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KFOG Kaboom!
Pier 30/32, San Francisco; www.kfog.com
May 11, 4-10pm; free

Fireworks and live music converge with this radio-station event starring Boz Scaggs, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise and Zero 7. The fireworks are synchronized to a custom KFOG soundtrack.

A La Carte and Art
Castro Street from Church to Evelyn streets, Mountain View
May 18-19, 10am-6pm; free

Two days of gourmet food, wine, arts and crafts with five stages of music and entertainment starring Splashback, PT and the Cruisers, Super Squeeze, Blue House, Flashback, Sage, Mad and Eddie Duran, Dreamroad, Groovecamp and Ancient Winds

House for the Homeless
Coyote Hellyer Park, San Jose; www.house4homeless.org
May 19, 11am-8pm; free but donations requested

An open-air house-music benefit for the Emergency Housing Consortium featuring DJs Rick Preston, Michael Anthony, Dawn of Sound, Queen Agnes B, Samo, N8 Castro, Girl Friday and DJ Dara

Golden Gate Park Polo Fields, San Francisco
May 19, 10am-3pm; $15 (free for race participants)

A Bay to Breakers post-race concert starring Smash Mouth and Boom Shanka

Santa Cruz Blues Festival
Aptos Village Park, Santa Cruz; www.santacruzbluesfestival.com
May 25-26, 11am-7pm; $30-$50 general admission/gold circle, $50/$90 two-day pass.

A Memorial Day weekend institution starring Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland, Sonny Landreth, Indigenous and the Boneshakers on Saturday; and Delbert McCLinton, Otis Rush, Tommy Castro, Sue Foley and Eric Sardinas on Sunday.

Mushroom Mardi Gras
Morgan Hill Community Park, Edmundson and Monterey roads, Morgan Hill; www.mushroommardigras.com
May 25-26, 10am-6pm; $10 adults/$5 children and seniors

A festival honoring the mighty fungus starring Eddie Money (5/25) and War (5/26). The Dynatones and Santana tribute band Caravanserai perform both days. Music begins at noon.

San Jose Gay Pride and Festival
Guadalupe River Park, San Jose; www.sjgaypride.com
June 8, noon-6pm; free. June 9; 11am-7pm; $10

The South Bay's celebration of gay pride looks like a parade of divas with headliners the Pointer Sisters, Martha Wash, Ultra Naté and Robin S. There will also be country and DJ tents along with plenty of entertainment. The parade begins at 11am on Sunday. Meet at Victory Parking Lot at the corner of Market and Saint John streets. Registration starts at 9am.

Music in the Other Park
St. James Park, First and St. James streets, San Jose
Thursdays, June 6-27, 5-8:15pm; free

MOP is an after-work Thursday-afternoon teaser for the more extensive Music in the Park. A schedule wasn't available by presstime.

City of Palo Alto Twilight Concert Series
Various Locations, Palo Alto
Tuesdays, June 18-Aug. 20, 6:30-8pm; free

The city of Palo Alto presents this evening of music at different park locations across Palo Alto. Consult the website for complete schedule details. Lee Yeux Noirs (6/18), the Hot Club of San Francisco (6/25), Flying Other Brothers (7/2), Zydeco Flames (7/9), Norton Buffalo (7/16), Wild Mango (7/23), Greg Adams (7/30), Jessie Turner Band (8/6), Sista Monica (8/13) Darol Anger (8/20)

Palo Alto Brown Bag Concerts 2002
Cogswell Plaza, Lytton and Ramona avenues, Palo Alto
Thursdays, June 20-Aug. 15, noon; free

Nice midday diversion featuring live jazz, blues, opera, Cuban and Celtic music from Tingstad and Rumbel (6/20), the Waybacks (6/27), Taylor Eigsti Trio (7/11), Toot Sweet Jazz Band (7/18), Rene Solis and the Persuaders (7/25), San Francisco Opera (8/1), Rolando Morales (8/8), Colcannon (8/15)

Summer Jazz Sixteen
Clock Tower Plaza, Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford
Thursdays, June 6-Aug. 8, 6-7:30pm; free

SFJazz hosts these free dusk shows at Stanford Shopping Center. Taylor Eigsti (6/6), Gregory Tardy Quartet (6/13), Que Calor (6/20), Mitch Woods (6/27), Les Yeux Noirs (7/4), Mazacote 7/11), Lizz Wright (7/18), Gerard Carelli Quartet (7/25), Anton Schwartz Quartet (8/1), Sylvia Cuenca Trio (8/8)

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
Angel's Camp, Calaveras County; www.snwmf.com
June 21-23; June 21, 5pm, June 2223, 10am;
$80 three-day ticket

Three days of cutting-edge reggae and global sounds starring Tabla Beat Science, Niney the Observer, Abijah, Toots and the Maytals, Bamboleo, Coco Tea, Quetzal, Marcia Griffiths, Culture, Leroy Sibbles, King Chango, Sugar Minott, Cheb I Sabbah, Asian Massive DJ Sounds, Nortec Collective and many more

Robert Earl Keen's Texas Uprising and KPIG Swine Soiree
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Santa Cruz
June 23; 10am; $25

Outdoor Americana festival starring Robert Earl Keen, Steven Bruton Band, Rodney Crowell, Tom Russell, Andrew Hardin, John Cowan Band, Rodney Hayden, Laura Love, the Waifs, Fred Eaglesmith and the Santa Cruz Allstars

Concert for the Homeless/San Jose America Festival
Guadalupe River Park, San Jose; www.americafestival.com
July 3-4; July 3, 4pm; $??; July 4, 11am; $??

The annual cross-cultural celebration of America should be on full patriotic tilt. No acts have been confirmed yet, but Billy Idol and Smash Mouth have been tossed around as headliners. The Concert for the Homeless happens on July 3 at 4pm, with the all-day America Festival and fireworks display going on Independence Day.

Music in the Park
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market and San Carlos streets, San Jose
Thursdays, July 11-Sept. 5, 5pm; free

A schedule is forthcoming, say representatives. Previous years have provided downtown managers with a good excuse to promote office unity. For everyone else, it's a way to check out the cuties from neighboring buildings. Some good music, too, with past acts like Toots and the Maytals, Buckwheat Zydeco, Greg Kihn and Eek-a-Mouse gracing the stone steps.

Vans Warped Tour 2002
Pier 30/32, San Francisco; www.warpedtour.com
July 13-14, noon; $27/$40.50 two-day ticket

With so many bands and so little time, it makes sense to go for the two-day pass--a bargain at $40.50. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Lagwagon, MxPx, Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio, Flogging Molly, Hot Water Music, NOFX and No Use for a Name are some of the top acts associated with this marathon of extreme music and extreme sports cultures.

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy; www.gilroygarlicfestival.com
July 26-28, 10am-7pm; $10/$5 seniors and children

The world-famous Garlic Festival attracts thousands to its unique salute to the assertive herb. Music plays on three stages, beginning at 10:30am. Friday has Steve Czarnecki, South Bay Express, Hookslide, Daddy-O and the Gents. Saturday features Red Meat, Silver Creek, Mike Leatherman. Sunday has Robert Berry Band, Joint Chiefs, Sha-Boom.

Stern Grove Festival
16th and Sloat, San Francisco; www.sterngrove.org
Sundays June 16-August 18; 2pm; free

San Francisco's favorite free afternoon concert series tips toward the eclectic with performances by Michelle Shocked (6/16), Totó la Momposina (6/23), Rennie Harris Puremovement (6/30), San Francisco Symphony (7/7), Keali'I Reichel (7/14), San Francisco Ballet (7/21), Kenny Barron's Cantabrasil (7/28), San Francisco Opera (8/4), Russian National Orchestra (8/11) and Arrested Development and the Mahotella Queens (8/18).

The Santa Clara County Fair
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose; www.thefair.org
Aug. 2-4, 11am; free

Drastic changes afoot. The fair has been trimmed to three days (instead of the 10) and has wiped away the admission charge. An arts and crafts fair and a culinary exhibit will join the carnival rides and agricultural exhibits. The music portion has yet to be finalized (remember when *NSYNC played back in the day?).

AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose; www.sanjosejazz.org
Aug. 7-11, free

It's amazing how the city transforms during San Jose Jazz Festival. The streets suddenly fill with astute and polite music fans. The tradition continues in 2002 with more bebop, fusion, big-band and R&B.

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From the May 9-15, 2002 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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