SEND THE summer off right with a classic rock showcase that includes legendary bands like the Steve Miller Band, the Doobie Brothers, the Greg Kihn Band and Big Brother and the Holding Company. How did promoters get all these big names under one roof? Let's not forget the year is 2007, not 1967. Still, fans young and old alike will revel in the rock & roll greatness of yesteryear when the killer lineup of musicians comes to Shoreline Amphitheatre. The '60s left quite an impression on pop culture, and bands like these were right at the forefront of the revolution. So whether you're reliving the past or just acquainting yourself with your parents' record collection, Saturday night will bring you some of the best tunes the Age of Aquarius had to offer.
Fremont Symphony Orchestra Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro serves as the intro to the symphony's 2007–08 season, conducted by David Sloss. The big treat for this program is a world premiere of a new work for erhu and orchestra by composer Albert Chang. Hong Wang of the Melody of China ensemble does the solo honors. The rest of the evening features Tchaikovsky's violin Concerto (with David Southorn) and Debussy's La Mer. Saturday (Sept. 22) at 8pm; Jackson Theater, Gary Soren Smith Center, Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont; $20–$45; 510.794.1659.
Steinway Society For its season opener, the Steinway Society of the Bay Area welcomes young Korean-born keyboard marvel Joyce Yang, who picked up a Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn competition in 2005, when she was only 19. Sunday (Sept. 23) at 7pm; Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose; $20–$45; 408.286.2600, ext. 23.
Cypress String Quartet As part of the long-running feting of San Jose State University on its 150th year of pedagogical striving, the Cypress String Quartet, which holds down a residency at the school, performs an unusual multimedia concert called "Inspired by America." The event, which is free to all comers, is a joint effort with author Jacob Needleman (The American Soul) and film producer Michael Schwartz and features commentary on American values and projected images set to music that encompasses a wide range of American traditions and themes, including some jazz snippets from Charles Mingus. Thursday (Sept. 20) at 7pm; SJSU Music Concert Hall; free; 415.392.4400 to reserve seats.
Thursday Sept. 20 at 7:30pm
Montalvo's Garden Theatre
Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga
Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood
Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ nuts have probably snatched up most of the tickets for Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood, especially since the power trio incorporated guitarist John Scofield, which is kind of like taking a delicious hot fudge sundae and incorporating Count Chocula, making it almost excessively (but definitely more) delicious. Known for their sprawling and exploratory improvisations at their lives shows, MSM&W never play the same gig twice, but expect some extra pyrotechnics at this show, where Scofield's virtuosity on the guitar is bound to propel the bass, drum and keys trio ever higher.
Tue. Nov. 6, 6:30pm
525 W. Santa Clara St.,
$39.50-$50.50 BUY TICKETS
Grammy Award-winning Maroon 5 is back in action after a hiatus that followed their 2002 Songs About Jane album. Maroon 5's new material has been blowing fans and critics away--it's sexier and better than ever. The music world has seen tons of artists infusing soul into their music, but Maroon 5 excels at it, making them heartthrobs for many adoring female fans. Funky beats and Adam Levine's unique vocals are still what set Maroon 5 apart from other alternative rock bands. The HP Pavilion might be a huge venue, but Maroon 5, The Hives and Phantom Planet will undoubtedly fill it up with fans and beautiful music.
--Capsules that were taken from the Metroactive Club Newsletter were written by: RO, DB, SL, GW, MC & CT