The One About Accordions And Outside Lands
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up squeezeboxes, two jazz singers, some nice weather for festivals, and much more!
Various Bay Area locations
Like father, like daughter. Jeff Cressman, trombonist for Santana, seems to have passed on his musical genes to Natalie Cressman, who also plays her father's choice instrument, in addition to singing (like her vocalist mother, Sandy Cressman). This weekend finds her very busy spreading the news of her latest album; she's set to perform at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley tonight, then head south for two performances at San Jose Jazz's Summer Fest, a Latin Jazz jam tomorrow night, plus a show Sunday afternoon on the Next Gen Stage. For tickets and more information, visit nataliecressman.com.
San Francisco Improv Fest
August 16 - 25, 2012
The Eureka Theater
Quit over-thinking things and get spontaneous with the SF Improv Fest, which features True Fiction Magazine, Dr. God with Dave Holmes, and Flash Family this year. The festival runs from Thursday through the 25th. For tickets and more information, visit sfimprovfestival.com.
August 12 and 14, 2012
Various Bay Area locations
Young jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek is paying her respects to jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie on her new record, Blossom and Bee. Check out her ode to the late great when Gazarek plays the San Jose Jazz Festival on Sunday and Yoshi's on Tuesday. For tickets and more information, visit saragazarek.com.
August 10 - 12, 2012
Golden Gate Park
Audiophiles and hipsters far and wide will descend on Golden Gate Park this weekend for Outside Lands. This year's acts include legends like Metallica and Stevie Wonder, as well as new voices on the scene like Italian import Jovanotti and Zola Jesus. Soak up tunes and sun all weekend in GG Park. For tickets and more information, visit sfoutsidelands.com.
August 11, 2012
Cafe du Nord
The tenth annual Honky-Tonk Showdown celebrates classic country music and dance for the 10th year. In addition to contest for dancing, best dressed, and pie eating, expect music from the Stairwell Sisters, the Country Mourns with Mississippi Mike, the Better Haves, and more. For tickets and more information, visit cafedunord.com.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Science Site Relaunches
All of KQED's science and environment content is now aggregated in one place on KQED.org. Find everything from Astronomy to Zebras!
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.