This weekend fans of blues music are headed to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for the 25th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Artists include Kenny Lattimore, Sista Monica with her Gospel Choir, Johnny Rawls, Big Daddy Cade, Artwork Jamal, Mike Hammar & the Nails, Con FunkShun, and more. There are shows Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. Grounds tickets are $85 for all three days, $25 for Friday, and $35 for Saturday or Sunday. Arena packages range from $130 to $200. Ticket holders can ride the bus free from Monterey Peninsula College to the fairgrounds and back. Buy tickets at the official ticketing website.
Still hungering for blues music after leaving the Blues Festival? Head over to Bullwacker's for a set by John "Broadway" Tucker. 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. 8:30pm-11pm, no cover.
Local metal acts Razorhoof and Pride Subject turn their amps up to 11 tonight alongside Denver's Kingdom of Magic and Fresno's Spacehooker at Jose's Lounge Underground tonight. 638 Wave Street, Monterey. 9pm, $5.
In what may be the most unusual 5K of the year, Paraiso Vineyards hosts the Winery Walk. Each walker must raise $200 to participate. The fundraiser will support community charities, including scholarships. Participants will get an event T-shirt, a walker bag of sponsor materials, an after-walk party and more. Registration begins at 7:45am; the walk begins at 8:30am. 38060 Paraiso Springs Road, Soledad.
The Carmel Mission Basilica holds a Founder's Day Celebration. Step back into the past with activities like spinning and weaving, wool dying, tortilla making, soap making, acorn grinding, and traditional dancing. Plus there's a delectable olive oil tasting, live music, and more. Noon-5pm, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel. Free.
Bullwacker's hosts the Groove Hounds, another great show for Blues Festival attendees who aren't ready to go to bed just yet. 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. 8:30pm-midnight, no cover.
Author Eric Simons read Darwin's "The Voyage of the Beagle" and, amazed at the scientist's Indiana Jones-like adventures, decided to follow in his footsteps. Tonight, he gives a talk (with slideshow) at the Henry Miller Library. We're sure Miller would approve. 8:30pm, Highway One in Big Sur. Free.
If the Shangri-Las had traveled forward in time at their peak to record an album with Bad Brains, it might've sounded like Oakland's Shannon and the Clams. If Dick Dale had recorded a Cramps-inspired album in 1964, it would have sounded like Portland's Guantanamo Baywatch. And if Paris Hilton had used every awesome producer in Los Angeles, she still never would have sounded like Santa Cruz psychedelic jam band Wubakia. All three bands play Jose's tonight. 638 Wave St., Monterey. 9pm, $5.
Fernwood in Big Sur will be full of a booty-shakin' crowd tonight as the extremely danceable Afro-beat Hands on Fire Band hits the stage. If you can sit still for this show, you've got far more power of inertia than we do. Highway One in Big Sur. 9pm, no cover.
Sarah Ruhl's edgy comedy The Clean House continues at Pacific Repertory Theater's Circle Theater. Casanova between 8th and 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. 7:30pm. Tickets are $15, $26 and $35.
Catch a matinee of The Clean House at the Circle Theater. Casanova between 8th and 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea. 2pm. Tickets are $12, $22 and $30.
The Listening Place Reader's Theater performs Anton Chekhov's "The Marriage Proposal" and Joaquin and Serafin Alvarez Quintero's "Sunny Morning" at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada. 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. 1:30pm, included in admission fee.