SCENE OF THE BIRTH, GOING GREEN: As many local music-watchers know, the popular jam band known as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood — led by a leader of the Black Crowes — owes part of its origin story to SOhO, where it staged a series of workshopping gigs as it was being formed. CRB’s 805 story has continued with regular concerts at the Lobero Theatre in recent years, but Mr. Robinson returns to SOhO on Friday, March 22, with another musical set of clothes, leading his “cosmic country” band Green Leaf Rustlers. Joining Mr. Robinson are some veterans of the Bay Area/Summer of Love scene, including bassist Pete Sears — of Jefferson Starship fame — drummer John Molo (Phil Lesh, Bruce Hornsby), Barry Sless and Mother Hips-connected guitarist Greg Loiacono. The band promises to call up “dusty country classics of your dreams.” Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. SOhO, 1221 State St. (upstairs) Tickets are $8 to $10. 962-7776, www.sohosb.com.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY FOR ALICE AND CO.’: “Alice’s Restaurant” never quite seems to close. Here it comes again: Arlo Guthrie, the folkie and chip off the Woody Guthrie block, will once again revisit his epic, charmingly raconteur’s rant at the Lobero Theatre on Tuesday. The ripe excuse this time is a 50th anniversary of the rambling tale punctuated by the hooky chorus, and the 50th birthday tour entails a multimedia affair and a family-and-friends affair onstage. Patriarch Arlo is joined by his next-generation musical progeny, Sarah Lee and Abe Guthrie, along with Terry a la Berry, and Steve and Carol Ide. Tuesday at 8 p.m.. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido. Tickets: $62 and $79. Info: 963-0761, www.lobero.com.
APRIL MUSICAL SHOWERS: April brings with it a bounty of pop, rock and indie concert pleasures, mostly centered around the kickoff of the Santa Barbara Bowl concert season — and much of that rotating in orbit around the Coachella Festival roster. The Bowl kickoff show unveils on April 18, with the double bill of Blood Orange and Christine and the Queens, closely followed by ZEDD (April 19), RUFUS DU SOL (April 20), and The 1975 (April 21). But on the indoor venue front, the Arlington Theatre is getting some rock concert action in April, as well: on Friday, April 5, the Southern rock band with the mouthful name Needtobreathe steers its all-acoustic tour to the Arlington, followed the next night, April 6, by the verging-on-veteran alt rock band Switchfoot.