Arcata Eye Scene

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

On Tour – July 17, 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.

Flogging Molly tix
on sale Saturday

CenterArts presents Flogging Molly and special guests on Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m. in the Arcata Community Center. Drawing on the hardships and joys of their own lives and a musical history ranging from old world Celtic to modern day punk rock, the seven members of Flogging Molly do just that, and they do it with a charm and an ease that makes them one of the most accessible bands performing today.
Tickets are $35 general and $30 HSU students. Tickets available Saturday, June 21 at the University Ticket Office, the Works and The Metro. For more information and credit card orders, call CenterArts at (707) 826-3928.
Note: This event is restricted to those who are at least 18 years old or a current HSU student with ID

The Druid Underground
Tuesday, Friday
Eureka locales

Via e-mail (originally addressed to T-S Entertainment Editor and Republican Duck Hunter Chris Durant!) :

“The cream of a crop of over 400 video entries, The Druid Underground Short Film Festival has been a brutally independent force lurking in the most creative recesses of the contemporary Los Angeles artscape. When curator William Burgess came to Los Angeles, he uncovered hives of “video art” –  trapped in galleries and classrooms, films which inspire little more than restful sleep in the creative person. But through time one or two projects would grab him, unexpectedly with emotion.

“These were the incidental videos, the unknowns that came out of bedrooms or could only be seen on a hi-8 camera while huddled in the corner of a dorm room. These works had real moments, real feelings but would probably end up like most video tapes- rotting in a closet, never to be seen again.

“A common characteristic of Druidic societies is that certain elements of their worship are unknown to those outside the circle… Burgess established the Druid Underground in 2006 as a forum to present works, which would act as a sort of spiritual combat against the hollow mass of tedious video art.”

See it Tuesday, June 17 (today!) at the Accident Gallery, 213 C St. in Eureka or Friday, June 20 at Placebo’s Ink People space, 12th and F streets, Eureka. Both shows at 8 p.m. Find out more at or

Lissa Schneckenburger
Humboldt Baykeeper

Maia of Humboldt Folklife writes, “We’re delighted to present the exquisitely fine fiddling and captivating voice of Lissa Schneckenburger with her trio, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 in the Humboldt Baykeeper’s ‘listening room’ at 217 E St. in Eureka.

“Lissa is also a popular fiddle teacher at camps around the country, and she’ll be teaching a workshop at 6 p.m. before the show! To sign up for the workshop, e-mail or call (707) 822-5394. The workshop outline is below.

“Schneckenburger is both a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads, and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new.

“Raised in a small town in Maine, Lissa began playing fiddle at the age of six. By the time she was in high school she was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days. In 2001, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and has since performed in the U.S. and internationally and recorded seven CDs.”

Concert tickets for the Lissa Schneckenburger Trio are available now at Wildwood Music, The Metro, the Works and through Admission is $10 for folklife members and youth, $12 general.

Old Town in Eureka, the Baykeeper office is an intimate house concert environment; advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

WoMama leaves town! But plays Hum Brews first (they need gas $)
Arcata-based music group WoMama is set to take their first mini-tour to the SF Bay Area this summer to share their fresh form of world fusion with new audiences. Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 WoMama will make their Bay Area debuts at Mojito in San Francisco and the Catalyst in Santa Cruz.

They will be kicking their “mini-tour” off with a local performance at Humboldt Brews on June 19 where they will raise funds for gas money and hone their set to take on the road and they will be back in town by July 5 to play the Arcata Farmer’s Market.

July 2008 will also see the release of WoMama’s debut CD, Foté Faré. The project has been two years in the making and was recorded by Piet Dalmolen at Fire Planet Studios.

Thanks to a sponsorship by local company Northcoast Horticulture Supply, WoMama was able to finally finish the project this year.

WoMama has been described as an “Afro-fusion dance orchestra.” The founding members of WoMama met in the Music department at Humboldt State University while studying under Dr. Eugene Novotney.

For more information, visit

The Braille Tapes

The Braille Tapes are playing at The Alibi on June 21st.

The Braille Tapes play intricate yet fierce progressive rock, evidenced at They name their influences as Ten Grand, Mineral, Waxwing, The Blood Brothers, Sunny Day Real Estate, conversations, The coat exchange, girls and Brett Easton Ellis.

Heads up for the Blind Willies!
The Blind Willies play Humboldt Brews next Tuesday, June 24. Their debut CD, The Unkindness of Ravens, was recorded and mixed by Lemon DeGeorge (Jolie Holland, film Genghis Blues) and mastered by Paul Carlsen (Nirvana’s Nevermind, John Prine, Neil Young). They have a new album Everybody’s Looking for a Meal. More at

1 Comment»

  tgrbb wrote @

Interesting. Great information. Thanks

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