It's the inaugural day of Lost Coast Fest, our local DIY community's celebration of music, direct action and all-ages fun. As of press time, tickets were flying fast but, rather than allowing that to dissuade you, I suggest you take it as a challenge to join in for the main feature. The matinee begins today at 2 p.m. at The Outer Space, and the lineup is local talent-heavy, with sets by Arcatans Blood Hunny, La Mancha, Mash Yellow Bird and 4 The Masses, as well as an appearance by Oregon's Neil Campau and Dun Bums from parts unknown (to this writer at least). Just $5 buys you all of the songs all day.
At 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, you will find a more geographically eclectic lineup with many returning familiar faces and a decidedly downbeat and indie songbird vibe. Ehiorobo hails from New Jersey and plays a solo show of cross-pollinated classic and deformed beats, while Los Angeles' August Eve quietly destroys with hydrogen-cloud-sunset-sweet vocals and seismic songwriting. Local Oakland transplant Siri brings sublime solemnity to the shores of the beautifully weird as well. Also playing tonight are Maya Songbird, Terror Pigeon and Chicago's Vail ($15 for the whole magilla). There is a bar for those of age, as well as food from Sistah's Vegan.
If this isn't enough music for you little aural gluttons, it's also the opening night of the Eureka Symphony's 2018-2019 season at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($19-$49). At 8 p.m., the Dashing Debut has a hot playlist of riffs by the likes of Mozart, Bizet and that most quintessentially American composer — and also the gay son of Ashkenazi immigrants — Aaron Copland.