Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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


August 25, 2011
The Lineup: The Bee picks the best things to do

FRIDAY

Soulful music

Meklit Hadero

WHAT: Born in Ethiopia, raised in Iowa, New York and Florida, and nurtured by San Francisco's diverse arts community, this singer-songwriter brings a range of influences to her music - jazz, soul, folk, hip-hop and art rock. (See the video for her "Leaving Soon" at www. meklithadero.com.)

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

COST: $18 general, $15 for Center members

INFORMATION:

(530) 274-8384, http://thecenterforthearts.org

FRIDAY

Americana music

James Garner and his Cash Band

WHAT: This singer and his top-notch musical accompanists pay tribute to the Man in Black - that's the late, great Johnny Cash, you know - in a crisp two hours of country, gospel, rock and rockabilly music.

WHEN: 7 p.m.

(gates open at 6)

WHERE: El Dorado Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville

COST: $25 at the gate (cash only)

INFORMATION: (530) 273-5486

SATURDAY

Jazz concert

George Benson M and Friends

WHAT: The singer-guitarist who has won 10 Grammy Awards in a career alternating among jazz, pop and R&B is joined by keyboardist extraordinaire George Duke, bassist Marcus Miller and saxophonist David Sanborn.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Outdoor Amphitheatre, Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks

COST: $45-$75 (ages 21 and over only)

INFORMATION: (530) 796-3118, www.cachecreek.com

SATURDAY

Newgrass music

The Carter Brothers

WHAT: Tim and Dan Carter can trace their lineage back (not all that close, but close enough) to A.P. Carter of the original country music dynasty, the Carter Family. Their great-grandfather and A.P. were first cousins. Their music is not exactly family-friendly, what with the Stratocaster guitars, Marshall amps and Hammond B-3 organs thrown into the banjo-

mandolin-fiddle mix.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville

COST: $8 advance, $10 at the door

INFORMATION: (530) 642-8481

SATURDAY

Concert and health fair

Oak Park Summer Concert Series

WHAT: The 25th annual Oak Park event will feature such performers as soprano Marlynn Smith, the Garrett Perkins Project, K-Frost and Johnny Bokat. In addition to the music, food, clothing, arts and crafts will be up for sale. The Imani Clinic, a UC Davis student-run clinic, will offer free blood pressure checks and health screenings.
WHEN: 1-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: McClatchy Park, 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue, Oak Park

COST: Free

INFORMATION:

(916) 804-7333

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Big band revue

'In the Mood' N

WHAT: A company of 19 singers, dancers and a top-notch big band will perform the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James and the Andrews Sisters. This event opens the first full season of performances at Three Stages.

WHEN: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

COST: $25-$45

INFORMATION:

(916) 608-6888, www.threestages.net

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Collectors event

Antique Paper and Postcard Show

WHAT: Collectors and dealers from around the nation will display and sell posters, autographed movie memorabilia, old photos and, of course, postcards at this two-

day event. Prices on postcards will range from 25 cents to several hundred dollars.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento

COST: $5 either day or $6 for both days

INFORMATION: (916) 452-5881

SUNDAY

Neo-soul music

Bilal

WHAT: This soulful singer with the soft, sexy voice does neo-soul and jazz like few others. He is a member of the Soulquarians, a loose collective of similarly minded musicians that includes Common, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and D'Angelo - a singer to whom Bilal is sometimes compared.

WHEN: 10 p.m.

WHERE: Harlow's,

2708 J St., Sacramento

COST: $25 (plus $2 per ticket surcharge)
INFORMATION:

(916) 441-4693, www.harlows.com

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