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  • Jonathan Thorpe

    The Reel Big Fish, a punk/ska band that’s sustained a healthy fan base for 15 years, plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ace of Spades.

  • Mark Hummel

    Mark Hummel brings his Blues Harmonica Blowout series to the Harris Center on Wednesday.

Three to see: Punk, blues-rock or blues harmonica

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Reel Big Fish

Punk/ska

6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Ace of Spades

Bands like Reel Big Fish are continuing proof that ska has never really gone away. After mainstream adoration with the release of singles “Sell Out” and cover of ’80s standard “Take On Me” in the late ’90s, the popularity of this Orange County-bred outfit has seemed to remain steady over the past 15 years – even with a sprawling archive of departed musicians. Affable lead singer Aaron Barrett stands as the lone original member of a band still relevant enough to play 2013’s installment of the Warped Tour, and is rumored to be working on new material for release this year. With Suburban Legends, Mighty Mongo and the Maxies.

1417 R St., Sacramento. $20. www.aceofspadessac.com ; www.reel-big-fish.com

Mark Curry

Rock

9 p.m. Saturday

Harlow’s

If you try Googling Mark Curry (the musician, not the comedian) you’ll find that he doesn’t really care if you can find him; he may prefer you don’t. As a songwriter and as a man, the former front man of Crystal Sphere seems to live in deliberate obscurity, penning gritty, irreverent blues-tinged rock songs designed to be performed in small clubs. Curry returns to Sacramento for the first time in a long time with 58 Fury and Leo Bootes.

2708 J St., Sacramento. $14. www.harlows.com .

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout

Blues

7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Harris Center

A prodigy on the harp, Mark Hummel has become nationally renowned not only for his smokin’ chops and fusion of Chicago and West Coast blues, but also for his ability to put together a killer show packed with heavyweights. His Blues Harmonica Blowout series has become a sensation. This show serves as a tribute to famed blues master Sonny Boy Williamson II, and features local figures Little Charlie Baty and Rick Estrin, as well as John Mayall, Curtis Salgado and others.

Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $19-$39. www.harriscenter.net .

Looking ahead: The Eagles. Jan. 28 at Sleep Train Arena

A band that never seems to stay retired, the Eagles come to Sacramento on their “History of the Eagles” tour. 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. $46.50-$186.50. www.sleeptrainarena.com.

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