Americana in Old Sacramento (Friday through Monday) For Labor Day weekend, old-fashioned Americana fun will fill the streets of Old Sacramento with everything from live country music to displays of vintage vehicles (courtesy of the California Automobile Museum) and events like Saturday’s free country western dance party along the waterfront. Other highlights include a free screening of the Clint Eastwood classic Pale Rider on Sunday and a Friday evening beer crawl through the historic district’s pubs and establishments. Times, prices and locations vary by event. Old Sacramento. oldsacramento.com Chalk It Up (Saturday through Monday) The sidewalks in and around Fremont Park become a canvas for vibrant street art created by seasoned artists, pint-sized Picassos,...
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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Friday through Sunday) Your grape escape at this three-day wine festival starts on Friday at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery with the Sonoma Starlight evening featuring wine from more than 25 regional wineries and dinner under the stars prepared by chefs Sondra Bernstein and John Touzle of the Sonoma-based French bistro The Girl & the Fig (think roasted pork loin with polenta cakes and quattro formaggi pizza with house-made pork fennel sausage). During Saturday's Taste of Sonoma, the weekend’s signature event, fill your glass with vino from some 200 wineries, such as Clos du Bois, Sebastiani, Kenwood and Kendall-Jackon, and sample cuisine from local kitchens (like chilled Thai watermelon soup with spicy crab from Santa Rosa’s The...
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Rascal Flatts & Sheryl Crow (Friday) At this co-headlined concert, country outfit Rascal Flatts—whose chart-topping hits include “Bless the Broken Road” and “Take Me There”—will showcase their latest release, Rewind, and be joined by singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who came out with her first all-country album last year. Also performing will be Gloriana, the country trio that was crowned the top new vocal group at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2009 and has toured with the likes of Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn. $28-$76. 7:30 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre. 2677 Forty Mile Rd. Wheatland. 800-745-3000. livenation.com Sacramento Film & Music Festival (Friday through Sunday) Calling all Sacramento cinephiles and...
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Miranda Lambert (Friday) Miranda Lambert’s Platinum tour—named for the 19-time Academy of Country Music award winner’s new record—comes to Wheatland this summer. The reigning queen of country, who will be joined by acts like Justin Moore, will perform from a set list that leans on songs from Platinum and other hits from previous albums like Four the Record and Revolution—both of which, along with Platinum, reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. $29.25-$54. 7:30 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre. 2677 Forty Mile Rd. Wheatland. 800-745-3000. livenation.com The Robert Cray Band (Friday) Led by the eponymous five-time Grammy-winning blues icon that Rolling Stone named “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation” and who was inducted...
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Bill Medley (Friday) You’ll have the time of your life at this concert by Bill Medley, who as one half of the Rightous Brothers, crooned enduring hit songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” and “Unchained Melody.” As a solo artist, Medley earned a Grammy Award in 1987 for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” the Oscar-winning song from Dirty Dancing which he sang with Jennifer Warnes. $49-$69. Friday at 8 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 442-5189. sblentertainment.com Jon Pardi (Friday) Dixon native Jon Pardi—whose debut album, Write You a Song, was released earlier this year and hit No. 3 on the US Country Billboard chart—will be coming to Sacramento for a hometown concert. The rising star...
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