If you decide to call in sick to work tomorrow and make it a four-day weekend, start off at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room around 6 p.m. where you'll hear some jazz tunes from Fred & Jr. (no relation) for free. Enjoy some tasty local beers and if you have too many, you may in fact be sick tomorrow. Solo guitar-slinger Piet Dalmolen returns to the Redwood Curtain Brewery at 8 p.m., playing his guitar licks and loops for free. I know he won't refuse a tip, so help the guy get gas money so he can get back to Westhaven tonight. I wasn't aware anyone had blended the musical genres of cumbia and punk music, but everything's been done under the sun apparently. From East Los Angeles we have Thee Commons stopping by the Van Duzer Theater on Humboldt State University's campus at 8 p.m. Not only do they blend these two styles well — with some psychedelia thrown in for good measure — but they've also gotten rave reviews from their local press with the LA Weekly naming one of their shows in "LA's 20 Best Live Shows of 2016" so that's something to doff your hat at. I can't recall the last time I saw a $15 ticket price for a Center Arts show, so take advantage of this great deal. Claire Bent and Citizen Funk will be at the top of the hill in McKinleyville at 9 p.m. playing at Six Rivers Brewery for free, so stop in for a funky brew. What do these band names have in common: Utzalu, Ritual Knife, Zelosis and Primordial Wound? If you thought, "well, they all sound darkly overly-dramatic and therefore they must be metal bands," you are correct! Metal is on the bill at The Jam at 10 p.m. with bands from Portland, Atlanta, Whitethorn and Seattle (respectively) and $8 will get you in the doors.
The funky jazz-improv stylings of LD51 will be on display this evening at the Mad River Brewery Tap room at 6 p.m. and, as usual, for free. Welcome the band to what could be (as I scan my memory) their first gig at MRB. Local Americana trio Kingfoot are at Redwood Curtain Brewery just two hours later and also for free. At the same time you'll find Celtic music from Whoops!, who are also playing for free at Cafe Mokka in Arcata. At 9 p.m. local funk heavy-hitters Motherlode stop into the Wave Lounge in the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel getting you to groove to their '70s-inspired funk and Afrobeat sounds. This one's free as well.
It's the first Saturday of the month so that means it's Arts Alive! in Old Town Eureka around 6 p.m. tonight. However, starting a bit before the arts get alive, Redwood Acres is hosting Acres of Blues which is a two-day blues festival starting at 9 a.m. this morning with musical acts Laurie Morvan Band, Lydia Pence and Cold Blood, Volkler Strifler, Pearl Alley Band and The Jim Lahman Band. I'm not clear on the order of performance but you've got some serious chops up throughout the day. You'll get in for the day with $60 but if you buy tickets in advance (or for two days) you'll save some money. Local yokels The Yokels return to the Mad River Brewery Tap room at 6 p.m. As always, a free show but feel free to leave some bread for the band. The Humboldt County Fair is in full swing at the fairgrounds in Ferndale and outside of rides and racing, you'll find local blues and R&B favorites ShinBone playing around 6:30 p.m. Comprised of Rob Anderson, Rick DeVol, Robert Franklin and Chas Horn, I'm told "the closer to the bone, the sweeter the meat." So go chow down. If you didn't get your fill of Celtic music last night at Cafe Mokka, you've got another chance tonight at 8 p.m. with a free performance from Good Company at 8 p.m. It's all ages as well, so bring the kiddos along from some hot cocoa. Object Heavy is bringing their funk and grooves to Humboldt Brews at 9:30 p.m. where they'll be playing for $10. Get ready to sweat. A block or so away, you'll find local psychedelic garage rockers White Manna at the Alibi with Shively "dirge punk" band Blackplate starting off around 11 p.m. Just $5 gets you into this mini psych-fest.
It's day two of Acres of Blues at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka starting around 10:30 a.m. The lineup today consists of Shane Dwight, Daniel Castro, AJ Crawdaddy, AC Myles and the Anna Hamilton Trio. Look above for pricing information. It's the ninth annual SoHum Beer Fest & BBQ Smoke Off at the Mateel Community Center in Redway at 4 p.m., where you'll find micro & homebrew tasting along with a "smorgasbord" of barbecue samplers all competing for the top prize, which you can help vote for. Live music is provided by Diggin' Dirt and Back to the Hill, who are playing outside. It's $15 gets for food and music, but consider dropping $30 to add beer to your menu. ShinBone is back at the Humboldt County Fair at 6:30 p.m. — look above for more details.
Bluegrass is being provided at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room from Kindred Spirits at 6 p.m. and for free today. For you bass freaks, there's no better place to be that at the Van Duzer Theater at 8 p.m. for a performance from Thundercat, revolving around six-string bass master Stephen Bruner. He's contributed to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and his music has a funky yet smooth jazz fusion sound at points. Imagine the bass taking the melodic role filled by a funky jazz guitarist and you've got a glimpse into what you're in store for this steal of a $25 show.
Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Powell is a congenital music lover and hosts The Album of the Week Show on KWPT 100.3 FM Tuesdays at 6 p.m. If he had to pick one, it would probably be beer.