Jackie Greene Band
9:30 p.m. Thursday,
Local phenom Jackie Greene cut his teeth at Marilyn’s on K, but both locations for that haunt are gone. To say that he outgrew those cozy club rooms would be an understatement. The Crest is now a more appropriate sized K Street homecoming venue for an artist who brushed aside those “next Dylan” tags and does pretty much whatever it is he feels like doing. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $35-$65. www.crestsacramento.com.
Union, with James Cavern
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25
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Yes, this is indeed on Christmas night – and it’s one fine excuse to ditch the eggnog, grab a cold brew and work up a sweat. Local musician Dave Jensen (Hans & the Hot Mess, Saint Solitaire) debuts with the joyfully rousing funk and soul collective Union, which will be dishing up its debut album, with stalwart James Cavern also performing and releasing a new single. Doors 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10. www.harlows.com.
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27
The MOANS (featuring the venerable Danny Secretion on guitar) may play “family-friendly rock and roll about monsters, zombies and werewolves,” but sorry, this four-band punk show is still 21-and-over. It’s a “punk rock coat drive” that also features fellow ruffians the Rollin’ Blackouts, Kill the Cute and Slutzville. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. $5 ($3 with donation). www.bluelampsacramento.com.
Looking ahead: J.D. McPherson. Jan. 17 at Harlow’s
After the 2015 he had behind the boogie-woogie success of “Let the Good Times Roll,” a venue as small as Harlow’s is a surprise. We’re in! 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20. www.harlows.com.