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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

Al Scorch Band
Al Scorch Band

David Rosales


6 p.m. Fri., May 4

Fountainhead Brewing Co.

The upstart Fountainhead may be looking to join the ranks of local breweries like Berryessa and Claimstake by peppering in some up-and-coming out-of-town touring talent with with the cavalcade of local acts that routinely offer tunes around the local brew scene. The ever-heartfelt and soulful David Rosales, touring in support of his brand new album “Brave Ones” is tailor-made for Friday evening IPAs - classic, no-frills folk and warm-bellied Americana rock that has no time for whatever ailed you during the workweek.



6:30 p.m. Fri., May 4


“Crazy Girl.” “Best Days.” “Love Blows.” “What Am I Gonna Do.” These are all song titles off of Lissie’s newest release, “Castles,” and while not by any means fitting the cliché of an on-the-nose angsty breakup record, there’s an undiscriminating intensity pouring out of this feisty puppetmaster of the emotions. As a singer/songwriter, she’s not holding back on this album, as there’s not much left on the shelf production-wise either. It ends with a song titled “Meet Me in the Mystery;” we’d expect her live show fits that title. With Van William. Doors 6 p.m. $18 adv/$20 door.

Al Scorch


7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 10

Odd Fellows Hall (Davis)

At some point in his life, someone apparently tossed Al Scorch a banjo, but gave him no indication of what to actually do with it. Left to his own devices and with no rules in play, he came up with a frenzied take on psychedelic barn-bashing acoustic bluegrass punk, and also figured how to curb the madness and play a few soothing soul-folk odes to the pile of splinters and rubble he just created (he can do that with a guitar, too). With Meredith Axelrod. $10.

Looking ahead: Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band. Aug. 2 at the Crest Theatre

Blues legends Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ performing together as a single band? That’s the stuff of dreams right there. $69-$179.