Melvin Seals & JGB
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
Auburn Event Center
This marks the fourth year of “A Very Jerry Christmas” at the cozy “Foothill Fillmore” in Auburn, courtesy of Melvin Seals, the effervescent soulman who helmed the Hammond in the Jerry Garcia Band for 15 years. Twenty years after Garcia’s death, Seals continues to honor the legendary guitarist by fronting JGB with tingling gusto. With the Rusty Buckets. 145 Elm St., Auburn. $20 advance/$25 door. www.keepsmilinpromotions.com.
Dance Gavin Dance
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
Ace of Spades
The number of players in and out of local hard-rock darling Dance Gavin Dance in a decade is almost mystifying. Conversely, producing six albums in that same span, including this year’s “Instant Gratification,” is pretty impressive, as is the ferocity of the band’s wildly experimental hard rock carpentry. This loaded bill includes the Jonny Craig-helmed Slaves, A Lot Like Birds, DayShell, Strawberry Girls and Wolf & Bear. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $18. www.aceofspadessac.com.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) DJ Set
9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
Sure, it’s not the booze-swilling, up-all-night electro-punk madness of an actual !!! (Chk Chk Chk) show, but frontman Nic Offer and guitarist Mario Andreoni of the Sacramento-bred group will be spinning tunes for the “Le Twist” holiday party. 1050 20th St., Sacramento. Free. www.lowbrausacramento.com.
Looking ahead: Mike Dillon Band, Jan. 13 at Blue Lamp
One of your first marquee shows of 2016 comes from venerable wild-eyed percussionist and mad scientist bandleader Mike Dillon. 1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento. www.bluelampsacramento.com.