Music News & Reviews

Three to see: Soul-funk and blues-pop; guitar skills; and metal-punk-rock

Greg Loiacono will perform Friday at the Palms Playhouse in Winters.
Greg Loiacono will perform Friday at the Palms Playhouse in Winters.

Greg Loiacono Band with Lee Bob & the Truth


8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25

Palms Playhouse (Winters)

Two juicy packages of indie Americana/dirt road soul/kickback rock from the last year will be on full display this evening. The debut solo offering from The Mother Hips’ Greg Loiacono, “Songs From a Golden Dream” flirts with the Hips’ signature “California Soul” and tangos with quirky country funk, while Lee Bob (Watson, formerly of Jackpot) & the Truth unleash a dog-eared thrift store blues and gold-flecked ’70s pop on “Life is a Miracle.” $20.

Scott Pemberton


10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25

Blue Lamp

You never think much about the necessity of a guitar strap, until you see someone like the affable Scott Pemberton go strapless and treat his axe like a fidget spinner – assuming you could coax a forest full of plush and unrelenting funk, shredding rock ’n’ roll and cheeky island jazz out of a spinner like this Portland madman pulls from the hollow body of his Gibson. $12 adv./$14 door.

Dead Cross


7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29

Ace of Spades

Going straight for the throat with gnashed teeth and fire in the lungs, Dead Cross finds Faith No More/Mr. Bungle vocalist Mike Patton and founding Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo (also of Misfits and Suicidal Tendencies) both vitriolically ticked off and using this collaboration to get on stage and do something about it. $25.

Looking ahead: “The White Album ‘In Its Entirety.’ ” Sept. 30 at the Crest Theatre

One of the Beatles’ most iconic albums arranged for a rhythm section, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and choir, with a host of Sacramento musicians set to make appearances? Yes, please! $29.50-$48.