Music News & Reviews

Three to see: Free music in parklets and on porches, plus some rock and Americana

Park(ing) Day Micro Music Festival

Various genres

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

10th Street and Capitol Avenue

Park(ing) Day, which turns several individual parking spaces in front of the Capitol into pop-up parklets of art and design, will feature “the world’s smallest music festival,” curated by the First Festival team. Ten acoustic rock, indie, folk, soul and hip-hop performances from the likes of Adam Jacobs, House of Mary, Kailord, Caliscope and more will teem from one single parklet. Free.;

River City Porch Fest

Various genres

12-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

Tahoe Park/Colonial Heights

Eight homes (four each in Tahoe Park and Colonial Heights) will each host three or more local acts on their porches for a free day of neighborhood music, featuring staples Be Brave Bold Robot, Whiskey & Stitches, Lauren Wakefield and more. Each host home will also accept donations of used instruments, which organizers will clean and refurbish to be donated to local youths.

Dead Winter Carpenters with the Golden Cadillacs and Manzanita


9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15


Sacramento’s own Nick Swimley just happens to be celebrating a birthday on this fine evening – he also mans the guitar for both the rowdy Dead Winter Carpenters and psych-country mainstays the Golden Cadillacs. Come buy him a drink – he and his comrades will pay it back with a couple steamy sets of sweaty, unbridled Americana ramble. Throwback country folk duo Manzanita kicks it off. $12.50 adv./ $15 door.

Looking ahead: ‘Punk in Drublic’ Craft Beer and Music Fest. Oct. 15 at Papa Murphy’s Park

There are still tickets available for this beer and punk rock humdinger, with curators and punk legends NOFX performing with Flogging Molly, Goldfinger, Less than Jake and more. $39.