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AFI, Extreme Sports, A Tribe Called Quest, 880 S. & Hasidic Rap
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Wed. Sep. 6, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
KING OF THE SURF GUITAR:
Dick Dale single handedly created the surf music style and no matter who or what band came after or copied the style this guitar legend will always be the best. His breakneck pace of playing along with an unrivaled stage presence--even into his fifth decade of performing--has kept Dick Dale, not only at the top of his game, but the forbearer and front runner of guitar gods. If all you know about the undisputed King of the Surf Guitar and the often called father of heavy metal--his speed, style, licks and amp experiments were copied by everyone from Hendrix to Van Halen--is from Pulp Fiction and that Black Eyed Peas sample, cruise to The Blank for a session with a true living legend.
Wed. Sep. 6, 8pm
San Pedro Square
San Pedro & Santa Clara Sts., San Jose
The Breakfast Club @ Cinema San Pedro
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DETENTION:
Probably the absolute best representation of teen life in the mid-eighties, The Breakfast Club closes out this year's Cinema San Pedro series. Sure writer and director John Hughes was a never-ending fountain of teen movies in the '80s, but none of them captured the life and times of high schoolers as perfectly as The Breakfast Club (Ferris Bueller's Day Off is still Hughes' best movie though). We know it's not Saturday morning but you can still hang in detention with the jock, the princess, the criminal, the geek and the basket case for the evening.
Thu. Sep. 7, 5:30pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
San Carlos & Market Sts.,
Greg Kihn @ Metro's Music in the Park
Sure you can hear him on the radio every morning, but that's really just some amorphous voice coming over the airwaves easily disembodied from an actual person and Greg Kihn is more than just some on air personality. In the '70s, Kihn became a top selling Bay Area artist on legendary Beserkley records playing straight ahead rock 'n roll while other contemporaries where creating orchestral bloated prog rock. He scored a few hits in the '80s, most notably "Jeopardy"which gained him national notoriety and Greg Kihn kept right on recording becoming one of the most recognizable voices in the Bay Area rock scene. The Groove Kings open up and The Greg Kihn Band closes out yet another great year of free concerts in downtown San Jose.
Thu. Sep. 7, 7pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
JUMP, JIVE & WAIL:
One of the best bands to come out of the retro-swing movement, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are the real deal. Experienced musicians that are truly schooled on the jump jazz and swing styles of the heyday, the Red Hot Skillet Lickers perfectly compliment the smooth and sultry vocal stylings of Lavay. A mainstay of jazz, blues and swing festivals the world over Lavay Smith and company can turn even the most stodgy stuffed shirt into a swinging hep cat with one lick.
Thu.--ÍSun., Sep.7-10, 3pm
525 W. Santa Clara St.,
Dew Action Sports Tour
Ah, the Dew Action Sports Tour, action sports heaven in our own backyard. The four-day trick fest hits the HP Pavilion starting on Thursday and runs through the weekend featuring skate vert and skate park, BMX vert, supercross and park, with two days of sick FMX action. It's gonna be four-days of death defying stunts, hot action, concerts and whatever else this herd of adrenaline junkies can get into. The skate vert and BMX park finals are on Sunday starting a few hours earlier at 11am and you can't miss the FMX final grudge match, gloves off, showdown between Nate Adams and Travis Pastrana on Saturday night. Scope the website for more details.
Fri. Sep. 8, 9pm
Angels Ultra Lounge
400 S. First St., San Jose
On the surface, Bubba Sparxxx appears more like a backwater Waffle House line cook than a rising rap superstar, but looks can be deceiving and we know that when his hit single "Ugly" hit the MTV circuit many an OG street thug was taken aback. But, if the lyrical rhyming of a backwoods Georgia country boy is what gets the party bangin'; who's gonna complain? You can catch Sparxxx at the special launch of the Sultry party at Angels.
Fri. Sep. 8, 6pm
Smoke Tiki Lounge
152 Post St., San Jose
Smoke Tiki Lounge in Downtown San Jo has been giving you a sweet deal all summer long with their free concerts on the patio every Friday and for all you that thought summer ended when September hit and school was back on obviously don't adhere to the same island groove as the Smoke crew does. This Friday, for the magical price of free, catch ska-reggae-funksters 880 South keeping your summer dreams alive and kickin' it chill tropical style while the slingers at Smoke do their best to prepare your liver for the weekend.
Sat. Sep. 9, 7:30pm
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
747 Howard St., San Francisco
SING THE SORROW:
Hailing out of the badlands of Ukiah, emo-punkers A.F.I. tear up the Bill Graham Civic tonight as part of their ongoing tour for their latest, Decemberunderground. Oscillating between hardcore punk riffs and emo balladeering, A.F.I. probably has one of the most dedicated followings of any band riding the high crests of the sometimes lame emo wave as the modern incarnation of good ole' punk rock. But, unlike most others in the black nail polish, floppy haired, eye shadow dabbed set, A.F.I. can actually crank the amps and blow the roof of any joint. If ya can't hit The City tonight, Davey and the boys will be playing over the hill on Saturday at the Santa Cruz Civic.
Sat. Sep. 9, 8pm
Berkeley Community Theatre
1930 Alllston Way, Berkeley
A Tribe Called Quest
Absolutely the most intelligent and artistic rap group of the '90s, A Tribe Called Quest kicked off the hip-hop alternative to the ego-driven, misogynistic gangsta rap that ruled the times infusing it more with jazz stylings and positive messages. A Tribe Called Quest, however, didn't just soften the rap sound, but confronted numerous black issues of the day with a deconstructionist attitude to how African-Americans portrayed themselves through the rap industry--their second album, The Low End Theory, is easily the best hip-hop album ever recorded. Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife decided to call it quits in the late '90s, but are, thankfully, hitting the studio again.
Sun. Sep. 10, Noon
Smoke Tiki Lounge
152 Post St., San Jose
$5 before 3pm
Smoke Tiki Lounge is kicking in another Sunday day party for all you heads that just don't want the weekend to end. The first Sublime Sunday is going to run from noon till night featuring a host of slick turntable maestros including MJ Gamez, Ace Tatsu, Thomas Phan, Andrew MD, Rigo Acosta, Spindizzy and Spirit Fingers rocking the decks for some chill grooving on the Smoke patio.
Mon. Sep. 11, 4pm
Mission Ale House
97 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Monday Night Football @ Misssion Ale House
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL:
Training camps have broke, pre-season is over, rookies have been cut and the rosters are complete--let the 2006 NFL season begin. We know that the season starts on Thursday, but Monday Night Football has been a tradition and national event for so long that the first MNF game of the year really cements the start of the season. However, the lackluster announcing team of Thiesmann, Tirico and the ever-annoying Tony Kornheiser calling the shots of the greatest franchise in TV sports history might make you pine for the days when Dennis Miller had a seat in the booth. Luckily the guys at Mission Ale House have been preparing for the new season as well, tapping kegs, finalizing the $1.95 menu and bringing in the Miller Lite girls to handle the secondary. This week a special doubleheader: Minnesota @ Washington (4pm) and San Diego @ Oakland (7:15pm).
Tue. Sep. 12, 7:30pm
UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley
AMERICAN ROCK LEGEND:
One of the most prolific singer/ songwriters in the storied history of rock and roll, Van Morrison brings his sometimes shouting, sometimes raspy, always poetic voice and blues man skills to the Greek Theatre tonight. Van's been doing this for over four decades and even though he's always bucked popular trends, which subsequently left him completely out of the general public's and music industry's eyes for years at a time, his loyal following of enraptured fans have never left Van's side. He's currently touring in support of his latest offering, Magic Time, Pay the Devil, a more country tinged album.
Fri. Sep. 29, 9pm
420 Mason St., San Francisco
The Crystal Method
A force in the LA underground dance scene, The Crystal Method are still pumping out the rave inspired tracks that cemented the duo as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. After the waning of the LA rave scene that was hampered by overbearing police pressure, completely out of style random violence and a price hike in MDMA, The Crystal Method did what any self-respecting techno, big beat, dance party directors would do--took the show on the road. Ruby Skye presents them in their natural habitat, a late-night, four-hour set.
--This week's newsletter by: RO & TI
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