Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 29: Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Sometimes, the perfect pairing of band and venue makes a show impossible to ignore. Such is the case this weekend when Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys pull their vintage aluminum tour bus up to the dusty driveway of Rancho Nicasio to present their bygone sounds at the bygone roadhouse. Staunchly dedicated to preserving and presenting the vintage sounds of Western Swing, country boogie and rockabilly, the Fly-Rite boys play exclusively era-authentic instruments and dress in the snappy wardrobe of old-time show bands. Though decidedly retro—their own LPs stand strong alongside Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley records—they write their own new material with the talent and flair of the greats they so admire. Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys will return in August for Sebastopol’s Gravenstein Apple Fair and Cloverdale’s Friday Night Music series, but nothing beats the down-home ambiance when they play Saturday, May 29, at Rancho Nicasio. Town Square, Nicasio. 8:30pm. $15. 415.662.2219.
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May 29: Paper Hands at the North Bay Film and Art Collective

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Sometimes even the indie labels get it wrong. The rakish singer and guitarist Michael Richardson, well-loved locally for his precise, passionate emo trio Benton Falls, fell victim to legal wrangling with Deep Elm Records when Benton Falls called it a day in 2004. The fight dammed up Richardson’s creative output, with only the occasional solo show in its wake—attended by cultish, faithful fans. Richardson’s since moved to Echo Park in Los Angeles, and the change of pace has inspired a new supergroup of sorts called Paper Hands with fellow Santa Rosa ex-pats Kevin Buchholz, from Kid Dynamo, and Dio McLeod, from Edaline. Based on early demos, Paper Hands’ brand of indie rock is only slightly mellowed with age and blessedly uncorrupted by Southern California. They play with the New Trust, Helen Earth Band and Hanalei on Saturday, May 29, at the North Bay Film and Art Collective. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $5. (No phone.)
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May 29: Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Whenever and wherever the multitalented Richard Thompson takes the stage, it’s cause for celebration. The virtuoso guitarist and poignant lyricist has been dazzling audiences for over 40 years, from his days in the British folk group Fairport Convention to his amusing recent project 1,000 Years of Popular Music, and has shown not one sign of burning out. With certified classics such as “Down Where the Drunkards Roll,” “Beeswing” and the dexterous epic “1952 Black Vincent Lightning,” Thompson is always dazzling, if a bit serious. That’s where Loudon Wainwright III and his canny sense of humor come in. Still best known for “Dead Skunk (In the Middle of the Road),” Wainwright has since 2005 released a fun-loving album of new, overlooked material every year or so. The two share a bill on Saturday, May 29, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $37-$47. 707.259.0123.
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May 27: C.T. Cruisers R&B / Blues Revue at the KRSH Backyard

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 2:15 PM

It’s that time of year, when one heads to the hardware store to buy nails and is instead deluged with 2,327 different kinds of barbecues, reproducing all over the entrance to the store. You know the type: those big-ass, manly, plutonium-fueled monstrosities, sometimes as much as a thousand bucks. Who needs ‘em? We’ll take our $20 Weber knock-off and throw on some Howlin’ Wolf, thanks, and it’s in this same spirit that the KRSH Outdoor Barbecue abides. This weekend is the season’s first of the popular free series, with an all-local, all-blues lineup that pairs the C.T. Cruisers with five local luminaries—namely, vocalists Cathy Slack and Linda Ferro, guitarists Levi Lloyd and Jody Counter, and keyboardist Ron Lacey. Lacey’s played with the Temptations, the Drifters, Lou Rawls and more, and Counter just made the district finals in Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues” contest. It’s all MC ed by Zone Music’s Frank Hayhurst when the C.T. Cruisers R&B / Blues Revue plays on Thursday, May 27, at the KRSH Studios Backyard. 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 6pm. Free. 707.588.0707.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 23: Inner Space - Outer Space at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The big question facing all classical-music organizations these days is how to convert new fans to attend performances. The Cotati-based American Philharmonic orchestra has hit upon the most effective, if obvious, answer: make concerts free. Self-described as “the people’s orchestra,” there’s nothing stuffy about the AP’s performances, and they’re usually peppered with uncommon pieces from the repertoire. This weekend’s program, titled Inner Space – Outer Space, features Holst’s The Planets, a common piece if ever there was one. But representing the “inner” portion of the program is Copland’s poignant Quiet City, originally written for an obscure Irwin Shaw play of the same name that closed after two shows. Debussy’s Nocturnes rounds out the egalitarian experience on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm and Sunday, May 23 at 3pm, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Free; donations accepted. 707.542.8234.Gabe Meline
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May 22: Shawn Colvin at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Napa’s recently-restored Uptown Theatre has opened (finally!) at an opportune juncture in the North Bay. With Konocti Harbor Resort closed and the Wells Fargo Center restructuring their booking, the Uptown’s management have picked up the ball and are spelling out acts on their marquee that used to grace those venues: Ani DiFranco, Foreigner, Lewis Black, Asia, B.B. King, Merle Haggard. Smaller performers who might not ordinarily play an opulently renovated 860-seat 1930s theater get a chance, too, with a handful of interesting double bills, including Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III together later this month. This weekend, it’s Grammy Award-winner Shawn Colvin paired with the bespectacled Lisa Loeb on Saturday, May 22, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $37-$47. 707.259.0123.Gabe Meline
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May 22: Dustbowl Road at Clement and Mendocino Ave.

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Within days of the first, wildly successful Hootenanny at the North Bay Film and Art Collective, event organizers celebrated with our modern version of the old-time vaudeville afterglow. In other words, they started a Facebook page. It soon emerged that there was more than memorializing at hand, though, because this weekend’s second installment, titled Dustbowl Road, features over two dozen bands spread out over just five hours. At a block party including Video Droid, the Last Record Store, Community Market and Gaia’s Garden, there’s the music of Waters, J.D. Limelight, Skiffle Symphony, the Easy Leaves and truckloads more; workshops and jams continue throughout the day until the afterparty at the North Bay Film and Art Collective that night at 6:30. Grab your banjo and shuck on down on Saturday, May 22, at Clement and Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Noon-5pm. Free. 707.525.1963.
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May 20: E-40 at 19 Broadway Niteclub

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM

There’s some dishes to be done. Fill the sink with water, clean them, drain the sink. Carpets a little dirty. Get out vacuum, turn it on, turn it off. Dust on the bookshelves. Find duster, dust, replace duster. Like a household chore, it’s with this same perfunctory process that E-40 appeared to treat his show two months ago in Petaluma: Get to show, play hits, bail. Within 45 minutes, a guy counted a stack of cash on the stage; directly after, the Vallejo-bred rapper was out the side door and driving away in an SUV. But you wanna know the maddening thing? Those were 45 insanely great minutes. For those who’ve danced their ass off to “Sprinkle Me” live and in person, make wit’ da hurryupness when E-40 plays on Thursday, May 20, at 19 Broadway Niteclub, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 9:30pm. $30. 415.459.1091.Gabe Meline
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Across the Bridge: May 20-26

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

13th-Floor Texas legend backed by fellow Lone-Star lit hounds.

May 20 at the Fillmore.An Horse

Australian duo on tour with Kaki King play free in-store.

May 21 at Amoeba SF.Broken Bells

The Shins’ James Mercer with Dangermouse in hit-and-miss side project.

May 21 at Regency Ballroom.Caribou

Ontario’s prolific indie psych-drone piper, Daniel Snaith.

May 23-24 at the Independent.Ron Carter

Bass master in trio setting with Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone.

May 24-26 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Nas

NYC “Illmatic” rapper on cross-genre bill with Damian Marley.

May 25 at the Fox Theater.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 15: Party: Sixth and Wilson at the North Bay Film and Art Collective

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Most dance clubs strive for flashiness in their names, but looking at the greats—Fabric, the Hacienda, Pacha, Studio 54—it’s clear that simpler is better. Party: Sixth and Wilson has a similarly plain, descriptive title, and could well just be the dance event of the summer—even though the summer’s not here yet. In an effort to completely transform the inside of the normally staid brick North Bay Film & Art Collective, the event producers are bringing in “live plants of all shapes and sizes, mylar and other plastics, glass globes, sound loops and video montages” for an experience the promoters are promising will “immerse the partygoer.” With DJs from Detroit and San Francisco, expect to sweat up a frenzy at Party: Sixth and Wilson on Saturday, May 15, at the North Bay Film and Art Collective, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. $12; 21 and over. myspace.com/northbayfac.Gabe Meline
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