Jan 14 and 16: Thugz and Linda Ferro at Rio Nido Roadhouse

The Rio Nido Roadhouse just ain’t what it used to be—and that’s a good thing. Its reputation nearly ruined in the late ’80s and ’90s due to hotheaded bikers and rampant methamphetamine, the place has since been fixed up to its proper glory as a no-frills joint offering good times and live music for the whole family. Covered with a large plastic tent in the wintertime, the music patio and grassy area has earned the endearing term “the ICU” from members of the Thugz, who continue their Thursday-night residency at the Roadhouse after last month’s sudden closure by county building inspectors of the band’s former haunt, the Pink Elephant in Monte Rio. Music nights at the Roadhouse are all-ages, there are outdoor heaters, the music stops at 10pm, and the kitchen churns out a full menu of pub grub and pizza. The Thugz return on Thursday, Jan 14; the Linda Ferro Band play Saturday, Jan. 16. It’s all at the Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon Two, Rio Nido. 6pm. Free. 707.869.0821.Gabe Meline