Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment

June 9, 2011
This week, drop in on Drop the Lime or Tim McGraw

This week, we've completely fallen for the thumping rockabilly house beats of New York-based DJ and electronic producer Drop the Lime. He pumps up the volume late, late Thursday night at Mix Downtown. Maybe you could call in sick on Friday. Did we say that?
If you can't keep your eyes open much past midnight, you'll find some can't miss entertainment with Nashville-Hollywood darling Tim McGraw this evening or a discussion with classical pianist Charles Rosen on Saturday afternoon.
And, there's more.

Country music
Tim McGraw
WHAT: This genuine star lays claim to plenty of No. 1 hits and music awards, but fans buy up his albums because they see it as "sure bet" entertainment. Luke Bryan and The Band Perry open the show.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Sleep Train Amphitheatre, 2677 Old Forty Mile Road, Wheatland
COST: $29.75-$89.90
INFORMATION: (800) 745-3000,
- C.M. Anderson

Brett Young
WHAT: He's shared the stage with artists such as Mandy Moore and Katy Perry, but this Orange County-born artist has yet to break out. His husky vocals have a raw, sexy feel that resonates.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento
COST: $7
INFORMATION: (916) 441-4693,
- C.M. Anderson

Battle of the bands
School's Out for Summer Fest
WHAT: Alien Ant Farm will headline thisbattle jam that has the Realists, Revolver, Black Mackerel and other bands vying for a $3,000 grand prize. All proceeds will benefit Westlake Charter School in Natomas.
WHEN: Noon-10 p.m.
WHERE: Southside Park Amphitheater, 2115 Sixth St., Sacramento
COST: $15, or two for $20; free for children 12 and under
INFORMATION: (916) 283-3022, Parking will be available under the freeway in the farmers market lot, Eighth and W streets.
- C.M. Anderson

Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera
WHAT: Nievera and Gary V. collaborated on an album, and now the two Filipino stars are alighting in our region. They aren't the only world stars in the area this week.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks
COST: $39-$75
- C.M. Anderson

Live music
The Quick & Easy Boys
WHAT: It's hard to categorize this Portland, Ore.-based trio. Try something like "funk- psychedelic rock, garage-soul band." Oh, and throw in a little honky-tonk, just for fun. The Snobs and Golden Cadillac fill out the bill.
WHEN: 9 p.m.
WHERE: Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento
COST: $8
INFORMATION: (916) 455-3400
- Jim Carnes

Classical music
Charles Rosen
WHAT: Once you know that this classical pianist studied at the Juilliard School from ages 7 to 11, you know that you're about to hear something special. He'll perform Saturday and speak on Sunday. Why choose one or the other? At these prices, you could do both.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday,
2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Stage 1 at Three Stages, 10 College Pkwy., Folsom
COST: $15-$49 Saturday, $15 Sunday
INFORMATION: (916) 608-6888,
- C.M. Anderson

Movies on a Big Screen
'My Heart Is an Idiot'
WHAT: This romantic documentary spans two years and visits about a hundred cities as Found magazine founder Davy Rothbart looks for love in all the right places but in all the wrong ways. Rothbart and the film's director, David Meiklejohn, will be in attendance.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St., Sacramento
COST: $5
- Jim Carnes

Dance music
Drop the Lime
WHAT: Sometimes, you want to let loose. The electronic producer and DJ born Luca Venezia and now dubbed Drop the Lime will set you free with a mix of '50s rock and bass-heavy club music. And, although he was born in the Big Apple, Drop doesn't look like the kind of guy who will pass judgment on your moves.
WHEN: Midnight (Doors open at 9 p.m.)
WHERE: Mix Downtown, 1531 L St., Sacramento
COST: $10
INFORMATION: (916) 442-8899,
- C.M. Anderson

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