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BOTTOM: CHAD GRIFFITH
showcasing a dazzling array of
opera’s most exciting arias and
ensembles. This evening showcases
the hard work and
burgeoning talent of the
Merolini. Ticket prices vary.
War Memorial Opera
House, 301 Van Ness
Ave, San Francisco.
S t e v e M i l l e r
Band with Peter
18, 7 p.m. This year
marks the 50th anniversary
of the Steve Miller Band’s recording
and touring together, and they plan to travel
from the psychedelic ’60s through the future
with a vengeance. They will be joined by fellow
veteran rocker Peter Frampton. Tickets
$25.75-$127. Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker
Pass Road, Concord. 925/692-2400.
Sounds of the Shores. Aug. 19, 5 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy the surf-tastic sounds of Beach Boys
party band the Rip-Tides, at this grand finale
concert for Redwood City’s summer concert
fest. Rock out to a great mix of dance, oldies
and contemporary hits. Free. Marlin Park,
500 Cringle Drive, Redwood City.
Kid Rock. Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. Kid Rock
helped to popularize the “country rap,” genre
with hits like the song “Cowboy.” This summer,
the hybrid entertainer is rocking his
current country chart-topping album “Sweet
Southern Sugar,” on the Red-Blooded Rock
N Roll Redneck Extravaganza Tour. Brantley
Gilbert & Wheeler Walker Jr. will also perform.
Ticket prices vary. Shoreline Ampitheatre,
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View.
Artist Collective. Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Join
DVDance for a free artistic showcase to see
local talents including Christine Herrera from
Los Gatos Ballet and Los Cabos, Mexico; and
the fusion of ballet and modern dance from
Michel Ashley Chord. Any donations will go
toward DVDance’s vision of fostering local
art. Free. Second Stage, Mountain View Center
for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.,
Mountain View. 650/903-1727.
The Smashing Pumpkins with Metric.
Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Catch the reunited alt-rockers
on their “Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour”
as they play old favorites and new material.
The two-time Grammy winners have added
a trio of new shows in Canada and have also
announced Canuck indie-rockers Metric as
special guest artists on the tour. Tickets $30-
$131.25. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way,
Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson with
Deadly Apples. Aug. 28, 7 p.m. The “Twins
of Evil Tour” is the double bill concert tour coheadlined
by two of the country’s most loveable
music bad boys. Watch them bring their signature
goth and punk styles to the stage, Tickets
$30.50-$116. Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker
Pass Road, Concord. 925/692-2400.
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper. Aug. 29,
7:30 p.m. Big hits, big hair and unparalleled
energy: these two powerful performers have
more in common than meets the eye. Several
decades since first coming onto the scene,
Lauper remains a pop icon and Stewart keeps
crowds enthralled with his raspy yet smooth
vocals. Tickets $30-$199.50. Shoreline Ampitheatre,
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain
J. Cole with Young Thug. Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
The self-taught pianist and Grammy Award
winner headlines for one night this August.
Besides working on his own hip-hop and rap
career, J. Cole has also produced music for
several artists, including Janet Jackson and
Kendrick Lamar. Tickets $49.50-$149.50.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland.
Rodrigo y Gabriela. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
This powerhouse guitar duo has become
one of the most popular acoustic instrumental
bands in the world. They have sold
more than 1.5 million albums worldwide,
and have filled the Hollywood Bowl, the
Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House,
so catching them in this intimate setting is
a treat. Tickets $49.50-$99.50. The Mountain
Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga.
Fifth Annual Hot Summer Night. Sept.
2, 4 p.m. Nelly, the platinum-selling artist
behind the blockbuster albums “Country
Grammar” and “Nellyville,” leads the lineup
of hot hip-hop and R&B artists, including
Busta Ryhmes, Fat Joe, Salt-n-Pepa, Faith
Evans and Mya. Tickets $35-$149.50. Concord
Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord.
Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling. Sept.
5, 7 p.m. Evanescence and violin virtuoso
Stirling are teaming up for what will surely
be a drama-filled tour. The goth rockers
and the former YouTube sensation are hitting
the stage with a full orchestra. Tickets
$39.50-$99.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre,
1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.
The Original Wailers. Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. In
1974 when Bob Marley went solo, he surprised
the music community by choosing
an American-born lead guitarist, Al Anderson,
who went on to play on such classics as
“No Woman, No Cry.” See Anderson and
the rest of the island sound-infused crew perform
along with Los Angeles culture-mashers
Ozomatli. Tickets $29.50-$59.50. The
Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga.
Los Lobos with the Mavericks. Sept. 6, 7:30
p.m. Los Lobos’ musical success is built on
the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own
Mexican-American heritage. They are joined
by the Mavericks, the country-steeped garage
band with a Cuban American lead singer. Tickets
$39.50-$99.50. The Mountain Winery,
14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga. 408/741-2822.
Shakira. Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. Fans were heartbroken
when the Colombian powerhouse
popstar canceled her February show due to
a vocal cord injury. Catch her triumphant
return to the stage as she performs her “El
Dorado” tour. Tickets $40.95-$170.95. SAP
Technovation Global Innovation
Celebration, Aug. 9, California Theatre,
San Jose; Theatreworks Silicon Valley
New Works Festival, Aug. 10–19, Lucie
Stern Theatre, Palo Alto