Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

September 1, 2011
The Lineup: The Bee picks the best things to do


Blues music

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

COST: $20


(530) 795-1825,



Greek Festival

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,




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

COST: $29-$59

INFORMATION: (530) 796-3118


Blues music

Laurie Morvan

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

COST: $5

INFORMATION: (916) 355-8586,


Songwriters event

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



Hawaiian music


Aweau M

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

COST: $20

INFORMATION: (916) 441-4693

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