26 South Bay Accent
An Evening with Tom Rush. May 8, 7:30
p.m. Blues and folk artist Tom Rush and guitarist
Matt Nakoa take the stage in this musical
evening. Having made a profound impact
on American pop culture, Tom Rush is known
for his own hit compositions such as “No
Regrets,” as well as introducing songs by Joni
Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and
many others. Tickets $38-$43. Montalvo Arts
Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Keb’ Mo’. May 10, 8 p.m. It all took off for
Keb’ Mo’ in 1994 with the self-titled release
under his newly coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker,
and ever since, he has been a musical force
that defies typical genre labels. Album after
album, 14 in total, garnered him four Grammy
awards. Fox Theatre, 2209 Broadway,
Redwood City. 650/369-7770.
Live from Laurel Canyon. May 10, 8 p.m.
Similar to other legendary rock ’n’ roll neighborhoods
like Haight Ashbury or Greenwich
Village, Laurel Canyon in the
Hollywood Hills hosted an enclave of
artists between 1965 and 1975. This
show weaves together beloved music
and stories that inspired iconic
the Laurel Canyon
era. Tickets $51–
$56. Montalvo Arts
Center, 15400 Montalvo
MASS: A Theater
Piece for Singers,
Players, and Dancers.
May 10, 7:30
p.m. and May 12, 2 p.m. In the wake of
the Kennedy assassination, Bernstein created
this opus. Leonard Bernstein’s MASS:
A Theater Piece for Singers, Players, and
Dancers features over 200 students from the
School of Music and Dance in a unique and
remarkable production. Ticket prices vary.
Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San
Antonio, San Jose. 408/924-8501.
Pentatonix. May 11, 8 p.m. Since bursting
onto the scene in 2011, Platinum-selling
recording artists Pentatonix have sold
more than 2.7 million albums in the U.S.
alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues
worldwide and appeared in the feature
film “Pitch Perfect 2.” Now they bring their
a capella “A-game” back to the Bay Area. Tickets
$30–$85. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum
Way, Oakland. 510/569-2121.
Raul Malo. May 15, 7:30 p.m. Malo is the
incomparable front man of the genre-defying
band, The Mavericks, and the sole writer of
many of their songs. His freewheeling, swaggering
style seamlessly blends neotraditional
country, rockabilly, and Latin rhythmic fervor.
Known for his demonstrable skill for getting
listeners to groove, Malo and his lush baritone
will have audience members dancing in the
Carriage House aisles. Tickets $53–$59. Montalvo
Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road,
Willie K. May 16, 7:30 p.m. Playing everything
from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian
music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even
opera, Willie K leaves audiences awestruck.
His impassioned vocals and blistering guitar
licks have won him multiple Na¯ Ho¯ku¯ū Awards
along with legions of devoted fans, some of
which include the late performing artist Prince
and President Barack Obama. Tickets $44–
$49. Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo
Road, Saratoga. 408/961-5800.
Folklórico Performance. May 17–18, 7 p.m.
Silicon Valley’s premier
Mexican dance troupe,
Company provides quality Mexican folk history
through the art of dance. Currently under
the direction of cofounder Ashley Lopez, Los
Laureles began as a small group of family
members coming together to learn traditional
Mexican dances. Ticket prices vary. Hammer
Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio,
San Jose. 408/924-8501.
Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia. May 17, 8 p.m.
Germany’s most successful symphonic rock
event sweeps into the South Bay with its new
album “Moonglow.” Mixing rock and opera,
the unique concert experience has attracted
over 1.2 million people around the globe.
Tobias Sammet shares the stage with an array
of talented rock singers. Tickets $47.99. City
National Civic, 135 West San Carlos St., San
Petty Theft. May 18, 8 p.m. Not your average
cover band, these six Bay Area musicians
pay ultimate tribute to Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers, one of America’s most endearing
rock ’n’ roll legends. Tickets $15-$18.
Club Fox, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City.
California Pops Orchestra: Hooray for
Hollywood. May 19, 3 p.m. California Pops
Orchestra, the country’s only all-request symphony
orchestra, wraps up its 30th season
with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Patrons of
all ages will recognize famous themes from
their favorite movies in this nostalgia-evoking
show. Tickets $45–$55. Flint Center, 21250
Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.
Alejandra Guzmán. May
19, 8 p.m. The daughter
of a famous actress
and musician, Alejandra
Guzmán has been a part of
Mexican Rock royalty since birth.
Despite this, she created her own
musical story as the most authentic
and controversial female rocker in
Latin America. On stage, Guzmán
is seen as one of the best performers
in Hispanic music. Tickets $55–
$80. City National Civic, 135 W. San
Carlos St., San Jose. 408/792-4111.
Jewish Women’s Theatre: True Colors.
May 20, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles-based
Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) seeks out
accomplished writers, encouraging them to
explore their Jewish identity and create from
their hearts. By establishing a home for such
material, JWT expands the view of Jewish
women and furthers Jewish culture. Tickets
$25–$30. Oshman Family JCC. 3921 Fabian
Way, Palo Alto. 408/551-4611.
Derek Hough: Live! May 29, 7:30 p.m.
From the Emmy award-winning mind of
Derek Hough, this live dance production is
the first-ever solo tour for the dynamo. The
show features brand-new stage production,
astounding versatility and, as always, Derek’s
magnetic stage presence. Tickets $59.50–
$108.88. Center for the Performing Arts, 255
Almaden Blvd., San Jose. 408/792-4131.
Dead & Company. May 31–June 1, 7 p.m.
Deadheads who refuse to give up the ghost
will be thrilled to catch the current incarnation
of “The Dead.” The band consists of
former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir,
Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with
smooth newcomers John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge,
and Jeff Chimenti. Tickets $49.50–
$175.50. SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.,
San Jose. 800/745-3000.
Apr. 14, Oshman
Family JCC, Palo Alto