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    Umphrey’s McGee, which in the past has been compared with Phish, plays at Ace of Spades on Thursday.

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    Perla Batalla will take the stage tonight at Harris Center.

Three to see: Umphrey’s McGee at Ace of Spaces

Published: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 - 12:00 am

Umphrey’s McGee

Progressive rock/jam band

7 p.m. Thursday

Ace of Spades

On more than one occasion in the middle ’00s, this sextet of jam rock wizards was grouped into several rather dubious lists of bands lined up to be “the next Phish.” It’s not hard to see why: Their playing is surgically precise, radiates years of professional acumen and bleeds raw talent. But far more impressive is its continued evolution as a band, from plucky progressive jammers into a bona-fide rock outfit with creative grit as songwriters and composers, entrepreneurial spirit and maniacal live energy. No longer the next Phish, they are simply the first Umphrey’s McGee. No opener. 1417 R St., Sacramento $25.

Perla Batalla


7:30 p.m. Friday

Harris Center

When someone encourages you to take up a solo singing career, and that someone just happens to be Leonard Cohen, it’s advice you probably follow. A former backup singer for the legendary songwriter, Perla Batalla has been basking in that encouragement since launching her independently driven career. With an unwavering devotion to her Spanish roots, Batalla strikes the often perilous balance between tribute and innovation, offering takes on traditional Spanish music while applying retrospection to her own sultry, vibrant and free-spirited pop compositions. 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $12-$29.

We Are the In Crowd


6:30 p.m. Tuesday


We Are the In Crowd’s spitfire vocalist Taylor “Tay” Jardine was recently tabbed by MTV as one of “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop in 2014.” With last month’s release of the group’s breakout feature length “Weird Kids,” that prophecy may have been fulfilled. Jardine is the centerpiece of the angst-ridden power chord parade, zig-zagging vocals with guitarist Jordan Eckes, but when said and done, manages to look ahead to better days. It’s joined by William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs and Candy Hearts. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $14.

Looking ahead: G. Love

& Special Sauce

March 29 at Thunder Valley

The man who pioneered a genre of hip-hop blues, Garrett “G. Love” Dutton and the original members of the Sauce are celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of their landmark self-titled album. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. $24.50-$34.50.

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