You’re a music fan in the East Bay. All you need to know is who you can see play this weekend and where to see them. Who’s Where? is your weekly concert listing offering everything you want with nothing you don’t. For locations to all these venues, see the handy-dandy map at the bottom of the page. Got a venue/gig you don’t see listed here? Drop a line to bill [at] billchapin.net.
OK, so this is a little late going up this week. I know you’ve spent the last 48 hours wondering where this week’s concert listing was. The good news is that it’s late because I had an actual paying writing gig that proved a higher priority than this voluntary labor of love.
But enough about me, you procrastinators who still haven’t made plans yet for this weekend want to know what’s up in the East Bay tonight, right? Well, Thievery Corporation has not one but two shows at the Fox Theatre. (If trippy, globetrotting electronica is your thing, you might also be interested in Niyaz at Yoshi’s on Saturday.) The Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival is in full swing with showcases of independent music on both sides of the Bay Bridge all month, including one Eli’s Mile High Club on Friday featuring garage-rockers Bare Wires. This is also the weekend of the annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, which has brought the championship-winning, banjo-and-fiddle team of Mike Bryant and Joseph Decosimo to town for shows at The Freight & Salvage and Ashkenaz.
Elsewhere on the list, you’ll find thrash metal, authentic slide-guitar blues, hip-hop soul, tributes to Johnny Cash and Woodie Guthrie and an unusually high amount of psychedelic rock—emphasis on the “high,” I guess.
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Barbara Hunter Quartet (jazz woodwind instrumentalist and ensemble), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $15 admission plus $5 for dinner. [tickets]
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: The Africa Project (music of Ghana and South Africa with film screening), doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., dance lesson at 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $12 students. [tickets]