Friday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 4
Sure, the noise genre isn’t for everyone – and if you’re not sure what “noise” is, it’s likely you’re in the “everyone” group. You might be surprised how this wildly experimental and sneakily crafty community of musicians has made NorCal Noisefest a beloved underground staple for 20 years. Monte Cazazza and local groups including Instagon and Liver Cancer highlight a packed lineup, with a kickoff show Friday at Cafe Luna in midtown. 3530 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento. $10-$40.
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7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4
A “Southern rock” group from Canada? When those deep bluesy guitar hooks, down-home lyrical howls and Dixie-fried boogie start flying like dusty relics from John Fogerty’s attic, you’ll feel like life is permanently set to the Allman Brothers station. With Radio Moscow. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $15. www.theboardwalkpresents.com.
‘Days for Girls’ benefit with Zyah Belle
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
The soul-drenched Zyah Belle and hip-hop/R&B fireballer J Ross Parrelli are the locals topping the bill of a tantalizing benefit concert for Days for Girls, an international nonprofit dedicated to advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene for young women worldwide. Miss Marianna, Spacewalker, DJ Star Lord and others also perform. 2574 21st St., Sacramento. $8 suggested. www.solcollective.org.
Looking ahead: Hangtown Halloween Ball. Oct. 22-25, El Dorado County Fairgrounds
In its fifth year, this marquis festival boasts its biggest lineup yet with Railroad Earth, Trombone Shorty, Beats Antique, North Mississippi Allstars, Rubblebucket, Dead Winter Carpenters and heaps more. www.hangtownhalloween.com.