Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 30: The Kingston Trio at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The Kingston Trio is known as “one of the few groups today who have survived the many changes in the world of music.” They are also known as “one of the few groups whose consistently matching outfits also survived the many changes in the world of music.” Founded in 1957 in San Francisco, this group has seen it all when it comes to folk music. They’ve gone through highs and lows with the addition and loss of initial members, but their performances remain unaltered, and yes, their shirts still match. The trio provides a nostalgic flare the modern day association to folk music; this is one band that isn’t leaving—or changing. Hang down your head, Tom Dooley, on Friday, March 30, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $50-$70. 8pm. 415.383.9600.

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March 30: Ray Charles Project at the Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Such was Ray Charles’ influence in the development of musical history that shortly after his death in 2004, an award-winning biopic honored his immense contributions. In addition, many others, such as the Ray Charles Project, have tried to reproduce and salvage Charles’ work in order to keep his songs alive. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? This jazz-and-blues group performs hits like “I Got a Woman” and “Georgia on My Mind” with vocalists such as Tony Lindsay (of Santana) and bebop saxophonist Kenny Washington. Be a part of the scene when they play Friday, March 30, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. $15-$18. 8:30pm. 707.549.5876.

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March 30: Francisco Herrara at the First United Methodist Church

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Around five centuries ago, the Raramuri people fled to Copper Canyon to avoid being taken over by Spanish settlers. Although well known for producing some of the fastest and longest distance runners in the world, the Raramuri are losing ability to preserve their rich culture due to outside elements—like western domestic commerce. Local singer-songwriter Francisco Herrera performs this weekend to benefit the people of Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Herrera is asking for donations at the event, and Raramuri ceramics, baskets, and jewelry will be available for purchase. Be inspired by his unique Chicano-soul style on Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church. 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael. 7pm. Free. 415.924.3227.

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March 30: Babatunde Lea at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

To some, jazz might seem a restless type of music that never stays put. As a genre, that’s true—because this uniquely American art form has grown and developed since the 1900’s and is only getting better. At this week’s benefit for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, percussionist Babatunde Lea performs with a group that includes Santa Rosa native Adam Theis. Lea’s harmonic melodies vibrate through the air, bouncing right to the crowd, providing a unique rhythm that’s art for the ears. Theis provides forward-thinking approaches to the horn, and together they create a colorful and vivid kind of music that’s nothing like what’s on the radio. Step into the future on Friday, March 30, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Two shows, 7:30pm and 9pm. $25. 707.431.1970.

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March 28 - April 3: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The newest and least interesting Young Money signee rides his inexplicable buzz. Mar 29 at the Warfield.

Alice Russell
Other UK blue-eyed soul singers top the charts; Russell, one of the best, remains obscure. Mar 29 at Yoshi’s SF.

Chuck Prophet
Local raconteur’s new album, ‘Temple Beautiful,’ is an ode to San Francisco. Mar 30 at Great American Music Hall.

Hot Snakes
I know, I know. Printing the words is torture for those who didn’t get tickets. Craigslist, sigh. Mar 30 at Bottom of the Hill.

The Wedding Present
The miraculously-voiced David Gedge performs his Albini-produced album ‘Seamonsters’ in its entirety. Apr 1 at the Independent.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 25: Eroica Trio at Mt. Tam United Methodist Church

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Enamored with the ideals of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s emboldened vision of Europe’s future, Beethoven dedicated his third symphony to the man, naming the masterwork, Bonaparte. But when news arrived of the squat-statured general’s proclamation as the new emperor of the French, the maestro, repulsed with betrayal, tore the original score’s title page to scraps, and retitled it Sinfonia Eroica, the “Heroic Symphony.” Today, pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Park and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio claim the title for their Grammy-nominated outfit, the Eroica Trio. Bound for Marin, the group is scheduled to play a wide range of heir classically concocted selections, including works from Gaspar Cassadó, Shostakovich and Ravel. Experience this world-renowned act on Sunday, March 25, at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church. 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 5pm. $15—$30. 415.381.4453.

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March 27: Reduced Shakespeare Company at SRJC

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Theater junkies attempting to navigate the prolific work of Shakespeare without reading the Bard’s entire collection or turning to Cliff’s Notes have found their desires answered by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, creators of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The play has been performed in a handful of languages, and led some of the company’s actors to be knighted by the Queen of England. After nine record-breaking seasons, the RSC created a variety of sped-up, slapstick routines conquering topics such as American history, the Bible and classic literature. This week, the three-man troupe, which features SRJC theatre instructor Reed Martin and Sonoma County local Austin Tichenor, are performing The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) in a benefit show on Tuesday, March 27, at SRJC’s Burbank Auditorium. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30. 707.527.4343.

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March 24: Blood Beach at Christy's on the Square

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Blending garage rock, chillcore and psychedelia, Portland rock group Blood Beach is out with a musical vendetta straight from Hell. The band’s story begins in modern times, as humans blindly live out the end days to be followed by the Bible’s prophesied apocalypse. Battling hoards of Christian militants in the fight of evil vs. good, the devil sends “his favorite band of psychotic, LSD-soaked, metaphysically amorphous androids” to recruit children via drugs and rock ’n’ roll to join Satan’s ranks. Along with provoking children’s inner demons at live shows, the band has cut a new record, The Return of the Curse of the Creature’s Ghost. To fulfill your role in the holy war, see Blood Beach on Thursday, March 22, at Christy’s on the Square (96 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa; 9pm; $5; 707.528.8565) and Saturday, March 24, at the Last Record Store (1899-A Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa; 1pm; free; 707.525.1963).

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March 23: Foreverland at George's Nightclub

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Remember the day Michael Jackson died? People in bars and cafes swapped personal stories about the legend’s songs, while drivers rolled down their windows and blasted “Thriller,” “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.” I must’ve received a dozen text messages with the same question: “Did you hear MJ died?” And it wasn’t simply news of a celebrity death; it was an outcry of what Jackson’s songs represented for the millions who loved them, and the loss of the man behind the music. While a chance to see the virtuoso perform is gone, tribute band Foreverland covers the pop icon’s greatest hits like no other. The 14-piece ensemble features four lead vocalists, four horns and a six-piece rhythm section. Ride the boogie on Friday, March 23, at George’s Nightclub. 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 9:30pm. $15—$20. 415.226.0262.

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March 22: Mozart's Sister at the Napa Valley Museum

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, asking that he and his compatriots—toiling in Philadelphia over the Declaration of Independence—“Remember the Ladies, & be more generous & favourable to them than your ancestors.” Some 4,200 miles abroad in Salzburg, Austria, that same year, Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart’s prodigious musical gifts withered from the very gender inequities Abigail spoke against. When younger brother Wolfgang showed promise, Nannerl’s father hastily swapped his children’s places and forbid her from ever playing the violin or composing again. Since then, Nannerl’s story has all but vanished, but ‘Mozart’s Sister’ reimagines the early years of Nannerl’s life through the eyes of French director René Péret, with his daughter, Maria Péret, cast in the leading role. Enjoy a special screening of the film on Thursday, March 22, at the Napa Valley Museum. 55 Presidents Cir., Yountville. 7pm. $10. 707.944.0500.

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