Music News & Reviews

Trombone Shorty goes big on the N’awlins brass

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty will perform at WorldFest in Grass Valley next week.
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty will perform at WorldFest in Grass Valley next week. 525 Worldwide Music Co. Inc.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Ace of Spades

The effervescent Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has performed at the White House three times and has the makings to become an American music legend. He boasts one of the hugest funk sounds around, rattling with towering heaps of N’awlins brass, R&B and amped-up rock ’n’ roll. With Joy & Madness. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $35.

RevFest, featuring Gamma


11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Southside Park (Eighth and T streets)

Enjoy the last sips of outdoor concert weather while you can. RevFest, a benefit for nonprofit AboutKidz, descends on Southside Park with a heavy rock slate, led by Gamma, a venerable act originally co-founded by Ronnie Montrose, and still fronted by Davey Pattison (formerly of Robin Trower’s band). Local rock act and “host” band Razor Queen also performs, along with another half-dozen bands.



9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20


A one-off iteration of the former weekly “Le Twist” series features a live performance from local act Epsilona, who could soon find themselves rubbing elbows with the likes of mind-bending psychedelic pop rock revival acts like Tame Impala. Seriously, keep your eyes on them. With Herschel Roy. 1050 20th St., Sacramento. Free.

Looking ahead: Portugal. The Man. Oct. 25 at Ace of Spades

Blistering rockers – and the pride of Wasilla, Alaska (sorry Sarah Palin) – Portugal. The Man is out road testing some new material for a forthcoming album. Tickets are on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 16. 1417 R St. $25.