Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 24: Kermit Ruffins at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

When he steps up to play his trumpet, Kermit Ruffins spills passion from every pore. But he spills a little barbecue sauce, too. The New Orleans composer became obsessed with music after hearing a record of his idol Louis Armstrong playing from a jukebox, and since then, Ruffins and his band, the Barbecue Swingers, have become famous for cooking barbecue at their shows between sets. For Ruffins, it’s all about having a good time; as he says, “That’s really the only way I can do it anymore.” See him sport his trademark fedora and winning smile on Sunday, March 24, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $20. 415.388.3850.

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March 23: Paul Reiser at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM


Paul Reiser loves a good laugh. Starting out in standup, Reiser later moved on to film and television, known best for his roles in My Two Dads and Mad About You. Reiser has also written books and songs—he’s the guy you can thank for having the infinitely catchy Mad About You theme song stuck in your head for five years—but when it comes down to it, out of all of Reiser’s projects, standup comedy is still where he most excels. Hear his sidesplitting humor on Saturday, Mar. 23. Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $30—$35. 707.226.7372.

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March 23: HeWhoCannotBeNamed at the Russian River Brewing Co.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

At first glance it’s hard to tell if HeWhoCannotBeNamed is a hardcore wrestling fan or perhaps a power rangers enthusiast gone wild. After all, he’s the punk guitarist famous for playing in a Mexican wrestling mask and little (sometimes very little) else. As a founder of the Dwarves, known for their self-mutilation, onstage sex reenactments and glorification of hard drugs, HeWhoCannotBeNamed stepped his schtick up when he faked his own death with the help of his band mates—a legendary prank that got them thrown off their label at the time. Find out what other pranks HeWhoCannotBeNamed has up his sleeve with openers the Connies and the Rinds on Saturday, March 23, at the Russian River Brewing Co. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 8pm. Free. 707.545.BEER.

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March 23: Napa Valley Elvis Festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Provocative undulation was around long before Shakira’s hips decided not to lie—the hunka-hunka-burnin’-love king was the OG who launched generations of pelvic gyration to come. Celebrate the life the famous butterfly collared singer at the Napa Valley Elvis Festival. Along with a screening of Wild in the Country, which was largely filmed in Napa Valley, the program also includes a comedy set by Liz Grant, a teleconference with Elvis’ personal jeweler, talks by Elvis’ friends and Elvis songs preformed by Donny Edwards. See some jeweled jumpsuits up close on Saturday, March 23, at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. 3425 Solano Ave., Napa. 11:30am—6pm. $26. 707.253.8600.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 16: Wynton Marsalis at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

He received a trumpet on his sixth birthday, and simply could not put it down. New Orleans—born Wynton Marsalis, with more Grammys than Lindsay Lohan has arrests, joins forces with 15 of jazz’s leading soloists in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As one of the world’s first jazz artists to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum, from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz, Marsalis performs on Thursday, March 16, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8:30pm. $80—$85. 707.266.7372.

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March 15-16: Poor Man's Whiskey at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

This week, Poor Man’s Whiskey take a break from their Dark Side of the Moonshine tour—in which the band performs a bluegrass interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon dressed in costumes from The Wizard of Oz—to grace their hometown with a two-night stand in order to record a new live album. Each night offers three sets and starts with an acoustic performance, followed by the band’s “high octane hootenanny.” There’s never any telling what this kooky band has up their sleeve—see them Friday and Saturday, March 15—16, at the Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $15. 8pm. 707.829.7300.

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March 14: Richard Buckner at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The last time Richard Buckner made a record, he was held up in a murder investigation when a headless body was dumped in his car. On top of that, Buckner’s laptop containing his music was stolen. Fans were forced to wait five years for Buckner’s album Our Blood—but not this time. Surrounded, Buckner’s new record, is almost complete. To celebrate, the gothic-tinged folksinger will be playing a few shows. Catch him on Thursday, March 14, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. $20. 8pm. 415.388.3850.

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March 14 and 17: 'Rhythm of the Dance' and 'Celtic Fire'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

What’s lightning fast with thunder to match? Irish step dancing, that’s what! The Napa Valley Opera House and Wells Fargo Center both celebrate Saint Patty’s day with modern interpretations of the classic Irish tradition, brought to popularity with Riverdance. ‘Celtic Fire’ offers traditional Irish music by Michael Londra along with a performance by world-class Irish dancers on Sunday, March 17 (Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; 3pm; $30—$50; 707.546.3600), and ‘Rhythm of the Dance’ provides a two-act, 23-song show on Thursday, March 14 (Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa; 8pm; $40—$45; 707.266.7372).

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March 16: Texas Hold 'Em at Laguna Environmental Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Who knew gambling, beer and a good poker face could benefit the environment? The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is holding the Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, a fundraiser for the largest area for wildlife in Sonoma County. The foundation works to preserve, restore and enhance the Laguna de Santa Rosa, which is also a part of the cities of Windsor, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Sebastopol and Forestville. First prize is $2,000; admission includes $10,000 in chips, plus sandwich bar and free soft drinks. Go all in on Saturday, March 16, at the Laguna Environmental Center. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa. 1—8pm. $125—$225. 707.527.9277.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 10: Gordon Lightfoot at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

A Canadian national treasure, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot takes the stage this week for his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour. Lightfoot’s provided a soundtrack to life for many of those 50 years: his song “If You Could Read My Mind” is so well written, it traveled to the Grand Ole Opry (via Johnny Cash) and Studio 54. Hear Classics like “Carefree Highway,” “Early Morning Rain” and more on Sunday, March 10, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $45—$65. 8pm. 707.546.3600.

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