music in the park san jose

.Calendar Picks: Week of Dec. 14-20

music in the park san jose

THURSDAY

COUNTRY

BLACK OPRY REVUE

For too long, Black America’s contribution to country music has been overlooked by popular culture. Legends like Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe and the Carter Family learned their instruments from Black musicians. And not many people know the banjo—without which there would be no country music—originally hails from West Africa. The Black Opry Revue ensures that contemporary Black country, folk and Americana musicians have mainstream visibility. This current rendition showcases a diversity of sound with Julie Williams, Nicky Diamonds, Stephanie Anne Johnson and Autumn Nicholas. – MAT WEIR

INFO: 8pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. $26-31. 5120.644.2020. 

PUNK

SUNAMI

In 2019, members from a handful of acclaimed Bay Area punk groups united to form the hardcore band Sunami as a joke. They originally planned to do an EP release show, a breakup show and a reunion show. But the band turned out to be too good to quit; the debut performance was so over-the-top aggressive and comically heavy that the band immediately blew up. Now, they’re leaning into the bit with a full LP, performances in East Asia and Europe, and an all-caps-all-the-time Twitter presence. – SONYA BENNETT-BRANDT

INFO: 5:30pm, Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley. $20. 510.524.8180.

FRIDAY

ROCK

TAMMY’S CAMARO

A solid band knows its audience, and local group Tammy’s Camaro is a solid band. They play rock music for a “discerning dance crowd.” With a full horn section, these Ivy Room favorites lean into the funk, bringing hits from James Brown, Prince and Silk Sonic. They’re also known to throw in some Led Zeppelin, a hint of the Strokes and the occasional Lizzo banger. As long as the song elates a room, Tammy’s Camaro will take it for a spin. Also, this weekend they’re courting wildlife lovers; all proceeds will go to the San Rafael nature education center and animal hospital WildCare. – ADDIE MAHMASSANI

INFO: 8:30pm, Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany. $20. 510.526.5888.  

FOLK-ROCK

SCOTT YODER

Seattle’s enchanted glam folk-rock sensation Scott Yoder brings an otherworldly aura to his retro, groovy music. Shining with glitter and decked out in lace, capes and other splendid whimsical costumes, Yoder and his band weave misfit charm with irrepressible theatrics and drama. His latest album, Wither on Hollywood & Vine, highlights smooth vocals, fuzzy guitar and a soft psychedelic sound. – SB

INFO: 7pm, Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland. $15. 510.224.5522.

SATURDAY

THEATER

BRIAN COPELAND: THE JEWELRY BOX

The Best of San Francisco Solo Series concludes its eighth season this weekend with two showings (Saturday and Sunday) of actor-playwright Brian Copeland’s solo show, The Jewelry Box. A prequel to his celebrated piece Not a Genuine Black Man, this holiday-themed production is rooted in Copeland’s childhood in the East Bay. In a hilarious and heartfelt story, six-year-old Brian takes on the city with only two weeks to buy his mom a special present from the Hegenberger White Front store. The play is a perfect opportunity to revisit ’70s Oakland while getting into the Christmas spirit. – AM

INFO: 8pm, San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro. $30/adv, $40/door. 510.577.3970.  

COMEDY

THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW LIVE

Let’s just say “going there” is Eric Andre’s mojo. There’s nary a question, comment or topic that’s off-limits. The comedian, actor and producer of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show soared to prominence in tandem with his 2020 Netflix stand-up special, Legalize Everything. Andre’s star continues to rise with borderline nefarious humor and a podcast where he asks performing artists about bombing onstage. He may be stacking up television and film credits like legos, but his bread and butter is comedic snapshots that could be episodes of a fantasized late-night talk show. It’s comedy that’s like a parody of a satire of a farce generated by AI. – LOU FANCHER

INFO: 7pm, Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. $55. 510.302.2250. 

SUNDAY

CHOIR

SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS

The beloved annual Holiday Spectacular concert comes to the expansive Zellerbach stage with over 100 sets of vibrating vocal cords delivering cherished holiday tunes. The show includes brief sketch comedy scenes and dazzling costumes. The Gay Men’s Chorus launched decades ago with a vigil on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall following the assassinations of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and now celebrates its 45th year as a leader in the LGBTQ+ choral movement. Although tragedy was the initial springboard, the choir’s spectacular singers and impeccable performance standards have made it a bedrock throughout the Bay Area and beyond. – LF

INFO: 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, 2413 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. $48-$109. 510.642.9988.

TUESDAY

SOUL

HELEN BRUNER & TERRY JONES

Prolific musical partners Helen Bruner and Terry Jones are soul singer/songwriters, producers and dynamic performers who have produced quality work since the early ’90s. One touchstone is their Grammy-nominated single “Baby I Know,” a posthumous project pairing Terry Jones with her late mother, the great soul belter Linda Jones who died at 27 in 1972 from a diabetic coma. Jones pays tribute to her mother at just about every show, but there’s no sense of riding on any coattails. She’s cast her own shadow for decades. – ANDREW GILBERT

INFO: 8pm, Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. $30-$60. 510.238.9200.

WEDNESDAY

FOLK

BRIONY GREENHILL

When it comes to Briony Greenhill, anything is possible. She’s an artist, teacher, healer and change-maker. That’s probably what makes her such a great improvisational artist. Greenhill performs with a grace that flows as easily as her songs while still dealing with issues like humanity, the depth of life and what it means to be connected. The last theme resonates in particular now that the former Bay Area resident has added a new title to her name: mother. – MW

INFO: 7:30pm, Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley. $20/adv, $25/door. 510.654.3808.

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