Sublime with Rome
When talking about Sublime without Bradley Nowell, the band’s charismatic frontman who died of a drug overdose nearly 20 years ago, it’s inevitable for there to be a low ceiling of expectation from lifelong fans as to how close the group can actually get to recapturing its original dub-reggae-rock vibe. By now, bassist Eric Wilson is the lone remaining member of the original outfit, which after a few legal squabbles now performs with more-than-capable lead singer Rome Ramirez as “Sublime with Rome.” The group is happy to challenge those expectations, playing as a living reminder of one of rock ’n’ roll’s immutable truths: Sublime, for its time and place, was nearly perfect. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. $29.75-$84.75. www.thundervalleyresort.com.
These days, many of Los Lobos’ name checks seem to stem from omnipresent sax man Steve Berlin, who garners a ton of press ink, having served as a producer and session musician for the likes of R.E.M. Sheryl Crow, Deer Tick, the Replacements, String Cheese Incident and Sacramento’s own Jackie Greene. He’s a saint behind the studio glass, but lest we forget that he and nearly all of the original Lobos have been dishing up feisty and critically heralded “Chicano rock” since the mid ’70s. There are few better bands to book for an afternoon party such as Sunday’s “Fiestaval!” event at Cesar Chavez Plaza. 10th and J Streets, Sacramento. $37.50. www.eventbrite.com/e/fiestaval-featuring-los-lobos-tickets-10863481967
Street-corner troubadour Sean Hayes calls the cozy North Bay town of Petaluma home, so it’s easy to imagine him relaxing on a wooden bench at Lagunitas Brewing and ruminating on simpler times and what used to be in his LP collection. Such is the persona of the man as well as his music – showered in classic soul and pat dried with modern folk. If James Brown was the hardest-working man in show business, Hayes is the guy who stayed as far away from the punch clock as possible and couldn’t care less about his annual review. With Eric & Erica. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20-$25. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Ray LaMontagne. Oct. 12 at Mondavi Center
There’s a few tickets left for this folk hero’s Davis tour stop with upstart Belle Brigade. They won’t last long. 1 Shields Ave., Davis. www.mondaviarts.org.