Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb. 23: Paco Peña at the Marin Center

Posted by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

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If you’ve never heard Paco Peña, your ears have been sorely deprived. Peña is the legendary flamenco guitarist from Spain that has been dazzling and mesmerizing audiences with his skill for close to five decades. Now 70, he can still deftly slay the frets with his fingers and elicit torrents of emotion and passion from the strings. See him on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20-$50. 8pm. 415.499.6400.

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Feb. 21: Victor Wooten at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

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When it comes to playing the bass, Victor Wooten is a giant among men, slapping the strings since he could sit up straight and pushing he boundaries of funk and jazz ever since. Called “the Michael Jordan of the bass,” Wooten was ranked one of the top 10 bassists of all time by Rolling Stone. His technical skill and unique style have been his bread and butter, winning him five Grammys and worldwide renown as one of the founding members of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bear witness to Wooten’s virtuosic talents on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30—$35. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Feb. 17: Pop Wicked Divas at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

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You might remember Nicole Parker from her MADtv days of impersonating Britney Spears with hilarious lyrics like “Went to rehab, left too soon, made my hair look like the moon,” but Broadway-goers know her best as Elphaba, the evil melting green witch from Wicked. This week, the Santa Rosa Symphony teams up with Parker and fellow Wicked star Emily Rozek (Glinda, pictured) for Pop Wicked Divas, a concert of not only songs from Wicked but from Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady and others, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 3pm. $32—$75. 707.546.3600.

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Feb. 16: Barbara Cook at the Green Music Center

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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Known for her powerful soprano voice, from The Music Man to Funny Girl, Barbara Cook has done it all and more than earned the title of “Broadway legend” along the way. Now 85, Cook recently returned to Carnegie Hall—the site of her most famous live recording—and proved that her strength is undiminished; as the New York Times put it the next day, “Ms. Cook has reached the point in her career where she has nothing left to prove.” Catch Cook in a special post—Valentine’s Day concert on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Green Music Center. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $35—$90. 8pm. 866.955.6040.

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Feb. 15-16: North Bay Hootenanny 'Big Bash' at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

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Started in 2010, the North Bay Hootenanny is a two-day local music fest of folk, bluegrass and Americana music that began as a forum for local artists to connect and spread their love of music. Featuring close to 30 bands, this year’s event offers warm food, drinks, free dance lessons for couples and a kid’s area for all tiny rockers. See T Luke and the Tight Suits, the Easy Leaves, Under the Radar, Les Bon Temps, the Leftovers, Little Lost Boys (pictured), Travis Hendrix and the Blessed Moonshiners and many others on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15—16, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 3pm—midnight. $10—$15 each day. 707.528.3009.

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Feb. 15: Jake Shimabukuro at the Marin Center

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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Shredding on the ukulele like a mad dog let loose on the new mailman, Jake Shimabukuro is often referred to as the “Jimi Hendrix of ukulele.” Shimabukuro produces sounds no one quite expects from a tiny four-stringed instrument; he has said that although he feels the ukulele is the underdog of all instruments, “if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place.” He’s best known for his cover of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which boasts over 11 million views on YouTube. See him live on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25—$45. 8pm. 415.499.6400.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Feb. 9: Zigaboo Modeliste at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

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Even if you think you don’t know anything about Zigaboo Modeliste—other than he’s got a sweet name—chances are you’ve heard his drum beats. Modeliste has recorded over 400 songs, both individually and with the Meters, and his music has been sampled by Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature and many others. The New Orleans drummer, credited as being the “Godfather of Groove,” plays songs like “Cissy Strut” and “At the Mardi Gras” on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $20. 415.388.1700.

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Feb. 9: The Jacka at the Phoenix Theater

Posted by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM

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There are countless reasons one cancels a show. (Heck, Morrissey has been making a late-career tradition out of it lately!) But with lyrics that offer up myriad theories, one can only guess why independent Bay Area rap sensation the Jacka had to bow out of his Nov. 24 date last year in Petaluma. No matter—he’s back this weekend with Husalah to brings hits like “100 Out the Clip” and “Everyday Is a Weekend” to a poppin’ crowd ready for some heavy-hitting rhymes. Be there on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.

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Feb. 8: Bill Cosby at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

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King of random noises that no one can quite understand, television star and veteran standup performer Bill Cosby returns to the Wells Fargo Center this week. Parent-approved Cosby would have been a shoo-in to deliver the free Jell-O pudding promised to distraught San Francisco 49ers fans this week—if only he could have arrived in town sooner! At 75, Cosby still retains his insightful stance on Thanksgiving, dentists and children, though don’t expect the famous sweater; he’s usually seen in public wearing printed hoodies these days. Follow his wild mind on Friday, Feb. 8, at Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $69—$99. 707.546.3600.

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Feb. 7-10: February Rambles at Terrapin Crossroads

Posted by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

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Q: What’s a ramble? A: It’s essentially a one-night stand without the guilt. Midnight rambles were originally started by Levon Helm of the Band, held at Helm’s studio known as “the Barn.” (As the nights went on, Helm once quipped, “the jokes would get a little funnier and the prettiest dancer would really get down and shake it a few times.”) Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead keeps Helm’s tradition of rambles alive at Terrapin Crossroads, where you can catch him this week playing alongside Jackie Greene, Neal Casal, Tony Leone and Adam MacDougall. Thursday—Saturday, Feb. 7—10, at Terrapin Crossroads. 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 7pm. $65. 415.542.2773.

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