Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 3: Los Lobos and Leo Kottke at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Who can forget the ending of Los Lobos’ music video for “La Bamba,” when the song stops and band members gather in a semicircle, quickly strumming and plucking maricahi instruments? Okay, so maybe you’ve forgotten—it was 23 years ago, after all. But! Let us remember that in addition to writing a deep catalog of songs, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas and Louis Perez are also extremely immersed in technique. That’s what makes their pairing with the nimble-fingered guitarist  Leo Kottke at the Lincoln Theater this weekend so interesting; Kottke and Los Lobos both originally emerged as traditionalists, honing their skills until they knew their instruments inside and out, and developed their own styles. Long adored by fans of the collaboration-friendly Grateful Dead, there’s reason to expect that Los Lobos will ask opener Kottke to join them onstage—if only for a lively run-through of “La Bamba”—when the two appear on Saturday, April 3, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $45-$65. 707.944.1300.Gabe Meline
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April 1: Kate Van Horn at Aubergine

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:41 AM

It’s the moment in the sun for Kate Van Horn. The local songwriter who’s been gracing small clubs and cafes with her thoughtful songs and gossamer voice has released Truce, her debut album, celebrated this weekend at a release show at Sebastopol’s Aubergine. We’re plenty excited that after a hiatus, Aubergine is back in the live-music business—surrounded by the building’s vintage clothing store and nautical décor, the atmosphere is funky, down-home and cozy. In other words: pure Sebastopol. Van Horn plays the piano and sings, earning her deserved comparisons to Tori Amos; her voice, especially, treads into Tori territory. But while Amos developed a spiraling sense of composition, Van Horn keeps her songs Little Earthquakes-era compact with infectious melodies and that rare crossroad of jubilation and poetry. From the soaring passages of “Giant Moon” to the percussive piano rhythm of “Songs for a Saturday Night,” Truce is a winner. Van Horn plays Thursday, Apr. 1, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 7:30pm. Free. 707.827.3460.Gabe Meline
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April 1: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:39 AM

It’s long been theorized that the senses aren’t mutually exclusive; that they work in tandem to produce sensations in the body and brain instead of independently to provide rote, one-track information. So it is with music, particularly with composers who believe in the synesthesia of music tones with colors, patterns and shapes. ‘Audible Visions’ is the name of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s program in Mill Valley this week, showcasing the works of five such composers. Punctuated by Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quartet in G minor, the program also Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillons, a sonic image of butterflies; Matthew Barnson’s String Quartet, awarded the Left Coast Composition prize; William Grant Still’s Suite for violin and piano and Barbara Kolb’s Umbrian Colors. Bring an open mind, close your eyes and see what visions emerge when the program gets underway on Thursday, Apr. 1, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $15-$20. 415.383.9600.Gabe Meline
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Apr. 1-7: Across the Bridge

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Brad Mehldau Trio

Lyrical pianist, with longtime associates Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, has constructed a rewarding, connective interplay. Apr 1-3 at 8 and 10; Apr 4 at 2 and 7. $18-$30. Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

Everyone bugged out on James Jamerson after “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” but Graham’s bass innovations are undisputed. Apr 2 at 9. Regency Ballroom, Sutter and Van Ness, San Francisco. 800.745.3000.Freddie Gibbs

Last year’s hip-hop breakout success story from the desolate factories of Gary, Ind. brings the mixtapes to the main stage. Apr 2 at 9. $15. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St, San Francisco. 415.625.8880.Zion-I

East Bay’s top hip-hop hope continues to ride the mighty thrust of their excellent, wildly diverse 2009 album “The Take Over.” Apr 2 at 9. $18-$20. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.Triclops!

Larry Boothroyd manhandles the bass guitar like Kobe Bryant manhandles a basketball. (You thought I was going to say “a young girl.”) Apr 4 at 5. $10. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Owl City

The Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service, the Postal Service. The Postal Service! Apr 5 and 6 at 8. $20. The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. 415.346.6000.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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