Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mar. 1: Funk for Life at the Raven Theater

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

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As a precursor to Fat Tuesday, the Raven Theater this weekend gets greasy with a benefit called Funk for Life. Sandwiched by the Speakeasy Saints from Humboldt and the Funk Revival Orchestra, a smoking 10-piece band from Oakland with New Orleans locals, is the guitarist Maxx Cabello Jr. Having toured up and down the West Coast, Cabello’s drawn compliments from John Lee Hooker and Guitar Shorty for his take-no-prisoners groove. He lights up the blues-lovin’ wine country when Funk for Life goes off on Tuesday, March 1, at the Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 7pm. $12–$15. 707.395.0124.
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Feb. 26: Invalids at the Share Exchange

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM

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In the early 1990s, the pop-punk stew simmered thick with bands like Screeching Weasel, Fifteen and Zoinks. Adding their own spice to the prevailing mix were Santa Rosa’s own Invalids, who brought the drudges of suburbia, doses of self-doubt and a healthy obsession with Oly, manga and girls along. A brief signing to Lookout Records gave a dose of fame before disbanding, but now reformed, the band’s just released a new album, Still Sick. How does it sound? Exactly like the old Invalids—which is to say, totally awesome. They celebrate the record release on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Share Exchange. 531 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $5. 707.331.6850.
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Feb. 26: LINES at Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Like working in the wine industry after Sideways or working in a record store after High Fidelity, it must be incredibly strange to be dancing in a ballet troupe after the widespread hullabaloo over Black Swan. Can you imagine trying to explain your trained craft to someone who’s simply imagining you as Mila Kunis? Fortuitously, Alonzo King’s LINES ballet company is daring, creative and modern enough to separate itself from the film’s traditional styles; see them in action on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Lincoln Theatre. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $39–$49. 707.944.9900.
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Feb. 24: Josh Ritter at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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As a kid, Josh Ritter heard Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash singing “Girl from the North Country,” picked up the nearest stringed instrument and began to write songs. Too bad the instrument was a lute! A trip to Kmart resulted in his first guitar, and in the years since, Ritter has released six acclaimed albums, toured with the stars of Once, been nominated as one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste Magazine and endured many tiresome jokes about John Ritter from Three’s Company. He plays on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $30–$40. 707.259.0123.
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Feb. 24: Gentleman at Chrome Lotus

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

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Around the middle of the last decade, reggae singers stopped feeling the need to prove their authenticity by living in Trenchtown or recording at Studio One. As the most mainstream example, the Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu was more a curiosity than an eye-opening talent, whereas German-born Gentleman captured the undivided attention of true reggae fans immediately. One need only watch his video for “Send a Prayer” or hear “True Love” to gauge his purity of heart, and he’s won over festivals coast to coast with his infectious songs and firm delivery. See him in a rare small club date on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Chrome Lotus. 501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $25. No phone.
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Feb. 23: Warren Hellman at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

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Although a successful financier and billionaire, Warren Hellman is still known to most as the guy who lovably bankrolls the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park every year. He converted to the things in life that really matter, he says, when “I realized ‘important investment banker’ was an oxymoron.” He now devotes most of his time trying to learn the banjo in the style of his heroes like Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, and seems perfectly thrilled to spend untold dollars on his festival. He speaks and makes self-deprecating jokes on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 7pm. $12–$15. 415.383.9600.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feb. 19: 'Post By Air' at Sonoma County Museum

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

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One hundred years ago this Saturday, a young pilot named Fred Wiseman delivered three letters from Petaluma to Santa Rosa by airplane, thereby completing the first airmail flight in history. Never mind that he crashed along the way—it’s still an honor for Santa Rosa, where Wiseman bought parts from a local bicycle shop to build his plane after visiting the Wright Brothers themselves. In conjunction with the exhibit ‘Post By Air,’ a live simulcast discussion with Smithsonian curators about Wiseman’s famous flight takes place on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Sonoma County Museum. 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 11am. $2–$5. 707.579.1500.
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Feb. 19: Rova Saxophone Quartet at the Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

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In 1977, jazz was experiencing a rather wanky weather report, and many masters of prognostication predicted heavy fusion to reign. Then came the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Blasting away all notions of tradition, the group featured four saxophones and limitless imagination. Over 30 years later, the group still defies all cliché, stoking the spirit of free jazz but perpetually inspired by fellow pioneers of structure like John Zorn and Terry Riley. There’s no reason for any open mind to miss it when Rova plays on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. $24–$29. 415.663.1075.
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Feb. 18: Gabby La La at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

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Wherever multi-instrumentalist and singer Gabby La La goes, so goes the shadow of Les Claypool. The Primus frontman has produced her records, invited her to join his touring band and played with her on numerous live dates. So when the flyers for Gabby La La’s record release party this weekend promise “**PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS!**,” one can only assume that it means Claypool is sitting in on bass. (Caveat: We don’t know this for sure.) The very talented Odd Bird and Forrest Day open the show on Friday, Feb. 18, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $13–$16. 707.765.2121.
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Feb. 18: Snipers at Billco's Billiards

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM

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Just down the street from the bright, big theater for Napa’s grownups is the dark, small pool hall for Napa’s kids. Billco’s Billiards has been a mainstay of the all-ages Napa underground for years, and its longevity is a blessing in a town geared for the 21-plus crowd. With no stage and naught but a brass banister separating crowd from band, the atmosphere at Billco’s is intimate and tight-knit. This week, the Santa Rosa band Snipers play with Napa locals Ove the Garden and Defying Truth on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Billco’s Billiards. 1234 Third St., Napa. 8:30pm. Free. 707.226.7506.
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