Out & About, Music: August

The Bay Area has a thriving music scene and Marin is no musical slouch either. Here are the listings from our latest issue, highlighting mostly Marin and the rest of the Bay Area too.
According Festival Great Morgani
The Great Morgani

 

Cotati Accordion Festival

August 17-18

With a huge line-up of accordionists, including Anaïs Bessières, Junk Parlor, and Sourdough Slim, this annual festival is a long-running epic love song to the joy of this most misunderstood of instruments. Marking his 20th year at the Festival, Santa Cruz accordion legend The Great Morgani will once again dazzle the crowd with his creative bellowing and sure to be epic four costume changes.

La Plaza Park (Cotati), 707.664.0444

 


If I Were You

Aug 1–6

The first-ever commissioned work in the Merola Opera Program’s 62-year history is a contemporary story of identity loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by French-American author Julien Green, complete with aspiring writers, a shape-shifting devil, supernatural powers and displaced souls.

Herbst Theatre (SF)

415.864.3330, merola.org

 

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Aug 3

The 27th annual Marin Summer Nights Outdoor Music Series continues with this 19-piece Latin big band playing salsa, mambo, Latin jazz and a fusion of sounds that will get everyone moving.

Kanbar Center for the Arts (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org

 

Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan

Aug 4

With a combined haul of over 15 Grammys, this remarkable double bill is sure to be a vocal show to remember.

Green Music Center (Rohnert Park)

707.664.4246, gmc.sonoma.edu

 

The Psychedelic Furs

Aug 4

The post-punk icons take the stage in this annual outdoor free concert series, paired with fellow Brit rockers James

Stern Grove (SF)

415.252.6252, sterngrove.org

 

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Aug 8–11

This New Orleans institution defines Crescent City music and soulful NOLA jazz.

Miner Auditorium (SF)

866.920.5299, sfjazz.org

 

Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward

Aug 11

HopMonk Tavern’s Cookout Concert Series continues its sixth season with live music and food in the outdoor beer garden, including a blast of blues, soul and funk from this guitar and vocals duo.

HopMonk Tavern (Novato)

415.892.6200, hopmonk.com

 

Lee Brice

Aug 15

The country music sensation presents his 21st-century sound in a raucous live show featuring his self-titled album.

Luther Burbank Center (Santa Rosa)

707.546.3600, lutherburbankcenter.org

 

Merola Grand Finale

Aug 17

This showcase for rising opera stars wraps up its summer festival with 29 young artists performing opera’s most exciting arias and ensembles.

War Memorial Opera House (SF)

415.864.3330, merola.org

 

3Teeth

Aug 18

The L.A.-based quartet aims to bring some industrial grit, à la Rammstein or Nine Inch Nails, back to the rock scene.

Slim’s (SF)

415.885.0750, slimspresents.com

 

The Wood Brothers

Aug 20–21

Adapting blues, folk and other genres into their own evocative sound, these siblings present vocal intertwinings that could be called high-lonesome harmony.

Terrapin Crossroads (San Rafael)

415.524.2773, terrapincrossroads.net

 

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

Aug 23

The five-time Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star salutes American roots music.

Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)

415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com

 

Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Choir

Aug 24

This world music pioneer presents an intimate acoustic performance of inspiring songs and devotional chants accompanied by instruments and a choir of four, all veterans of Uttal’s Pagan Love Orchestra.

Showcase Theater (San Rafael)

marincenter.org

 

Yolanda del Rio, Beatriz Adriana and Beatriz Solis

Aug 24

The queens of ranchera music return, performing with their own mariachi groups.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (Santa Rosa).

707.546.3600, lutherburbankcenter.org

 

Looking for more things to do this month? Check out our guide to Museums, Walks and Talks, or Shows and Events.

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