Holy homecoming! We just wrapped up two back-to-back shows from local golden boy Jackie Greene last week at Marilyn’s and Blue Lamp, so what’s this I’m now hearing about two acoustic happy hour shows from him at the Torch Club next Thursday and Friday?
Always appreciate the local love, Senor Greene. Just in case you need to be reminded, those shows will be packed, start cocktail hour early.
We’re headed into some snappy territory on the local calendar with electronic music champions the Crystal Method also rolling into town next week to slap the woofers around at District 30; check out Sac Press’ Brandon Darnell getting up close with CM’s Ken Jordan. Not to mention that G. Love & Special Sauce show just around the corner, and Devil Makes Three sneaking onto the Harlow’s calendar as well.
But, this is all next week, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.
California Honeydrops – Perhaps y’all have heard about that railroad tour of a concert by Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show that is rolling through Oakland next week? It’s good to see bands still going old school and using the rails. But if one were to study the musical tracks that zigzag across the ol’ U.S. of A., radiating tales of American history through song and rhythm, it’s a safe bet that Oakland’s California Honeydrops have already soaked up nearly every mile of those tracks, letting the stories they tell seep out in their wily brand of blues, jazz, swing, doo wop, R&B and hip shaking rock and roll. History class was never this much fun, and these teachers won’t send you to detention for getting too rowdy. 9 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. show Friday. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Davis. $5. 21+. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.
Johnny Winter – With the Ace of Spades calendar going absolutely bonkers lately, and virtually every mood-flapped “core” band on the planet booking quintuple-bill shows at the all age downtown venue, the question must be asked of what will happen to Sactown’s previous house of holler, the Boardwalk? This show is a lone genre exception to a hard rock calendar that still looks pretty full, at a building eerily reminiscent of the kind of joints the venerable Johnny Winter was sneaking into as a young bootlick lusting for exposure to the blues in his native Texas. Just recall the scene of a group of cardigan-clad frat boys wandering into an all-Black club to see Otis Day & the Nights in “Animal House,” it might be about the same scene as a 15 year-old albino trying to blend in at similarly patroned blues boxes, playing a brand of tunes that was considered outlaw-bred, a highway straight to Hades. Not only was Winter able to blend in, he leapfrogged most of his contemporaries to become nothing short of a blues legend, his electric licks as white hot as his pigment-deprived locks of hair, his bluesman soul as radiant as his bone-white skin under the stage lights – lights he has been shining under for decades. Need the name of one of his hits? How about “Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo” for starters – not to be confused with brother Edgar’s “Free Ride.” Local stalwarts Frank Hannon (of Tesla) and Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers open up. 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Ln, Orangevale. $35 adv/$40 d.o.s. All ages. www.boardwalkrocks.com.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Chris Robinson hasn’t quite hit Les Claypool status yet by fronting about a dozen different mix-and-match bands, but after fronting the Black Crowes, then New Earth Mud, and now Chris Robinson Brotherhood (plus a new yet-to-debut trio with the Dead’s Bob Weir and Jackie Greene), it’s hard to know just where the venerable blues/folk rocker is hanging his hat. This latest project features guitarist Neal Casal (a long time Ryan Adams sideman), keyboardist Adam MacDougall (Black Crowes, Macy Gray), George Sluppick on drums (Robert Walter, JJ Grey & MOFRO) and Mark “Muddy” Dutton on bass. That pedigree should tell you what you need to know – it’s going to be dirty, bluesy, and possibly a little funktastic, while held together by Robinson’s notoriously demure vocalization. 9 p.m. Tuesday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $15. 21+. www.harlows.com.
Mark Your Calendars – Devil Makes Three – Second show since September? Does this mean a pattern of more Sacto shows from the venerable acoustic country punk trio, which now resides in Davis? Yes please! April 21. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $15. www.harlows.com.
If you are planning or promoting a concert in the Sacramento area, or just know of a show you’d like to see featured in the Rundown, shoot me an email.
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 Sacramento Press.