Kamasi Washington at the Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, by Daniel KielmanCaravan down to Saratoga for some serious vibes. (photo: Daniel Kielman)

Friday, August 25

Girls Rock Camp/CWM Benefit Concert featuring Shannon and the Clams, Dirty Cello, Killer Queens @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Great rock and roll for a great cause. What’s not to love?

Cuco @ Rickshaw Stop
Get your fix of Chicanx resistance music.

Pardoner, Versing, Hoop @ Slim’s
San Francisco’s great young hope for rock and roll rolls into Slim’s.

Kamasi Washington @ Mountain Winery
Take in some transporting saxophone riffs in a scenic setting. Groovy.

Fresh and Onlys, the World, Mall Walk @ The Chapel
Ask our editor Russell about his love for the World sometime.

CupcakKe, Tia NoMore, Green Ova, Fela Kutchi @ Eli’s Mile High Club
Behind CupcakKe’s explicit lyrics lies much deeper meaning.

Saturday, August 26

Peace, Love and Understanding Counter-Rally with Michael Franti, The Brothers Comatose @ Civic Center Plaza
There’s a lot of these tomorrow, but this is the only music-related option.

Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony @ The UC Theatre
You thought they were the coolest in the ’90s. They’re still pretty cool.

826 Day Block Party @ 826 Valencia
Featuring Thao (no last name needed), Owl Paws, and Wait What.

Nef the Pharaoh @ The Phoenix Theater
2016 was a good year for Bay Area hip-hop, including “#Saydaat” from Nef the Pharaoh.

SLAY: A Hip-Hop Party for LGBTQ, People of Color and Allies @ Rickshaw Stop
Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Once and Future Band @ The Independent
Psst: We premiered their new video today.

Sunday, August 27

Mavis Staples @ Stern Grove
We’ll take you there.

Sarah Bethe Nelson @ Brick & Mortar
“Simple melodies” and a “sense of adventure,” writes Consequence of Sound.