Sounds al fresco

Hit the great outdoors for these five summer concerts

Punk-rockers Pennywise perform at The Bash Music & Craft Beer Fest June 16.

Punk-rockers Pennywise perform at The Bash Music & Craft Beer Fest June 16.

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As a Sacramento music fan, sometimes you just have to suck it up during the summer. The temptation might be to just wind down with a well-placed fan, but it’s difficult to pass on the range of outdoor shows coming through Northern California. Here are five to get you out of the house this season:

Punk and brews in the park

Try not to spill your IPA in the pit. The Bash Music & Craft Beer Festival on June 16 brings together Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, L7 and others with tastings of more than 100 beers at Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo on June 16. Note: The event starts at noon for 21 and older and all ages are welcome after 4 p.m. $39.50-$99.50. 1600 Exposition Blvd.;

Guitar hero

Start practicing your scrunched-up guitar solo face. Carlos Santana is set to play the Toyota Amphitheatre on June 27 with the kind of six-string heroics and classic rock hits that have wowed crowds from Woodstock to the outskirts of Yuba County. $47-$250, 2677 Forty Mile Road in Wheatland.


The weirdest thing keeps happening at Concerts in the Park each Friday. The crowds these days seem just as interested in hearing free live music as bro-ing down in the beer garden. Decompress from the work week with acts such as the electro-acoustic So Much Light (June 28) and the reggae-rock rhythms of Arden Park Roots (July 12). Cesar Chavez Plaza, 901 I St.;

Head out of town

Beat the Sacramento heat with one of Northern California’s coolest festivals of indie and garage-rock. Hosted by subversive film legend John Waters, the 10th anniversary Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland July 6-7 with The Jesus & Mary Chain, Dead Boys and King Tuff Mosswood Park. Various ticket options available with day and weekend passes starting at $49.50 and $149.59 respectively. 3612 Webster Street in Oakland;

Shake it off

Make it a funky summer night at the One Nation Under a Groove Tour, as George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic turn Thunder Valley into a sweaty dance party on Aug. 4. Zapp, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet & Blue Wolf round out this most booty shaking of bills. $49.95-$89.95. 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln;