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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. 6: Montango at the White Barn

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

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Pianist Tom Montgomery first came upon the music of the tango through the great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. Trained as a classical and jazz musician, Montgomery’s passion for tango has become a central focus of his work for more than a decade. This passion led him to the bandoneon, an accordion-like instrument essential to the tango, and to the formation of his own dance ensemble, Montango. Now considered one of the Bay Area’s premier tango groups, Montango has performed the world over, sharing their passion for the cultural treasure. This week, Tom Montgomery and Montango dazzle the North Bay when they perform on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the White Barn, 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave., St. Helena. 6:30pm. $30. 707.251.8715.

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Sept. 7: Lisa Loeb at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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Has it really been 20 years since Lisa Loeb’s breakout hit single, “Stay (I Missed You)” went platinum? In the two decades since Loeb was introduced to the world, with her defining eyewear and lithe voice, the songwriter has continued to produce quality pop music and has also recently dabbled in children’s music and other media projects. Last year, Loeb returned to the world of pop music with her album No Fairy Tale. Glasses still frame her youthful face, and emotionally poignant lyrics still populate her songs, and this week Lisa Loeb brings her extensive with her when she performs on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $27—$32. 415.388.3850.

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Sept. 8: Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars at City Winery

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:48 AM

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The story of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars could have turned out very differently. The horrifying violence that engulfed the West African region in the ’90s forced millions to flee their homes. It was literally in refugee camps that the musicians who would form the All Stars met and began playing songs to entertain their fellow refugees. After an American film crew found them performing in the camps, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars found themselves on a global stage. Transcending their dire origins, the group now brings an uplifting message of hope and perseverance to international audiences. This week, the inspirational songs of the All Stars can be heard when the group plays on Monday, Sept. 8, at City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $18—$25. 707.226.7372.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aug. 28: Jonny Sketch & the Dirty Notes at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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What happens when you gather a group of classically trained musicians, mix in a healthy dose of Louisiana funk courtesy of a New Orleans upbringing, and infuse them with mysterious alter egos bound only by their imagination? Quite likely you would end up with an irreverent, genre-bending ensemble much like Jonny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. This collective crew of fun-loving, funky flared performers play an endlessly fresh and danceable buffet of great music when they perform on national tours. Coming to Marin this week, Jonny Sketch & the Dirty Notes bring down the house on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 19 Broadway Club, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 9pm. $10. 415.459.1091.

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Aug. 29: Crazy Famous at Spancky's

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

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Two of the hottest up-and-coming bands working right now in the North Bay team up this week for a night that’s sure to rattle some windows and rock some worlds. Crazy Famous is a sizzling three-piece band that blends classic rock grooves and a hyperkinetic indie pop. Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony perform a self-described “Adventure Rock” that encompasses elements of glam rock, piano-driven punk pop and songwriter-centric music. The two bands first came across one another when they played this year’s Bottlerock Festival in Napa, and now they bring their fast and fun styles together again, sharing the stage on Friday, Aug. 29, at Spancky’s, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 9pm. $5. 707.795.7878.

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Aug. 30: the Rolling Jays at the Forestville Club

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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Love the Grateful Dead but hate the band’s reputation for extended jams and excessive noodling? It’s true, those people exist out there—folks who like the spirited melodies and foot-shuffling rhythms, but whose attention spans start cutting out at the five-minute mark. Well, for all those fans come the San Francisco five-piece tribute band the Rolling Jays. The band doesn’t worry with hours-long drum solos or spaced-out jamming, instead focusing on simple and straightforward rock and blues tunes made for moving and grooving. The Rolling Jays bring their old-fashioned dance music to the woods of west Sonoma County when they play on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Forestville Club, 6250 Front St., Forestville. 8:30pm. $5. 707.887.2594.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug. 22: Locust Honey String Band at Studio 55

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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Hailing from Asheville, N.C., the trio—Chloe Edmonstone, Meredith Watson and Hilary Hawke—who make up the Locust Honey String Band play a lively, old-timey mix of bluegrass and country fiddle tunes. Whether it’s traditional songs with exciting arrangements or their own original material, the group utilizes rotating acoustic instruments and pitch-perfect three-part harmonies. Formed in 2011, the group’s new album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind, resonates with classic and modern elements. Locust Honey String Band perform on Friday, Aug. 22, at Studio 55 Marin, 1455 E Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 8pm. $14—$17. 415.453.3161.

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Aug. 24: Scott Pemberton at Goose & Gander

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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Singer-songwriter Scott Pemberton is lucky to be alive. A few years ago, while cycling, Pemberton was hit by a car—an accident that left him a changed man. Defying doctors’ expectations, he bounced back from the incident, regained his faculties and retaught himself the guitar. Now the Portland native is back on the road, playing an electrifying mix of blues, rock and funk with his band the Scott Pemberton Trio. With uninhibited joy and appreciation, the band brings a truly freewheeling and infectious lust for life to the Napa Valley when the they perform on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Goose & Gander, 1245 Spring St., St. Helena. 1pm. Free. 707.967.8779.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aug. 15: Bria Skonberg Quintet at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

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From New York City comes a powerful new voice in the classical jazz scene. Bria Skonberg looks like a Nordic princess, and her lithe voice and blazing trumpet elevate the jazz pop she plays with her band, the Bria Skonberg Quintet. Her 2014 release, Into Your Own, is a swinging and soulful collection of tunes with myriad influences channeled into a mix of world rhythms, jazz-fusions and even electronic elements. The Bria Skonberg Quintet swing into the North Bay Friday, Aug. 15, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $24—$38. 415.383.9600.

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Aug. 16: Jerry Jeff Walker at Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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As outlaw musicians go, Jerry Jeff Walker is a “Most Wanted” man. The prolific songwriter and country artist is best known for his 1970 hit “Mr. Bojangles,” though Walker’s rep as a renegade rocker is solidified by the annual big bash shows he’s hosted in Texas, Belize and now Napa. For the second summer, Walker will bring his band to the Napa Valley for a special Summer Camp show. He loves Napa Valley so much, he gathers fans from around the country for parties and events held throughout the area. The Summer Camp show goes down on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 7pm. $45—$75. 707.944.9900.

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