Houston's Devin the Dude sings, raps, is effortlessly funny, and loves weed. These qualities have long made him a preferred collaborator for hip-hop luminaries like Dr. Dre, Scarface, and Snoop Dogg (the Doggfather even appears on Devin the Dude's new album Waiting to Inhale). Oakland's Zion I isn't quite the Chong to the Dude's insatiable Cheech, but this enlightened local group does have pro-pot songs like "Cheeba Cheeba" and "Roll on Out" in its arsenal. It's sure to be a green party when Devin the Dude and Zion I perform live on Thursday, July 26, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $15; call 625-880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. T.P.
Peter Hook is best known as New Order's bassist. But in recent years he's taken to DJing thanks to the encouragement of Stone Roses bassist Mani, with whom he's worked on a long-anticipated project called Freebass (also featuring Andy Rourke of the Smiths). While that concept marinates, Hook has been dabbling in nightclubs around the world, playing snarling low-end techno with notable enthusiasm. While DJs can often be much more fun to listen to than watch, Hook buries himself deep into the groove, enthusiastically throwing his hands in the air. Watch this seasoned musician playing with his newfound passion on Friday, July 27, at Ruby Skye at 9 p.m. Admission is $15; call 693-0777 or visit www.rubyskye.com for more info. T.P.
Guru is best known as the rhyming half of Gang Starr for which he partners with legendary producer DJ Premier but he has also released albums under the Jazzmatazz banner for the past 14 years. The Jazzmatazz records have allowed Guru (aka Keith Elam) to experiment with blending jazz elements into hip hop, and to work with guest artists ranging from Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers to young rappers like the Bay Area's Blackalicious. The latter guest on Guru's latest, Vol. 4: Back to the Future, alongside the likes of Damian Marley, Ronny Laws, and even David Sanborn. Album producer Solar, DJ Doo Wop, and 7 Grand Band join Guru in presenting Jazzmatazz live on Saturday, July 28, at Mezzanine at 9 p.m. Admission is $20; call 625-880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info. T.P.