas are like a rough ride on the icy seas of the mid-Atlantic," the Village Voice states, "Amazing, cascading waves of dreamlike sound," and Guitar Player Magazine calls Thomas's guitar playing, "Liquid poetry." The LA Times says the Mermen's music "`refuses to be pigeonholed by soaring in all directions--from pretty, atmospheric psychedelia to electrifying Hendrix-esque soloing to punchy punk inspired riffing." But, to their diehard fan base, The Mermen's melodic, hook-laden and evocative music saturates the soul with the California spirit, experience and emotion that transcends the instrumental surf-guitar rock/jam-band genre. Songwriter and guitarist Jim Thomas channels the Golden State's sun-drenched, surf and sand coastal lifestyle love affair with sound and tone as drastic and dynamic as the icy San Francisco Ocean Beach surf one second, to the warmth of a San Diego Sunset and beach bonfire the next.

California comes alive with an electric vibrancy with every glassine note, crystalline riff, ingenious chord change, frantic, frenetic and flavorful arpeggios, harried hammer-ons, screaming scales and nuanced-to-brilliantly, blunt, and blatant applications of vibrato, reverb and tremolo that leaves the hair on the back of your neck and arms standing straight-up. To say that Thomas approaches his instrument with the fervor and imagination of Dick Dale, humor of Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen, and the playing skills of Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan is a massive understatement.

Backed by a rhythm section of bassist Allen Whitman and drummer Martyn Jones, they lay a foundation as thick and tasty as caramel and crème liqueur for Thomas's fretboard pyrotechnics. Not relegated to simply thumping out 1-3-5 root note bass lines along with laisser-faire kick-snare-high-hat drumming - so common of the surf-rock genre - the dynamic duo's innovative and harmonious underpinnings are a fusion of John Paul Jones and John Bonham thunder and Geddy Lee and Neil Peart creativity.

The resulting emotional response to The Mermen's music is best described as the exhilaration of being swept weightless at breakneck speed by the surf, spray and wind on t