Music News & Reviews

Three to See: Electronic pow wow, jazz fusion and alternative rock

A Tribe Called Red

Electronic/traditional pow wow

2 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

McClatchy Park (Global Local event)

Zipping up an electronic remix of the American Indian war chant popularized by Atlanta Braves fans and others might seem like something any Florida State student with a Macbook might do, but it’s a concept crafted to intriguing heights by Canada’s A Tribe Called Red. Its “electronic pow wow” mixes traditional hymns and rhythms with club-charged electronic beats, forming a combustive and soaring organic dance party. The band headlines the Global Local community art and music festival with Low Leaf, Element Brass Band and others. 3500 Fifth Ave., Sacramento. Free.

Allan Holdsworth

Jazz fusion/progressive rock

7:30 p.m. Saturday


If you judge a guitarist by the fellow shredders who would cite him as an influence, Allan Holdsworth might just be the godfather of progressive jazz fusion rock, his compositions having guided the fingers of Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and, to a degree, Frank Zappa. Holdsworth is a thinking man’s composer with an inner wild streak, having the vision and the gumption to flip from jazzing on a traditional Gibson axe to tinkering with odd rarities like the almost-extinct SynthAxe (Google it, it’s a curious but intriguing little machine). Holdsworth is touring as a trio with Jimmy Haslip (of Yellowjackets) on bass and Virgil Donati (Steve Vai) on drums. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $30.

Mini Mansions

Alternative rock/electro pop

7 p.m. Sunday


Theoretically they could have called themselves “Houses,” but that band name is already taken, so they became Mini Mansions, when college pals Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford sent a few songs over to Dawes’ childhood pal Michael Shuman, bassist/vocalist for Queens of the Stone Age. Apparently he liked them; Shuman joined the pair to form a trio in 2009, offering his chops to what was to become a creeping fog of murky psychedelic pop, camouflaging the power rock hooks that lie within. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $10.

Looking ahead: Folsom Live, Sept. 20 in Old Folsom

The annual block party this year features original blues (Daniel Castro), country (Chris Gardner) and a spitfire headliner in Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) & the Promise of the Real. Sutter Street, downtown Folsom. $30.