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Shawn Colvin will play at Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts with Steve Earle.

Three to See: Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle


8 p.m. Friday

Center for the Arts

The quick and easy answer to “who’s Shawn Colvin?” is to start singing the ’90s hit “Sunny Came Home,” but that would miss the point of a widely heralded songwriter who overcame that often perilous “one-hit wonder” title. Steve Earle, meanwhile, is a humble legend of a songwriter whom contemporaries and followers would chew through a brick wall to record or play with. Colvin and Earle will intertwine their crafts for a collaborative performance, which has been moved from Veterans Memorial Auditorium to CFTA. 314 West Main St., Grass Valley. $65. http://thecenterforthearts.org/.


Indie/pop/electro rock

6:30 p.m Tuesday


Anyone remember when Hellogoodbye was the focal point of several episodes of “The Real World: Austin” during South by Southwest? Or did I just admit to watching “The Real World” for no reason? Dangit. Give this plucky Orange County outfit credit, though: It’s almost 10 years later, and they’ve ridden that boost from an MTV reality show through lineup changes and label lawsuits to produce 2010’s “Would It Kill You,” which stands nose-to-nose with virtually any synth-laden pop rock album of the past decade. Vacationer co-headlines, with Stand Out State and Heavenly Beat. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $15. www.assemblysacramento.com.

Torch Fest


6 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday

The Torch Club

Technically, the third annual Torch Fest gets started Saturday evening, with a trio of bands led by Northern California blues staple Daniel Castro. But for the folks who don’t have to work on Monday (or don’t mind being a little fuzzy at their desks) the real treat is Sunday, with a veritable clown car jammed full of nine acts. Funky rock act Island of Black & White leads the charge, with Los Angeles honky-tonk rockers Merle Jagger, Harlis Sweetwater, Con Brio, AfroFunk Experience, local jam act Ideateam and more. 904 15th St., Sacramento. $12-$15. www.torchclub.net.

Looking ahead: Ages and Ages. June 11 at Harlow’s

Although “No Pressure” is close, there’s no song as pop-friendly as “Ho Hey” on Ages and Ages’ delightful new album “Divisionary.” Otherwise we’d probably be looking at the next Lumineers. It still might happen. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10. www.harlows.com

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