Rock for Tots XI
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
This benefit gig, regularly showcasing local rock and punk’s finest, has been running strong for 11 years, with Lonely Kings, Rebel Punk, Fudi and Burning Landscapes as this year’s bill. Several local vendors such as LowBrau and Spanish Fly have donated prizes for the raffle – if you want a raffle ticket, bring a toy to donate to the Salvation Army. 8 p.m. doors. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. $10. www.bluelampsacramento.com.
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
Auburn Event Center
Jazz-rooted troubadour Dan Hicks is known for injecting a little dry wit and off-kilter fun into the holiday season with his “Holidaze in Hicksville” tour and some dusty tunes from his “Crazy for Christmas” album. This will be one of the venerable performer’s few shows of the year as he recovers from a recent health scare, with Bob Woods Swampbilly opening. 145 Elm St., Auburn. $20 advance, $25 door. www.keepsmilinpromotions.com.
The Dustbowl Revival with Wild Reeds, Leftover Cuties
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
This trio of bands is so darn delicious it has to be as fattening as a Christmas goodie. Recklessly festive-throwback mini-orchestra Dustbowl Revival headlines, and they’ve brought along two L.A. Americana pals: the fiesty harmony-stuffed Wild Reeds, and the warm-your-bones fireside folk jazz of Leftover Cuties. Doors 6:30 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15 advance, $18 door. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Minnesota. Dec. 18, at the Boardwalk
Short notice for this entry, but we’d be remiss not to give you a quick head’s-up about a fast-rising figure in the electronica world coming through town. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $20. www.theboardwalkpresents.com.