Jimmer jam, thank you, ma’am

Burnin’ for Blue:
The California State Fair kicks off this Thursday and there’s no shame in going to catch one of the once-was acts that headline its annual concert series. This year’s pickings defy slim but lack a standout: Three Dog Night, REO Speedwagon, War, MC Hammer. That’s choice goods, I guess, but the one act I’m going to taxi in to Cal Expo for, complete with purchase of secret 10-buck chuck wine-garden tipple, is Blue Oyster Cult. Straight up burnin’ for them ever since Dave from the Four Eyes admitted he, too, would be in attendance. (Don’t fear) the reaper or the good times. Just be there this Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. at the Golden 1 Credit Union stage. Bring an extra deuce if you want experience singer Eric Bloom’s wispy librarian hush-hush up close—VIP seating, no-brainer—but otherwise the gig is free with fair admission.

Have a Grimey birthday:
Blessed is he Daniel Osterhoff, a.k.a. local deejay extraordinaire DJ Whores, who every other Tuesday has given those fond of bumping deep bass a safe haven known as Grimey, a club night that celebrates its one-year anniversary this Tuesday, July 19.

I remember being at the debut Grimey affair, but don’t remember much: just inexhaustible bass wobble and a turnout that surely spanked any first-club-night turnout in the history of Midtown. That’s not exaggeration—Grimey has quickly ascended to the premier alternative, non-Top-40 night in Sacramento, so mad kudos to all involved (including Jay, Bru Lei, Skurge, Crescendo).

This Tuesday’s b-day bash will feature Low Limit (SoCal half of Lazer Sword; http://soundcloud.com/lowlimit), UFO! (reformed drum ’n’ bass baller from San Francisco) and Bogl (S.F. Soundpieces club night). And, as always, the bass goes down hopefully without a second-floor-crushing-the-first bang at TownHouse Lounge (1517 21st Street; $7 before 10 p.m.).

(BTW: Good looking out for SN&R’s online DJ Whores interview, where he discusses Grimey’s future and more, later this week on the Sound Advice blog at www.newsreview.com/soundadvice.)

Love really does find a way, eh:
You know you’re from Sacramento when you shed a lone tear during the Sacramento Kings “farewell video” featuring Tesla’s “Love Song.” That’s right, you remember the six-and-a-half-minute segment that was shown during the “final Kings game in Sacramento” (link here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqTQOA8c32g), and don’t even begin to front that you didn’t wet the cheeks worse than Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear.

Anyway, that nostalgia was channeled this past Tuesday at Dimple Records on Arden Way when the band—Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat, Troy Luccketta, Dave Rude—played an acoustic set, chatted with local rock-radio mainstay Pat Martin and even dropped a new release, Twisted Wires. The Maloof family themselves, who manage (and actually own) Maloof Music, should probably sign the band at this point—surely a stronger free-agent pickup than John Salmons. But no Jimmer, for sure.

Get your network on:
If you give a damn about the local music scene, are interested in changing things and can afford to fork over 50 bills, this Friday night’s annual Midtown Business Association gala might house the elbows you should be rubbing. Not to mention the guest speaker: Elizabeth Currid, author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City, who’ll speak about how we can transform all our city’s abandoned warehouses into acid-washed ingenuity engines for the socially abstract. Who’s game? (This Friday, July 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Harlow’s, 2708 J Street; $50; www.mbasac.com.)