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Three to See: Miguel, Jessie Reyez top bill for Sol Blume Festival’s second year

Miguel will take his star turn at the Sol Bloom festival this weekend.
Miguel will take his star turn at the Sol Bloom festival this weekend.

Sol Blume Festival

R&B/indie/soul/pop/various genres

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27

Cesar Chavez Plaza

After a wildly successful maiden voyage that, according to festival promoters, drew around 6,000 people to Cesar Chavez Plaza in 2018, R&B extravaganza Sol Blume is back for its sophomore installment with a hodgepodge of top-flight and up-and-coming indie soul and pop talent. Alt-R&B star Miguel leads the pack at this boutique festival, with Jessie Reyez, Queen Naija, J.I.D, Masego, Tierra Whack, Ari Lennox, Kiana Ledé, Snoh Aalegra, Raveena, Tobi Lou, Jess Connelly, UMI, Dave B, Ivy Sole and Parisalexa stacking the lineup. $69 ($199 VIP). www.solblume.com.

Polyrhythmics

Funk/soul/rock

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Berryessa Brewing Company (Winters)

Berryessa’s usual slate of patio music is consistently strong week in and week out, but every now and then they sneak in a big show. Seattle-bred freaky funk orchestra Polyrhythmics (performing at Berryessa for the second time) have become a fixture on the festival circuit, soldering up a slow-simmering brand of earthy instrumental funk, soul and psych rock with shades of worldbeat and free jazz (Dap Kings and the Meters-type stuff) that has a tendency to boil over as soon as you quit watching the pot. As always, the tunes are free. www.berryessabrewing.com/events.

Blues in the Schools Showcase

Blues/rock

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2

Stoney’s Rockin Rodeo (1320 Del Paso Blvd.)

Not a bad way to spend Big Day of Giving. The Sacramento Blues Society is hosting this showcase as part of the Blues in the Schools program, the Society’s multifaceted suite of programs and events all aimed at promoting music in schools and serving at-risk youth. Student musicians from West Campus, Rosemont and Woodcreek High Schools will show off their burgeoning chops as your performers for the evening at this (obviously) all ages show. $5. www.sacblues.com/events.

Looking ahead: Crash Test Dummies. August 28 at Crest Theatre

Mmm mmm mmm mmm, mmm mmm mmm mmm. Mmm mmm mmm mmm, mmm mmm mmm mmm. $35-$55. www.crestsacramento.com.

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