The One about Neo-R&B and Scary Stories
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a powerhouse band from Congo, some neo-R&B, something scary, and much more!
7:30p, October 25, 2012
Gilberto Gil has lived many lives. He has been a political prisoner, a minister of culture for Brazil, but, most importantly, a leader of Brazil's Tropicalia movement, which he helped found in the '60s. He's also worked with everyone from Pink Floyd to Stevie Wonder. You won't want to miss him when he plays the Paramount Thursday night as a part of the SF Jazz series "Brilliance from Brazil." For tickets and more information, visit sfjazz.org.
Pomo Afro Homos: Fierce Love
October 17 - 28, 2012
New Conservatory Theatre
In the '80s, actors Brian Freeman and Eric Gupton, along with dancer Djola Bernard Branner, brought black queer life to the stage with their troupe Pomo Afro Homos through a combination of theater, hip-hop, drama, dance, and comedy. Decades later, Freeman is reviving and remixing the show that made a name for him and his collaborators. Check out Fierce Love: Remix at the New Conservatory Theatre through October 28, 2012. For tickets and more information, visit nctcsf.org.
October 20, 2012
Just because Nick Waterhouse is only 25 years old doesn't mean he's not up on his music history. His music looks to past R&B acts like Ray Charles and Little Willie John for inspiration and this even extends to his production style: he uses entirely vintage analog equipment and records on open-reel tape decks. Get a load of his neo-R&B tomorrow night at Bimbo's. For tickets and more information, visit bimbos365club.com.
6:30p, October 19, 2012
First Congregational Church
Five storytellers from Oakland's Stagebridge Senior Theatre Company are going to bring the chills and goose bumps with scary stories told from the darkened sanctuary of the First Congregational Church tonight. For tickets and more information, visit stagebridge.org.
Staff Benda Bilili
October 25, 2012
Staff Benda Bilili's moniker means "look beyond appearances," a lesson many have learned from this band of disabled singers and guitarists, who used to be homeless street musicians around the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo. Since those down-and-out days, they're recorded two albums of Congolese rumba, are the subject of a French documentary, and now play shows around the world. Witness this amazing tale at Slim's next Thursday. For tickets and more information, visit slimpresents.com.
Bridge School Benefit
October 20 - 21, 2012
The 25th annual Bridge School Benefit truly is an embarrassment of riches this year, with the likes of Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, k.d. Lang, Guns n Roses, Jack White, and Sarah McLachlan all set to perform. All that star power is happening tomorrow at 4pm and Sunday at 2pm at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View. For tickets and more information, visit bridgeschool.org.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
"The Bay Bridged" Music for June
Listen the The Bay Bridged mix of bands performing live in the Bay Area this month, including The Mantles, Cold Cave, The Spyrals, Blitzen Trapper, Monster Rally, and more. Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians
Starting Jan 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. KQED has created a simple guide to explain how the health law affects you, your family or your small business, here in California.