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Three to See: Live music around Sacramento

The Whole Earth Festival brings a full weekend of music to the UC Davis quad.
The Whole Earth Festival brings a full weekend of music to the UC Davis quad. Sacramento Bee file

Whole Earth Festival

Various genres

10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, May 6-8

UC Davis quad

The annual Whole Earth Festival is a community and environmental event unto itself, but never overlook the consistently strong (and free) music lineup. Amid the three stages, don’t miss Bay Area upstart funk machine Monophonics on Saturday, indie rockers Lower 48 and French Cassettes, upstart bluegrass act the Good Bad and local funksters Nibblers and Ideateam. Free entry; opens at 10 a.m., closes 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday;

‘Something Inside Is Broken’

Rock opera

Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15

Various locations

Billed as a “Native American Dark Opera,” this production, created by Alan Wallace, playwright Jack Kohler and music producer J. Ross Parrelli (with contribution from Auburn Hip Hop Congress and others) is an intriguing and sure-to-be profound rock opera telling of the Nisenan Indian tribe and its history in the Sacramento Valley. There are four performances in all, in Rocklin, Grass Valley and Auburn. $10-$20;

DJ Quik


10 p.m. Thursday, May 12


Last year’s biopic “Straight Outta Compton” rekindled nostalgia and fanfare for Los Angeles’ rap scene of the early ’90s. DJ Quik doesn’t typically snag headlines when discussing the impact of that era, but his contributions are innumerable, and his career remains fluid in his fourth decade in the game. Door 9 p.m., Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $30-$35;

Looking ahead: Paul McCartney, Oct. 4 at Golden 1 Center

Last concert at Candlestick Park, first concert at Golden 1 Center – you say goodbye, and I say hello. “Macca” tickets are on sale as of 10 a.m. Friday, May 6. 547 L St., Sacramento. $49.50-$250.