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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

You can expect weirdness, in a funky brass-band kind of way, when MarchFourth! takes the stage Sept. 17 at Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City.
You can expect weirdness, in a funky brass-band kind of way, when MarchFourth! takes the stage Sept. 17 at Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City. Louder Photography

Matt Nathanson with Mat Kearny and others

Rock/pop

5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

Cesar Chavez Plaza

Unlike Concerts in the Park, this one ain’t free, but your bucks go to breast cancer research, and in return you get back-to-back sets from snappy pop rock crooners Matt Nathanson and Mat Kearny, with opening performances from Andrew McMahon (head of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin) and “American Idol” winner Nick Fradiani. 910 I St., Sacramento. $20. now100fm.cbslocal.com

MarchFourth! Marching Band

Brass band/funk

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

Miner’s Foundry

If a competition-winning high school marching band, a funky New Orleans second-line brass outfit and a vaudeville circus troupe all got invited to the same costume party, spiked the punch, flipped over the tables and got a little weird with it, well that would be Portland’s MarchFourth! 325 Spring St., Nevada City. $22. www.minersfoundry.org

The Crux

Indie rock/folk/blues

9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

Torch Club

Santa Rosa’s the Crux is more than just some manically conceived indie folk-rock band. Front-man Josh Windmiller is the torchbearer of the North Bay Hootenanny, a growing scene that music fans with a slight taste for the avant-garde would be wise to keep eyes on. 904 15th St., Sacramento. $6. www.torchclub.net

Looking ahead: Hangtown Honky-Tonk. Oct. 3 at El Dorado County Fairgrounds

A day full of throwback outlaw honky-tonk features Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, the Freightshakers and more. 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. $25. www.hangtownhonkytonk.com

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