The Brothers Comatose with T Sisters
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
Auburn Event Center
This looks to be a pretty big year for Brothers Comatose. They just wrapped a successful (and pretty hilarious) Kickstarter campaign for their forthcoming record “City Painted Gold,” an album likely to be loaded with their hopped-up, devil-may-care bluegrass shenanigans. They’re back in the region March 19 at Harlow’s. Getting to this show late and missing T Sisters would be your worst move of this still-young year. 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. $20-$22. www.keepsmilinpromotions.com.
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Lil’ Smokies with Mike Dillon Band
8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
The Lil’ Smokies, a traditionally rooted progressive bluegrass act, have meteorically risen alongside the likes of contemporaries such as Infamous Stringdusters. The group will be at Harlow’s. Freaked-up xylophone jockey Mike Dillon will be the opening act, and not at the Blue Lamp as we’d reported on Dec. 18. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $12-$14 www.harlows.com.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14
The accolades and accomplishments are piled high for young Ethan Bortnick: two PBS specials, $40 million raised for charities worldwide, “The Tonight Show,” Esquire magazine cover and the list goes on. Not bad for a 14-year-old, a scorching piano prodigy recognized by Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour.” Doors 6:30 p.m. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $24.50-$49. www.crestsacramento.com.
Looking ahead: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Ace of Spades
Just when you think you’ve heard the last from this eponymous hip-hop troupe, they just continue to carry on with touring and recording. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $28-$35. www.aceofspadessac.com.