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NorCal Vetstock Festival to rock hard this weekend for wounded soldiers

Owlfest VI

Rock/indie/various genres

Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25

Toney’s Mountain Golf in Grass Valley

No worries if you haven’t heard about Grass Valley’s Owlfest. In its sixth year, it remains a well-kept secret (even though you’re reading about it here). A truckload of feisty regional talent includes MAU, Campfire Crooners, Watt Ave Soul Giants, Mike Blanchard & the Californios, Instagon and tons more. And did we mention it’s on a disc golf course? Where you can camp? $25-$70.

NorCal Vetstock Festival


10 a.m. Saturday, June 24

VFW Post 6158

A heavy-hitting rock ’n’ roll tribute to our veterans, this event boasts two stages and 20 bands, including Malcom Bliss, Diversity of One, Riotmaker, Roswell, Decipher, White Minorities and Banjo Bones. Proceeds are going to the Vet-Traxx Project, a recording studio dedicated to serving disabled veterans. $15 general/ $35 VIP. 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks.

Crazy Town


8 p.m. Friday, June 23

Blue Lamp

Now that Crazy Town’s ubiquitous early-aughts guilty pleasure “Butterfly” is assuredly burrowed into your brain by mere power of suggestion, take the time to marvel at the fact that they’re actually still touring and releasing new music to boot – they dished up a new album, “The Brimstone Sluggers,” in 2015. With Sharp Tongue, Revolver (Rage Against The Machine covers), Dead Till Monday and the Club. $15. 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento.

Looking ahead: Chelsea Wolfe on Nov. 3 at Ace of Spades

Brooding Sacramento-area native Chelsea Wolfe this week announced the Sept. 22 release of her sixth album, titled “Hiss Spun,” and dished up the intense first single “16 Psyche.” $22.50.