May 2013 Events in Northern California

2013-Capitola-Kite-Classic-flyerCapitola Kite Classic

Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 11am Registration, 12:30 Judging

Bring your kite and let it fly over Capitola Beach. 11:00 AM Registration. 1:30 PM Judging. Open to all ages. Donations benefit American Red Cross. Sponsored by the Capitola Village & Wharf Businesses and Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

David Sedaris

Monday, May 6 7:30p
California Theatre San Jose, CA
david sedarisDavid Sedaris is a best-selling author, playwright, commentator, and National Public Radio humorist. Sedaris was born on December 26, 1957. His first collection of short stories, entitled Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays, was published by Bay Back Books in 1994. The collection became a national best-seller and was selected as one of the Village Voice Literary Supplement’s Favorite Books of the Year. Barrell Fever, which targets the inane and soulful ridiculousness of modern life, was described by one critic as “so good and so naughty.” David Sedaris made his debut on National Public Radio’s show Morning Edition with an excerpt from the Santaland Diaries, which recounts his true experiences as an elf at Macy’s and was first published here. Read More…

An American In Paris

Saturday, May 11 8:00p More dates & times (1)
an American in ParisCalifornia Theatre San Jose, CA

Our American sampler program offers us two city portraits: George Gershwin’s high-spirited visit to busy Paris streets and crowded cafes, and Bernstein‘s vision of New York’s excitement, brutality, and hope. They are prefaced by Cárdenes, Cuban-born Tchaikovsky Violin Competition winner, performing Korngold’s concerto. A musical prodigy, Korngold fled pre-war Vienna to the U.S, where he wrote movie scores (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk) that revolutionized film music. After Hitler’s defeat, he returned to classical composition and wrote this concerto for Jascha Heifitz in 1945. Just as his great film scores are tone poems at heart, themes from his films permeate this richly romantic work.

Event website website Price $38.00 – $78.00, Category Classical

The Delta Rockets

Friday, May 10th, 2013 |6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

delta_rockets2013Event Details

Town Square is alive with music once again on Friday nights! The downtown merchants are happy to sponsor this event with musicians from around Northern California and beyond!

Grab some great food from one of our local restaurants and enjoy the evening in the “Heart of the City”!

Starting as a band early in the year 2007, we have progressed quickly into a powerhouse musical ensemble capable of entertaining large crowds, small parties and events of nearly any size. If your party, venue or event needs good music you can dance to, including an entertaining mix of classic rock, old time blues, Motown and even a sprinkle of country, then give The Delta Rockets a call.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds & Lara Price

fabulous thunderbirdsSaturday, May 11 8:00p to 11:00p
Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.“We started as a straight blues band”, vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We’re an American music band and we’re much higher energy than we were before.”

In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.

Lara Price Opens: “Lara Price’s vocal instrument is strong as it is sensual”, San Francisco Chronicle Jeff Kaliss. Lara and her band have shared the bill with R&B legends, Etta James, James Brown, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell and many more.

Event website website Phone (650) 369-7770

Capitola Art & Wine Kickoff Party ‘Carnival Capitola’ @ Bargetto Winery

capitol art & wineMay 16th, 2013 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us on the patio at Bargetto Winery for the annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival Kickoff Party ~ Carnivál Capitola!  Guests will receive the official 2013 Capitola Art & Wine Festival glass, and enjoy wine tasting from 22 Festival wineries, exquisite hors d’oeuvres catered by Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, live & silent auction, art auction, raffle, costume contest, and music by Music Now DJ. Prepare for a festive evening filled with colorful masks, costumes, delizioso cuisine, wine tasting, and music …a little bit of Venezia along the Soquel Creek. Also prepare for competitive bidding for desirable auction items! Tickets: $35 per person. Call 831.475.6522 for tickets.Proceeds from the event will help fund the 31st annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival which supports not only the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce, but many local non-profit school and community groups who assist with the Festival.

Joan Rivers

joan riversFriday, May 17 7:30p
Comedian Joan Rivers carves out her own niche in the entertainment industry: she’s a talker. In fact, she preempts most of her shtick with her trademark line “Can we talk?” A constant stream of one-liners, Rivers is instantly recognizable by her raspy voice, upturned nose, bob haircut, fashion sense, quick wit, and presence as commentator at high-profile celebrity awards ceremonies. She also conducts fashion reviews on the sensational celebrity “news” channel E! Entertainment Television.

Turlock Community Theatre ~ 1574 E. Canal Dr. Turlock, CA 95380 ~ (209) 668-1169

Valley Jazz Fest

madera jazzfestSaturday, May 18 12:00p
ApCal Madera, CA

Live music, food trucks, wine & beer and 25 local artist exhibits.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: Karen Marguth and Espacio, The Experience, Fillmore Slim, The After Dinner Mints, Blue Street, Rumba 32

21+ event, lawn seating-bring your own lawn chair or blanket, outside drinks (including alcohol) not permitted.
Tickets and more information available www.ValleyJazzFest.com

Phone 559.438.2180 x31, Price $20 single ticket, $10 JazzFresno member ticket, $45 pair of tickets (includes JazzFresno membership and complimentary wine tasting for two), Age Suitability 21 and up

Marcia Ball

marcia ballMonday, May 20 7:00p
Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA

Pianist and singer/songwriter Marcia Ball is a living example of what happens when East Texas blues meets Southwest Louisiana swamp rock. Like any good gumbo recipe, Ball stirs together the best of her southern roots — equal parts zydeco, soulful swampy R&B and rollicking southern blues — to make into her own original and tasty sound.

Event website website Phone (831) 427-2227 Price $27 – Category Blues

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013

Wednesday, May 22 8:00p
fleetwood macFleetwood Mac, one of rock’s most enduring, beloved and successful bands, will be embarking on a major 34-city US Tour after a three year break beginning April 4th, 2013. Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 arena tour includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and a special appearance at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.Multi Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Fleetwood Mac last toured in 2009 with the sold out Unleashed tour. The new tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of their classic Rumours album (1977), one of the most successful albums in recorded history with sales exceeding 40 million copies. Rumours planted itself at the top of the pop charts for over 31 weeks and had four top ten singles.To coincide with the tour and anniversary, a new deluxe reissue of Rumours with previously unreleased studio and live tracks will be released on January 29, 2013 from Rhino.
Event website website Phone (800) 745-3000

40th Anniversary Sacramento Music Festival

sacramento music festivalFriday, May 24 11:00a
Old Sacramento Sacramento, CA

The Sacramento Music Festival celebrates 40 amazing years of world-class musical entertainment! Headliners for this musical celebration include Los Lobos, The Blasters, John Lee Hooker Jr., Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Terry Hanck and Wanda Jackson, to name a few. In addition to lively street entertainment, the event offers 19 musical venues ranging from cozy club settings and inside luxury hotels to large-scale outdoor stages and even aboard the Delta King river boat.

Event website website Phone (916) 444-2004 – Price $10 to $110 (for a four-day event badge)

Dwight Yoakam

Saturday, May 25 8:00p
dwight yoakamA top-selling country music star since the mid-’80s, multi-talented Dwight Yoakam branched out into acting in the 1990s. Born in Kentucky, Yoakam was raised in Ohio and attended college at Ohio State University. Inspired by music since childhood, Yoakam dropped out of school to move to Nashville in the late ’70s. Finding the Nashville scene less than accommodating for his interpretation of country music, Yoakam subsequently headed to Los Angeles. Striking music gold with his first album in 1986, Yoakam became a renowned country-rock singer/songwriter of the ’80s and ’90s. Casting an eye on another facet of Los Angeles’ entertainment world, Yoakam began acting. After appearing on TV, Yoakam played a truck driver in John Dahl’s acclaimed neo-noir Red Rock West (1993); he then provided the music score for Red Rock West star Dennis Hopper’s 1994 comedy Chasers .

Broadway Sacramento Presents Les Miserables

Wednesday, May 29 8:00p les miserablesMore dates & times (15)
Performer James Powell has been part of ’90s London stage productions such as Les Miserables and Listen to the Wind. He should not be confused with British recording artists such as the drummer James Powell — who is Georgie Fame’s son — or the soulful leader of Jimmy Powell & the Dimensions. ~ Eugene Chadbourne, Rovi

Tribute to Johnny Cash

Friday, May 31st, 2013 |6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Cash Tribute Show is committed to presenting the Man in Black’s music with the original “Boom-Chicka-Boom” sound pioneered by Johnny Cash, Luther Perkins, and Marshall Grant in 1954.

From theaters and festivals to showrooms and prisons, audiences have reveled in the boom-chicka-boom sound recreated in this captivating, respectful and fun show. With more than 200 professional shows to its credit, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash is solidly established as one of the best tribute acts in the country.

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