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Chris Thile brings his mandolin wizardry to a solo show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mondavi Center in Davis. Tickets are $25 to $49.

Three to See: ALO, Chris Tile and more

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 5:46 pm



9 p.m. Friday


Released in 2012, “Sounds Like This” was the album that fans of ALO had patiently and eagerly awaited, simply because it captured the sound of the group’s live performances.

It’s easy to see why the group had been a hit on Jack Johnson’s perpetually laidback Brushfire Records with its hangin’-with-your-pals, acoustic/pop rock backyard jam offerings.

But on stage, this Bay Area-based collective has never been shy about getting a little weird with it, slathering the grooves with layers of avant-garde funk and jazz club soul, with whispers of sandy island vibes, tailor-made for those who find Dave Matthews too popular and moe. not popular enough. With Rainbow Girls. Doors 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25.



7 p.m. Thursday

Beatnik Studios

It happened fairly quietly, but local art and music venue Beatnik Studios recently uprooted from its longtime digs off Broadway and into a new space in the Southside Park area of downtown, in the site of the former Pamela Skinner Gallery.

Don’t worry, it brought its popular Third Thursday jazz series along.

Bacalone is a four-man jazz collective cut from the cloth of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk, and led by local multi-instrumentalist (but primarily a sax man) Darius Babazadeh, who has toured with everyone from Natalie Cole and the Temptations to Sacramento favorites Mumbo Gumbo. For more on Bacolone, see Sacramento Live on Page 10. 723 S St., Sacramento. $10.

Chris Thile


8 p.m. Saturday

Mondavi Center

What Bela Fleck is to the banjo, or Jake Shimabukuro is to the ukulele, virtuoso and 2012 MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is to the mandolin. He is nothing short of a wizard with the instrument, crafting expressive melodies and intricate compositions.

Thile is in for a busy 2014. After this current West Coast run of solo shows, Thile will link up with his former band, the newly reunited Nickel Creek, for an abbreviated spring tour (including a May 19 stop in Oakland), and then take up his regular post with bluegrass heroes Punch Brothers on their summer trek, which finds them returning to the High Sierra Music Festival in July. 1 Shields Ave, Davis. $25-$49.

Looking ahead: The Wailers. March 20 at Ace of Spades

The surviving members of Bob Marley’s famed backing band the Wailers mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic and indelible “Legend” by performing the album in its entirety. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22.50.

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