The Dustbowl Revival
6:30 p.m. Friday
The ongoing chatter about the recent changing face of the Sacramento Music Festival (nee the Jazz Jubilee) is that the festival’s traditional showcasing of Dixieland-style jazz wasn’t translating to younger audiences. If they could manage to find a few dozens bands all with the crossover wherewithal of L.A.’s Dustbowl Revival, problem would be solved. This nine-piece mini-orchestra’s devotion to the roots of American jazz and folk is as impassioned and meticulous as it is razor sharp, vibrant and gloriously jubilant. Note that this one is an early show; they’re flipping the room for the CD release show of locals Drop Dead Red (fronted by the spitfire Carly DuHain) at 10 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $12-$14. www.harlows.com.
Whiskey & Stitches with the Sam Chase
8 p.m. Friday
Trust me, you wouldn’t want this “Shamrockin’ St. Paddy’s Party” to be on the actual St. Paddy’s Day, which falls midweek. You’ll need Saturday to recover. For when it’s pint-hoistin’ and singin’ time in Sacramento, Whiskey & Stitches are on speed-dial, thanks to their rowdy rock ’n’ roll romps. The same is true of sharp-tongued up-and-coming troubadour the Sam Chase, which is developing a rabid following in the Bay Area with back-alley bar room folk-rock. Snappy and shady blues folkman Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra kick it off. Cheers! 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $10-$15. www.starlitelounge.com.
Moon Hooch with Scott Pemberton Trio
8 p.m. March 19
This is one of those rare nights that shows you how the boundaries and definitions of a genre (in this case, funk) can be stretched and manically re-engineered. Celebrating the release of his third album “Timber Rock,” Portland’s Scott Pemberton Trio leads it off. This quirky madman of a rocker has no need for a strap on his Gibson hollow body guitar – he flings it about the stage and turns it into his own personal high-octane disco machine. Pemberton gives way to New York City’s Moon Hooch, who somehow manage to start a blistering and bizarre dance rock throwdown using nothing but a pair of saxophones and a drum kit. A night of funk the way few dare to play it. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10-$12. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Bruce Hornsby. April 13 at the Harris Center
Tickets are showing as “limited availability”; act quickly to catch a performance from this consummate pro and true gem of piano pop rock. 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $43-$73. www.harriscenter.net.