Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7
Riverwalk Park, West Sacramento
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Swinging for the fences in its third year, First Festival returns to the riverbanks of West Sacramento with the feel of a festival that’s come into its own as a hyperlocal mecca of music, art, comedy and food. Old alt-rock pals Oleander headline Saturday with Arden Park Roots leading Sunday. Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, DLRN, Some Fear None and dozens more pack the weekend. $20-$35. www.firstfestivalsacramento.com.
9 p.m. Friday, May 5
Wedged between vintage Buffalo Springfield/ Lauren Canyon-era country soul and the irreverent “boom-boom-thack” of Crazy Horse (the double Neil Young nod here is no accident), Athens product Futurebirds has the look of the next alt-country cult favorite – a wide-open door for Wilco or My Morning Jacket fanatics. Doors 8 p.m. $16-$18. www.harlows.com.
9 p.m. Thursday, May 11
Not gonna lie, catching San Francisco’s “ambassadors of Gypsy rock” Diego’s Umbrella at Torch Club sounds like a steamy heap of fun as the band tours behind its album “Edjka.” These guys’ shows are notoriously raucous, teeming with globally rooted pop, barroom rock and carefree flips of funk. $6. www.torchclub.net.
Looking ahead: !!! (Chk Chk Chk). June 23 at Harlow’s
Real simple: One of Sacramento’s most beloved and frenetic breakout acts is back in town, so tickets don’t figure to last long. $15-$18.