Not every concert can be a mega arena show.
In fact, the vast majority of local concerts happen at theaters, bars and clubs with little fanfare. Often, they happen on a weeknight, which means that those only concerned with their weekends often miss out on great performances.
The lineup Sunday, Aug. 7, to Wednesday, Aug. 10, is but one example:
▪ Alfredo Rios, aka El Komander, is in town headlining the Bud Light Party Convention. The concert is one of 13 Bud Light-sponsored “convention” stops this month, with headliners like Big Sean, Justin Moore, Jason Derulo and Rios.
The singer is studied in traditional Mexican music – canción, banda, mariachi – but is known in the United States for narcocorridos, a regional music that tells the story of the country’s “narco-culture.” NPR called Rios “the Jay Z of Mexican drug balladeers.”
This is a return trip for the singer. Rios played the Rainbow Ballroom in March.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Rainbow Ballroom, 1725 Broadway St. See www.budlightpartyconvention.com for ticket details.
▪ Sacramento songwriter Jackie Greene makes a tour stop at Fulton 55 in support of his latest album, “Back to Birth.”
The album, out now on Yep Rock records, is his first in five years, but Greene kept busy in between solo albums playing guitar in the reunited Black Crowes and releasing an album with Trigger Hippy, his band with Joan Osborne and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene has also toured with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and with WRG, the acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, which gives you some idea of his credentials.
Here, Greene headlines a show with Bay Area Americana artist David Luning.
▪ Los Angeles metal band Westfield Masscare plays a one-off night in Fresno before embarking on a few festival dates and a tour of the United Kingdom early next year. The band is described as bridging the gap between modern American metal and more traditional European metal. You’ll hear guttural growling mixed with soaring vocals, melodies, classically inspired guitar work and harmonized guitar leads.
▪ Kurt Vile spent last weekend in Chicago playing this little music festival called Lollapalooza. Earlier in July he was in Switzerland for the 50th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Later this month, the Philadelphia indie-rocker and one-time member of War on Drugs will be doing a two-night stand at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre with the Alabama Shakes.
The guitarist-singer is in town Wednesday, Aug. 10, with his band the Violators. It will be a rare chance to see Vile at an intimate (read, probably packed and sweaty) all-ages show – his last time in town was at Audie’s Olympic Tavern in 2013.