Tonight's Setlist: From Mandolins to Oscillations, Your Entertainment Options


Mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist blend traditional bluegrass and folk styles with contemporary acoustic music, reshaping old melodies and composing new music with a flair and richness that can be experienced at the Arcata Playhouse on Sunday night.

Grammy winners Reischman and Nygaard have performed together regularly since the early 1990s. Reischman also leads the Jaybirds and is often referred to as "an understated visionary." The show is presented by Playhouse Arts in association with Humboldt Folklife Society. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $13 students and Humboldt Folklife members, and available at Wildberries, Wildwood Music or (707) 822-1575.

Humboldt Brews brings Toubab Krewe to town for an evening of West-Africa-meets-the-American-South with instrumental tunes performed on various instruments including, but not limited to, the kora, kamelengoni, soku, two electric guitars, electric bass guitar, drum set and African percussion. Mountain Standard Time opens around 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Show is 21-and-over.

Over at the Jambalaya, it's a RWINA Records Showcase featuring Krampfhaft, Akkachar and Jameszoo. Krampfhaft hails from Utrecht, which, I have just learned, is a city in the Netherlands. His name is rumored to mean something along the lines of "convulsive," appropriate for the erratic tracks he creates — think bold synths over speed-addled drums and syrup-drenched vocals. His style lies somewhere between hyperactivity and hyperfocus, with a flair for the grandiose.

Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Chafik Chennouf, better known as Akkachar, boasts a long list of achievements including airplay on BBC1, BBC1 Xtra, Rinse FM and Kiss FM. Beyond that, Subway, a Rotterdam-based dubstep institution, released his debut solo single of "rainbow-flecked low-frequency oscillations" back in 2011.

Meanwhile, Jameszoo, referred to as a "committed crate-digger and cognoscente of avant garde jazz" creates sounds both "colourful and forward-thinking" and "chaotic and experimental."

Music starts around 9:30 p.m., tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and the show is 21-and-over.

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