Real Music by Robert Feuer
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Veteran Greenwich Village folk/country/pop singer, Lucy Kaplansky, will hold a solo performance at the Occidental Center for the Arts on Feb. 18. Speaking from her home in the Village, she indicates she’ll accompany herself on guitar, with some piano and mandolin. Three-quarters of her songs will be originals.
The Sonoma County marching band, the Hubbub Club, which has been compared to a Fellini movie, will be part of a Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Day event, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” at Santa Rosa’s Community Baptist Church. The event will include “traditional folk/spirituals and New Orleans-type songs,” says baritone horn player, Dan Bosch.
It’s not often that a Nobel Prize nominee takes the stage for a Sonoma County musical performance. But, that’s exactly what will happen this month, when Holly Near sings at the Occidental Center for the Arts and the French Garden Restaurant in Sebastopol. Near, a veteran of many solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, describes these shows as “joint concerts” with Grammy-nominated Barbara Higbie, during a recent phone interview. Each will perform their own songs and join together in duets, something they’ve been discussing for years. Higbie, along with Jan Martinelli, will provide backup on an assortment of instruments.
She doesn’t know her given name. She doesn’t know her birthday. She doesn’t know who her birth parents are.
Headlining a Mar. 18 fundraiser for radio station KOWS-FM will be Markus James, a West County resident when he’s not traversing the world in search of deep pockets of sound in far-flung corners of the planet. Describing his material as “Mississippi electric boogie, acoustic front porch hoedown, Bo Diddley Afro-Rock,” he’s been performing original, blues-based music with traditional West African musicians since 1994, when he first made his way to a northern Mali village.
Music sprouts again, as it always does, this time from the ashes of the legendary Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, which closed in 2013 after a twelve-year run. Annie O’s, recently opened, and named as a tribute to the spirit of owner Greg Clark‘s great grandmother, owner of a hotel/venue in Watsonville during the 1920s-‘40s, has three full bars, and is open for dinner, live music, comedy, and karaoke, Wednesdays through Sundays. There’s a painting class on Wednesdays, with karaoke on Thursdays. Annie O’s is also available for private parties.