The One About Family, Soul and the Gimme Gimmes
Suzie Racho and Peter Hartlaub scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up multilingual punk rockers, a family reunion, a block party, and much more!
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
August 9, 2012
The DNA Lounge
You want to be like the cool kids, right? Well, the first step is to listen to the same music as them. Meet the punk rock super group Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, which is made up of members from the Foo Fighters, NOFX, Swingin' Utters, and Lagwagon. On their latest EP, they sing in Japanese. They're also working on EPs in German, French, and Spanish. And, in the past, they've covered "Hava Nagila" and Vanessa Williams. So ditch that middling alt rock you've been listening to and check these guys out at the DNA Lounge next Thursday. For tickets and more information, visit dnalounge.com.
Comedy Bang! Bang!
8pm, August 2, 2012
Scott Aukerman and his musical sidekick Reggie Watts's Comedy Bang! Bang! is a podcast and a live show out of LA and a show on IFC, and now it's an event at the Herbst for tonight only. You won't want to miss it! Expect appearances from Paul F. Thomkpins and Kurt Braunohler, host of IFC's comedy game show Bunk. For tickets and more information, visit comedybangbang.com.
Guthrie Family Reunion
7:30pm, August 3, 2012
The Mountain Winery
Family reunions are pretty awkward, but not if it's someone else's family and there's music and wine to distract! Arlo Guthrie is coming to the Bay Area to celebrate his father Woody's 100th birthday (yowza!). Catch this brood at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on Saturday. For tickets and more information, visit concerts.mountainwinery.com.
8pm, August 6-7
Yoshi's in Oakland
It's important to have good genes, which is something Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice, knows a thing or two about. A band leader in his own right, Ravi is touring in support of his latest album, Spirit Fiction, and will play Yoshi's in Oakland on Monday and Tuesday. For tickets and more information, visit yoshis.com.
Art & Soul Oakland
August 4 - 5, 2012
Our cheap thrill of the week is Oakland's bumpin' annual Art & Soul party, which will feature good eats, 2 on 2 dance battles, the 200 yards project (an exhibit of photos taken by citizens within 200 yards of City Hall), and six stages of music (one entirely dedicated to gospel music). Get out there! For tickets and more information, visit artandsouloakland.com.
August 8, 2012
Great American Music Hall
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore calls Redd Kross "one of the most important bands in America." The MacDonald brothers started their first band as teens in LA, and played their first gig opening for Black Flag. Over 30 years later, the brothers are still making music and are back with their first album in 15 years Researching The Blues. Catch them at the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday. For tickets and more information, visit gamh.com.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
We Need You!
Volunteer during our current on-air radio fundraising drive. It's a great way to support KQED Radio with your time. You can really make a difference!
Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
Enjoy films from present and past seasons of KQED's short independent film series, divided into Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Suspense.