Arcata Eye Scene

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

On Tour – June 10, 2008

‘On Tour’ is the Eye’s semi-weekly column allowing bands from elsewhere to tell you about themselves in  hopes you, dear reader, will leave the safety of your couch and attend one of the many live music performances taking place in our town. – JS/Eye Scene Ed.
Frenzy, Henchmen

Norm from Bad Kitty says, “Psychobilly pioneers from Bristol, England, Frenzy is celebrating 25 years together on this U.S. tour. One of the tightest and most polished acts in the psychobilly world, these guys mix in a lot of influences from sci-fi to hard rock and a lot of humor. Promises to be an awesome and energetic performance.” (

Also, “Los Angeles trio the Henchmen provide a gritty and greasy experience. Never has gutter rock felt so good. Come on down and and support the continuing evolution of real rock n roll.” (
The tight and greasy gig happens at the Alibi, Wednesday night.

The Devil Makes Three

Arcatans love Santa Cruz’s The Devil Makes Three. Their official bio says, “With a slightly punky perspective on vintage American blues, The Devil Makes Three is  a breath of fresh musical air…. Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummer-less trio brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm.” Yeah, baby. At the Jambalaya, Thursday, June 12. Likely to sell out.

Wayne “The Train” Hancock

Wayne “The Train” Hancock lands in the Jambalaya, Friday, June 13. From “Wayne has been called ‘the master of Hillbilly swing,’ a ‘roots Renaissance man,’ a ‘country singer’s country singer’ and ‘Hank Williams meets Gershwin.’ But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is ‘Wayne Hancock is the real deal.’”

Sid and Fancy

Sid and Fancy stop into the Jambalaya, Monday as part of a West Coast tour following the release of their first full-length album, Barrelhouse Angelinas.
Fiddle-player and former competitive swimmer Jess sent a press release: “Sid and Fancy is an energetic hybrid of old-timey traditional American bluegrass and contemporary punk drive. The band focuses on rhythmic dynamics, vocal harmony and rippin’ fast instrumental breaks. Their live shows feature an energetic crowd, raucous celebration and a generous helping of the roughest whiskey around.”

Radio Moscow

Humboldt Free Radio presents Alive Records artists Radio Moscow, psychedelic blues from Iowa at the Alibi, Monday. This show sounds kickass: “Radio Moscow led by 22-year-old guitarist/drummer/singer/songwriter Parker Griggs, originally cut his teeth playing garage punk, but his sound is also channeled through the blues, with experimental breakdowns, unpredictable tempo changes, crazy rave-ups and fuzzed out psychedelic guitar work…. Dan Auerbah of The Black Keys was given a demo by Parker after a Black Keys gig in Colorado, and he liked it so much that he offered to produce their debut album in his own studio.”

With the line-up additions of Zach Anderson (bass) and Paul Marrone (drums) the trio will be touring the U.S. throughout 2007. More at

Sugar and Gold, Hot Tub
Lil’Red Lion

Get your dance party on with Sugar and Gold’s “classic harmony-based songwriting with a healthy dose of Rick James and Young Americans-era David Bowie.” Joining Sugar & Gold will be Oakland’s Hot Tub serving up “interlocking raps, synchronized dance moves and some seriously explicit content get the clubs bumping.”


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