Wednesday, Feb. 12's Lowdown

(Above: Lukas Nelson and his dad.)

For better or worse, Lukas Nelson will always be Willie's kid. Yes, his band Promise of the Real has been playing high-energy shows on big stages since their genesis -- many nights opening for his father -- but there has to be a blessing/curse element to having a larger-than-life padre. Here's how we knee-jerk read the positives and negatives of possessing such genes:

  • Pro: Obviously, being the child of someone famous affords you opportunities to have your projects recognized and appreciated that others with less-gilded surnames may never receive. (Evidence: See video of Nelson on Conan below.
  • Con: Naturally, people are always going to questioning if you'd actually reached the heights of fame you enjoy if you weren't the offspring of a country legend. Willie's is a long shadow.

Does Lukas possess the chops? Humboldtians can judge for themselves at HumBrews tonight. Or scroll through performers with less royal DNA in your Wednesday Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff

The Lowdown Fun Committee

Andy Approves

Piet Dalmolen (who you'll remember from The Nucleus/Full Moon Fever/Free Rain/Foggy Bottom Boys etc.) at the Mad River Tasting Room. I hear he likes the DIPA. [$5 and under award]

Events

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California's Changing Places
Van Duzer Theater / 7 p.m. / Free
"California Environmental Legacy Project-produced a set of films that explore our past, present and future relationship with California’s natural environment. Narrated by award-winning actress Jane Fonda and with an original score by legendary musician Pat Metheny."
826-3928 / Web site / View Comments

Dry Branch Fire Squad
Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $18 / $15 members
"For more than a quarter of a century Dry Branch Fire Squad has played aggressively traditional bluegrass, capturing the soul of American music. Along with performing their authentic Appalachia-inspired songs, bandleader Ron Thomason captivates audiences with his hilarious stories."
822-1575 / Web site / View Comments

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $15 / 21+
"Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs."
826-2739 / Web site / View Comments

Buddy Reed
Blondies Food and Drink / 6 p.m.
Low down blues.
822-3453 / Web site / View Comments

Piet Dalmolen
Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free
Guitars and loops.
668-4151 / Web site / View Comments

Humboldt Hard Court Bike Polo
Highland Park / 6 p.m. / Free
Like horse polo minus the stable fees.
541-531-6671 / daryl_witmore@yahoo.com / Web site / View Comments

Fugitive Alien (1986)
Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5
Japanese science fiction film inspired by the novel series Star Wolf by American science fiction novellist Edmond Hamilton.
822-1220 / Web site / View Comments

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meeting
Labor Temple / 6:15 p.m.
Supporters of the Eureka initiative to require employers with more than 25 employees to provide a $12 minimum wage gather.
443-3731 / View Comments

Open Mic
Old Town Coffee And Chocolates / 6:30 p.m.
Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.
445-8600 / Web site / View Comments

Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lectures
Sequoia Park Zoo / 7 p.m.
Learn more about species conservation efforts in the field. Click for schedule.
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No Covers
SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.
Jazz improvisational duo.
444-2244 / Web site / View Comments

Jimi Jeff Jam
Central Station / 8 p.m.
Jam with Jimi.
839-2013 / View Comments

Jeff Landen
Logger Bar / 8 p.m. / 21+
Local slide guitarist.
668-5000 / Web site / View Comments

Bar-Fly Karaoke
Bar Fly Pub and Grub / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
Be brave.
443-3770 / Web site / View Comments

Salsa Night
Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / $5
Get a salsa lesson then apply that knowledge.
826-9463 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke
Lil Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+
How could this be a bad idea?
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Whomp Whomp Wednesday
Jambalaya / 9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+
822-4766 / Web site / View Comments

Rude Lion Sound
Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+
Were you just thinking, "Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?" Here it is!
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Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY: 12:10, 3:05, 6:00, 8:55
  • FROZEN 2D: 1:30
  • FROZEN SING A LONG: 4:05
  • I FRANKENSTEIN 2D: 4:55, 9:40
  • I FRANKENSTEIN 3D: 2:35, 7:20
  • JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT: 6:40, 9:15
  • LABOR DAY: 12:35, 3:15, 5:55, 8:35
  • LEGO MOVIE 2D: 11:55, 12:55, 2:30, 5:05, 6:05, 7:40
  • LEGO MOVIE 3D: 12:00, 3:30, 8:40
  • LONE SURVIVOR: 12:20, 3:10, 6:10, 9:00
  • MONUMENTS MEN: 12:05, 3:00, 5:55, 8:50
  • RIDE ALONG: 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25
  • ROBOCOP: 12:30, 3:20, 6:15, 9:05
  • THAT AWKWARD MOMENT: 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30
  • VAMPIRE ACADEMY: 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10
Mill Creek Cinema
  • FROZEN 2D: 3:15
  • JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT: 5:50, 8:30
  • LEGO MOVIE 2D: 2:55, 5:30
  • LEGO MOVIE 3D: 8:00
  • LONE SURVIVOR: 3:20, 6:00, 8:50
  • MONUMENTS MEN: 3:10, 6:05, 9:00
  • RIDE ALONG: 4:15, 6:45, 9:15
  • ROBOCOP: 3:05, 5:55, 8:45
  • THAT AWKWARD MOMENT: 4:45, 7:10, 9:30
  • VAMPIRE ACADEMY: 3:50, 6:30, 9:10
Minor Theatre
  • HER: 3:10, 6:00, 8:50
  • LABOR DAY: 3:50, 6:30, 9:10
  • PHILOMENA: 3:25, 5:50, 8:15