Arcata Eye Scene

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

On Tour – April 8 through April 15

The physical pages are full! Here’s a mostly unedited look at the big names coming through town this week.

CenterArts presents Midori, Violin with Robert McDonald, Piano on Wednesday, April 9th at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre, HSU. Midori’s first performance was with the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of 11 and she completed her first recording at age 14. Now in her 25th season of performing, the former child prodigy has matured into an artist who mesmerizes audiences with her energy and passionate virtuosity. Tickets are $55 general, $53 senior/child, $45 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office at HSU, the Works in Eureka/Arcata and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders call CenterArts at 826-3928.

Montana Slim live at Jambalaya
Friday, April 11th, 2008
San Francisco string band
9 p.m.
(707) 822-4766.
Montana Slim is an emerging newgrass string band from San Francisco. Combining diverse musical backgrounds and influences, they have succeeded in creating a sound that’s all their own. Built upon invigorating live performances, peppered with dueling melodic fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar improvisation, Montana Slim will have the dance floor swinging. Sweet vocal harmonies, reflective lyrical tales, and solid foundational bass rhythms can all be found in Montana Slim’s original, youthful interpretation of bluegrass. The original Montana Slim outfit began in the summer of 2006 with the completion of their debut EP which was produced by Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips.

Two of Portland, Oregon‘s best Americana acts, Drunken Prayer and Power of County, who are touring the West Coast together and hitting Arcata on April 12th at the Alibi.
The press has said of Drunken Prayer: “…one part the Band, one part Tonights The Night and several parts sinners remorse…Bad Seeds-in-New Orleans noir…” – Fred Mills, Harp Magazine.
“brooding ballads and Cash-esque country morbidity.” – Willamette Week, Portland, OR.
Power of County is Matthew Stark (vocals, guitar, banjo), D. Rives Curtright (vocals, guitar), Jay Johnson (bass), Andy Bacon (drums), Dan Baldwin (percussion), Erik Calmpitt and (pedal steel, harmonica). Four years ago D. Rives Curtright and Matthew Stark were two dudes in a purple, rented Malibu touring the west coast on a whim. Armed with only a banjo and a guitar, they bathed in the Pacific and nearly sold out of their debut 7” on Jealous Butcher Records (Decemberists, Made for TV Movie). Now the duo is augmented by a solid backdrop of drums (Andy), bass (J.Funk), pedal steel, and percussion (Clampitt). Shunning sandals and embracing red meat, this group of western dandies is proudly adorned in black leather vests emblazoned with the band’s moniker on their backs.

After touring the world and sharing the stage with the likes of IGGY POP,
THE CRAMPS, YEAH YEAH YEAH’s and GUIDED BY VOICES,  SHELLSHAG just
wrapped up a string of successful shows at this year’s annual South By
Southwest
music conference along with a cross country trek with punk
legends THE SLITS. SHELLSHAG will be stopping by in Arcata on Monday April 14th at Jambalaya
as part of a co-headlining tour with KING BROTHERS who are also known as
“the most dangerous band in Japan”.
Renowned for their ferocious live performances, SHELLSHAG will be bringing
their unique brand of abrasive pop fury and churning hybrid of feral riffs
and booming percussion on the road in support of their recent album
“Destroy Me, I’m Yours” which was released on March 4th on Starcleaner
Records.

TOUBAB KREWE Tuesday April 15th 10pm @ Humboldt Brews $10
They will be having a special guest artist with them Rayna Gellert of UNCLE EARL joining on fiddle! AkaBella will be opening the show with Toubab Krewe on 15th. They are a local five woman acappela group.

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