8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Center for the Arts
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Harlow’s
“Tour d’Amour” is an annual February/Valentine’s tradition for the gang from ALO, a veteran Bay Area collaborative that boasts a sprawling repertoire of spit-shined pop tunes run through the funk wash and dipped in the soul tub. Affable troubadour John Craigie (cut directly out of John Prine’s funnybone) lends his zen-like schtick to open up both gigs. www.harlows.com; www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Cities You Wish You Were From
9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at G St. Wunderbar
9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Pistol Pete’s
Spitfire duo Cities You Wish You Were From (Elijah Jenkins on guitar/vocals and drummer Tyler Downie) is a relative newcomer, but their self-titled EP smacks of a group with a deep musical pedigree. They go for a howling, straight-for-the-gut brand of reverberating rock and howling back-corner blues –the kind you didn’t know you were looking for when the night started but is all the reason in the world to order up a couple more whiskeys and hope the lights never come on. www.gstreetwunderbar.com; www.facebook.com/PistolPetesAuburn.
One Grass Two Grass and Cascade Crescendo
9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Torch Club
9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Crazy Horse
Classic Appalachian-flavored bluegrass and folk? Check. “Newgrass” or “jamgrass?” Little of both in there. Porch-drinkin’ acoustic rock? They’ve got you covered. The Bay Area’s One Grass Two Grass (with a new album in the works being produced by Hot Buttered Rum’s Nat Keefe) is out on the road with Portland upstarts Cascade Crescendo, and things could get a little nutty; this one has “weeklong bluegrass hangover” written all over it. www.torchclub.net; www.crazyhorsenc.com
Looking ahead: G. Love & Special Sauce. March 28 at Harlow’s
Veteran purveyor of hip-hop blues Garrett “G. Love” Dutton and the Sauce roll into town along with ascending bluesman Ron Artis II & the Truth. $30. www.harlows.com.