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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 13: Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips at Fenix

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

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The moody, deceptively simple jazz of pianist Cava Menzies and trumpeter Nick Phillips is taking the jazz community by storm. The slow roll of the duo’s subtle and nuanced energy manifests splendidly on the pair’s latest album, Moment to Moment, a reflective and gentle collection of ballads and fiery tunes that recalls traditional influences of classic greats like Coltrane and Brubeck. The album is actually a debut record for the duo, who’ve been playing together for only two years; though their lifetimes of musical heritage belies their relatively new partnership. Cava Menzies and Nick Phillips perform on Sunday, July 13, at Fenix, 919 Fourth St, San Rafael. 6:30pm. $15-$20. 415.813.5600.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

July 3: Ernest Ranglin at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

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Born in 1932, guitar master Ernest Ranglin defined the style of ska and reggae, specifically the signature upward stroke that creates the sound. The Jamaican guitarist got his start as a session musician before moving on to composing and eventually becoming the music director at various Jamaican record labels. Now in Jamaica’s Music Hall of Fame, Ranglin has played alongside iconic figures like Bob Marley and Thelonious Monk, and at age 82 has just released his latest album, Bless Up, to widespread acclaim. This week, Ranglin appears with his band Avila on Thursday, July 3, at 19 Broadway Club.
19 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 8pm. $20—$25. 415.459.1091.

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July 6: Bill Frisell at City Winery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

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Celebrated guitarist Bill Frisell was born one year after his instrument of choice, the Fender Telecaster. A leading figure in jazz since he came on the scene 30 years ago, Frisell has long been inspired by the eclectic, instrumental music that he grew up around, often with the solid-body guitar front and center. Frisell celebrates this music from the ’50s and ’60s when he presents his “Guitar in the Space Age” showcase this weekend. He plays with fellow guitar master Greg Leisz on electric and pedal steel guitars and his trio partners, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen, on bass and drums on Sunday, July 6, at City Winery. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25—$35. 707.226.7372.

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July 6: Blues Defenders at Twin Oaks Tavern

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

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If you’ve driven through Penngrove in the last month, you may have noticed the sounds of table saws and the smell of sawdust. That’s because the town’s popular Twin Oaks Tavern has been busy building an outdoor patio. Opening in time for the long days of July, the new deck is the spot for the aptly named Summer Patio Music Series, with hot local bands offering a fresh breeze of jams. This weekend, the patio hosts two shows, with Soul Section playing on Saturday, July 5, and the Blues Defenders cooking it up on Sunday, July 6, at Twin Oaks Tavern. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove. 5pm, both days. Free. 707.795.5118.

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July 5: Paper Dolls at Ruth McGowan's Pub

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

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The toe-tapping, ukulele-strumming duo of the Paper Dolls have been singing their delightful harmonies together for over 15 years. The pair of Uni and Em Doll, aka Heather Marie Ellison and Emily Schmidt, began singing together in and around Sonoma County as part of the Savoy Singers before Ellison moved to L.A. and put the duo on hiatus. Once she returned to the Bay Area, the Paper Dolls were formed with the two mixing up little strings and big voices and taking their tunes to the streets. This week, the Paper Dolls play on Saturday, July 5, at Ruth McGowan’s Pub. 131 E. First St., Cloverdale. 6:30pm. Free. 707.894.9610.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 27: OneManGreenBand at Forestville Club

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Green has made a name for himself in the North Bay with his foot-stomping, homegrown blues under the moniker OneManGreenBand. This week, the Milwaukee-born musician, now living in rural Villa Grande on the Russian River, emerges from the woods to debut the second offering in his trilogy when he brings his guitar, banjo, mandolin, mouth harp and copies of his new album, Roots Revival Volume 2: In Time to the Forestville Club on Friday, June 27. 6250 Front St., Forestville. 9pm. $5—$10. 707.887.2594.

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June 26: Spanish Gold at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Heady and groovy, Spanish Gold are the real deal. The band comprises My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and guitarists Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma) and Dante Schwebel (Hacienda), and the new venture draws together the three musicians’ muscular rock chops and pop sensibilities. Their debut album, South of Nowhere, is a genre-bender in the best sense. Spanish Gold make their way to the North Bay when they play Thursday, June 26, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 9pm. $12—$15. 415.388.1100.

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June 28: Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Robert Mondavi Winery

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Returning for its 45th year, the Summer Concert Series at the Robert Mondavi Winery kicks off an eclectic season with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The New Orleans institution is playing selections from their 2013 album That’s It!—the band’s first album of all-original material in their 50 years of existence. The storied ensemble has collaborated with artists from unexpected genres, and their sound continues to flourish in the New Orleans scene and beyond. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs and is followed by fireworks this Saturday, June 28, at the Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 7pm. $55—$85. 707.968.2203.

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June 27: Charged Particles at Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Educator and musician Jon Krosnick moved from the Midwest to California after landing a job on the faculty at Stanford. Professionally, the social psychologist couldn’t be more satisfied, yet the move meant the drummer had to reform his acclaimed jazz trio, Charged Particles. Now with an updated ensemble and an exciting brand of jazz, Charged Particles are celebrating summer vacation with a series of library concerts throughout the North Bay, beginning this Friday, June 27, at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library (1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon; 11am) and Saturday, June 28, at the Healdsburg Library (139 Piper St., Healdsburg; 2pm).

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 20: World Party at City Winery

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Welsh songwriter and producer Karl Wellington formed World Party nearly 30 years ago, and has been turning out pop hits just as long. Even a brain aneurysm couldn’t stop the party. Wellington returns with World Party for a U.S. tour that stops in the North Bay this week. Wellington and company have just released a massive box set of World Party material, Arkeology, and most of it is previously unreleased stuff. Expect to hear World Party’s longstanding hits and a slew of new tunes when the band plays on Friday, June 20, at City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25—$35. 707.226.7372.

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