Where There's Smoke



Are you still recovering from Hops in Humboldt? Try a hair of the dog that bit you over at the Mateel Community Center and its SoHum Brew Fest and Barbecue Smoke-off on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($25 all-inclusive ticket, $10 barbecue and music only).

Instead of slaving over the coals for hours and battling flames yourself, let the contestants at this sixth annual meat meet compete for your vote, plying you with samples of their smoky delights. Then exercise your right as an American and vote on the best of the briskets, baby backs and kebabs. Same goes for the beer samples from the region's breweries and home brewers. Oh, you will have to dig deep and sample many, but this is your civic duty. Right?

Were those wings a little spicy? The funk stylings of Cold Blue Water should cool you off, and some indie rock from 3 Legged Dog will put you back on your feet. At least until next weekend.

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