On the way up Highway 101 from Humboldt County to the Redwoods I tuned into K-MUD, a local Humboldt station and heard a wonderful band–Wake the Dead. It is always nice to hear something new and refreshing and this particular radio station and band hit the spot. The Northern California celtic jam band celebrates the Grateful Dead interpreting the Dead’s catalog in new and exciting ways. I really got into Wake the Dead, finding their tunes a pleasant accompaniment to the scenic vistas of Humboldt County. I found the album Wake the Dead: A Celtic Celebration of the Songs of the Grateful Dead to be a fair example of some of the tunes I heard on K-MUD.
I got to attend this year’s Reggae on the River Festival in Southern Humboldt County, California. The festival had a great local community feel and funds raised went to support the Mateel Community Center in Redway, California. The Eel River flowed through the picturesque venue located at Benbow State Recreational Area. Reggae on the River celebrated its 25th Anniversary in fine style. Positive vibrations flowed all day long. Soul Majestic played early in the day bringing their brand of soul-drenched reggae to the stage. The track “First Light” set the vibe and songs like “Rough N’ Tuff ” displayed the musical prowess of this young group. Soul Majestic also played the single “Better World,” which dovetails nicely with their positive vibe and eco-friendly message.
Queen Omegaignited the stage with soul, dancehall, and roots reggae. A native of Trinidad and Tobago Queen Omega sang “Love Ya Color,” “Judgement,” “Warning,” and “Ganja Baby” to an appreciative crowd. The Roots Revealers bought Jamaican dancehall to northern California playing the songs “Long Road” and “No More Killing.”