Joe Louis Walker
WHAT: The San Francisco-born JLW (as he's affectionately known), picked up the guitar at age 8 and was hot stuff on the Bay Area blues scene by the time he was 16. He played with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Thelonious Monk, Steve Miller, John Mayall, Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix, all before he was 20. After taking a break and earning a degree in music and English at San Francisco State University, he returned to the blues.
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Palms, 13 Main St., Winters
(530) 795-1825, www.palmsplayhouse.com
WHAT: It's an annual Labor Day Weekend event, a chance to visit an exotic culture without leaving town. Listen to the music, sample the food (moussaka, spanakopita, dolmathes, pastitsio - and lamb, naturally) and don't forget the ouzo, if you're old enough. Hey, there's even a free Greek dance lesson at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Sacramento Convention Center,
1400 J St., Sacramento
COST: Free before 3 p.m. today; afterward and Saturday and Sunday, it's $5 general, $4 for ages 55 and older, free for ages 11 and younger
INFORMATION: (916) 443-2033, www.sacramentogreekfestival.com
WHAT: This stand-up comic - the winner of every audience favorite award the season he was on "Last Comic Standing" - has another distinction: He has performed for U.S. troops more than any other comedian since Bob Hope. He also was named "Funniest Black Comic in LA" - and he's not African American. He is, however, quite funny.
WHEN: 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Tommy T's Comedy and Dinner Theatre, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova
COST: $20-$30 (plus fees) Friday and Saturday, $15-$25 (plus fees) Sunday
INFORMATION: (916) 357-5233
Vice Ganda and K Brosas
WHAT: Ganda is a gay Filipino stand-up comic, actor and talk show host, the first Filipino celebrity to have
1 million fans on Facebook. He's now up to about 3 million. Brosas is a Filipina actress, comic, singer and TV host, who was lead singer of the group K and the Boxers.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Summer Stage Outdoor Amphitheatre, Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks
INFORMATION: (530) 796-3118
WHAT: This Long Beach- based blues guitarist has a degree in electrical engineering, holds a pilot's license, teaches calculus - and is quickly becoming one of the leading blues guitarists in California. She writes and sings her own songs in a voice that's been compared with Christine McVie's of Fleetwood Mac - way cooler than being compared to Stevie Nicks', not that there's anything wrong with that.
WHEN: 3 p.m.
WHERE: PowerHouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom
INFORMATION: (916) 355-8586, www.powerhousepub.com
Bluebird Lounge Open Mike
WHAT: This is an open-mike night with a twist. Songwriters - a dozen a night each Tuesday - will get 10 minutes to perform up to three original songs for an audience and a panel of judges. The singer- songwriter judged the night's best will win two hours recording time in a professional studio. All forms of music except rap are eligible for the open- mike competition.
WHEN: Sign-ups 5 to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Stoney Inn, 1320 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento
COST: No cover
WHAT: This master of the slack key guitar is perhaps best known as one-half of the superlative Hawaiian group Hapa. His solo work is just as impressive, beginning with his 2002 CD "E Apo Mai," which was named the contemporary Hawaiian album of the year.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento
INFORMATION: (916) 441-4693