Get your sexy on
At this point in the week, you need to move your body, shake off the work week and get ready to embrace the forthcoming holiday experience. Two shows are primed to help you do just that. First up, the ever-charismatic Rooster McClintock
bring the best honky-tonk in Humboldt to the Central Station Cocktail Lounge. It's free, 21-and-over and gets started around 9 p.m.
Check out the band's Humboldt Live Sessions video, created by the unflaggingly fabulous Chuck Johnson:
Over in Eureka, DJ Zephyr
brings Club Deliverance to Nocturnum – one of the venue's last shows
– featuring "Old Skool Favorites" on vinyl
. Think Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, NIN, Front 242, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, etc. Note: If you danced to these bands the first time around, you might find yourself nostalgic for wine coolers and thick black eyeliner. The latter is fine, but we're grown-ups now, so skip the Bartles & Jaymes. (I had to Google "Bartles & Jaymes" to see if they still existed. They do!) Cover is $3 and this party is 21-and-over.
Hot hip-hop firefighter benefit
Best known for his tenure in the rap unit House of Pain, Everlast
successfully reinvented himself in 1998 with the best-selling Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
, a largely acoustic, hip-hop-flavored effort in the genre-crossing mold of Beck. Born Erik Schrody, Everlast first surfaced in Los Angeles as a member of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate Cartel, issuing his debut album, Forever Everlasting
, in 1990. When the album failed to find an audience, he formed House of Pain with Danny Boy and DJ Lethal. The trio scored a massive hit with their 1992 single "Jump Around." The group never found follow-up success, however, and disbanded in the late 1990s, launching Everlast into his current solo career — which includes a stop at the Mateel Community Center on Friday night. Angels Cut and Redwood Blue open. According to press materials, some proceeds "go to the Volunteer Fire Benefit Organization to help local fire departments and help victims of fire disaster." Tickets are $28 and available through diamondbackpresents.com
. Show starts around 9 p.m.