Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sept. 12: Scaring the Children at Throckmorton Theater

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Quick: What’s a way to make a Sean Lennon / Vincent Gallo double bill even stranger? At the Red Devil Lounge last month, none other than Bob Weir answered the question by hopping onstage and jamming with John Lennon’s son (Gallo had meandered offstage earlier in the night). Seemingly at ease in any configuration, the Grateful Dead alumnus joins up this weekend with bassist Rob Wasserman, drummer Jay Lane and special guest guitarist Jackie Greene for a to-die-for supergroup they’re calling Scaring the Children. The three titans team together to benefit San Francisco’s nonprofit Blue Bear School of Music, and with such an ominous name, expect the music to be as exploratory as side six of Europe ‘72. It gets out there on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 142 Throckmorton. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 8pm. $50–$100. 415.383.9600.Gabe Meline
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Sept. 12: Lenny Williams at Main Street Park in American Canyon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I’ve seen Tower of Power five times with almost as many different singers over the years, and I’ve always felt really sorry for whoever’s on vocal duties. After all, he’s got to live up to Lenny Williams, the group’s legendary vocalist who laid it down on “What Is Hip?,” “So Very Hard to Go” and “Soul Vaccination.” Now age 64, Williams, whose 1970s slow jam “’Cause I Love You” is still one of the best make-out songs to ever come out of the Bay Area, makes only sporadic appearances. Those wondering “Where is he now?” will have their answer when Williams headlines the American Canyon Community Music Festival, near the Wal-Mart shopping center. Consorcio Jazz, Leroy Rodrigues and the Bay Area Blues Band warm things up for the love-song belter on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Main Street Park. 5050 Main St., American Canyon. Noon–6pm. Free. 707.319.4773.Gabe Meline 
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Sept. 12: Katmandu Festival at Depot Park in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 2:53 PM

If your first introduction to Nepal was the family hi-fi playing Cat Stevens’ flute-fluff song “Katmandu,” with lines like “The morning lake drinks up the sky,” you’re forgiven for not attending the Katmandu Festival this weekend. But for those who’ve regularly visited one of the many great Nepalese restaurants in the area, it’s great news that Sonoma County has such a large Sherpa population it can host a full food, music and culture festival named after Nepal’s capital. Filled with naan, curry, chutney and mushrooms, the cuisine of Nepal is a treat that smaller cities don’t have the luxury of eating very often, and with exotic dance and live music as side orders to the tandoori oven, Sonoma is the place to be. Finish it all up with some mango ice cream on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Depot Park. 270 First St. W., Sonoma. 11am–5pm. Free. 707.538.7023.Gabe Meline
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sept. 7: Dr. John and the Neville Brothers at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Two undisputed rulers of New Orleans music? On one bill? In a tiny, intimate theater? That’s exactly what’s in store when Dr. John and the Neville Brothers pull out all the swampy stops the Napa Valley this Labor Day. Dr. John, who has a voice begging almost as much as Aaron Neville’s to be parodied (quick television reference: Family Guy’s “Aaron Neville megaphone”), carries with him a complex detachment in person—either he’s completely bored of playing “Right Place, Wrong Time” or he’s just the coolest dude in the world. The fact he plays both organ and piano at the same time, straddling the bench, makes us opt for the latter. The Neville Brothers, unfairly overshadowed by key member Aaron’s solo success, never fail to pull people out of their seats. The two legends appear on Monday, Sept. 7, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $95–$110. 707.226.7372.Gabe Meline
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Sept. 6: MDC at North Bay Film and Art Collective

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:32 PM

He was a member of the Petaluma Jak’s skateboard team, a guitarist for the band Free Cowboy Hats, a constant presence behind the concession stand at the Phoenix Theater and a tireless supporter of local bands. More than this, Kristof “Goose” Gross was one of the most sincere and kind-hearted people I’ve known. His funeral in Mill Valley this year brought people together in beer salutes and songs, but what he really would have loved was knowing that MDC, one of his favorite punk bands, would agree to play a remembrance for him. In 1988, MDC played the Cotati Cabaret, where singer Dave Dictor stripped off his clothes and traded underwear with a girl; last year in Santa Rosa, they were polite as your mom. Kristof, of course, took pictures, smiled and sang along in the front row the entire time. It’s a fitting tribute when MDC play with Litany for the Whale, Fistifuks and Semi-Evolved Simians on Sunday, Sept. 6, at the North Bay Film and Art Collective. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $7. 707.542.2925.Gabe Meline 
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Sept. 5: Monster String Quartet at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Fresh from a residency at Alasdair Fraser’s summer fiddle camp, fiddle maestro and instructor Darol Anger brings his Monster String Quartet this weekend to West Marin. The “monsters” in this case are three young girls in their 20s: Lauren Rioux, Brittany Haas and Natalie Haas. The sisters Haas are known best for their work with the Boston bluegrass band Crooked Still, while Rioux, from Scarborough, Maine, has a private studio of fiddle students age five to 65. All three girls have been students of Anger and members of his acclaimed Republic of Strings project. See what the stripped-down version comes up with when they pull, chop and bend the strings on Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 8pm. $5–$20. 415.663.1075.Gabe Meline
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Sept. 3: Skee-Lo at Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Pop-rap can be a funny little cottage industry. In a subgenre defined by “Ice Ice Baby” and “U Can’t Touch This,” it’s also included surprisingly great material like “Bust a Move” and “Mama Said Knock You Out.” So while we ruminate on Jazzy Jeff, on House of Pain, on Tone Loc and Naughty by Nature, let us also tip a hat to the 1995 hit “I Wish,” by Skee-Lo, who soared up the charts by telling us that he wished he was a little bit taller and, furthermore, that he was a baller. Over 14 years later, the Los Angeles rapper, away from the game for the last nine years, opens for local Santa Rosa rap group At All Costs on a Thursday night. His upcoming album, Overdose, hopes to at least put him at top billing next time he comes around. Do the running man and wish along with him when he appears on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 9:30pm. $10–$12. 707.545.2343.Gabe Meline
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