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Three to See: Live music in Sacramento

The California Honeydrops, a crowd-energizing band from Oakland, is at Harlow’s on Sunday.
The California Honeydrops, a crowd-energizing band from Oakland, is at Harlow’s on Sunday. Spady Photography

The California Honeydrops


8 p.m. Sunday


There are many standards by which to judge a band’s live-performance mojo, the most potent being connection with the audience. In that regard, there are no charts that can contain Oakland’s California Honeydrops. The troupe brews a New Orleans craft cocktail of soul, jazz, folk and rock and jubilantly tears down the wall between audience and performer. This show has been moved to Sunday from its original Saturday night date; tickets will be honored. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15-$18.

The Icarus Line

Post-hardcore/punk rock

8 p.m. Monday

Starlite Lounge

In their press materials, L.A. punk/metal rockers the Icarus Line proudly include a list of pranks, including publishing Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst’s cellphone number on the Web, and busting a guitar owned by Stevie Ray Vaughn out of a display case during a show in Texas and attempting to play it. The world’s best punk rock has always been made by testing boundaries, and with 10 years under its belt, this group allows its blistering wall of mayhem-fueled sound do the talking. With Zig Zags, Zodiac Death Valley and Removed. 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $8.

“Divalicious Christmas” Benefit Show


3 p.m. Sunday

Torch Club

You’ve got to tip your cap to the Albie Carson Foundation. In memorializing the late Sacramento real estate saleswoman and raising all-important awareness and money for women battling breast cancer, the organizers throw a heck of a fundraising party! They do it with mini golf-themed pub crawls, rib cook-offs, and plenty of rock ’n’ roll. This afternoon show features five hours of all-gal talent, including country siren Keri Carr, funk/soul act Mercy Me with Julie Morris, Dana Moret, Kat Cairns, Lara Price and more. 904 15th St. $20.

Looking ahead: Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. Dec. 31 at Center for the Arts

If you were wondering what New Year’s Eve on the Mississippi Delta would sound like, this slide guitar deity will be happy to show you. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $35-$50.