‘Neck Fest III’
Fri. April 20 - Sun. April 22
Country rock cavalcade Neck Fest expands to three days, with 16 devil-may-care acts digging into the gritter sides country and Americana and taking over the Torch Club for the weekend, including Hellbound Glory headlining on Friday night (8 p.m., $12), Merle Jagger, Pete Petty & His Dubble P Boys and Loose Engines on Saturday (4 p.m., $15) and Pine Street Ramblers, Twilight Drifters, Mike Blanchard & the Californios and local mainstay Richard March bringing it home on Sunday (4 p.m., $10). www.facebook.com/thetorchclub.
Niki J. Crawford
8 p.m.Fri. April 20 at Palms Playhouse
8 p.m.Sat. April 21 at Center for the Arts
You’ve got two chances this weekend to catch some new tunes off Niki J. Crawford’s “The Second Truth,” her new album being released this weekend that offers up a sensuous stroll through slow-churned soul, block-banging urban funk and bountiful blues. At times Crawford likes to voyage out toward the rougher edges of the genres, but her home is right at the warm and cozy center, and her songs a welcoming embrace for all comers. www.palmsplayhouse.com; www.thecenterforthearts.org.
8:30 p.m.Sun. April 22
The resting heart rate of L.A.’s Moonchild never seems to creep above about 75 beats per minute - but what their ethereal brand of downtempo jazz pop will do to your heart rate is a whole other conversation. The dreamscape mellowness of their electronic-tinged R&B sound is a pied piper inviting you to go for a float, not knowing or caring if the currents will ever bring you back. $15 adv./$20 door. www.harlows.com.
Looking ahead: Cody Jinks. May 4 at the Crest Theatre
Fans of anointed country music saviors like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton will want to know the name (and give thanks to) Cody Jinks. $35-$100. www.crestsacramento.com.