Arcata Eye Scene

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

On Tour – Feb. 11 through Feb. 17

Who’s playing this week? And where?

Reverend Horton Heat
CenterArts presents the Reverend Horton Heat and special guests Throw Rag on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in HSU’s Kate Buchanan Room. Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down – an almost 20-year journey for him, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide. Tickets are $25 general and $20 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, The Works or at For more information and credit card orders, call CenterArts at (707) 826-3928. This event is 18 and over (or HSU students with ID) only.

Munich Symphony
CenterArts presents the Munich Symphony Orchestra with Principal Guest Conductor Philippe Entremont on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in HSU’s Van Duzer Theatre. Internationally renowned artist Philippe Entremont will again be leading the orchestra as conductor and piano soloist when they perform at the Van Duzer Theatre. Acclaimed worldwide for the elegance and virtuosity of his playing, as well as his outstanding interpretive abilities on the podium, the pairing of Philippe Entremont with the Munich Symphony Orchestra proves to be a stunning collaboration. Tickets are $65 general, $60 senior/child and $35 HSU students. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office or at For more information and credit card orders, call CenterArts at (707) 826-3928.

ALBINO!, the San Francisco Bay Area’s award-winning 10-piece Afrobeat ensemble is returning to Arcata on its Winter 2009 tour of the Northwest. ALBINO! will feature a preview of material from its highly anticipated second studio album. Recorded in Colorado on the heels of a national tour, and mixed by Dan Prothero of Fog City Records (Galactic, Robert Walter), the album is now in the final stages of production and will be released this spring. ALBINO! performs to benefit Inferknow at the Arcata Playhouse, Friday, Feb.  13. Tickets are $25 for the show, $20 for dinner, $40 for bothe. Doors open at 8 p.m., music begins at 10:30 p.m. For more information, see,

Sassy, The Freeks
Sassy and The Freeks play the Alibi on Saturday, Feb. 14. About The Freeks: “Like a dignified, deliberate, cave-aged cheese, the Freeks reeks indulgent class and psyched-out delicious. Never rush a good thing, and just look at what you get: Ruben Romano (Nebula/Boschetto); John McBain (Wellwater Conspiracy/Stinking Bishop); Scott Reeder (Kyuss/Cotswald); Isaiha Mitchell (Earthless/Muenster);Lorenzo Woodrose (Baby Woodrose/Gouda);Jason Corbin (Bartenders Bible/Jarlsberg); John Cobbett (Ludicra/Drunken Goat); Jack Endino (Skin Yard/Gorgonzola); Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic/Midnight Moon). These ingredients spontaneously co-mingled and transformed into a weird, pungent concoction that tastes oh-so-superb. The Freeks have twisted this concept several senses further such that tastebuds are replaced by eardrums. If your ears only tasted a lump of truffle-swirled boschetto, they would hear the reeky-cool sound of the Freeks. So sit back, savor a glass of your favorite grenache, and never rush a good thing.”
About Sassy:  “Trixie Delicious (Lynda Mandolyn) backslapping a guitar and sharing salty Bay vocals with the orange feline frizz Kitty Largewood (Christa DiBiase) sticking it hard behind drums. That’s all these ladies needed to strike straight to the point an instant idea in three-minute songs. A tweak in tune, a clack of the sticks, and like a strike of a single match, their songs spark-up, flame hot, burn hard, scorch finger tips, and drop smoldering. Then they rip the next match and flare up again. Spark – burn – repeat. Matchstick Punk Pop.”

Tim Reynolds, TR3
Tim Reynolds’ TR3 performs at Humboldt Sunday, Feb. 15. As the child of pious, fiercely conservative parents, Reynold’s musical introduction began at age 12, playing electric bass before writhing congregations of ecstatic worshippers three times a week until his high school graduation. Tiring of the constraints of imposed conservatism, he secretly plunged into jazz and psychedelic rock. At age 18, he left home to join a group of “experimental” musicians. After absorbing much from them and the dozen other bands that followed (including The Dave Matthews Band), he eventually settled in Charlottesville, Va. and founded TR3.
It was in this environment that Reynolds could explore his art, with impromptu performances on sitar, solo jazz guitar, solo djembe, 12-string guitar, violin, and mandolin. When this self-taught musician performs it is a symphony of the senses. Show is 21 and over, $13 advance, $15 at the door.

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