Venerable singer/songwriter Greg Brown
graces the Van Duzer on Friday night. His songs grow like snap peas, stories and music trellising up into sweet, sharp, nourishing delights. When he croons, "Ah, you get the feelin' things may be alright/On a summer evenin' before the dark of night," you believe him. Expect much triggering of nostalgia and laughter. Also, the man's voice is sexy as hell. Tickets are $35 general, $15 HSU students. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is all ages.
On the other side of things, Nebraskan punk-blues band Saint Christopher
arrives blistering from the get-go. From the band's website:
"Art has been raped under the idea that we need to sell and profit, instead of challenge and inspire the person consuming the product. ... We value conformity and comfort, not heart and uniqueness. ... They have the wealth: the oil companies, the media, the bullshit music that they play on trashy commercial radio."
This is old-school punk rock dedicated to destroying the status quo. Saint Christopher plays with Arcata skate rockers Imperial Destructo
and A-town's Hollow Down
, purveyors of dark acoustic jams. This antithesis-of-summer-sunshine gig takes place at the Jambalaya with doors at 9 p.m., showtime at 10 p.m., $5 cover and it's 21-and-over.