Music Tonight - Friday, May 19

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Sticking with Blue Lake, you'll find the country stylings of Cadillac Ranch at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. Same deal as usual, it's free and all ages, but feel free to tip the band. The RLA Trio is hosting its third show in the Westhaven Center for the Arts Jazz Series at 7 p.m. The featured artist this evening is Francis Vanek who is a "superb saxophonist," according to none other than the S.F. Chronicle. It'll be top-shelf jazz with a sliding scale of $5-$20. It's the silver anniversary of The Eureka Symphony, which will be celebrating at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. The orchestra will play Mendelssohn's Concerto in E Minor with guest violinist Otis Harriel. Some Copland is on the bill and fans of the National Park System will get a rare treat in here, as well, according to a press release I received. If you're to believe the website, however, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony a.k.a. "The Ode to Joy" is on tap for the night. Either way, you're in for great playing tonight. Prices run from $19 to $49. Show starts at 8 p.m. My friend Shane wanted to make sure I was in the know about a show happening at The Miniplex in Arcata with Australian rockers Shovels, who are in town and joined by Colossal Yes from the Bay Area. Shane says the latter are "super cool" and have a "former member of Comets on Fire, Utrillo Kushner, who is an old Eureka punker. He's in a lot of cool bands in the East Bay." Add locals The Tweeners to the bill and only a $5 cover charge and you're pretty much guaranteed a packed house. Show up early to get in before the music starts at 9 p.m.

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