Happy Green Beer Day, everyone!
Yes, we all know how big the De Vere’s party in Cesar Chavez Park is going to be, and thanks to them for putting it on. But assuming the hangover from Thursday doesn’t drop you like “Two and a Half Men” for the rest of the week, don’t sleep on some fine shows on deck.
Art vs. Science – Fortunately for people that don’t like techno, the definitions of what actually constitutes “techno” are beginning to broaden – look no further than the fact that many techno acts are starting to employ live drums (read: Pretty Lights), which is one of the tasty elements of Sydney, Australia’s Art vs. Science. They’re generically self-billed as a rock band that happens to play techno, and tapped by Rolling Stone as “techno for people who don’t usually like techno;” well, it’s hard to argue with either of those two statements. Their hooks are dense and murky, crawling along with four-on-the-floor thunks, but there is something undeniably catchy, and they would indeed find a cozy home on the iPod that has two tracks from Crystal Method, three from the Chemical Brothers, and 119 from !!!. They’re rolling into town post South By Southwest for a little midweek romp; conventional wisdom says there’s no way you’re catching them at any venue smaller than Harlow’s again any time soon, so enjoy the ToHo while you can! 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Townhouse, 1517 21st St. $8. 21+. www.townhouselounge.com.
Victoria Vox with Boulder Acoustic Society – “Give Them Hope” is the new moniker of the Francis House benefit concert series, inspired by their late executive director of 21 years, Greg Bunker, a long time advocate for the homeless who passed away suddenly in December. With a strengthened resolve, the Francis House, a counseling and assistance center for the homeless and disenfranchised, continues on with this performance from Victoria Vox and the Boulder Acoustic Society. Vox is a gem of an indie folk singer songwriter, sporting a masters degree in songwriting from Berklee College and strumming out sweet tune after luscious lyric on her ukulele, or whatever miniature string instrument happens to be lying around. At times dank and murky, Boulder Acoustic Society are scholars of Americana styles past, mixing in fresh vibes of indie rock and pop into their string band throwdowns and dusty road anthems. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show. Guild Theatre, 2828 35th St. $20-$50. All ages. www.francishouse.info.
Prieta – Alex Ayers made a very creepy announcement on Facebook this week – beneath the night terrors that video will inspire, we’ll sit happy with the news that some new tunes from one of Sacto’s standout rock outfits are soon to see the light of day. They’re been teasing around some new songs at recent shows, but it looks like we’re going to get a whole feast of them at this diet CD release show; they’re going to be handing out copies of their new single, “The Company You Keep” (yes, I said “handing out”). This reporter can tell you that the new tunes are lush, sharp and bluesy, and the next full release from this group could be quite the kicker. Their throwback hard rock and blues wiles (like Sabbath chugging beers with Queens of the Stone Age and Buddy Guy) are well known around town – is out-of-town next? With Siml3Jack and the Hungry. 7 p.m. Saturday. Luigi’s Fungarden, 1050 K St. (MARRS Building). Cover TBA. All ages. Facebook event page.
Richard Thompson Electric Trio – You could slap a comma on the end of a name as seemingly generic as Richard Thompson and stick it in front of “CPA,” “Attorney at Law,” or perhaps even “Regional Manager of Orange County Area Applebee’s Restaurants.” This Richard Thompson’s name arguably belongs in front of “Greatest Living Rock Guitarist,” and undeniably in front of “Legend.” Thompson has hardly produced a radio hit that would be easily recognizable, and is rarely (and tragically) mentioned in conversations of household names over the last 50 years of rock and roll – and you know what, he probably doesn’t care. To see him perform life is to watch a lockdown, no frills professional at work, cramming decades worth of soul, blues, rock and strings of funk into every toe-tapping, hip swaying song. You’ll come out of there wondering why the hell you never “knew” him before – and why don’t more people “know” about him too? Richard Thompson Electric Trio is flanked by Alex Nelson (of Walking Spanish) Acoustic Trio. Bizzaro world? 7 p.m. Wednesday. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St. $39.50. All ages. www.aceofspadessac.com.
The Ricky & Del Rock Show – The Ricky & Del Connection threw down exactly what you would have expected from a band featuring former members of epically underrated Sac psych rock act Kai Kln; thick, dense jams, sinewy guitar riffs and plenty of fire flying from the amps and singeing your eyebrows off with funkalicious licks. And now, we get something called the Ricky & Del Rock Show? What the hell was it before, a game of tiddlywinks in Sunday School? Whatever this new incarnation has up it’s sleeve, do you really want to say you had other stuff going on? Local stalwarts (and contenders for best local band name ever) Dungeons and Dragqueens start the party. 9 p.m. Saturday. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd. $8. 21+. www.bluelamp.com.
Mark Your Calendars – The California Honeydrops – With blues, jazz, swing, rock, etc., this Oakland powerhouse is a history lesson of nearly a century of American music, and they’ll make you feel like you’re consuming cocktails from every decade along with it. April 1. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Davis. $5. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.
If you are planning or promoting a concert in the Sacramento area, or just know of a show you’d like to see featured in the Rundown, shoot me an email.
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.