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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

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 »

Smokey Robinson stars at Kate Wolf Music Festival

The godfather of soulful Motown music headlines at a festival named for a beloved California folksinger, when Smokey Robinson stars in June at the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville. The 20th annual festival held in honor of Wolf, who died in 1986 at age 44 of leukemia, will run four days this year for the first time, June 25-28. A star since his early days with the Miracles in the late ’50s, Robinson scored a list of hits, including… Read More »

Moody Blues, ZZ Top coming to Wells Fargo Center in April

British rock legends The Moody Blues will bring their “Timeless Flight — The Polydor Years” spring tour April 29 to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. The center also announced that the Texas rock blues band ZZ Top (pictured above) will play there April 22. Both shows will start at 8 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale at noon Friday, Jan. 23, available online at wellsfargosfargocenter.arts, by calling 707-546-3600 or at the center box… Read More »

Santa Rosa composer up for an award

A lot of fuss is made over composers who write the musical scores for movies and stage musicals, and rightly so. But there’s a lesser-known category of compositions for theater, known as “incidental music,” primarily used in plays in the background and/or between scenes. Trained musicians write that, too. One of them is Santa Rosa native Jonathan Beard (at left in photo), now living in Los Angeles and working as a composer, mostly for movies and television. The Sierra Madre… Read More »

Diana Krall concert at Wells Fargo Center canceled

Jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall’s previously announced Nov. 13 concert at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts has been canceled, along with the rest of her fall U.S. tour. Suffering from ongoing complications caused by a severe case of pneumonia, the five-time Grammy Award-winner has postponed release of her new album, “Wallflower,” until 2015. “Wallflower” was slated for North American release Oct. 21 by Verve Records,  and the U.S. leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” had been scheduled to… Read More »

Healdsburg holds memorial for jazz great Charlie Haden

Healdsburg Jazz, sponsor of the town’s annual jazz festival, will present a special tribute Oct. 12 in memory of famed bassist Charlie Haden at the SHED Cafe in Healdsburg. Haden, who was honored with a two-day celebration at the 2013 Healdsburg Jazz Festival, died July 11 this year in Los Angeles at age 76. Haden had played the festival in Healdsburg five times since it started 16 years ago. “My relationship with Charlie was really long, and I was a… Read More »

Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa plans two free concert series

The Montgomery Village shopping center in Santa Rosa will open two free, live outdoor concert series this month, both running until early October in the center’s Village Court area. And before the two series start, the center opens the season May 18 with a “Veterans Appreciation Day,” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music by the Poyntlyss Sistars. Both music series feature bands that have built a following at nightclubs and concerts throughout Northern California. The Bay Area pop… Read More »

Dan Earl conducts his last four Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus concerts

Popular local choral director Dan Earl might not be considered shy, but he certainly is retiring. Earl, now 71, retired in 2005 after 39 years of full-time teaching, 28 of them spent as a music teacher at Santa Rosa High School. And early next month, Earl will retire again, after 14 years as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, ending his tenure with his final four concerts with the ensemble. “Retire again? It’s not like this is something new… Read More »

Billy Currington, Lifehouse headline 2014 Sonoma County Fair

Grammy-nominated country music star Billy Currington, the American rock band Lifehouse, young Australian pop star Cody Simpson and Radio Disney’s Coco Jones will be the headliners at this summer’s Sonoma County Fair. The fair, themed “Peace, Love and Fair” this year, opens July 24 and runs daily except Mondays through Aug. 10. Tickets for the fair’s headliner concerts in the Chris Beck Arena go on sale at 8:30 a.m. May 10 at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds box office. Online tickets… Read More »