Arts & Theater

See Magic Giant and its sweaty electronic folk-pop in Grass Valley

Magic Giant
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Danny Secretion’s Birthday Bash

Various genres

Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 19

Various locations

Local punk maestro Danny Secretion’s annual run of “F--- Cancer” shows always amounts to a showcase of top local talent. This year, it fans out to five different venues over five nights. These loaded bills total almost two dozen acts, including Nickel Slots (Nov. 15, Powerhouse Pub), Ghost Town Rebellion and Polyorchids (Nov. 16, Press Club), Kevin Seconds and Vinnie Guidera (Nov. 17, Old Ironsides), Kill the Precedent and Danny Secretion Band (Nov. 18, Cafe Colonial) and Hobo Johnson and Sparks Across Darkness (Nov. 19, Blue Lamp).

Magic Giant


8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14

Center for the Arts in Grass Valley

It’s not often that a cello, a dobro, an octave mandolin, a synthesizer and a lap-steel guitar combine to create sweat-drenched urban dance music, but that’s what happens when L.A. folk-pop trio Magic Giant takes the stage. The band, which released its sophomore album “In the Wind” earlier this year, was named as one of Rolling Stone “10 New Artists You Need to Know” and recently sold out the Troubadour, the celebrated music club in their native city. $25.

Matt the Electrician


7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11

Crooked House Concerts in Auburn

It would be hard to pick a better venue than this one for the warm, sonic bear-hug that is folk singer Matt the Electrician. Seemingly every song sung by the affable Matt Sever (who is indeed a former electrician) feels like it was written just for you, to be performed in your own living room while you sip a hot drink (a nip of brandy not discouraged) and delight in life’s simple pleasures. $20.

Looking ahead: Brandi Carlile. Dec. 17 at Center for the Arts

You had best not wait to snag tickets for the ever-delightful songwriter and performer Brandi Carlile, coming to Grass Valley on her Winter Acoustic Tour. $38-$63.