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situation: comedy: Comedian George Lopez appears July 17–18 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Hot Summer List

Memorial Day to Labor Day, things to do, places to go, thousands of people to see on

Compiled by Suzanne Daly, Gretchen Giles and Beth Hall


May

DjangoFest Mill Valley The great French-Belgian-Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt gets a three-day blowout of fans and players presenting concerts, workshops and, yes, "djam" sessions to honor his spirit and inimitable sound. Highlights include the Hot Club of San Francisco (May 29), 3 Leg Torso (May 30) and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (May 31). May 29–31 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $35–$195. 415.383.9600.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Celebrating its 10th anniversary with a vast assortment of performances. www healdsburgjazzfestival.org. See p25.

Paramount's LaserSpectacular Ten thousand watts of concert-quality sound and Floyd. Dude! May 31 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $20–$40; ages eight and over. 707.944.1300.

Art at the Source Artists in western Sonoma County open their studios to the public during two weekends: May 31–June 1 and June 7–8. www.artatthesource.org. See p28.

Crosby, Stills & Nash Their first tour together since 2005, the old guys can still rock, and lawd knows Steven Stills is worth the ticket alone on May 31 at the Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $39–$149. 707.546.3600.


June

Larkspur Flower & Food Fest Local gardeners bring their best flora to show off to the community at the 18th annual celebration of good things to look at and good things to eat. June 1 from 11am on Magnolia Avenue, downtown Larkspur. 415.383.3470.

Gabriel Iglesias This comic insists on being known as "fluffy guy" and his fans surely understand why. Fluffy G. on June 3 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $30–$50. 707.944.1300.

Auction Napa Valley Having raised more than $60 million for local nonprofits since its inception in 1981, Auction Napa Valley is a crazy big way for wine lovers and deep pockets to enjoy a 30-mile-long block party. The event will be held June 5–8 this year and features all of the many different kinds of fun that regular attendees count on. The main event is slated for June 7 at Meadowood and features Jay Leno. www.napavintners.com.

Bucky! Hailed as the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century, R. Buckminster Fuller is reinvigorated through a montage of video, sound, poetry and plain old-fashioned acting by Joe Spano in this one-man show on June 6 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $35. 707.226.7372.

Harmony Festival Celebrating its 30th anniversary as an evolutionary, green music festival, this year's Harmony Fest brings a smokin' lineup. June 6–8, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $30–$130. www.harmonyfestival.com.

The Temptations & the Four Tops The Temps and the Tops live on to perform their timeless hits and vocal harmonies, and are "not simply surviving, but thriving." Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$85. 707.546.3600.

Marin Home Show & Benefit Jazz Fest Eco-friendly alternatives for home and garden await at this year's Marin Home Show from over 350 different vendors. Stay for a showcase of music including Rex Allen's swing Express (June 7) and Pride & Joy (June 8), as well as bands from Marin high schools competing. June 7–8 from 10am. Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Fairgrounds, San Rafael. Tickets $8 for two days. 415.499.6900. www.marinhomeshow.com.

Beerfest Eat, drink, be merry and support an excellent cause as the 17th annual Beerfest to benefit Face to Face. Tickets include all food and beer tastings, and we're talking gourmet sausages, oysters, tri-tip and even toffee. The French-Gypsy-funk of Dgiin adds spice for the ears. June 7 from 1pm to 5pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $35–$40; over 21 only. 707.546.3600.

Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music Two-day live music fest celebrates its silver anniversary with area crafters, good things to eat and drink, and live music on two stages. Musical highlights include Bonnie Hayes (June 7) and the English Beat followed by the Mother Hips (June 8). Children's area complete with petting zoo, bounce house and pony and train rides. Saturday–Sunday, June 7–8, from 10am. Old Town Novato, on Grant, between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street. Free. 415.897.1164.

Orchestra Baobab African popsters tour to support their newest release, Made in Dakar, exploring both the roots of African music as well as its very 21st-century sound. June 11 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $35. 707.226.7372.

Film Night in the Park Lie out under the stars and enjoy family-friendly movies with a picnic dinner. Beginning on June 13 in Fairfax with a screening of The Water Horse, the nights travel around the Bay Area, also screening in Mill Valley, San Anselmo, San Rafael and San Geronimo. Films run through Sept. 27 in San Anselmo and screen at 8pm. $3–$6 donation requested. 415.4534333. www.filmnight.org.

Paula West Jazz chanteuse performs cabaret standards as well as drawing from Robert Zimmerman and Declan MacManus in a velvet night of sound. June 13 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $40–$45. 707.226.7372.

14th Annual Pride Comedy Night Featuring the riotous humor of comedian Susan Westenhoefer, with special guest Ali Mafi at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on June 14. Dancing and music in the lobby by the Sapphire Lounge follows the show, which partially benefits Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $25–$35. 707.546.3600.

'Defending the Caveman' Rob Becker's anthropological investigation into the Western male psyche continues to charm and delight, returning just in time for Father's Day on June 14 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $25–$55; 16 and over. 707.944.1300.

Cotati Jazz Festival The fest salutes swing music with five swing bands in just about every venue downtown Cotati has to offer. This year, 50 percent of all net profits will be presented to the Rancho Cotati Music Boosters to support local kids' music programs. For the fourth year, this all-day event is entirely free and encompasses every musical and nonmusical venue in downtown Cotati. Performers booked for La Plaza park include Stompy Jones, Swing Fever and others. Check individual venues for their bookings. June 14, from noon to midnight. www.cotatijazz.com.

Fairfax Festival Never one to say no to a party, Fairfax celebrates its 31st festival, a gentle riot of live music, great food and nice folks. This year, the Mother Truckers (June 14), and Big Brother and the Holding Company (June 15) rock the stage. Many local artists appear both days. Parade, 10am on June 15. Festival, June 14–15 from 11am. Downtown Fairfax. 415.485.5699.

Marin Art Festival "The lawn party for the arts" features over 250 artists by the Lagoon in the Marin Civic Center and includes international food, live music, fine wine and brews, and the ubiquitous more. Food offerings travel the globe. June 14–15, from 10am. $10; under 14, free. Lagoon Park, at the Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.388.0151.

Italian Street Painting Festival Some 60,000 people come to downtown San Rafael to marvel at this celebration featuring hundreds of madonnari—or street painters—using the pavement as their canvas. June 14–15, 9am to 7pm, Fifth Avenue and A Street in downtown San Rafael. Free. www.youthinarts.org.

Russian River Blues Festival The Blues Festival hasn't lost its momentum as it nears its 13th year, featuring headliners Jonny Lang and Earl Thomas (June 14) and Los Lonely Boys (June 15), as well as such notables as the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Coco Montoya and others June 14–15, from 10am. On Johnson's Beach, Guerneville. $45–$180; 10 and under, free. 707.869.1595.

Sonoma Lavender Festival Lavender gets into everything, including the brownies, at this annual festival, held on a working lavender farm ordinarily not open to the public. June 14–15, from 10 am to 4pm. Inside the Chateau St. Jean Winery, Highway 12 in Kenwood. $5, parking. Cooking demos, $20 donation. To reserve, call 707.523.4411, ext. 1. www.sonomalavender.com.

Teddy Geiger OK, we'll bite. He's a teenage prodigy who's been composing for two instruments since he was eight. He was "discovered" when attempting to be placed on In Search of the New Partridge Family, God bless him, he's in the newest Christina Applegate vehicle and your tween still can't get in to see him. Hilary McRae and Scott Harris open on June 14 at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $20–$22; 16 and over. 707.765.2121.

Earth, Wind & Fire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees light the stage with their Beyond the Elements Tour on June 17. After 38 years together, EW&F burn on. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$99. 707.546.3600.

Travis Tritt Pull on some boots and ride out The Storm, Tritt's newest collection of songs blending country with R&B on June 18. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$85. 707.546.3600.

Sonoma-Marin Fair When the world's ugliest dogs appear and 100 tons of metal collide in the destruction derby, that's how you know it's summer, as the Sonoma-Marin Fair kicks things off on June 18 with every fair trope from baked goods to livestock shows. Entertainers include Smash Mouth (June 20), country diva Terri Clark (June 19), Bay Area music scene fixture Tower of Power (June 18) and Train lead singer Pat Monahan (June 21). Look for New Wave faves the Motels to finish things off (June 22). Sonoma-Marin Fair, Petaluma Fairgrounds, Two blocks west of East Washington Exit, Petaluma. Noon to midnight. $8–$14; under three, free. 707.283.3247.

Rodney Strong Concert Series The 18th annual KJZY Summer Concert Series, set in the sunny grasslands behind the Rodney Strong winery, kicks off with Brian Culbertson's Funk Experience and Jonathan Butler (June 21). Next up is Fourplay, with Bob James, Larry Carlton, Nathan East, Harvey Mason (July 5), then Chris Botti (Aug. 2), Michael McDonald (Aug. 17) and ending with Rick Braun and Richard Elliot's RnR Tour (Sept. 27). Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. Doors generally open around 2pm. $40–$95. 707.869.1595.

Jonathan Poretz This hep cat channels Old Blue Eyes like it's 1962 and the rest of the Pack are slugging it down backstage at the Sands. Backed up by a 12-piece orchestra and appropriately preceded by a comedian, Poretz promises a cheddary slice of pop culcha. June 21 at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. $25–$35. 415.383.9600.

Indigo Girls Do fans in Napa Valley tumble all over each other like drunken kittens, kissing and licking indiscriminately, when Amy and Emily play there, like the fans at the Greek Theater do? Such burning questions are guaranteed to be answered when our favorite duo of fabulous songstresses descend on June 24 at the Lincoln Theater. Brandi Carlile performs the special guest role. 100 California Drive, Yountville. $50–$75. 707.944.1300.

James Cotton Harp master Cotton enters his 64th year of performing with inimitable style and wearing his many Grammys well. June 27 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $30–$35. 707.226.7372.

Jefferson Starship The rockship lands for a three-night gig at the Sweetwater Station featuring a different theme every night, in addition to performances from the Ship's latest disc, Tree of Liberty. June 27–29. June 27 is slated to find Darby Gould assisting Paul Kantner's in his "sci-fi rock 'n' roll music night"; June 28 finds the dawgman himself, David Grisman, on able assist; and the last night is still in TBA mode. Sweetwater Station, 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. $60 a night or $200 for all three. 415.924.6107.

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival Over 50,000 folks converge on downtown San Anselmo each year—hungry, thirsty, craft-starved folks. As usual, a section of the fest will be devoted to cooking and home and landscape design, and will include demonstrations, displays and hands-on projects. June 28–29. San Anselmo Avenue between Bolinas and Tamalpais streets. 10am–6pm. Free. 415.454.2510.

Summer Nights Osher Marin JCC makes a hot summer buzz featuring the David Grisman Quintet (June 21), African music by the Nigerian Brothers and the Kusun Ensemble (June 28), Tito y Su Son de Cuba (July 12), Sambaguru featuring Katia Moraes (July 19), Brass Menazeri (July 26), and Gena Delafose and French Rockin Boogie (Aug. 2). Swig Field, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $20–$30; students, half off. 415.444.8000. www.marinjcc.org.

Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Some 70 vintners from our wine country, as well as from Europe and the Pacific Northwest, and some 30 food providers converge on the parking lot behind the Depot Bookstore to pour out and serve up the good stuff. June 22 from 1pm. Lytton Square, Sunnyside and Miller avenues, Mill Valley. $40–$50. 415.388.9700.

Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival A fantastic lineup hails this festival's 13th year honoring the work of the late singer-songwriter Kate Wolf. Artist highlights include performances by the Ani DiFranco Band, Greg Brown, Los Lobos, the Waifs, the Taj Mahal Trio, the Keb' Mo' Band, and much more. Plan to camp. June 27–29. Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville. Full festival pass, including three nights camping, is $150; $160 at the door. Daily tickets available. Under six, free. 707.823.1511. www.cumuluspresents.com.

Napa Valley Comedy Night Now in its sixth year benefiting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the North Bay, Pahlmeyer Winery's compendium of the Bay Area's brightest comedy stars gets its souk on with a "Moroccan Madness" theme that will find guests eating with their fingers, ogling belly dancers and, of course, laughing along. June 28 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 6:30pm; $45–$75. 707.226.7372.


July

Marin County Fair "Going Green" is the theme of the 63rd Marin County Fair, showcasing cutting-edge efforts in sustainability and environmental activism, with environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo and Earthcapades, an environmental vaudeville show. As always, the music and the fine art are stellar, and fireworks end every night. Look for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 2), Steel Pulse (July 3), the Tommy Castro Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 4), WAR and America (July 5), and Elvin Bishop and Los Lobos (July 6). July 2–July 6. Marin County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $12–$14; under four, free; July 2, 12 and under, free. 415.499.6400.

Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Music Festival The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 5) kick off the annual summer fest, held outdoors on the lawn behind the winery, the first year Mr. Mondavi will not be in attendance. Look for Dave Koz with special guest Dave Benoit (July 12), Tiempo Libre (July 19) Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (July 26), and UB40 (Aug. 2). All shows at 7pm. $55–$200. Highway 29, Oakville. 888.RMWJAZZ.

Billy Bob Thornton You hated him when he had Angelina's icky blood around his neck. You loved him when he was the North Pole's nastiest man. Now there's every indication that you might even like him when he opens his mouth to sing. He appears with the Boxmasters, a self-described "lounge-approved" creation. It's worth 25 bucks just for the gape on July 11 at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.765.2121.

Battling Breast Cancer Brewfest Slake a thirst to do good while enjoying great suds from all over Northern California. Live music, good eats and a bike auction complete the afternoon. July 12 from noon to 5pm. Larkspur Landing Courtyard, outside of Marin Brewing co., 1809 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. $20–$25. 415.461.4677.

Third Annual Festival del Sole The festival is back with a flourish July 12–20. The slate runs from famed violinists Joshua Bell and Dmitry Sitkovetsky, French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and 13-year-old piano prodigy Conrad Teo, and much, much more. Free community concerts, visual arts exhibits and family events abound. For complete details, go to www.festivaldelsole.com.

Green Music Festival Summer Season Local artists flock back to the Green Music Festival July 11–20 with seven concerts total, and a talk by former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown (July 15) to boot. Among the highlights are the famed jazz band Jackie Ryan Trio (July 12), the Grammy-nominated, 45-member choral group Pacific Mozart Ensemble (July 16) and cabaret genius Wesla Whitfield (July 19). Evert B. Person Theater, SSU, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $12–$24. 877.778.3378.

George Winston The New Age pianist is interested in larger themes these days, and so performs mainly in benefit for others, this concert being no exception, as it benefits the area food bank. His range and stylistic adaptability are worth the price of a can of food alone. July 18 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $35; bring canned food. 707.226.7372.

Tom Jones The Welshman often draped in women's thrown panties swings through Marin to do that amazing training thing that allows him to run the lines of "It's Not Unusual" so fluently—and perhaps even perform other wonders. July 18 at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $40–$95. 415.499.6800.

George Lopez Mexican-American comedian and TV star makes a two-night stand riffing on his culture and tearing America a new one. July 18–19 at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$65. 707.546.3600.

Old Grove Festival With Armstrong Redwoods apparently safe from the governor's budget knife, the State Parks again present this fest, now in its third year in the 21st century (this is a revival of a great idea from the 1940s). The summer kicks off with a classical Mexican group, La Catrina Quartet (July 19), and a local variety show starting the evening. Next up is the 20-piece Junius Courtney Big Band, with more local talent (Aug. 16). The Sun Kings Beatles tribute and another variety show (Sept.12) and a staging of the Sonoma County Rep's Taming of the Shrew (Sept. 13) close the summer. Armstrong Redwoods SRA Forest Theater. $25–$40. 707.869.9403.

Catalan Festival The fastest trip to Barcelona possible, this annual festival features live flamenco guitarists and dancers, the winery's own sparkling wine and tastings from many Spanish-influenced eateries, along with cooking demonstrations. July 19–20, 11am–4pm. Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, 23555 Carneros Hwy., Sonoma. $37–$45; under five, free. 707.933.1999. www.gloriaferrer.com.

Sonoma County Fair Going for small-town patriotism, the fair runs July 22–Aug. 4 this year with the theme Star-Spangled Celebration, offering more horse racing, rodeos, destruction derbies, Elvis Day and plenty of live music. Look for Heidi Newfield and Freestyle MX (July 22), Batalai de los Bandas (July 25) and the always popular Blues Fest (July 26). "Red, White and Blooms" is the flower-show theme, kicking off with a preview on July 20. www.sonomacountyfair.com.

Wine Country Film Festival Running July 22–Aug. 3, the festival presents features, documentaries, shorts and animation in six categories. www.winecountryfilmfest.com.

Lucky Stars The cream of Bay Area diva jazz converge for one night and even let a man tag along. Denise Perrier, Kim Nalley, Lavay Smith and Spencer Day appear at this fabulous night devoted to the voice as an instrument. No one who saw him open for Rufus Wainwright has forgotten Day. Mark it as one of the top gigs of the summer. July 27 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $20–$100. 707.944.1300.

The Money Conversation Performance artist Sara Juli hands out her entire life savings in cash to the audience as she measures self-worth with investment. Whether you keep the money or not is up to your own moral code. July 29 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $35. 707.226.7372.

Buddy Guy & George Thorogood The man who taught Hendrix to play returns for another night of ace guitar. Opener George "Bad to the Bone" Thorogood continues to hail his band as the world's best "bar band," and that makes this a night. Check it July 30 at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $39–$75. 415.499.6800.

Lyle Lovett Touring to support his new album, It's Not Big, It's Large, the adorable, darling and talented Mr. Lovett fills the room in a big way with his eclectic mix of country, Americana, big band and gospel. July 30 at the Wells Fargo Center, 50 mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$85. 707.546.3600.


August

Sara Evans One of People magazine's 50 most beautiful humans, country music's female vocalist of the year and able to hold her own on Dancing with the Stars? Goodness, this girl's got it going on. Aug. 1 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $59–$79. 707.944.1300.

Reggae Rising Begun as the replacement concert for the annual Reggae on the River fest, Rising has come into its own. Aug. 1–3. Dimmick Ranch and French's Camp, north of Piercy, Humboldt. $175, three-day pass; $60–$145, three-day camping; $300, RV camping. www.reggaerising.com.

The Beach Boys Amid discussion about whether this is the first or second time the Boys have made the Santa Rosa scene, we relax in the good vibrations. Aug. 2 at the Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $15–$89. 707.546.3600.

Carrera de San Rafael Downtown San Rafael is transformed into a bike racetrack as pros take over the main downtown streets. Aug. 9. Race takes over Fourth, A, D and Fifth streets. Free. www.carrerasanrafael.com.

San Rafael Food & Wine Festival The Mission City of Marin plays host to the San Rafael Food and Wine Festival this August at Falkirk Cultural Center. Regional wineries will be there as well as the local brew folks and plenty of food purveyors. What would wine be without art and music? A lonely drunk, indeed. Plan for Aug. 16, from 11am to 5pm, at the Falkirk Cultural Center,1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. $15, five tastes. 415.456.6455.

Pete Escovedo & Sons Papa doesn't have a brand new band, but he's sure got a hot one. Grammy winner Escovedo brings sons on for a percussion fest sure to get toes tapping. Aug. 16 at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. $35. 707.226.7372.

Solar & Good Living Festival Now in its 13th year, SolFest combines fun with being eco-friendly. Saturday night's Moondance is always a freaky pleasure. Aug. 16–17, 10am. Real Goods Solar Living Institute, Hopland. $25–$45. 707.744.2017. www.solfest.org.

Donna Summer Disco lives and it's live. Summer makes a summer tour to support her new disc, Crayons, but promises to play from her lamé-tinged songbook as well. Aug. 17 at the Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15–$95. 707.546.3600.

Schulz Museum Anniversary Sparky's place turns six and celebrates with free evening admission and ice cream cake for all. Aug. 19, from 5pm to 8pm. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. www.schulzmuseum.org.

Diamond Rio With 13 Grammy nominations and crazy amount of wins from the Country Music Association, the boys sing from a set list that includes "Meet in the Middle" and "I Believe." Aug. 20 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $49–$69. 707.944.1300.

Taste of Railroad Square Don't lick that brick! Rather, get tastes from the several restaurants in the old town area to benefit the Sixth Street Playhouse. Aug. 23, from noon to 4pm. $35–$114; discount tickets available before July 1. 707.523.4187.

Edible Gardens COPIA's fifth annual festival of all the many good things that grow from the ground features cooking demos, live music, an artists' marketplace and kids' activities. Saturday, go Cajun with the Wild Catahoulas and Zydeco Flames; Sunday, feel it in the hips with Le Jazz Hot and Pride & Joy. Aug. 23–24, from 11am. COPIA, 500 First St., Napa. $10–$15. 707.259.1600. www.copia.org.

Seafood Art & Wine Festival Bodega Bay celebrates for the 14th time with seafood deluxe and music. This event showcases the best of California's wineries and breweries, artists and craftspeople and benefits Stewards of the Coasts and Redwoods and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Aug. 23–24 from 10am to 6pm. Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Hwy., just east of the town of Bodega. $8–$10; under 12, free. No dogs this year. 707.824.8717. www.winecountryfestivals.com.

Cotati Accordion Festival The Golden State Accordion Club kicks off this year's two-day tribute to the squeezebox. Featured acts on Saturday include the Great Morgani, the Golden State Accordion Club Band, the Hurricane, Amber Lee and the Anomalies, Dick Contino, Grammy-nominated Polka Freakout, Vagabond Opera and Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers. On Sunday, look for the Golden State Accordion Club Band, Mike Moratta, the Georges Lammam Ensemble, Joe Domitrowich, Dick Contino, the Polka Freakout, Vagabond Opera and Limpopo. Aug. 23–34 from 9:30am to 10pm. La Plaza Park, Cotati. $15–$25; children under 15 free. 707.664.0444. www.cotatifest.com.

Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food Three-day foodie lovefest features the Taste of Sonoma County (Aug. 30) at MacMurray Ranch, various winery lunches and dinners (Aug. 29), and 16th Annual Sonoma Valley Wine Auction (Aug. 31). $75–$6,500. For details, go to www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com.

Voices of Latin Rock Members of such hit-making bands as Malo, Pablo Cruise, War, Sly and the Family Stone join Jorge Santana for a night of blistering fusion. Aug. 30 at the Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $40–$60. 707.944.1300.


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