WOODEN SHJIPS, MARIEE SIOUX and HEADDRESS at Arthur Sunday Evenings at McCabe's tonight (Feb 17)


Please join Arthur Magazine tonight as we conclude our Arthur Sunday Evenings series of music at the 50-years-old-and-growing-strong McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.

McCabe’s is all-ages, and doesn’t sell adult-designated beverages, so bring the whole family, bring your own flask and so on. Coffee, tea, bottled water, soft drinks and home-baked cookies will be available for reasonable prices. There will be two intermissions, and there are ins and outs all night so you can go outside to use your cel, or perhaps have an invigorating smoke.

McCabe’s holds 150; we’ll have 75 seats out for those who prefer to sit rather than dance or sway or lay down. Here’s the info:

Sunday, Feb 17, 7pm – $12 – call McCabe’s at 310-828-4497 to buy a ticket

Blissed longhairs from the Bay Area working the eternal vein that runs from “Electric Music for the Mind and Body”/”Section 43”-era Country Joe and the Fish to Butterfield Blues Band’s “East-West” to Jefferson Airplane to Quicksilver Messenger Service to the Doors to Suicide to Les Rallizes Denudes to Spacemen 3. As guitarist-vocalist Ripley Johnson acknowledges, “It’s been done already, by the Velvets most famously. This is just our take on it. It just feels so right: repetition, drone, simplicity — that is life, the sound of the nervous system, the sound of the universe.”

Cascading river-of-consciousness folksongs from the young Nevada City nature-songstress

Texan nomad fellas on a dark, lonesome, reverb-soaked high — think the Stones’ “Wild Horses” in super-slow-mo and you’re getting there

Hot tips from McCabe’s on how to park for free near the shop:

Arthur Sunday Evenings poster by ARIK ROPER

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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