Saturday, July 12's Lowdown

Humboldt life seems to slow down a bit during the summer months. The students are away allowing you to move that much more freely about the county. Once seemingly important projects suddenly take a back seat to a day (or ten) at the river. And, each July, the fine folks of the Humboldt Folklife Society decide for you that you can fit an entire week of music into your schedule. Hopefully they are not wrong.

Yes, it’s once again time for the annual week-long Humboldt Folklife Festival, which will again propel the sounds of strummed strings and vocal harmonies into ears gathered in (mostly) Blue Lake this year from July 12 through 19. Let’s take a look now at how the week will play out:

  • Saturday, July 12 - Festival Kickoff at Mad River Brewery: Your eight days of music begin in low-key, informal fashion out Taylor Way with some beer, some sunshine and stringed-out festival veterans Clean Livin’ and Pilot Rock Ramblers.
  • Sunday, July 13 - Annie and Mary Day at Perigot Park, noon-6 p.m.: Since 1967, the Blue Lake Chamber o’ Commerce has held this annual event — which later became part of Folklife Festival proceedings — to celebrate the historic Arcata Mad River Rail Line. The “Annie” and “Mary” in question were Annie Carroll and Mary Buckley, railroad company-employed bookkeepers from the turn of last century. Apparently, they made an impression. Yes, there’s a parade, vendor booths and grub options. But as with all the week’s gatherings, the main event is the music. This year’s lineup features Timber Ridge Boys (noon), Bayou Swamis (1 p.m.), Kingfoot (2 p.m.), The Vanishing Pints (3 p.m.), and Cadillac Ranch (4 p.m.).  
  • Monday, July 14 - Songwriters Night in Dell’Arte’s Big Hammer Tent, 7:30 p.m.: The sounds move inside Dell’Arte’s giant circus-ish tent for the next two nights beginning with Monday’s songwriter-heavy evening, an intimate show allowing some of Humboldt’s most adept musical wordsmiths the opportunity to play a few tunes while discussing the unique nuts and bolts they put into their songs. This year features Joanne Rand, Chris Parreira’s latest project Lemon Lemon Cherry and duo Mo and Morgan.
  • Tuesday, July 15 - Jazz Night in Dell’Arte’s Big Hammer Tent, 7:30 p.m.: The sounds emanating from the tent will be a bit more eclectic on Tuesday when the festival veers slightly off course for Jazz Night, a showcase for some of the most musically virtuosic performers. This year’s fingers to watch belong to RLA Trio, Sound Judgment and La Musique Diabolique.  
  • Wednesday, July 16 - Country Roots Night in Dell’Arte’s Amphitheater, 6 p.m.: The next two nights of the festival move into Dell’Arte’s grassy Rooney Amphitheatre. Tickets for Wednesday night’s loosely themed Old-Timey night may be hard to come by due to the presence of the, these days, infrequently heard from headliners Huckleberry Flint, winners of many a “Humboldt’s Best Band.” Filling out the night will be local pickers No Good Redwood Ramblers and Raising Grain.   
  • Thursday, July 17 - Outlaw Country Night in Dell’Arte’s Amphitheater, 6 p.m.: Blue Lake has a pretty rowdy history. Relive some of its outlaw spirit on Thursday with some of Humboldt’s wildest, high-energy twang slingers. Specifically, honky tonkers Rooster McClintock, the party boys of Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours and punkgrass firestarters of Gunsafe.  
  • Friday, July 18 - Festival Barn Dance at Arcata Vets Hall, 7:30 p.m.: May we interest you in a hoedown? The festival moves to Arcata for one night for its annual barn dance. Dosey Doe to the sounds of local party starters the Striped Pig Band. No partner? No experience? No problem.
  • Saturday, July 19 - Annual All-Day Festival at Dell’Arte, 11 a.m.: The main event. The festival goes out with a bang on Saturday filling much of downtown Blue Lake with a free day full of local music on two stages, plus food carts, vendor booths, workshops, sing-a-longs and more. Let’s just have a look at the line-up, shall we?:

-Amphitheater Stage-

  • 11 a.m. - Blue Lake Rising Drummers
  • 12 p.m. -  Lyndsey Battle
  • 1 p.m. - Mad River Rose
  • 2 p.m. - Compost Mountain Boys
  • 3 p.m. - Old Dog
  • 4 p.m. - Jan Bramlett
  • 5 p.m. - Kenny Ray and the Mighty Rovers
  • 6 p.m. - SoHum Girls
  • 7 p.m. - Absynth Quintet

-Street Stage-

  • 10:45 a.m. - Jeff Kelley
  • 11:45 a.m. - For Folk Sake
  • 12:45 p.m. - Wild Iris and the Bakersfield Boys
  • 1:45 p.m. - Belles of the Levee
  • 2:45 p.m. - Head Shakers
  • 3:45 p.m. - Firesign
  • 4:45 p.m. - Lalona
  • 5:45 p.m. - Josephine Johnson
  • 6:45 p.m. - Kindred Spirits

… and that’s how you live the Folklife. For more info, check out humboldtfolklife.org.

--Andrew Goff

The Lowdown Fun Committee

Mike Mandates

Unsure of what's happening at Relay For Life? KHUM (104.7) is broadcasting live from CR, starting at 11am and going all night long. Flip it on!

Events

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Humboldt County Company Towns
Headwaters Forest Reserve / 10 a.m.-noon / Free
Local historian Ray Hillman speaks about 19th century Humboldt County company towns in the Headwaters Education Center. The Headwaters Education Center is a restored train barn that was used in the former company town of Falk, which was once located nearby.
825-2300 / jdclark@blm.gov / Web site / View Comments

Trash Mash-up
Dell'Arte / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Free workshops in the Big Hammer Tent culminating in a visual and musical spectacle, “Mash-Up Bash Pageant” on Sunday. Using disposable materials, participants construct “Maskostumes” which are original pageant masks and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world.
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Relay For Life
College of the Redwoods / 11 a.m.
From 11am Saturday till 11am Sunday hundreds of community members will walk the track of CR to raise Funds for the American Cancer Society. Everyone is invited to see the live bands for free. KHUM will broadcast the entire 24 Hours Live.
442-1436 / relayeureka@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

The Glories of Gloria Revue
Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 2 p.m. / $12 / $8 Child / $10 Student/Senior
Gloria Rivard, alleged denizen of prestigious artistic lineage, fashions a spectacular extravaganza in which her talents take center-stage in a multifaceted solo performance. 
See puppetry, magic, dancing, dramatic theatre and slapstick. Featuring Mooky Cornish.
668-5663 / Web site / View Comments

2014 Humboldt Folklife Festival Kick-Off
Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6 p.m.
Launching a week of music with performances by Clean Livin' and The Pilot Rock Ramblers. And beer.
668-4151 / Web site / View Comments

Humboldt Crabs vs. Menlo Park Legends
Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $8
Root on your hometown baseball team as they whoop up on some hapless bums.
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Luke Sikora Farewell Concert
Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship / 7 p.m.
Luke Sikora Farewell Concert of opera and show tunes with 9 of Humboldt's best vocalists. Silent aution to support Luke's studies at Manhattan School of Music.
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The Glories of Gloria Revue
Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8 p.m. / $12 / $8 Child / $10 Student/Senior
Gloria Rivard, alleged denizen of prestigious artistic lineage, fashions a spectacular extravaganza in which her talents take center-stage in a multifaceted solo performance. 
See puppetry, magic, dancing, dramatic theatre and slapstick. Featuring Mooky Cornish.
668-5663 / Web site / View Comments

Diego’s Umbrella
Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $15 / 21+
San Francisco's Ambassadors of Gypsy rock.
826-2739 / Web site / View Comments

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center Restoration
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Free
Help restore the Friends of the Dunes property by removing invasive plants.
444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site / View Comments

Craft Fair/Plant Sale
Maplewood Farm / 10-5 a.m. / Free
943-1754 / View Comments

Babies at the Library
Trinidad Library / 11 a.m.-noon / Free
Bring your baby, aged 3 months to 2 years, to the library for songs, rhymes and playtime. It's a baby and parent meet-up in a book-filled environment.
677-0227 / Web site / View Comments

June Cotner Book Signing
Holly Yashi Store / noon-2 p.m. / Free
Best-selling author introduces her new book Garden Blessings, a collection of prose, poems and prayers celebrating the love of gardening.
822-5132 / Web site / View Comments

Marsh Walk
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary / 2-3:30 p.m. / Free
826-2359 / amic@cityofarcata.org / Web site / View Comments

Summer Art Projects
Morris Graves Museum of Art / 2-3:30 p.m. / $5 / Free MGMA members/ Children 17 and Under / $2 Seniors/Students
"Create sailboats and catamarans that really float your boat!"
442-0278 / janine@humboldtarts.org / Web site / View Comments

July Open House - Sonya Fe opening
Studio 299 Center for the Arts / 5-8 p.m. / Free
530-629-3488 / davidlippman411@tripod.com / Web site / View Comments

Cleon Cadogan
Campbell Creek Connexion / 6 p.m. / $5 / $10 Large Plate for dinner / $5 Small Plate for Dinner
Guyanese singer Cleon Cadogan. While the concert is free there will be authentic international food from Guyana, Haiti, Sweden, Ghana, Korea and more.
826-1000 / rach2321@hotmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Indigo Hillbillies
Scotia Inn / 7-10 p.m. / Free
Homespun folk from the hills of Humboldt.
764-5338 / cherylkelley@live.com / Web site / View Comments

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center Full Moon Walk
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 7:30-9 p.m. / $3 / Free Friends of the Dunes Members
Enjoy an evening at the beach and stories of the moon around the campfire with Friends of the Dunes.
444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site / View Comments

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m.
Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov, pours them into a blender and mixes them up.
443-7688 / boxoffice@redwoodcurtain.com / Web site / View Comments

Rocksteady Night
Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m.
Selector Rotten spins ska, rocksteady and early reggae.
826-9463 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay
RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+
445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com / View Comments

Selector Rotten's Rocksteady Night
Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free
Vinyl ska, rocksteady and early reggae.
826-9463 / goodmanbooking@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Street Urchinz
Blue Lake Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+
Reggae/rock.
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Pattern is Movement
Jambalaya / 9 p.m. / $8 / 21+
"Philadelphia-bred duo melds traces of glitchy chamber pop, replete with warm keyboards and billowing walls of well-orchestrated sound."
822-4766 / fildubya@gmail.com / Web site / View Comments

Savage Henry Comedy
Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+
Los Angeles comedian Caitlin Gill headlines. Opening are Nando Molina, Kim Hodges, Ray McMillin and James Schaeffer.
839-7580 / Web site / View Comments

DJs
Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+
Plaza ass shaking.
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DJs
Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+
More Plaza ass shaking.
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Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • 22 JUMP STREET: 1:05, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2D: 11:45, 2:10, 5:15, 5:55, 8:20
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 3D: 2:50, 9:00
  • DELIVER US FROM EVIL: 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30
  • EARTH TO ECHO: 12:55, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10
  • EDGE OF TOMORROW 2D: 12:05, 2:55, 5:40, 8:30
  • FAULT IN OUR STARS: 3:05, 9:10
  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 2D: 12:15, 1:10, 2:45, 3:40, 5:20, 7:55
  • JERSEY BOYS: 12:00, 6:00
  • MALEFICENT 2D: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30
  • TAMMY: 12:10, 3:35, 6:15, 6:20, 8:45, 9:45
  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION 2D: 11:55, 2:40, 6:05
  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION 3D: 8:50
Mill Creek Cinema
  • 22 JUMP STREET: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:30
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2D: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 3D: 5:20, 8:20
  • DELIVER US FROM EVIL: 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10
  • EARTH TO ECHO: 12:50, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00
  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 2D: 11:55, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40
  • MALEFICENT 2D: 12:20, 2:50
  • TAMMY: 12:10, 3:20, 6:10, 9:20
  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION 2D: 11:45, 5:45, 8:35
  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION 3D: 2:35
Minor Theatre
  • CHEF: 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10
  • DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2D: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00
  • OBVIOUS CHILD: 3:40, 9:20
  • TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION 2D: 12:10, 5:50

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