Sat, July 23, War
Cal Expo, 8 p.m., free with fair admission
Sacramento, CA 95815
The year is 1973. The war in Vietnam is floundering. The economy is rudderless. Who better to tap into all of that long-festering American angst than War? These funk legends have been together for more than four decades. They are at once painstakingly righteous and lovingly accessible. War’s highest-charting album, World Is a Ghetto, is as vital as Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Today, War continues performing on the nostalgia circuit. Everyone from De La Soul to Nice & Smooth has sampled them. Here’s hoping they finally get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1600 Exposition Boulevard, www.wartheband.com.