Music News & Reviews

Three to See: Joytime, Bluhm, Ghost Town – it’s party time

Pimps of Joytime


9 p.m. Friday


It’s exactly the kind of party music you’d expect to hear coming from under a bridge in Brooklyn: ultra-funky, explosively hip, worldly, refined and bursting with whomp. So goes the rise of Pimps of Joytime, who wiggle between ’70s-tinged dance rock rumpshakers and organically electric floorbangers at will, often shifting gears several times in the same set, and with a palpable “cool factor” through and through. Opening the night is Reno jam rock troupe Jelly Bread, which quickly is becoming a regular visitor here. Doors open 8 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $17.

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers


8 p.m. Friday


There’s so much white heat radiating off the stage whenever Nicki Bluhm lends vocals to duets with local hero Jackie Greene – often on his staple “Tell Me Mama, Tell Me Right” – it’s easy to start wondering if “something’s up” between them. It’s a good thing that her better half, Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm, and Greene are such notoriously good pals. Truth be told, that heat always seems to wafting from the stage when Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers are on it. Her spitfire “young Linda Ronstadt” appeal is swinging a wrecking ball through the Americana world, and the rubble is a thing of country-spiced rock ’n’ roll beauty. With Dead Winter Carpenters. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $20.

Ghost Town Rebellion


4 p.m. Sunday

The Press Club

A new face on the local rock scene (led by a familiar one in Shawn Peter of A Single Second), Ghost Town Rebellion has exactly one song posted online and has played no local shows up until now – but “Murder on Grand Island” gives a nice taste of what this group is up to. A cheek swab of DNA proves there’s American roots music spliced into this beast of hearty and howling post-punk power riffs in the vein of Thrice and Rise Against. This free “Sunday Funday” matinee also features Beyond Today and Incubus tribute act Stellar. 2030 P St., Sacramento. Free.

Looking ahead: Dwight Yoakam, June 29 at Red Lion Hotel Woodlake

He has a habit of playing villainous roles on the silver screen (“Panic Room” and “Sling Blade” come to mind), but in the lexicon of country music, Dwight Yoakam is nothing short of a hero. 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. $40-$69.