Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Future is Unwritten Fest

Some local bearded longhairs have been planning and plotting behind the scenes recently and will be presenting The Future is Unwritten psych-rock music fest next month in Arcata and Eureka. The three day fest will most notably feature Mammatus and Nebula, both appearing in Humboldt for the first time, and will hopefully grow into a biannual event to be held during both the vernal and autumnal equinox of each year. If you're in the area, be sure to come out and support. Fest organizers have big plans in mind for the future and getting the fest off to a strong start would certainly make it possible for those plans to come to fruition.

Chapter One of this year’s festival will be written Friday, September 5 at Big Pete’s Pizzeria on G Street in Arcata with local psych-rockers Yer Dog and White Manna kicking off festivities with a special all ages performance. Those over 21 need not despair, for beer will still be served with proper identification. Pizza will be available to all. The door will be $5, with music starting shortly after 10pm.

Chapter Two of the festival will take place Saturday, September 6 at the Alibi in Arcata with Mammatus and Datura Blues. Mammatus hails from outside Santa Cruz, California and has created quite a buzz over the past couple of years with their fuzzed-out and somewhat demented live performances. Datura Blues, whose formative roots can be traced back to a cold and stormy night in Humboldt County, will open the show with their unique blend of psychedelic madness, one that incorporates elements of folk, punk, krautrock, and improvisational jams into the mix. Cover for this show will be $5. It is a 21+ event, with doors opening at 10:30pm and music starting shortly after 11pm.

Chapter Three brings the festival to Aunty Mo’s in Eureka on Sunday, September 7 and will feature Nebula and Totimoshi. Certainly Nebula needs no introduction to most readers, as they are pioneers of the psych/stoner boom of the last decade. The Bay Area’s Totimoshi is accompanying Nebula with their crushing brand of rock fury, and while it may be a stretch to say the power trio is psych-influenced, their latest release does find the band edging closer to some straight-up jams. Local hard rockers Machete round out the bill. The show is a 21+ affair and will be $8. Doors open at 9pm with bands beginning at 10pm.

I renewed an old link of a Mammatus show from 2007. You can read more about that post here.

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