Sacramento again reaps the benefit of New-York-based drummer/composer Matt Slocum routing his West Coast tour through JBs Jazz Lounge.
Just this week, Slocums latest album, Black Elks Dream, was released by Chandra Records, and he brings with him most of the new-breed A-listers who played on the record. The music unfolds as an elegiac tone poem that sweeps into more visceral inside-out swinging, always pushed by Slocums dynamic-but-understated percussive drive.
On tour with Slocum are saxophonist Dayna Stephens, pianist Sam Yahel and bassist Massimo Biolcati. Its the type of band that could come to the Mondavi Center for a multi-night stay, but itll only be in town Sunday night.
Slocum was recently awarded a 2014 music composition fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The award comes up once every three years, and Slocum was the only jazz artist named this time around as well as the youngest composer receiving a fellowship. Showtime is 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Call ( 916) 723-5517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Information: www.mattslocumjazz.com
Driving with family
Tim Clue and Spike Mantons Leaving Iowa at Sierra College delves into the collective American psyche with a bittersweet comedy about family life and a salute to the car-bound family vacation. In their story, the journey is thing as a Boston-based writer looks for the perfect place to scatter his fathers ashes. Scott Adams directs the theater departments production, which closes Sunday. Performances are 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. At Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Tickets: $5-$10. Call (916) 660-7656. Tickets also available one hour before curtain or online from Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/590783
Generation ME, a world premiere musical about teen suicide with a book and lyrics by Julie Soto and music by Will Finan, debuts Friday in Folsom. Ryan Warren, who helped develop the story with Soto, directs. The memory play, about a 15-year-old who seems to have it all but mysteriously takes his own life, has been workshopped for more than a year. The production will travel this summer to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 12. Also 2 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. April 13. At The Harris Center, Stage 2: City Studio Theater (10 College Parkway, Folsom). Tickets: $22-$28. Information at www.flyingmonkeyproductions.org, www.harriscenter.net, or (916) 608-6888.
Two popular shows have added dates to their runs, with Capital Stage now offering two new matinees for Amy Herzogs moving comedy-drama 4000 Miles, featuring Teddy Spencer and Dee Maaske. The shows are 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. April 12. Information at (916) 995-5464 or www.capstage.org.
B Street Theatres marital comedy Wrong For Each Other, with Kurt Johnson and Melinda Parrett, has added shows at 8 p.m. April 17 and April 18, 5 p.m. April 19 and 2 p.m. April 20. Information at (916) 448-9707 or bstreettheatre.org.
Call The Bees Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120. Follow him on Twitter @marcuscrowder.