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Two Straight Days of Live Music in the Inland Sun

It is unclear if our current coastal heatwave will hold through the weekend. But as seasoned Humboldt sun seekers know if you're feeling chilly head east.

[UPDATE: Mad River Summerfest canceled for Friday night. We shall see what tomorrow brings.]

This Friday and Saturday, not only will a 299 river venture reward you with warmer temperatures, you'll also get a load of local live music in your ear. For 'tis the return of Mad River SummerFest, which will take over Christie Ranch near Blue Lake for two nights and one day of bands, booths and booze. Hell, for a paltry $15 you can even set up camp. Who's playing? Let the Lowdown inform you who's gonna be onstage when:



Too much joy for you? Other Friday options in your Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff


Humboldt County Fair

Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 9 a.m.

This year is the 117th annual event. Features live and satellite horse racing, mule racing, carnival rides and games, death defying stunts, live entertainment, competitive exhibits, livestock events, great fair-time foods and special programs.

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Mad River Summerfest

Christie Ranch / 5 p.m.-midnight / $5 / $15 w/camping

With performances by Earl Thomas, Steve Culture and Ishi Dube, Motherlode, The Fickle Hillbillies, Lord Ellis, No Good Redwood Ramblers and many more. Proceeds benefit Mad River Alliance.

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From Sawdust to Uranium: 130 Years of Electricity in Humboldt County

Clarke Historical Museum / 6-8 p.m. / Free

Authors Garret Root and Rand Herbert of JRP Historical, Inc. and Humboldt Bay Generating Station plant managers Loren Sharp and Mark Smith will be providing a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of electricity in Humboldt County.

443-1947 / clarkehistorical@att.net / Web site

Late: A Cowboy Song

Redwood Park / 7 p.m.

Part of Plays in the Park. Mary finds herself caught between her childhood sweetheart Crick, and the cowboy Red. As Crick pulls her in with marriage and a baby, Red gives her the freedom of the open fields and friendship.

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The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15 / $12 students/seniors

Follows the story of Marjorie Taub, the wife of a philanthropic allergist, who is engulfed in a life crisis of Medea-like proportions.

442-6278 / Web site

Legendary Locals of Arcata

Northtown Books / 9 p.m.

Arcata Eye editor Kevin Hoover presents his new book, plus the Nite Pie ladies (featured on the book's cover) return that evening with some delicious pies for you to sample.

822-2834 / info@northtownbooks.com / Web site

Music Camp

Arcata High School / 9 a.m.-7 p.m. / $160

Week long day camp for percussion, brass, and winds students.

273-7091 / joshkey1@gmail.com / Web site

Humboldt Bay Boat Tours

Humboldt Baykeeper / 9 a.m.

Humboldt Baykeeper offers free natural history boat tours of the north Humboldt Bay at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Call for details.

268-8897 /

Garberville Farmers' Market

Garberville Town Square / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

Anna Hamilton

Angelina Inn / 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.

725-5200 / Web site

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio! Wheeeeeee...

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

McKinleyville Arts Night

McKinleyville Business Dist. / 6-8 p.m.

Celebration of arts, food and fun in McKinleyville held the third Friday of each month.

The Funnicators

Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

923-2748 / Web site


Van Duzer Theater / 7:30 p.m. / $19 / $13 balcony

Humboldt Light Opera Company (HLOC) presents flying dragons, catchy tunes, flashy dance numbers, irreverent romance, and dozens of your favorite fairytale creatures together on stage

445-4310 / Web site

Three Amigos (1986)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 8 p.m. / $5

They’re down on their luck and up to their necks In senoritas, margaritas, banditos and bullets!

822-1220 / Web site


SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

Don's Neighbors

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local rock band.

668-9770 / Web site


Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local classic rock.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Juke Box Karaoke

Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m. / 21+

443-3770 / Web site

Accurate Productions

The Ritz / 9 p.m.

City Lights dance night.

The Uptown Kings

Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m.

Local blues masters hit you hard.

733-9644 / Web site

Brian Laidlaw

The Siren's Song Tavern / 9 p.m.

Poet and singer/songwriter from San Francisco who now resides in Minneapolis.

442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site

DJ Pressure Anya Duo

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free

Beats you can't not dance to.

839-7580 / 6rbmusicbooking@gmail.com / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.

Dance, sweat, get down.

Rashaan Ahmad

The Jam / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Crown City Rockers MC takes the stage at the Jam.

822-4766 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /

DJ Jsun

Pearl Lounge / 10 p.m. / 21+

Get down in Old Town.

444-2017 / Web site

Miss Lonely Hearts, Side Iron

Alibi / 11 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Honky tonk night.

822-3731 / Web site


Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre