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Three to See: Live music in Sacramento

Red's Blues will perform Aug. 28 at the Torch Club.
Red's Blues will perform Aug. 28 at the Torch Club. Phil Kampel Photography

Red’s Blues


5:30 p.m. Aug. 28

Torch Club

In case you needed an excuse to duck out a little early on a Friday, one of the more alluring shows in the “happy hour” slot will be Red’s Blues, who has been name-checked by Charlie Musselwhite and recorded with the likes of Rick Estrin and Mark Hummel. The local group will be joined by Chicago axe-slinger Johnny Burgin. 904 15th St., Sacramento. $5.

Saint Ashbury


6:30 p.m. Aug. 28


Saint Ashbury is a relatively new face in Sacramento (formed in 2013) and likely one with some staying power. Sweet and sultry vocalist Jaime McCrary anchors a four-piece ensemble that straddles breezy Americana, modern country and adult contemporary rock. Opening the show is the seemingly omnipresent Hans Eberbach, fronting Hans & the Hot Mess. Doors 6 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10.

Indie rock/chamber pop

9 p.m. Sept. 3

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

A long-adored darling of the Pacific Northwest indie pop scene, the charismatic Hey Marseilles doesn’t go quite as stylistically frantic as the Decemberists or as Baroque as Fleet Foxes, but somewhere in the middle is their warm center of affable instrumentals and cozy vocals. The band is promising a new album in 2015 and have already released one new tune, “Absolutes.” With Wildling. 129 E St., Davis. $7.

Looking ahead: American River Music Festival. Sept. 18-21, Coloma

The 2015 installment of this beloved gathering boasts perhaps its biggest-name lineup to date, with bluegrass ruffians the Infamous Stringdusters headlining Sept. 19 and Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers on Sept. 20.