Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 25-Aug 12: Sonoma County Fair at Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Ahoy, matey! All aboard for the 2012 Sonoma County Fair. Fairgoers will be met with a mass of fried and sugared foods, wild carnival rides and games, horse races for those jonesin’ for gambling and the ever crowd-pleasing Grace Pavilion “Hall of Crap,” as my dad eloquently calls it. This year’s theme is “Ports of Call,” and depending on the day of your “cruise,” you may be able to catch one or some of the headlining acts for this year. Martina McBride, Third Eye Blind and Miranda Cosgrove are a few of this year’s attractions, but don’t forget these performances require special tickets. The fair runs almost three weeks, so there’s no excuse for missing this sailing-good time from July 25 through Aug. 12 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $5—$10. 707.545.4200.

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Aug 1: Ottmar Liebert at Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

As if the energetic staccato rhythms of flamenco didn’t already have the power to drag you into dance, “nuevo flamenco” transforms the traditional music and fuses it with hints of jazz, rumba and salsa to produce a contemporary derivative. Displaced in its homeland of Spain by rock ’n’ roll in the ’60s, the “new” flamenco is made possible by five-time Grammy nominee and Zen monk Ottmar Liebert. Meditate on the strums of his acoustic guitar on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30-$35. 707.226.7372.

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July 31: Poor Man's Whiskey at Healdsburg Plaza

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

This is “not your daddy’s bluegrass!” Those rebellious Bay Area outlaw music bards, Poor Man’s Whiskey, unleash a beast of a live show—complete with foot-stomping, storytelling originals and onstage shenanigans—that will make you want to get up and holler. As part of the summer concert series at one of the coolest squares in the North Bay, enjoy food from local vendors, set out a few lawn chairs or blankets to get a free shot of Poor Man’s Whiskey on Tuesday, July 31, at the Healdsburg Plaza. 112 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 6pm. Free. 707.431.3300.

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July 28: Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band at Tradewinds Bar

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Work got you all wound up? Chill this week at a local bar on the crawl featuring blues veteran Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band and hear hits like “Use Me Up,” “Big Boss Man,” and “Little Bit of Your Love.” We can’t guarantee that “634-5789” is his phone number, but we can tell you that Lloyd is the winner of the 2012 North Bay Music Award for blues, and he still has a gold-record award waiting for him in the Bohemian office. (Hey Levi, cruise by and pick it up!) Don’t miss him on Saturday, July 28, at the Tradewinds Bar. 8210 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. Free. 707.795.7878.

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July 28: George Cole and Eurocana at Studio 55

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

First: George Cole, the guitarist who’s performed with jazz legend Keely Smith and was guitar instructor to Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Second: Mathias Minquet, the multi-instrumentalist who’s performed with Enrique Iglesias, Laura Pausini and the Pussycat Dolls. Add Echae Kang, Korean star violinist at Berklee College of Music, and Kaeli Earle, a rising star from Washington playing piano, cello and acoustic bass, and what’s the sum of this fateful grouping? The math isn’t hard to do: George Cole and Eurocana bring out a celebration of American classics with Gypsy-fueled jazz on Saturday, July 28, at Studio 55 Marin. 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 8pm. $13—$15. 415.453.3161.

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July 27: Grandmothers of Invention at Mystic Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Who’s more original than Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention? Probably nobody, but the Grandmothers of Invention sure come close. The Grandmothers—Napoleon Murphy Brock, Tom Fowler, Don Preston, Miroslav Tadic and Christopher Garcia—formed in 2002 when four alumni from Zappa’s band were invited to perform classic Zappa material. Since, they’ve been living, breathing and truly reincarnating Zappa’s eclectic and tricky musical scores, and doing more than just playing the same notes all over again. Help them keep Zappa’s music alive Friday, July 27, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $22—$25. 707.765.2121.

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July 27: Ill Repute at Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hardcore punk fans, unite! Ill Repute, the on-again, off-again punk band out of Oxnard, Calif., is coming to a grimy venue near you. The band, which happens to have had a fundamental role in creating the term “Nardcore”—a harder-core take on skate punk, coming out of a couple Southern California communities—is back with three-quarters of its original members, including the “Mayor of Nardcore,” guitarist Tony Cortez. These guys are the real ’80s-punk deal. Though Ill Repute have not released an album in some time, angsty, quick-tempoed tracks will be in high supply. If you’re a fan of Resilience, Slandyr, Violation or M Section, that’s great—they will be there, too. Skater gear and neck warm-up exercises are encouraged on Friday, July 27, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $8. 8pm. 707.762.3565.

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July 26: John Allair at Sausalito Seahorse

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

With over 50 years on the Bay Area music scene, John Allair first led rock ’n’ roll and R&B bands in Marin County starting in the mid-’50s. In the ’80s, Allair went around as a member of Van Morrison’s touring and recording band—and even today, Morrison still calls on Allair, who appeared on Morrison’s 2002 release, Down the Road. As the “piano tuner to the stars” with three self-produced solo CDs, Allair maintains a steady day gig and is kept on speed dial for recording artists like Tom Waits and Neil Young. Watch this keyboard-pounding, blues-yelping, boogie-woogie practitioner go solo on Thursday, July 26, at the Sausalito Seahorse. 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 10pm. $15. 415.331.2899.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 22: McKenna Faith at Juilliard Park

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

For a girl that isn’t even of legal age yet, 17-year-old Ukiah native McKenna Faith is already on her way to becoming a star. A country girl through and through, Faith began her music career singing the National Anthem at rodeo events, which eventually led to halftime performances. Having grown up on the circuit, this girl has gone from rocking the horse saddle to rocking the stage. Faith and her band, in the midst of their 43-date summer tour, gift Santa Rosa with a touch of Sugar and Spice—her debut album—and everything nice! Put all your faith in this rising star on Sunday, July 22, at Juillard Park. 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. 5pm-7pm. 707.543.3770.

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July 21-22: Reggae on the River

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Good idea. Where’s the keg? Aaaah. . . look at this shit. No, you gotta lay the ice on top! You know me bro, I’ll fall asleep if I. . .Hey man, this is Reggae on the River. Humans being, that’s the best way I can explain it. . . Hit me back on Sunday—just hit me back on Sunday! Sunscreen? Sunscreen, anybody sunscreen? Pink floatie? There’s no pink floatie, dude. Aahhoho, pink floatie! Great spot. “Everybody put jah hands in the air!” Wooooooooo! “I wanna hear e’rybody in the whole damn place say. . .” Yeeaah! “RAASTAFAARRAAII. . .!!” Dude, that was. . . Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area. 2 miles south of Garberville on Highway 101. $60 single day; $110 full weekend. 707.923.3368.

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