Upbeat all night party vibe... Which is better, a legitimate party or an unauthorized one? In any case, the "official" kick off to the Northern Nights music fest happens at the Arcata Theatre Lounge with organic hook groovemasters Fort Knox Five, DJ Spinn & Taso and Cacao. Tickets are $20, show is 21-and-over, and the party starts at 9:30 p.m.
Live and local fest... Hey, there's a new live and local music resource in town — the Lost Coast Avenger — with a stated mission to provide readers with "the most up to date local content of all music from Folk & Bluegrass to Metal & Psych-Punk." Very cool. Congrats, LCA, and welcome! The blog's launch party includes 19 bands at three houses, plus a food truck, a bouncy house, a dog show and more, all happening from noon till 10 p.m. along 11th Street. (Specific locations to be announced day of event.)
Only 350 passes will be available, so head over to lostcoastavenger.wordpress.com or see the Facebook event to get yours in advance. Passes are $3 pre-sale, $5 day of the event. Bands include BloodOrphans (lo-fi/shoegaze/sadcore), DOTCOM DOTCOM (retro/futurepop/tropica), FloatForward (phantasmagorical dream pop), Dahi Lolas (surf/post-punk), High Crimes (indie rock, with members of Comfortable), The Wild Lungs (GRAWjPAWP — yes, that's how the band is billed!), Morel (post-punk/math rock), Venus Milk (psych/garage rock), Spacehead (hip-hop rapping trio), Coastral (ambient/chillwave) and more and more.
All proceeds go towards LCA future events and "the lovely residents of the households for allowing us to have this rad party at their place." Event coordinator Benji Aguirre emphasized in a followup email the importance of respecting the neighborhood: "We just really have a lot of faith in our attendees to be as respectful as possible but reiterating that in your column would be great."
Get funked... A celebration of/memorial to KMUD's beloved "Funked Up" host Marc Patterson aka "Cuzin Marc" takes place at the Mateel Community Center with all kinds of funk nasty get down courtesy of Liquid Kactus, The Electric Love Arkestra, The Strawberry White Band, Cyclops & The Owl, Mimur and more. Doors at 6 p.m., free, all ages.
Old meets brew... Humboldt Brews hosts Del The Funky Homosapien, yes, you read that right, and Scarub. Quick refresher: Hailing from Oakland, Del and his crew, the Hieroglyphics, emerged in the mid-late 1990s as a markedly non-gangsta response to a burgeoning West Coast scene. Music starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door, show is 21-and-over.