FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE
KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER
$20 advance at Streetlight Records; $25 door
Following on the heels of two successful Joni Mitchell tributes, here is one for Bob Dylan, with a cast of Santa Cruz musicians including The Coffis Brothers, Ukulele Dick, Dayan Kai, Michael Ahern, Jerry Brown, Scott Cooper, Garrick Davis, Jesse Dienner, Bear Dyken, Larry Graff, Steven Graves, Matt Hartle, Josh Lowe, Jessica Marks, Jayme Kelly Curtis, Pat Nevins, Ami Obenski and Michael Sammet.
Dylan's songs are immortal, even if the man himself isn't. I suspect that you may get better performances here than Dylan is doing lately.
For a while in the '80s, critics couldn't get enough of Aimee Mann's band 'Til Tuesday. Her crystalline voice was thought to be the best of the time, poignant, dark, moody and deep, an FM radio staple who was a sharp contrast to the pumped up pop of Madonna who was all over the AM band.
Mann left the band and forged a respected solo career, still atmospheric and always catchy, but with deeper meanings and plenty of panache. Take the name of her 2008 disc, @#%&*! Smilers. You have to have some confidence to put a censored profanity in your title, and a subtle sense of the sardonic.
She's got a new disc, Charmer, that's upbeat and has a retro '80s feel.
Santa Cruz Symphony Opener
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Tickets are $20-$65.
Vienna is the theme for an opener conducted by Dr. Robert Tomaro, featuring Nicolai's "Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor," Mozart's
"Piano Concerto No. 22" with Neil Rutman, piano and Brahms's "Symphony No. 1"
It's always great to get some culture, right?
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Want to feel like you've traveled a thousand miles away and centuries into the past? Head to Boulder Creek for the Harvest Festival, which offers tastes of mountain wine and beer, food and music. It's the closest staycation you can imagine.