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March Music Picks: A Tuneful Kickoff to Spring

Here in Sonoma County, I don’t know what we’re more blessed with: the weather or the visiting talent. Thankfully, they go well together, especially this month. Not only do we get visiting legends — from scenes as diverse as Motown and UK punk—but we get them in more intimate shows that showcase the stories behind the classic songs. Are your travel plans made yet?

In other music-related news, The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will revert to being called the Luther Burbank Center, or LBC, starting March 12. It was called the LBC prior to 2005, when Wells Fargo entered a sponsorship agreement, which expires March 11.


Saturday, March 12
Mary Wilson & Lenny Williams: A Benefit Concert for Carousel Fund
Luther Burbank Center (formerly Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)
Santa Rosa, CA

In what’s guaranteed to be most soulful night in the North Bay, Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Lenny Williams, formerly of Tower of Power take the stage for a good cause. The all-volunteer Carousel Fund non-profit organization is dedicated to raising funds for families who have children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses, and all proceeds from tickets will go to the charity. Can you think of a better use of your money? Try the VIP ticket for a meet-and-greet and complimentary wine and appetizers—an ultimate wine country evening.


Sunday, March 20
Acoustic Africa featuring Habib Koité & Vusi Mahlasela
Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Take a trip to another continent, all from a comfy seat in Sonoma State’s beloved concert hall at the Green Music Center. Weill Hall hosts two of Africa’s brightest talents. South African master Vusi Mahlasela brings the multi-octave vocal talent that brought him collaborations with Dave Matthew and Paul Simon. Guitarist from Malia, Habib Koité, is so well-respected that Bonnie Raitt herself called him “the most amazing [ax man she’s] seen in years.” But don’t believe Bonnie—see and hear for yourself.


Tuesday, March 29
Elvis Costello: DETOUR
Luther Burbank Center (formerly Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)
Santa Rosa, CA

This won’t the first time that prolific, genre-hopping Rock and Rock Hall of Famer Elvis Costello has played the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, but it certainly will be his most personal. Fresh from the release of the release of his best-selling autobiography Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the singer-songwriter who emerged from the UK in the late 1970s—and soon expanded what punk, New Wave, and even rock could be—will appear solo, with only a piano, guitar, and a giant TV screen to serve as a multimedia scrapbook. Learn the stories and inspirations behind his biggest hits before he performs them. What better way to rediscover or get acquainted with an artist of this caliber? I’ll see you there.

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