Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July 4: Will Durst at Silo's Jazz Club

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:39 PM

When we see that some guy named Durst is playing town, we always have that same knee-jerk: Fred Durst?! Nooooo!!!! What sublime relief we find, then, in discovering that’s it’s almost always comedian Will Durst. Being mistaken for the goateed bro from the constipated gurglings of rap-metal losers Limp Bizkit isn’t a compliment—although Durst, as usual, would surely mine the situation for comedic gold. The satirist’s main quarry is politics, and what with teabaggers complaining about BP’s $20 billion escrow fund to clean up the oil spill, Carly Fiorina’s anti-abortion stance touted as “new feminism” and a popular Facebook group to nominate Werner Herzog governor of California (why the hell not?), Durst will be on fire when celebrating our nation’s independence with blues band Top of the Top on Sunday, July 4, at Silo’s Jazz Club. 530 Main St., Napa. 6pm. $50. 707.251.5833.
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July 3: Shelby Lynne at Latitude Island Grill

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

What’s a not-yet-out-of-the-closet Grammy-winning singer who still rolls joints on her LPs and records acclaimed albums full of Dusty Springfield songs doing playing a free show on a man-made lake next to a pizza place in Rohnert Park? Like the incessant questions about her relationship to Gayle King–esque manager Betty Jordan, don’t ask. Shelby Lynne usually plays to packed theaters, still riding the wave of her excellent country-soul debut I Am Shelby Lynne, so witnessing her gut-busting voice in the confines of a small restaurant patio is a rare opportunity. The show is free, courtesy of the KRSH 95.9-FM, Lynne’s new album, Tears, Lies and Alibis, is great, and with any luck she’ll sing her a cappella rendition of “A Song for You” while the ducks quack along. Be there on Saturday, July 3, at Latitude Island Grill, 5000 Roberts Lake Drive, Rohnert Park. 6pm. Free. 707.588.0707.
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July 2-3: Theatrical stagings of Grateful Dead and Beatles music at the Glaser Center

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:28 PM

What happens when the lyrics of the Grateful Dead and the Beatles are adapted for the dramatic stage? Find out when over two nights, Eric Burke, Allison Marcom, Keith Baker, Tim Kniffin and others act out classic songs from the Grateful Dead and the Beatles. Friday’s performance follows a blind train passenger pulling out of Terrapin Station who comes across Uncle John’s Band and meets a friend of the Devil, with all the Dead hits reinterpreted as script. On Saturday, it’s the entire White Album, beginning to end, with “Glass Onion” told from the perspective of a secret agent (“Here’s another clue for you all / The walrus was Paul”) and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road” from a nervous suitor practicing his come-on lines in the mirror before a date. Someone even says “Number nine” over and over and over! The Dead show is Friday, July 2; the Beatles, Saturday, July 3. All of it at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $12–$18. 707.568.5381.
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July 1-5: The Four Tops and the Temptations included in Marin County Fair lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Four all the times you’ve been tempted (puns intended!) to spend $50 to see the Four Tops and the Temptations, or surviving members thereof, count yourself lucky to have resisted. The Marin County Fair once again comes through with free concerts on the lagoon, featuring the two Motown legends, who almost always tour together. The Four Tops and the Temptations play on Monday, July 5, while other headline entertainment includes “Hold On” hit makers Wilson Phillips (July 1) and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and the Wailers (July 2). The hot-doggiest lineup, however, is the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, masters of two distinctly American music forms—bluegrass and Dixieland—on the Fourth of July. A giant, lengthy fireworks display caps each night of the fair because, by golly, Marin can afford it! Marin County Fairgrounds, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. All concerts (and rides!) free with $15 fair admission. 415.499.6800.
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July 1-4: The Holloys at the Black Cat, Hopmonk Tavern, Ravenous and Street Scene

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Ignore their fabricated story about being from a parallel dimension called Lake Land. The Holloys, from Los Angeles, sound like they’re everywhere at once, combining sounds of German prog-rock, Nigerian afro-beat, London trance and Detroit soul. Loosely affiliated with the noise scene surrounding downtown L.A. venue the Smell, the Holloys experiment with drones and textures while reaching their dual drum sets ever further toward the brass ring of pop structure on their latest album, No Where Now Here. It’s a peyote-driven sound that’s brought them to play the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the U.K. and to record a split 7-inch with Cambodian pop machine Dengue Fever. They hit Sonoma County with four shows this weekend, at the Black Cat in Penngrove (July 1), Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol (July 2), Ravenous in Healdsburg (July 3) and Street Scene in Healdsburg (July 4). www.holloys.com.
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Across the Bridge: June 30-July 7

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Mates of State

Married with children and still indie as hell.

July 1 at the Great American Music Hall.Dam Funk

Electro-funk throwback with full live band, Master Blaster.

July 1 at the Mezzanine.Femi Kuti

Son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti brings that beat back.

July 3 at the Fillmore.Pinback

San Diego indie soldiers touring temporarily with no drummer.

Jul 3 at the Independent.Defiance, Ohio

Dedicated DIY ramshackle punks serenade the nation’s birthday.

July 4 at 924 Gilman.Richard Bona

Cameroonian bassist and singer with seven-piece jazz combo.

July 5 at Yoshi’s SF.

More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 27: Will Bernard at the Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 4:08 PM

To diehard deadheads, it was a treat last weekend to see Peter Apfelbaum playing with Dafnis Prieto in Healdsburg; after all, his Hieroglyphics Ensemble opened a few shows for the Grateful Dead in the 1990s. Also playing in that band was a young Will Bernard, learning from masters like Don Cherry and soaking in the experience which led him to found T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter and become a constant presence in the Stanton Moore Trio. These days, Bernard is all manner of busy with his own band, but plays a rare show this weekend with Robert Walter and Simon Lott. Walter, who plays with the Greyboy Allstars, has a long history with Bernard, but adding to the mix is Lott’s New Orleans–drenched rhythms. It’s bound to be another full dancefloor when the Will Bernard Trio hits town on Sunday, June 27, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8:30pm. $15–$18. 707.829.7300.
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June 26: KRS-One at 19 Broadway Niteclub

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM

It was one of those shows seemingly destined to fizzle. KRS-One, onstage in Santa Rosa last month, struggled with monitor problems for a solid half-hour. You’d think he’d learn his lesson and show up to sound checks, but before long he’d found a microphone he liked. “That’s the one!” he yelled, and promptly jumped off the stage into the crowd. For one or two songs, it seemed like a novelty; after three or four songs, it was clear that the Bronx rapper would finish the show out on the floor, among the people, clearing a circle for break dancers and running through hits like “Sound of Da Police,” “My Philosophy” and “P Is Free.” “Now that was hip-hop!” he declared, walking through the break dancers at show’s end and leaving his fans in a sweaty daze. Before he joins the Rock the Bells tour to perform Criminal Minded in its entirety, catch him live and onstage—or on the floor—Saturday, June 26, at 19 Broadway Niteclub. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 9pm. $20–$25. 415.459.1091.
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June 26: Comedy Benefit at Toby's Feed Barn

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Who among us hasn’t wanted to feed the yen for laughter while feeding one’s cows and chickens? Before the show of hands, let it be known that hilarity is promised when three comics take the stage hay bales at Toby’s Feed Barn this weekend in what’s being billed as a Benefit to Benefit the Benefit. To wit: the Far West Fest, thrown annually by KWMR to benefit West Marin nonprofits, needs a little funding itself. In step five comedians to put the West Fest’s stress to rest. Among them are two-time San Francisco Air Guitar Championship winner Alex Koll, Sarah Silverman Show alum and West Coast Cannabis publisher Ngaio Bealum, creator of the standup comedy game show Get It Joe Klocek and clean comic Carla Clay. Beer, wine, food and burlesque are on hand at the 18-and-over laugh fest on Saturday, June 26, at Toby’s Feed Barn. 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 7:30pm. $20. 707.663.1223.
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June 25: Ani DiFranco at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 3:54 PM

The original poster girl with no poster, Ani DiFranco remains one of modern folk music’s most magnetic personalities, with a devoted fan base following her every album—no small task, since she’s up to 20 of them by now. Devotees of her first acoustic releases have grown to love her band, usually a sparse but funky combo anchored by the jazz bassist Todd Sickafoose, and DiFranco’s onstage wit and outright joy at performing are a constant. The fiercely independent songwriter, who owns and operates the Righteous Babe label, recently restored a church in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., and turned it into Babeville, a concert venue. So it’s a fine fit when DiFranco plays Friday, June 25, at the recently restored Uptown Theatre (1350 Third St., Napa; 8pm; $47.50; 707.259.0123). She also plays with folk icons galore at the three-day Kate Wolf Festival running June 25–27 (Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville; $60–$70 daily; 707.829.7067).
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