The HUM: Day of the Dead, the night before and after

MISSING MORT I miss my mother on this coming Día de los Muertos. Marla Joy of Bayou Swamis explains, “The Day of the Dead is a way of remembering those that came into our lives and went before us. We will be remembered until the last person says our name.” There will be an altar at Saturday’s Farmers’ Market. This remembrance of her will be on it. Her name was Jean, friends called her Mort. Bob Doran photo

If you read last week’s Halloweek Hum you may remember that some things continued through the real Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. For example, the Haunted Kinetic Lab of Horrors, with “scares & thrills for ages 13 & up, at the Lab, 8th & N sts. Arcata, 7 p.m. until midnight. 

Then there’s that other Lab, the one in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where Dr. Frank N. Furter offers the invitation, “So, come up to the lab, and see what’s on the slab!” Turns out we have dueling Rockys, with the Minor’s show at 9 p.m. while Eureka Theater has its own “special Halloween screening” including a full live shadow cast, prop kits for sale (same as the Minor), but offering cocktails and VIP table service. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. games and pre-show begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. I suppose if you do time warp, you could try making it to both. 

Object Heavy is at Humbrews to “bring you a very special Halloween night of hard-hitting soul music, from featuring an opening set from Lovebush, and guest appearance from some of Humboldt’s best musicians,” at last count, around 15 band members. It’s around Swiz’ b-day, so buy him a drink or something. It all starts at 9:30 p.m. with a DJ set from Nada Clue.

World Famous Productions’ “Halloween at Arcata Theatre Lounge” features top shelf EDM with Machinedrum, Danny Corn, PRSN, and Zanapod, all ready to fill the dance floor.

At the Jam Thursday, plan an irie H-Eve with UK’s Iration Steppas, “spiritual step-in warriors,” the vanguard of classic dub, “coming inna Year 3000 style,” on their first California tour, which makes this their first visit to Humboldt. 

Costumed covers? The Undercovers rock your faves Halloween at Six Rivers (in McKinleyville), 8 to 11:30 p.m.

“Few things are better than a costume party at the Logger!” or so says Absynth Quartet, who are dressing up alongside Belles of the Levee for an evening out is Blue Lake. (9-ish.)

At Siren’s Song, Halloween (8 p.m.-11:15) The Trouble presents “a night of weird Americana and rock,” with their rockin’ band joined by Strix Vega and the connected Electro Saloon (connected in as much as guitarist Colin Begell plays in S.Vega and E.Saloon and Alanna Jane Powell of E.S. is married to Andy Powell, who is S.V.’s bassist/keyboard player, got that).

The Inn at 2nd and C has that Mystical Creatures Ball we mentioned last week. The third annual Historic Eagle House Haunted Halloween runs from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. with more EDM by more top flight performers from here and elsewhere including DJ Dan (from S.F.), Sepiatonic (PDX), Marjo Lak (Brazil/Humboldt), Joe-E, Esch, Skinny Pepperwood, GMNIITE, Hypha, CopperTon3, MC Lady Flavah, “and more.” This 18-plus event is on two stages with three bars, snacks, plus live painting, a photo booth, a VIP lounge, “and still more.”

Around the corner at Forever Found Humboldt (in Eureka) you are invited to Wess Vega’s House of Horror, “a ghoulish night of Halloween fun,” with “chilling thrills you won’t forget,” and two stages with three bars, plus live art, also 18-plus but more in the hip hop vein. Your host, Wess Vega is “an international recording artist and producer” from Atlanta, “now residing in Humboldt County for the past four years.” Not sure who else is performing, but it’s probably a local hip hop peeps. Special bonus: They offer a free shuttle bus all night between Arcata and Eureka.

RampArt Skatepark and DisBeatCrasher have two H-Eve shows on South G (in Arcata), with two Brit bands, anarcho-punks Subhumans and Bad Breeding, plus Cali punks Neighborhood Brats. Doors at 7 p.m. music at 8, all ages, beer if you have an ID. Later at RampArt and DisBeatCrasher present a Halloween Cover Band Show with Slayer tunes played by local headbangers from Nan Elmoth, Unholy Orifice and The Sturgeons. Other band(s) TBA. Costume contest, details TBA. Runs 11 p.m. til 1 a.m. 

Remember, at midnight Halloween becomes the Day of the Dead, aka All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day, and also, as former KHSU DJ Julee Unrulee notes, “Si, yo se que Nov. 1, es Dia de Los Muertos. I’m DJing Goth Night at Siren’s Song on Nov. 1,” with DJ Zero One and the post-punk combo Silence in the Snow, who recently relocated from Oakland to Arcata. 

Also on Friday, Nov. 1, Forever Found has “Halloween De Los Muertos,” a celebration with a deluxe taco bar from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., then at 9 p.m., reggae star Prezident Brown takes the stage and the venue is transformed into a dance club. The Prez is a Jamaican-born roots reggae artist who “carries a universal message of love, consciousness and righteousness.” 

Friday at Humbrews, it’s the return of Hot Buttered Rum, originally a young stringband from the High Sierra, now a veteran mid-level Bay Area alt. bluegrass/Americana/indie folk outfit. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with an opening set by our own Piet Dalmolen “w/possible sit-in,” sez Piet.   

And starting Friday, the Synapsis Collective presents Cave, an original collaborative “performance about bodies in darkness,” directed by Leslie Castellano, “exploring loss, hidden bodies, monsters, succumbing, and holes in the earth.” The show (at Synapsis) runs Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., Saturday after Arts Alive at 9 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. It repeats next week, Thursday through Saturday. Nov. 7-9, at 8 p.m. each night. 

The Bayou Swamis perform Cajun/zydeco flavored dance music and celebrate the Day of the Dead Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Arcata Farmer’s Market with a community altar. “Bring a memento, photo, write a note to a loved person, pet, place, or thing,” says Swami Marla Joy. “The messages will be respectfully burned if not collected by the originator at the end of the event. The Day of the Dead is a way of remembering those that came into our lives and went before us. We will be remembered until the last person says our name.”

Later Saturday, Nov. 2, (7 p.m.) at Arcata Presbyterian Church, it’s Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir’s annual harvest event, “Celebrating Black Cultural Awareness, based on Black music that brought resilience to Black communities. The evolution of gospel music is deeply rooted in the musical forms of generations of African slaves.” This evolution is in evidence with the latest AIGC director, Valetta Molofsky. She brought it at the North Country Fair. Bravo! 

Out in Blue Lake Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. it’s “an intimate evening where members of The Reverie will accompany Georgia Ruth in showcasing her original music,” in advance of an upcoming record filled with Georgia’s songs with “themes of heartbreak, falling in love (with people and horses), becoming sober, and discovering oneself.” (The Reverie is 3/4 of Absynth Q plus Tim Lane on piano.)  

At Outer Space on Saturday, Nov. 2, they have an eclectic mix of rock with the Boston outfit Pile, with frontman Rick Maguire playing asymmetrical guitar. Plus Sea Moss, Sneeze, Fucko, and Arcata’s own Winter Bloom. 7-10 p.m. One must assume all five will play short sets.

It’s Arts Alive night in E-town Nov. 2, and Anna “Banana” Hamilton has a new CD called YES YES YES. She’s rolling out the CD full of ballads, Latin, and swing originals, at the Morris Graves Museum, with the RLA Trio: Tim Randalls on keys, Mike LaBolle on drums and Ken Lawrence on bass.  (I’ve been trying to get them to change their name to TiMiKen, but they’re stuck on that old (inaccurate) name.) Two shows: 6 & 7:30 p.m. Free.

At Bandit for Arts Alive, “enjoy a festive evening of live mbira music and singing with Seth Geddes and Company.” Bandit’s Erica Davie also notes, “Beautiful paintings and woolscapes by artist Claire Mackenzie will grace the walls. And, of course... I’ll be there serving up tasty drinks and treats.” (I was a Kickstarter supporter and have not yet used up my advance credit, so I’ll be drinking rose lemonade.) 

At Siren’s Song for Arts Alive Saturday they have Witch Ripper, with stoner/sludge metal from Seattle, on tour in support of their latest, Homestead. Mandatory local support from Ultramafic and Thundercloud. 

An Arts Alive afterparty at Om Sweat Om Hot Yoga (in Eureka) has EDM DJs Dat-1, Rufkraft, DJ Scribz, and Silkie B b2b Moglee. I imagine they will make you sweat.   

Fancy Night at the Sanctuary is coming soon, and you are invited. “Support the Sanctuary at our first harvest dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Enjoy a grand feast of locally grown and lovingly prepared foods and drinks, and live entertainment in our Great Hall by our friends in the James Zeller Trio. Limited seating. Tickets available at Wildberries. 

Ace drummer Scott Amendola and cool organist Wil Blades (just one “l”) celebrate the release of a brand new record Everybody Wins at the Arcata Playhouse Monday, Nov. 4 (8 p.m.) with some “very special guests.” In addition to Scott on drum kit/electronics/percussion and Wil on Hammond B3 and clavinet, the supergroup includes guitarist Jeff Parker (from Tortoise), the mad saxophonist Skerik, and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista. Expect greasy grooves, head-spinning musical telepathy, and musical insanity.

OK, out of space, the blackout threatens, I outta here…

 

 







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