Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nov. 21: Joe Krown at Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Joe Krown may not be a household name in New Orleans music, but that hasn’t stopped the grapevine from buzzing about his upcoming appearance with two seasoned bayou players, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr. Krown, a monster on the Hammond B-3 organ, was Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s keyboardist for 13 years, but it’s this trio that’s been giving him a name. His backing band represents both the old and the new out of the Crescent City. Washington, born in 1943, got his start on the road backing such singers as Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas before founding his own band, while Batiste has laid down the beat for Allen Toussaint, the Funky Meters and Harry Connick Jr. With just three members, they make a thick sound. No one yearning for true Louisiana flavor should miss them on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 8:30pm. $15. 707.545.2343.Gabe Meline 
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Nov. 21: Peter Gros at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

On Jan. 6, 1963, Marlin Perkins stood in front of the television cameras for the first time and introduced the world to Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, thus pioneering the “nature show” format. Other nature shows and, indeed, entire television networks would spring up in its wake, and appearances by animal trainers eventually became a late-night television staple. One such trainer is Peter Gros, who’s co-hosted Wild Kingdom since the 1980s and who occasionally goes on tour with a crazy cast of animals with which to educate and entertain the nation’s schoolchildren. The best part? It’s only 10 bucks for kids under the age of 12. Saddle up the young-uns and watch their eyes widen at Gros’ traveling zoo on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 3pm. $28; $10 children 12 and under. 707.944.1300.Gabe Meline
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Nov. 21: Or, the Whale at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Over the course of a month traveling through America, the San Francisco country-rock band Or, the Whale ate cheese curds in St. Louis, played on top of bowling alley lanes in Minneapolis, triumphed at ping-pong on the East Coast, warmed up by a campfire in the south, and had hot dogs for breakfast in Chattanooga. They also polished nightly their good-time brand of 1970s-style raggadocio—meaning they’ll be primed and ready to tear the roof off this weekend. Having played with Fleet Foxes, the Devil Makes Three, the Dodos and Two Gallants, Or, the Whale (the name is a Melville reference) is part of a new Bay Area clash of the old and the new, where Led Zeppelin and Levon Helm waltz arm-in-arm through the Presidio and sing of wild living in perfect four-part harmony. Welcome them home on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9:30pm. $12–$15. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline 
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Nov. 21: Mose Allison at 19 Broadway Nightclub

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Given the brilliance of Mose Allison’s lyrics—pointed, wry and delivered in a knightly laid-back manner—it’s important to remember that the man behind the beatnik classics “Your Mind Is on Vacation” and “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” is also a hell of a pianist. At 29, he included on his very first album for Prestige Records Back Country Suite only two vocal tracks; the rest, ivories, played in his impossible-to-nail-down style. Now 82, Allison can appreciate his status as a living legend, but he doesn’t rest on his greatest hits. In concert, he’s as nimble on the keys as he is varied in his set lists; there’s no telling when he’ll premiere a new composition or, for that matter, unearth a forgotten chestnut from an obscure 1940s Nat “King” Cole session. Cross your fingers for “Lost Mind” and “Young Man Blues” when he appears on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 19 Broadway Nightclub. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 4:30pm and 7pm. $25–$30. 415.459.1091.Gabe Meline 
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Nov. 19: Ana Gabriel at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM

With a tortured plea, the chorus of “Simplemente Amigos” by the Mexican pop sensation Ana Gabriel is the oldest of sentiments. “When closing the door, we loved without control,” goes the rough translation, “but they do not accept our love.” Gabriel is a deeply religious woman, appearing onstage with an ever-present carnation as a symbol of her relationship with God, so it’s ever more poignant that her biggest hit was inspired by a gay friend’s struggle for acceptance. Coming from one of the country’s biggest stars, the song is a beautiful, heart-wrenching statement. Now with over 20 albums to her name, Gabriel, born in Sinaloa to a Spanish father and Chinese mother, is fluid in rock songs, pop ballads and rancheras, and drips with the kind of emotion that can’t be faked. She performs on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65–$125. 707.546.3600.Gabe Meline 
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nov. 14: Algo & the Rhythms at Unity Music

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:58 PM

They advertise the old-fashioned way. Taped to a pole downtown, with actual photocopy emulsion on an orange piece of paper, was the most ridiculously unreadable hand-drawn flyer I’d seen since 1988. After several minutes of closely inspecting the lowrider-inspired art, I deciphered the headliner: Algo & the Rhythms. An electronic trio comprised of Algo the Robot, L.O.G.O. the Percussor and Chromeleon, the local band specializes in laptop-infused dance songs owing debts to Daft Punk, Jon Carroll, Ian Curtis and many, many theme songs to Nintendo games. The band members often perform wearing silver lamé boxes on their heads, and this weekend, judging from the tiny handwriting on the flyer, they play with Troi, DJ Fresh Patchwork, Printer Cups and Attacks the Darkness on Friday, Nov. 14, at Unity Music. 1840 Piner Road, Ste. #18, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $8. www.myspace.com/algoandtherhythms.Gabe Meline 
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Nov. 14: Montana StreetArt at Napa Valley Art Supplies

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:44 PM

For a town with only one art-supply store, Napa is certainly ahead of the curve. Who would have thought that Santa Rosa leaders would preemptively shut down a street art festival—citing concerns about encouraging vandalism—while Napa, of all places, actually gets Montana Gold to sponsor the second in a series of Montana StreetArt events? This weekend, 10 artists from Sacramento, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and Napa converge on the front lawn of Napa Valley Art Supplies to work their skills with the spray can. Throughout the day, visitors can stop in and watch the progress, browse artist portfolios and nosh on barbecue, and the completed pieces will be for sale at the end of the event. At last month’s successful event, a policeman even stopped by to check out the fresh styles. Drop in and see the future of street art on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Napa Valley Art Supplies. 3250 California Blvd., Napa. 11am–5pm. Free. 707.224.2775.Gabe Meline
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Nov. 13-14: Leon Russell at Highland Dell

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Though there may not be much that remains of the “Vacation Wonderland” promised by the antique sign that still hangs over Monte Rio’s main intersection, a few pockets of the post-war resort life remain. One of them is the Highland Dell, a lodge and restaurant built in 1906 and recently renovated but largely unchanged in feel from its days of long canoe rides on the Russian River and longer one-piece bathing suits. The rustic building has been hosting live music in its intimate, wainscoted environs as of late, and this weekend the Oklahoma-born white ghost Leon Russell stops in for a two-night stand. There’s something about the Russian River redwoods and the AM radio vibe of “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue” that go together well, and though tickets aren’t cheap, it’ll be an old-fashioned night to remember when Russell plays, with Levi Lloyd opening, on Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at the Highland Dell. 21050 River Blvd., Monte Rio. 7pm. $70–$80. 707.865.2300.Gabe Meline 
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Nov. 13: Dave Gleason at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:23 PM

In the two years since he defected from the Bay Area to the land of freeways, Dodger fans and botox, the immeasurably talented Dave Gleason has managed to avoid every Southern California pitfall. Sticking true to his dusty, string-bending ways, the singer, songwriter and guitarist has fit right in with the paparazzi-free Southern California country-rock scene to which his heart has long been tied. His latest album, Just Fall to Pieces, garnered rave reviews, he began playing with the Bakersfield greats, and he started a weekly stand at the quintessential desert roadhouse Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, Calif., near Joshua Tree. He hasn’t made it back up here as often as we’d thought, but this weekend he drops by the quintessential West Marin roadhouse for twang-infused harmonies about wine, women and wild livin’ on Friday, Nov. 13, at Rancho Nicasio. Town Square, Nicasio. 8:30pm. $10. 415.662.2219.Gabe Meline 
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Nov. 12: MIMS at Casbar

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:19 PM

When his summertime smash hit “This Is Why I’m Hot” topped the Billboard charts in 2007, it was near-impossible to escape the Washington Heights rapper MIMS and his obscure, correlative logic. “I’m hot ’cause I’m fly,” he explained, “you ain’t ’cause you not.” Would, then, the way to hotness lie in pursuing the ideals of the fly? Or is flyness, in the master plan of MIMS, dependent on coexisting with one who is hot—perchance MIMS himself? The thought process confounded brains but moved asses for a few short months, and quicker than Sean Paul’s “Beautiful Girls,” it was gone from the ringtones of America. MIMS has a new album out this year called Guilt, and he brings his East Coast style of sayin’ nothin’ on the track on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Casbar. 3345 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 9:30pm. $20. 707.568.1011.Gabe Meline 
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