Music News & Reviews

Porchfest rocks midtown this weekend

Sacramento Porchfest

Various genres

1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 21

Various locations near 21st and I St.

Local stalwarts Justin Farren and Be Brave Bold Robot, with So Much Light, Salt Wizard, the Family Bandits and many more, are on deck (sorry, porch) for the latest installment of this free afternoon of music, performed on various midtown porches near the centerpiece corner of 21st and I Street. Plus, when this one wraps up, LowBrau’s Sausagefest street party, also free, should be going strong over at 20th and K. Still feels like summer!

Brett Dennen: A Benefit for Lola


7:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 25

The Center for the Arts

Affable folk pop crooner and Oakdale native Brett Dennen is known to often sneak some philanthropic benefit shows into his touring schedule, but this one rates especially high on “the feels.” All proceeds from this gig are going to the family of 2-year-old Lola Alvarez of Grass Valley, who is battling cancer. $47 general/ $82 VIP reserved seating with meet-and-greet.



7:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 26

Veterans Memorial Theatre (Davis)

Psychedelic L.A. fuzz merchants Wand went big with the September release of the crafty “Plum,” a record loaded with pliable garage rock hooks and playfully discombobulated keys reminiscent of fellow psych-rock acts like Temples. Championed by garage godfather Ty Segall, Wand looks to be hitting a wildly creative stride after five short but eventful years. Sacramento’s Grave Lake opens. Doors 7 p.m. $12 adv./$15 door.

Looking ahead: Los Lobos Dec. 1 at Auburn Event Center

Auburn’s “Foothill Fillmore” snags its biggest show to date with L.A. Latin rock legends Los Lobos – good luck catching them in a venue this cozy any time soon (or ever). $50.