This week features a folk-heavy lineup of artists, as well as some odd ducks and assorted bright things. And because I have an interview with one of them elswhere in this issue and an album review in the works, I am going to be a man of few words in this intro and simply wish you all a wonderful week in the waning wake of the Super Blood Wolf Moon.
There's a modern folk and roots music show tonight at Phatsy Kline's at 7 p.m. Margo Cilker is a Bay Area-based singer/songwriter who cuts her work from the patchwork cloth of current and yesteryear greats like Lucinda Williams and Woody Guthrie. Her band is on tour with similar Ore-Washington act An American Forrest and will be joined tonight by local folk string trio No Pardon. There's no cover at the door but the hat will be passed at some point and a $10 donation would sure warm the players up a bit.
Rosanne Cash is a woman who, over the course of 40 years of releasing records, writing books and playing concerts, has eclipsed her famous surname many times over with her formidable talent. That talent is for writing personal songs of darkness turned outwards and magnified universally until they have colored every listener with a sunglasses tint that reveals all the pain that the bright lights hide. She is one of the few living artists whose entire discography is rewarding. Tonight she comes to Eureka — a first — on the back of her latest release She Remembers Everything. She will be joined onstage at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts with her life and musical partner John Leventhal for an expo of her truth-blackened beauties. 8 p.m. ($66). (Read more on page 17.)
If you crave American music but prefer the budget and the atmosphere of a local watering hole, look no further than the Kingfoot show tonight at the Logger Bar. The boys start it up around 9 p.m. and the show is free to all comers with a calm disposition and desire to carry on through the night.
The Alibi hosts a dirty punk and folk affair late this evening at 11 p.m. Newish group The Bow-Legged Buzzards feature the fiddlin' and gravel-voiced talented bravado of front-fellow Phill Irvine, while The Bored Again is the greatest one-man bass playing punk band ever to be fronted by a guy named Dave. Just $3 gets you in the door and that's less than a gallon of gas for a higher-octane grade of fun.
I'm not usually a fan of movie musicals and with very few exceptions I avoid the genre like anything else that floats in the confluence of the waters of maudlin sentiment and big production budgets. However, I am not made of stone and even though I am not made of felt and fabric either, I still love The Muppet Movie. Having no emotional reaction to The Rainbow Connection, especially the couplet "What's so amazing/that keeps us stargazing?" should be added to the Dark Triad test for psychopathy and if the antics of these Muppets don't make you laugh out loud then I have no idea what will. Check out Kermit and company at The Arcata Theatre Lounge this evening at 6 p.m. for a revisit of their big screen debut ($5).
Arrington de Dionyso is the brains as well as embouchure behind the free and world jazz protest act This Saxophone Kills Fascists. He returns to The Outer Space tonight at 7 p.m. to blow down the walls of the proverbial modern American Jericho with his godly horn. Joining him will be local sound collective Medicine Baul as well as Arcata's up and coming abstract surf band Sue and the Namies ($6).
Violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil B. form an instrumental hip-hop duo from Florida called Black Violin. Both men are classically trained musicians who favor a portmanteau of beats, elegant bars and musical passages. The resulting sound has a good amount of spectacle to it but never gets lost in kitsch or mired in novelty, and the group is very popular both in the studio and on stage. Rounding out its touring band are drummer Nat Stokes and DJ SPS. Hear them all at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. ($39, $15 students).
As many quotes as there are about music nourishing the soul and giving meaning to our lives, there are just as many less flowery and more matter-of-fact sentiments about the importance of eating well and its effect on good health. As boring as it may be, eating well is a vitally important idea and there is simply not enough good art made about it. That may have changed somewhat. The Humboldt Food Policy Council presents a Food Films Pop-Up Festival featuring a series of short films on that very subject at the Miniplex today. There will be showings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., so if you have children you want to bring you should favor the earlier one to not run afoul of the 21+ bar age curfew ($12, $10 advance).
Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like nearly everyone else on the North Coast, Collin Yeo missed seeing the lunar eclipse due to weather. He lives in Arcata, where the next visible lunar eclipse will occur on July 4, 2020, because, of course, that holiday during the next election year needs an added dose of lunacy.