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Three to see: Hang out at the intimate Hangtown Music Fest, or catch some country

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Jacob Blickenstaff

Hangtown Music Festival

Various genres

Thursday, Oct. 26, to Sunday, Oct. 29

El Dorado County Fairgrounds (Placerville)

You can still grab full weekend passes to this intimate foothill gem of a festival, with three nights of host band Railroad Earth. Or, if you prefer a there-and-back jaunt, single-day tickets are available for gilded lineups that include roots jazz darlings Dustbowl Revival and jamgrass heroes Greensky Bluegrass on Saturday, with vaudevillian spectacle MarchFourth and the rapidly-ascending Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Sunday.

Paul Cauthen


8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29


Count Paul Cauthen, on the heels of his scintillating 2016 debut “My Gospel,” among the forebears of the classic country renaissance creeping back into the genre over the last couple of years. Cauthen’s vocals are pure Waylon Jennings’ Texas grit, cobbled with a warmly familiar twang and the requisite amount of unpaved backroad soul. The Texas Gentlemen open. Doors 7 p.m. $12 adv/$15 door.

An Acoustic Evening with Parachute


Thursday, Nov. 2

Holy Diver

A virtual grab-and-go for modern rock radio, Charlottesville, Virginia’s Parachute drips with spit-shined pop hooks and blue-eyed soul, in the vein of Maroon 5 or the Fray. For any such electrically-rooted group, giving it a whirl acoustic takes a little bit of guts – but considering they’re out on a full-fledged acoustic tour, it looks like they’ve got the chops to pull it off. With Austin Plaine. $20.

Looking ahead: Mother Hips. Dec. 29 & 30 at Harlow’s

The Mother Hips’ 2017 hiatus (brought on by frontman Tim Bluhm’s health struggles) appears to be over, and local fans get their thirst quenched (twice) with the first Sactown Hips gigs in more than two years. $25.