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Dan Zanes and Friends (for kids), April 21, 11am/2pm

Former Del Fuegos frontman and roots rocker Dan Zanes pretty much reinvented himself when he released the acclaimed album, Rocket Ship Beach. While aimed at kids, Zanes’ sound and style are cool enough to have attracted cameos from respected artists such as Lou Reed, Bob Weir, Deborah Harry, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega and Amy Mann. That said, it’s likely to be music mom and dad can dig on even when the young ones are off playing video games. Zanes crafts a mixture of country, folk and standards that emphasize how rewarding it can be to enjoy music together, as a family.

UCLA Live, 340 Royce Dr., Royce Hall, UCLA, 310.825.2101,, $24/$15 (kids 12 and under)/$15 UCLA students

The Boneshakers, April 21, 9:30pm

Collectively, they concoct a sweet, satisfying medley of funk and r&b that pumps the heart and massages one’s soul. Perhaps this is why vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson, along with guitarist and Detroit native Randy Jacobs, went on to become such in-demand accompanists for artists as varied as Snoop Dogg, Bonnie Raitt, Seal and Brian Wilson. Once these cats start groovin’, there’s just no telling how combustible things may get. While not required, flame retardant clothing is strongly encouraged.

Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., 310.395.1676,, $10

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