Local rhythm generating sextet Timbata has an 8 p.m. show at the Arcata Playhouse ($15). Featuring Humboldt State music program alums and professors, Timbata is a favorite on the scene, noted for its finely crafted Latin and Afro-Cuban beats inspired by the musical panoply that is the legacy of the Caribbean/African diaspora.
Motherlode, the best funk band in the county, is celebrating the release of a new EP tonight at Humbrews. The show kicks off around 9 p.m., although who knows when the 10-piece will assemble on the stage. I will bet they play until closing time, though. Seattle's Klozd Sirkut joins the fun as well ($10).
And rounding out this Saturday is Boise's dark duo The Sun and The Mirror, playing an ambient metallic set at The Alibi. (11 p.m.). Whitethorn's only black metal band worth seeing Zelosis pads out the bill nicely and for $5 this show is a steal.