Comedy legend Don Rickles has been slinging insults for more than 50 years. The funnyman came up joking around with Johnny Carson and Frank Sinatra. His comic zingers earned him the nicknames “Mr. Warmth” and “The Merchant of Venom.” But he also has been a welcome guest on late-night talk-show couches for decades with the likes of Carson, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive
CALL: (209) 668-1169
VMI Rocks Spring Tour
The Valley Music Institute returns with its Spring Tour show at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The rock school works with musicians (from beginners to veterans) and groups them into bands based on compatibility to rehearse, record, make videos and play shows. The free show will feature 22 student bands. The school, run by Modesto musician Darin Morris, has students ages 6 to 60.
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
Sons of the San Joaquin
Saddle up with the Western stars the Sons of the San Joaquin. The family trio of brothers Jack and Joe Hannah, and Joe’s son Lon Hannah, was formed in 1987. Together, they have kept the cowboy tradition going and been inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. Their albums have won awards from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne
CALL: (877) 747-8777
First-wave U.S. punk pioneers The Angry Samoans rock out at The Brewhouse. The hard-core punk band was founded in the summer of 1978 in Los Angeles. Also on the bill will be Trashboat (featuring members of Before 20/Kid Mudd), Red Devil Lie and The Creepoids. This is an all-ages show.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The Brewhouse at Hero’s, 821 L St., Modesto
TICKETS: $8 in advance, $10 at door
CALL: (209) 524-2337
Sourdough Slim & the Saddle Pals
Western favorite Sourdough Slim returns for a night of music and humor. The veteran showman bills himself as “Last Of The Vaudeville Cowboys” for his signature mix of camp, music and much more. Known for his 10-gallon hat, yodeling, accordion playing and tall-tale telling, Slim brings his longtime collaborators the Saddle Pals along for the show. The duo includes wisecracking Cactus Bob and bass-thumping Prairie Flower.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman
TICKETS: $15 general, $18 reserved
CALL: (209) 862-4490
Balkan folk dancing
Enjoy a mini-folk concert and Balkan dancing as the Bay Area band Sviraci comes to the Carnegie Arts Center. Attendees also can learn the dances, and those ages 10 and older are welcome to participate. Sviraci features Jim Little on gajda, fiddle and tambura; Melissa Miller on kaval, vocals and percussion; and Lew Smith on tambura and percussion, performing Bulgarian and Macedonian traditional music. The event is presented by the Village Dancers of the Valley.
WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock
TICKETS: $5 general, children under 10 free
CALL: (209) 480-0387