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3 to See: Buckethead, Monophonics and Short Raps – plus fireworks

Buckethead, who without exaggeration could be described as an unusual act, will be at Ace of Spades.
Buckethead, who without exaggeration could be described as an unusual act, will be at Ace of Spades. www.emporiumpresents.com

Short Raps Project

Rap/hip-hop

9 p.m. Friday, July 1

Fox & Goose

The brainchild of Be Brave Bold Robot’s Dean Haakenson, this collaborative project started as a way to question the very idea of what rap is or can be. Locals who have contributed the mini “one-minute raps” – many of them humorous and weird – include members of Freebadge Serenaders, Hot City, Crescent Katz and even Death Grips’ Andy Morin. This show includes M2 & the People, Tribe of Levi and others. 1001 R St., Sacramento. $10. www.foxandgoose.com

Buckethead

Rock/metal/progressive

6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3

Ace of Spades

Guitar skills, nunchuck skills, robot-dance skills, giving-gifts-to-the-crowd skills, pre-recorded drum-and-bass track skills, looking-creepy-but-shredding-like-a-madman skills: Buckethead has them all. This aloof wizard peddles one of the oddest live gigs you’ll ever see, but who the heck wants “normal” at a rock show, anyway? 1417 R St., Sacramento. $22.50 advance/$25 door. www.aceofspadessac.com

Monophonics with Ideateam

Funk/soul/rock

6:30 p.m. Monday, July 4

Davis Community Park

Davis’ annual free Fourth of July celebration takes a turn for the funky with San Francisco upstart collective Monophonics, which has evolved from intriguing jammers to a deeply refined soul-fire machine. Similarly minded and quickly blowing-up outfit Ideateam joins the fun with music leading up to the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 1405 F St., Davis. Free. www.davislivemusic.com

Looking ahead: Ain’t Necessarily Dead Festival July 16 at Auburn Regional Park

You’ve got two full stages going all day, populated with the likes of noted Grateful Dead aficionado Stu Allen, Moonalice and Midnight North (fronted by Grahame Lesh, son of Phil Lesh). 3770 Richardson Drive, Auburn. Free. www.auburnrec.com/events_aint-dead.php

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