Bay Area arts: 10 great shows and concerts to catch this weekend

From a free concert by a top-flight guitarist in Concord to a folk festival in Golden Gate Park and a benefit starring Mrs. Doubtfire, there is a lot to see and do in the Bay Ares this weekend. Here is a partial roundup.

Free fretboard fireworks in Concord

The Bay Area has an highly impressive record as the home to many phenomenal guitarists and the blues genre has long been well-represented in this impressive collection – from John Lee Hooker to Bonnie Raitt to Tommy Castro. One of the finest blues fret magicians from these parts may not be as well known as some of his contemporaries, but he is no less a gem. Roy Rogers, born in Redding and named for the cowboy singer and guitarist, has long been a stalwart of the Bay Area music scene. Like Raitt, he is best known for his prowess on the slide guitar, on which he is regarded around the globe as one of the finest purveyors of Mississippi Delta blues going. As the All Music Guide puts it, “His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.” And Guitar Player magazine raves, “That’s not a slide on Roy Rogers’ pinky, it’s a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Delta’s past and future.” His stunning style and talent – and his self-processed knack for pushing the envelope – has made him an in-demand collaborator on stage and in the recording studio by artists including Linda Ronstadt, Sammy Hagar, Raitt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Steve Miller, to name but a few. Growing up in the Bay Area, Rogers started playing the guitar in earnest when he was 12 and was drawn to the blues after hearing the legendary Robert Johnson. Such is his global fandom that he regularly tours in Europe, South America and Australia. Locally, he is not stingy with his talents, performing regularly with his longtime band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, with whom he performs for free on Thursday at Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza, as part of the city Music & Market series.

Details: 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Todos Santos Plaza at Willow Pass Road and Grant Street, Concord; free;

Folk Fest returns to Golden Gate Park

Fans of folk music — not just listening to it, but singing and learning about it, too — should have a grand ol’ time at the 48th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival on Saturday in Golden Gate Park.

The roots of the festival stretch back to the 1940s, when a group of self-described “idealistic and not very musically gifted high schoolers” formed the San Francisco Folk Music Club. The club staged the first festival in the late 1970s and it has been going strong ever since.

This year, performers include the Sauce Piquante Cajun-Creole Band, Americana trio Sugar Mountain, acoustic blues band Blind Lemon Pledge and — from across the ocean — percussion-dance group The Lions of Africa. There are also dozens of workshops with titles like Funny Songs and Jokes, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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