Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 18: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM


Long drives with friends have their ups and downs, but when friends are talented enough to rock covers of oldies hits in a van, it makes sitting for hours much more enjoyable. At least that’s how Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers feel when they’re on tour. You’ve likely seen their YouTube hit “I Can’t Go for That,” with Bluhm singing, playing a kazoo and driving at the same time, but there’s plenty more in the series—and in the band’s well of original songs. This weekend the band opens for the BoDeans on Friday, May 18, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $26. 707.765.2121.

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May 18: Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys at Rancho Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Having an adjective before your name makes a bold statement. Lil Wayne. Notorious B.I.G. Rowdy Roddy Piper. With a name like Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys, the idea might seem like the “big” should apply only to Sandy. Although he is a big guy, that “big” in his name describes his huge voice and massively impressive rockabilly band. Playing up to par each time, Big Sandy and his band keep the mood up beat and swingin’ all while keeping their hair greased back and suits neatly matching, as if the 1950s never left. It’s go big or go home on Friday, May 18, at Rancho Nicasio. 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 8:30pm. $12–$15. 415.662.2219.

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May 19-20: MALT Art Show and Sale in Nicasio

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Traveling, concerts and dining out all cost money. There’s nothing like a cold, hard look at your bank statement to get you down. What can someone do to overcome empty-wallet syndrome? Attend free things! This weekend, the Marin Agriculture Land Trust hosts its 15th annual Landscape Art Show and Sale to benefit its mission of preserving Marin farmland. For two days the show exhibits pieces from 40 artists, most Marin-based, depicting the pastoral Marin countryside. They say the best things in life are free, so you might as well take advantage of it Saturday–Sunday, May 19–20, at the Druids Hall. 4499 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 2–5pm on Saturday; 10am–4pm on Sunday. Free. 415.663.1158.

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May 17: Bill Bradley at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Everyone loves a success story: it’s inspirational to hear and gives everyone a little bit of hope that maybe one day they will have their story heard in a positive light. The 18-year New Jersey senator, former Olympic and NBA athlete, national radio host and author Bill Bradley comes to Marin to discuss his newest book, We Can All Do Better, which talks about his personal view on the current state of our nation. Judging by his life experience, he sounds like he might be someone worth listening to. Maybe he’ll also give some tips on how to improve your three-point shooting on Thursday, May 17, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

May 15 and 16: Johnny Winter at Napa Valley Opera House and Last Record Store

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“Rough-and-tumble” defines the life of Johnny Winter, whose struggle with and overcoming of heroin addiction is almost as great as his output has been prolific. Most know him from “Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo,” but his guitar playing shines on his latest release, Roots. After all, Winter learned from the master, Muddy Waters. He plays sitting down these days, but he’s still a gem; see Johnny Winter on Tuesday, May 15, at the Napa Valley Opera House (1030 Main St., Napa; 8pm; $30-$35; 707.226.7372) and shake his hand at a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, May 16, at the Last Record Store (1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa; 4-6pm; Free; 707.525.1963).

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May 12: Spruce Deuce Open House at the Feed Barn

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

From the outside, the Feed Barn is just what it sounds like—a large empty warehouse that used to be a feed store. But for the last two years, it’s been home-away-from-home to a coterie of artists, makers, tinkerers and musicians, who this week throw open the doors in a spring open house for a showcase of dizzying creativity. Included among the festivities—with food provided by chef Mark Malicki—is the unveiling of the mighty Spruce Deuce, a large kinetic sculpture designed and built by the masterful David Farish and Skye Barnett. Live music and plenty of beer round out what’s easily the coolest thing happening in Rincon Valley on Saturday, May 12, at the Feed Barn. 55 Middle Rincon Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 4pm–midnight. No phone.

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RadioShack-Nissan-Trek Meet and Greet with Chris Horner at Trek Bicycle Store

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Sometimes in cycling, perseverance pays off. Chris Horner turned pro in 1995, but hit full steam in 2002, when he won overall point standings in the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. In the following two years, he repeated the feat. Finally, after time on the legendary Astana team dutifully supporting Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer, Horner dominated and won the 2011 Tour of California. This week, the returning champion appears along with fellow Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek teammate and fan favorite Jens Voigt in Santa Rosa, where fans can ask questions, get autographs and wish Horner luck for a back-to-back win this year. Be there on Thursday, May 10, at the Trek Bicycle Store. 512 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 5–7pm. $20. 707.546.8735.

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May 10: Bike to Work Day

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Riding a bike is so easy that there’s a saying specifically about how it’s easy. So why do so many lack the motivation to hop on two wheels and commute? On May 10, motivation arrives in the form of Bike to Work Day, with energizer stations providing coffee, snacks and other bike-related supplies for those who accept the not-very-challenging challenge. In the evening, there are even more pre–Tour of California celebrations all over Santa Rosa, including a free show by Carrie Rodriguez in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square and an RSVP-required kickoff party with Levi Leipheimer and Tom Boonen at NorCal BikeSport. Find energizer station maps and more info about the day at, and

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May 9: Wednesday Night Market Kickoff in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

In the summertime, Wednesday nights in Santa Rosa mean Wednesday Night Market, stomping grounds for produce vendors, food booths, crafts tables, giveaways, live music, proselytizing zealots, hundreds of strollers, people you knew in high school, huge turkey legs, DJs handing out flyers, excitable goths, city council candidates, occasional livestock, a winetasting area and so much more. This year, the market starts one week early with live music from the Brothers of Siren, Nothing to Lose and Firegills, but we’ll probably spend our time watching the brewpubs along the street instead for possible glimpses of pro cyclists downing a post-training pint. Be sure to bring friends on Wednesday, May 9, along Fourth Street in downtown Santa Rosa. 5–8:30pm. Free. 707.524.2123.

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May 9-16: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The Dead Milkmen
Truly no band like them, from “Bitchin’ Camaro” to “Punk Rock Girl.” May 10 at the Great American Music Hall.

Yann Tiersen
French composer best known for ‘Amelie’ soundtrack, experimenting wildly. May 11 at the Regency Ballroom.

Rufus Wainwright
A royal musical bloodline, a flash of the dramatic and an extra tablespoon of Judy Garland. May 11 at the Fox Theater.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
A two-night stand that’s suddenly turned into a tribute to the Beastie Boys. May 11-12 at the Independent.

Lindsey Buckingham
The man behind the guitar—and the interpersonal drama—in Fleetwood Mac. May 14 at the Fillmore.

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