Members of Counting Crows play with McCabe & Mrs. Miller, featuring members of Camper Van Beethoven. Dec 26 at 9. $12. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco. 415.861.5016.Mystery Lights
Did you see that incredible video of the crazy spiral blue lights in the Norwegian sky a couple weeks back? Amazing stuff. Dec 26 at 9:30. $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 415.923.0923.Arturo Sandoval
Famed trumpeter appeas with all-star Latin jazz band with Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Rebeca Mauleon and more. Dec 26-28 at 8 and 10. $30. Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.Railroad Earth
Boots are made for stomping with this high-energy bluegrass band playing two nights at legendary venue. Dec 27-28 at 8. $25.50. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. 415.346.6000.X
All-original lineup returns for two nights of the greatest rock ’n’ roll ever to come from the cesspool of Los Angeles. Go to the cheaper, non-NYE show! Dec 30 at 9. $31. Slim’s, 333 11th St, San Francisco. 415.255.0333.Trombone Shorty
Lively-as-hell New Orleans trombonist pulls out all the tricks for entertaining and dynamic Dixieland-tinged hoedown. With Zigaboo Modeliste. Dec 30 at 9. $25. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.Gabe Meline
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