Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mar. 12: the Ruminators at the Last Record Store

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Its liner notes thank “all the loyal and patient Rum fans over the years,” and it’s true: fans of the Santa Rosa band the Ruminators have been a patient lot. From their early days packing the Studio KAFE to 20 years later, the group has released its music sporadically, but for the better: their new EP, Is It True, is well-honed, showcasing the songwriting of Greg Scherer, who’s got a delivery akin to Richard Thompson or Warren Zevon, and a delicate backing band comprised of top-notch players. They celebrate the EP’s release with a free in-store on Saturday, March 12, at the Last Record Store. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 3pm. Free. 707.525.1963.
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Mar. 10: East Village Opera Company at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM

As novelties go, musical hybrids of seemingly disparate genres usually have a short shelf life. The rap-metal phenomenon died quickly; punk-jazz confined itself to the ’80s. Classical music and hard rock, on the other hand, have proven everlasting bedfellows, never waking up hungover to regret their consummation. The East Village Opera Company is the most sophisticated among groups pairing arias with power chords, and in a pairing with the Parsons Dance Co., they present the multimedia show Remember Me on Thursday, March 10, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $15–$45. 707.546.3600.Note: Be sure to arrive early for our very own Bohemian Salon before the show, from 6-8pm, for cocktails, appetizers and pre-show conversation.
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Mar. 9-16: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Peter Murphy

Bauhaus frontman plays rare small club date. Mar 9 at Mezzanine.McCoy Tyner

Legendary jazz pianist appears with Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Bartz. Mar 10 at Yoshi’s SF.Meshell Ndegeocello

Formidable funkstress with singular vision covers songs by Prince. Mar 13 at the Independent.House of Pain

Everlast and that other guy return to hallowed venue to jump around. Mar 15 at the Fillmore.Caroliner Rainbow

San Francisco noise pioneers still at it with multicolored, blow-your-mind show. Mar 16 at Cafe du Nord.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mar. 8: North Mississippi Allstars at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Looking for things to love about the North Mississippi Allstars? For starters, Cody and Luther Diskinson’s dad was Jim Dickinson, one of the greatest Memphis producers of all time who worked with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and more. Secondly, their bassist Chris Chew plays his bass so high it’s ridiculous, the instrument nearly resting atop his sizable gut. But most importantly, their music is swampy, greasy and rattles the bones. If that’s not enough, the guys play a free noontime concert sponsored by KRSH-FM on Tuesday, March 8, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Noon. Free. 707.829.7300.
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Mar. 5: Five Browns at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM

The brothers-and-sisters Mormon classical piano act the Five Browns has had a hell of a month. First, their father was charged with sexually abusing all three of his daughters over an eight-year span. Then he drove his Porsche off a cliff in Utah, hospitalizing himself and his wife. Last week, he pled guilty to sodomy and child abuse, and faces 10 to life. (Unfortunately, Mormon families are “sealed” together forever, meaning dear ol’ Dad will be around eternally.) In a show of strength, the children continue to tour, playing popular classical selections on Saturday, March 5, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20-$65. 415.499.6800.
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Mar. 4 & 5: Kenyan Safari Acrobats at the Sebastopol Community Center and Lincoln Theater

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

When he was young, Jacob Kalama joined a circus in Kenya, learning the twists and tricks of a traveling performer. Twenty years later, he leads the Kenyan Safari Acrobats, a troupe featuring contortionists, magicians, balancing acts, strongmen, fire dancing and more. Throughout, his wife Karen tells tales of Kenyan warriors and teaches basic Swahili. Bring the family when they present two shows in the area, on Friday, March 4 at the Sebastopol Community Center (390 Morris St., Sebastopol; 8pm; $12-$25; 707.823.1511) and Saturday, March 5 at the Lincoln Theater (100 California Dr., Yountville; 3pm; $10-$25; 707.944.9900).
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Mar. 4: Risk-A-Cabaret at Aubergine

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

After a short hiatus, the monthly burlesque revue known as Risk-A Cabaret returns this weekend with its bare skin and signature rule-bending style. “There are girls and boys of all shapes and sizes,” organizer Jodi Waseca told the Bohemian last year, “drag queens and kings, musicians, clowns, aerialists, fire performers, sideshow acts—you name it.” With male belly dancer Paige Lawrence, “burlesque mama” Violet Streak, samba queen Milk Shake and fire dancers, accordions and comedians, the night also celebrates Mardi Gras with the Fourth Street New Orleans Jazz Band. Catch the action on Friday, March 4, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $7-$10. 707.861.9190.
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Mar. 2: Robin Trower at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Granted, when most people hear the phrase “Bridge of Sighs,” they think of the famous landmark in Venice where prisoners were sent to confinement. Some, who’ve read either Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle or Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, might think of ramps at the pork slaughterhouses in Chicago. The newly divorced in Reno even use it to describe the Virginia Street Bridge, where wedding rings can be discarded into the river after a quick divorce. But to a certain demographic, “Bridge of Sighs” means the kickass 1974 album by guitarist Robin Trower, who plays on Wednesday, March 2, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $26-$29. 707.762.3565.
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Mar. 2-9: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Malevolent Creation

New York death metal veterans headline imposing five-band

bill. Mar 3 at the New Parish.A Hawk and a Hacksaw

Instrumental Balkan- and Turkish-inspired duo of indie acoustic compositions. Mar 3 at Cafe du Nord.Hugh Masekela

Inventive trumpeter known for “Grazing in the Grass.” Mar 4 at the Palace of Fine Arts.Crystal Castles

Moody Canadian electronic group fronted by Alice Glass. Mar 4 at the Warfield.Yann Tiersen

French composer and multi-instrumentalist behind “Amelie” soundtrack. Mar 8 at Regency Ballroom.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 5:

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Despite the recent announcement that the Sebastopol Community Center will no longer host the annual Celtic Music Festival, the town this weekend hosts a new tradition in the African-International Music Festival. Benefiting more than 10 local nonprofit organizations, the event sees a wealth of music representing Africa and beyond within the wood-paneled walls of the center. With headliners the “Masters of World Music” living up to their title—Stephen Kent, Gurdeep Singh, Sukhawat Ali Khan and Mamadou Sidibe are truly masters—the afternoon and evening are rounded out by Midnight Sun, Dgiin, Onye Onyemaechi, Daouda, Andy Graham, Cuycuy, Carnaval Spirit, the Sweet Penny royals, the Linda Ferro Band, Mr. Music, Sena, the Wildcard Bellydancers and the Sonoma County Pomo Indian Dancers. Food, beer and a raffle complete the fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Hall. 282 High St., Sebastopol. 4–9:30pm. $15. 707.565.2041.
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