Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 21: Toshio Hirano at Bergamot Alley

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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A yodeling Japanese cowboy who sings tribute songs to the late Jimmie Rodgers? I reckon we’re not in Kansas anymore, ya’ll. Toshio Hirano has risen to fame through his yodeling tributes to Rodgers, considered the first real star of country music. As a teenager in Japan, Hirano grew attached to the sounds of American folk music and developed a special interest in Rodgers’ sound. Listening to songs like “Blue Yodel No. 9” and “Peach Picking Time” kick-started Hirano’s passion for singing and strumming the guitar, while playing the good ol’ sounds reminiscent of Rodgers. He performs a show at one of our favorite little joints in Healdsburg on Sunday, July 21, at Bergamot Alley. 328-A Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Free. 5:30pm. 707.433.8720.

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July 19: Cuba Gooding Sr. at George's Nightclub

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

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In 1972, there was no better way to spend a weekend than getting stoned, rocking bell-bottoms and grooving to the Main Ingredient’s soul-filled tune “Everybody Plays the Fool.” Frontman Cuba Gooding Sr. brought good vibes, soft melodies and beautiful harmonies to audiences around the world—and today, he keeps the music playing. Now known among younger fans as the father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., the singer also serves as spokesperson for the REACH Foundation. When he performs this week, expect his big hit, along with other marvelous Main Ingredient tunes like “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love),” “I’m So Proud” and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.” There’s no exception to the rule on Friday, July 19, at George’s Nightclub. 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. $20—$35. 9pm. 415.226.0262.

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July 19: Zoe Keating at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

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You know that popular joke about Stephenie Meyer slamming her head on her computer keyboard and producing the Twilight novels? Well, Zoë Keating can make better music by putting her feet on her keyboard while playing the cello. And that’s no joke. Fans have built a cult following around one-woman-orchestra Keating, who’s created an enterprise from live shows and self-released albums. She’s performed and recorded with Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears and John Vanderslice, to name but a few, and her grassroots practices have led her to speak regularly on artist-empowerment. Set the weekend off right when Keating performs on Friday, July 19, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $25—$30. 8pm. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 17: 'Yellow Submarine' at West County Herb Company

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

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“We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine. . . .” Yes! Nailed those lyrics! I was never sure what the other lyrics were, but if you’re like me, you still love the Beatles regardless of this silly song and its corresponding movie, aptly titled ‘Yellow Submarine,’ celebrating its 45th anniversary this week. In a benefit for KOWS community radio, a special showing of the film in restored condition along with extra features plays this week. The 1968 film is a visual feast of colorful animation, Blue Meanies, and, of course, Beatles songs. It’s perfectly psychedelic and fun, full of throwback tunes; singing along is encouraged on Wednesday, July 17, at West County Herb Company. 3641 Main St., Occidental. 6:30pm. $1—$5. 707.495.4860.

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July 13: Karilee Halo Shames In Conversation with Lynn Woolsey at Book Passage.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

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Ladies, gather round. No, literally: women gather together this week to discuss empowerment and overcoming difficulties when author Karilee Halo Shames discusses her book, ‘Amazing Mentors: The REAL Hot Mama’s Path to Power’ with one of the contributors, former congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. In Shames’ compilation of mentors, she brings forth the life stories and lessons of 20 talented and wise women, ranging from politicians to therapists to businesswomen, such as Woolsey, U.S. Army general Clara Adams and world ambassador for peace Rama Vernon. In conversation with Woolsey, Shames makes key points on how and why women should become mentors to others. Absorb life experiences and knowledge on Saturday, July 13, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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July 14: Larry Vuckovich Tribute to Vince Guaraldi at Silo's

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

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“Wah-wah wah-woh wah-wah.” This famous phrase uttered by schoolteacher Miss Othmar in the Charlie Brown TV series remained with fans even after the show was over—just like the bouncy jazz music by San Francisco pianist Vince Guaraldi. This week, Guaraldi’s former student pianist Larry Vuckovich, pays tribute to the late composer in the Larry Vuckovich Vince Guaraldi Tribute Ensemble. Guitarist Josh Workman, Latin percussionist John Santos, bassist Seward McCain and drummer Leon Joyce round out the group, which play Guaraldi’s original compositions, his duets with Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, his pop hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” and selections from Peanuts. You won’t be sighing “Good grief” on Sunday, July 14, at Silo’s. 530 Main St., Napa. 4pm. $20—$40. 707.251.5833.

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July 12-July 21: Napa Valley Festival del Sole at Castello di Amorosa

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

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Wine, wine and more wine (clink, clink). If you were hoping for some other beverage, then you must not be from Napa. The eighth annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole is where the words “swirl,” “sip” and “spit” are all too common (clink, clink), a 10-day event with a hundred wineries and over 60 events to enjoy. Beyond the pour, classical and television stars take the stage during the festival’s many concerts and events, including violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Andrew von Oeyen, Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova (clink, clink), vocalist Audra McDonald, The View’s Star Jones, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and others. Take in the classical music and beautiful scenery starting Friday, July 12, at Castello di Amorosa (it’s a castle!) and continuing through July 21 at various venues in the valley. For full details, see www.festivaldelsole.org.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 5: Strike to Survive at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

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It starts with low, pounding drums, like a march of the natives to the pyre of sin; a low-frequency voice crackles through muted guitars on the sights and sounds of hope; then, after a slight pause, all hell breaks loose. This is how a great punk album starts, friends. This week, Strike to Survive celebrate the release of their new full-length Yesterday’s News with a tour kick-off show that’s sure to be even crazier than ever. Opening are the Vibrating Antennas, William Bonney, State Faults and the New Trust, and the first 50 people get a free silkscreened poster on Friday, July 5, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $8. 707.528.3009.

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July 5: Del the Funky Homosapien at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

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Get your notebooks ready: Del the Funky Homosapien is substitute teacher for the day. The East Bay MC might have canceled his Napa show back in April, but he makes up for it with a free show this week. Free tickets are available at the Uptown Theatre box office, as are $25 tickets for “Funk in the Electronic Age,” a preconcert workshop and discussion on the state of music today and how Del creates, composes and perceives music. As for the show, Del has recently reunited with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala for his Deltron 3030 project. Expect songs like “Virus” and “Positive Contact” when he plays on Friday, July 5, at Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. Free. 8pm. 707.259.0123.

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July 3-7: Marin County Fair at the Marin Fairgrounds

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

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Opening the crazy-fun Marin County Fair is the just-plain-crazy “Weird” Al Yankovic (July 3), paving the way for Disney Channel stars, reggae legends and mariachi bands to play free-with-admission concerts on the fairgrounds’ island stage. Independence Day brings the Kingston Trio and Eddie Money (July 4), followed by Zendaya and Ozomatli (July 5), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Wailers (July 6), Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernandez and the Pointer Sisters (July 7). There are free fireworks every night, and all rides are free with admission! Celebrate summer July 3—7 at the Marin Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $14—$16. 415.473.6800.

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