The Absynth Quartet purvey a truly unique brand of high energy acoustic music. The band's sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, Ca. melds a reverent treatment of time honored American music with a reckless, virtuosic and often zany approach to innovation. Their music takes the concise, humorous and poignant findings of David Bromberg melded with the catchiness of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and parlays them into what would happen if Nickle Creek meets Zappa on a field trip in Eastern Europe. Tickets $10 at Wildberries Marketplace or by calling 707-822-1575. Online tickets here.
The evening will feature a film by Steven Van de Meer.
Tickets Professor Willikers Adult Puppet Slam returns with an evening of short puppet acts with live music in a cabaret setting. This year's theme is "Around the World". The show will be a wild night of puppetry mayhem in a variety of styles and feature Black Cat Shadows, AC/DC Puppets, Paranormal Puppet Society, Dupre's Puppets, Pratik Matwani and Sean's Shadows. Watch for special guests!
Special thanks to IBEX Puppetry and the Puppet Slam Network.
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter). Tickets $18 general & $16 students and members online or Wildberries Marketplace or call 707-822-1575.
“Still Green,” Patty Larkin’s 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family and nature. This collection of new songs chronicles Patty's search for relief, respite and solace during a time when she lost both of her parents, and witnessed a sister suffer a serious health issue.
Patty is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music, where she is now an Artist in Residence. Patty has earned eleven Boston Music Awards and has been honored by Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino with “Patty Larkin Appreciation Day” in recognition of her philanthropic contributions to non-profit organizations.
Tickets The Arcata Playhouse presents Home Cookin' with an open floor for dancing. The show is a dance party benefit for the Playhouse programs. Home Cookin' delivers a range of musical flavors in their repertoire of original tunes and rock standards. Composed of local musical veterans, Joyce Hough, Tim Gray, Gary Davidson and Fred Neighbor, Home Cookin' serves up savory musical entrees with a saucy back beat. Come on out and shake your groove thing! Cocktails and light food fare available. Tickets at $15-$25 sliding scale and are available online at Wildberries Marketplace or reserve by calling 822-1575.
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. "Smither is an American original - a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world."- Associated Press.
Tickets $22 general and $20 students and members available online or Wildberries Marketplace or by calling 707-822-1575.
The most recent recording project is Still On the Levee (2014) – a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed, this career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career – including Devil Got Your Man, the first song he penned, on up to several of his most recent originals.
Coming out at the same time as Still On the Levee, the book Chris Smither Lyrics 1966-2012 features his complete set of lyrics complemented by select images of Chris and performance memorabilia from his decades-long career. To commemorate his career to-date, Signature Sounds is releasing an all-star tribute record including a stellar list of artists offering their takes on some Smither favorites including Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Tim O’Brien, Patty Larkin, and many others.
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”