The Humboldt Folklife Festival kicks off with music starting early today at the Mad River Brewery. Americana-trio Kingfoot starts it off at 2:45 p.m. followed by Thursday Night Bluegrass and The Detours and all for free. They'll get you warmed up for the continual live music provided by the HFF all week. It's also Pints for Nonprofits and $1 of every pint you buy goes toward the Folklife Festival. Blue Lake keeps it going as the sun begins to set with music at The Logger Bar from Wild Otis. This one almost slipped by under my radar but thankfully guitarist Rick gave me a heads up about the show (thanks for nothing, Dan). They'll be starting it up around 9 p.m. or so and you'll hear some roots-country tunes from their recent release of Don't Let Me Fall. It's a free show, and if you like what you hear, grab a copy of the album. Playing until 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Nighthawk will be slaving away for your entertainment at the Blue Lake Casino if you don't feel like calling it on Saturday. It's also at 9 p.m. and also free. Although not in Blue Lake, MRB band the CropDusters are opening up the Doll-Con burlesque show at Humboldt Brews around 9:30 p.m. Start with the band, stay for the "pop culture themed burlesque/geeklesque show" all for only $13.