“Oh, yes, this is powerful stuff.” So sings Sean Hayes on his latest album, and although he is not talking about his own music, he may as well be. The singer-songwriter’s lyrical, lilting sound is reminiscent of Jack Johnson with a slightly funkier twang, and his songs are both calming and energizing at the same time. His album Run Wolves Run was released last year, and his songs have recently been featured on TV shows and Subaru commercials. Sing along when Arann Harris and the Farm Band open on Saturday, July 23, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $15. 707.829.7300.
There’s nothing like rock veterans coming together to make new music. The members of Cast of Clowns have played with the likes of Santana, Ray Charles, Sly Stone and the Jerry Garcia Band, and together, they jam to lyrics from the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter and the original tunes of founder Craig Wright. With bassist extraordinaire Bobby Vega, the band tours this summer between recording sessions for their new album. Catch them at one of the shows this weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, at 9:30pm at Aubergine (755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol; $12–$15; 707.861.9190) and Saturday, July 23, 4:30pm, at the San Geronimo Music Festival (San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Geronimo; $20–$25; 415.488.8888).
Sometimes we all need a good dose of old soul. They’ve been playing since 1973 (although only one of the original members, Doug Gray, remains) and they always promise to bring some Southern spirit. The Marshall Tucker Band have toured the country for the last four decades, and recently played for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait while campaigning to bring the Iraq Memorial located in Kirkuk back to the United States. Kick back, relax and enjoy some classic boogie rock while the Marshall Tucker Band bring a little bit of the south to Northern California. Moonalice open on Friday, July 22, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.
If you’re not sick of murder cases after the recent Casey Anthony trial, here’s another. Lawyer Marcia Clark, who rose to fame as prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson case—perhaps the only in recent history to top Anthony’s—knows a few things about murder trials and, lucky for us, is willing to share them in fictionalized form. Her novel Guilt by Association was published in April and a sequel is forthcoming. The timing is perfect given the recent reading of the Anthony case verdict, which Clark has publicly denounced. Talk about crime both real and fictitious with Clark on Friday, July 22, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7:30pm. 415.927.0960.
Recent major-label signees celebrate release of “In the Mountain In the Cloud” with in-store. Jul 20 at Amoeba SF.Bettye LaVette
High-kicking, full-force soul belter takes down entire skyscrapers with a single note. Jul 21 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Earth
Glacial stoner metal courtesy of the guy who bought the shotgun for Kurt Cobain. Jul 22 at Slim’s.Odd Future
The music blogosphere’s favorite argument. Rescheduled from June. Jul 22 at the Regency Ballroom.Cults
New York two-piece owes to classic girl-group sound with a dash of Animal Collective. Jul 25 at Bottom of the Hill.
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Protect your produce and secure your sheep. It’s coming: ‘Farmageddon,’ a documentary about the attack on American’s access to healthy, safely grown food. Filmmaker Kristin Canty was searching for healthy food for her children when she stumbled upon evidence of policies favoring agribusiness and restricting citizens’ access to healthy food; the film researches the tension between factory organizations and family-owned farms. It screens on Saturday, July 16, as part of the HopeDance Film Festival at the Songbird Community Healing Center. 8280 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati.7pm. $7–$10. 707.921.7081.
They’ve been around a while, and they’ve still got wooden sidewalks to prove it. The city of Calistoga celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding with live music, a wine and beer garden and an extended farmers market. Bouncy houses, dunk tanks, barbecued oysters and even a commemorative postage stamp offered for one day only round out the festivities. Stop by and congratulate Calistoga at its 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 16, in Downtown Calistoga and Pioneer Park. 308 Cedar St., Calistoga. 11am–5pm. Free. 707.942.6333.
Speaking of history, this band has had an interesting one. Founded in 1995 in Oakland, American Steel became a popular punk rock band, touring across the country. Influenced by a more danceable brand of indie, they changed their name to Communiqué in 2002 with a more synthesized and less punk approach. In 2007, American Steel returned, along with their classic sound. They’ve since released two newer albums and toured the U.S. and Europe. Sing along to “Maria” on Friday, July 15, at the Arlene Francis Center.
99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. $13. www.arlenefranciscenter.org.