On Thursday, Oct. 3, treat yourself to a great show at Old Ironsides when touring dark folk act Foxy Blues takes the stage. Originally from the Stockton area, Foxy Blues has many talents—she sings, plays guitar, banjo, cello, fiddle, harmonica and more. Also on the bill is Portland-based five-piece folk band Beggars Canyon. 21-plus, 8 p.m., $7 cover. Foxybluesrecords.bandcamp.com for more.
If you like to laugh, make sure to stop in to Sacramento Comedy Spot throughout the weekend of Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6 for their ninth annual Sacramento Comedy Festival, which features improv groups, stand-up comedians, and sketch comedy groups from Sacramento and around the country. Saccomedyfest.com for more.
Norcal Noisefest, the longest running noise and experimental music festival in the country, returns for three very loud days at three different venues. Friday, Oct. 4 is at Luna’s Cafe and Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 are at both Cafe Colonial and The Colony (right next door to each other). Sixty performances throughout the weekend! Norcalnoisefest.com for more.
If tribute bands are your thing, there are a few exciting shows coming up you should know about: On Monday, Oct. 7, Mondavi Center hosts the Experience Hendrix Tour at 7 p.m.; on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Crest Theatre welcomes Get the Led Out (Led Zeppelin Tribute) at 6:30 p.m. Mondaviarts.org and/or Crestsacramento.com for more.
The region’s biggest and best Oktoberfest celebration returns Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 to . I finally attended last year’s festival for the first time, and I’ve got to say, it was amazing. Crowded, but fun. It’s a “must do” at least once if you live in Sacramento and like drinking beer. Sacramentoturnverein.com for more.
The biggest heavy music fest in the West, Aftershock Festival, returns for three days of headbanging at Discovery Park from Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13 with bands like Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Blink-182, Rob Zombie, Staind, Marilyn Manson and many others. Aftershockfestival.com for more.
One of the best garage rock bands in the world, Atlanta-based Black Lips are returning to town on Saturday, Oct. 12 to play Harlow’s. It’s been many years, but I remember they tore the fucking house down at Blue Lamp last time I saw ‘em, and if I was a betting man, I’d wager they’ll do the same this time around. Opening is Blue Rose Rounders. Harlows.com for more.
Punk in Drublic craft beer and music festival returns to Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo on Saturday, Oct. 19 with NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Vandals, Reel Big Fish and Teenage Bottlerocket. Punkindrublicfest.com for more.
Sacramento-area indie/math rock darlings The Speed of Sound in Seawater haven’t been too active in recent years, but they’re back with a big-ass tour in October, which ends at Holy Diver on Saturday, Oct. 26. Opening the show will be the solo project from TSOSIS’s frontman Damien Verrett, So Much Light, as well as Catbamboo on tour all the way from Louisiana. Holydiversac.com for more.
What sort of “Rocktober” column wouldn’t include a Halloween party? Not this one! My first off-the-top choice for Oct. 31 would most definitely be The Torch Club’s Halloween Party featuring two killer local bands, The Gold Souls and City of Trees Brass Band. Facebook.com/thetorchclub for more.