From the Hum: Shoes and shows


If you read The Hum in print or online this week, you know it's all about the shoes. We had to have some way to help you choose your Saturday night...

Post-apocalpytic folk genius

Boots caked with farm dirt? Then it’s John Craigie at the Arcata Playhouse for you. Excellent choice. Craigie has shared various stages over the past decade with folk luminaries including Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Zach Gill, Brett Dennen, Shook Twins and Trampled by Turtles. According to the press release, he’s best known for his storytelling, but even the most cursory listen reveals how his songs exist as stories on their own. Craigie’s eighth and most recent album, The Apocalypse is Over, combines the music and spirit of New Orleans with a Woody Guthrie sensibility in such a way as to transport listeners from life in the French Quarter with “Preservation Hall” to Van Gogh’s descent into madness in the south of France with “Rachel” to the lonely life of a musician on the road in “We Ain’t Leavin’ this Bar, Patrick (Till We Find You Some Love)."

He also happens to have some rather foxy press photos.

To tout a bit more talent-by-association cred, Craigie’s collaborators on The Apocalypse is Over include Steve Adams, co-founder of Animal Liberation Orchestra, on bass and Randy Schwartz, formerly with Brett Dennen, on drums. Craigie would work his way into your heart on his own, but the Playhouse gig has the added bonus of some of Humboldt’s own stars, including members of River Valley Mud, Motherlode, The Trouble and Moon Pine. 

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Playhouse doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $12 general, $10 Arcata Playhouse/Humboldt Folklife Society members, $7 students and available at Wildberries Marketplace and through

Soul meets body

Back to the shoes. Are they stylish, shined up and ready for the dance floor? Then we know the place for you. Soul Night! Despite rumors to the contrary, the soul has not left the body and will be shaking it all Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. at Hum Brews for $5. In fact, DJs Matt and Adam plan to squeeze into their respective tights for an evening of Superpowered Soul. Dress as your favorite hero or villain for a night of caped — or uncaped per The Incredibles — craziness.

Alibi show of the year

Docs? Chucks? Then it’s off to the Alibi, where Humboldt Free Radio presents beloved Humboldt Weezer tribute band Wepeel in their one-and-only 2013 show, along with Arcata indie-poppers Dolphin Star Temple Mystery School. DSTMS’s Facebook page lacks shine, but the band’s sound rollicks along with suitable aggressiveness. Music starts around 11:15 p.m., the door guy’ll start hitting you up for $5 around 10:30 p.m. and you’ll have to be 21 or over to be there.

East meets west

Are your shoes expensive? Did you consider the ease of slipping them on and off at the airport when you tried them on? Do they imply that you’re a professional? Someone people would be unsurprised to hear donates regularly to KHSU? You cultured person, you. What a lovely evening awaits when Chinese musician and teacher Zhu De-Hai and HSU pianist Daniela Mineva explore contrasts and common ground in western and traditional Chinese music at the Van Duzer Theatre. De-Hai, a Bejing native, attended the Xi’an Music Conservatory College and has taught and performed regularly in China. He's also director of art and performance for a Chinese regional university's music college. His program at HSU includes Chinese songs as well as familiar western melodies. 

The show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 general, $5 students and seniors, and available from the HSU Box Office at 826-3928, as well as at the door. More info at

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