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Where Humboldt Can Get Its Ray Charles Tribute Tonight (VIDEO)

Your Lowdown has the unfortunate duty of informing you that Ray Charles died in 2004. So if you never had the pleasure of hearing them pipes live, uh, bad news …  

Plan B! Your next best option takes the stage Friday night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. There, Humboldtians have the opportunity to have their ears filled with Zach Deputy's soulful vocals as he fronts's saxophonist Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. And they're just gonna go ahead and blast out Ray Charles songs all night. That's right. They're gonna make it do what it do, baby?

Can they do Ray justice? We would submit to you as Exhibit A the amateur YouTube video we dug up below of the band ripping through "Unchain My Heart" as proof that they can. But you be the judge. Other less rhythmic options in your Friday Lowdown farther down. 

-Andrew Goff


Blue Lake Harvest Days

Blue Lake / 7 p.m. / Free

A full moon. A big tent. Blue Lake. Barn dance featuring local favorites the Striped Pig Stringband, pony rides, arts encounters, ghost tours, performances, pumpkin catapult and more.

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Christine Lavin

Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $15 / $13 Members & students

Singer/songwriter with boundless insight into popular culture and love of all things sequined.

822-1575 / info@arcataplayhouse.org / Web site

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 8 p.m. / $25 / 21+

As part of their Soul Spectacular Tour, KDTU present Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with special guest vocalist Zach Deputy and The Cosmic Horns.

822-1220 / Web site

Bocce Ball Tournament

Larson Park / 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Held by Special Olympics and students from Humboldt State University’s Recreation Department.

601-7910 / mjd81@humboldt.edu /

Garberville Farmers' Market

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

Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

Community Vision Day

A to Z Eye Care / noon

Complimentary eye exams and prescription eyeglasses to those in the local community who are in need of these services.

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Youth Art

The MGC / 5 p.m. / $30 Monthly

725-3300 / tpockett@ervmgc.com / Web site

Anna Hamilton

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

Local singer/songwriter/storyteller gets to know you.

725-5200 / Web site

Art from Mending Hearts

McKinleyville Shopping Center / 6-8 p.m. / Free

“If people are offended by the art, well, they should be – rape and murder are offensive things,” said Humboldt Domestic Violence Services (HDVS) manager Patricia Samson.

268-1800 / 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.

Beer and Peanut Show

Arcata Community Center / 6:29-9:30 p.m. / $12

Annual Humboldt Harmonaires show for the whole family.

499-4044 / av8ersteve@juno.com / Web site

PHISH Webcast

Humboldt Brews / 6:30 p.m.

Live webcast on our big screen and soundsystem from Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.

826-2739 / Web site

ArMack Orchestra

Arcata High School / 7 p.m. / $5

Performs the soundtrack for to silent films, Two Tars starring Laurel and Hardy and Sherlock Jr. with Buster Keaton.

825-2401 / Web site

Community Art Night

The MGC / 7-8:30 p.m. / Free

725-3300 / tpockett@ervmgc.com / Web site

Open Mic

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 7 p.m.

Irish/Celtic music.

442-1177 / Web site


Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

Local funky rock band.

923-2748 / Web site

Brian Post

Libation / 7 p.m.

Local pianist.

825-7596 / Web site

Young Frankenstein: The Musical!

Gist Hall, HSU / 7:30-9:30 p.m. / $15 / $10 students & seniors / 18+

It’s alive! And it dances! Get ready for Halloween with the scary, sexy and very silly HSU production of Mel Brooks’ classic.

826-3928 / attentionservices@sbcglobal.net / Web site

Joani Rose

Cecils New Orleans Bistro / 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz vocalist.

923-7007 /

Our Town

Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $10

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the very first production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play.

786-5483 / info@ferndalerep.org / Web site


SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Local jazz/blues band gets it done.

444-2244 / Web site

Walshy Fire

Mateel Community Center / 8 p.m. / $30 / 18+

KMUD presents the Major Lazer member with Blessed Coast Sound System, Bass Station, Guerrilla Takeover and Pressure Anya.

923-3368 / Web site

The Last Minute Men

Cafe Mokka / 8 p.m. / Free

Local world music.

822-2228 / Web site

Deep Chatham

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 8 p.m. / 21+

North Carolina bluegrass.

826-7222 / Web site

BA-DUM-CHH Comedy: The Zombie Riot!

The Silver Lining / 8 p.m.

Host Sherae O'Shaughnessy along with troupe members Zeke Herrera, Nando Molina, John Mcclurg, Joe Whiskey-Whiskers Deschaine, Ratty Maty, Ivy Vasquez and Tony Persico.

Folk Dance

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church / 8 p.m.

Teaching and request dancing. Sponsored by Humboldt Folk Dancers.

822-4102 /

Erin Inglish

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

California banjo sweetheart.

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

Barfly Karaoke

Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

443-3770 / Web site

Uptown Kings

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

Humboldt blues veterans.

668-9770 / Web site

Cliff Dallas and The Death Valley Troubadours

Palm Lounge at The Eureka Inn / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local cowpokes CD&DVT share the stage with Lonesome Shack (dirty blues from Seattle).

Accurate Productions

The Ritz / 9 p.m.

City Lights dance night.

DJs Pressure Anya

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

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

Austin Alley and the Rustlers

Central Station / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local veteran country party starters.

839-2013 /

DJ Ben

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

DJ sounds while you sip.

826-9463 / Web site

Dr. Squid

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

Humboldt party band would prefer you dance more.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 9:30 p.m.

Dance, sweat, get down.


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /

Harvest Party

Humboldt Brews / 10 p.m. / $5 / 21+

With Rude Lion Sound and guests.

826-2739 / Web site

Club Deliverance

Nocturnum / 10 p.m. / $3 / 21+

DJ Zephyr gets industrial.

499-0163 /

DJ Jsun

Pearl Lounge / 10 p.m. / 21+

Get down in Old Town.

444-2017 / Web site


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