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SATURDAY LOWDOWN: It's Gonna Be Ridiculously Nice Out Today, So You Should Probably Go to SAMF!

Summer joy at SAMF

And this is just LoCO's opinion, here, but if there is one annual event on the Humboldt calendar that best gathers together all the ingredients that make our community super and duper -- from top-notch, multi-genre musical offerings, to colorful people and art, to unrivaled natural beauty -- it would have to be the Mateel Community Center's Summer Arts and Music Festival, which again goes down this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, at the Benbow State Recreation Area

Now in its 42nd year, SAMF is packed with more performances, craft booths, food whimsy than you can feasibly be expected take in over its two days, so you'll want to familiarize yourself with this year's schedule. For you Lowdown clickers, though, we'll note that Saturday night's headliner is South African reggae star Nkulee Dube.

Sample Dube's spirit in the clip below and/or scroll the rest of Saturday's listings farther down. --AG


North Coast Open Studios 2018 - Weekend 1

See Event Description / 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Weekend 1 of the 20th annual North Coast Open Studios! Artists all over Humboldt County open their studios to the public, sharing their inspiration (and creative messes).

Summer Arts and Music Festival

Benbow Lake State Rec. Area / 10 a.m.-10 p.m. / $25 / $40 both days

Summer Arts and Music festival features over 70 performances, more than 150 handmade craft, food, and non-profit vendor booths, a Kid Zone with arts & crafts,dance and interactive light and sound experiences in the Generation Green Dome & Belly Dance Temple areas.

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Pony Express Days

McKinleyville / noon-4 p.m.

Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in 1968. Click for schedule of events.

Arts Alive

Eureka / 6 p.m. / Free

Eureka's monthly stab at getting everyone together! Opening receptions for artists, exhibits, and/or performances.

Humboldt Crabs vs. Corvallis Knights

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $9 / $4 12 and under / $6 students/seniors

Your hometown heroes whoop up on some other lesser team. Peanuts, crackerjacks, etc.

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John Elliott

The Sanctuary / 7-9:30 p.m. / $10

"For those unfamiliar with John's music, it is hilarious, touching, relatable, and political in a way that only a craftsperson such as John could pull off."

2nd Annual Paul Simon Tribute Show

Arcata Playhouse / 8-10:30 p.m. / $15

Fifteen of Humboldt's finest musicians paying tribute to one of their all-time favorites.

839-7063 / joel@asis.com / Web site

Hedwig and The Angry Inch

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8-10 p.m. / $18 / $16 Students/Seniors / 18+

Called “The best rock musical ever,” by Rolling Stone, Hedwig tells the tale of genderqueer East German rock-and-roll singer Hedwig Robinson.

442-6278 / northcoastrepertory@gmail.com / Web site


Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $18 / $10 5/3 preview / $16 students/seniors

"Winner of both the Tony Award for Best Revival and Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Chicago is the bold, sexy musical about notoriety, celebrity, and human passion."

786-5483 / info@ferndalerep.org / Web site

National Learn to Row Day

Halvorsen Park / 7 a.m.-noon / Free

Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is sponsoring a free Learn to Row event on Saturday, June 2.

RowHumboldtBay@gmail.com / Web site

Camo Archery Shoot

See Event Description / 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. / $20

Trail shoots, also called field courses, are similar to golf courses: the archer walks the course with a group and the group shoots from a designated location at a 3D foam animal target.

humboldtarchers@gmail.com / Web site

Arcata Marsh Guided Bird Walk

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary / 8:30-11 a.m. / Free

Redwood Region Audubon Society is sponsoring a free public field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Web site

Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider

Center Activities, HSU Campus / 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. / $85 / $75 HSU Students

This course provides first responders and healthcare providers the requisite knowledge and skills to respond to patients who are experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and/or airway obstruction.

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

Wildlife Tracking Workshop

HSU Natural History Museum / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. / $25 / $15 HSU students / $15 seniors / $20 members

Treat yourself to a day in the field with wildlife biologist and professional tracker Phil Johnston.

826-4473 / mjb11@humboldt.edu / Web site

Wigi Wetlands Volunteer Workday

Eureka Waterfront / 9:30 a.m.-noon / Free

Join Redwood Region Audubon Society's Broom Brigade and help remove Scotch broom and clean up trash at the Wigi Wetlands along the waterfront trail behind the Bayshore Mall.

672-3346 / Web site

Beginning Kayaking

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center / 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / $55 / $45 HSU Students

This class covers the fundamentals of kayaking, including an orientation to kayaking equipment, paddling technique, and water safety.

443-4222 / hbac@humboldt.edu / Web site

Boot Camp and Beer

Six Rivers Brewery / 10-11:30 a.m.

Fit Nor Cal Trainer Andy Salatnay will lead a 50 minute Boot Camp Class, followed by a post workout beer!

839-7580 / friends@sixriversbrewery.com / Web site

Family Fun Dune Exploration

Lanphere Dunes (HBNWR) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / Free

Celebrate National Trails Day on this family-friendly walk exploring the diverse (and fun!) landscape of the Lanphere Dunes.

444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site

13th Annual Mendocino Film Festival

See Event Description / 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

937-0171 / info@mendocinofilmfestival.org / Web site

Open Studio

SCRAP Humboldt / 10-5 a.m. / Free

Stop by the SCRAP studio for reuse crafts galore! Every day will feature new and exciting crafts including, but not limited to origami boxes, bottle cap magnets, and bead making.

822-2452 / education@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Jim Lahman Band at the Farmers' Market

See Event Description / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Free

441-9999 / info@humfarm.org /

Hospice of Humboldt Volunteer Training

Hospice of Humboldt / 11 a.m.-3 p.m. / Free / 18+

Would you like to make a difference in our community? Do you enjoy helping people? Becoming a volunteer at Hospice of Humboldt might be for you!

267-9813 / dstone@hospiceofhumboldt.org / Web site

F.O.A.L. Book Sale

Arcata Library / 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friends of the Arcata Library (FOAL) monthly book sale. Come support your local library! Many hardcover and paperback books to choose from.

822-5954 / Web site

Health and Safety Fair

See Event Description / noon-2:30 p.m. / Free

Rio Dell’s Health and Safety Fair will include a bike rodeo, vendors, games, raffles, and BBQ. This event is free and open to all ages.

764-5239 / Tvelella@gmail.com /

Real Estate Market Trends and Forecast

MikkiMoves Real Estate, Inc / noon-1 p.m. / Free

*Real Estate Market Trends and Forecast* With Kimberly Keisling and special guest Ruthie Jones.

599-3788 / kimberly@mikkimoves.com / Web site

Acrobatic Skills and Performance Workshop

Synapsis Nova / noon-2:30 p.m. / $60 / $25 single-class price / $50 Synapsis Members / DAI Students

This workshop series is open to complete beginners as well as those with an existing basic practice looking to advance.

206-719-2341 / jordan@jordanrosin.com / Web site

Guitar Set-Up and Maintenance

Center Activities, HSU Campus / 1-4 p.m. / $165 / $150 HSU Students

In this class, students will bring in their own electric or acoustic guitar for set up.

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

Artist Samantha Stone

Humboldt Cider Company Tap Room / 2-11 p.m. / Free

The Humboldt Cider Co. Tap Room will be featuring the talented Samantha Stone's artwork for your viewing pleasure.

497-6320 / maricela@humboldtcidercompany.com / Web site

Unofficial Pony Express Days Afterparty

Papa Wheelies Pub / 4 p.m.-midnight

Head on down to Papa Wheelies immediately after the end of McKinleyville's Annual Pony Express Days festival to keep the party going and bring it up a notch!

630-5084 / papawheeliespub@gmail.com / Web site

Song of Six Rivers

Morris Graves Museum of Art / 5-6 p.m. / Free

So you think you know Humboldt County? Local author, poet and educator Zev Levinson explores the colorful history, rich diversity, and stunning geography of the Humboldt Bay/Six Rivers region through a blend of lyrical poetry and archival photography in his new book.

442-0278 / milenka@humboldtarts.org / Web site

Sunset Paddle on Humboldt Bay

See Event Description / 5-8 p.m. / $48 / $38 HSU Students

Come join us for this popular evening paddle and catch a peek of the evening skies from Humboldt Bay!

443-4222 / hbac@humboldt.edu / Web site

Humboldt B52’s Baseball

Bomber Field at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 5:30-9:30 p.m. / $5

info@humboldtb52sbaseball.com / Web site

Blase & the Stellar Jays

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

668-4151 / music@madriverbrewing.com / Web site

Culture Creature

The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Culture Creature is a two person exhibition by David Caylor and Tawnya Costa at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery.

443-1428 / thestudio.hcar@gmail.com / Web site

Writers On The Wall

Eureka Books / 6-9 p.m. / Free

Writers on the Wall, an exhibition of works by well-known authors that are suitable for framing.

444-9593 / info@eurekabooksellers.com / Web site

Gail McDowell: The Call of Roots and Water

The Black Faun Gallery / 6-9 p.m. / Free

The Call of Roots and Water utilizes photographic prints, printed silks, oil paintings, and video projected through a dive mask to convey the places on the planet outside of human habitation.

Web site

Frisky Brisket

Calico's Cafe / 7 p.m.

Violin guitar duo.

923-2253 /

The Movers and The Shakers

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 8-11 p.m. / Free

Live rock, blues and funk.

616-4534 / hollandhomes@live.com / Web site

The Movers and Shakers

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 8-11 p.m. / Free All Ages

Rhythm and blues.

826-7222 / Web site

Johnee Angel's 42nd B-day Bash

The Jam / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / $5 / 21+

Hip-hop comedy variety show.

822-4766 / Web site

Tyger Byle

Logger Bar / 9-11:59 p.m. / Free

Humboldt County's preeminent prog-jug band play musics at the Logger Bar!

908-337-9921 / jw2311@humboldt.edu / Web site

DJ Music Lighting Boom Productions

Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

733-9644 / karlaramirez@bearrivercasino.com / Web site

Eyes Anonymous

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

'80s hits.

877-252-2946 / info@bluelakecasino.com / Web site

Doug Fir & the 2x4s

Cherae Heights Firewater Lounge / 9 p.m. / 21+

Multigenerational rock and roll band comprised of fathers and sons playing classic rock and beyond.


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

How could this be a bad idea?

DJ Gabe Pressure

Club Expression at The Tip Top / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. / Free / Free Ladies / 21+

707 Band

Central Station / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

Dance rock.

839-2013 /

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com /

Hip Hop and Comedy Showcase

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

822-4766 / Web site

Str8 Dancehall Saturdays

Clam Beach Inn / 9:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Modern dancehall.

839-0545 /


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

More Plaza ass shaking.


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


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