Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

September 15, 2011
The Lineup: The Bee picks the best things to do


Rock music


WHAT: This British hard rock-slash-heavy metal band has been around since 1969. Founding members singer Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker are leading the current band, along with longtime keyboard player Paul Raymond (since '76) and guitar legend Vinnie Moore (a fixture since 2004). For their album "The Visitor," Mogg recorded his vocals at Area 51 in Nevada. Also on the bill is MindFlow, a Brazilian band that does not - repeat - not play sambas. Let's just say they're completely compatible with UFO.

WHEN: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7)

WHERE: The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale

COST: $35 at the door


(916) 988-9247,


New Orleans funk

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

WHAT: Led by Aaron Neville's son (and Neville Brothers nephew), Dumpstaphunk has quite a pedigree. Band members have credits with such heavyweights as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Harry Connick Jr. and the Funky Meters. After several years of simmering its musical stew at local New Orleans gigs - including Mardi Gras - this band is serving some seriously funky sounds.

WHEN: 10 p.m.

WHERE: Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento

COST: $19.50

INFORMATION: (916) 441-4693,


Country music

Xtreme Muzik Tour

WITH: Headliners Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, opening act Road 88, plus Cowboy Troy & 2 Foot Fred

WHAT: Fans may not have heard much from Big & Rich in the past couple of years, but that's changing with this tour. Big & Rich and Wilson share an eight-piece band and remain on stage together for most of the show. Throw in an opening act and a couple of members of the Muzik Mafia founded by Rich in 2001, and you've got a stageful of country talent.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Outdoor Amphitheater at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln

COST: $25-$79, plus taxes and fees

INFORMATION: (916) 408-7777


Fowl festival

Fair Oaks Chicken Festival

WHAT: Why did the chicken cross the road? To see a play at the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, maybe. To hang out on the street with other feathered friends. To peck for food in the park, perhaps. And, of course, to be guests of honor at this celebration of the loud and proud residents of Old Fair Oaks. There will be food and craft vendors, microbrews for sale, a kids park and live entertainment featuring Mumbo Gumbo, Lightning Hand Band, Endangered Souls and Hired Guns.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Fair Oaks Village, 10219 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (916) 966-1036,


Chinese music

Jenny Tseng

WHAT: Born in Macau and based in Hong Kong, Tseng is a superstar in the Asian music world. This diva with the powerful voice and strong personality has a career that spans more than three decades. Her repertoire includes Cantonese and Mandarin songs. Tseng has said that big concert tours are becoming tiring and she's looking forward to living a quieter, simpler life - hence the title of this show: "Farewell World Tour."

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Summer Stage Outdoor Ampitheatre, Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks

COST: $58-$158

INFORMATION: (530) 796-3118,


House concert


WHAT: Cataldo is the recording project of Seattle musician Eric Anderson, who makes deeply personal music of great joy and sorrow. His latest recording, "Prison Boxing" (to be released the day of the show), is about the end of a relationship and is, he admits, "something of a contradiction - a warm, uplifting heartbroken record. I have such happy memories of making this record about such an unpleasant time." This house concert is sponsored by Davis radio station KDVS.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Robot Rocket Residence, 633 M St., Davis

COST: Donation requested

INFORMATION: (530) 752-0728


Mexican music

Martha Toledo

WHAT: This internationally recognized Zapotec singer makes her Sacramento debut in a concert of songs carrying a contemporary message of respect and dignity for Latin American women. Accompanied by guitarist José Roberto, she brings social awareness to her repertoire of classic and native songs.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: La Raza Galeria Posada, 1022 22nd St., Sacramento

COST: $15 advance

INFORMATION: (916) 446-5133


Jazz rock fusion

Return to Forever IV

and 'Zappa Plays Zappa'

WHAT: Return to Forever is the definitive jazz-rock fusion ensemble. Driven by Chick Corea's keyboards, Stanley Clarke's bass and Lenny White's drums, RTF IV features French violinist extraordinare Jean-Luc Ponty and fiery guitarist Frank Gambale. Also on the bill is Dweezil Zappa bringing the music of his late father, Frank, to new audiences with "Zappa Plays Zappa."

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis

COST: $55-$95 general, $27.50-$47.50 students

INFORMATION: (866) 754-2787,

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