Music News & Reviews

Three to See: Live music in the Sacramento region

Samantha Arrasmith leads the Back Alley Buzzards at “Juke Joint Friday.”
Samantha Arrasmith leads the Back Alley Buzzards at “Juke Joint Friday.”

“Juke Joint Friday” with the Back Alley Buzzards


7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

The Brickhouse

Radiantly sassy jazz-tingled vocalist Samantha Arrasmith leads the bluesy, funkified and clearly Primus-obsessed trio Back Alley Buzzards as they hold court at “Juke Joint Friday,” a monthly series (held the third Friday of the month) in Oak Park that features local music and comedy. This week’s chuckles come courtesy of Jason Resler. 2837 36th St., Sacramento. $10 adv./$15 door.

Jazz and Beat Festival


1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

John Natsoulas Gallery (Davis)

Now in its eighth year, Davis’ Jazz and Beat Festival is a unique convergence of improvisational artists, poets and musicians. The bevy of jazz artists set to perform throughout the day includes Booker Long Duo, Tony Passarell Trio, the Delbert Bump Organ Jazz Trio, the Dirt Feeling, the Davis High School Jazz Band and many more. 521 First St., Davis.


Metal/hard rock/progressive

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18

Ace of Spades

With 15 years and six albums in the vault, Mastodon has evolved into one of metal’s few unifying forces. Not many acts can get the dark-metal purists to mix it up with the alt-rock crowd, but their ’70s rock-inspired 2014 record “Once More Round the Sun” will have strangers with varying tastes buying each other beers and having a friendly mosh – the way it should be. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $25.

Looking ahead: !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Dec 3 at Harlow’s

“As If,” the new record from Sacramento-bred dance punk wunderkind !!! ( pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”) drops Friday, Oct. 16; the record release tour brings them back home on Dec. 3. 2708 J St., Sacramento.