Did you already forget about Sunday night's earthquake? If you don't have your emergency supplies prepped and packed, stop reading and take care of that, pronto. Ready? Good. Now let's talk about the supplies you'll need to get through the next week. First, plenty of water. You'll appreciate the hydration. (Don't raid the earthquake kit!) Second, a place to take naps, because you're looking at a lot of late nights. Third, a solid balance of protein, carbs and greens to keep body and mind strong. Finally, comfy dancing shoes. Whether you prefer freestyle booty-shaking or classic barn dancing — or something in between — this week's got it goin' on.
Thursday, trippy and tantalizing
This is not your usual gig. Legendary outsider artist The Space Lady, often seen busking on the streets of San Francisco in the '80s and '90s, has come out of retirement for a tour of her Casio-driven, phase-shifted, otherworldly originals and unrecognizable covers at the Siren's Song. She'll be joined by ambient jetsetter Ensemble Economique and femme synthpop quartet Blood Gnome. People are excited! Show starts at 9 p.m., is free and all ages.
Over in Arcata, Humboldt Brews presents Jelly Bread, soul and funk spread across an alt-rock foundation with a heap of Americana on top. It's opening for G. Love & Special Sauce later this month, so there's that. I feel like you will have a good time. Show's at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $10.
Friday, freeing and fantastical
You can dance if you want to — and you will want to because it's Soul Night! But wait! That's not all! You also get all vinyl. Humboldt Brews, 9 p.m., $5 (get your tickets early), 21-and-over.
You can dance if you want to — and you'll want to because the No Good Redwood Ramblers know how to inspire people to their feet with that foot-stompin' bluegrass sound it does so well. In this case, the shindig in question is the 12th annual Pisces Party hosted by EPIC and Trees Foundation at the Beginnings Octagon in Redway. At 6 p.m., the event features a dinner and music by the Falling Rocks — get in on that for a $20-30 sliding scale at the door, or go straight to the party after 8 p.m. for a $10-20 sliding scale cover. All proceeds benefit the ongoing work of environmental protector, restorationist and Sacramento policy rabble-rouser Richard Gienger.
You can shpongle if you want to — and you might want to. The Arcata Theatre Lounge hosts SHPONGLE: The Museum of Consciousness Tour with Desert Dwellers. Shpongle is an English psychedelic music project formed in 1996 and considered to be one of the progenitors of the psybient genre, a genre combining world music with psychedelic trance and ambient. Do you feel the pull? Doors open at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $25/$30 at People's Records, Wildberries, The Works and online. This show is 21-and-over.
Saturday, St. Paddy's, a Happy Birthday, a benefit and beyond
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day — oh yeah, that — early with a Wild Irish Barn Dance at the Arcata Veterans' Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Sue Moon will call to the enthusiastic tunes of Blake Ritter and Sam McNeill. All dances will be taught with no partner or experience necessary. Admission $7 general, $6 Humboldt Folklife Society members, students and seniors. Free for kids under 12.
Well, hey, look who's turning a whole decade old? Join Wild Otis and The Fickle Hillbillies for Humboldt Brews' 10th birthday party starting at 9 p.m. This is a free show and Hum Brews' proprietors promise, "Come dance and get wild listening to the music your parents warned you about. Guaranteed good times or your money back!"
More on the dancing/benefit/country front — Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers brings its passion for roots country, honkytonk and big-band swing to the Bayside Grange in a benefit for the Bayside Grange Kitchen Fund starting at 7 p.m. If you need instruction, note that doors open at 6 p.m., with Steve and Clara McDonald offering a dance lesson at 6:15 p.m. It's $8 general, $5 students and free for kids 12 and under. Frolic the night away!
If you prefer the spiky sounds of a funk/jam band, you're also in luck because Liquid Kactus is celebrating the release of its new studio album, Straight Crooked, at the Jambalaya. Tickets are $10 and include a copy of the new album. The show starts at 9 p.m. with an opening set by skasters Meskalito. This gig is 21-and-over.
If none of the above lift your liner, what about a reggae-themed benefit for GMO Free Humboldt? Jah Sun, Rocker-T, Woven Roots, Ishi Dube, Bobby Hustle and more take over the ATL with doors at 9 p.m. and a cover of $20 for those 21-and-over.
Sunday, virtuosity exemplified
Here's a perfect Sunday show: Arcata Playhouse presents the electrifying, unique and always uplifting singer-songwriter combination of Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman. Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Heitzman, "A true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca's in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band." The acoustic soul blissfest begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general, $13 Playhouse and Humboldt Folklife Society members and are available at Wildberries, Wildwood Music or online.
Or you could opt for Railroad Earth at the ATL. According to legend, when asked to describe the band's sound, mandolinist/vocalist John Skehan explains, "I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums," while violinist/vocalist Tim Carbone jokes "We're a country and Eastern band!" Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Todd Sheaffer offers "a souped-up string band? I don't know. I'm not good at this." What the band is good at is playing music. Doors open at 7 p.m., cost is $25 with advanced tickets available at Wildberries, People's Records, The Works, the ATL and ATL online. Show is 21-and-over.
Monday, a wee bit of madness
Finally, St. Patrick's Day. Personally, I have mixed feelings. I love a good party, but I also like snakes. We'll set the cultural/historical discussion aside for now, however, because you've got yourself what is sure to be an excellent time happening at the Logger Bar. From noon till midnight, Blue Lakers and others will celebrate with corned beef and cabbage, Guinness on tap, whiskey specials and, natch, The Vanishing Pints. It's a bar, so if you're under 21, go elsewhere. The Rebel Liberties will be flogging Flogging Molly tunes at the Lil' Red Lion's St. Patrick's Day bash at 6 p.m. for $3 (also 21 plus).
Tuesday, the intrigue continues
"Our new cassingle, Chillality, will be along for the ride on this brief March tour, which features two new tracks from our debut full-length, Wavelength Sovereignty, out later this year." So says Future Twin's press release about this midweek gig at the Jambalaya. You had me at "cassingle." The added bonus of describing the music as "PUNKadelic, moongayze, farmageddon or grandma rock" only makes me love it all the more. (Future Twins has shared stages with Thee Oh Sees, Lightning Bolt and akron/family, so I'm not alone in my fandom.) Catch the San Francisco-based act along with White Manna and Dolphin Star Temple Mystery School starting at 10 p.m. Cover's $6, 21-and-over.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.