I’m in mourning. My dear friend died the other day. It’s not like it was a surprise. My friend’s health wasn’t that great, and frankly, as I grow older, I lose friends all the time. But losing KHSU is different. I was still suffering from a rough 2018, when I lost my radio co-conspirator Gregg “Vinny” DeVaney of Fogue fame, then my mom gave up on life. Oh well, what else can you say but R.I.P.
And now it’s time to Hum…
David Jacob Strain and Bob Beach play some blues Thursday, April 18 (7 to 9 p.m.) at Westhaven Center for the Arts. David’s been playing mean slide guitar for decades, lately with Bob’s virtuoso harp.
The Sanctuary regularly hosts artists in residence. This time they’re puppeteers. They present Poppo & Baloney and the Dream Circus April 18, 19, and 20, an original tale told by a “multidimensional cast of puppets, dancers, and live musicians” in collaboration with students from Dell’Arte (and others). Kid friendly, but for adults too. Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. “Kids 12 and under FREE!”
On the cinema side, it’s the 52nd annual Humboldt Int’l Film Festival running April 19-23, with narrative, experimental/animation, docs, and “Best of” nights (in that order). HSU students have been doing it forever. (I used to when I was a student.)
Friday, April 19 is your last chance to experience playwright Eva Ensler’s Any One of Us: Words from Women in Prison, this time at the Eureka Woman’s Club (Details at thehum.online). Gourmet dinner at 6 p.m. Showtime at 7.
Hear Orphic Percussion Quartet in concert Friday, April 19 at the Arcata Playhouse, with young marimba master Cameron Leach leading the group. Expect something experimental.
Remember those bluesy rockers the Clint Warner Band from a decade ago. Well, they’re back to “melt the stage down” in the Wave Lounge at the Blue Lake Casino on Friday 4/19.
Also on Friday (4/19), Full Moon Fever returns to the Jam with tunes by the late great Tom Petty.
It’s like 4/20-Eve over at Humbrews, with Deadheads gathering for Hammond B-3 organist Melvin Seals and JGB starting a two-night run 4/19 & 20. (Melvin played keys for the Jerry Garcia Band.)
On Saturday, the Wave celebrates 4/20 with The Miracle Show. You are invited to “bring back those flashbacks of that indescribable feeling that a great Dead show gave us all,” (for those not at the JGB show).
All day (noon-midnight) Blondie’s celebrates Redwoodstock on 4/20 with La Mancha, Over Yonder, Jade Moon (from L.A.) and too many other local bands to list.
Forever Found (in Eureka) celebrates the “End of Prohibition” with a big reggae-centric bash with Rasta vet Don Carlos, plus Woven Roots and Object Heavy and local DJs and live artists galore. (Starts at 3 p.m.)
At Siren’s Song on “Easter Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!” (4/21) it’s psyche etc. with local shredders White Manna, a like-minded “fuzzy” outfit called Carlton Melton, one-man-band Mister Moonbeam, and The Second Set, aka Residual Echoes.
Humbrews picks up a lot of touring bands on weeknights, for example, Monday, 4/22, Mike Love stops by. BTW, this is not the Beach Boy, rather it’s a dreadlocked dude “with a foundation rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of reggae and Rastafari.”
Then Wednesday, April 24, Humbrews has bluesy Boulder-based Americana band Grant Farm led by vocalist and National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant. Think of them as a workingman’s jamband.
On Saturday, April 27, Outer Space presents the fifth annual Drone Cinema Film Festival. This is not up-in-the-sky drones, rather “an evening of films crafted by cutting-edge digital media artists working in drone, glitch, and industrial ambient sound art. Added bonus: music by John Hardin on electric didgeridoo.
At Blondie’s, same Saturday (4/27) it’s wild rock by Drooler, a PDX outfit with Ellis and Andrew from former local band Wild Lungs. Ellis describes it as, “the same ‘90s alt rock worship you’ve come to expect from Andrew and I.” They’re on the road with PDX friends Loose, the Band. Arcata’s Wet Spot opens.
At Siren’s Song, same day (4/27), see Dub Narcotic Sound System aka Calvin Johnson of K Records. Local support from “vag-centric electronic femme hop duo” Vagsicle, Sue and the Namies (“think B-52’s meets Dick Dale!) and Clean Girl and the Dirty Dishes (half of The Monster Women).
Also on 4/27, down the street at the Eagle House, Booty Shakin’ Music presents “Wigs & Onesies” featuring hip hop vet Del the Funky Homosapien, plus assorted EDM from Amp Live, Mike Relm, Domino, Esch and too many other DJs to list.
No Pardon rolls out their new album Whisper with two shows, Saturday, 4/27, at the Westhaven Center of the Arts, and Sunday, 4/28 at Siren’s Song. The folk-rockin’ trio is fiddler Rosalind Parducci, guitarist Chris Parreira, and upright bassist Amber Grimes. Rosalind says expect “heart-felt reflections on our time in Humboldt,” as they “celebrate the changing of the seasons and explore musical and artistic horizons.” Did I mention Rosalind is “Artist in Residence” at WCTA?
Also Sunday (4/28) a benefit for Camp Winnarainbow with Absynth Quartet, Dead On and emcee Wavy Gravy. I’d say more, but I’m over my word limit. Check thehum.online for more.