Folky fiddle tunes are the fare this evening courtesy of local band Fingal. The band is stopping by the Mad River Brewery Tap Room at 6 p.m. to play as you sip on your tasty beer and slam those tots. It's a free show, but feel free to leave a tip if you enjoyed the music. Up from the City of Angels comes aptly named L.A. Witch, fresh off of a European tour. They generally fall into the rock and roll vein with heavy hints of the dark heart of Venice in the halcyon summer days of the mid to late 1960s. With touches of garage rock and psychedelic vocal harmonies, there is a bleakness that seems to be the underlying subtext to the lackadaisical comfort songs like "Heart of Darkness" and "Get Lost" provide. As with many bands going for a trippy vibe, the reverb can be a bit heavy handed and tiring at points, but there's a good sound that this trio has honed in on. They're joined at The Miniplex tonight at 9 p.m. by Venus Milk and Indiocholo and $10 will get you in the room.
Local funky/jazz/groove band LD51 is at The Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. this evening for free. The Eureka Symphony opens up its season with two performances this weekend, starting tonight. At 8 p.m. the musicians will be on the stage at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts. The performances tonight include Peter Maxwell Davies' Orkney Wedding and Sunrise, Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite and one of my favorites, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with local John Chernoff on the piano. Plan on something in the $19-$49 range depending on your seats. A glorious return is afoot tonight at The Miniplex with one of Eureka's favorite bands — one that served as part of the foundation of the local rock scene when I was new to it more than a decade ago. "Legendary no-wave rockers" The Buffy Swayze make a welcome stand tonight around 9 p.m. with Arcata's Five Minutes Alone and Canadian "avant-pop outfit" Walter TV, which I'm told features two members of Mac Demarco. I can't pretend to be too familiar with the Mac, but I recall hearing my college-age nephew is a fan. The band recently put out their album Carpe Diem so it's on the road spreading its tunes. With all that said, this show is $10 and one of those where the local band outshines the headliner. Dead Heads who have perhaps recovered from the Melvin Seals show last week can get their jammy fill tonight with L.A. Dead tribute Cubensis, who are on around 9:30 p.m. with a $15 cover charge at Humboldt Brews.
It's Arts Alive! In Old Town Eureka tonight so you'll be treated to plenty of live music and local art. Cruise your way around First, Second and Third streets and soak it up. If you'd rather stay in Blue Lake, you can catch locals The Yokels doing their rockabilly soul thing at the Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. and for free. Master of the Harp, Chas Lewis reminds me that ShinBone à Deux (comprised of Chas and "The Swamp Thing" Robert Franklin on guitar) are playing Blues and R&B at Vista Del Mar starting at 7 p.m. and for free. I've also been hearing that Errol Previde might make an appearance, which would be a treat. It's night two of The Eureka Symphony's opening concerts at The Arkley Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. See above. Originally out of Denton, Texas, Señor Fin — now based in Seattle — is gearing up to release its second album, Jazzy, later next month. They're on the road with their friends — and sharing Jesse Botello — Sundae Crush and all are stopping by Outer Space in Arcata for an all-ages show. This 7 p.m. and $6 show also features Dollop Diapause along with Just Busted. Coming off of a two-year hiatus, rootsy Americana trio Red Molly is at The Arcata Playhouse at 8 p.m. tonight for the One for All & All for One tour. The name is fitting as the band members are all supporting each other's solo work in this Red Molly lineup. Get your $27 tickets before they're gone. It's not odd that Dead Heads will flock to Humboldt Brews yet again tonight as former Further member John Kadlecik is doing a rare solo acoustic/electric show tonight at 9:30 p.m. It's $15 tickets for this one. You'd never guess it from the name but Deathcrown plays "old school death metal" and they're on the road out of Richmond, Virginia, and making a stop at The Alibi in Arcata tonight. It's joined by local stoner metal group Ultramafic. The out-of-towners start off around 11 p.m. and this show's only $5.
The Redwood Jazz Alliance's fall season marches on and tonight it's got the Dayna Stephens Quartet joined by pianist and composer Billy Childs. Stephens recently released an album entitled Gratitude after a successful and long-awaited kidney transplant. So it sounds like he has much to be grateful for. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is $15 and only $10 for Humboldt State University students.
Celebrate what we office squares call "Hump Day" by grabbing a pint at the Mad River Brewery Tap Room and keeping in mind that if you call in sick tomorrow, there's only one more working day left in the week. Local guitar-slinger Piet Dalmolen is doing his solo loopy guitar thing at 6 p.m. and for free.
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. He is playing all his Tom Petty.