Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sept. 25-26: B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:52 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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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sept. 23-25: Earthdance at Solano County Fairgrounds

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Most of the time it’s hard to synchronize a personal schedule, let alone with someone else. But Earthdance, founded in 1997, brings over 250,000 people around the globe together; the defining moment each year is a synchronized link-up as each Earthdance venue around the world plays the same song, “The Prayer for Peace,” at precisely the same time. Highlights of the local event include Ziggy Marley, Ghostland Observatory, the Coup and Balkan Beat Box; the festival runs Friday–Sunday, Sept. 23–25, at the Solano County Fairgrounds. 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. $45–$70 daily; weekend passes available. 415.256.8499.
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Sept. 21-27: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM

James Blake

British sensation sings quiet, minimalist poems over the occasional blip and plank. Sep 21 at the Fillmore.Tomasz Stanko

Polish trumpeter and composer a lyrical, reflective voice in jazz. Sep 22 at SF Jewish Community Center.Ziggy Marley

Reggae superstar forever living in the shadow of his famous father plays free in-store. Sep 23 at 6.Two Gallants

After brief hiatus, beloved Bay Area duo reform for energized folk-blues. Sep 23 and 24 at the Independent.Hank III

Hank Williams’ grandson, who recently released three albums on the same day. Sep 24 at the Regency Ballroom.More San Francisco events by subscribing to the email letter at

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sept. 19: James Mcmurtry at the Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Raised on the sounds of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff, it’s no wonder that James McMurtry grew to become an Americana radio chart-topper. This week, the Texas-bred singer, songwriter and guitarist brings his uncompromising style to the unveiling of the new Lagunitas Brewing Co. venue dubbed the LaguMini Amphitheaterette. Adjoining the brewery’s tap room, the new theater is set to be reserved for only the most skilled performers; 11 albums and 22 years into his career, McMurtry fits that bill. See him at the new venue on Monday, Sept. 19, at the LaguMini Amphitheater. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 4pm. Free; tickets required from KRSH-FM (Note: now sold out.—Ed.). 707.778.8776.
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Sept. 18: Herbie Hancock at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Working alongside Miles Davis could be a career highlight for any artist, but jazz musician Herbie Hancock hasn’t let it define his career. A pioneer of synthesizers and jazz-funk, the keyboardist boasts 14 Grammy awards, including an unlikely Album of the Year award for his 2008 album The Joni Letters. Rooted in the early 1960s Blue Note era, Hancock’s presence has continuously lent influence over acoustic and electronic jazz, rock and blues. Hear his modern takes on “Maiden Voyage,” “Chameleon,” “Watermelon Man” and “Rockit”on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45–$65. 707.546.3600.
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Sept. 17: Much Ado About Sebstopol at Ives Park

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

If this century’s forms of entertainment don’t quite cut it, the Sebastopol Renaissance Faire teleports Ives Park back to the village of Fenford, 1582. Historical figures like Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare walk among the theatrical performers, wandering musicians and jugglers. Cheese and lace-making demonstrations bring a bit of history back into this century, and vendors offer turkey legs, oysters, cheese, crêpes and more. It’s Much Ado About Sebastopol, indeed, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Ives Park. Willow and High streets, Sebastopol. 10am–8pm. $5–$12. 707.823.2123.
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Sept. 17: Master Class with Ruth Ann Swenson at Sonoma State University

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

The chance for an up-and-coming singer to perform with a renowned soprano like Ruth Ann Swenson is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Swenson’s career, particularly at the Met in New York, has afforded her critical and public accolades around the world. But this week, the public is invited as six local singers are granted a chance to sing and learn through a master class led by one of the leading operatic artists of our day. Part performance, part lecture, Swenson’s master class comes together on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Sonoma State University’s Warren Auditorium. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 1pm. $10-$20. 707.664.2057.
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Sept. 16: Dar Williams and Joan Osborne at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM

For the first time, folk singers Joan Osborne and Dar Williams are set to join forces performing their own songs as well as each others' originals. Fans of each others' work, both artists will round out the performance with a first-time collaborative set. Joan Osborne continues to spread her creative wings long after her 1995 hit “One of Us” gained widespread notoriety, and Dar Williams has more than overcome her early stage fright to become a star of elegiac modern folk. The duo perform together on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30–$50. 707.226.7372.
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Sept. 16: Daedalus Quartet at Healdsburg Community Church

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

There are more string quartets these days than one can possibly keep up with, but take our word for it: the Daedalus Quartet is among the very best. The young, New York-based group has risen to a high level of visibility for turning in vibrant, detailed, insightful performances worthy of their Juilliard and Harvard backgrounds; the Washington Post even goes so far to praise their “rockets of blistering virtuousity.” Presented by the fantastic organization Russian River Chamber Music, their performance this week is free, donations accepted (and encouraged). Don’t miss it when the Daedalus Quartet appear Friday, Sept. 16, at Healdsburg Community Church. 1100 University Ave., Healdsburg. Free. 7:30pm. 707.524.8700.
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Sept. 14-21: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Little Joe y La Familia

Tex-Mex legend and farmworker advocate brings trademark norteño sound. Sep 15 at Yoshi’s SF.Rorschach

Seminal New Jersey hardcore group on short West Coast reunion tour; expect mayhem. Sep 16 at 924 Gilman.Thievery Corporation

Washington D.C.’s enduring electronic-based act plays two nights of chilled beats. Sep 16-17 at the Fox Theater.Twilight Singers

Greg Dulli & Co. perform ‘Blackberry Belle’ in its entirety with Mark Lanegan. Sep 17 at the Great American Music Hall.Shepard Fairey

Noted iconographer of both Andre the Giant and President Obama DJs with Bob Mould. Sep 20 at Rickshaw Stop.

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