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Three to See: Live music around Sacramento

April Verch and bandmates Cody Walters, left, and Hayes Griffin perform in Lincoln on Friday.
April Verch and bandmates Cody Walters, left, and Hayes Griffin perform in Lincoln on Friday.

April Verch Band


7 p.m. Friday

Sun City Lincoln Hills Ballroom

April Verch’s upbringing in Ottawa Valley, Canada, is described as a “melting pot of Franco-Celtic flavors brought by the hard-working loggers who settled the area.” By no means does this saccharine-voiced singer herself resemble a logger, but her music is indeed that of the jovial celebration that would inevitably follow a long day of swinging the axe. Verch has released nine albums of playful and old-timey country folk, anchored by her frenetic fiddling and flanked by her equally awe-inspiring step-dancing skills. 965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln. $20.

Las Cafeteras


8 p.m. Sunday

Sol Collective

The folks who Las Cafeteras have shared stages with provide telling insight to this enigmatic outfit from East Los Angeles. Their sunny-day, street-preacher vibes make sense alongside Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and their urban angst is a natural fit with Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. As for fellow East L.A. act Ozomatli, well, that one’s a layup. Their cultural roots fiercely radiate through every note and lyric, spinning tales of “searching for love and fighting for justice” that pulse with Afro-Mexican, cumbia and acoustic folk rhythms. With World Hood and DJ Omequetzal. 2574 21st St., Sacramento. $10.

The Motet


8 p.m. Tuesday


When shows like this one hit on a Tuesday, it’s a sure bet Wednesday will be a day of sore feet, but Denver’s seven-piece funk machine the Motet makes sure it’s worth it. Every night is a Saturday night with these cats, and everyone gets disco fever from their urban dancehall electro-funk and combustive worldbeat jams. They’ve got seven albums, including last year’s self-titled effort, but the lifeblood of this group is their ballistic live shows, known for cheeky improvs. Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20.

Looking ahead: Bob Seger. March 3 at Sleep Train Arena

His first Sacramento show in nearly 20 years, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band are touring in support of the timeless rocker’s new record, “Ride Out.” 1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento. $79-$111.