Tonight's Setlist: Options Large and Small


Go big

Elephant Revival and The T Sisters perform tonight at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The five members of Elephant Revival claim a deep commitment to certain ideals: community, recognizing one's place in the flow of the natural world, harmony. These standards influence the band's blend of folk music, making it an uplifting favorite at festivals, including Telluride Bluegrass, Vancouver Folk Festival and Old Settlers.

Take the song "Remembering a Beginning," in which multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Paine sings of the unity of all things: "There's a fire burning, in the middle of this turning/Wild and yearning/For everything, for everything/Remains inside, these changing skies/Through waves in time/Remembering."

The changing skies, we're told, remind listeners that, while the very stuff of the universe remains, everything is always unfolding, expanding and contracting, ebbing and flowing — changing. "If we could remember that we are all varying expressions of the same living thing," says Paine, "maybe we would have less interpersonal and environmental struggle."

Here's an evocative track from the band:

The T Sisters are a family band out of the Bay Area whose throwback aesthetics range from the Andrews Sisters and 1960s girl-groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anchored by diverse influences spanning folk, country, gospel, klezmer and early '90s R&B, the T Sisters notably provided supporting vocals for Grammy-winning musician Laurie Lewis on the stage of San Francisco's most recent Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.


Doors opens at 8:30 p.m., cost is $15 with advanced tickets available at Wildberries Marketplace, Peoples Records, The Works, the ATL and ATL online and it's 21 and over.

Go cozy

Or you could take advantage of "Date Night" at Six Rivers Brewery, which in addition to pizza and beer specials, features Kevin Danel and Dee Hemingway crooning Motown and soul.

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