Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 10: Napa Valley Battle of the Bands at Rutherford Grange

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 11:54 AM

For years, travelers on Highway 29 drove through Rutherford, noticed the Rutherford Grange Hall across from Rubicon Estate and wondered, “What in the world goes on inside that place?” Just last year, an infusion of fresh faces and new ideas brought a new vitality to the historic white building previously consigned to obscurity. New “Master of the Grange” Susan Hirschy has extended the scope of the hall beyond bingo nights and community potlucks to include, among other collaborations with the arts community, this weekend’s second semifinal of the Napa Valley Battle of the Bands. Defying Truth, Diamond Dead, In the Know, Rude Intoxicant, Swim to Sydney, the Gees, the Subtones and Comfort Slacks duke it out on the Grange stage on Saturday, July 10, at the Rutherford Grange. 1991 Hwy. 29, Rutherford. 6pm. $5-$7. 707.265.9180.
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July 9: Mark Stuart at Cloverdale Town Plaza

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 11:46 AM

You gotta admit, it took a lot of guts for Mark Stuart to call his band the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, even if he reportedly did get approval from the Man in Black himself. But after Cash died, and after too many years of being confused for just another Johnny Cash tribute band, Stuart issued the official name-change announcement: “I feel it is appropriate now that Mr. Cash has passed on to no longer use the name,” he wrote. “It is out of respect for his legacy, his family and his friendship that I felt compelled to make the change.” Nothing else is different on Stuart’s newest, Bend in the Road, which along with twangy originals features an upbeat take on the Billy Joe Shaver classic “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal.” Stuart’s well worth driving up to Cloverdale to see, and for free, you can’t beat a Friday night dancing on the town plaza after the farmers market. Kick up some dust on Friday, July 9, at the Town Plaza on Main St., Cloverdale. 7pm. Free. 707.894.4410.
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July 8: Frank Black at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

In a quick, last-minute booking, the interminably eccentric Pixies frontman and lyrical surrealist Frank Black makes a rare solo appearance in Sonoma County this weekend. Continuing to wed wild ideas to vaguely surf- and ranchero-inspired rock, Black romances the unexpected on his latest, NonStopErotik. “Lake of Sin” is less a sequel to “Wave of Mutilation” than a churning ’70s glam-rock throwback; “Rabbits” sounds like an outtake from Beck’s Mutations; and “Dead Man’s Curve”—not a Jan and Dean cover—is reminiscent of his best solo work from Dog in the Sand. When Black was last here, he indulged the crowd with a number of Pixies songs; let’s hope for “Where Is My Mind?” instead of NonStopErotik’s “When I Go Down on You” (awkward!) when Black plays Thursday, July 8, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $20. 707.765.2121.
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Across the Bridge: July 7-14

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Idina Menzel

Tony-winning star of “Wicked” and “Rent” sings Broadway favorites.

July 9 at Davies Symphony Hall.Ska-Punk Bash

Wisecracker, Big City Bombers and others in six-band bill.

July 9 at 924 Gilman.Dwele

Detroit hip-hop artist smoothes out a little on his latest, “Some Kinda.”

July 9-11 at Yoshi’s Oakland.Jordin Sparks

They say she won some kind of TV contest or something . . .

July 10 at the Regency Ballroom.Neil Young

Devotées of his early work are reeling over these expensive but rare solo shows. July 11-12 and 14 at the Fox Theater.Bettye LaVette

If you do nothing else before you die, see this woman sing live.

July 14 at the Great American Music Hall.More San Francisco events at

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