There's a nice pre-race Kinetic kick-off party tonight at the Outer Space at 8 p.m. ($4). It's all brass music, baby, featuring the marching meters of Bandamonium and LOUD neighbors. Come get a piece of it.
An hour later there are two shows, one in Eureka and one in Redway, perfectly showcasing the aesthetics of their respective citizens. At the Mateel you will find the island reggae tones of Hawaii's J Boog with similarly aligned acts I-Octane and Westafa ($40, $30 advance).
Meanwhile up at The Siren's Song, artist Jullia Finkelstein will be doing live paintings while The Bored Again entertains with solo punk stylings and "trash slam poet" Wil Gibson spits something stinky over the greasy grooves of Hollow Down. Come on out and get a little paint or somethin' on ya ($5).