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Three to See: Mariachi El Bronx mixes punk with Mexican folk

Mariachi El Bronx brings its unique sound to Ace of Spades.
Mariachi El Bronx brings its unique sound to Ace of Spades.

Mariachi El Bronx


7 p.m. Friday

Ace of Spades

The story goes like this: L.A.-based hardcore punk act The Bronx cheekily unveiled an alter-ego mariachi band for a one-off acoustic set a few years ago. Three vivacious and remarkably authentic albums later, what could have been just a gimmick gave birth to Mariachi El Bronx, and this white-hot live act sounds exactly how you would expect a punk band with pop tendencies playing traditional Mexican folk music to sound. Or is it that they sound like a traditional Mexican folk band playing punk? With Tijuana Panthers and Pounded By the Surf. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $18.

Be Forest


8 p.m. Saturday

Witch Room

Step one in preparing for Three to See: Listen to sample tracks. I was three songs into the online repertoire of Italy’s Be Forest when I realized I hadn’t registered if the lyrics were in English or Italian. Such is a hallmark of this wall-of-sound indie pop act. The frisky percussion, the lush, haunting bass and guitar and the edgy Mazzy Star-like vocals from Costanza Delle Rose take listeners to a place where there are no language barriers. Be Forest comes to Witch Room on its first visit to the U.S., with Tennis System and Desario supporting. 1815 19th St., Sacramento. $7.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band


7 p.m. Nov. 19

Harris Center

This current come-around for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with the scorching R&B legend Allen Toussaint in tow to provide vocals, is dubbed simply as the “Oh Yeah! Tour.” There may not be two better words to describe this outfit, part of the heartbeat of New Orleans and contributor to its soundtrack of tears and joys. Playing jazz and American roots, PHJB are more than just musicians; they are ambassadors of the genres. In a room like Harris’ main hall, they rely on refreshingly minimal amplification, leaning on the portable soul of one of America’s great cities. Oh yeah! 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $25-$55.

Looking ahead: Electric Christmas. Dec. 10 at Sleep Train Arena

Just when you start to wonder if Bush is still around – well, someone reminds you that Bush is still around. The multiplatinum alt-rockers headline this holiday gig with Fitz & the Tantrums, Young the Giant and others. 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento. $39.50-$49.50.