8:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
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Grey-bearded Seattle street music legend Baby Gramps is borderline mythological. It’s almost hard to imagine the affably gruff, moth-eaten singer taking up any kind of permanent residence – his home is wherever a willing ear yearns for a lesson in American roots music, the kind of ramshackle blues and folk that has no price tag (at least not in any familiar tender). Robert Armstrong joins him on stage in Winters; the two follow it up with a gig at Nevada City’s Crazy Horse on Nov. 25. $17. www.palmsplayhouse.com.
7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17
Ace of Spades
A cover of $29.50 gets you in to see beatboxing reggae star Matisyahu with the rest of the crowd as he tours behind the May release of his latest album “Undercurrent.” Slap another $110 on top of that, and you get to hang out with the man himself at a “bathrobe & slippers welcome” backstage hangout. That seems like a whole new side to this notoriously enigmatic performer. www.aceofspadessac.com.
6:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
Ace of Spades
“The Blood of Gods,” released last month, is bittersweetly the band’s first studio release since the 2014 death of longtime singer Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie. With their historically off-the-charts shock factor and over-the-top costumes, the ferocious thrash metal titans have labored on since Brockie’s passing, and their live show remains – well, unique! Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards complete the bill. $25. www.aceofspadessac.com.
Looking ahead: Th’ Losin’ Streaks, Dec. 30, Old Ironsides
I had to read this one a couple of times to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. It is indeed the first performance in Sacramento for local rock act Th’ Losin’ Streaks in more than five years! $13. www.facebook.com/events/1873193116027640.