Tonight's Setlist: A dilemma!


Did you get enough sun and fun this weekend, Humboldt? If you're on the traditional 9-to-5 schedule, you're looking at being able to sleep in tomorrow, yes? So no reason to stay home...

Beloved soul man and local Trinidadian Earl Thomas reunites with The Rhumboogies, the band he started with 25 years ago in San Diego. Thomas left The Rhumboogies, the story goes, to pursue his dream to be a songwriter, which came true quickly when Etta James recorded his song, "I Sing the Blues." The reunion gig has a higher purpose as a benefit for a team of Humboldt cyclists raising funds in the upcoming AIDS/Lifecycle Ride To End AIDS from San Francisco to Los Angeles. (The local portion of the team is made up of Daniel Baer, Bob Ornelas, Michael Weiss, Dylan Ruiz and Debi Farber Bush.) The gig happens at Hum Brews with doors at 8:30 p.m. and local young indie rock trio UFO8 opening. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door, and the show is 21-and-over.

Portland's The Suicide Notes (featuring former Humboldtian Patrick Foss) return to the Shanty with tourmates Sex Crime, along with Oakland's Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony and Humboldt's own Blood Gnome. Now, "punk" was a convenient label, but the bands play, respectively, girl-pop-meets-the-Ramones, synth rock, adventure rock and synth pop. What does all the mean? It means the outpour of radness will leave your eardrums blistered and your face styled into a permagrin. Show up at the Shanty at 8 p.m. — early show! — with ID and $2.

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