Summer’s last stand

Surveying September’s shows so you can say you saw something

Soul Rebels Brass Band, who can be seen on HBO’s <i>Treme, </i>pass through Harlow’s next week and are shown here rousing a good time in Montreal, Canada.

Soul Rebels Brass Band, who can be seen on HBO’s Treme, pass through Harlow’s next week and are shown here rousing a good time in Montreal, Canada.


Fall—or, if you prefer, “autumn”—drops in a couple of weeks, on September 23. For those uninitiated with how the seasons change, this means your summer soon will end. And so, SN&R must ask: Did you even go to a live music show this summer?

It’s a fair question. Any promoter in town will tell you that, due to attractions abroad and outdoors, Sacramento summer show-going isn’t always on the up-and-up.

So, this is why SN&R’s staff has 16 sweet recommendations for shows you can hit up in the next couple of weeks, before the not-too-hot days of summer 2011 turn into, well, the not-too-hot days of autumn 2011. Anyway, get a stamp on your wrist, grab a drink, bring ear plugs (or industrial headphones) and take in one of these summer’s-last-stand shows:

See a banjo, slam a beer: Slap knees with Auburn’s the Dry Creek Rounders, who’ll kick it up with Kevin Seconds and Earl Brooks at this legendary singer-songwriter spot. Friday, September 9, at Luna’s Café & Juice Bar, 1414 16th Street; 8 p.m.; $5; all ages.

Neighborhood jam: Each year, Curtisfest overtakes Curtis Park in South Sac with good tunes and family-friendly fun. This year, Instagon, Garage Jazz Architects and the Mike Justis Band will gig. Saturday, September 10, at Curtis Park, 3349 West Curtis Drive; 11 a.m.; no cover; all ages.

Harley White’s fest returns: The sixth annual White Noise Festival, featuring performances by the Broun Fellini’s, Elements Brass Band, DJ Larry Rodriquez, Aaron King, Jimmy Pailer, Electropoetic Coffee, Mike Farrell, the Addict Merchants, the Tender Cinders, the Dean-O-Holics, the Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience, Exquisite Corps, the CUF, Prieta, Take 5, Kenny B., Sankofa, the Cave Women, the Yarddogs and the Harley White Jr. Orchestra. Fit a summer’s worth of gig-going into 12 hours. Sunday, September 11, at the Torch Club, 904 15th Street; 2 p.m.;

Will Snoop show?: I feel like every time Snoop Dogg is schedule to play Sacto, he bails. That said, Ace of Spades is legit, and I imagine he’ll appear tonight, with Bueno opening. Spark it! Thursday, September 15, at Ace of Spades, 1417 R Street; 6:30 p.m.; $55; all-ages.

Hella N’awleans: Soul Rebels Brass Band (pictured), who you’ve likely seen on HBO’s Treme, will jazz up Harlow’s with Bucho! at this jazz/Latin party. Thursday, September 15, at Harlow’s, 2708 J Street; 9 p.m., $15;

The MADnewss: MAD Magazine’s Joe Raiola will deliver a lecture, The Joy of Censorship, while thousands of students update whatever they damn please on Facebook and Twitter. Thursday, September 15, at the Sacramento State University Union Ballroom, 6000 J Street; 7:30 p.m.; no cover; all-ages; call (916) 278-6997 for more information.

Taken to Task: Emcee Task1ne will drop his highly anticipated The District 916 full length, with guests Digital Martyrs, J Ras of SouLifted, Dregs1, and Sleeprockers. Thursday, September 15, at the Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Boulevard; 9 p.m.; visit for cover and more info.

Another jazz night at Harlow’s: This time with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, plus other guests. Hit up this show and the Soul Rebels one, get a free trumpet pin (not true). Friday, September 16, at Harlow’s, 2708 J Street; 9:30 p.m.; $17.50.

Juice it: Buried In Hell presents this epic metal fest with special guest Jucifer and openers Black Mackerel, Cura Cuchino and (Waning). Friday, September 16, at On the Y, 670 Fulton Avenue; 8 p.m.; $10.

On the rocks: Jack and White is Jack Matranga and Brooke White, who’ll play this Jerry Perry Presents event with singer-songwriter extraordinaire Shannon Curtis. Saturday, September 17, at Luigi’s Fun Garden, 1050 20th Street; 8:30 p.m.; $7; all-ages.

Get ur freak on: Deejays CrookOne and Hail Bob’s new funk and boogie night, “Fffreak,” will surely spur more gyration than a Hula-Hoop convention (sigh). Tuesday, September 20, at The Press Club, 2030 P Street; 10 p.m.; $2.

Day break: Wednesday nooner concerts at Sac State are back, this time featuring emcee TAIS. Wednesday, September 21, at Sacramento State University Union Serna Plaza, 6000 J Street; noon; no cover; all ages; call (916) 278-6997 for more information.

Bring industrial headphones: D.R.I., Hoods, Kill the Precedent and A Single Second will leave blood in the pit at this all-ages hardcore rager. Wednesday, September 21, at Ace of Spades, 1417 R Street; 6:30 p.m.; $18.95; all-ages.

Drink the Allagash White: Former Sacramentan, now Porltlander Zac Nelson will take over Bows & Arrows’ quaint cafe for this experimental showcase, featuring Ritual Waste and Body Parts, too. Wednesday, September 21, at Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th Street; 8 p.m.; $5; all ages.

Old school: Reggae/dub Storytellers meet the CUF at this fashion-show-meets-concert, plus turntablism by El Conductor and the fashions of Heart Boutique, Sugar Shack, Denim Spot, Legacy Boutique and SBJ Designs. Friday, September 23, at Miso Lounge, 1517 Broadway; 10 p.m.; $7.

Remember when?: Show up tonight at Luigi’s, the first day of autumn and day-after-the-last-day-of-summer, for a Nirvana Nevermind tribute show featuring Exquisite Corps and others. Friday, September 23, at Luigi’s Fun Garden, 1050 20th Street; 8:30 p.m.; $5; all-ages.