“A Cowboy Christmas” with Riders in the Sky
8 p.m. Saturday
Harris Center for the Arts
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They sport the kind of cheeky Western shirts that any midtowner would kill to to find in a vintage store, and they’ve been wearing them while performing harmony-drenched odes to the great American West for more than 35 years. Just another day at the office for Riders in the Sky, as much a well-oiled theatrical troupe as they are a classic country band. These cowpokes certainly don’t hibernate when the Great Plains fill with snow – they spread plenty of yuletide joy with their original Christmas compositions, and definitely a few holiday standards peppered in as well. Folsom Lake College, 10 College Pkwy, Folsom. $36-$46. www.harriscenter.net.
10 p.m. Saturday
As quietly as you would expect from a truly “underground” act, the ever-heralded Dilated Peoples in 2014 had a quiet emergence from a seven-year hiatus with the release of “Directors of Photography.” The landscape of hip-hop had changed a bit during that time, while the trio of Evidence, Rakaa and DJ Babu were all tinkering with solo projects. None of them got that memo. In the vein of groups like Jurassic 5, A Tribe Called Quest and the Pharcyde, Dilated Peoples still do it all with inspired, grounded lyrics and crates full of funky wax, with zero use for Auto-Tune or a neon wardrobe. With C-Plus and N-Pire Da Great, and Sabel Lanai. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $25-$30. www.harlows.com.
The Easy Leaves
9 p.m. Saturday
Goldfield Trading Post
The story goes that songwriters and pals Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield set out to form an old-timey string band, but failed to do so. Coming up short never sounded so good, as the two couldn’t ignore the bevy of other musical influences that now stand tall in the Easy Leaves’ sound. Things can turn into a hootenanny pretty quick when the duo helms their full band shows – which they will do on Saturday night. 1630 J St., Sacramento. No cover. www.goldfieldtradingpost.com.
Looking ahead: TBD NYE Block Party. Dec. 31 at 20th and K.
The TBD Fest fellas are at it again, this time with a mammoth electronic blowout to ring in 2015, featuring a headlining performance from A-Trak, with Gigamesh, Sister Crayon and several others. $45-$99. www.tbdnye.com.