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Sactown Rundown – March 24-30

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Yo, winter storms – we’ve got your summertime right here!

The concert calendar this week will be doing a little work to help us all not "t-t-talk about the weather" (as my main man Dave Matthews would say) with the outdoor (covered) patio concert series at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen in Davis teeing off with a pair of shows. Plus, it’s a pretty safe bet that Mr. Deputy will be wearing shorts. Just sayin’!

Zach Deputy – Isn’t this the guy who should be popping the tops off your beers at the bowling alley bar, or maybe explaining the difference in quality among products at your local “tobacco” shop? He’s got that laid back, flip-flop island vibe to him, the kind of dude you could shoot the breeze with at any time, because he’s always willing to invite you into his party of one. Deputy is a fiesta of a one man band, throwing loop after loop to cover bass, drum, backup vocal duties and even some specialty effects into the digital fray, to give him something to shred the guitar and belt some down home tunes along with. It’s a mix of island rock, reggae flavor, dance floor smacking beats and shreds of Zydeco – but at his heart, it become immediately obvious that Deputy is a guitar guy. Give him an acoustic or an electric, it doesn’t matter, he’ll attack the thing like it’s two-for-one meatball sub day at the local deli (Utah, get me two!). 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $12. 21+. www.harlows.com.

Del The Funky Homosapien – Hooray, internet! Del and some friends are dishing up the Ice Cold Leak Pack on Bandcamp, a four track free download of Sir Dzl himself, with Bukue One and Serendipity Project – not to mention a $3 download of his newest album, “It Ain’t Illegal Yet” (check out the tiered price structure on that bad boy). One of Oakland’s most famous hip hop stars not named Too Short and once a member of revered hip hop troupes Gorillaz and Hieroglyphics, Del has routinely shown Sacramento some love with relatively off the beaten path gigs, much like Friday’s throwdown over at Sol Collective. Walking the line between spoken work prophet and straight-up funk master, Del has stayed off of hip hop’s own beaten path his entire career, and we all thank him for that! With A Plus, Domino, and Bukue One. 8 p.m. Friday. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St. (at Broadway). All ages. www.solcollective.org.

The Luyas (Friday) and The Seedy Seeds (Saturday) – Don’t know if ya’ll have noticed, but Sophia’s Thai Kitchen in Davis has become an absolute Mecca of indie rock bands, and one of the coolest places to take in a show in this area on the insanely intimate patio setting. It’s not even April, but the calendar is firing up this weekend and will be jam packed through September. Huzzah! Hailing from Canada, the Luyas are often known to get a little help from Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire – don’t get too excited about her showing up at this gig, but the ethereal inner-child vocals of Jessie Stein and her backing band of dreamy electro-pop jangle jockeys will serve just fine (With Appetite. Doors 9 p.m., show 10 p.m. Friday. $5). The Seedy Seeds are, at their heart, a folk band, but it just appears that someone decided to give them plenty of electronic toys to play with, making their sound a proverbial toy chest of bouncy pop and crafty hooks. Opening act Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned are tailor made for fans of San Jose the Mumlers, with a package of stylish throwback pop, jazz and indie rock rhythms, trotting a dusty back road through the heart of Americana. (With Poor Things. Doors 8:30 p.m., show 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $5.) Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Davis. 21+. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.

Mark Karan – Mark Karan fits the bill of two groups of musicians that often don’t get quite the respect they deserve. He’s your ultimate collaborator; OK, that title should really be Leon Russell’s, but we’ll he’s swimming in the same pond. He’s one of the many fairly anonymous guys who have toiled in relative obscurity by playing with the Grateful Dead family of bands (in his case, playing lead guitar with Bob Weir & Ratdog). He has also been a bandmate with the likes of Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young, Dave Mason, the Rembrandts, and many others too numerous to mention. Low and behold, this consummate pro also has his own band, and his down home funky blues wiles are enough to make you forget about the company he keeps and start paying attention to his own merits; not to mention he’s a labelmate of Jackie Greene on locally bred Dig Music. Jeremiah Puddleduck gets the party going. 9 p.m. Saturday. Marilyn’s on K, 908 K St. $10 adv./$12 d.o.s. 21+. www.marilynsonk.com.

Arsonists Get All the Girls – Strap on your thinking cap, and hold it in place inside the mosh pit. This Santa Cruz experimental metal/hardcore outfit will take your mind for a ride, set it on fire, douse the flames, decorate it with pastels, and send it back to you to ensure that you won’t know what the hell to do with it when you do have it back. They’re part of the Young & Restless tour with Our Last Night, Atilla, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor for the Broken, Across the Sun, and It Starts With Alaska (can someone get me a beer after naming all those bands, please). 5 p.m. Wednesday. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St. $12. All ages. www.aceofspadessac.com.

Walking Spanish CD Release – It’s funny that Walking Spanish has become something of a Sacramento staple, an institution, if you will – and their lead singer is not even 23 years old. Alex Nelson comes from good stock though, his older brother knows a little somethin’ about being a young prodigy and fronting a band in this town. Nelson is hardly piggybacking his brother’s fame, but he and his band did piggy back San Francisco’s Mission Bells Studios with big bro and his BFF Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips to record “Wishbones,” which gets its formal unveiling this weekend, with help from another local mainstay with some new material to offer, Prieta. Check out Lindol French’s take on the new album. 9 p.m. Friday. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St. $7. 21+. www.theoldironsides.com.

Mark Your Calendars – Super Diamond – Didn’t happen the first time around due to liquor license issues at Ace of Spades, but as Sac Press editor in chief David Watts Barton reports, the venue is slamming, and the “Surreal Neil” and the rest of this Neil Diamond tribute act are ready to roll! April 9. 1417 R St. $15. www.aceofspadessac.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.

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