Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oct. 1: Love is the Answer: The Concert for John Lennon at Spreckles

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Imagine all the people—carrying on the John Lennon legacy. Love is the Answer: The Concert for John Lennon celebrates and salutes the man who popularized the notions of peace and love through his music. The Plastic Fauxno Band presents a two-and-a-half-hour concert that stands to answer the question, what might Lennon have played if he were still alive today? The concert will span Lennon’s entire solo career, from “Imagine” and “Power to the People” to “Starting Over.” The legacy continues on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 8pm. $26-$28. 707.588.3400.
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Sept. 29: Dark Star Orchestra at the River Theater

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Deadheads unite! Over 30 years after Jerry Garcia graced the River Theater’s stage with the Jerry Garcia Band, the reopened venue welcomes Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra. Now almost 2,000 concerts into their career, Dark Star Orchestra bring their eclectic, all-American style to the venerable Guerneville theater. The band has appeared on stage with former Grateful Dead members including Bob Weir, Bob Kreutzmann and Donna Jean Godchaux. Come go through the transitive nightfall of diamonds on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the River Theater. 16135 Main St., Guerneville. 9pm. $28. 707.869.8022.
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Sept. 28: Emmylou Harris Sept. 30: Merle Haggard at The Uptown Theatre

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Every October, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival invites a host of talent to Golden Gate Park—and luckily for us, some local venues intercept the spillover. Napa’s Uptown Theatre welcomes country music royalty Emmylou Harris (Sept. 28; 8pm; $75-$85) and Merle Haggard (Sept. 30; 8pm; $80-$90), both playing the grand weekend festival just afterward. Over 40 and 50 years into their careers respectively, Harris and Haggard boast resumes nearly unrivaled in the country music biz; see why they’re in the Hall of Fame on Sept. 28 and 30 at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $75-$90. 707.259.0123.
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Sept. 28: The Bacon Brothers at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

“Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is based on the notion that all actors can somehow be associated with the Footloose celebrity through just six degrees of separation. So essentially, seeing him perform live brings the audience just that much closer to each and every celebrity that ever lived. . . right? The Bacon Brothers, a duo including Kevin Bacon and his older brother Michael (who cannot be connected to all of your favorite showbiz bigwigs) bring their all-American music chops to the West Coast. Before you settle on just watching Animal House again, see the man in person on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25-$45. 707.226.7372.
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Sept. 28 - Oct. 4: Accross the Bridge

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Asha Bhosle

Bollywood legend whose voice has been featured in over 1,000 films. Sep 30 at Paramount Theater.Mekons

Billed as ‘Quiet Night In,’ band plays acoustically in lovely wood-carved hall. Sep 30 at Swedish American Hall.

Broken Social Scene

Canadian heroes play last American show before hiatus; special guest Isaac Brock to appear. Oct 1 at the Fillmore.Amon Tobin

Insane multi-media 3D tour for Brazilian-born electronic artist with new album, “Isam.” Oct 1-2 at the Warfield.Wayne Shorter

Towering jazz saxophonist and composer from classic Blue Note era still shines with an all-star band. Oct 2 at Herbst Theater.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sept. 25-26: B.R. Cohn Winery's Fall Music Festival in Glen Ellen

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

B.R. Cohn Winery’s Fall Music Festival, a benefit concert in its 25th year, comes back this weekend boasting some of the most recognizable names in classic rock. Set in B.R. Cohn’s natural backyard amphitheater, day one brings the Doobie Brothers (featured both nights), Sammy Hagar with Joe Satriani, Greg Kihn and Jim Messina. Day two features an equally notable lineup including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Russell and Little Feat. The no-chairs, blankets-only policy leaves plenty of room to walk the grounds and visit the food and wine vendors on Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 25–26, at B.R. Cohn Winery. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Noon–6pm. $100–$350. 707.938.4064.
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Sept. 25: Biketoberfest in Fairfax

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM

As the days get shorter and the weather turns ugly, regrets from not taking advantage of the beautiful Northern California summer climate can all too easily set in. Marin County’s Biketoberfest is the place for one last hoorah under the sun. The festival combines two local favorites—beer drinking and bike riding—and the lineup of events includes beer tasting, celebrity bike riders, live music and a free skill zone for young bike enthusiasts. Bring your bottle opener and bottom bracket tool on Sunday, Sept. 25, to FairAnselm Plaza. 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 11am–6pm. Free. 415.272.2756.
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Sept. 25: Christina and Michelle Naughton Perform in Yountville

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM

There’s always a certain appeal to the idea of two talented twin sisters performing together. Christina and Michelle Naughton, both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, have traveled the world performing piano duos everywhere from the Hong Kong Philharmonic to the Herkulessaal in Munich. The 23-year-old twins started playing the piano at the age of four, and open the Napa Valley Symphony’s season with critically acclaimed conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech handling the baton for a program of Poulenc, Mozart and Brahms on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 3pm. $30–$50. 707.226.8742.
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Sept. 24-25: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Bursting with color, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival helps welcome the changing colors and temperatures of the fall. Beginning modestly in 1956 with downtown shops featuring local art in their windows, the event, now held in Old Mill Park, draws over 8,000 people. The festival also provides entertainment and interactive activities for young art enthusiasts, and this year’s event features folk, reggae and jazz acts to round out the experience on Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 24–25, at Old Mill Park. 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 10am–6pm. $5–$10. 415.
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Sept. 23-25: Pacific Pinball Exposition in San Rafael

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Remember getting a few quarters for the video arcade, only to weather the deflating lack of fulfillment when the money ran out just as your level of competitive excitement had peaked? Never fear: the fifth annual Pacific Pinball Exposition, the largest pinball show on the planet, offers 400 pinball machines, all set to free play. Visitors have full access to the earliest 1930s pinball machines as well as custom-made see-through games. Pinball seminars, a pinball contest and vintage machines galore alight on Friday–Sunday, Sept. 23–25, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 10am–midnight, Friday and Sunday; 10am–8pm, Sunday. $15–$25 daily; weekend passes available. 510.205.9793.
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