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Yes, He's Willie Nelson's Son … Yes, He's at HumBrews Tonight

(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:

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

EVENTS

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

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

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

Local Cheerleading Squad Benefit

Luke's Joint / 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

826-0415 /

Conservation Meeting

Redwood Region Audubon Society / noon

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

Piet Dalmolen

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free

Guitars and loops.

668-4151 / Web site

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

Buddy Reed

Blondies Food and Drink / 6 p.m.

Low down blues.

822-3453 / Web site

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 /

Open Mic

Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30 p.m.

Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.

445-8600 / Web site

Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lectures

Sequoia Park Zoo / 7 p.m.

Learn more about species conservation efforts in the field. Click for schedule.

441-4263 / Web site

Jeff Landen

Logger Bar / 8 p.m. / 21+

Local slide guitarist.

668-5000 / Web site

No Covers

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Jazz improvisational duo.

444-2244 / Web site

Jimi Jeff Jam

Central Station / 8 p.m.

Jam with Jimi.

839-2013 /

Kirtan

Arcata Core Pilates Studio / 8-9 p.m.

Bar-Fly Karaoke

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

Be brave.

443-3770 / Web site

Karaoke

Little Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+

How could this be a bad idea?

Salsa Night

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m. / $5

Get a salsa lesson then apply that knowledge.

826-9463 / Web site

Whomp

The Jam / 9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Every Wednesday Jambalaya makes with the whompity whomp.

822-4766 / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

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

Were you just thinking, "Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?" Here it is!

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre