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Three to see this weekend: Torch Club music benefit, Auburn jamfest, banjo duo

The Lowest Pair
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The Proteau Benefit Show

Various genres

3 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28

Torch Club

Freebadge Serenaders, California Riot Act, the Authority, Josh Krage, One Leg Chuck and more gather at this benefit for the family of longtime Sacramento musician/bassist Zack Proteau (whose sprawling résumé includes time with two of the day’s bands, production for early-career Jackie Greene and too much more to list), who lost their home in the horrifically tragic Sonoma County fires. Side note: This reporter was in an objectively fantastic stage production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” with a member of the Proteau family back in high school in Santa Rosa, but I digress. Donations accepted at the door. www.facebook.com/events/1635538513136054.

The Rock Collection

Rock/jam band

7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26

Auburn Event Center (145 Elm Ave.)

A gig from this off-and-on collaborative of Bay Area jamsters (Jerry Garcia Band leader Melvin Seals and JGB bassist John-Paul McLean, ALO’s Lebo, Greg Anton of Zero and venerable Deadhead Stu Allen) marks one of three remaining gigs scheduled at Auburn’s cozy “Foothill Fillmore” for the foreseeable future, though the promotions group behind it looks to continue hosting shows elsewhere in the region. Tom Petty tribute act Petty Theft (Feb. 3) and gonzo guitar mauling Scott Pemberton Band (Feb. 10) round out the remaining shows. $20. www.keepsmilinpromotions.com.

The Lowest Pair


5:30 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30

Claimstake Brewing

Yes, those are dual banjos, but the dual don’t duel. Rather, the wistful, breezy pickin’ coming off the hands of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee (a.k.a. laid back front porch folk duo The Lowest Pair) is in perfect sync, a collection of songs sauntering through a sun-splashed field in search of a cool afternoon pint – they’ll find it at Claimstake, which is sneakily hosting some strong Americana talent (Austin Quattlebaum also visits on Fri. Jan 26) at its Rancho Cordova taproom. Tre Burt opens. $13. www.facebook.com/events/940229299475821.

Looking ahead: Dwight Yoakam, April 27 at the Crest Theatre.

When not busy in Hollywood, Dwight Yoakam remains one of country music’s most indelible, genre-busting figures. $69-$99. www.crestsacramento.com.