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Three to see: Live music around Sacramento

The Element Brass will lead a Mardi Gras romp Feb. 9 through parts of Sacramento.
The Element Brass will lead a Mardi Gras romp Feb. 9 through parts of Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file

ZFG Album Release with Homeboy Sandman


7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

Sol Collective

Zero Forbidden Goals (ZFG) – a collaboration among poets, emcees, musicians, writers and more in Northern California – has been all over the city since its inception in 2014, and you may have come across its Chainlink Poetry project on a local fence or one of its #TheMostOpenMicInTheCity pop-up performance art event. Emcees Homeboy Sandman, Mega Ran and Richie Branson and more headline the release of the first album compiled by artists in the ZFG collaborative. 2574 21st St., Sacramento. $10

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin’s ‘Exclusive Acoustic’


7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11

Auburn Event Center

“I don’t know what we’ll do, but we’ll make some records together. He’s my brother, dammit,” country rocker Dave Alvin was quoted as saying last year in The Bee. Dave and his brother/bandmate Phil Alvin (of the Blasters) are back at it in a stripped-down acoustic format, celebrating their aptly titled new album, “Lost Time.” With Chris Miller and the Heifer Belles. Doors 6:30 p.m. 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. $20-$25.

Mardi Gras Second Line


4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9

Various venues

Live it up on Fat Tuesday with the endlessly festive Element Brass Band and entertainers Peter Petty and Dana Moret, who will lead a romp starting at Mulvaney’s with stops at Easy on I, the Porch and the Torch.

Looking ahead: Charlie Musselwhite & North Mississippi Allstars. Feb. 21 at Harris Center

Charlie Musselwhite’s famed prowess on the harp with North Mississippi Allstars flawlessly swampy Southern blues? Yes, please! 10 College Pkwy, Folsom. $30-$40. and