Sactown Rundown – Sept. 16-22
Big concert news for Northern California announced this week everyone. Despite the two hour drive, you really don’t want to miss Bridge School – especially not this year.
Now, back to what’s happening here in town. Harlow’s is going to get loco on Friday night with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a group that’s about to go off the hinges behind their new album “Backatown” and puts on a gut-buster of a live concert.
Check out Sac Press writer Lindol French’s interview with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.
Hard to compete with that slugger of a live performer, but here’s who else is stepping up to the plate this week.
The Melvins – OK, so just about every post-grunge, ‘90s-and-on rock band spends a good amount of its time jock-sniffing Nirvana when it comes to talking about their influences. But here’s the question: From where did Kurt Cobain draw his sonic lineage, other than by staring at the floor all day in Aberdeen? Look no further than the Melvins, who emerged from the same small Washington town and established themselves as grandfathers of the grunge movement; the kind of influential outfit that, for whatever reason, no one really talks about. That’s probably because, sonically, they’re about as accessible as the creepy old lady who lives at the end of the street; the one whose yard you never want to set foot in when your Frisbee drifts into it. Their sludgy, murky and distorted rhythms draw influence from the darkest corners of early Black Sabbath, and are devoid of any notions of the kind of song structure that would make a radio DJ even consider giving them a spin on-air. Still, their chapter in the annals of music history is a vital one, even though it won’t spawn many cover bands any time soon. With Totimoshi. 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Ln., Orangevale. $15 adv./$17 d.o.s. All ages. www.boardwalkrocks.com.
The Soft White Sixties – If you caught the Stone Foxes a couple weeks back at Old Ironsides, you may have seen this like-minded throwback rock group putting down some jams in the opening slot. While the Foxes’ take on classic rock leans heavily towards the blues side of things, the Sixties dish it up with a more straight ahead pop edge, channeling the R&B spirit of their namesake decade’s most prominent rock and roll, twirling in a few chunks of Southern rock twang for good measure, like a feast of Hamm’s ale and cheap cigarettes on the porch with Duane Allman and Dan Auerbach. They’re greasing things up with local upstarts Mondo Deco (which features Jeremy Green of Goodness Gracious Me). Mildrid also performs. 9 p.m. Friday. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd. $7. 21+. www.myspace.com/bluelamp.
Laura Stevenson and the Cans – Hey, Laura Stevenson released A Record! No, really, that’s what her debut album is actually called; “A Record.” Let’s just say that she didn’t put quite as much thought, care and creativity into the album title as she did to the sticky-sweet collection of songs therein. It’s obvious that Stevenson comes from a musical pedigree, albeit an oddball one: According to her bio, her grandfather was Harry Simeone, best known for composing and arranging the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy” (this was just too random not to mention). There’s no yuletide lurking in this sultry young singer from New York. She sports a heart-tingling and down-home honesty in her electro-acoustic balladry, as if she were the only person alive to ever conquer life in the Big Apple by being nice about it. Stevenson and her amicable backing troupe the Cans find their tour stopping in Sac to get down with local favorite Kepi Ghoulie, pre-teen indie rock duo deluxe Dog Party, and Dan Potthast. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Luigi’s Fungarden, 1050 20th St (MARRS Building). $6. All ages. www.facebook.com.
Mark Your Calendars: Joe Buck Yourself – Not to be confused with the baseball announcer for Fox, this long time sideman of Hank III (as well as Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, but that story does not end well) is himself a one-man wrecking ball of spitfire punk country. Sept. 24. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd. Cover TBA. www.myspace.com/bluelamp.
For a complete listing of Sacramento area music happenings, check out Ann Freeman-Clement’s Concerts, Music Events and the Local Music Scene every Friday on Sac Press.