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Wait, Hawkwind? Really? HAWKWIND is Playing Jambalaya Tonight? Well, Kinda

WTF?! Hawkwind is playing at Jambalaya tonight? How did it slip under our radar that the '70s psychedelic space rock pioneers — who at one point featured a young bass player named Lemmy Kilmister — were teleporting into Humboldt? Something doesn't feel right here. Let the Lowdown investigate.

Huh. Well, the official Hawkwind website — with its 1996 Netscape feel intact — seems to confirm that the band are playing the Brighton Old Market in East Sussex. That is nowhere near the Arcata Plaza. Let's see what Facebook has to say about this ...

Aha! According to this event page, it appears as though Arcata will be graced by "Nik Turner's Hawkwind." You'll forgive us for not instantly knowing who Nik Turner is, but Wikipedia suggests the 74-year-old is a Hawkwind founding member (hey!) who has been expelled from the group on more than one occasion (oh) — first and most notably in 1976 "for his erratic live playing."

Wikipedia musicologists report further on disagreements between Turner and Hawkwind lead singer Dave Brock over use of the band's name. During the 1990s and early 2000s, it seems that Turner chose to tour using the Hawkwind name, eventually leading to Brock's successful cease and desist lawsuit. As a result of the ruling, Turner started touring under the name Space Ritual.

Not sure what changed because, goddammit, "Hawkwind" is playing Jambalaya tonight with support by bands Hedersleban and Medicine Baul. Eat it, Dave Brock!

--Andrew Goff

(Photo above: Hawkwind in 1972 featuring both Turner and Brock; Video below: Nik Turner's Hawkwind play SF's Amoeba Records last year.)

EVENTS

Pony Up Party

Arcata Playhouse / 7 p.m. / $10 / $5 without food

Features a pony keg, pony races, pony pasta, pony prizes and general pony mayhem. Fundraiser for a giant Pink Polka-dot Peg-legged Pony sculpture is being commissioned by the Arcata Playhouse and the Creamery district.

822-1575 / Web site

Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Hedersleben, Medicine Baul

The Jam / 10 p.m.-midnight / $10 / 21+

"In the spirit of the critically acclaimed and historic 'Space Ritual' tour of 1973, Nik Turner's Hawkwind plan to blow minds on their sonic and visually stimulating journey on their 2014 North American tour with SF bay area Krautrockers Hedersleben."

822-4766 / Web site

Yes On P Fundraiser

Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 5 p.m.-midnight

10% of all sales for the night will be donated to GMO Free Humboldt.

826-9463 / Web site

Aber Miller and Drew Mohr

Sushi Spot McKinleyville / 5-8 p.m.

Electric jazz.

839-1222 /

Monday Night Football

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 5:20 p.m.

822-1220 / 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

Quiz Night

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

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

822-3453 / 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!

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.

Mars and the Massacre, Ultra Secret Good Guy Organization

Little Red Lion / 9 p.m.

Psychedelic garage band from LA.

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