Music News & Reviews

Three to see: Eric Burdon and the Animals, Prezident Brown and Geographer

Eric Burdon and the Animals

Classic rock/blues/folk

7:30 p.m. Friday

Woodlake Hotel

On a 2010 road trip, while across the bridge over Lake Pontchartrain with The Big Easy on the horizon, satellite radio was nice enough to treat me to “House of the Rising Sun” and its perfectly timed intro lyric: “There is a house in New Orleans.” I love any excuse to tell that story. As frontman of the Animals, Eric Burdon may be most commonly known for a take on that timeless standard. With that band’s many other hits and his time at the helm of War, Burdon remains a living legend of a rock vocalist. Doors 6:30 p.m. 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. $30-$65.

Prezident Brown & the I Sound Band


10:30 p.m. Saturday


Have a look at the lineup for this weekend’s Reggae in the Hills festival in Angels Camp. It offers proof that reggae is a genre never known to build itself up on big-ticket household names (unless your surname happens to be Marley or Tosh). Trained as a DJ and now a bona fide leading man, Prezident Brown (born Fitz Cotterell) is no more or less a superstar in reggae circles than anyone else on that bill, but his masterfully soulful compositions and praise-like vocals have caught global attention. He’s in the late-night spot at Harlow’s before heading up the hill for the reggae fest. With Rivah Jordan and DJ Vision. Doors 10 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15-$20.


Indie/pop rock

6:30 p.m. Friday


Earning indie-pop adoration faster than you can say “Chvrches,” San Francisco’s Geographer is the kind of band that creates colors from sounds. It applies base coat after base coat of ambient electronics and whimsical guitars, and then unleashes Jackson Pollock splatters of catchy uptempo beats and hooks. You won’t be sure if it’s a masterpiece or a weird head trip, but either way, it’s worthy of hanging on a gallery wall. Local rock act Life in 24 Frames opens. 1000 K St.. $13.

Looking ahead: The David Mayfield Parade

July 10

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

It’s not just his ultra-slick guitar work, or the deceptively crafty folk-rock tunes – David Mayfield is one of the most entertaining musicians around, and you’ll be two feet away from him. 129 E St., Davis.