Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
8 p.m. Friday
At his 2014 Bridge School Benefit concert, Neil Young, who is often trying new things, hit the stage with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (as well as Lukas’ brother Micah) as his backing band. The brothers and band are collaborating with Young on his latest untitled recording project. That’s a call you’re only going to get if you’ve shown the kind of substantial rock-and-roll grit and Americana crossover acumen that Nelson & POTR have fervently showcased these past few years on the road. With Chris Cain. 10 College Parkway, Folsom, $20-$38. www.harriscenter.net.
8 p.m. April 15
Rhyme it up with “Yankee Doodle” and it’s pretty obvious what this group of local hellcats is all about: gnashing their teeth and hurling a wrench into the gears of the big machine. Reminiscent of socially jabbing punk greats like Bad Religion and the most mayhemic early days of Pennywise, Yankee Brutal’s 15-track 2012 debut, “The Everlasting Greed,” is designed to leave “the system” bloodied and bruised in three minutes or less. A new record is in the works – in the meantime, they team with Oceanside’s Sic Waiting, the Community and Rebel Radio for a mid-week romp after a canceled Boardwalk appearance April 5. 2030 P St., Sacramento. $6, www.facebook.com/yankeebrutal.
Arlo Guthrie, performing “Alice’s Restaurant”
8 p.m. April 16
Every Thanksgiving, almost like clockwork, my mom asks me to find out which radio station and at what time Arlo Guthrie’s seminal “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” is being broadcast. I typically explain to her that they have this thing called the Internet where you can get anything you want – at your leisure. She knows this, but admittedly, there is a familiar warmth and vintage charm to twirling the radio dial on Turkey Day in search of this traditional 18-minute musical monologue from 1965. Guthrie and his band are touring in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the counterculture American classic. The tour also stops in Napa on April 18. 1 Shields Ave., Davis. $18.50-$77, www.mondaviarts.org.
Looking ahead: Joe Bonamassa. May 6 at Memorial Auditorium
Joe Bonamassa might not have ascended as many predicted to the status of unquestioned guitar god, but that doesn’t mean he’s not one of this generation’s most revered axemen. 1515 J St., Sacramento. $79-$125, jbonamassa.com.