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Sactown Rundown – Sept. 30-Oct. 6

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A story posted this week on SFgate.com tells me that last year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park drew 750,000 heads, which makes up virtually the entire population of San Francisco.

Yeah, "misprint" was my first reaction too, but it's legit.

Since it has to be assumed that every person in the entire city by the bay didn't go to the festival, it's a safe bet that some of you Sacramento folk were among that three-quarter million, and probably plan on going again this year.

And why not? It should be a riot!

Problem is, if you're out of town, you're missing a barn-burner of a hootenany of a weekend here in Sactucky. Check it out!

The Devil Makes Three with Cornmeal – Believe it or not, DM3 are not the only country punk outfit in the Rundown this week (we'll get there in a second), but they are arguably the biggest breakout face in what is quickly becoming a hugely popular sub-genre (perhaps grandfathered in by Hank III). Originally hailing from Santa Cruz, this fiesty threesome now calls the city of Davis their home; but let's be honest, as long as they can find a sunny porch and a discount liquor store, they're home. The trio of Pete Bernhard (who also has a killer solo album called "Straight Line" out there), Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean are all clearly born punk rockers, but have found their sonic nest egg in an uptempo brand of plank-kicking Americana and wiley bluegrass-tinged acoustic rock. The structure of a punk song and the attitude of hay-chewin', moonshine drinkin' roots music makes them delightfully irresistable, even if you hate country and punk. Their newest album "Do Wrong Right" will wet you palate, but their debut self-titled album sports perhaps their most beloved ditty of a drinking song, "Old Number 7." They're joined on a killer double bill by Cornmeal; fiddle player Allie Kral might just Charlie Daniels you and whoop your keester if you're not careful. 8 p.m. Thursday. Harlow's, 2708 J St. $15. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Blues for Life – By now, you are most likely familiar with Albie Aware, Inc., a cancer research foundation formed in the memory of Sacramento resident Albie Carson, who succumbed to breast cancer in July of 2002; they're the same outfit that put on the crazy popular Albie Puttin' mini golf pub crawl back in August. Their annual blues shindig at the legendary Torch Club has become a calendar-circling favorite event, each year bringing out an afternoon of the best in local blues music. This year's lineup includes fireballing vocalist Hans Eberbach and his band the Nibblers, Terry Hanck, Mercy Me, Volker Strifler, and several others, with proceeds going to Albie Aware. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 15th and I St. $15. 21+. www.torchclub.net.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band – At first glance, "The Rev" looks like the guy who should be Lysol spraying the shoes at your local bowling alley – while we're at it, his wife Beezy looks like she should be working the bar and handing out ice cold Bud Lights, and Jamey might be the guy fixing the machine when it racks you up a set of pins that looks like the dental work in "Deliverance." They're a blue collar bunch of unassuming characters, but they pack a whallop in their frenetic hillbilly rock and roll. Reverend Peyton leads the way with ferocious junk-tuned guitar shreds, Breezy treats the washboard like it's been very, very naughty, and Jamey doesn't shy away from strapping a bucket into his drum kit for a little backwoods fun. Slide guitar, washboards, and songs called "Mama's Fried Potatoes" on the Warped Tour? That will give you an idea of their crossover appeal, since they were on that very pop punk trek for the entire summer – no word on if they have any bruises to show for it, but that would make for great song, no? With the Mighty Regis. 9 p.m. Friday. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd. $10. 21+. www.myspace.com/bluelamp.

The Mother Hips – By now they should need no introduction. This group of neo-Americana and psychedelic power pop peddlers has been a "California soul" fixture since their formation in Chico in the early '90s. With gritty, electro-fried jams and Lennon/McCartney, Frey/Henley style songwriting interplay between Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono, they're just as cozy on a festival stage as they are a seedy bar with Evan Williams on-the-rocks dripping condensation down the amps. They evoke a stirring combination of Buffalo Springfield, early era Eagles, the Band, the Beach Boys, Tom Petty, and a heavy dose of one of their sonic heros, Neil Young, circa Crazy Horse. With Diego's Umbrella. 9 p.m. Friday. Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. $15. 21+. www.powerhousepub.com.

Mark Your Calendars: Dead Rockstars Show – It's a Halloween favorite when a group of local rebel rousers dress up and cover some songs by rockstars who have gone to "the other side." Oct. 31. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St. www.theoldironsides.com.

For a complete listing of Sacramento area music happenings, check out Ann Freeman-Clement’s Concerts, Music Events and the Local Music Scene every Friday on Sacramento Press.

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