The Blind Boys of Alabama
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
The traditional holiday seasonal tour is only one aspect of the history of the Blind Boys of Alabama, perhaps the most recognized and unimpeachable gospel group in American music lore. They’ve carried a message of soulfully enlightening hope through eight decades and are equally relevant today as during the World War II era, the civil rights movement and so on. 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $35-$45 www.harriscenter.net.
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7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
Warehouse Artists Lofts
It’s encouraging to watch the ascension of local venues such as the WAL. The last scheduled public show on the spacious rooftop for 2015 – at least at this point – comes courtesy of down-tempo and intriguingly avant-garde Wisconsin emcee Milo. With S.al, Kenny Segal and Michael RJ Saalman. Doors 6:45 p.m. 1108 R St., Sacramento. Free. www.facebook.com
Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25
Center for the Arts
With a robust 2012 box set of recordings simply titled “Friends,” it’s easy to spot the iron-clad sonic bond between South African jazz trumpeter, singer and activist Hugh Masekela and pianist Larry Willis. Each is an accomplished artist in his own right, and when teamed up on stage the result is an ethereal voyage through the American songbook. 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. $40. www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Looking ahead: Pink Martini. Friday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 6
Cosmopolitan pop orchestra Pink Martini returns for its annual run of holiday shows featuring singer Storm Large, stopping off in Grass Valley at Center for the Arts on Dec. 4 and the Mondavi Center in Davis on Dec. 6. www.pinkmartini.com.