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In Sacramento, three to see: Jake Shimabukuro, Tech N9ne and Alejandro Escovedo

Ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro bring his musical stylings to the Crest Theatre in Sacramento at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro bring his musical stylings to the Crest Theatre in Sacramento at 8 p.m. Saturday. Invision file

Jake Shimabukuro


8 p.m. Saturday

Crest Theatre

Simply put, Jake Shimabukuro does things with the ukulele that no one is supposed to be able to do. He turns a seemingly modest instrument into one of borderline haughtiness, without the use of effects or distortion and with a lush mixture of global composition and pure wizardry. Shimabukuro’s Saturday set is the unofficial end of an era for live music at the Crest Theatre, which heads into somewhat uncertain times Nov. 1 when manager Sid Garcia-Heberger will step aside after 28 years running the show – although a smattering of live music events still remain on the calendar through the next couple of months and into 2015. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $35-$55.

Tech N9ne


6:30 p.m. Monday

Ace of Spades

It may be overkill to call storied emcee Tech N9ne (a.k.a. Aaron Donetz Yates) the rap version of Slipknot, but now that he’s got a live band playing behind him for the first time in his career, the already notoriously explosive performer looks to now be even more a live spectacle of “horrorcore” underground rap. With rapid-fire lyricism and a doom-and-gloom edge, Tech N9ne is easily one of rap’s most intriguing artists, and probably hardest to pigeonhole, with a three-piece band now splashing in elements of hard-edged rock. Tech’s “Band of Psychos” tour comes to town along with Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone and Cherry Red. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $35.

Alejandro Escovedo with Peter Buck


8 p.m. Tuesday


This might seem like something of an unlikely pairing – but a history of buddying up is part of what has propelled Alejandro Escovedo to his borderline legendary status as a singer-songwriter. Throughout the past four decades, he’s zigzagged through first-wave punk rock with the Nuns and alt-country with Rank and File (as well as studio collaborations with Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown) to forge a progressive and genre-wedging sound. Peter Buck, guitarist of historic rock act R.E.M., has two solo albums under his belt since the group’s 2011 breakup. He’s playing in the opening slot with his band and also manning the ax with Escovedo’s backing band. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25.

Looking ahead: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nov. 19 at Harris Center

The keeper for more than a half-century of the New Orleans jazz tradition and ambassador of New Orleans soul heads back to Folsom with Big Easy vocalist Allen Toussaint in tow. 10 College Pkwy, Folsom. $25-$55.