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Eureka is a Good Place For Bands

“Seattle is where we all ended up but we stay because of the opportunities it provides us and because moving sucks. Our favorite city/show on the tour besides Davis was Eureka, CA. We don't want to blow the lid on the secrets that make Eureka magical but we can state for the record, if you don't have fun playing Eureka you are doing everything wrong with your life.”

Seattle band Childbirth expressed the above Eureka scene-boosting sentiment in a recent interview with Bust magazine, the latest evidence that behind the Redwood Curtain thrives an often overlooked musical community. Eureka risen.

Take tonight, a Monday, for example. A perusal of today’s Lowdown listings reveal a couple of Eureka-based shows pairing artistically adventurous touring acts with Humboldt-grown soundsmiths. First, check out a clip of The Van Allen Belt above — they share a bill with local songwriting machine John Ludington at The Palm Lounge. Then, sample The Breaking Yard in the video below — catch them at The Siren’s Song Tavern with local harmonizers Mad River Rose

These are technically both free shows, so float around, why don’t ya?

--Andrew Goff

EVENTS

The Breaking Yard, Mad River Rose

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

Cinematic indie folk with an acoustic/electronic sounding flare. Local ladies Mad River Rose open.

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

OU

Arcata Playhouse / 8 p.m. / $15 / $13 students/seniors

OU is dialect for 'egg' in Sardinia, the remote island in the Mediterranean. OU is also an eclectic jazz sextet based in Rome known for their energetic live performances.

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

The Van Allen Belt, John Ludington

Palm Lounge at The Eureka Inn / 8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Pittsburgh-based alternative pop group are "a spacey mix of 60s-influenced psych-pop layered with smile inducing quirk and head scratching charm."

Aber Miller and Drew Mohr

Sushi Spot McKinleyville / 5-8 p.m.

Electric jazz.

839-1222 /

Monday Night Football

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 5:15 p.m.

822-1220 / Web site

Indigo Hillbillies

Victorian Inn / 6-8 p.m. / Free

Vintage and original country music.

786-4949 / cherylkelley@live.com / Web site

Quiz Night

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Aww, show people how smart you are when you drink. Adorable.

822-3453 / Web site

Friendship Circle Dance

Moose Lodge / 7-10 p.m. / $4

Dancing to live music featuring tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

444-3161 /

Open Mic

Shamus T Bones / 7 p.m.

Every Monday with bluesy hosts Jim Lahman Band.

407-3550 / Web site

Swing Dance Night

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 7-10 p.m. / $7

616-6876 / Web site

Really Cheap Bowling

Harbor Lanes / 8 p.m.-midnight

$1.75 per game? Steeeee-rike!

Poets on the Plaza

Plaza View Room / 8 p.m. / $1

Humboldt wordsmiths gather and read at each other.

Jimi Jeff Open Jam Night

Simon LeGree's Roadhouse Saloon / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

Jam in the middle of nowhere -- really as far east as you ever want to go.

Rude Lion Sound's Dancehall Mondays

Ocean Grove Lodge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Reggae/dancehall night. Looks like this.

677-3543 / Web site

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre