Thurs, July 15, Blu

Beatnik Studios, 9 p.m., $10

Beatnik Studios

723 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

(916) 400-4281

Los Angeles’ emcee Blu injects hip-hop with soul-inspired flourishes. He’ll spit straightforward raps—about growing up, girls, whatever—but those verse tracks and also his instrumentals convey the spirit of an artist who appreciates not just the power of the beat but also the delicacy of the melody, lovely gospel overtones and all. Not sure how this will translate live, but well worth making time for the occasion. This is an all-ages show with beer for those over 21. With Old Ghost, Illecism, Live Manikins and DJ Oasis. 2421 17th Street,