Wednesday, June 26, 2013

July 3 and July 5: Jim Kweskin Jug Band at Studio E.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

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Reunited and it feels so good. That’s most likely the sentiment shared by the members of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Still in its formative years, the band entered the music scene at the height of the American folk revival during the ’60s, and reintroduced some much-needed fun amid the political protests and societal discord. Founder Jim Kweskin was eventually joined by others, such as Geoff Muldaur, Bill Keith and Maria Muldaur. This “one big happy family” split in 1968, but many of the original members have returned to provide the same fun folk sounds they delivered years ago in a 50th anniversary tour. The gang’s all here on Wednesday, July 3, and Friday, July 5, at Studio E. 2249 Schaeffer Rd., Sebastopol. $40—$45. 8pm. 707.823.5316.

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June 29: California Beer Festival at Stafford Lake Park

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

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A beer-drinking bear as mascot? Sign me up! For one great day in Marin County, the California Beer Festival churns out 70 beers on tap, live entertainment and a barbecue cook-off. Petty Theft, the great Tom Petty tribute band, are set to perform, along with the rock tribute band Metal Shop and the Bay Area band Monophonics. Food includes CBF Garlic Fries, Hula Huts, SK Wings (which are “cluckin’ good,” if you didn’t know) and the Shark Bite, and brews include local and nonlocal beers from Lagunitas, Hopmonk, Widmer Brothers, Bruvado and others. What could be better than getting to sample such a robust selection while smelling the sweet scent of barbecue and listening to live music? Glug, glug, glug on Saturday, June 29, at Stafford Lake Park. 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. $25—$65. 12:30—5pm. 805.351.5650.

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June 28 and June 29: Chris Garcia at Murphy's Irish Pub

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

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The name Chris Garcia might not ring any bells, but it deserves to. Originally from Los Angeles, Garcia moved to San Francisco and has since accumulated an impressive résumé of various festival appearances, such as Outside Lands and SF Sketchfest. He’s also worked alongside Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt and some newcomer named Robin Williams. Garcia is like a triple-threat with comedic skills, writing experience and hunky good looks (the Portland Mercury said this, not me). Garcia headlines with openers Matt Lieb and Bert Divietri on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, at Murphy’s Irish Pub. 464 First St. E., Sonoma. $20. Friday, 9pm; Saturday, 7pm and 9:30pm. 707.935.0660.

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June 27: Highway Poets at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

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Sebastian Nau of the Highway Poets was surprised the other day to hear that his own band had broken up. Perhaps the rest of his band mates secretly ousted him from the group? No! Sebastian remembered the band had a gig this week—so they couldn’t possibly be broken up. It was all just a rumor, right? Right?? Yes, of course. This week, the Highway Poets bring their A-game for a “benefit for music” concert. The great Petaluma band, along with the psychedelic rock-bluegrass band the Jugtown Pirates and the cross-genre group the Jaunting Martyrs play center stage on Thursday, June 27, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $8—$10. 8-11pm. 707.762.3565.

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June 27: Blues Harmonica Blowout at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

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When you start hearing names like Norton Buffalo, Charlie Musselwhite, Watermelon Slim, Fingers Taylor, Lazy Lester and, yes, a man named Magic Dick, it can mean only one thing: the Blues Harmonica Blowout is back! Since 1991, founder Mark Hummel has been producing and performing at this oftentimes sold-out show. Joining Hummel onstage this year and paying tribute to the late, great Little Walter are Corky Siegel, James Harman and Little Charlie along with the Blues Survivors. Surround yourself with the bluesy sounds of the mouth harp on Thursday, June 27, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $27—$30. 8pm. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 26: Emily Brady, author of 'Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier,' at Copperfield's

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

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When Humboldt County comes to mind, one can’t help but grin at its infamous reputation. For decades, the livelihoods of the sometimes-secretive residents and growers of the area have thrived on marijuana production. Journalist Emily Brady spent a year living in the county to research her latest book, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier, in which she reveals a variety of characters encountered during her stay, and narrates a story of the past, present and future of the county that weed built. Get a contact high at an in-person reading by Brady on Wednesday, June 26, at Sebastopol Copperfield’s Books. 138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Free. 7pm. 707.823.2618.

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June 22: Pete Escovedo at Silo's

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

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The Partridge Family, the Jackson 5 and, heck, even the Brady Bunch. These bands, whether real or fake, proved that forming a family band was the way to go—and still is, according to legendary Latin jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo and his family-member-comprised orchestra. California natives, Pete’s older and younger brothers have performed with the orchestra at different times. The group reached stardom with Carlos Santana in the late ’60s, and now, Pete works with his sons and daughter, longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E., to keep the family tradition alive. The gang’s all there on Saturday, June 22, at Silo’s. 530 Main St., Napa. $30—$40. 7pm and 9:30pm. 707.251.5833.

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June 22: Loverboy at the Sonoma-Marin Fair

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM

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Man, I thought all these dudes and dudettes were listening to Loverboy’s Get Lucky, and that they’d finally caught on to what an awesome album it is. I mean, dudes, c’mon. Then the other day someone asked me “Have you heard ‘Get Lucky’?” and I was all, “Yeah, it’s flippin’ awesome! Loverboy rules!” But they said, “No, I mean the new Daft Punk song.” Daft Punk?! Yeah, I know. I couldn’t believe it either, dudes. Whatever, at least I know who the better band is, and that’s Loverboy, who play on Saturday, June 22, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. $10—$15. 8pm. 707.283.3247.

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June 21: Everyone Orchestra at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

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In the Everyone Orchestra, conductor and founder Matt Butler shepherds willing participants both on- and off-stage to perform in an improvisational style. The rotating ensemble has accumulated members of the Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, the Flecktones and Maria Muldaur, as well as Tuvan throat singers, hula hoopers, fire spinners and jugglers. Together, these acts follow the lead of the conductor’s hand signs, whiteboard and various mime suggestions. Enjoy the randomness when the Everyone Orchestra performs on Friday, June 21, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $23—$25. 9pm. 707.765.2121.

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June 20: A History of Hip-Hop at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

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I said uh hip hop, uh hip hip hop, something else hippity hop hop, annnddd I am not the person to be writing this. This week, the Arlene Francis Center presents “What’s Good? A History of Hip-Hop,” a storytelling of hip-hop history through turntable sets by DJs Noah D, Brycon, Fossil, Mr. Element, Shifty Shey, Max Wordlow and DJ Big John Stud. The night begins with the DJ-led history of hip-hop, then moves to a celebration of the Summer Solstice—and ends with a scratch showcase by DJ Lazyboy, Brycon with an original beat set, live vocals by hosts Pure Powers and Spends Quality and guest MCs and DJs. Up jump the boogie on Thursday, June 20, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $5. 6pm. 707.528.3009.

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