Fri., June 21, Jackpot
Cesar Chavez Plaza, 5 p.m., no cover
Listen, you know this show is going to be epic. It lands on the first day of summer, the Mother Hips will headline the night, and the Old Screen Door and DJ Roger Carpio are also on the bill. I'm most excited about Jackpot. The New York Times once called them “one of California's greatest unknown bands.” That's not just journalistic hyperbole. Fronted by singer-songwriter Rusty Miller, Jackpot's been on the scene for years, turning out a smart take on Americana that manages to be at once familiar and cliché-free. Miller's a wryly sophisticated songsmith, penning tunes that are deceptively simple. Listen deeper to hear tales of love and heartache imbued with sweet optimism, whimsy and richly observational details. 910 I Street, www.jackpotmusic.com.