First Friday will be a little louder than a murmur this month, because the Mission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival has hijacked the programming to kick off another year of (mostly) local musical performances. (Disclosure: the Express co-presents the festival). First, French Cassettes, Emily Mouldy, and Yassou Benedict will be performing in the midst of the monthly block party (at 23rd and Telegraph) from 5–8 p.m. Then, everyone has one hour to make their art-exhibit rounds (or, more likely, grab a beer or burrito), before galleries close and the MCO Opening Party begins at the Uptown Nightclub, where performers such as Sam Chase and Rin Tin Tiger will be headlining a free show. If you’re drawn to mountain music, MCO will also be hosting a special edition of the monthly First Friday Square Dance Party at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library with The Squirrelly Stringband (8-10 p.m.). But that’s just the beginning: Showcases will be popping up at various locations throughout the rest of the week. On Saturday, Makeunder, Bill Baird, and Frontiers will be playing at Awaken Café for the Experimental Orchestral Pop event. Then on Sunday, you can find more mountain music at Pacific Coast Brewing with the Lazy Sunday Americana lineup. Other showcases include Garage Psychrock night at The Legionnaire with Electric Strawberry on Thursday. The festival caps off on Saturday, with a closing party at the Night Light, featuring Whiskerman, Bonnie and the Bang Bang, and Royal Jelly. It’s a prime opportunity to enjoy emerging talent without the epic lines and discomfort of a typical music festival.