Out & About, Music: May

Marin Magazine Mountain Play


Featured: Grease at The Mountain Play


Launching its 106th season, the Mountain Play returns to Mount Tam with Chelsea Holifield (Sandy) and David Crane (Danny) donning saddle shoes and leather jackets not to brave the fog but to belt out classic hits such as “Summer Nights” and “You’re the One That I Want.” If you can only pick one date to attend, June 8 is Sing Along Saturday. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre (Mill Valley), MAY 19, 26, June 2, June 8, June 9, June 16, 415.383.1100, mountainplay.org



Kronos Quartet


Composed of two violins, a viola and a cello, this all-strings group performs its singular blend of repertoire and new works.

Kanbar Center (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán


Making its Davies Symphony Hall debut on Cinco de Mayo, the band brings classic charro suits and Mexican string ensemble style to a hall better known for European renditions.

Davies Symphony Hall (SF)

415.864.6000, sfsymphony.org




Presented by Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society, this concert in a monthly series at Old St. Hilary’s church is a celebration of spring.

415.435.1853, landmarkssociety.com


Jefferson Starship and Big Brother and the Holding Company


From the ashes of Jefferson Airplane, the long-running iteration of the band brings its sound to the North Bay for one show.

Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

415.473.7000, marincenter.org


Deva Premal & Miten with Manose

MAY 10

Meditate or groove to the East-meets-West stylings of a band that glides across the cutting edge of the worldwide chant phenomenon, performing with Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose.

Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

415.473.7000, marincenter.org


Chum: A Tribute to Phish

MAY 11

If you missed Phish at the Greek in April, sway to the epic jams and soaring grooves of Chum in this all-ages Phish tribute.

Terrapin Crossroads (San Rafael)

415.524.2773, terrapincrossroads.net


Marcus Roberts Trio

MAY 12

The final performance of the American Masters New Century’s season finds the trio the performing works by Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

Kanbar Center (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org


American Football and Illuminati Hotties

MAY 13

Pioneering tenderpunk (or maybe just indie rock) L.A. band Illuminati Hotties joins Illinois rock band American Football (who reunited in 2014).

Great American Music Hall (SF)

415.885.0750, slimspresents.com


The Spin Doctors

MAY 17

The band exploded onto the scene with Pocket Full of Kryptonite in 1992. Celebrate 30 years of their jam band style at this anniversary show.

Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)

415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com



MAY 18

Themes of anti-materialism, empowerment, female strength, resilience and not compromising oneself run through the reggae and Afro-Caribbean music.

Masonic (SF)

415.776.7457, sfmasonic.com


Marin Oratorio

May 18–19

Joined by the Whole Noyse, a Renaissance wind band, the singing group and 100-voiced chorus revels in Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.

James Dunn Theatre (Kentfield)



Non-Marching Band

MAY 21

Known as the Sewer Band, the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band is celebrating 61 years of big band music, show tunes and musical surprises for all ages.

Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

415.473.7000, marincenter.org


San Francisco Symphony

MAY 23-25

Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański returns to lead an audience favorite, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. And Vilde Frang makes her San Francisco Symphony debut with the Elgar Violin Concerto.

Davies Symphony Hall (SF)

415.864.6000, sfsymphony.org


SF Airship

MAY 24

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, this Jefferson Airplane experience band revels in the music of the group’s psychedelic ’60s years but carries the sound  through the Jefferson Starship years, too.

Fenix (San Rafael)

415.813.5600, fenixlive.com


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.