Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 18: Wanda Jackson at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Not too many women alive can say that they’ve dated Elvis Presley but then gone on to marry an IBM programmer, but then again, not too many women are Wanda Jackson. Without a doubt the greatest female pioneer in rockabilly music, she delivered a strong string of country hits as well; her unapologetic “The Box it Came In” is as simple and direct a song about killing your husband for running off with another woman can be. Earlier this month, Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an “Early Influence,” and her recent album Heart Trouble—the title a joke on her advancing age—shows that the Fujiyama mama still has spunk and verve. She performs her big hits “Let’s Have a Party,” “Riot in Cell Block #9” and who knows? Maybe she’ll even talk about what it was like to kiss Elvis Presley on Saturday, April 18, at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8p;m. $18-$20. 707.765.2121.
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April 18: Sonoma County Roller Derby at Cal Skate

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Grab yer hot dog, grab yer beer, but don’cha stand too close to the wall! The girls of the Sonoma County Roller Derby could very well come crashing off the rink, tumbling booty shorts-over-helmet, at any given time when the racing gets rough. That’s right, it’s roller derby time again, and the very first home game of the season gets underway this weekend with the Wine Country Homewreckers vs. the Santa Cruz Roller Girls. For just the price of a few containers of Tiger Balm muscle rub, the thrill of witnessing Injury Anna Jones clobber Foxee Firestorm or cheering on Rosie Road Rash as she outskates Cleopatra Catastrophe can be yours ringside at the unforgiving hard oval floor of the rink. It’s thrills, chills and spills galore—with a full bar!—on Saturday, April 18, at Cal Skate, 6100 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 8:30pm. $10-$15. 707.584.2890.
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April 17: Dark Star Orchestra at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 2:04 PM

There’s never any telling which show from the Grateful Dead’s history you’re likely to hear when you go see the Dark Star Orchestra—it could be the Matrix from 1968; it could be Winterland from 1974; it could be RFK Stadium from 1991. As a fun way to tease hardcore fans who own every Dick’s Picks and have garages full of Memorex cassettes, they won’t tell you which show they’ve just performed until after it’s all over. But mimicry is not the DSO’s stock in trade; the band aims more to capture the feel of the Grateful Dead instead of the exact note-for-note replication of certain historic shows. Expect an especially vibrant four-hour performance this weekend, when, if the planets are aligned, we may go, you and I, while we can through the transitive nightfall of diamonds on Friday, April 17, at the Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20-$35. 707.546.3600.
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