OK, here we go. This Setlist week sees the transfer of days from one Roman emperor's month to another's. From the hot and chaotic days of Julius Caesar's July to the more august days of — well — August, the month of a much longer-lived Caesar. History, namesakes, birthdays, gemstones and zodiacal creatures aside, there is also a palpable shift coming in the next few weeks. Supple leaves and plants will crisp, students will trickle back and I will slowly switch my listening habits from brand new summer jams to mid-career Echo and the Bunnymen, a palate cleansing ritual stretching back to my youth. And this week has a lot of good shows to help you downshift into the peak of summer. Let's explore, shall we?
Eureka's free summer concert series continues at 6 p.m. on Madaket Plaza on the foot of C Street. This evening's artist will be Chico's wandering pop-history band of brothers and a sister, Decades. Expect a lively walk down the last 70-plus years of popular music delivered via top notch players.
Humboldt's best kaleidoscopic jam group Absynth Quartet is playing a free one tonight at the Logger Bar at 9 p.m. Expect a fun and sweaty shindig on the raddest dancefloor east of the pump station.
Oakland's post-punk goth lurkers The Ink Bats come to the Alibi tonight at 11 p.m. for a dark and weird set. Joining these bats will be local low-plains drifters Opossum Sun Trail ($5).
The Sanctuary's artist in residence is Oakland's Eva Restad, the central performer and creative force behind The Church of Color and Light. Tonight at 8 p.m. at the Sanc', Church of C and L presents a performance of the ritual piece "IRRA" ($5-$20 sliding scale). Accompanying music will be provided by local sound-scaper Oryan Peterson-Jones, aka Die Geister Beschwören.
The '70s certainly had a lot of sun-bleached hits, though perhaps none of them made as much of a dent in my personal archeological musical palimpsest as the tune "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Croft. It's just a perfect song that captures a feeling that doesn't really exist on paper. So suffice it to say I am giddy that the curators behind Soul Party — DJ Red, Jaymorg and Funky T-Rex —have named this installment of the all-vinyl sock hop at Humbrews Summer Breezin'. Bring $5 to the door at 9 p.m. to see how seasonally appropriate this little party is.
didi is a loud pop trio from Columbus, Ohio, doing the ancient summer ritual of touring DIY spaces cross-country. Tonight at the Outer Space, you will find didi along with Bay Area punk act Try the Pie and local darlings Blood Honey performing their parts in the unbroken continuum of live music of which we, the living, are the lucky and eternal heirs. At 7 p.m. ($5).
Punkish Los Angeles band Hip Priest finds itself on the base of the Hollywood Hills of Arcata tonight, specifically Blondies at the foot of California Avenue, specifically at the hour of 8 p.m. Joining these transplants will be local punk rock burners Dead Drift and pop-garage trio The Tweeners (price TBA).
Wandering away from music for a moment, I'd like to tongue-in-cheek suggest for your Tuesday evening what I can only say will certainly be a unique experience for anyone who, in the words of Hunter S. Thompson, "buys the ticket and takes the ride." Humboldt Republican Women presents an advance screening of the film Death of a Nation by Trump-pardoned felon and professional disingenuous shithead Dinesh D'Souza at the Broadway Theater at 7 p.m. With a title evoking D.W. Griffith's racist masterpiece The Birth of a Nation, D'Souza's film takes you on a hallucinatory journey imagining that the party of Lincoln has anything in common with the modern Republican party of Donald Trump. In other news, did you know the lefty Democratic Socialists of America must be evil because the Nazi party called themselves "National Socialists?" Also, kneeling NFL players are the actual racists and water is bad because it contains hydrogen, which we all know is dangerous. Tickets are $13 and pre-order only, while borrowing and reading real history books and documentaries from the library is both free and priceless.
Dancehall Tuesdays continue at The Jam for the pure and good people planning on pre-gaming Reggae on the River. 10 p.m. (price TBA).
I must say that as a compiler of shows and humble scribe of bands, I really give my honest admiration to bands that lay out the unpretentious, unvarnished truth on their online bios. Bless them, every one. The Miracle Show is one such group, its Facebook page bearing the succinct and perfect line "5 dudes who play Grateful Dead music." Gorgeous. Anyway, these five dudes will be joined by twe more — local jammer Piet Dalmolen and Morgan Corviday — to celebrate Jerr Bear's 76th birthday at Humbrews at 9 p.m. ($10). So if this is your thing, don't miss it, sugaree.
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 email@example.com.
Collin Yeo is one guy who dances to a wide variety of '80s music in his house, alone. He tries not to be a disingenuous shithead. He lives in Arcata.