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    Rapper Too Short will perform with Reign and Playa K at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ace of Spades.

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    Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, with Anthony Logerfo, from left, Tato Melgar, Lukas Nelson and Corey McCormick, perform Thursday at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Three to See: West Coast rap, art pop and country

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 12:00 am

Too Short


7 p.m. Saturday

Ace of Spades

Those who came of age in the late ’80s and early ’90s will likely do all they can to ignore the fact that Todd Anthony Shaw, a.k.a. Short Dog, a.k.a .Too Short, is a few short years away from celebrating his 50th birthday (yes, you read that right). It’s even harder to believe that it’s been more than 25 years since the releases of his album “Born to Mack” and the kitchen-sink couplets of “Freaky Tales.” Sure, the bard of East Oakland street culture has long been considered one of the godfathers of West Coast rap, but if you think about it, that’s a title he’s been dutifully touting throughout the majority of his now-legendary career. With Reign and Playa K. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $27.

Adrian Bourgeois


6 p.m. Sunday

Luigi’s Slice & Fungarden

Truly a labor of love, “Pop/Art,” Adrian Bourgeois’ new 24-song double album, was recorded in the singer’s bedroom over a two-year period. Actually, it was a couple of different bedrooms, as Bourgeois left his native Sacramento for L.A. last year. “Pop/Art” centers on the singer’s wholesomely inviting delivery set against lush melodies and crafty arrangements – the kind of wild-card album that easily sneaks into conversations about standout offerings in the 21st-century, post-Beatles pop-rock genre. Speaking of the Fab Four, Sunday happens to be the 50th anniversary of the famed Ed Sullivan appearance – Bourgeois (along with openers Ricky Berger and Paige Lewis) has some plans to mark the occasion, also the first time copies of “Pop/Art” will be available locally. 1050 20th St. $7.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real


8 p.m. Thursday

Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts

One of the most memorable moments at 2013 High Sierra Musical Festival? A scorching cover of the Doors’ “L.A. Woman,” courtesy of Lukas Nelson and his raging-bull-of-a-backing-band Promise of the Real. In case you were wondering, yes, the surname comes from his father, Willie. And with an electric guitar in his hand, Lukas Nelson is also an unrelenting showman, but with a magnetism that has far more in common with Jim Morrison than the ever-subdued Red Headed Stranger. Nelson’s original tunes (and the occasional cover) are dutifully adorned with country stylings but firmly rooted in pedal-to-the-floor American rock ’n’ roll. 314 West Main St., Grass Valley. $22.

Looking ahead: Umphrey’s McGee. March 13 at Ace of Spades

It’s just the second show in Sacramento for this venerable Chicago band – a juggernaut of jam talent that’s as innovative with the concert experience as they are with guitars. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $25.

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