Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 10: Spring Jazz Festival in Calistoga

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Spring fever is heading to town, and it’s infecting the population with the sweet sounds of jazz. Resisting is useless, so perhaps it’s best to head straight to the heart of the matter in Calistoga for the Spring Jazz Festival this weekend. Each ticket provides access to live jazz in a tent pitched downtown, as well as 10 tastings of local wine and cuisine. Capitulation to spring fever will never feel better while sipping on some Castello di Amorosa or Chateau Montelena and listening to the sounds of saxophonist Devin Phillips, guitarist Rolando Moralas, vocalist Billy Valentine and many others. The fever continues with more jazz and fun on Sunday for brunch. Succumb to the music on Saturday, March 10, downtown Calistoga. Noon. $36. 707.942.6333.

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March 9: Steve Pile at Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

There once was a man named Steve Pile, who came from a town called Healdsburg. Steve loved music, and one day went to a little town in West Africa to learn how to play a traditional instrument called the kora. Steve noticed that the musical tradition was being lost, and decided to help save the music of the Gambian people at risk of losing their traditions and oral history. This story isn’t finished; Steve is back in town and raising money to help build the Konteh Kunda School of Music in Gambia to teach the art of the kora and to build a library to preserve traditional songs. Be part of the happy ending when Pile plays with Daouda Traoreon, Cahoots, Chris Herrod and others at a benefit on Friday March 9, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10 donation. 707.528.3009.

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March 3-11: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Patricia Barber
Jazz pianist from the windy city brings Nat ‘King’ Cole tribute show to East Bay. Mar 8 and 9 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Railroad Earth
Two nights of New Jersey newgrass with band who lifted their name from a Kerouac story. Mar 9-10 at the Fillmore.

Flogging Molly
Raucous punk band led by Dave King, a former metalhead in love with the Pogues. Mar 10 at the Fox Theater.

Saul Williams
Terrifyingly creative hip-hop poet and artist, star of ‘Slam’ and the original omni-American. Mar 10 at Slim’s.

James “Blood” Ulmer
70 year-old guitarist with roots in both organ trios and free jazz embraces blues, plays solo show. Mar 11 at Yerba Buena Center.

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