Chalk It Up! Festival
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 5-7
Celebrating its 25th year, the annual Chalk It Up! Festival is not only a robust community gathering of local artists, but one of the best places to digest three days’ worth of veteran and burgeoning (mostly local) musical talent. This year’s can’t-miss acts include a set from 20-year local hellcats the Brodys (4:45 p.m. Saturday), as well as the feisty and sultry indie soul pop of San Francisco’s Madi Sipes and the Painted Blue (4:15 p.m. Sunday), power jammers Wasco, featuring former members of Kai Kln and the Mother Hips (5:15 p.m. Sunday) and enigmatic rockers Toadmortons (3:05 p.m. Monday). 1515 Q St., Sacramento. www.chalkitup.org
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7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9
Oak Park Brewery
Mi-week beer drinkin’ music at its finest comes up Highway 99 from Fresno, courtesy of vivacious duo Cloudship. Brandon Freeman, an R&B vocalist teams up with longtime metal-head Jonathan Napoles on an intricate and inventive two-man humdinger of lively indie pop, organic blues, folk, rock and soul. 3514 Broadway, Sacramento. No cover. www.opbrewco.com
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10
The Center for the Arts
The airy, ruffled and wholly embracing acoustic jazz pop of L.A’s Leftover Cuties leaves you feeling like that moment at the thrift store when you find that lonely garment you can’t believe someone dared to give up. It will keep you warm on even the coldest nights. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $20. www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Looking ahead: Dry Diggings Festival. Sept 25-26 at El Dorado Fairgrounds
An under-the-radar local festival boasts a plucky reggae/hip hop themed lineup with Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Dirty Heads, Nahko and Medicine for the People and several others. www.drydiggingsfestival.com