Jack Gallagher keeps adding to his résumé, as if he really needs it. Stand-up comedian, spokesman, actor, writer, and ... ahh, rock singer?
If you know anything about Gallagher, you know how much he cares about getting things right, even if he calls the show "The Joke's on Me."
Gallagher is fronting a rock-solid band of pros featuring guitarist Tommy Dunbar and bassist Al Chan of the Rubinoos, drummer Kevin Hayes, who's backed Robert Cray, and Van Morrison keyboardist Allen Leong, plus the one and only violin-wielding maestro, Dick Bright.
There'll be familiar songs of a certain era, stories, jokes and likely some entertaining surprises as well.
It's a tribute to Gallagher's creative spirit that he continually moves in new directions, and now many people only know him throughh is autobiographical one-man shows "Letters to Declan," "Just the Guy," "What He Left," and "A Different Kind of Cool."
There are two performances of "The Joke's on Me" at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the 24th Street Theatre in the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, 2791 24th St., Sacramento. Doors open at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. Tickets are $25 in advance for the all-ages show. For other information, call (916) 457-7553. Tickets are available at www.inticketing.com; Phono Select Records, 2312 K St.; and the Beat, 17th & J streets.
Tony winner's full day at Woodland Opera House
Tony-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown will make a full day of it Saturday at the Woodland Opera House.
At 2 p.m., Brown conducts a master class, and at 7:30 p.m., he will perform a concert featuring an overview of his acclaimed work.
Creator of the genre-shifting musicals "The Last Five Years" and "Songs for a New World," Brown heads a modern and creatively intelligent group of songwriters crafting literate, intimate musical work for the stage.
His music has been recorded and performed by Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks, Betty Buckley, Karen Akers and numerous others.
Brown also has written music for the shows "Parade" and "13," as well as for a solo album, "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes."
He'll pull music from all of these for his performance. The Woodland Opera House presents its own production of Brown's "13" from April 20 to May 13. Tickets for the master class are $45. Concert tickets are $30. The package price for both the master class and the concert is $60. All seats are reserved. For other information, call (530) 666-9617 or go to www.wohtheatre.org.
All weekend long
The versatile percussionist Alex Jenkins and his band Sound Immersion pound the pavement this weekend with three shows for your improvisational music-listening pleasure.
Today at 8 p.m., Jenkins brings his ensemble (Tony Passarell and Michael Dale on woodwinds, and Alex Reif on bass) to the Javalounge, 2416 16th St., Sacramento. There's a $6 cover for the all-ages event; the fine Wes Montgomery-leaning guitarist Arlyn Anderson has his trio there opening the show.
On Sunday at 5 p.m., Jenkins brings his Sunday Matinee (music of the movies) group to JB's Lounge. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids 10 and younger. JB's is inside the Red Lion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way. Call (916) 723-5517 or email email@example.com. for reservations.
On Monday, Jenkins plays an 8 p.m. all-ages show at Luna's, 1414 16th St., Sacramento. Tickets are $5.
Call (916) 441-3931 or go to http://lunascafe.com.