Another Family Affair with Dead Winter Carpenters, Ideateam, Zuhg
Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19
McFarland Living History Ranch (8899 Orr Rd, Galt)
Year five for this tucked-away gathering brings a heaping slate of bands May 17 and 18, with Tahoe-based Americana plank-spankers Dead Winter Carpenters headlining Friday and Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Hans Eberbach and the Sean Lehe-led Birds of Fortune and others in tow. Saturday’s headliner is breakout local funk and soul collective Ideateam, flanked by wiley jam rock staple Zuhg, along with Joe Craven & the Sometimes, Jessica Malone Band, Kate Gaffney and more. CFR, Love Mischief and Rubbidy Bubbidy bring it home on Sunday’s abbreviated slate. www.anotherfamilyaffair.com.
Black Belt Eagle Scout
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20
Veterans Memorial Center Theater (203 E. 14th St., Davis)
The whirling spiritual intensity and ambient panache of Katherine Paul (a.k.a. Black Belt Eagle Scout) creates moments that can be rough on the knees. At times, it requires sitting down and taking a moment to grasp all you can as the songs whizz by, leaving a cascading stardust trail of love, loss, pain, joy (you name it) to fill the air and blanket the plush landscape below. Paul, who grew up in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, sports a clear emotional connection to her indigenous roots on “Mother of My Children” and the combustive just-released single “Loss & Relax,” with equally obvious nods to post-rock acts like Sleater-Kinney and the ilk. Urbanation opens. Doors 7 p.m. $12. www.davislivemusic.com.
John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing
8 p.m. Thursday, May 23
Grateful Dead fans will know the name John Kadlecik well, with him having slung guitar alongside Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in Furthur, and as a founding member of jam circuit heroes Dark Star Orchestra and Golden Gate Wingmen alongside keyboard whiz Jeff Chimenti. His new band of merrymen Fellowship of the Wing consists of Jay Lane (also of Bob Weir’s RatDog and Primus), Reed Mathis (of Billy & the Kids and Tea Leaf Green) and Todd Stoops (Kung Fu, RAQ). Doors 7 p.m. $18 adv./$20 door. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Davis Music Festival. June 21-23 in downtown Davis
The ninth installment of this downtown Davis takeover features dozens of acts including Dog Party, Gold Soulds, John Vanderslice, King Dream, Coffis Brothers, the Philharmonik and more. $35. www.davismusicfest.com.