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Three to See: Live music around Sacramento

Karega Bailey and Sol Development will perform at Harlow’s.
Karega Bailey and Sol Development will perform at Harlow’s. Courtesy Karega Bailey

Karega Bailey and Sol Development


8 p.m. Sun. Jan. 3


The lines between hip-hop and poetry are already inherently blurry, and what Sacramento native and community activist Karega Bailey does on stage removes the line entirely. Backed by his spitfire collective Sol Development, Bailey’s shows are an impassioned powder keg of hope, buoyed by soul. Doors open at 7 p.m. 2708 J St, Sacramento. $15-20.

Alasdair Fraser


Saturday, Jan. 2 and Sunday, Jan. 3

Grass Valley Elks Lodge

A wizard with the Scottish fiddle, Alasdair Fraser will dig in for the weekend as host (with friends) of Sierra Fiddle Camp in Grass Valley. Pre-register for the all-day workshop on Saturday. Enjoy a Ceilidh dance party Saturday night and a brunch and jam on Sunday morning. The full weekend docket and information are online at

Haunted Summer

Electro-pop/DJ set

9 p.m. Tues. Jan. 5


First “Le Twist” of the year comes from L.A.’s Haunted Summer, rolling into town amidst its current tour for what’s being billed as an “exclusive DJ set,” perhaps with some “other surprises.” If the surprise is a slice of their cavernously ethereal wafting-in-the-heavens electropop, this one will be a stargazing treat. 1050 20th St., Sacramento. Free.

Looking ahead: Chicano Batman. Jan. 24 at Harlow’s

They rattled up some hefty buzz at Coachella last year with their bombastic rock wiles, and hey, the band name is Chicano Batman. Book it! 2708 J St., Sacramento. $15.