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Three to See: Live music in Sacramento

French band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! will perform Saturday night at The Boardwalk.
French band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! will perform Saturday night at The Boardwalk. Fearless Records

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!


6:30 p.m. May 30

The Boardwalk

It’s not the first band to snag its name from the indelible lore of “The Goonies” (see: indie rockers the Fratellis), but certainly the most bold in choosing a moniker. This jubilant Parisian outfit is touring in support of its newest record “Get Lost, Find Yourself,” an album brimming with the group’s youthfully catchy hard rock hooks and emo-drenched pop-punk vocals. Opening acts are Hit the Lights, Forever Came Calling, To the Wind, In Her Own Words and End the Fight. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $12.

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Rock/jam band/Grateful Dead tribute

7:30 p.m.May 29

Auburn Event Center

This is how you earn your stripes as a tribute band: Grateful Dead honorer Stu Allen is a former member of Melvin Seals & JGB (Jerry Garcia Band, for the uninitiated), putting him arguably closer to the legendary jammers’ catalog than anyone else in the business. In a summer that seems unilaterally devoted to the enigmatic Dead, an Allen & Mars Hotel shindig may be your best bet if you didn’t score those coveted Santa Clara or Chicago tickets. Local jam masters Mind X open, with a sit-in from Erik Yates of the lovable Hot Buttered Rum. 145 Elm Ave, Auburn. $15-$20.



9 p.m. June 4

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

If you’re looking for some common ground between Americana string bands like Old Crow Medicine Show and punk-grass country trash acts like Hank III, check out Hillstomp, the spitfire, roots rock-obliging duo of “Hurricane” Henry Christian on guitar and John “Lord Johnny Buckets” Johnson on drums. This pair lets the inner beast out of the cage but only long enough to sing it a rollicking rock tune. With Ben Lewis & Brian Morgan. 129 E St., Davis. $5.

Looking ahead: Randy Newman, June 26 at Nevada County Fairgrounds

One of the quirkiest catalogs in music history is also one of its most beloved. Randy Newman sits atop the 2015 Music in the Mountains schedule. 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. $37.50-$55.