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BIKO BASH: Isla Vista’s Biko House bids goodbye to the school year and welcomes back a hometown celebrity with a technically -free-but-make-a-donation show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2. In honor of the return of KCSB regular Maggie Muldoon from Ghana, the musically inclined co-op will be featuring local indie acts like With the Strength of 10,000 Monsters, Jaguar Dear, and DJ Crabhat. Erin First, vocalist for 10,000 Monsters, describes the band’s sound as “space-age robot rock.” If that’s any indication of what the rest of the lineup might sound like, then prepare for another fun night at what has emerged as one of the area’s most reliable purveyors of quirky and genuinely alternative music. The Biko House is located at 6612 Sueno Road. — Drew Mackie

SHOWGROUND-FUL O’ BLUES: In yet another awe-inspiring blues booking for the Santa Barbara Blues Society — the nation’s oldest, mind y’all — the nearly 40-year-old Roomful of Blues will make its only SoCal appearance on Saturday, June 3, 8:30 p.m., at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Roomful reminds us that blues isn’t necessarily about being down ’n’ out — their jams, available now on their recent release Standing Room Only, are fun, danceable, and inspiring. They’re legends already, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance. Visit sbblues.org. — Matt Kettmann

CHILLA VISTA! The antithesis to the rowdy Isla Vista Halloween experience, a groundbreaking event is launching this weekend out there: Chilla Vista, a festival that’ll revolutionize the community by bringing together students, faculty, and Latino family residents in a day-long celebration of sustainability, arts, music, and education. The festival is the product of Sociology 194, a UCSB course sponsored by Professor Dick Flacks and coordinated by student Jake Lehman. Participants will be able to boogie down at two stages of music, interact with health-related education, observe cultural performances, and discover their neighboring artists, not to mention the accompanying Farmers Market, children’s carnival, and film festival. Chilla Vista will be using a 100 percent renewable energy and a zero-waste model, environmental examples that will inspire the community year-round. So come chill out on Sunday, June 4, noon-8 p.m., at People’s Park and Embarcadero Hall in I.V. — Sophia Kercher

MUSICAL CO-OPULATION: Co-Opula may sound like the porn version of a bad vampire movie, but to the residents of UCSB’s four student-housing cooperative units, this concert doubles as a celebration of all manner of alternative music and a means to get Isla Vista residents interested in shared living. The third annual Co-Opula will feature I.V. mainstays the Hairbrain Scheme, the low-fi ladies of Clitorectomy and the Mutilators, psychedelic jazz outfit Silent Wei, trippy ambient quartet the Animatronics, as well as several others. The event also includes sideshows featuring magic and fire-juggling, just in case band names that reference female circumcision weren’t eye-catching enough. Co-Opula is free and begins at noon in Anisq’Oyo Park in I.V. on Saturday, June 3. — DM

RETURN OF GABE: Homeboy Gabe Lackner makes a return visit to his favorite stage at SOhO tonight, June 1, to unleash some of his new songs that’ll be part of Reflection, his second solo release this summer. He recorded most of it earlier this year off Mountain Drive with Randy Tico and his dad Tom during a short stint in town away from his Brooklyn pad, where he’s been producing some hip-hop in between gigs at the Rockwood Music Hall, on N.Y.C.’s Lower East Side. The new stuff is more acoustic, he says, so get ready for a mellow, fun evening. — MK

JUST ANOTHER MAD MONDAY: The SBCC Monday Madness Big Band, comprised almost entirely of working, professional musicians, held forth May 22 at SOhO and very nearly blew the roof off. Led by S.B. jazz legend Isaac “Ike” Jenkins, the band proved again that it’s one of the tightest, most vital jazz ensembles going. Harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated, adventurous charts by great arrangers such as Gerry Mulligan and Bobby Shew were the order of things. A version of “Perdido” that featured a joyously screaming brass chorus sent shivers up my spine, and the centerpiece of “Cherokee” was two flugelhorns trading four-bar breaks in what was actually an old-fashioned cutting session, à la 1950s N.Y.C. Jenkins has returned to the jazz band after a seven-year absence and he’s done it with a vengeance — we’re lucky to have him. — Stanley Naftaly

Y MAS: Nurse Jennifer Lamberts and her buddy Patrick Corley are enduring a 210-mile bike ride this summer to raise awareness and funds for Chron’s and colitis disease, and all they’re asking of us is to come by their fundraiser party at the Creekside on Saturday, June 3. Headlining the event is Smoking Guns, a Central Coast band that plays everything from Van Morrison to Metallica. … On Friday, June 2, Red’s in the Funk Zone is hosting three off-the-wall acts starting at 9:30 p.m. There’ll be automatic:automatic playing their incarnation of “free rock,” Orange County’s rocksters the Traveling Accident, and our very own Das Supaschthros. … The Soledadeez are dropping their debut CD with a gig at SOhO next Thursday, June 8, so see next week’s Indy for a feature on that. — MK



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