Music Tonight: Saturday, Nov. 4


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A couple of years and a lifetime of little social interactions ago, I met a nice man named Bear Dyken and helped him load his truck up with old solar panels donated by local solar genius and all-around nice guy David Katz. Bear told me about his long running activist folk group, Clan Dyken, and even though that type of music usually isn't for me, I was very impressed with the many environmental and social causes that Bear and company had raised money for over the band's three-decades-long run. Clan Dyken's Revive the Beauty Way tour is a fundraiser for indigenous people in the Big Mountain part of the Navajo nation in northern Arizona, who have been resisting relocation since the early '70s. It kicks off its Arcata stop of the tour at 5 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center with local musicians Joanne Rand, Rob Diggins and Piet Dalmolen filling out the bill. The $10-$25 suggested donation seems like a bargain to help a great people retain their homes.

It's alive! It's alive! It's Art's Alive in Eureka! At 7:30 p.m., the Siren's Song has a raucous rock show with indie slammers Echo Rows followed by heavy Americana act Side Iron and melodic space bumpers Strix Vega closing out the night. All local bands, all free.

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