Local musical man of mystery Chris Parreira tipped me off to an interesting show this evening in a rare venue — at M. Walker Guitars at 550 South G St., Unit #9 — with Anna Tivel. She's a touring singer/songwriter and has recently been a winner at the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Festival, so that's something. She'll perform songs from last year's release of Heroes Waking Up in this intimate show tonight that starts at 8 p.m. and has a $15 ticket price.
Local keyboard jammer Tomek has been helping to organize the Friday Night Live concert series in Old Town Eureka on the last Friday of each month. There are three more concerts coming up before they take a break during the cold winter months. Tonight you'll find Lyndsey Battle, from what Tomek tells me, though it's unclear which group she's playing with — maybe Daily Driver. Either way, she's very talented and always surrounds herself with great local musicians as well. The music will start around 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Old Town and there will be some beer and cider around from what I hear. It's free so soak it up. The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West — quite a title — Travis Brass is stopping by Fulkerson Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert on HSU's campus. There is limited seating so give the ticket office a call to reserve your ticket at 826-3928. Empresses of harmony Belles of the Levee return to Cafe Mokka in Arcata tonight for a free show at 8 p.m. Back in Eureka, the Friday Night Live After Party starts at 9 p.m. at Siren's Song Tavern with proggers LD51 and local rockers Blacksage Runners. This one's free. Around the same time, Americana trio Kingfoot returns to the Logger Bar in Blue Lake for a free show. Dead Heads and JGB lovers can rejoice because Melvin Seals and JGB make another two-night residency at Humboldt Brews in Arcata starting tonight at 9:30 p.m. You'll get big helpings of jam rock and an earful of Melvin's Hammond B-3 as they blow it away on the stage. It's $25 to get into this show.
It's the 13th annual Humboldt Hills Hoedown at the Mateel Community Center in Redway starting at noon. I was recently chatting with a friend about how money's getting tighter here in Humboldt as our largest industry transitions into the legitimate marketplace. With prices of Humboldt's world famous crop dropping weekly, the amount of money in our local economy is going to shrink and I think we're all going to start feeling this more and more. While many of us have judged our cash-earning neighbors out in the hills, we've never had a problem taking their money at our local stores and dealerships. And although there's a long overdue and natural price realignment occuring, it means that with less money coming into Humboldt, there will be less to go around. I digress, but with that in mind and after some rough financials from the Reggae on the River Festival, the Mateel could use your support today at the hoedown. There will be barbecue, kid-friendly activities and, of course, music courtesy of Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, T Sisters, Miss Lonely Hearts, Wicklow Atwater, April Moore & Ranch Party, Lone Star Junction, Way Out West and Back To The Hill, along with others. If you can cough up the $25 for a ticket, it'll be worth it. Back up in NoHum, you'll find classic and alternative rock on the bill at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. from Firesign, doing its thing for free. If metal's more your taste, head to Siren's Song Tavern in Eureka around 7:30 p.m. to catch Drouth, which is in the death metal vein out of Portland. The band has local support from Muppet Hunter and Death Mode Trippers for this $5 bill. Outer Space in Arcata is hosting a benefit show for Pacific Union Elementary School's Music Department with metal from Arcata's Frequency Shift and hardcore from fellow Arcatans Cross Oceans. I give them credit for being in the metal/hardcore genres and not having band names that immediately tip you off to their sound. The show is all ages and starts at 8 p.m. for only $6. In case you missed Melvin Seals and JGB last night — or if you just had such a damn good time you want to go again — you have another shot tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Hum Brews with a $25 cover charge. Ian of the Alibi tells me Radio Clash is happening tonight at 11 p.m. I believe this to mean that local DJs are spinning tunes from The Clash. Anyway, I hope that's the case. I've never been a big punk fan personally, but I can't deny the power and glory of The Clash. I'd say that they were more than just a punk band but it doesn't actually matter; they were a band and a damn good one (please recall the 19 amazing songs off of the double album London Calling as just one example). With all that said, you'll have Blancatron, Gabe Pressure and Zero One Clashin' it up and for only $2.
Outer Space in Arcata features Ice Balloons, with Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, tonight at 7 p.m. for a great all ages show. Sun Foot, billed as a "Portland Los Angeles 3 piece contemporary art rock band," will bend your mind. I have no idea where they are from but maybe that's part of the point. Rounding out the bill tonight is Blackplate who play "flood plain dirge punk from Shively." Don't miss this $8 show.
One of the Marley clan is coming back to Humboldt and making a wise a stop in SoHum at the Mateel Community Center. At 8 p.m. you'll find Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers opening the show for Damian Jr. Gong Marley, who just released Stony Hill back in July and is on the road supporting that album. Advance tickets for this all-ages reggae show are $41.50 and I recommend getting them ahead of time. Vermont-based rootsy-folk band Low Lily are joined by friend and award-winning Irish accordionist John Whelan, making their first tour back to California in quite a while. They're in Arcata tonight at the Arcata Playhouse for an 8 p.m. show with a $20 ticket price.
The Old Steeple in Ferndale welcomes back Tom Rush to its 115-year-old venue. Tom has been in the folk world since the '60s and has influenced countless musicians over the decades. Of Rush, James Taylor said, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences." Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell are just a few others who have had their careers influenced by Tom as well. He'll be stopping by the steeple at 7:30 p.m. with his guitar and plenty of stories to tell. Tickets are $45. Back at the Arcata Playhouse, "indie-acoustic soul, roots and folk power duo" Benyaro shares songs via guitars, upright bass, percussion instruments and harmonicas, among others. They welcome local trio No Pardon, who open up this 8 p.m. $15 show.
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Andy Powell is a congenital music lover and hosts The Album of the Week Show on KWPT 100.3 FM Tuesdays at 6 p.m. He wishes he could eat like a mouse and crap like an elephant.