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Navigating 'Humboldt's Most Packed Weekend Ever'™

Criminy, the Lowdown is really gonna have difficulty paying due respect to all the awesomeness invading HumCo in what has to be the most packed weekend in recent memory. Burn your couch to the ground. In the next three days we have to make time for Hops in Humboldt, the Creamery Festival, the continuing Humboldt County Fair, the S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival, HSU's Centennial Celebration, Humboldt Roller Derby, Zepperella and Cake! Oy!

All right, let's take this one day at a time. Thursday night you only have to worry about a few things. We gave you the skinny on Savage Henry's yukvasion yesterday, but we'll add that tonight, after the conclusion of Humboldt Brews' S&G event, you'll have one last chance to say goodbye to HumCo's departing hardest twerking DJ, Brian "Mantea$e" Woida. The mutton chopped beat dropper will be joined by many of the other Soul Night regulars at Guilty Pleasures 3. (Bonus: If you've secured a S&G wristband, admission is free. Nice.)

Of course a good portion of Humboldt's not-opposed-to-leaving-the-house crowd will be up at the Van Duzer Theatre at the sold out Cake show. Listen below to frontman John McCrea jaw with KSLG's Myles Cochrane below about Cake's future plans, his love of vinyl and how his band's music is a sadness-driven coping mechanism.

Eat your Cake, and then scroll the Lowdown for all your Thursday joy spots.

-Andrew Goff

(AUDIO) Cake's John McCrea


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.

Web site

Buddy Reed

Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6 p.m.

Lowdown blues.

445-8600 / Web site


Van Duzer Theater / 8 p.m. / $65 / $35 HSU students

(SOLD OUT) "An alternative rock band in every sense of the word, CAKE’s unique blend of ironic lyrics and "deadpan brilliance" (The New Yorker) immediately set them apart from the pack when the band formed in Sacramento in the early ‘90s."

826-3928 / Web site

Henderson Center Farmers' Market

Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Locally grown food. Live music. Runs from June to October.

McKinleyville Farmers' Market

McKinleyville Shopping Center / 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Locally grown food. Runs from June to October.

268-1800 / Web site

Hot August Pizza Nights

The Wine Spot / 5-9 p.m. / 21+

Free pizza with the purchase of wine or beer.

497-6236 / Web site

Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Rally

Arcata Plaza / 5 p.m.

PARC and Redwood Curtain CopWatch are stage their weekly informational demonstration in solidarity with the California prisoner hunger strike.

Houses and Letters

Morris Graves Museum of Art / 6 p.m.

Reception for show featuring works by Lanore Cady (1921-2011).

442-0278 / Web site

Open Mic

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.

822-3453 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m. / $3

With Greag Brown, Danny Felts, Brandon Stokes, Andre Parker, Steven Wilber, Kollin Holtz, Marcia Belsky. Host: Nuno Amaral.

822-3453 / Web site

Michael Curran, Francis Vanek, Jim Wilde and Damien Roomets

Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

Local jazz.

923-2748 / Web site

HSU Guitar Group

Libation / 7 p.m.

825-7596 / Web site

Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers

Shamus T Bones / 7:30 p.m.

Old time country while you eat meat.

407-3550 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

The Jam / 8 p.m. / $5

With Red Scott, Kate Willett, George Chen, Clare O'Kane, Jeff Anaya, Jules Posner, Tony Persico. Host: Joe Deschaine.

822-4766 / Web site

Karaoke w/ KJ Leonard

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.

When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.

668-9770 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

Bear River Casino Resort / 8 p.m.

Please don't do "Bohemian Rhapsody." That never works.

733-9644 / Web site

Mike and Jeff

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

826-7222 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Humboldt Brews / 8 p.m. / $5

With Sean Keane, Matt Lieb, Ivy Vasquez, Ryan Papazian, OJ Patterson, John McClurg, Charlie Gilbert, Host: Josh Duke.

826-2739 / Web site

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Six Rivers Brewery / 8 p.m. / $5

With Johnny Taylor, Trevor Hill, Dutch Savage, Kim Hodges, Andrew Holgren, Ratty Maty, Bryant Kellison, Daniel Humbarger, Host: Daniel Amaral.

839-7580 / Web site

Lyndsey Battle Trio

Logger Bar / 8 p.m.

Uke-slingin' singer/songwriter and band. Chief opens.

668-5000 / Web site

Kindred Spirits

Clam Beach Inn / 8:30 p.m.

839-0545 /

Open Jam

The Forks / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

With Jimi Jeff.

530-629-2679 /

Vino and Vinyl

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / 21+

Wine, records ... classy.

826-9463 / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

Nocturnum / 9 p.m. / 21+

Dirty Thursdays bump 'n' grind boogie down.

499-0163 /

Accurate Productions

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

S.I.N. and Service Night DJ night.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /

S.H.I.T.s and Giggles Comedy Festival

Mazzotti's / 9:30 p.m. / $10

With Josh Argyle, Dr. Foxmeat, Nicole Calasich, Justin Alan, Keith D'souza, Nando Molina, Nuno Amaral. Host: Sherae O'Shaughnessy.

Web site

Liquid Kactus

The Jam / 10 p.m.

Celebrate back to school with local funk/jam band. Special guests Grampa's Chili, all the way from Santa Cruz.

822-4766 / Web site


Minor Theatre