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Three to see: Live music around Sacramento

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band are coming here in June.
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band are coming here in June.

Zach Deputy with Diego’s Umbrella


6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30

Auburn Event Center

The “Foothill Fillmore” hasn’t snagged a show quite like this one in recent memory, with festival-favorite island funkster and balladeer Zach Deputy carting in his cheeky and inventive one-man musical circus, with an opening slot from over-caffeinated San Francisco gypsy jammers Diego’s Umbrella. Prepare to get weird. 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. $20 advance/$22 door.

The Slackers


6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1

The Boardwalk

Having survived nearly three decades (one of them being the ’90s and its ubiquity of brass sections), the ever-festive reggae-dub-soul-jazz-influenced Slackers will remind you why it’s pretty awesome that ska never really seems to go away – it pokes its head up just often enough so that you never forget. With Viernes 13, Pacific Skyway and Daydreamers Symphony. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $15.

Scott Pemberton


8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3


Wild-eyed Portland axeman Scott Pemberton spends too much time with his guitar. He knows every vein and every artery in its body, manipulating each string like a vascular surgeon who pops a handful of quaaludes and binge-watches kung fu flicks before operating. You can also catch him Saturday, May 7, in Chico. At Harlow’s, doors open 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $12.

Looking ahead: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. June 29 at the Crest Theatre

Tickets hit the market last week for a performance from the seminal Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, and ensemble that should be on most concert bucket lists. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $69-$99.