Music News & Reviews

Three to see in Sacramento: Tom Petty tributes, Fat Tuesday crawl, hip-hop maestro

Ozomatli at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento 2015. The group performs Feb. 14, 2018 at Harlow’s.
Ozomatli at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento 2015. The group performs Feb. 14, 2018 at Harlow’s.

Tom Petty Tribute Night with the Nickel Slots


9:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 10

Old Ironsides

It’s still a little rough to accept the reality of a world without Tom Petty – a night of selections from his indelible catalog may take a bit of the sting away, especially in the hands of the Nickel Slots and their enigmatic frontman Tony Brusca (who knows a thing or two about how to do a proper cover). Also diving into some Petty tunes are Devon Galley and the Heavy Hold, Commerce TX, the New Past and Adam Varona’s tribute act Petty Party. $10.

Mardi Gras Second Line with Element Brass Band


4:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 13

Various locations

For the fifth year in a row, traditional second line wunderkind Element Brass Band leads a romp through the streets of midtown for Sacramento’s own version of Fat Tuesday. Mulvaney’s (near L and 19th) is the kickoff point at 4:30 p.m., with stops and drink specials at the Porch and Easy on I. The crawl culminates at Torch Club at 8 p.m., where there’s more live music from JT Lawrence Git Down, no cover and, of course, more drink specials – because it’s Fat Tuesday!

Chali 2Na & House of Vibe


9 p.m. Wed. Feb. 14


Not exactly your typical candlelit dinner and flowers type of Valentine’s Day celebration, but there’s no shortage of heart in the decidedly atypical veteran hip-hop maestro Chali 2Na, one of the core architects of Jurassic 5 and Latin funksters Ozomatli. He’ll be the front-and-center emcee backed by his relentlessly soulful band House of Vibe. Doors 8 p.m. $15 adv/$20 door.

Looking ahead: Sol Blume Festival. April 28 at Cesar Chavez Plaza

Brand new to the local festival scene, this upstart one-day alt-R&B and art gathering features performances from Jhené Aiko, the Internet, GoldLink, Sabrina Claudio and several more. $80.