Going On Sale: Rush, PJ Harvey and other major Bay Area concerts

Iranian singer Dariush is so famous, he can apparently go by his first-name only, a la Cher. (via www.dariush2000.com)

When I started doing a weekly listing of concerts going on sale at my last job, I quickly learned to choose which shows to highlight based on ticket prices, because no matter how big a deal I think Stephen Kellogg at the Swedish American Hall is, a lot more people were going to be more excited about seeing Rush at the Sleep Train Pavilion. That’s how come they can charge $156. It’s called supply and demand, folks.

By that standard, one of the biggest concerts going on sale this weekend has to be Dariush and Faramarz Aslani at The Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. If you’ve never heard of Dariush and Faramarz Aslani, it’s because you, like me, don’t keep abreast of Iranian pop music. All Music Guide tells me that Aslani was journalist who recorded “one of the greatest Iranian music hits” before the Islamic Revolution forced him to leave his homeland, and his music makes use of layered Spanish guitar and tributes to traditional Iranian literature. Dariush likewise left Iran after the revolution and has since recorded many political songs expressing a yearning to return. Both of them currently live in the U.S. and have large followings among their fellow exiles — some of whom evidently will be willing to shell out $111.50 for front-row seats.

Unless otherwise stated, tickets are available through Ticketmaster with all their awesome convenience charges and whatnot.

San Fran

  • House of Pain, 8 p.m. March 15, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $35.25. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • G. Love & Special Sauce, 8 p.m. April 10, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $35.25. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • PJ Harvey, 8 p.m. April 14, The Warfield, 982 Market St. $39.50-$49.50. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • Two Door Cinema Club, 8 p.m. April 14, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $29. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • Raphael Saadiq, 9 p.m. April 15, The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave. $39.50, $49.50. On sale Friday, Jan. 28.
  • Cut Copy, 9 p.m. April 17, The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave. $27.50. On sale Friday, Jan. 28.
  • Dengue Fever, 8 p.m. April 20, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $32.75. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • Chris Cornell, 8 p.m. May 3, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $52. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • Stephen Kellogg and Tift Merritt, 8 p.m. May 14, Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. $18. On sale Friday, Jan. 28.
  • Echo and the Bunnymen, 8 p.m. May 19, The Warfield, 982 Market St. $35-$45. On sale Sunday, Jan. 30.
  • The Script, 8 p.m. May 26, The Warfield, 982 Market St. $28-$35. On sale Friday, Jan. 28.

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