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Dry Diggings Festival loaded with reggae-rock firepower

Santa Barbara’s Rebelution is set to play the Dry Diggings Festival on Sept. 3 in Placerville.
Santa Barbara’s Rebelution is set to play the Dry Diggings Festival on Sept. 3 in Placerville. Courtesy of Rebelution

Chalk It Up Festival

Various genres

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 - Monday, Sept. 5

Fremont Park

Come for the ingenious chalk art, stay for the free music. This year’s Chalk It Up Festival features a who’s-who of the Sacramento music scene, with the Phantom Jets, Lauren Wakefield and the Arctic Monkeys-inspired Rich Corporation among the bands playing Saturday; Xochitl, Andrew Castro and venerable party boys the Brodys on the bill for Sunday; and Lee Bob, Hans Eberbach, Kepi Ghoulie and the funked-up Ideateam wrapping it up on Monday. 1515 Q St., Sacramento.

Dry Diggings Festival

Reggae/rock/various genres

Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3

El Dorado Fairgrounds

This festival continues to get bigger and better, as evidenced by this year’s headlining set from juggernaut reggae rockers Rebelution on Saturday’s bill, which also includes the Expendables, ZGE (Zion I, the Grouch and Eligh), Arden Park Roots and more. Tribal Seeds lead the pack on Friday, with Passafire and several others. 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. $40-$85.

Mehmet Polat Trio


7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3

Harris Center

Mehmet Polat Trio takes the traditional feel of a chamber music ensemble and carries it to unexpected places. Utilizing instruments such as Polat’s guitarlike oud and other wind-and-percussion rarities – played in “Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African” traditions – the group’s dynamic, lustrous sound crisscrosses both time and space. 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $30.

Looking ahead: HOF Day Party. Sept. 24 at River Walk Park

While a 2016 TBD Fest looks unlikely, another sizable festival will be slinging plenty of beats across the river, with Metro Boomin’ and scores of local artists packing a full day of music. 651 Second St., West Sacramento. $30-$40.