Live at KHUM

The best performances from the KHUM studio.



• (Thursday, Jan. 29) In Studio: Cleopatra Degher

With roots in chilly Sweden, Cleopatra Degher brings a sunny California sound to the KHUM studio.

• (Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014) The Tom Scharpling Interview

Tom Scharpling, legendary host of The Best Show, talks about the new Scharpling & Wurster box set, the Best Show reboot, and why using real puppets on the radio is not crazy.

• (Friday, Nov. 14, 2014) Polyrhythmics: funky afrobeat

With funky rhythms and tight horns, Polyrhythmics return to Larry Trask's program even better than before.

• (Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014) The Return of Peter Mulvey

Interview + Music: Peter Mulvey brought his like-new 1939 Martin guitar to KHUM to talk about John Cage, Beyonce, and astrophysics.

• (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014) Jason Spooner Quartet

Portland, Maine is putting Portland, Oregon on notice.

• (Friday, Sept. 5, 2014) Supermule

Thanks, Bay Area, for sending us your finest unsung heroes in one tidy package.

• (Friday, July 11, 2014) Lemon Lemon Cherry

Chris and Anwyn of Lemon Lemon Cherry make good on their threat to play trad-jazz on the air.

• (Tuesday, May 6, 2014) Black Prairie Interview

Black Prairie stopped by KHUM to discuss Afghan bagpipes, flying V guitars, and the difference between whales and non-whales. [Interview only; to hear Black Prairie perform live, visit] Black Prairie’s Fortune (Sugar Hill) avail at iTunes: and Amazon:

• (Thursday, April 3, 2014) El Radio Fantastique: Three-Ring Dumpster Fire

Fresh from Point Reyes, this band of next-gen hippies use instruments that rattle and plunk.

• (Monday, March 31, 2014) Rob Drabkin Tried Science But Music's Better

Would-be molecular biologist Rob Drabkin brought his easy laugh and gravelly voice to the KHUM studio for a quick chat about college ambition, what songs not to cover, and why he turned his back on cutting-edge science.

Two of Austin's finest drop by for an extended interview about Jed Smith state park, Austin's bird problem, grandmothers who curse and those that don't.

• (Wednesday, March 19, 2014) Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

This recently-electrocuted singer, his broken-toed fiddle player, and their healthy bassist hobbled into the studio for an illuminating chat about living in an artist community, how to not get shocked, and what its like falling in a ravine in Minnesota.

• (Friday, Feb. 14, 2014) Dry Branch Fire Squad

DBFS is notoriously sharp, musically and intellectually. Both are on full display as they keep host Mike Dronkers on his feet. Mostly.

• (Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014) Upstage Live: The Wood Brothers

Oliver Wood (King Johnson) and Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin, & Wood) perform live at Humbrews in front of an intimate audience. They talk about a questionably-named percussion instrument, their mother's youth as a refugee, and discovering Tom Petty late in life.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014) Devil Makes Three: 2-5-14

Our favorite Santa Cruz degenerates return to KHUM to talk about Kid Rock's cruise ship, Arcata's police, and NOT HAVING COCAINE STASHED IN THE UPRIGHT BASS.

• (Monday, Dec. 23, 2013) Upstage Live: Robbie Fulks & Jenny Scheinman

Robbie Fulks performs and talks with KHUM's Mike Dronkers about family, ruined guitars, & objectivity in music.

• (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013) Grant Farm

National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant and his band tear it up in the KHUM studio

• (Friday, Sept. 27, 2013) The Bills

Canada's finest Americana band discuss playing in a supermarket, Swedes, and also play really good.

• (Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013) The Getdown

Bill Summers (percussion), DJ Logic (turntables), Pete Ciotti (drums), Brian Swizlo (keys) and Drew Mohr (bass) show us how it's done.

• (Wednesday, June 5, 2013) Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin returns to KHUM to play old songs live and share new recorded music.

• (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) Eilen Jewell 5-14-13

Eilen Jewell live at KHUM

• (Friday, March 1, 2013) Deke Dickerson 2-26-13

Rockabilly superstar Deke Dickerson stopped by KHUM on Feb. 26th and left a sea of dropped jaws and melted faces in his wake. WE WANT OUR FACED BACK, DEKE DICKERSON. ASAP.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013) Jake Shimabukuro

The world's foremost Ukulele enthusiast and practitioner discusses his instrument.

• (Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013) Upstage Live: Tommy Emmanuel

In this episode of Upstage Live, Emmanuel talks about going pro at age 6, why he doesn't break strings, and Django Reinhart's fire-gnarled hands.

• (Friday, Jan. 25, 2013) Motherlode

Motherlode is the gritty sound of a 10-piece funktrain. Inspired by 70's soundtrack funk, James Browns JB's, Afrobeat and more. This session, as you'll hear, sets two new KHUM records. One is 'Most Band Members Crammed In The Studio.' The other, we couldn't have predicted.

• (Friday, Dec. 14, 2012) Absynth Quintet

Alt-Roma-jazz afficionados return to KHUM to smash their own “guitar face” record. And play songs. They're at the Caspar Inn tonight and tomorrow, then at the Arcata Theater for New Years.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012) Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

Recorded live at Robert Goodman Wines Tasting Room in Arcata, CA Dec 11, 2012 as part of KHUM's ongoing Upstage Live q+a series.

• (Friday, Dec. 7, 2012) Sara Watkins

Fiddle player, singer & songwriter Sara Watkins dropped to talk about recording with a member of Led Zeppelin, her LA variety show, and a possible Nickel Creek reunion.

• (Friday, Nov. 16, 2012) Polyrhthmics

The Polyrhythmics, Seattle's finest 8-piece afrobeat/worldbeat band, stopped by the KHUM studio on November 15 and redefined the phrase “live in-studio performance”.

• (Friday, Oct. 19, 2012) Owl Paws

These guys love them some 6/4 time signatures, playing in BART stations, and interning for John Vanderslice. Expect big things.

• (Monday, Oct. 1, 2012) Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Asheville, NC's 'Booty Band' are committed to funk. End of story.

• (Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012) Shook Twins

Portland's best identical-twin folk duo popped in for a surprise visit! Yay fun!

• (Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012) Meklit and Quinn

Meklit Hadero and Quinn Devoux return to the KHUM studio for cover songs and original compositions.

• (Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012) T Bird and The Breaks

With a sound that pulls from the origins of hip hop, the alleyways of the Crescent City, the grease and grime of an old-school soul review, and all seven of the deadly sins, the Breaks have developed into a locomotive; slowly pumping across America, leaving crowds drenched with sweat and walking funny the next morning. Their new EP is Dancehall Freakin'.

• (Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012) Midtown Dickens

North Carolina's Midtown Dickens waltzed onto Larry Trask's show and into KHUM's heart.* They performed that evening at the Arcata Playhouse and will hopefully return soon. *That sentence is at least as cheesy as Midtown Dickens is awesome.

• (Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012) Doug Paisley

Torontonian songwriter Doug Paisley stopped by Larry Trask's show to hand off some fresh-picked Petrolia blueberries, talk about why he doesn't always introduce songs, and how much fun he had in Humboldt.

• (Friday, Aug. 3, 2012) The Two-Man Gentlemen Band

Andy Bean & the Councilman are but humble gentlemen playing music, two at-at-time. In this episode, they sing the praises of porkchops, offer tips for those who prefer the infamous “open-toed lifestyle”, and make tennis references that we had to Google later.

• (Thursday, July 12, 2012) Steve Poltz

Singer/songwriter/great guy Steve Poltz stopped by the Awkward Pause radio show on Tuesday, July 10 to share a few stories and sing a few songs. Especially check out the story about singing the National Anthem before a recent Giants game that happens at about 9:30 into the recording. You can see a (poorly recorded) Youtube video of the incident h e r e.

• (Monday, July 2, 2012) Taarka

Our dear friends Taarka stopped by the KHUM studio on Friday and tore it up as only Taarka can do. The lineup included special guest Taarkan, Grant Gordy, who, among other things, plays guitar for the David Grisman Quintet.

• (Sunday, April 22, 2012) Mike Birbiglia

When's the last time a comedian/storyteller/NPR contributor/sleepwalker was in Arcata? Never, you say? Are you sure? Like, really sure? How can you even know that? Mike Birbiglia will be at the Van Duzer on Earth Day, April 22nd (get tickets) performing his one-man show, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. SPOILERS: He spoke with Mike Dronkers about: What Mike Birbiglia will autograph (anything) How Mike Birbiglia interviews a great interviewer (ask Conan for help) Who spoiled the ending of his show (Mike Birbiglia)

• (Friday, March 30, 2012) Dan Bern 3-29-12

Singer-songwriter Dan Bern chats and plays a few songs on the Awkward Pause radio show on KHUM

• (Thursday, March 22, 2012) Bahamas

Bahamas stopped by the KHUM studio on their way to Portland to play and chat with Larry Trask. Their new album is “Barchords” on Brushfire records.

• (Tuesday, March 6, 2012) The Growlers

SoCal's Growlers stopped by Larry Trask's Afternoon Delig…actually, Awkward Pause radio show on Leap Day and totally knocked it out of something. Much like Martha Washington, The Growlers are one hip, hip, hip lady (except instead of “lady”, substitute “band”)

• (Monday, March 5, 2012) SOJA

DC-based reggae band finds success with a positive message. SOJA spoke with DJ Larry Trask about playing in Palau and being in a band with friends. They play a few songs, too.

• (Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012) Ivan Rosenberg & Chris Coole

Partially famous and wholly talented ex-Humboldter Ivan Rosenberg performed live on Mike Dronkers' program Friday, February 24th. In addition to decidedly non-shreddy acoustic music, Rosenberg talks about his time as a Humboldt Ultimate Frisbee athlete, how Jimmy Buffett got him to Montana, and why it's OK to zone out to his music. Chris Coole joins him to play banjo and guitar, while overcoming a past youth with Neil Diamond records and Andy Griffith reruns. For over a decade, Ivan Rosenberg has been making ‘boutique’ recordings of personable, expressive acoustic music on Dobro and clawhammer banjo. Millions have heard his original songs playing in the background of over 250 television programs including The Daily Show, Oprah, and the Emmy-nominated documentary Libby, Montana.

• (Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012) Ruthie Foster

Grammy nominee blues & folk artist Ruthie Foster talks about overcoming a stutter, fixing helicopters, and playing funk for Uncle Sam.

• (Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012) Bon Swing's Tom Toohey & Dan Fair

Two of Humboldt's reigning jazz specialists play the music of Django Reinhardt and discuss his relationship with dinosaurs, paper flowers, and fingers. In celebration of what would never have been Reinhardt's 102nd birthday, Bon Swing plus special guests perform Saturday night at the Westhaven Center For The Arts.

• (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012) In Studio: The Trouble

The Trouble played live on Mike Dronkers' program, Wednesday, January 11th, 2012. The Trouble is Mark Jeffares on lead vocals and guitar, Chris Parreira on rhythm guitar, Jeff Krider on bass, and Sam Kaplan-Good on drums. They play at Humbrews on Saturday night with Small Axe and 100-Watt Mind.

• (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011) Jeffrey Lewis

Born and raised in New York City's East Village, Jeffrey Lewis is truly a cult folk hero. He tours the world with his seemingly stream-of-consciousness songs, but almost nobody knows who he is. This recording comes from his appearance on You & Meme, December 6th, 2011.

• (Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011) In Studio: Bee Eaters 11-2-11

It's not classical. It's not celtic. It's not bluegrass. What is it? Raised in Burnt Ranch, California, Tashina and Tristan Clarridge have long wowed local music fans from the Blue Lake Fiddle Festival to busking at Wildberries. Now based in Boston and with hammered dulcimer prodigy Simon Chrisman, the Bee Eaters share company with the likes of Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Natalie MacMaster, and other heavy hitters in the new American string movement.

• (Monday, Oct. 31, 2011) In Studio: Ryan Montbleau Band

Massachusetts-based Ryan Montbleau Band surround astute and uplifting lyrics with top-shelf musicianship. This is RMB's third appearance on KHUM, and they just keep getting better.

• (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011) Upstage Live: Mason Jennings 10/18/11

Mason Jennings sings about California and talks about his mantra, getting yelled at on stage, and how to extract magic from Jason Schwartzman. Recorded/webcast live from the Karshner Lounge at Humboldt State University 10/1/11. Watch the entire show here:

• (Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011) Pete Kartsounes Band

Pete Karstounes and his band stopped by the mid-day show to talk about music, backpacking, and his Hike4Cancer foundation.

• (Friday, Oct. 7, 2011) Absynth Quintet

Arguably Humboldt's finest band returned to the KHUM studio today for yet another brazen display of musical prowess and ungroomed facial hair. They play all-new material and even throw in a They Might Be Giants cover. The Absynth Quintet is: Bird Jowaisas – Mandolin and Lithuanian Party Bugle Ryan Roberts – Guitar John Ludington – Bass Ian Davidson – Electric Banjo and Nose flute Tofu Schwartz – Drums, Percussion, and first chair kazoo

• (Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011) Shook Twins & John Craigie

Portland's Shook Twins trade songs with tourmate John Craigie from San Francisco. Will the Shooks ever eat the acid they sing of? Will John Craigie learn that people also use Skype with clothes on? Will host Mike Dronkers remember the bassist's name?

• (Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011) Moreland & Arbuckle

Aaron Moreland's dense and primitive guitar grooves combined with Dustin Arbuckle's raspy vocals and edgy harmonica fire up their earthy, rural blues. They performed live on Larry Trask's programme. Their new CD “Just A Dream” features Steve Cropper.

• (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011) Meklit Hadero

Born in Ethiopia, raised in the U.S. and nurtured by San Francisco’s richly diverse arts scene, this acclaimed singer embodies worlds. With a jazz backbone and a singer/songwriter's heart, she talks about Yale, pizza, and Ethiopian hip-hop space opera. Featuring Darrell Green on drums, Darren Johnston on trumpet, & Evan Flory-Barnes on bass.

• (Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011) Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

On Tuesday, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside visited the KHUM studio. The night before, they played two encores to a full house at Humbrews. The band hasn't played Humboldt since opening for the Avett Brothers in 2009. Since then, her music has joyfully tumbled out of KHUM's studio, car windows throughout Arcata, and David Letterman's PA system.

• (Monday, July 18, 2011) Real Vocal String Quartet

SF's premier alt-vocal-jazz/alt-chamber-music specialists Real Vocal String Quartet performed live on DJ Emily McLongstreet's 'Meet Me In The Morning' Sunday, July 17th, 2011. This was RVSQ's second KHUM performance.

• (Wednesday, July 13, 2011) Jill Andrews

Jill Andrews was in the critically-acclaimed Everybody Fields until going solo a few years ago. Her new album, “The Mirror” mixes light and dark effortlessly. She performed on Mike Dronkers' show on Tuesday, July 13th, 2011.

• (Friday, July 8, 2011) Mike Pinto Band

Hailing from the beaches of southern California and bringing a sound to match, the Mike Pinto Band performed in the KHUM studio July 7th, 2011. Jambalaya-bound with almost no sleep and the biggest bass amp we've ever put a mic in front of, MPB played a great set.

• (Wednesday, May 25, 2011) Jenny O

Recorded on the Mike Dronkers show, May 25, 2011. Set: “Won’t Let You Leave,” “All My Wishes,” “Are You Teasing Me (Cover),” “Well Ok Honey.”

• (Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011) Infamous String Dusters

Recorded live on the Larry Trask show, Jan. 11, 2011. Set: “Keep On Trucking,” “In God’s Country (Cover),” “Magic #9,” “Hitch Hiker.”

• (Friday, Aug. 27, 2010) Cracker

Recorded on the Mike Dronkers show, Aug. 27, 2010. Set: “Friends,” “Low,” “Turn On Tune In Drop Out With Me.”

• (Tuesday, May 11, 2010) Martin Sexton

Recorded on the Larry Trask show, May 11, 2010. Set: “Friends Again,” “Boom Sh-Boom.”

• (Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010) The Blushin' Roulettes

Recorded on the Larry Trask program, Feb. 23, 2010. Set: “This Time With Feeling,” “HoneyBabe And DarlinDear,” “Won’t Bother Me,” “Salty Mama,” “Skeleton Woman.”

• (Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010) Animal Liberation Orchestra

Recorded on the Mike Dronkers show, Feb. 21, 2010. Set: “Time And Heat,” “I Wanna Feel It,” “The Champ.”

• (Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010) Moonalice

Recorded on the Larry Trask show, Feb. 18, 2010. Set: “It’s 4:20 Somewhere,” “The Real Deal,” “There Will Be No Pain.”

• (Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009) Mother Hips

Recorded on the Larry Trask show, Nov. 12, 2009. Set “White Falcon Fuzz,” “Third Floor Story,” “Whiskey On A Southbound,” “One Way Out,” “Time Sick Son Of A Grizzly Bear.”

• (Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009) Yogoman Burning Band

On the Larry Trask program, Oct. 24, 2009. Set: “Invitation (Don’t Send Me),” “See Saw Tippin' Divine,” “Shopping,” “Sit And Talk,” “Ready To Roll.”

• (Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009) Ryan Montbleau Band

Recorded Oct. 20, 2009 on the Larry Trask show. Set list: 1. 75 And Sunny 2. My Best Guess 3. Song Bird 4. Maybe Today 5. Inspired By No One

• (Wednesday, May 13, 2009) Pimps of Joytime

Recorded on the Larry Trask program, May 13, 2009. Set: “People Say That I Need To Get My Thing Together,” “Long Ride,” “Your Love Is My Goal.”

• (Saturday, May 9, 2009) Jackie Greene

Recorded on the Larry Trask show, May 9, 2009. Set: “Uphill Mountain,” “Gone Wonderin',” “Sing Me Back Home (Cover).”

• (Thursday, April 9, 2009) Clem Snide

Recorded on the Larry Trask program, April 9, 2009. Set: “Our Time Will Come,” “Tuesday Oct. 24th,” “With All My Heart.”

• (Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008) Mason Jennings and Zach Gill

Live on Mike Dronkers' show, Nov. 11, 2008. Set: “Your New Man,” “Don’t Touch My Stuff,” “California Part 2,” “Family (Zach Gill),” “Living In The Moment,” “10,000 Ways To Beat A Dead Horse (Zach Gill),” “Fighter Girl.”

• (Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008) Toubab Krewe

Recorded Oct. 8, 2008 on the Mike Dronkers show. The set included “Djurabi,” “Rooster” and “51 Foot Ladder.”

• (Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008) Brett Dennen

Recorded on the Mike Dronkers show, Aug. 28. 2008. Set: “Wrong About Me,” “Closer To You,” “Heaven,” “World Keeps Turning,” “Make You Crazy.”

• (Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007) Devil Makes Three

Recorded on the Lila Nelson show, Feb. 18, 2007. Set: “Uncle Harvey’s Plane,” “Dead Air,” “Plank.”