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Three to see: Live music around Sacramento

J. Ross Parrelli will perform in Auburn’s Some Kind of Earth Day Festival.
J. Ross Parrelli will perform in Auburn’s Some Kind of Earth Day Festival.

Some Kind of Earth Day Festival

Hip-hop/various genres

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 23

General Gomez Arts and Event Center

This community gathering is morphing into annual exposure for Auburn’s burgeoning underground hip-hop scene. Multiple artists including J. Ross Parrelli, Frank Lopes, Free Flow Academy, Andrew Tuller, At Ease and others perform throughout the day. 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Free.;

‘Neck Fest’


2 p.m. Sunday, April 24

Torch Club

It may no longer be the scene it was in the early ’00s, but this dozen-band barnstormer (and $3 pints of Olympia) should serve as a gentle reminder of the mischievous glory that is Sacramento’s alt-country movement. Nickel Slots, Golden Cadillacs, Peter Petty, 50-Watt Heavy, Merle Jagger, Grub Dog & the Amazing Sweethearts and several others fill up a huge bill. 904 15th St., Sacramento. $12.

Honyock & Mondo Deco split EP release


8 p.m. Friday, April 22

Old Ironsides

Remember the days when guts of discarded cassette tapes cluttered the side of the highway? “Supercassette H/MD,” a split EP, cheekily recorded “old school” on a 1985 cassette deck, features four deliciously raw, sparingly produced tracks by two Sacramento staples: Honyock and Mondo Deco. With Failure Machine. 1901 10th St., Sacramento. $7.

Looking ahead: Insane Clown Posse, Monday, May 30, at Ace of Spades

Tickets are still available for this visit from (arguably) rap music’s most deviant and notorious duo. 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22 advance, $25 door.