Sorry we’re a little late this week with the Rundown, y’all! Tax filing procrastinators, unite!
My story and interview with Mr. Garrett "G. Love" Dutton will be up later on this weekend, in preparation for his show at Harlow’s on Wednesday night. I won’t lie, I can’t wait to hear some of those new Avett Brothers produced tunes, played by the Sauce!
Meantime, there’s a chance for you to unleash your inner Diamond this weekend, and a little more fun on tap for Second Saturday weekend. Cheers!
Super Diamond – If you’re a regular reader of this space, you know our general disdain for cover bands at Rundown headquarters. Sure, we all like to hear our favorite tunes souped up and busted through the amps…but it’s about as unoriginal as you can get! Likewise, there’s some sort of a stigma about being born after 1970 and being a Neil Diamond fan. Is that because he often wraps his songs in cheesy orchestral arrangements and collects granny panties like Charlie Sheen collects crazy? Who really cares about that or the cover band bias when we’re talking about Super Diamond. "The Surreal Neal" and his band have made quite a name for themselves – dare we say it, even among those who wouldn’t necessarily qualify as Neil Diamond fans, except for those who can’t resist a little "bah-bah-BAHHH!!!" when it’s played at the bar. It’s the place for be for fans of "the greatest song writer of this or any generation" (thank you team Zahn/Black/Biggs). 8 p.m. Saturday. Ace of Spades, 1517 R St. $18.95. www.aceofspadessac.com.
The Ferocious Few with Buster Blue (hey, that rhymes!) – We were somewhere around San Francisco, on the edge of the Mission, when the drugs began to take hold. There is nothing on this Earth more twisted and depraved than a man at the depths of a Ferocious Few binge. Had we deteriorated to the level of dumb beasts…when listening to this pair of chord-mangling ruffians from San Francisco, that twist bluesy punk rock (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club style) into a score that was somehow left out of the soundtrack to Hunter S. Thompson’s twisted visions. The Ferocious Few are joined by Buster Blue, Reno’s answer to San Jose’s the Mumlers, an orchestra of ramshackle Americana delivered somehow with irreverence and homage at the same time. 10 p.m. Friday. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St., Davis. $5. 21+. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.
ZuhG with Random Abiladeze – One of Sactown’s finest emcees does things the old school way, with poignant lyricism over voice modulators and bling, with performance gusto over rollin’ with a posse. In short, "Skills Before Swagger." Random teams up, as usual, with funk fried local rock act ZuhG. This show is a dual CD release party for both acts, with Random’s "Indubitably" and ZugH’s "Free Love" both debuting. 7 p.m. Saturday. Beatnik Studios, 2421 17th St. $12. All ages. www.randomab.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.