Local music celebration VanFest is now in its fourth year of showcasing predominantly Northwest artists. Founder/superhuman Van Wolfe began organizing the fest while still attending Tahoma High School! The fest benefits a different charity every year, and this year's beneficiary is the Maple Valley Food Bank. Chicago folk-blues/soul up-and-comer Willis Earl Beal, who recently moved to Washington, shouldn't be missed by those who enjoy gutsy and rough-hewn songwriting. Another highlight is weirdo-folk local superstar Jason Webley, who never disappoints with his deeply rooted Americana storytelling, most recently illuminating the life of Everett pioneer-woman/poet Margaret Rucker—publishing her found scrapbook and compiling a tribute album inspired by her life. Other must-sees include Eastside indie-rock heroes/born-again emo revivalists Special Explosion and futurist hiphop from OCnotes. Bardo:Basho's minimalist experimental beats should also entrance audiences into an eerie bliss, while Richie Dagger's Crime offers some more variety with his quasi-dub poly-rock. For tickets and the full lineup of 36-plus artists, visit vanfest2014.bpt.me. Royal Arch Park, Maple Valley, noon–9 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS.
A COSMIC BENEFIT: HOLLOW EARTH RADIO NEEDS DISCO BALLS
Support your local community DIY radio station—Hollow Earth—and its galactically glamorous mission to acquire two mirrored disco balls to inspire fabulousness at the station. The tiny space/community-arts hub has a certain "grunge" aesthetic—informed even more so by a recent building flood—but this stratospherically billed electronic/disco show can make fabulous transformations possible. Two of Seattle's most excellent dance acts headline the night: Airport is the Seattle disco revivalist, making stellar beats wonky and propulsive enough to realign the cosmos. Vox Mod's utterly groovy astral production separates mind and body with psychotropic rhythm constructions. Elsewhere on the bill, Punishment's genuinely hilarious comedy routine/bizarro synth pop and Marcus Price's sublimely textured electronics should inspire glittering moves. It will also be the first performance for Fantasy A, a hiphop project formed at Garfield High School. Get your platforms on and boogie-oogie! Hollow Earth Radio, 8 pm.