Help keep music in the schools and rock out to bands like the Devil Makes Three, the Mother Hips, Cornmeal and Big Sam’s Funky Nation? It’s definitely a win-win at The Petaluma Music Festival, which features 16 bands on three stages as well as wine and food tasting and artist meet-and-greets. Proceeds to go to Petaluma schools; spend your day jamming on Saturday, August 6, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 11am. $25–30. 707.769.9650.
Legendary drummer, global sound. Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart has turned to world music within the last twenty years, releasing hit albums like Planet Drum and The Global Drum Project. He’s also been working in Sebastopol on his new album, which will be released in 2012. Since stalking him in Sebastopol would earn you a swift restraining order, catch the rhythm master instead on Friday, August 5, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main Street, Napa. 8pm. $25–$35. 707.226.7372.
True prodigies are rare, and they’re even more remarkable when they’ve grown up in our backyard. Recent Healdsburg High grad Kai Devitt-Lee has been stunning audiences for several years with beyond-his-years jazz guitar skill, and his departure for college comes at the same time as pianist Noam Lemish returns to school to finish his master’s degree. The two jazz luminaries join forces in a send-off performance and party on Sunday, August 7, at Art and All That Jazz. 456 Moore Lane, Healdsburg. 5-8pm. Free. 707.431.1265.
Hit us with your best shot, Pat Benatar. The legendary lady has been on tour steadily for the last 20 years, and she and her husband and partner-in-crime Neil Giraldo will soon be returning with their still-rockin’ take on hits like “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Heartbreaker.” Find them on Sunday, August 7, at the Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards. 11445 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 5pm. $60. 707.431.1533.
The traditions of Burning Man, now one of the best known and least conventional festivals around, quickly gave rise to an entire culture extending beyond the week-long metropolis constructed each year in the Nevada desert. To wise up before this year’s festival, which starts Sept. 3, check out Steve Jones’ new book The Tribes of Burning Man, which explores the festival’s journey to popularity and the leaders who got it there. Find him on Thursday, August 4, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
Bob Marley’s backup band plays ‘Exodus’ and ‘Uprising’ on consecutive nights. Aug 4-5 at the Independent.Los Van Van
Juan Formell and 14-piece orchestra a rich weave of Cuban and Caribbean soul. Aug 5-7 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Torche
Heavy-as-hell sludge metal from Miami; Big Business and Thrones open. Aug 6 at Slim’s.RX Bandits
Long-running unclassifiable SoCal four-piece on their “Farewell Tour.” Aug 7 at Regency Ballroom.Imelda May
Irish superstar channels Billie Holiday, PJ Harvey and Chrissie Hynde. Aug 9 at the Independent.
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