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    Sacramento-based Kill the Precedent offers a hard rock alternative to the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

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    Hot Buttered Rum bluegrass band performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Three to See: Hot Buttered Rum and more

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Hot Buttered Rum

Bluegrass

8 p.m. Friday

Center for the Arts (Grass Valley)

The tour bus of San Francisco’s Hot Buttered Rum runs entirely on vegetable oil and biodiesel, and they’ve put many miles on it over the last several years. And the music they play when they get off the bus runs on pure heart and endearing inventiveness – and yes, probably even a little rum. A fixture on the festival circuit and collaborators with the likes of Jackie Greene, HBR has become one of the Bay Area’s most recognizable roots music acts, building a reputation as consummate songwriters and equally energetic performers. With T Sisters. 314 West Main St., Grass Valley. $25. www.thecenterforthearts.org

Michael Tobias with the Moonshine and Ol‘ Fashion

Blues

8:30 p.m. Friday

Naked Lounge

Perhaps some soggy and swampy blues might offer a pleasant distraction from this perpetual dryness. With roots that go down to the deep South, local singer/songwriter Michael Tobias is a wrecking ball of blues, folk and soul when he plays solo, swinging loops of scorching blues harp and 12-string guitar right through the walls of his own sanity. Tobias opens things up for local “bluesfolkomedy” duo Ol’ Fashion, and headliners Moonshine, a sticky blues-laced acoustic ensemble hailing from Portland, Ore. 1111 H St., Sacramento. $5. www.nakedcoffee.net

Kill the Precedent

Hard rock

1 p.m. Sunday

Blue Lamp

2014 marks the fourth year that the Sacramento-bred hard rock act Kill the Precedent has hosted a Super Bowl “halftime show” to combat the cattle-car of pop acts (read: Black Eyed Peas, Madonna) that have recently dominated the game’s intermission extravaganza. I wonder if going up against the Red Hot Chili Peppers this year was what they had in mind? Nevertheless, it’s still the craziest party in town. KTP will fire off electro-fueled blitzkrieg rock chops beginning at halftime of the game, with Black Mackerel and Peace Killers also performing. It’s also a potluck. Beat that, Peyton Manning! 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. Free. www.bluelampsacramento.com

Looking ahead: The Wild Feathers. March 2 at Harlow’s

The fuse is lit and things are about to go “boom” for fast-rising country rock collective The Wild Feathers, who are headline touring in ’14 after spending most of ’13 opening for the likes of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson (including an August stop here in Sactown). 2708 J St. $15. www.harlows.com.

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