Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Aug 18-19: Wings Over Wine County Air Show at Charles M. Schulz Airport

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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It’s more than a bird, it’s more than a plane—it’s the Wings Over Wine County Air Show. Draw your attention upward as fighter jets turn the sky into an epic gymnasium, with vertical takeoffs, diving ground attacks, tumultuous flips through the clouds and supersonic accelerations that would scare even the toughest speed demon. Julie Clark’s T-34 dances with fireworks, Spencer Suderman paints the air with smoke, and a Globemaster (one of the military’s largest and newest planes) opens up for public viewing. Get higher off the ground on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18—19, at the Charles M. Schulz Airport. 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. 9am—4pm. $20—$120. 707.566.8380.

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Aug 18: Matt Costa at Long Meadow Ranch Winery

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

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California native Matt Costa might skip his breakfast, but he doesn’t need cereal to get up in the morning—he thrives on imagination. Finding inspiration everywhere, from his treasured belongings on a shelf to an agave plant that saved his life after a drunken fall from a balcony, it’s no wonder he’s already put out five independent releases. His captivating storytelling comes out in his music; Costa has become such a prolific songwriter that his girlfriend once resorted to burying his tape recorders in the backyard to keep him in town. Flip to the b-side and discover a whole new side of talent on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Long Meadow Ranch Winery. 738 Main St., St. Helena. 4pm. $25—$35. 707.963.4555.

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Aug 17: Keiko Matsui at George's

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

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Despite her small stature, she is one of the largest names in contemporary jazz, with over 20 albums to credit. Japanese native Keiko Matsui fuses east and west between her piano-playing fingers—her style a mesh of classical, new age, jazz, R&B and ambience. Powerful and introspective, she describes her composing very ethereally, “catching notes from the silence and then simply placing them together.” Her most recent album, The Road…, captures her essence in a medley of sharp yet soothing chords and heart-swaying melodies. She pours her spirit to a small, very privileged audience on Friday, Aug. 17, at George’s. 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm—10pm. $35—$50. 415.226.0262.

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Aug 17: Manhattan Transfer at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

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After a long, hard fight battling cancer, Cheryl Bentyne rejoins Manhattan Transfer for their summer tour, her jazz-and-swing voice still as magnificent as ever. The quartet also includes rock-and-roll-influenced Tim Hauser, doo-wopping since he was 15 with an extensive discography of his own; Alan Paul, part of the original Broadway cast of Grease; and folksinger Janis Siegel, fusing jazz and pop in perfect pitch. Truly timeless even after 40 years, the Transfer is still releasing top-selling, Grammy-winning material. Bask in hits like “Birdland,” “Java Jive” and others on Friday, Aug. 17, at Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $50. 707.259.0123.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Aug 11: Seal and Macy Gray at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

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Straight from England after a fresh split from supermodel Heidi Klum comes four-time Grammy Award winner Seal. For over two decades, his silky, crushed-velvet-and-dark-chocolate voice has towered the international music charts, showing a hell of a lot of Commitment, his seventh studio album. In the unlikely case the audience isn’t blown away, the six-foot-tall singer of world-famous hit “I Try,” Macy Gray, adds her talent to the show. Two soul-moving singers sharing a single stage? Perhaps an experience better than being kissed by a rose. See the two on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65—$85. 707.546.3600.

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Aug 11: Al Jarreau and George Duke at Rodney Strong Vineyards

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

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“On the day I was born, said my father, said he / I’ve an elegant legacy waiting for ye,” sings Milwaukee-born Al Jarreau on his hit song “Look to the Rainbow.” Elegance is one way to put it—longevity is another, and this jazz artist’s vocals are not to miss. Joining him in the act is multi-instrumentalist George Duke, best known for his fusion-filled collaborations with Frank Zappa. The smooth-fusion stalwarts are ready to shake up more than just “heaven and earth” on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Rodney Strong Vineyards. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. 5pm. $50—$80. 707.869.1595.

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Aug 10: Uke-a-Palooza at Oxbow Public Market

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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Aloha, brah! Strap your ukuleles to your haole backs and join King Kukulele onstage as the big kahuna makes a special appearance on the Oxbow deck for the Uke-a-Palooza! If the tiny guitars irritate your eardrums, then head for the luau, including classic Hawaiian flatbread, ahi poke appetizers, Kahlua porchettas, and everything coconut, pineapple, or sea salt. Vintage printed tourist shirts are also on sale, so even from the mainland, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a beach chair and kicking your flip-flops into the sand. Holoholo to this second annual Polynesian-themed festival on Friday, Aug. 10, at Oxbow Public Market. 644 First St., Napa. 6—9pm. Free. 707.226.6529.

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Aug 9: En Vogue at Napa Valley Expo

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

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If the corn dogs, apple pie and animal races during the Napa Town and Country Fair don’t knock you off your tired feet, then watch out when powerful hit-making trio En Vogue take the stage. Fresh from the West Coast of the early 1990s, these divas were “born to sing,” riding the soul train for longer than any other female group in MTV history. And who can forget their timeless collaboration with Salt-n-Pepa, “Whatta Man?” You’ll be “losin’ your mind” when these funky girls take the fair to another level on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Napa Valley Expo. 575 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $13; 12 and under free. 707.253.4900.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Aug 4-5: Paul Thorn at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

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Is your marriage unfulfilling? Do your relatives piss you off? Ever want to split your boss’s lip? With bluesy rock-and-roll and a few jokes, Paul Thorn can ease your pain. Once a factory worker, skydiver and professional boxer before making it in music, Thorn’s between-song blue-collar humor is as much reason to see his concerts as are his blues. Thoroughly Southern and thoroughly Americana, Thorn will play songs from all 10 of his albums in a two-night stand this weekend. If the music and laughs don’t do it for you, maybe you can stay late and ask the former Mid-South middleweight champion for some help with those back wages your boss owes you. Thorn plays Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 (8:30pm) and Aug. 5 (4pm), at Rancho Nicasio. 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. $27—$30. 415.662.2219.

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Aug 4: Holy City Zoo Players at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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All right, Newt Gingrich, you’re a ditzy bachelorette on a dating game show, and Herman Cain, Joe Biden and Ron Paul are the contestants. Freeze! What movie style is it, audience? Sci-fi? Go! Now, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney: find 20 unconventional uses for this cucumber! Barack Obama, dub Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry’s silent conversation! Freeze! Rick, now the room’s getting inexplicably warm. Even warmer! Go! No, unfortunately the 2012 election won’t do improv for you this weekend. But you can see the 2012 election interpreted through sketches, music and improv when the Holy City Zoo Players present an “Improvised Guide to the 2012 Election” this Saturday, Aug. 4, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $16. 8pm. 415.383.9600.

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