The One About The Unphotographable and Supergroups
Suzie Racho and Peter Hartlaub scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and come up with a band paying tribute to Ray Charles, a celebration of paper, an Oakland garage rock trio and much more.
The Ray Charles Project
Friday, January 4
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Frank Sinatra once called Ray Charles "the only true genius in show business." And with a career that spanned near 60 years, he left behind a wealth of music. Over at The Sweetwater Music Hall, a group calling themselves The Ray Charles Project will be paying tribute to the man and his music. The band is fairly new, just formed last year, but it's got some great Bay Area players involved: Tony Lindsay (Santana) and Glenn Walter (Hoo Doo Rhythm) on vocals, Chris Cain (Chris Cain Band) on guitar/vocals, Dave Mathews (Santana) on keyboards, Dewayne Pate (Robben Ford, Arturo Sandoval) on bass and Deszon Claiborne (Charles Brown) on drums. For tickets and information, visit sweetwatermusichall.com.
Ghosts, God and dreams are on display at the Fraenkel Gallery in this unique and little-bit-trippy exhibition. The show features 50 works from both known photographers -- including Alfred Stieglitz and Man Ray -- along with anonymous artists who have attempted to photograph a mysterious reality. The range of subjects is vast, from September 11 to the concept of time. The Unphotographable is at The Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco through March 23rd. For more information, visit fraenkelgallery.com.
The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
The venerable West Coast jazz festival turned 55 in 2012 and continues the celebration with a tour by a jazz supergroup. The impressive band includes vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Christian McBride. Each one of these folks is a headliner alone, but they are amazing together. They kick off a 45-date tour in Santa Cruz at Kuumbwa Jazz, where they play two shows on Thursday, January 10 at 7 & 9pm. For tickets and information, visit kuumbwajazz.org.
The Vintage Paper Fair
The Vintage Paper Fair celebrates all things made out of the cellulose pulp derived from wood. You can find postcards, photography, vintage brochures, sports memorabilia and more. The dealers also buy paper, if you have a couple of old Honus Wagner baseball cards lying around. The Vintage Paper Fair is Saturday and Sunday at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park and it's free! For more information, visit vintagepaperfair.com.
Shannon and the Clams
Wednesday, January 9
Thee Parkside, San Francisco
Oakland garage rock trio, Shannon and the Clams features bass player/vocalist Shannon Shaw, who also did some time with Hunx and his Punks. The band's fuzzy, '60s sound draws raves from hipster music blogs like Pitchfork. In the last few months, the band spent some time touring in Europe and finishing a new record. Sure it's a school night, but it's worth some lost sleep to catch the clams in their natural habitat. For more information, visit theeparkside.com.
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