Allison Miller is one of the best working drummers in the biz today. As well as being a popular hired gun for touring jazz and folk acts, she is an extremely deft composer in one of my favorite branches of the modern jazz experience: namely, accomplished musicians who are genuinely fun to listen to. Her sextet Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom heads to the Arcata Playhouse tonight at 8 p.m. in support of its latest release Glitter Wolf. The $15 door price — $10 if you are a student or senior — seems like a steal to me.
An hour later over at the Logger Bar, you can enjoy a proper bluegrass menagerie as members of the No Good Redwood Ramblers spilt up and square off into two separate acts for an evening of twangy, sharp pickin'. MicroGrass and The Kentucky Warblers each play a free one for the sheer love of the sport.