The first big concert that I remember going to without an accompanying adult was Toots and the Maytals at the old Arcata Theater — when it was still mostly just a movie theater — sometime in my early teens. I can't remember the date or my exact age because more than 20 years of life have swished me through their relentless maws and some of those years had teeth, dammit, but I remember hitting the roof when they played Funky Kingston. I could, if I wanted to, relive that feeling somewhat this Sunday at the Mateel Community Center for the final night of Reggae Legacy ($35 per day, $70 weekend pass), but I honestly haven't made up my mind on that plan yet. I certainly encourage all of you who are on the fence to go if you haven't seen Mr. Hibbert and company because it's a fantastic show and Sunday is a little quiet in the rest of the county. And for those of you seeking your fun elsewhere on other days, I encourage you to please read on.
Have a solid week.
The self-styled "feral jazz" act Dogbone performs at The Basement tonight at 8 p.m. (free). Come join guitarist John King and company for some eclectic neo-jazz stylings brought to you by a semi-big band. What does that mean? Well, if its got strings, horns and drums, that's a semi-big band to me.
Silver Ochre, the audio/visual duo comprised of keyboardist Thollem McDonas and filmmaker and video artist ACVilla, is back in the pewed concert hall of the Sanctuary tonight at 8 p.m. This evening's presentation is a live soundtrack performance by McDonas over a showing of the duo's latest documentary The Now of US, a film about mural art around the United States. Local Eureka muralist Sofia Amezcua starts the show with a discussion of technique and execution ($10-$25 sliding scale).
The Outer Space has a trippy dance party going on early this evening at 7 p.m. The excellent local psychedelic cumbia band La Mancha is joined by San Diego's alt-rock/funk act Retra, a fast and talented group of kids fronted by singer Becx Pelayo ($5-$20). Also present are San Jose-era experimental electro funk group Limbic and local salsa music spinner DJ EastOne. If you favor a later night for your fun and still feel like dancing, the Alibi is hosting a return of its punk and new wave vinyl night Radio Clash. Come in at 11 p.m. to enjoy the dissolute grooves of DJs RATRACE, Greenbeans and Zero One. Like every good retro party, the door price counts backwards in time through the horrors of inflation and wage stagnation, meaning that the charge is a very affordable $3.
Today's a fairly quiet day on the music scene, which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the nature of a semi-remote college town during the summer. However, there are two musical documentaries I suggest you try out if the beach, river or a book don't already have your day's attention. Pavarotti is a documentary by Ron Howard about the life and times of opera's biggest world-tripping rock star of the modern era. Meanwhile Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is a perhaps more intimate story by Nick Broomfield about the people in one of the finest break-up love songs ever written, Leonard Cohen's So long, Marianne. Both films are playing at the Minor Theatre — the former at noon, the latter at 3 p.m. — and both are matinee priced at $7.50 a ticket.
Phatsy Kline's is having a free open mic tonight hosted by No Pardon's Chris Parreira. Sign-ups are at 6:30 p.m. and the fun starts an hour later. Since the place now serves food, you don't have to be over 21 to showcase your talent. I am told that there is a piano on the premises as well, which I'm pretty sure anyone can play because to paraphrase P.G. Wodehouse, you just put one hand down and press things while also pressing different things with the other hand.
DJ Sonido Pachanguero continues the regular Tuesday tradition of spinning a strong Latin music dance party at the Miniplex at 9 p.m. The cover is a mere two-drink minimum and you can dance all night to the latest tracks from the world of salsa, cumbia, merengue, reggaeton and EDM. Prior to the music and next door at Richards' Goat, you can also enjoy the regular and popular Taco Tuesday, which I have always maintained should be called Tacos Tuesday — like attorneys general — because what sort of grim weirdo eats only one taco at a time?
Trumpeter and singer Shamarr Allen brings his stacked electric funk band all the way from the Lower Ninth in New Orleans to Humbrews tonight to jam one out for the ages. 9:30 p.m. ($15). If you enjoy New Orleans music, funk or just dancing in general, you should roll through to hear this man play his famous pocket trumpet.
Collin Yeo would like to congratulate the people of Puerto Rico for showing the rest of America the best — and possibly only — way to secure meaningful political change. He lives in Arcata.