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Three to see: Live music around Sacramento

Robert Cray will perform in Grass Valley on Sunday.
Robert Cray will perform in Grass Valley on Sunday. The Associatd Press

Robert Cray Band with Birds of Chicago

Blues/rock

8 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Veterans Memorial Auditorium (Grass Valley)

Robert Cray has never really tried to reinvent or pioneer anything. There’s no need, when you’ve mastered the blues guitar and toppled the rock and roll game the way he has. Stirring and simply delightful folk rock act Birds of Chicago opens; they’re also headlining the Sutter Creek Theatre on Friday, April 1. 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. $27-$42. www.thecenterforthearts.org.

Metalachi

Metal/mariachi

8 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Harlow’s

Metalachi’s bio reads, “what began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilizers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live.” I can’t write anything more vivid than that to describe a band that combos mariachi and heavy metal music. Well played, chaps. With Ghost Town Rebellion. Doors 7:00 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $14. www.harlows.com.

Joanna Newsom with Robin Pecknold

Folk/indie/chamber pop

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5

Crest Theatre

This will be a homecoming show of sorts for Nevada City native songstress Joanna Newsom, whose harp and avant garde instrumentals drive her frisky and off-kilter brand of stylized chamber pop. Spicing up this gig is an opening slot from the elusive Robin Pecknold, frontman of Fleet Foxes. Doors 6:30 p.m. 1310 K St., Sacramento. $35-$45. www.crestsacramento.com

Looking ahead: Milk Carton Kids. May 2 at the Crest Theatre

A quick break from being alongside the beloved Avett Brothers finds this upstart Americana rock act at the Crest Theatre. 1310 K St., Sacramento. $27-$37. www.crestsacramento.com.

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