From the Hum: Seriously, Tuesday?


Well, look at Tuesday with its not one, not two, but three interesting options.

1. At the Arcata Playhouse, Buenos Aires guitarist Gonzalo Bergara celebrates his new release, Walking Home. Bergara mixes “a cascade of arpeggios” with the sounds of Django Reinhart’s Paris and Bergara’s own native Argentina to forge his own style of progressive gypsy jazz. This sounds amazing and well-worth a Tuesday outing. Tickets are $15 general, $13 students and members and are available at Wildberries Market and Wildwood Music or by calling 822-1575. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. Additional information at

2. Down the way and around the corner, Matt the Electrician – perhaps best known locally for KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM favorite “College,” which features the line, "I owe thirty-five dollars to the library/at Humboldt State University" – returns to Arcata by way of Robert Goodman Wines Tasting Room. tickets highly encouraged! Matt’s music is just lovely, the sort of perfectly crafted story-songs that will trigger smiles, tug heartstrings and have you fighting back tears. It’s okay, though. You can cry. Everyone else will be, too. He’s got jangly songs about love (“All I Know”), elegant songs about loss (“I Will Do the Breathing”) – Matt’s music is life in a nutshell. An extremely beautiful and well-crafted nutshell. Bar opens at 4 p.m., concert seating begins at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m.

3. Complicating your Tuesday night show decision making even further, The Works hosts The Burgerama U.S. Tour with SoCal’s Cosmonauts and Gap Dream, plus Humboldt’s own Splinter Cell. The Cosmonauts embody that mid-’80s L.A. British sound that makes you squint for a moment as you listen hard before saying, “Hey, this is pretty cool.” As for Gap Dream, I don’t think I can top this comment by “Dachs” regarding Gap Dream’s self-titled debut: “An album that is odd, tripped out and seems to be about a person who is experiencing a gradual, painless, form of decay. And yet I find this album to be rather accessible.” Yet another reason to see this show: You get to stand in between aisles of actual records. Props to The Works. Show’s all ages and a mere $5.

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