There are a ton of great shows going on during the Mission Creek festival. For more information about all of the MCMAF shows, check out our Calendar, and for the very latest, be sure to check the MCMAF web site. Over the next week-and-a-half, we'll be bringing you our picks for every day's shows.

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Extra Action Marching Band

Tonight features a number of different concerts that kick off this year's MCMAF in an excellent fashion, depending on what you're looking for. At The Eagle, an opening night performance by the Extra Action Marching Band has become something of a staple, and these guys and gals deliver a fun and energetic show. You probably won't look at marching bands the same way ever again.

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The Harbours
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The Rickshaw Stop has a loaded bill, headlined by a performance by former Bay Bridged Presents headliner Rykarda Parasol and her band The Tower Ravens. Supporting her are recent TBB featured band The Harbours, as well as Michael Zapruder's Rain of Frogs, a version of local group Hiss Golden Messenger dubbed the "Golden Messenger String Band" and Caves of Fearless Light. It's a night of strong songwriters who incorporate a variety of traditional and contemporary folk and rock influences.

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So So Many White Tigers

If you're looking for something a little noisier, you should head to 12 Galaxies for a reunion concert for San Francisco's psych- and punk-influenced So So Many White White Tigers, playing with local electronic/noise/rock enthusiasts Triangle and the considerably more chilled-out Bookworms.

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Mariee Sioux

While Joanna Newsom is certainly the most well-known musician to emerge recently from Nevada City, California, there's a significant amount of talent in the area, as evidenced by artists like folk singer-songwriter Mariee Sioux, who headlines Thursday night at the Argus Lounge. Sioux and fellow Thursday night performer Benjamin Oak Goodman both record on Nevada City's Grass Roots Record Co. label. The Moontraps and Pale Hoarse also perform.