Local fuzzy Americana quartet Hollow Down began the year on the road with a plan to tour the United States in their beloved home and bus, bringing their vibrant live gospel to the masses. Last week that dream was destroyed when the rig in question went up in flames on a lonesome stretch of State Route 198, victim to an unknown form of mechanical failure. The band lost its gear, merchandise, and the homes of six people and four animals who all thankfully escaped with their lives.
We are a generous county, humble though we may be, and I will of course keep a sharp eye out for any benefit shows on the horizon. Meanwhile, the band members, who planned on touring indefinitely and have thus lost their home and now face an uncertain future, have an active GoFundMe page to help offset the catastrophic loss: www.gofundme.com/hollow-down-bus-fire. We take care of each other around here, ideally. For anyone who is still lamenting the dawn of this New Year please remember that we all have a hand in shaping what sort of future we'll collectively have and that your kindness can effectively rewrite our future timeline. You can be like a forward-travelling Terminator of positive direct actionl (I just watched T-2: Judgement Day on VHS with my roommates the other night so that's where my head's at — apologies.)
Anyway, have a better week than Hollow Down and consider converting some of the fortune which life has bestowed on you to those in need. You won't regret it.
There's a free jazz show tonight in The Basement, a venue beneath the Jacoby Storehouse that may or may not also have been a certain long-standing and well-regarded Italian restaurant. Come down at 8 p.m. and have a drink and a nosh and check out the smooth sounds of RLA Trio.
It's the two-year anniversary of the opening of the all-ages safe and sober venue Outer Space and the crew is throwing a show. Beginning at 7 p.m. you can catch a diverse variety of local acts including the music collective 4 The Masses, loose and chunky punk band Wet Spot, indigenous activists Sarah Torres and Cousin Adam, and the mic stand poets of Word Humboldt. The entry fee is $5-$20 sliding scale so this one's got a lot of band for its buck.
Money, Humboldt County's premier interpreters of Pink Floyd, play Humbrews this evening at 9:30 p.m. ($10, $7 advance). I am told that tonight's show will be a recapitulation of P.F.'s second best album — in my estimation — Meddle. The best album is of course the genius progenitor of post-punk coldness called Animals, a point which I will argue with no one because I really have nothing riding on my opinion beyond my own absurd and ragged solipsism. Anyway, enjoy.
The Alibi is hosting a metal show tonight. Areal stoner band Ultramafic provides the local support for Oakland's black metal act Carrion Bloom. The time is an hour before midnight, and the cover charge is a mere $5. Viva.
The Temporary Resonance Trio of Terrie Baune, Carol Jacobson, and John Chernoff — who play violin, cello and piano respectively — present a matinee performance fundraiser for the Eureka Symphony at 3 p.m. at the Eureka Women's Club. Today's repertoire includes a trio by Brahms as well as the trio number four (opus 22) by the lesser known but equally talented composer Theodore Gouvy ($30).
Hawaiian reggae band The Green travels from the eternal sunshine of its native Oahu to play the Mateel tonight at 9 p.m. ($29, $25 advance). Filling out the bill of island grooves will be Filipino/Hawaiian singer and American Idol alumnus Eli-Mac as well as Fia.
Front Country is a bluegrass quintet from San Francisco that operates as a sort of chamber ensemble dedicated to the precision of the form. It plays the Arcata Playhouse tonight at 8 p.m. ($18, $16 for Humboldt Folklife Society members). Expect deft multi-vocal harmonies and deft instrumental fireworks to punctuate the evening's performance.
It's hump day ladies and gents, so once again please come one and all over to the Logger Bar for another free installment of the Everything Goes Open Mic curated by Mo Hollis. The title says it all, so if you want to play Bach on a nose flute or grab a buddy to re-enact Homer Simpson and Barney Gumble's fictional two-man/one pair of giant overalls performance on the Gong Show, tonight's the night. The fun starts at 8 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collin Yeo has lived in vehicles before. He now lives in a house in Arcata but who knows what may come?