See it live in Sacramento

Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar

1414 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 441-3931

R Street Corridor

1417 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

Sol Collective

2574 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

(916) 832-0916

Sammies Awards and Festival

OK, so maybe your three-piece punk band didn’t quite make it past the confines of your mom’s rumpus room. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy the ones that did, right? Right. So, do the greatest thing next to playing Guitar Hero stoned: Support your local scene at this year’s Sammies Awards and Festival. It’s part block party, part awards show. Encompassing every style from nerd rock to zombie cover bands, there’s something for everyone. Don’t like music? Well, there’s sure to be plenty of booze during the afterparties at Shady Lady Saloon and R15 to cheer you up then, Debbie Downer.

Saturday, October 9, 6-10 p.m. R Street between 14th and 15th streets. Visit for more information.


Norcal Noisefest

Noise rock, concrete music, whatever. Maybe I just don’t get the whole “music that sounds like some dude dropping dishes onto a ham radio” movement, but Sacramento sure does. The first of the month kicks off the 15th annual NorCal NoiseFest, a celebration of all sounds loud. The two-day festival starts at Luna’s Café & Juice Bar and continues on at Sol Collective, with bands from Michigan to Mexico that are the musical equivalent of taking sandpaper to your eardrum, but in a good way. Oh, and the event is all-ages, so shove some earplugs in the kiddies and bring them along for the cochlear abuse, too.

Friday, October 1, 7 p.m. at Luna’s Café & Juice Bar, 1414 16th Street.

Saturday, October 2, 2 and 7 p.m. at Sol Collective, 2574 21st Street. $10-$23. Visit for more information.



THE BIG LEBOWSKI FIESTA: The movie, the soundtrack performed live by The Nuance and Walking Spanish. Beverages, Wii bowling, costume contest and more. F, 10/1, 8pm. Marilyn’s on K, 908 K St.; (916) 446-4361;

500 YEARS OF ANTONIO DE CABEZóN: Bay Area organist Richard Mix plays a recital celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón, sometimes referred to as “The Spanish Bach.” Sa, 10/2, 7pm. Free, donation. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7850 Watt Ave. in Antelope; (916) 320-8423.

WALKING SPANISH WITH GUNS FOR SEBASTIAN: About Guns for Sebastian: “It’s the kind of stuff that goes with a Tarantino movie—sexy, raw in that small-lawless-desert-town kind of way. Heavily influenced by ’60s and ’70s rock, travel, blues and saturated tube amps, Guns for San Sebastian plays inspired music exploding with soul, power, and love.” —Dennis Cook, Jambase. About Walking Spanish: “Their sound is a reflection of their name: confident and honest, with the ability to lay down a screaming rocker then turn around and heartfully deliver a tender ballad. … Seeing the band live is the only way to understand what everyone is talking about.” —Marty DeAnda, DIG Music. Sa, 10/2, 8:30pm. $6. Naked Lounge Downtown, 1111 H St.; (916) 443-1927;

SACRAMENTO BAROQUE SOLOISTS CONCERT: Ninth season includes October 2-3, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and more. Sa, 10/2, 8pm. $25 general, $20 seniors, $10 students. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L St.; (916) 705-3806;

THE ROCKTOBER MUSIC FEST: The Rocktober Music Fest in Volcano at the elegant back courtyard of the St. George Hotel. This event is a must-see! Three great bands, full bar and barbecue. All ages welcome. Featuring the Funky Blue Devils, It’s All Good and After Dark. It’s a great ride or drive to Volcano, nestled in the gold country foothills of Amador County. Su, 10/3, noon-6pm. $10 at the door. Children 12 and under free. St. George Hotel, 16104 Main St. in Volcano; (209) 296-4458;!/event.php?eid=147936781905005.

SAC STATE SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE PLAYS: Sacramento State’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30pm. Wednesday, October 6, in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall on the campus at 6000 J Street. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 general admission, and are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or W, 10/6, 7:30pm. Sacramento State Music Recital Hall, 6000 J St.; (916) 278-5155;

JAZZ PLAYERS HIT THE SAC STATE STAGE: Sacramento State’s Jazz Ensembles will perform at 8pm Thursday, October 14, in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall on the campus at 6000 J Street. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 general admission, and are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or Th, 10/14, 8pm. Sacramento State Music Recital Hall, 6000 J St.; (916) 278-5155;

THE BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET: Brothers Dan and Chris Brubeck bring their jazz quartet to Harlow’s this month. The group has played at jazz festivals all over North America and Europe. F, 10/15, 7:30pm. $30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.; (916) 441-4693;

MENTES DIFERENTES: Support local hip-hop. F, 10/15, 8pm-midnight. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.; (916) 832-0916;

SACRAMENTO SYMPHONIC WINDS: The Sacramento Symphonic Winds is an all-volunteer 60-piece symphonic wind ensemble or “wind orchestra” that performs a wide range of music indcluding rock, jazz, show tunes and contemporary wind ensemble masterpieces. It was founded in 2001 by the current conductor and music director, Dr. Les Lehr, to provide quality musical performances for audiences in the greater Sacramento area and to offer local musicians a challenging and rewarding musical experience in an encouraging environment. We celebrate the community band and wind ensemble tradition in American music! Su, 10/24, 3pm. Students/seniors (65 and over), children under 5 free; general admission $5. La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Rd. in Carmichael; (916) 489-2576;

TAJ MAHAL TRIO WITH VIEUX FARKA TOURE: The Center for the Arts presents the Taj Mahal Trio with Vieux Farka Toure. $45 general admission, $65 VIP (includes reserved seats, reserved parking—limited to the first 100 guests—one drink coupon and plenty of room to dance!). Su, 10/24, 7:30-10:30pm. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 South Auburn St. in Grass Valley; (530) 274-8384, ext. 14;

HOT TAR ROOFERS AT O’MALLY’S: Live music every Friday night downstairs at O’Mally’s in Old Sacramento! F, 10pm. O’Mally’s, Irish Pub, 1109 Second St.; (916) 492-1230.