I’m going to outline the shows I think would be fun to attend, and you can do with it what you will. Hopefully I’ll see you this weekend.
It’s Friday! Here’s what to do if you can’t legally drink in this country. Really, here’s what anyone can do.
Muddy’s Hot Cup is hosting an Irish extravaganza, with music by Scatter the Mud and storytelling by Carpathian. Another option is almost always Mosgo’s (www.mosgos.org); Ray Robinson is working hard keeping the weekends rocking at the little coffee shop in Westwood. This Friday they have Deep Groove Society (house, drum and bass, breaks, techno, dub, with 528 MySpace friends) starting at 9 p.m. They will also be hosting an Arcata Art Institute show that night. Deep Groove Society plays every Sunday at Jambalaya, so this is a great time to catch them at an all-ages venue. (http://deepgroovesociety.com)
For those of you who are 21+.
Auntie Mo’s will host a roller derby fundraiser and rock art auction with music by Dragged by Horses (Arcata progressive hard rock, 833 MySpace friends), Arrogant Hare (Humboldt power-pop, super-group, 109 MySpace friends) and Side Iron (Eureka rock ‘n’ roll, 94 MySpace friends). Auction at 6:30 p.m.; music starts at 9.
Shows for Everyone!
There will be an afternoon show at Opera Alley Bistro in Old Town Eureka. Jenifer Breeze (folk rock, 371 MySpace friends) and Nate Stevens (soul folk, 1,305 MySpace friends) will play at 1 p.m. – free, all ages. In addition, Opera Alley has some delightful burgers, salads and sandwiches.
Shows for 21+
Another celebration for St. Paddy’s Day, the only holiday in honor of a missionary observed by getting wildly drunk – oooooh, the irony. Green Day 2008: Portuguese Hall, Arcata, kicking off at 6 p.m. Cost is $12 in advance/$15 at the door. It’s a benefit for local eco-groups featuring:
+ Kulica, Blue Lake folk rock – 398 MySpace friends.
+ Bucky Walters, Arcata bluegrass – 489 MySpace friends.
+ Bloco Firmeza, Arcata samba folk – 244 MySpace friends.
+ The Absynth Quintet, Humboldt psychedelic, progressive, acoustic – 1,184 MySpace friends.
Moving Right Along in search of good times and good news:
Lately there have been a lot of good Monday shows. Weird. Why Mondays? I stayed out late this Monday and now I’m tired and trying to write my column, and although the show was wonderful and I’m glad I went ... Mondays are a tough day to get out.
The following shows take place on Monday, March 17.
All-ages show at Big Pete’s Pizza, Sick Bitch (Arcata pop punk, 77 MySpace friends) and Nipplepotamus (Arcata experimental indie rock, 229 MySpace friends), $4 cover, starts at 10 p.m.
21+ show at Jambalaya with Starving Weirdos (Manila ghettotech, electro-acoustic, 72 MySpace friends), Ex-Cocaine (Montana, grunge folk, 350 MySpace friends) and Religious Knives (gothic rock from Brooklyn, N.Y., 750 MySpace friends), show starts at 10 p.m.
Thursday, another random night to have a bunch of awesome shows!
Humboldt Brews – The Zygoats (Arcata rock, 246 MySpace friends), Nipplepotamus, 33 1/3 (instru-metal, 72 MySpace friends) 9 p.m., $4, 21+. I just saw 33 1/3 and they were lots of fun. I’m not a huge metal fan, but the hard, fast, driving force that is 33 1/3 was well worth the damage to my ears.
Another decent Arcata show for the 21+ crowd at the Jambalaya starts at 10 p.m., $5 cover. Boss 501 (ska/reggae from Chico, 561 MySpace friends). OK, this show makes sense because touring bands usually hit Humboldt County midweek, but when it’s just local bands, why all the midweek shows? You have to compete with other venues for showgoers who probably have to work in the morning anyway and can’t afford to stay out late on a weekday no matter how awesome the band is. End of commentary — although if anyone has any insight into this phenomenon, let me know.
(Opinions expressed in columns do not necessarily represent those of The Eureka Reporter or its staff.)