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Three to See: Transcendence Fest, Afrofunk, Trigger Hippy

Transcendence Festival



Camp Pollock

There’s another festival happening this weekend amid the grandeur of TBD Fest. It also has an intriguing lineup of music, albeit on a much smaller scale. Two stages are jammed with acts that, genre-wise, are all over the map (or globe), with the top spot going to Dirtwire, a side project of Beats Antique’s David Satori. There is also Dixon’s Violin (classical-electronic crossover), Max Cabello Jr. (blues rock) and Shipwreck (folk) to name just a few in this sea of global fusion electronica acts. Tucked away just off Highway 160 and Northgate, the festival adds yoga, art and more into the mix. 467 Del Paso Road, Sacramento. $66-$159.

Afrofunk Experience


8 p.m. Saturday

Brickhouse Gallery

Just in case the name doesn’t say it all, check out the collective résumé of this seven-piece troupe of funkmeisters from Oakland. Members of Afrofunk Experience have jammed it up with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Coup, Tracorum, Joe Louis Walker, the Broun Fellinis and others. A bevy of horns and a truckload of funk and blues provide the grooves behind soulful vocalist Sandy House, formerly of Wade Love Band. The band dips into classic reggae and rock styles, and also gets into some dense and deep Afrobeat rhythms. 2837 36th St., Sacramento. $15.

Trigger Hippy


8 p.m. Thursday

The Center for the Arts

There are plenty of Jackie Greene fans in Sacramento who wonder why the beloved local eschews touring behind his own catalog and instead signs up long stints with the likes of Phil Lesh & Friends and the Black Crowes. And there had to have been a few cries of “Oh, come on!” when he hooked up with Joan Osborne (of “what if God was one of us” fame) and other musicians to form Trigger Hippy. But those grumblings are usually silenced by the group’s scorching yet soulful sound, guided by dual vocals from Green and Osborne. After more than two years of touring, the group’s self-titled debut recording saw its release this week. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $40.

Looking ahead: Oleander. Nov. 1 at Assembly

It’s always a major event when this alt-rock breakout plays a hometown gig – and this one teams them up with plenty of local rock talent in FallRise, Hero’s Last Mission and Some Fear None. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $17.