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Can listening to music on a street corner be a political statement?

Busking Day 2017 will focus on bringing impromptu performances to J, K and L Streets, similar to what street musician Will Spruill did in 2013 at the corner of J and Eighth streets in Sacramento.
Busking Day 2017 will focus on bringing impromptu performances to J, K and L Streets, similar to what street musician Will Spruill did in 2013 at the corner of J and Eighth streets in Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file

Busking Day 2017

Various Genres

2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Midtown

We can’t tell you exactly where to go, who will play or what you’ll see. Such is the beauty of busking, aka. impromptu street performing. The team behind “the Most Open Mic in the City” flash performance series is out to “make a unified statement about Sacramento’s current busking policies” with an afternoon of street corner entertainment, focused on J, K and L streets in Midtown. www.facebook.com.

Dangermuffin

Rock/jam band

7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 (Gold Trail Grange, Coloma)

9 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 (Torch Club)

Blooming with breezy grooves, plush vines of organic funk and high-mountain jam rock, the effervescent Dangermuffin’s tour supporting their sumptuous new album “Heritage” has the band at a cozy gig in Coloma with Island of Black & White ($15, www.facebook.com) and another at Torch Club ($6, www.torchclub.net) before heading back up the hill for a Friday, May 26, set at the Strawberry Music Festival (www.strawberrymusic.com).

Ben Browning (DJ Set) w/ Petaluma

Electronic/experimental

9 p.m. Tuesday, May 23

LowBrau

Ben Browning, who is known for playing bass for electronic powerhouse Cut Copy, gets on the tables for a headlining DJ set. Before that, expect a tingling labyrinth of ambient melodies from experimental act Petaluma (a duo from Sacramento, not the Sonoma County city of Petaluma). Free. www.facebook.com.

Looking ahead: An Evening with Cat Power. June 23 at Center for the Arts

The enigmatic Charlyn Marie Marshall (aka Cat Power) comes to the foothills for an “intimate solo performance.” $60.

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