Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June 28: Rock Royalty Tour at the Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM

By the time their record label got around to releasing the misspelled masterpiece Odessey and Oracle in 1968, the Zombies had already broken up, never able to fully reap the success of the album’s smash hit, “Time of the Season.” Two years ago, original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent regrouped and brought the old magic out on tour; this year, they’re joined by the Yardbirds and the Spencer Davis Group on a “Rock Royalty” tour. Don’t expect to see Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds—they’ve got just two original members. Steve Winwood, likewise, is not in the Spencer Davis Group anymore. But live reviews have been good for the tour so far, and what better place for rock veterans to fire off the old hits than an actual veterans home? The Rock Royalty tour gives you some lovin’ on Sunday, June 28, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 5pm. $39–$59. 707.944.1300.Gabe Meline
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June 27: Bret Michaels at the Sonoma-Marin Fair

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Admit it, man. You’re not going to see Bret Michaels so you can hear “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” You’re going to see the scantily-clad drunk bimbos in thong bikinis, all clamoring for the attention of a 46-year-old washup with hair extensions before boarding the “River Rock of Love” bus supplied by River Rock Casino. You’re going so you can yell anonymously at him about getting bonked on the head and leveled out at the Tonys earlier this month. You’re not going so you can sing along to “Nothin’ but a Good Time.” You’re going to witness the slow, pitiful decay of American culture—and maybe to revel in its grotesque beauty. “Something to Believe In”? Forget it—schadenfreude, irony and guilty pleasures are the greatest hits when Michaels plays on Saturday, June 27, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 8pm. Free with $10–$15 fair admission. 707.283.3247. Gabe Meline
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June 26: Candye Kane at the Cloverdale Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Once a 17-year-old single mom, later a pin-up girl and stripper, the large-and-in-charge Candye Kane has established herself over the course of 10 albums as one of the preeminent blues-belting females of our time. Raised in a tumultuous household, brought up in a world that told her that girth was a sin, Kane rechristened herself as a no-nonsense singer of empowering songs like “200 Pounds of Fun” and “Great Big Woman.” She appears this weekend at Cloverdale’s summertime Friday Night Live series, whose bookings have been one of the best things to happen to the sleepy city to the north. Last year’s lineup included indie cellist Bonfire Madigan, and later this year the Pink Floyd-loving bluegrass act Poor Man’s Whiskey settles in. Grab a burrito from La Hacienda and hang out with Kane and her big, rich voice on Friday, June 26, at the Cloverdale Plaza. Cloverdale Boulevard between First and Second streets, Cloverdale. 6:30pm. Free. 707.894.4410.Gabe Meline 
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June 25: Dave Burleigh in Mill Valley

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM

It’s one thing to be able to impersonate one celebrity well, but it’s another thing entirely to be able to impersonate a wide array of celebrities—especially without costume changes. Doing it off the cuff with remarkable precision is Dave Burleigh, who gets into the nuances of Christopher Walken, Nicholas Cage, Matthew McConaghey and dozens of others, offering up the essence of each one. This weekend, Burleigh reconstructs famous scenes from television, music and film in an evening of comedy and music sure to provide laughs for anyone with even a corner of an eye on pop culture. On hand will be DJ Jay Biz, spinning records and cuing up visuals for the show, which hopefully will include Burleigh’s hilarious Owen Wilson / Vince Vaughn routine. Bring a loved one and laugh your guts out together on Thursday, June 25, at 142 Throckmorton. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 8pm. $15–$20. 415.383.9600.Gabe Meline
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June 25: Charlie Musselwhite at the Windsor Town Green

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM

The last time blues legend Charlie Musselwhite played a free concert on the Windsor Town Green, it was so crowded you’d think he was throwing out free money to the audience. To blues fans, Musselwhite’s signature harmonica tone and phrasing are better than money—they’re among the best in the business. Whether delivered through a green Shure bullet mic and Fender Twin Reverb, Chicago-style, or a simple SM58, Musselwhite is at the top of harp players with a gilded manner to match. Anyone who’s caught his stellar Sunday morning radio show “Charlie’s Room” on 95.9 KRSH-FM, replete with thrilling anecdotes and Musselwhite’s signature drawl, knows that he’s one of the most easygoing and engaging personalities in the North Bay. See what 40 years of playing with the greats means when he appears on Thursday, June 25, at the Windsor Town Green. Bell Road at McClelland Boulevard, Windsor. 6pm. Free. 707.838.5315.Gabe Meline
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 24: Teen Day at the Sonoma-Marin Fair

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Morrissey may have once sang about the last night of the fair, but Petaluma teens won’t want to miss out on the first day of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, aka Teen Day. At 1pm, don’t miss the Guitar Hero competition, where you can try your skills on Lamb of God’s “Laid to Rest”; at 2pm, check out the teen fashion show; and at 3pm, Sophia Smith, GimCrackery and the Unnamed Band from the Phoenix Theater’s School of Music perform. There’ll also be YouTube stations, where you can edit and upload videos of the fair, free skateboard parking at the gate, and best of all—an actual text-messaging competition. Don’t miss it on Wednesday, June 24, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 1–11pm. On Teen Day, $10 before 5pm, $15 after; rides free with admission. 707.283.3247.Gabe Meline
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June 20-21: Marin Art Festival at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Before the Marin Center’s lagoon fills with reflections of Ferris Wheels and nightly fireworks, settle into the relative quiet at the Marin Art Festival this weekend. In the shadow of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Marin Center, over 250 fine artists will be on hand showing, discussing and selling their work. Festival food includes Louisiana gumbo, Greek salads, French pastries, Southwestern chicken sandwiches and, naturally, grilled Marin oysters. The musical lineup includes Latin and Cuban fare on Saturday, courtesy of Fito Reinoso, Ray Obeido and Patricio Angulo, while Sunday’s given over to the swing sounds of Swing Fever, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums and the triumphant return of Lee Press-On and the Nails. It’s all happening Saturday–Sunday, June 20–21, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 10am–6pm. $10. 415.388.0151.Gabe Meline
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June 20: Jason Bodlovich at the Russian River Brewing Company

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Even from the title, Hammerhead, one can ascertain that Jason Bodlovich’s newest album is more forceful and driven than the average instrumental guitar release. Heavy percussion, funk grooves and technical precision underscore the album’s role as a conjurer of images. “Grazin’,” though not a country song, still conjures haystacks and wooden fences, while “10 Rays” is the sound of sunrise, as magisterial as it gets. When Bodlovich swipes his pick across the round-wound strings while picking out low notes on “Lumpy,” it’s just like skipping through sidewalk puddles. With Hammerhead, calling Bodlovich a jazz artist isn’t enough anymore. He’s on some other plane. Celebrate his CD release show on Saturday, June 20, at the Russian River Brewing Company. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.545.2337.Gabe Meline
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June 20: Solar Fair at the Finley Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

It’s summertime, the sun is shining, and it’s all things solar at Solar Sonoma County’s Solar Fair this weekend, where interested parties can find all about harnessing the power of the sun. Want to add solar panels to your house? Even better, want to learn about government programs to help finance them? Interested in a job in the solar industry, or just want to learn about energy efficiency? The Solar Fair’s the place. With over 14 food and drink booths will be on hand and over 20 solar vendors, the only thing missing is live music. That’s where John Allair, Blusion, Fishbear and the Taiko Drummers come in. It all goes down on Saturday, June 20, at the Finley Center. 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa. 11am–6pm. Free. 707.284.9799.Gabe Meline
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June 18: the Wallflowers at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:57 PM

So Rumer Willis and Frank Sinatra Jr. are having lunch, talking about the business, when suddenly Ben Taylor walks by. “Hey Ben, how’s it goin’?” asks Sinatra. “Great, man, I just cut a track with Martha Wainwright. You?” “Oh, not bad—I’m working on a soundtrack to this Kate Hudson and Charlie Sheen movie.” Taylor’s phone rings, it’s Maya Rudolph and Ravi Coltrane coming to join them, when who should walk by listening to Ziggy Marley but Chastity Bono. “Hey, Chastity!” shouts Willis. “I hear you’re getting a sex-change operation! Let’s all celebrate! I’ll call up Dakota Johnson and Natalie Cole, and we’ll go see the Wallflowers on Thursday, June 18, at the Napa Valley Opera House.” 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $85. 707.226.7372.

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