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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Marianne Aya Omac plays Nov. 15 at the Mystic

French singer Marianne Aya Omac performed last February with her idol and mentor, Joan Baez, to a sold-out crowd at Petaluma’s Mystic Theater. Omac returns Thursday, Nov. 15, for her own show at the Mystic, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N. The Flamenco, Latin, reggae band LoCura opens the show at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $16. Information: 765-2121, mystictheatre.com. Omac’s current Northern California tour also includes shows Nov. 14 at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz and Nov. 16… Read More »

Lester Chambers plays Oct. 20 at the Mystic Theatre

At 72, Lester Chambers of the  ’60s rock and soul group, the Chambers Brothers, remains a busy performer. Chambers, who has been living in Petaluma for the past two years, will perform at  8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. The blues and reggae concert also features The Mudstompers and Zion Lion. Admission: $20-$25. Information: 765-2121, mystictheatre.com. Chambers is also featured on the first volume of the soundtrack CD for “Pacha’s Pajamas,” designed… Read More »

Musicians celebrate Rolling Stones’ 50th at Mystic Theater

David Lauser, Sammy Hagar’s friend and drummer since 1968, will join a musical salute to the Rolling Stones at Friday, March 16, at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma. The Unauthorized Rolling Stones will head a long roster performers that includes blues guitarist Eric McFadden and the rock band Shake Well. This celebration of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary starts at 7 p.m. at the Mystic, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Admission: $15 in advance, $18 at door. Information: (707) 765-2121;… Read More »

Joan Baez to appear at Mystic Theatre

Folk music legend Joan Baez will make her first appearance at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre on Feb. 9, joining headliner Marianne Aya Omac. Omac and Baez recently collaborated on their recording of “Duele,” which is on Omac’s new album, “Solo.” The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Mystic, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N. Admission: $25. Information: (707) 765-2121, www.mystictheatre.com.

Rivertown Revival helps Handcar Regatta

How often does one annual festival stage a fund-raiser for another festival in a different town? That is what will happen Thursday, July 28, when the kickoff party for Petaluma’s Rivertown Revival doubles as a benefit for the the Handcar Regatta, to be held Sept. 25 in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. The Rivertown Revival Kick-Off Party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. The musical lineup for the evening includes the Jug… Read More »

Irish music star plays the Mystic in July

When Shana Morrison is the opening act, you have to figure the main attraction is really something special. Morrison, Van’s daughter and a star in her own right, gets second billing July 21 at the Mystic Theatre — to Liam Ó Maonlaí of Ireland. Co-founder of the Irish bands the Complex and Hothouse Flowers (later renamed My Bloody Valentine), Ó Maonlaí began his career as a street musician and established himself as a master of the bodhrán, or Irish drum.… Read More »

Tiny Universe lands in Petaluma

It’s a big cosmos, but Petaluma will be at the center of it on Friday, Feb. 11, when Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays the Mystic Theatre. Tiny Universe features Denson on vocals, saxophone and flute, Brian Jordan on guitar, Chris Littlefield on trumpet, John Staten on drums, Chris Stillwell on bass and David Veith on keyboards. Denson  first came to prominence as a member of Lenny Kravitz’ band, debuting on Kravitz’ first release, ‘Let Love Rule,’ and continuing for the… Read More »

Gram Parsons in drama and music

Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre presents “Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons,” writer-producer Michael Bate’s theatrical concert starring Anders Drerup as Parsons and Kelly Prescott as Emmylou Harris, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Bate interviewed Gram Parsons in a Boston hotel in March 1973. It turned out to be his Parsons’ last recorded conversation. He died six months later. “Gram Parsons was 26 when he died, overdosing on morphine and tequila, but he was already one of the most influential… Read More »

First Comatose, then Chocolate, at Mystic

Opening bands sometimes get overlooked, but the act that’s opening the Carolina Chocolate Drops show Sunday, Oct. 3, at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre is worth a special mention. You may know some of the musicians. The Brothers Comatose is an Americana, bluegrass and roots music quintet that includes four Sonoma County natives. Singer and guitarist Ben Morrison, and his brother Alex, on vocals and banjo, are from Petaluma, and so is mandolin player Joe Pacini. Bassist Gio Benedetti, formerly of Toast… Read More »

David Wilcox plays the Mystic

His 16th and newest CD is titled “Open Hand,”  and that seems to sum up David Wilcox’s approach to his music — honest and human. He may not be a household name, but his combination of sensitive songwriting and expressive vocals and acoustic guitar work have made him an enduring critical success. “Open Hand” was recorded in a week by Wilcox and three other musicians, without elaborate computerized enhancements. It is, in essence, simply a recorded performance. Wilcox will perform… Read More »