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Bad Lilas take over Jam Thursday night

Although Humboldt County has lost Lila Nelson to bigger cities and brighter lights, a few brave men have taken up the mantle of her memory, specifically, her “Bad Lila” radio personality, formerly of KHUM 104.3 FM’s Sunday afternoons. (“Good Lila” began the day with an all-acoustic show.) How does she feel about The Bad Lilas?

Lila says, “The dichotomous good/bad Lila persona rift was years in the making, a comment on the ever present virgin/whore double bind experienced by women all over the world. I just hope these ‘Bad Lilas’ don’t cheapen it with mudflap girl images. Ha. Those are good guys though, and great musicians.

The Bad Lilas

The Bad Lilas

On Thursday, MARCH 12, The Bad Lilas are playing at The Jambalaya with Rooster McClintock at 9 p.m., Cover is $5; show is 21 and over. The Bad Lilas are made up of former members of The Rubberneckers B.T. Hollister and Greg Lojko, Colin Vance of The Striped Band, James Westfall and W. Scott Coulter. The Bad Lilas play a blend of folk, bluegrass, old time and rock n’ roll in an acoustic setting. The Bad Lilas… “Not Just Another Boy Band.”


Lila Nelson is oh, so pretty… vacant!

Acclaimed singer songwriter Lila Nelson will make an appearance at Arcata Photo Studios (APS) Friday during Arts!Arcata from 6 to 9 p.m.

Nelson will perform several songs from her latest release Letter Home as well as – if we’re all really, really lucky – at least one Sex Pistols cover. Also, recent portraits of Nelson in and around Arcata will be on display.

The event is also an opportunity to meet – in between songs – APS photographers Martin Swett, Sheldon Sabbatini and Terrence McNally as well as S&S Events coordinator Taffy Stockton. If you’re nice and are over-21, they may give you a glass of wine.

APS is located on the Plaza Level of Jacoby’s Storehouse.

For a more traditional taste of Lila, check out “American Miracle” from Letter Home: american_miracle1

Please note: “I got used by Lila Nelson (R)” is a registered trademark of Madeline Music. It may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means, including but not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or other means, without the prior express written permission of Madeline Music.

Jennifer’s top 11 of 2008

With my Christmas in San Francisco already slipping away as if I’d just awoken from a dream, how am I expected to recall all the way back to January, 2008? March? June? Even November feels a little fuzzy. But now that Josh Duke (see column, right) has thrown down the gauntlet, let me plunder my memory in hopes of rekindling your own fond live music experiences of 2008.
Unlike Josh, I tend to have fun naturally when out, so I don’t have a “Worst of 2008” list – neither can I choose a clear victor in the “Best of” category (I love you all equally, dear bands).

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Amy & Lila at CR

Internationally acclaimed author Amy Stewart will re-launch College of the Redwoods’ Visiting Writers Series with a free reading at the Forum Theater on the main Eureka campus Friday, Oct. 3 starting at 7 p.m.
Stewart will read from her latest book, Flower Confidential: The Good, Bad and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers, and her newest work-in-progress, Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities, which will be published by Algonquin Books in May 2009.

Stewart will sell and sign copies of her three books in the Forum Theater lobby following her performance.
Stewart’s reading will be preceded by a musical performance from 6:30 to 7 p.m. by Humboldt County singer-songwriter Lila Nelson who just released her newest CD, Letter Home.

For more on Stewart, see For more on Nelson, visit For more on CR’s Visiting Writers Series, see

Jennifer Savage: The Savage Eye – Sept. 23, 2008

If you’ve somehow missed the hype, here’s one more nudge to go check out Humboldt County, the movie, this Friday, Sept. 26 at The Minor. The film, by Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs (not to be confused with the Fieldbrook mechanic!), chronicles the adventures of Peter Hadley (Jeremy Strong) during his unintentional stay with an eccentric SoHum pot-growing family (is there any other kind?). While the movie is a mostly fine production on its own merits, the excitement lies in the recognition of the names and locales so lovingly documented. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Savage: CDs reviews – Lila Nelson, the Absynth Quintet

Sometimes we love a song because it transports us somewhere we want to be.  Sometimes music appeals to us because it reflects our own experiences, articulates an aspect of life or love that we recognize, albeit in a more poetic way. Which brings us to Lila Nelson’s new CD, Letter Home. Read the rest of this entry »

Kate Mann tonight

Maybe you heard her on Lila’s show today.
Teensy listen here or check out

She’s at Mosgo’s tonight, 8 p.m.