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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Single-day BottleRock music fest VIP passes available

A limited number of single-day VIP passes are now available for the third annual BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, running May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa. Imagine Dragons, which recently released its newest album, “Smoke + Mirrors,” will kick off the festival on Friday, May 29, followed by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin on Saturday, May 30, and No Doubt, closing the three-day event on Sunday, May 31. More than 70 musical acts will appear on… Read More »

Ballet set to sounds of nature premieres in San Francisco

Bernie Krause of Glen Ellen, who has made a career of recording natural sounds, has found a new outlet for his art. Krause collaborated with choreographer Alonzo King and composer Richard Blackford to create a new dance piece, which will have its world premiere in San Francisco in April. The Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform the untitled piece April 3-12 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Krause, 76, has spent more than four decades traveling around world,… Read More »

Jack London Park troupe to perform at Wells Fargo Center

The popular Transcendence Theater Company, which has built a large fan base with its outdoor shows in Jack London State Historic Park, will move indoors for a new series called “Transcendence at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.” The company, made up of musical theater performers with Broadway and national touring company credits, will present a one-night only concert, titled “Oh, What a Night,” on June 24 at Wells Fargo Center, and return Dec. 4-5 to put on its first-ever… Read More »

Gabriel Kahane performs March 29 in Sebastopol

Singer, songwriter and pianist Gabriel Kahane, who spent his teenage years in Santa Rosa and has gone on to gain national attention, will perform Sunday, March 29, in Sebastopol. He’ll perform his own material from his latest album, “The Ambassador,” released last year. The album was named “one of the year’s very best” by Rolling Stone and described as “remarkable” by the New York Times. The show, a benefit for the Main Stage West theater company in Sebastopol, starts at… Read More »

Bluegrass and Folk Festival set for March 14 in Sebastopol

The Sonoma County Folk Society will present its 15th annual Bluegrass and Folk Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in Sebastopol. The lineup includes Si Kahn, Anne and Pete Sibley, the Kathy Kallick Band, Steep Ravine, Bean Creek and Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin and Bill Evans. Doors open at noon at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Admission: $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Information: 823-1511, seb.org.

Ryan Adams performs May 22 at Wells Fargo Center

At Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, you can hear anything from big band music to children’s songs, but in May, the hall will rock. Ryan Adams will bring his current concert tour to the Wells Fargo Center  at 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, March 13, for $49-$59. His 2014  album, “Ryan Adams,” released on Pax-Am/Blue Note, was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including best rock album, and best rock song and best rock… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Fest lineup announced

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, scheduled to run from May 29 to June 7, will include a two-day mini-festival titled “Jazz and the Music of the Americas,” featuring prominent Latin musicians with a jazz connection, and jazz artists with a feel for Latin music. Performers at the mini-festival, set for May 30-31 at the Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, will include  Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade, Trio de Paz, pianists Kenny Barron and Pablo Ziegler, and bandleader Eddie Palmieri. Other venues for Healdsburg… Read More »

Tickets on sale for two Steely Dan shows in April

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Feb. 6,  for two Steely Dan concerts in April at Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. The band’s founders and core members, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, have worked with various supporting musicians and backing vocalists over the past four decades, selling more than 40 million records worldwide. The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers’ hits include “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “F.M.” Steely Dan will perform at… Read More »

Diana Krall concert rescheduled for Aug. 18 at Wells Fargo Center

Jazz singer Diana Krall and pianist will perform Aug. 18 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, as part of her newly rescheduled “Wallflower World Tour.” Krall was previously scheduled to perform at Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 13, 2014, but canceled that show, along with the rest of her fall U.S. tour, because on ongoing complications caused by a severe case of pneumonia. The five-time Grammy Award-winner will tour in support of her newest album, “Wallflower,”… Read More »

Nelson Family of Companies sponsors Transcendence Theater

The Nelson Family of Companies, a Sonoma-based staffing and recruiting corporation, will sponsor the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the Transcendence Theater Company, which performs outdoors every summer at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Gary and Marcia Nelson of the Nelson Family of Companies, have a long record of supporting arts, education and health programs, including a recent $3 million gift to the Sonoma Valley Hospital. Now in its fourth year, the Transcendence Theater Company is contracted… Read More »