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
(530) 274-8384, http://thecenterforthearts.org
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
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
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-
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville
COST: $8 advance, $10 at the door
INFORMATION: (530) 642-8481
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
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
(916) 608-6888, www.threestages.net
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
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.
2708 J St., Sacramento
COST: $25 (plus $2 per ticket surcharge)
(916) 441-4693, www.harlows.com