The Henry Miller Library continues its amazing lineup of live shows. Freak-folk act Phosphorescent is the brainchild of Matthew Houck and likely to appeal to fans of Bonnie Prince Billy and Deer Tick. Northern California's Howlin Rain have been compared to early Grateful Dead. Headless mixes psychedelic rock and tex-mex into something entirely unique. 7pm, Highway One in Big Sur. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online.
Cirque Mechanics is a Cirque du Soleil-style performing troupe. Their current production, "Boom Town" depicts the wild and rollicking life of a gold-rush town (not unlike those in Monterey County) in 1865. It's received raves for two years; see it tonight at the Sunset Center. 8pm, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $39, $50 and $58. Buy a ticket and get the second free when you use the code "Goldrush"!
If you've ever wondered what a party bluegrass band would sound like, wonder no more! Microtonic Harmonic plays a lively, fun bluegrass-rooted set tonight at Bullwacker's. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
If Erin McKeown decided to front a psychedelic-bluegrass-indie band, it might sound a little like San Francisco's Big Tree. They play Jose's tonight along with local heartfelt pop-folkie Stephen Covell, the emotional electro-acoustic The Dreamer and the Sleepers, and Angeleno Americana act Escalator Hill. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5.
At the Marina Air Faire, you can take a ride in a vintage World War II plane - how cool is that? You can also admire other vintage aircraft, check out a classic car show, vintage military vehicle show and art show, taste the competitors in the Chili Challenge, drink wine and bid in a great silent auction. Even better, it's free to attend! (Plane rides cost $40; proceeds benefit local charities.) 10am-4pm, Marina Municipal Airport. Free to attend.
The Farm's Fall Festival features puppet shows, pumpkin races, hayrides and more. 11am-2pm, Spreckles Blvd. and Highway 68, Salinas. Free to attend.
You've got two opportunities today to hear a great program of classical music. The Monterey Symphony, with special guest award-winning soprano Lori Guilbeau, perform Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture, Strauss' Four Last Songs and Brahms' Symphony no. 2 in D Major at Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture (formerly Sherwood Hall) in Salinas. Final rehearsal at 2pm; concert at 7pm. 940 N. Main St., Salinas. Tickets for the rehearsal are $15; 7pm's performance is $20-$39. All tickets can be purchased at the Monterey Symphony website.
Don't miss the release party for up-and-comers honeymoon at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. The four singer-songwriters in the band use tight vocal harmonies and an Americana-influenced sound to create captivating, touching music. Tonight's event includes a live show by the band, a special surprise guest and a multimedia showcase. Every attendee will receive a free copy of the EP. 7:30pm, Highway One in Big Sur. Tickets are $20 and are available online.
Deadheads, amble over to Jose's tonight. Portland jam band Papagaiyo evoke the best of Jerry and the gang, but add a funky, propulsive element all their own, while Santa Cruz's Birdhouse evoke the mellower, bluegrassy side of the Dead. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey. $5.
Big Sur rockers The Stanimals blow the roof off at Fernwood in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
Microtonic Harmonic's David Holidoff plays a set with vocalist John Michael tonight at London Bridge Pub. 9:30pm, Wharf #2, Monterey. No cover.
Enjoy a matinee performance by the Monterey Symphony, with special guest award-winning soprano Lori Guilbeau. The program includes Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture, Strauss' Four Last Songs and Brahms' Symphony no. 2 in D Major. 3pm, Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tickets are $36-$75 and can be purchased at the Monterey Symphony website.