San Francisco’s Poor Man’s Whiskey has the potential to make just about any other bluegrass band on Earth green with envy. Its catalog of originals is an electric/acoustic hybrid of combustible groove-shakers and liquor-laced hoedowns, with the occasional emotional haymaker thrown in as well. But the band also has become heralded throughout the West Coast for its tribute shows. On Saturday, it will be joined by fiddlist Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) and pedal steel guitarist Pete Grant for some PMW originals and their take on “Old & In The Way,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the seminal bluegrass album by the Jerry Garcia/Peter Rowan/David Grisman-led supergroup of the same name. Nicknamed “the Foothill Fillmore,” the unheralded Auburn Event Center hosts only scattered weekend shows throughout the year, but it is easily one of the coolest janky music venues anywhere in this region. The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Austin Quattlebaum also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Did “Pop Ya Collar” just become “Pop Ya Cork”? Last month, Vallejo’s own E-40, perhaps heralded as much as an entrepreneur as he is a lyrical wordsmith, released the Earl Stevens Selections collection of wines under his given name. He’s starting small with a red blend, moscato and “Mangoscato,” branded with a “707” homage to his hometown. At face value, it might be easy to think that mixing hip-hop culture and wine culture would pair about as well as chardonnay with a steak, but it’s that kind of “shake-up-the-norm” thinking that’s led to more than 20 albums in as many years for a man generally considered by fans and peers to be one of the top West Coast rap emcees. E-40 performs with a multitude of guest artists.
“Tender Madness,” the debut feature-length album from Los Angeles duo PAPA, is like the soundtrack to a pedal-to-the-floor road trip that never changes speeds. It’s 90 miles per hour the whole way, no rest stops, no sight-seeing, just a race against boredom and lazy days. The duo of Daniel Presant and former Girls drummer Darren Weiss pens anthemic indie arena rock wallbangers with guttural lyrics, verbose guitar hooks and buzzing percussion. Waters, the new project of former Port O’Brien frontman Van Pierszalowski, opens. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Following Wilco’s scorching 2012 performance at the same venue, the band’s enigmatic frontman and prophetic songwriter Jeff Tweedy comes to town in a rare solo appearance. 1 Shields Ave., Davis. $40. www.mondaviarts.org.