Haas Kowert Tice
7 p.m. Friday
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The trio of fiddler Brittany Haas (of Crooked Still), Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert and guitarist Jordan Tice refer to their debut offering “You Got This” as a “close dialogue” of “wordless communication.” All still south of 30 years old, these three string prodigies are indeed deep in discussion – one they could have in a chamber music hall in a town saloon as they regale revelers with instrumental tales of hot toddies and long road trips. Their precision and graceful musicianship is as focused and lively as their devotion to century-spanning American roots music. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20-$25. www.harlows.com.
8 p.m. Saturday
I’m not sure if Goldfield has a back entrance just for the performers, but if it doesn’t, there’s no way Chase Bryant is getting through the front door without showing his I.D. Bryant is barely 22 years and as baby-faced as they come, but he’s got a deeply varnished modern country croon that belies his youth, and a few acoustic tinged tunes such as “Take It On Back” to go with the pop-shined pipes. Bryant performs the capper to the venue’s month-long “Acoustic Christmas” series. With Jackie Lee. 1630 J St., Sacramento. $20-$40. www.goldfieldtradingpost.com.
8 p.m. Saturday
If you’d like to spend a couple of hours staring at your Christmas tree hoping to see strange color swirls that aren’t really there, you can either up the brandy intake or throw on some tunes from the local outfit Mindflowers. Chris Billington’s guitar lines are pure throwback ’60s acid rock – demure, coyly expressive, verbose and captivating, with his equally ethereal vocals wafting aimlessly through the caverns of colorful space that Mindflowers creates. With ghostplay, Drive-Thru Mystics and Silver Spoons. 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $5. www.facebook.com/Starlitesacramento.
Looking ahead: Jelly Bread. Dec. 31 at Torch Club
Reno’s funky roots rock outfit Jelly Bread pairs up with local throwback funk collective Ideateam for a wiggly New Year’s eve bash. 904 15th St., Sacramento. $25. www.torchclub.net.