Music News & Reviews

Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native
Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native Mallory Cunningham

Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native


7:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9

Veteran’s Memorial Theatre (Davis)

Cello virtuoso and wildly eclectic singer/songwriter Ben Sollee has always been a wistful conundrum of a performer, but paired with his new outfit Kentucky Native, he goes right for a warmly recognizable bluegrass sound on the ensemble’s self-titled debut offering – a record that still taps the sprawling archive of American and global music that seems to pour out of every one of Sollee’s sonic ventures. With the Riverside and Emily Scott Robinson. $15.

Peach Pit


6 p.m. Tues. Dec. 12

Sol Collective

The band name will take fellow kids of the ’90s right back to the “Beverly Hills, 90210” days. Peach Pit’s groove-packed tunes will take all comers on an inescapably hooky, casually funky joyride through a brand of shiny, catchy indie pop that almost forces you to wiggle – seriously, just try to fight it! Local indie rockers Write or Die and Animals in the Attic join the Vancouver band on its second visit to Sac this year. $10 advance/$15 door.



9 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13

Crazy Horse

This no-cover show is billed as a “Victorian Christmas after party” because who wants to head straight home once Nevada City’s famed holiday celebration wraps it up for the night, right? Like a nice hot toddy, Gold Country favorite MerryGold warms the bones with their affable brand of bluegrass-infused Americana rock, with frontwoman Jillian Secor leading the charge. Free.

Looking ahead: Josh Ritter. Jan. 21 at the Crest Theatre

Songwriter extraordinaire and Americana hero Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band visit the Crest with support from ever-evolving songstress Nicki Bluhm. $35-$45.