Honey Island Swamp Band
As we sneak up on the nine-year anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, one can find some shreds of good that were born of horrific tragedy. One such shred is the Honey Island Swamp Band, which jelled in San Francisco at the Boom Boom Room, a local favorite juke joint, when all four members (two previously unacquainted with the other two) had taken up residence after Katrina besieged their native New Orleans. The result is a sticky, steamy soul-smacked swamp brand of blues and Americana rock ’n’ roll that works up shreds of genuine Southern sweat. 230 Commercial St., Nevada City. $8. www.crazyhorsenc.com.
If you use his music as a guide, it’s tough to know what’s going on inside the mind of Yoodoo Park, the 21-year-old native of Japan and UC Santa Cruz student who fronts GRMLN. This much is obvious: He is moved by nature – from the atmospheric qualities and gusty melodies of GRMLN’s indie pop rock sounds. But it also seems he wouldn’t mind picking up the pace and splashing those soundscapes with colors missing from Mother Nature’s standard palette, taking his sound to the places Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. went on their most euphoric days and warmest summer nights. With Same Difference. 1815 19th St., Sacramento. $6. www.witchroomsac.com.
Dinah Washington tribute with Denise Perrier
Despite a career spanning more than 30 years, Bay Area singer Denise Perrier is hardly what you would call a household name in the popular eye – but, you won’t see “just anyone” invited to perform at a Jazz at Lincoln Center event. This soul songstress is headed that way next month, and on Sunday at JB’s she’ll be warming up her newest tribute show, “Unforgettable Dinah Washington,” aligning with the would-be 90th birthday of the self-proclaimed “Queen of the Blues.” 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento. $15. www.reverbnation.com/venue/jbssundayjazz.
Looking ahead: Against Me! Aug. 15 at Ace of Spades
Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace nabbed headlines in 2012, coming out as a transgender woman, but the band has been grabbing the real headlines with its spitfire punk for the past 15 years. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $18. www.aceofspadessac.com.