It's a pretty quiet week coming up, with most nightlife activity based on the first Second Saturday of the year. There are some cool art shows coming up, and the new outlet of the Sacramento Bike Kitchen will open at 19th and I Streets. Get more info at SacramentoPress.com.
For music that night, my for-sure pick is the EP release party by Nice Monster, featuring singer/songwriter J. Matthew Gerken, one of the three men responsible for the brilliant three-CD concept album "Of Great and Mortal Men," a.k.a. The Presidents Album. They'll be playing the Fox and Goose on Saturday.
Other shows of note are all local bands, including a great double bill at Luna's on Friday featuring singer songwriters Ricky Berger and Chelsea Wolfe. Here's Ricky...
The local act named 20,000 will celebrate the release of its new CD at Java Lounge, also on on Friday night.
In San Francisco on Friday and Saturday nights, the Wailers will celebrate the anniversary of the release of the great album Exodus, by playing the whole thing live at the Independent. Minus Bob Marley, of course...
The big "name" event of the weekend is the three-day run of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, which is now almost 40 years old. That'll be playing at the Community Center Theatre Friday through Sunday.
And the first "battle" of the the Jammies series of "battles of the bands" will take place Friday night at Club Retro, the all-ages venue in Orangevale. That leads up to the big Jammies show at the Crest on Feb. 28. For a listing of the Jammies showcases, go here.
And that's just about it.