Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 23: San Francisco Concerto Orchestra at the Composer's House

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Seth Montfort is an extremely gifted pianist living at a former mortuary in Guerneville who holds near daily concerts, tours in Latin America, plays Liszt while wearing leather and possesses an incredible gift for retention with a remarkably large memorized repertoire. He also founded the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, a group which endeavors to provide starring soloist turns to musicians denied such a spotlight in their symphony day jobs. The S.F. Concerto Orchestra often play at Montfort’s house, and it’s one of those only-in-Guerneville experiences. Folk and punk are common fare at house shows, but classical? In a former mortuary? Blindfold a friend, drive them out there and blow their mind when the S.F. Concerto Orchestra play Ciani, Paganini, Mendelssohn and more on Monday, Aug. 23, at the Composer’s House. 16375 Fourth St., Guerneville. 4pm and 7:30pm. $10–$20. 707.604.7600.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 13: We Live Here at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Last weekend’s Battle of the Bands at the Napa Valley Opera House showcased the up-and-coming talent of the valley’s teenagers who graduated high school, went off to college, found the number of jobs available to be somewhere around the area of zero and moved back home with mom and dad to start bands in Napa. This week, it’s the grownups turn, with the Bohemian’s own “Green Zone” columnist Juliane Poirier and her Juliane Band headlining a local show called We Live Here. Poirier’s feel-good Americana headlines with African-inspired originals from Ron Sherman, the all-women’s Threshold Choir performing songs composed for hospice care, and the Napa Valley Barbershop Chorus on Friday, Aug. 13, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $20. 707.226.7372.
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Across the Bridge: August 4-11

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista

Former Geraldine Fibber frontwoman raises holy hell with new group.

Aug 11 at Café du Nord.Jimmy Cliff

Legendary reggae star known for “The Harder They Come” soundtrack.

Aug 13 at Mezzanine.Alice Russell

British soul singer who blows all the Winehouses and Duffys away.

Aug 13-14 at Yoshi’s SF.Outside Lands Festival

Furthur, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Al Green and lots more.

Aug 14-15 at Golden Gate Park.Billy Idol

Three times in two weeks, his name’s been in the paper. And now this. Weird.

Aug 17 at the Fillmore.Wavves

Vvery sunny mavverick lyrics of lovve ovver rovving lo-fi revvving.

Aug 18 at Amoeba SF.More San Francisco events at

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 7: Napa Valley Battle of the Bands at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 10:01 AM

“We’ve done everything in our town before at least a thousand times / If you don’t like wine, you will get bored and lost amongst the vines.” That’s right, folks—the best song about how there’s nothing to do for kids in Napa is “N.A.P.A.” by Defying Truth. But does that make them the hands-down best band in Napa? That’s for the Napa Valley Battle of the Bands to decide. Sponsored by Wandering Rose, the event sold out last year in a stunning, unprecedented support for a local music scene. Last year’s champs Body or Brain play a victory-lap set while contenders Alta Frights, Serf & James, Ove the Garden, In the Know, the Subtones and Defying Truth duke it out for top honors on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $10–$12. 707.226.7372.
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Across the Bridge: August 4-August 11

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM


Young Canadian Valeria Poxleitner presents electro-pop fantasies.

Aug 5 at Cafe du Nord.Devotionals

Tyson Vogel from Two Gallants heads up new buzz-causing band.

Aug 6 at Bottom of the Hill.Crystal Castles

All the beats your body can handle; dubstep producer Rusko opens.

Aug 6 at the Fox Theater.Neil Hamburger

The most ingenius thing to happen to comedy since Andy Kaufman.

Aug 6 at the Hemlock Tavern.Thee Oh Sees

Hometown psych-noise heroes celebrate release of new album.

Aug 7 at the Independent.Ludacris

Master of the guest rap verse; unfortunately, Blizzard Man not on the bill.

Aug 8 at Slim’s.

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August 5: Eighth Anniversary Celebration at Schulz Museum

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

It’s hard to believe that the Schulz Museum has been entertaining visitors for eight years now. Like the characters in “Peanuts,” we never expect these things to grow up. This Thursday, it’s the Schulz Museum’s eighth birthday, and if you know some eight-year-olds yourself, take them down for an Eighth Anniversary Celebration featuring free admission and free ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery. (Aziz Ansari’s way vulgar comedy routine about Cold Stone not included.) For parents, on current display are exhibits about Schulz’s love and inclusion in Peanuts of both golf and pop culture. If you’ve lived for the last eight years without checking the place out, well, why not? Your free chance arrives on Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 5–8pm. Free. 707.579.4452.
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August 5: Dubee at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The Vallejo rapper Dubee is best known as one of the few Bay Area MCs to benefit from the glory days of major-label signings gone amok in the 1990s. (Dubee a.k.a. Sugawolf, his debut album on Atlantic Records, is still his best-selling.) A lesser-known fact is that on Nov. 1, 2004, a date Bay Area hip-hop heads have memorized as the night Mac Dre was murdered on a freeway outside Kansas City, it was Dubee who was driving his cuddie in the van. He performs this weekend with Mac Mall, another major-label player and close friend of Mac Dre who’s managed to balance religious messages with THC jokesterism like 2006’s Thizziana Stoned and the Temple of Shrooms. 11/5, City P and R.O.D. open on Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.
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August 6: Kenge Kenge at the Sebastopol Community Center

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Having already traveled to Sri Lanka, Norway and Thailand, the nine-piece Kenyan group Kenge Kenge finally comes to America this weekend. Specializing in a native style called benga, Kenge Kenge play self-made instruments with names like the nyatiti lyre, the bul drums, and the oporo horn. But the foundations of benga music are the vocal arrangements, which Kenge Kenge delivers with contagious jubilance, especially in their YouTube hit of 2008, “Obama for Change,” which advocated for the then-senator’s election from the other side of the world. Kenge Kenge (meaning “fusion of small, exhilarating instruments”) play Friday, Aug. 6, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. $20–$25. Traditional African dinner (separate from door admission) at 7pm; show 9pm. 707.823.1511.
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August 9: Huey Lewis in conversation with Joan Ryan at 142 Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

“So, Huey, you worked with Robert Altman.” “Yes, Joan, I did.” “In your work with him, for the film Short Cuts, you appeared in rather rare form for a particular scene on-screen, did you not?” “If you’re referring to the fishing scene where I unzip my jeans and go full-frontal, then yes, I did.” “Now, Huey . . .” “Before you ask any further, Joan, I’ll clear the air—it was a prosthetic.” Yes folks, this exchange could very well be the highlight of Huey Lewis in conversation with Joan Ryan this weekend. Presumably, Lewis will also discuss his dominance of the baby-boomer set in the ’80s with rock anthems like “Stuck with You,” “Hip to be Square,” “The Heart of Rock ’n’ Roll” and “I Want a New Drug” at Throckmorton’s “A-List” series on Monday, Aug. 9, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 7:30pm. $12–$15. 415.383.9600.
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August 12: Mark Farina at the Juke Joint

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Man, the era of the mid- to late-’90s was a trip-hop, chill-out musical heaven. What was causing this propensity to relax? The unfrenzied pace of life? The reruns of Friends? The invention of Prozac? Whatever it was, it sure helped Mark Farina become a star. The San Francisco DJ whose Mushroom Jazz series was so ubiquitous and hot-selling that record store employees had its UPC codes memorized, Farina was more than just a lucky guy in the right place at the right time. Anyone who’s vibed out to his perfectly paced mixes or zoned to his groove-heavy live sets knows that he hasn’t lost his edge, even 18 years after the first Mushroom Jazz appeared on cassette in 1992. He hits up the Juke Joint on Thursday, Aug. 12, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9:30pm. $15. 707.829.7300.
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