L et's mix it up a bit. Pick something you wouldn't usually gravitate toward and give it a go. Remember, you can always leave discreetly, especially if you sit in the back and duck out during a break. At least you'll have attempted to expand your horizons.
Friday: High-falutin', funk or a holler?
When's the last time you went to the symphony? Seems like a great excuse to put on your fancy clothes; you know, the ones you rarely get to wear in our casual, albeit amazing home. Shake out that suit, pick up your dress from the dry cleaners and pop out to see the Humboldt Symphony perform a concertino with student trombonist and concerto competition winner Craig Hull as soloist. First performed in 1837, the "Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra" by German composer Ferdinand David became his most popular and most enduring composition. Works written expressly for trombone and orchestra are rare.
The program also features the first two movements of Antonin Dvorak's cheerful and optimistic Symphony No. 8. The performance takes place in the Fulkerson Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 general, $5 seniors, students and children, free to HSU students and available from the HSU Box Office or at the door.
Or maybe just tug on those dependable jeans and slide into your favorite hoodie to catch Portland guitarist/bandleader Scott Pemberton celebrating the release of his new funk-jazz-rock album, Timber Rock. Known for his wild approach to the guitar — he plays without a strap, often piano-like — Pemberton has been referred to as "a modern day Jimi Hendrix." Judge for yourself at Hum Brews, doors at 9 p.m., tickets are $12, 21-and-over.
I am not sure what you wear to the 5 Dollar Holler, but I imagine something sexy, easy to dance in and that won't slow you down too much during the Arcata Theatre Lounge's security pat-down. The show features six artists: Onhell, aka Angel Rubio-Hale "equipped with vintage synthesizers, cutting edge production tools and a drive for experimentation;" Hypha, "a specialized blend of synthesized, rhythmic bass poetry;" Jsun, "deep and techy, sultry and seductive, melodic bass with a touch of grime;" Middle Agent, "I love to make, listen to and experience music regularly;" Treemeista, "heady vibes and renegade rhythms;" and SuDs, who does this for "the passion the music brings." Doors open at 9:30 p.m., tickets are $5 – a cheap chance to check out this scene if you're not already familiar with it! – and the show is 21-and-over.
Saturday: Soul, Soulsapiens, Shively rock or ... klezmer?!
Humboldt's most successful monthly dance party — yes, we're talking about Soul Night — shimmies into its 40th shindig with DJs Jaymorg, Red and Matt 'n' Adam. Expect all-vinyl funk and soul sets. Wear your boldest outfit for this one, folks: those wacky pants you bought on a whim at a Haight Street vintage shop, that glittering crop top with the long swooshy sleeves, and shoes that will slide across that dance floor, natch. Advance tickets recommended and available for $5 at Humboldt Brews and Missing Link Records. Doors at 9 p.m., 21-and-over.
Alternate suggestion: Wear whatever's cute and comfy to hear local radio faves Scuber Mountain and funkmasters Soulsapiens at the Jambalaya. Doors at 9:30 p.m., $5 cover, 21-and-over.
Most of us have that favorite pair of jeans that we wear until we find ourselves popping out of our car one innocent afternoon only to hear that particular rip notifying you that your crotch seam has rather fantastically busted out. I would not recommend wearing those until you deal with that situation, but an old pair of jeans and a black T-shirt can be sexy as hell and totally apropos for a gig boasting heavy rock from Shively in the form of Blackplate, plus Eureka acoustipunk darling The Bored Again. At the Alibi. Music at 11, $3 cover, no one under 21.
Paris-based gypsy band Les Yeux Noirs, a six-person group led by brothers Olivier and Eric Slabiak, is a combination of violinists and vocalists who mix klezmer and gypsy music with songs in French, Russian, Romanian and Yiddish. Considered and complex yet wild and occasionally raucous, Les Yeux Noirs give notions of musical purity a good bruising. Wear whatever you want — no one will notice in the madness. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $18 advance general, $15 for Playhouse members and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Wildberries Marketplace and online at www.arcataplayhouse.org.
Wednesday: Comfort rock
Martin Sexton is a classic rock 'n' roller in the best way, embodying everything that appeals about all your favorite old hits. Along with folk-rockers Brothers McCann, Sexton plays at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Dress casual — this is a seated show. Tickets are $20 general and available at the usual outlets. Doors at 7 p.m., 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.