Music Tonight: Friday, Aug. 11


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It's Arts Arcata! this evening, so stroll around the plaza and check out the many local musicians providing the soundtrack to your night. I bumped into local bass superhero Dan Davis at the penultimate Crabs game of the season and, after a brief baseball chat, he informed me that Wild Otis would be rocking away at The Mad River Brewing Co. tonight at 6 p.m. So if you're not feeling the Arcata vibe, head on up ol' Blue Lake way and check out these rootsy rockers for free. Leave a tip if you enjoy their tunes. I've been talking Dead a lot lately due to Jerry's recent birthday and the many celebrations that have taken place for that occasion. I've also been politely reprimanded from some of my Dead Head friends for not finding the time yet to watch the new Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, which I swear I'll get around to. To get back on track here, you've got another chance to hear the Dead tunes courtesy of Hardly Deadly and Rosewater, who are sharing the stage at The Jam in Arcata around 7 p.m. from what I could tell. Seems like an unusually early start time but hey, gotta make time for "Fire on the Mountain" and "Morning Dew," right? It's only $10 for this show, so get in and get groovin'. The Last-minute Men return to Cafe Mokka at 8 p.m. to play their international tunes. It's a free show and kids are welcome. Swedish pysch-rockers Dungen are in town and playing two sets at The Miniplex in Arcata. They've put out their ninth album called Häxan, which was commissioned as an instrumental score to Lotte Reiniger's 1926 film The Adventures of Prince Achmen (don't worry, I'm not cool enough to have ever seen it either) by the Swedish Film Institute. The band will be playing some of their original compositions from this new release along with songs from their earlier albums, as well. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m. and has a $20 ticket price. Colin of new local band Daily Driver shares that they're headlining their first show at The Logger Bar tonight. It's a "banjo-driven pop-grass dance-machine" from Arcata comprised of brothers Colin and Cameron of the No Good Redwood Ramblers, along with Lyndsey Battle. They're joined by local dark alt-folk duo Electro Saloon (featuring my better half) at 9 p.m. and this one's free as well. Fresh off their show on the big stage at The Folklife Festival, The Trouble are at The Palm Lounge in Eureka tonight playing with "heavy minimalist" funkers Peach Purple at the same time and for $5.

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