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Sactown Rundown – June 9-15

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Fear not, Rundown Nation…we’re back!

Rundown Headquarters had to be shut down for a little while, while yours truly was tending to a three week gig as a substitute molder of young minds – and it is wrong that I got a little misty-eyed when five or six of them gave me the “oh Captain, my Captain” send-off, “Dead Poets Society” style on the last day of class?

If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!

But now that summer is in full swing, let’s get rolling…

School’s Out for Summer Fest with Alien Ant Farm – Any way you slice it, there are eight youngs bands out there who will always be able to say that they opened for Alien Ant Farm – not a bag nugget for the ol’ rock and roll resume when you’re trying to get things rolling. Bands such as the Infamous Swanks and the Dry County Drinkers (plus six more) will be dueling it out for a $3000 prize before headliner AAF takes the stage. Alien Ant Farm – well, you’d have to say that they firmly support the musical rule of thumb that you never want to get famous with a cover song (read: Limp Bizkit, UB40). Still, their take on Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” was an anthem in it’s own right in the early ‘00s, and a couple of hits like “Movies” made them one of the poster children of pop punk during that time. And they’re holding court outdoors in Downtown Sacramento on a Saturday evening? Yes, please! Noon – 10 p.m. Saturday. Southside Park, 2115 6th St. $15 (or two for $20); 12 and under free. All ages. http://www.schoolsoutforsummerfest.

Cooper McBean & the Vested Interests – Is he the “odd man out” in the Devil Makes Three, or just the guy that doesn’t get quite as much attention behind front man Pete Bernhard and the legions of dudes lined up to propose to upright bassist Lucia Turino? Cooper McBean is the one they go to when they really want to ‘twang it up. He has that classic Appalachian mountain-man snap and drawl to his voice, the kind that could tell you a tried and true musical tale with little more than a bucket and a pickaxe for rhythmic support. Fortunately, he has the Vested Interests, and a stock of tunes that could be DM3 tunes, but are better cajoled with a fiddle – a few bouncy backwoods instrumental jams, and songs of rock and roll stardom, broken down high school “big man on campus” dreams, and the booger-sugar. Alkalai Flats also perform as the capper to Sac Bike Kitchen’s “Hunt the Grid” scavenger hunt and the Kitchen’s 5th anniversary party on Saturday; the show is free; the beer is not. Cooper McBean also plays on Friday night on the patio at Sophia’s in Davis with the Devil Whale and You Are Plural. 9 p.m. Friday. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E. St., Davis. $5. 21+. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com; 6 p.m. Saturday. Sac Bike Kitchen, 1915 I St. (near the train tracks between 19th and 20th). Free. All ages. www.sacbikekitchen.com; Facebook event page.

The Quick & Easy Boys with the Snobs – Quick? Yes. Easy? Hardly. Funky? Oh hell yes. A frisky and frenetic power trio from Oregon, the Quick & Easy Boys were apparently bouncing around with quite a few different “crowds” when they were in high school; they hung out with the spiked-jacket punk rock kids with orange hair hanging in their faces who absolutely hated Tears for Fears, they brushed shoulders with the country crowd between classes, and definitely lifted a bottle of Boone’s or two with those precious few who actually knew who Parliament Funkadelic are. Give a listen to tracks like “Take Your Medicine” and see them pump out the kinds of tunes that only the clinically dead couldn’t dance to, are reminiscent of the kinds of deliberately jovial and calculatedly cheesy riffs that made songs like the Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” so irresistible, and might get Mike Patton to crack a smile. Quick and Easy opens a deliciously diverse bill headlined by throwback Clash/Stooges fueled rockers the Snobs, who are led by sax-blasting vocalist and former Filibuster front man Jason Boggs. We’re seeing Americana country rockers the Golden Cadillacs on this bill, and we’re also seeing SexRat as well. Maybe both? 9 p.m. Saturday. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd. Cover TBA. 21+. www.bluelamp.com.

Mark Your Calendars – Davis Music FestivalTruth & Salvage Co. returns to town to headline a heap of bands that will be taking over Davis in this first ever event, spread across four downtown venues. June 25. For info visit davismusicfest.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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