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A-town art, music, theatre. Mostly music. Updated Wednesdays.

On Tour – July 24, 2007

Summer slowdown? Not particularly. Black metal, conscious folk, glam pop and more this week.


Ludicra, Orb of Confusion
Alibi, Wednesday
The San Francisco black metal quintet Ludicra, featuring members of Hammers of Misfortune and Impaled, arrives in Arcata this Wednesday, July 25, at the Alibi. Their latest opus Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis, released in fall, 2006, was lauded by rock critics and championed by record stores with exquisite taste. Don’t let the “black metal” label scare you off – Ludicra’s poetic lyrics and literary outlook on urban alienation (the album title is a Victor Hugo quote) goes beyond what one would expect from the genre.

Also of interest is the fact that Ludicra is one of few female-fronted black metal bands – actually, there are two women in this black metal quintet. See for more.

Woodbox Gang,
Thursday, Jambalaya

Woodbox Gang hails from the village of Makanda, in southern Illinois, where they developed their “caustic acoustic cacophony” in a little hollow called Vulture Valley. The five-member, all-acoustic group skillfully combines the American roots music styles of bluegrass, delta blues, folk and old-school country with an aggressive delivery and punk sensibility to create their own style that they call “Trashcan Americana.” Woodbox Gang plays Thursday, July 28 at the Jambalaya. See for more.

Shelley Short
Jambalaya, Friday

Shelley Short plays the Jambalaya on Friday, July 27 with Arthur Dodge. On her recent album, Captain Wild Horse, Short is joined by Andy Rader (Can Ky Ree, Pine Top Seven), Tiffany Kowalski (Bright Eyes, M. Ward touring band), Rachel Blumberg (Decemberists, Norfolk & Western, M. Ward touring band), among others. Alternately dramatic and humble, dynamic and hushed, Short’s ethereal style is full of mystery and portent.
Her intimate voice and sincere delivery lend her often dark and personal songs a sense of substance and caprice. On this tour, Shelley will be playing subtly warped and experimental folk/country in a stripped-down yet full duo setting. Joining her will be Gary James on upright bass, played with much bowing. Shelley will be singing and playing acoustic guitar in a deceptively simple style that on close listen reveals rhythmic and dynamic complexities. For more, see

The Nice Boys
Saturday, Alibi

Face it: Marc Bolan is dead, Gary Glitter is running from the police and Slade, The Sweet and the Heartbreakers sure as hell are not headed for a reunion anytime soon. What is needed is another glitter-speckled voice for the 21st century glam platform.
Enter The Nice Boys, with their tribal pounding drums, cutting guitar chords, mind-scarring melodies and perfect hair. Arising from Portland’s legendary bands The Exploding Hearts and The Riffs, the Nice Boys are electric warriors for the now glam aesthetic.
Featuring Terry Six (frontman/guitar hero/vocals), Gabe Lageson, (guitar/vocals), Colin Jarrell (bass/vocals), Alan Mansfield (drums), and Brian Lelko (keys). It’s straight-ahead-stadium-rock-glam, led by a three-vocal attack, with amazing hooks. Their sound is full and huge. At the Alibi Saturday night with locals Los Neptune Invasions de Muertos.

Cassandra Robertson
Monday, Jambalaya

Cassandra Robertson performs at the Jambalaya on Monday, July 30 and on Tuesday, July 31 at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. A woman and her guitar, Cassandra is a conduit for the positive. Her original songs shed light on the unlimited potential of the human spirit, motivating and inspiring her audience to revolutionize their own lives. Through her thoughtful songwriting, soothing vocals, and entertaining stage presence, she spreads the excitement of positive action and change to every individual she touches.
The buzz on Cassandra Robertson continues to build as her brand of “acoustic conscious folk” music is winning over audiences wherever she goes. Her blend of folk, rock, country, and bluegrass attracts a variety of music fans of all ages and her insightful and upbeat style guarantees a memorable experience.

Save the date for Freek Bass
Freak Bass (Bootsy Collins’ bass mentor) comes to Humboldt County with his funk trio (recently featured in Billboard Magazine, Bass Player Magazine and Bass Guitar Magazine) Sunday, Aug 12 at 9 p.m. at the Jambalaya.

HSU’s other shows
AS Presents announced its line-up of shows taking place this fall, including SF Music Award-winning Albino!, a 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble, on Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Midlake with special guest Marie Taylor (formerly of Azure Ray) Friday, Sept. 28. Both shows take place in The Depot.
In the Kate Buchanan Room, AS Presents offers Uncle Earl with special guests Huckleberry Flint on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and, for the seventh annual Fall Harvest Festival, Hot Buttered Rum and the Devil Makes Three Sunday, Sept. 9. Also in the KBR, Built to Spill, Camper Van Beethoven and The Delusions on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Ticket prices vary according to show. See for complete details.

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