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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

Ghost Town Gospel is part of Saturday’s Broken Strings Festival at Camp Pollock.
Ghost Town Gospel is part of Saturday’s Broken Strings Festival at Camp Pollock. Broken Strings Festival

Broken Strings Festival


10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Camp Pollock

The rowdy spirit of punk rock and the down-home appeal of rootsy and often manically junky folk collides on the American River. Originally slated as a weekend camp-out, this hootenanny of hellcats has been condensed into a jammed one-day affair featuring Blackbird Raum, Ghost Town Gospel, My Pizza My World, Thee Hobo Goblins and tons more. 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento. $30 advance, $40 door.

Papa’s Culture


6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25


A buried treasure unearthed, the swinging grooves and pop-varnished urban funk/soul of Papa’s Culture reconvenes for a one-off gig, with the original core duo of E. Blake Davis and Sacramento mainstay Harley White Jr. being joined on guitar by former member Dave Immergluck, now of Counting Crows. If you need more funk (who doesn’t?), stick around for a separate show from Monophonics at 10 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20-$23.

Folsom Live

Various genres

5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Sutter Street, Folsom

Remember that short-lived mainstream swing fad from the late ’90s? Just in case you forgot, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (purveyors of the unimpeachable “Zoot Suit Riot”) will be happy to remind you when they headline Folsom Live, flanked by country acts Cripple Creek Band and Love and Theft, Arden Park Roots, Joy and Madness, and tons more. $30 advance/$40 door.

Looking ahead: Sir Mix-A-Lot. Oct. 21 at Harlow’s

So, Sir Mix-A-Lot did a song about 23 years ago that maybe you heard while it went double-platinum? He didn’t hang it up after that hit. 2708 J St. $18.