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Picks for the week of July 16 - 22, 2008

Tuesday July 17
Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road

Tom Jones

THE crazy, cool, medallion-wearing lounge lizard of such skivvie-chucking classics as "What's New Pussycat?," "She's a Lady" and "It's Not Unusual," Sir Tom Jones has somehow maintained enough mojo that middle-age women still feel compelled to claw their way onstage to bury their faces in his ever-exposed merkin of gray, wiry chest hair. Fortunately for Sir Jones' gaggle of female fans, the Mountain Winery is a small enough venue that they'll only be a polyester bulge and sweat spray away from this recently knighted God's gift to women. We can only hope that Sir Tom won't be injured by the sheer velocity of the size 12 granny panties that are sure to be slingshotted into his quilt of a face all night.

Steel Pulse
Sunday July 20
Saddle Rack
42011 Boscell Road

Bo Bice

FAMOUS as the runner-up in season four's American Idol against Carrie Underwood, Harold "Bo" Bice has yet to fall into Idol oblivion like so many other Idol hopefuls (Justin Guarini anyone?). In fact, Bice is currently out on tour supporting his second full-length release, See the Light. Fans won't be disappointed by the long-haired Alabama musician; his music remains faithful to the country-rock that catapulted him to fame. Bice knows how to belt it out over hard-rocking guitars while slowing it down for his poppy ballads.

Sunday July 20
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Stanford University
Palo Alto

Yosvany Terry

LIKE MANY Cuban jazz musicians, saxophonist Yosvany Terry grew up absorbing chants, rhythms and rituals that can be traced directly to the Yoruba people of West Africa. It's only in recent years, however, that he's immersed himself in one of Afro-Cuban culture's more obscure currents, delving into the folkloric traditions of the Arará people from the island's northwestern province of Matanzas. The scion of a highly respected musical family, Terry was already a rising star in Cuba who had played with giants such as pianist Chucho Valdez, singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and trumpeter Jesús Alemany's band Cubanismo before moving to New York in 1999. A major force on the American jazz scene who's been touring internationally with Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Terry devoted his second release Ye-dé-gbé: Afro-Caribbean Legacy, to an electrifying synthesis of state-of-the-art post-bop improvisation and Arará musical forms. For his Bay Area concerts, Terry is performing with almost the same cast featured on the album, a dazzling collection of musicians including his brother, bassist Yunior Terry, pianist Osmany Paredes, drummer Tony Escapa, Pedro Martinez on vocals and percussion, and percussionists Roman Diaz and Ramon "Sandy" Garcia Perez (who was born and raised in Matanzas).

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