It's a long list of goodness, friends. Let's dive in.
All You Need is Love (and Money)
All right, so there's a benefit for Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods at the Jambalaya with music by Beatles tribute band Silver Hammer, plus Triple Junction. The Club is running in the red, says show organizer Kris Dickerson, and this benefit will help cover some of the costs of keeping the Teen Center open. Show starts at 8:30 p.m., cover is sliding scale donations and it's 21-and-over.
Humboldt's bigger-than-you-think psychedelic rock group White Manna celebrates the release of Pan, the band's fourth studio album, at the Arcata Playhouse. The wonderfully named Spliff Moth and The Trouble open. Tickets are $10 and include a CD of the new release. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. All ages!
Electric stomp-folk band Rainbow Girls, a group of female musicians who perform original material with roots in Americana, gypsy, funk, soul and rock 'n' roll, are kicking off a Pacific Northwest tour at the Siren's Song Tavern, joined by the jammy-bluegrassy-folk magic of Kindred Spirits. Music starts at 9 p.m., show is free, 21-and-over.
Boston fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to Humboldt with a performance at the Arcata Playhouse, this time with husband and cellist Mike Block (a member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project). Influences from Scotland to China, along with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene, fuse together to give Cassel a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition. Cassel will also be accompanied by her longtime guitarist and singer Christopher Lewis. Doors at 7:30 p.m., music starting at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $18 general, $15 for Playhouse and Humboldt Folklife members, $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Wildberries or via www.brownpapertickets.com.
It's a local indie showcase as The Tweeners, Wrecks Goliath, The Mother Vines and Hollow Down bring various light, dark, vocal and acoustic sounds to the Siren's Song. Come out and hear what the kids have been up to. Show starts at 9 p.m., all ages, free.
It's a local indie showcase as High Crimes, Strix Vega and Deep Dark Light bring various light, dark, vocal and acoustic sounds to the Logger Bar. Come out and hear what the kids have been up to. Show starts at 9 p.m., 21-and-over, free.
Worth noting – lovely Americana-gypsy-jazz masters Taarka make another Humboldt County appearance at Humboldt Brews. Show starts at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $12, show is 21-and-over.
Upbeat all night party vibe
Which is better, a legitimate party or an unauthorized one? In any case, the "official" kick off to the Northern Nights music fest happens at the Arcata Theatre Lounge with organic hook groovemasters Fort Knox Five, DJ Spinn & Taso and Cacao. Tickets are $20, show is 21-and-over, and the party starts at 9:30 p.m.
Live and local fest
Hey, there's a new live and local music resource in town — the Lost Coast Avenger — with a stated mission to provide readers with "the most up to date local content of all music from Folk & Bluegrass to Metal & Psych-Punk." Very cool. Congrats, LCA, and welcome! The blog's launch party includes 19 bands at three houses, plus a food truck, a bouncy house, a dog show and more, all happening from noon till 10 p.m. along 11th Street. (Specific locations to be announced day of event.) Only 350 passes will be available, so head over to lostcoastavenger.wordpress.com or see the Facebook event to get yours in advance. Passes are $3 pre-sale, $5 day of the event. Bands include Blood Orphans (lo-fi/shoegaze/sadcore), DOTCOM DOTCOM (retro/futurepop/tropica), Float Forward (phantasmagorical dream pop), Dahi Lolas (surf/post-punk), High Crimes (indie rock, with members of Comfortable), The Wild Lungs (GRAWjPAWP — yes, that's how the band is billed!), Morel (post-punk/math rock), Venus Milk (psych/garage rock), Spacehead (hip-hop rapping trio), Coastral (ambient/chillwave) and more and more. All proceeds go towards LCA future events and "the lovely residents of the households for allowing us to have this rad party at their place." Event coordinator Benji Aguirre emphasized in a followup email the importance of respecting the neighborhood: "We just really have a lot of faith in our attendees to be as respectful as possible but reiterating that in your column would be great."
A celebration of/memorial to KMUD's beloved "Funked Up" host Marc Patterson aka "Cuzin Marc" takes place at the Mateel Community Center with all kinds of funk nasty get down courtesy of Liquid Kactus, The Electric Love Arkestra, The Strawberry White Band, Cyclops & The Owl, Mimur and more. Doors at 6 p.m., free, all ages.
Old meets brew
Humboldt Brews hosts Del The Funky Homosapien, yes, you read that right, and Scarub. Quick refresher: Hailing from Oakland, Del and his crew, the Hieroglyphics, emerged in the mid-late 1990s as a markedly non-gangsta response to a burgeoning West Coast scene. Music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door, show is 21-and-over.
If you're a fan of singer-songwriters, Sunday looks like a slice of heaven at the Arcata Playhouse. First, at 1 p.m., some of the North Coast's finest songwriters take to the stage with legend Jim Page to reflect on their creative writing process, share songs and take questions in an Afternoon Songwriters Summit featuring Jan Bramlett, Jeff Kelley, Joanne Rand and Chris Parreira. A "Songwriters Reception" follows at 5 p.m., then an evening concert with Page and Lyndsey Battle at 7 p.m. The summit is $15 and includes the evening show — registration with the Ink People required. Call 442-8413 to get signed up. Tickets are $12 for the evening concert only. All ages!
Quick heads up: the Chris Robinson Brotherhood plays HumBrews on Wednesday, May 6. Robinson — you recognize him as the vocalist from The Black Crowes — has been creating California-centric American blues rock with the Brotherhood for several years now. Should be a kickass show. Tickets are $27 and recommended in advance, doors at 8:30 p.m., show is 21-and-over.
Tickets for the 31st annual Reggae On The River go on sale Friday, May 1 at the usual outlets. The iconic celebration will take place on the shores of the Eel River in Humboldt County the weekend of July 30 through Aug. 2.
Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Eight Days a Week calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to email@example.com.