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Lowdown: Saturday Summerfest Alternatives

It would appear that Mad River Summerfest organizers failed to cross some "t"s and/or dot some "i"s on important insurance papers forcing the first night of the event to be canceled. As of Saturday morning it is still unclear whether any of the bands scheduled to play at Christie's Ranch today will go on. Stay tuned to this page on your Lost Coast Outpost as updates become available.

(UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: Yeah, Summerfest is totally dead now.)

But it's not like there aren't other things to do in HumCo this fine Saturday. The annual UFO freak-magnet that is Bridgefest is goin' down out the 36 in Bridgeville. For those that want to see people dressed like aliens throwing lovingly constructed "flying saucers" off a bridge, it's really the only place to go.

A bittersweet edition of Soul Night will play out at HumBrews tonight. The evening acts as a sendoff for DJ Brian "Mantease" Woida, who's making the trek south to the Bay Area. Lame!, but OK.

Of course, the Humboldt Country Fair continues in Ferndale. That and more below in Saturday's Lowdown.

-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 / 10 a.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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17th Annual BridgeFest

Old Bridgeville Bridge / 10-5 a.m. / Free

There comes a time in this galaxy when all intergalactic species must meet. A time to touch antennae and, of course, an opportunity to demonstrate the agility and new advances made in our flying saucer technology. This is it. (Oh, this is a UFO Festival, if you don't already know.)

777-7775 / bridgevillenews@yahoo.com / 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

Soul Night: The Woida Edition

Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m.

Join Missing Link Records as they celebrate Brian Woida's arrival on earth and his attempt to escape from Humboldt County.

826-2739 / Web site

eBird Survey

Redwood Region Audubon Society / 8 a.m.

Surfperch Program

Friends of the Dunes / 9-11 a.m.

Arcata Farmers' Market

Arcata Plaza / 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Local produce, meats flowers and more. Music at 10 a.m. (Click for music schedule.)

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Ferndale Farmers' Market

Main Street, Ferndale / 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

On the corner of Shaw and Main streets. Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

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Arcata Police Department Public Safety Fair

Arcata Police Department / 10 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

Department facility tours, \equipment/vehicle displays including APD Mobile Command Vehicle and antique APD police car, police K-9 meet and greet with live demonstrations, APD park ranger visit, barbecue hot dogs with all the fixings and more.

822-2428 / everbeck@arcatapd.org / Web site

Quilt Bed Turning Event

Clarke Historical Museum / noon

What is a “bed turning”? Often held at quilt shows and guild meetings, quilters perform bed turnings to share stories about quilts and their experience of making them.

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 5:30-9 p.m. / Free

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / 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

Deborah Allen with Mike Loudermilk

Eureka Theater / 8-9:30 p.m. / $35 / $27.50 advance sales

442-2970 / rod@precisionintermedia.com / Web site

The Georgia Handshakers

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m.-midnight / Free / Free everyone

Dirty Georgia jazz, blues and country.

826-7222 / Web site

Don's Neighbors

Angelina Inn / 8-11 p.m.

725-5200 / Web site

Georgia Handshakers

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m.-midnight / Free

"When I asked Mike from the Georgia Handshakers what kind of music they play, he replied 'dirty Georgia jazz and country.' What is that exactly?" -RCB

826-7222 / Web site

LaPatina Band

Logger Bar / 8:30 p.m. / Free

The ever-mysterious six-piece house band throws down it's juju and zulu mumbo jumbo of musical question marks, just like the the mysterians of old. A half hour version of In the Year 2525?

668-5000 / jeffdemark@gmail.com / Web site


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

Local classic rock.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com /

Nathan Thomas Band

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.

Three piece country fusion.

668-9770 / Web site

The Roadmasters

Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local country institution.

733-9644 / Web site

Lyndsey Battle

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

Humboldt's favorite uke playin' singer/songwriter with her trio.

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

Pressure/Anya DJs

Pearl Lounge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

There will be ass shaking.

444-2017 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+

More Plaza ass shaking.

Hip Hop All Night

Alibi / 11 p.m. / 21+

R-Love p resents a night of Hip Hop DJs.

822-3731 / Web site


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