Music News & Reviews

See a mix of raw Americana, blues and rock at these Sacramento shows

Nina Diaz
Nina Diaz Darren Abate

Mt. Joy


7 p.m. Thurs. April 12

Holy Diver

Raw but not short on heart, the L.A. (by way of Philadelphia) outfit’s sturdy self-titled offering “this is who Mt. Joy is,” is triangulated somewhere between the Lumineers’ stomp-and-holler indie folk, sensuous Scott Avett styled croons and the teeming electric Americana rock ’n’ roll of early Band of Horses. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess, but it should be fun to track. Element of Soul, National Lines and Zephyr also perform at the latest installment of 94.7’s free “Music Discovery” series.

‘Blues in the Schools’ benefit


3 p.m. Sun. April 8

Torch Club

“Blues in the Schools,” is dedicated to helping at-risk youths through music programs, is a cornerstone of the Sacramento Blues Society’s work. SBS is taking over the Torch Club for a multi-act benefit show on Sunday afternoon, headlined by gunslinging guitar prodigy Zach Waters and his fiery power trio, along with Ranell Carpenter Band, Ryder Green, Tommy Miles and the MileStones and more. 2 p.m. doors. $10.

Nina Diaz


9 p.m. Sat. April 7

Blue Lamp

Taking a swerve from her duties as frontwoman of heralded indie punk outfit Girl in a Coma (which she began helming at the age of 13), Nina Diaz’s debut solo album “The Beat is Dead” is buried treasure, zigzagging between bluesy balladry and dense spit-shined rock ’n’ roll that bears both the jagged edges of her punk rock roots and the veneer of the seasoned performer she has become. Wild Moccasins and Verno lend a hand. $12.50 adv/$15 door.

Looking ahead: Social Distortion. July 19 at Ace of Spades

Social D’s July 17 date at Ace of Spades sold out quick – don’t dawdle on tickets for their recently-added second show on July 19. $40.