Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 25: Reverend Billy at Dance Palace

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

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Praise the Lord! This week, Reverend Billy comes to save America from the evils of out-of-control consumerism. The zany preacher is a quasi-character played by Bill Talen—but make no mistake, when it comes to the messages in the Reverend’s sermons, Talen is a true believer. For years, Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping have been evangelizing and sticking it to the man with hilarious protests: YouTube is littered with videos of the good Reverend invading Starbucks, Walmart and other such dens of sin, with his choir delivering gospel songs about free trade coffee and unions, and performing exorcisms on the cash registers before he typically gets arrested.
Currently, Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping Choir are touring around the country performing their newest song, “Extinction Revolution,” a hymn about the extinction of the Golden Toad due to climate change (never fear—the Toad comes back from the dead, haunts Jamie Dimon, and regulates Wall Street, hallelujah!) Reverend Billy brings his choir and message of salvation from corporate corruption on Thursday, April 25, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 7pm. $12—22. 831.419.1058.

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April 25: Suzy Bogguss at Sweewater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

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With all the Swiftian princess obsession in country music these days, it’s fun to look back at a song like Suzy Bogguss’ 1993 hit Hey Cinderella. In true Nashville storytelling style, it follows a ravishing bride into adulthood, with all of its unglamorous trappings, and reminds listeners that most princess stories are mere fairytales. Bogguss has grown up too, and found a new life independent of Capitol Records; her last few albums have embraced a vivacious Western-swing spirit well-suited to her natural, perfect enunciation. See Bogguss anew on Thursday, April 25, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $27. 415.388.3850.

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April 27: Shotgun Wedding Quintet at Hopmonk Sebastopol

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

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Last week’s media shitshow over the Boston bombings brought us at least one moment of greatness: Fox News’ Megyn Kelly quoting lyrics to Eminem’s Forgot About Dre live on the air. Conservative hilarity aside, though, hey . . . what about Dr. Dre? He might have produced Kendrick Lamar’s top-level debut last year, but his over-12-years-in-the-making forthcoming album Detox is now the Chinese Democracy of the rap world. To ensure people don’t, in fact, forget about Dre, the Shotgun Wedding Quintet plays a G-funk era tribute night with the music of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Warren G, Nate Dogg and more on Saturday, April 27, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebatopol. 10:30pm. $15. 707.829.7300.

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April 28: Mr. December at Bergamot Alley

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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If there were ever a “Keep Healdsburg Weird” campaign (and we can think of one certain brilliant resident who posts Japanese bondage art on telephone poles and leads mustachioed sex workshops in the town plaza who might helm it), it should take tips from Bergamot Alley’s web presence. “Hippo Sweat Is Red,” the wine bar’s site reads at the bottom, apropos of nothing. Elsewhere, it quotes Willy Wonka, touts its “porn room” (it’s not what you think), and, if you look closely, hosts a shot of Shellyann Orphan’s Century Flower. This is the type of place for live music, indeed, and Mr. December plays here on Sunday, April 28. 328 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 5:30pm. Free. 707.433.8720.

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April 27: Foghat at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

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This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of Dazed and Confused, the 1993 film that itself served as a de facto 17th anniversary of the summer of 1976. With all this meta retro flying around, it’s only fitting that bellbottom-and-bog-rips nostalgia act Foghat, the band responsible for that film’s prominent theme Slow Ride, is out on the road. Anchored by lone original member Roger Earl, a drummer who once unsuccessfully auditioned for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Foghat hopes you remember hits like Fool For the City and Drivin’ Wheel on Saturday, April 27, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $35. 707.259.0123.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 20: Travis Tritt at the Lincoln Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

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Before Randy Jackson sat though hundreds of off-key singers for American Idol, he was producing albums for someone who could sing, Travis Tritt. Performing since the early ’90s, Tritt started his career as somewhat of a bad boy with a heart of gold, his outlaw image a contrast to the honky-tonks and cowboy hats of the Billy Ray Cyrus era. The two-time Grammy winner has also seemed to age backward, looking better as the years go by. Hear hits like “Can I Trust You with My Heart” and “Tell Me I Was Dreaming”—which has an epic five-minute music video in which a pregnant wife dies but the unborn baby survives—when Tritt plays Saturday, April 20, at the Lincoln Theatre. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $55—$65. 9pm. 707.944.9900.

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April 19: Blue Sky Riders at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

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What happens when three big names in music come together to create music? The answer: Blue Sky Riders. The band includes Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr, who started playing together while Loggins was working in Nashville. The two had so much fun during jam sessions that they decided to call up Georgia Middleman, who’d written songs for big names like Reba McEntire and Faith Hill. Burr wrote for Billy Ray Cyrus and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Loggins needs no introduction. It’s no wonder the group feeds off of each other so well; feel their chemistry on Friday, April 19, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $37. 415.388.3850.

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April 18: Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

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Over the years there’s sadly been a deficit of successful female drummers. Meg White from the White Stripes, Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney and Gina Schock from the Go-Go’s come to mind, but Allison Miller deserves to be on the list as well. The New York artist started playing at the age of 10, and her experience shows in her group Boom Tic Boom’s new album No Morphine, No Lilies. Together with Myra Melford, Todd Sickafoose and Jenny Scheinman, Miller takes listeners through a crazy and exciting journey in modern jazz. Hear songs like “Pork Belly” and “Nuh-Uh, No Sir” when Boom Tic Boom plays (with clarinetist Ben Goldberg replacing Scheinman) on Thursday, April 18, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $18—$28. 8pm. 415.383.9600.

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April 20: 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

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There are generally two types of people who’ve seen ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’: those who roll their eyes whenever they think of Tim Curry singing “Sweet Transvestite” and those who love the movie and can’t shut up about it. Those in the latter camp will enjoy knowing that the cult classic screens yet again this week with the Barely Legal cast acting out the film live onstage, just as they have been doing since 1995. The audience is encouraged to let their freak flags fly by dressing as their favorite characters, not limited to Rocky Horror—how badass would it be to see Petaluma Batman put his hands on his hips and do the pelvic thrust? See the red lipstick and golden Speedos in person on Saturday, April 20, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. $10. Midnight. 707.762.3565.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 7: Anne-Marie McDermott at the Kanbar Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

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One word describes Anne-Marie McDermott’s fingers while playing the piano: manic. McDermott is a classical pianist with virtual power tools for hands, and her fingers move with such proficiency and energy that if you blink, you risk missing something. Her secret? Spontaneity. She doesn’t worry about the notes or details because she feels they will come through naturally—and, boy, do they. McDermott shows her passion for the black-and-whites when she plays Golijov, Mozart and Chausson on Sunday, April 7, at the Kanbar Center. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $29—$59. 5pm. 415.392.4400.

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