Entertainment & Life

A brush with Belushi, and a gig in Sutter Creek

Black Pistol Fire
Black Pistol Fire Charles Regan

Curtis Salgado


8 tonight

Sutter Creek Theatre

The story goes that the late great John Belushi buddied up over booze and blues (well, we’re assuming the booze part, but the blues is certain) with the fiery Curtis Salgado while Belushi was in Oregon filming “Animal House.” The classic no-nonsense blues, barroom soul and throwback funk influence of Salgado (who also served as co-leader of the Robert Cray Band) on the future Blues Brother couldn’t be more obvious. $24-$27. www.suttercreektheater.com

Super Whatevr


6:30 p.m. Saturday

Holy Diver

Super Whatevr began simply as a sonic vehicle for poetry penned by frontman Skyler McKee, but behind the release of its debut full-length “Never Nothing,” the group has ballooned into a tasty upstart project reminiscent of the brooding alt-rock of the ‘90s – because if you take the dreariness and buoy it with a few inescapably catchy (if not morose) hooks, somehow it makes it all seem bearable, even if just for one spin of a record. They’re scheduled to play after Movements and before Can't Swim and Gleemer, $12 adv./$14 door. www.holydiversac.com.

ZZ Ward with Black Pistol Fire


7:00 p.m. Tuesday

Ace of Spades

This is one of those shows that probably shouldn’t occur during Lent – odds are that whatever you gave up is on this menu, in abundance. ZZ Ward is emerging as a smoldering diva with plenty of pop smarts, but one not at all averse to red lights and back alleys. Opening up is pummeling grimey rock duo Black Pistol Fire, a blistering barrel of reverberating riffs and quivering bloody blues. Off to confession on Wednesday morning, everyone. $24. www.aceofspadessac.com.

Looking ahead: Mason Jennings. March 22 at Goldfield

For some reason still a widely underrated gem of the singer/songwriter world, the scintillating and honey-voiced Mason Jennings returns to Sacramento. $20. goldfieldtradingpost.com.