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(VIDEO) Today is That Day Every Year When Humboldt Watches the Fortuna Quadiators Fight Video Again

Humboldt is currently known for a few things. Marijuana? Sure. Giant trees? Absolutely. But we at LoCO wonder: If we play our cards right, could our fair, sophisticated county someday be internationally known for one of our more unique and wonderful innovations? Will we get credit for being the birthplace of Quadiators? I mean, it's only a matter of time before this thing catches on elsewhere, right? 

Time will tell. In the meantime, Fortuna Rodeo Week kicks into high gear tonight with the return of the annual Motorsports Night, again headlined by the human Mario Kart spectacle known as Quadiators.

It seems like we attempt to reexplain this thing every year, but you all get it by now, right? If not, refer to the most famous of Quadiators videos below, featuring the inevitable slobberknocker you prolly shoulda expected when you give dudes whiffle ball bats and tell them to swing at each other. This is pure Humboldt viral video. Fortuna Police get involved. The song “Bad Boys” is played. Great theater. 

Anywho, make the trek to Fortuna’s Rodeo Grounds tonight or choose a less combative event from your Friday Lowdown listings below.

--Andrew Goff


Fortuna Rodeo Week: Friday

Fortuna / noon

"Motorsports Night at the Rodeo": Quad barrel racing, motocross jumping, QUADIATORS. Carnival opens at noon.

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HLOC Speakeasy Evening

Arcata Playhouse / 7-10 p.m. / $25

Learn the Charleston, mingle with celebrities of early American cinema, enter a costume contest, and catch club performances and a sneak preview of "Thoroughly Modern Millie"! Everyone is invited to come in 1920s attire. Proceeds go to the HLOC Costume Fund.

822-1318 / Web site

Antonia Crane

Northtown Books / 7 p.m. / 18+

Author and Humboldt native reads from her memoir Spent, a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry.

822-2834 / info@northtownbooks.com / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Walnut Creek Crawdads

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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2014 Humboldt Folklife Festival Barn Dance

Arcata Veterans Memorial Building / 7:30 p.m.

The weeklong festival continues with a night of dancing led by the Striped Pig String Band.

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'We Like Eureka!' Fundraiser

The Siren's Song Tavern / 8 p.m.

Music by local supergroup Scary Photographs. Fundraiser for Eureka City Council candidate Natalie Arroyo.

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

Tommy Castro

Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $20 / 21+

Famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances.

826-2739 / humbrews@gmail.com / Web site

Introduction to Archery

Recreation and Wellness Center, HSU Campus / 9 a.m.-noon / $35 All Others / $30 HSU Students

826-3357 / cntract@humboldt.edu / Web site

Northern Nights Music

Cook’s Valley Campground / 9 a.m. / $164 / $150 group discount / 18+

Three-day celebration of music, art, food, and culture featuring sought out producers and DJs from around the globe.

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 5:30-9 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

Friday Fun Skating

Eureka Municipal Auditorium / 6-8:30 p.m. / $4.75 Adults / $4 Youth

441-9181 / 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.

Papa Paul

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6:30 p.m.

Local folk/rock.

442-1177 / Web site

Public Skate

Blue Lake Roller Rink / 6:30-9:30 p.m. / $5

New summer hours.

668-5932 / parks-rec@bluelake.ca.gov / Web site

Fugue, Roman Candles, Blood Orphans

The Ink Annex / 7-10 p.m. / $6 / $4 members

The Placebo presents a night of punk.

8-Ball Tournament

Broadway Billiards / 7:30-11 p.m. / $10 / Free Public / 21+

442-7665 / Broadwaybilliards.humboldt@yahoo.com /

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

Crib Concert: An Evening with Josephine Johnson & Joanne Rand

Arcata, California / 8 p.m.

Barfly Karaoke

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

You know what karaoke is.

443-3770 / Web site

TrueBlues Roots Series

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

Night of blues guitar with Kid Andersen and more live in the Sapphire Palace.

668-9770 / Web site

Element of Soul

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


668-9770 / Web site

Jenni and David and The Sweet Soul Band

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

High energy funky blues and soul.

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


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /

DJ Benjamin Andres

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 10 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free

Everything good from the Golden Era of hip hop and beyond.

826-9463 / goodmanbooking@gmail.com / Web site


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