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Strix Vega: Western U.S. Tour 2009

March 11th – Eugene, OR We start our tour off in good spirits coming off of our CD release show at The Alibi. Seeing so many friends and fans who have been supporting us over the years come out and celebrate another milestone in our tenure as a band makes us feel ready to bring our music to many cities we’ve never been before. We begin our travels listening to Lila Nelson’s latest CD. Read the rest of this entry »


Oh, yeah, baby! JJ Grey & MOFRO

That’s right! Following a Grant’s Pass cancellation, Arcata’s Passion Presents scored a JJ Grey & Mofro gig. Happening at Humboldt Brews, Thursday, Sept. 18.

It’s been far too long. From the Aug. 22, 2006 issue of the Eye, (previewing a show that ended up cancelled!):

“The last time Mofro played in Arcata was at Mazzotti’s – three years after their initial Humboldt County appearance – and the dance floor was dominated by Fieldbrook housewives flapping their aprons and gyrating so wildly that frontman J.J. Grey just about blushed. ‘Damn,’ he said. ‘Damn. We shouldn’t have stayed away so long.’ Just to prove he knows how strong the Mofro lovin’ is in these parts…”

Yeah. Get your tickets well in advance for this one.

Summer hurrahs

In our next issue (Aug. 19), you’ll notice our “On Tour” section requires an entire page and then some. The upswing in shows reflects the end of summer and start of HSU’s new semester – all those new students to entice out. Or something like that.

Do not despair, though, because it’s not too late for one more mini-vacation road trip. For the first time ever, SF’s Golden Gate Park is the site of a massive – and massively cool – music fest: Outside Lands. So call your friends in the City and make your sleeping arrangements. Who’s playing? Who isn’t?! Check it: Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Savage: Show recommendations – Rev. Peyton, Hillstomp

Forget about those washboard abs you resolved to work toward for the new year. The only washboard on your mind ought to be the one Breezy’s wearing Wednesday night. Yes, last seen at Muddy’s with Jason Webley, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band lands in Humboldt Brewery this Wednesday. Yes, Josh Peyton is a reverend. Yes, they are big. And yes, you will be damn sorry if you miss this chance to stomp, hoot and holler along to some down-home original Delta-blues style roots music.

So then you’ll find yourself Thursday all hopped up on the blues and anxious for the Friday night fix to be provided by Hillstomp at Jambalaya. They’ve been through here enough times that you probably know they play raucous trance blues that’ll sear through your body. You cannot sit down at a Hillstomp show – I do believe if you tried, you’d find yourself levitating. Yep, they’re that transcendent.

I mean, they are so damn hot


Which wouldn’t matter if the music didn’t kick ass as well – but it does. From the raw rock of “Two Times” to the throbbing “Pistol Grip,” The Blakes embody all that is sexy cool about rock’n’roll.

Don’t miss them.

Can I get an “Amen!”?

~JS/Eye Scene Ed. 

Photo by TMc | Eye


The Blakes are coming back. February 29. Don’t miss. A certain singer-songwriter and her husband made out during The Blakes’ last show. This is your chance to get lucky, too. Yum. 


Coming back in March to the Alibi, the Facepilot guys have been pleading for a CD review for months. The three-song disc serves up the kind of music I’d be happy to stand in a crowded bar and be assaulted by. Heavy and rhythmic, the sonic vibe throbs somewhere nicely between metal and stoner rock – before unfortunately dropping into full-bore death metal screamo vocals. That blows it for me, although I’d like to see the guys live before completely passing judgment – like I said, the music alone is some face-melting fun. Maybe they’ll scrap the Cookie Monster sound (no offense, Cookie!) and take up actual singing by spring. ~ JS/Eye Scene Ed.