Out &About, Music: April


Featured: Purple Power

Yes, When Doves Cry is a Prince tribute show – the band is strumming into the heart of Prince’s music. But this band is known for performing the entire 1999 and Purple Rain albums in the same night. Greatest hits will be covered (of course), as well as songs and other tributes from a 95 (and growing) list. Die hard Prince fans and ‘80’s music enthusiasts welcome. The Sessions Room at HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol). April 6, (707) 829-7300.




Portland Cello Project

Apr 4

This alt-classical ensemble explores, you guessed it, all things cello, this time in a performance of Radiohead’s dystopian opus OK Computer, played in its entirety.

JCCSF Kanbar Hall (SF)

415.292.1200, jccsf.org 


Amy Wigton and Friends

Apr 7

Original rock and folk songs interspersed with fresh covers will keep you moving with tunes by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell.

Fenix (San Rafael)

415.813.5600, fenixlive.com


Emanuel Ax

Apr 11–14

The distinguished pianist brings his renowned improvisational fluidity to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2.

Davies Symphony Hall (SF)

415.864.6000, sfsymphony.org



Buddy Guy

Apr 13

Fresh off his Grammy best-blues-album win for Born to Play Guitar, the 81-year-old legendary blues guitarist returns to San Francisco with a fresh album, The Blues Is Alive and Well, and fresh energy.

Masonic (SF)

415.776.7457, sfmasonic.com


Lil Smokies

Apr 19

Electric energy from an all-acoustic band is the hallmark of this five-piece group from Missoula. Their new album, Changing Shades, shows the band’s bluegrass roots with a rock ’n’ roll punch.

Slim’s (SF)

415.885.0750, slimspresents.com


Soul Ska Goes to Memphis 4/20 Party

Apr 20

DJ Adam Twelve (Biggs Happiness Sound) adds a new element to the classic ska stylings of Soul Ska, with a touch of the laid-back spirit that infuses 420.

Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)

415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com


Old St. Hilary’s Concerts

Apr 21

Presented by Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, Old St. Hilary’s church launches into spring with “Journey into Spring with Two Violins and Piano,” classical favorites from Mozart, Franck and Sarasate, with additional concerts scheduled through July.

415.435.1853, landmarkssociety.com


Masterworks 4: Fearless

Apr 27–28

Opening with Mozart’s The Magic Flute and closing with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” the Marin Symphony goes rogue through the middle with a cornerstone of solo cello repertoire, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

415.473.7000, marincenter.org

Chrisitina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her childrens’ schools, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.