Huzzah it's the weekend! Celebrate the fact that we did not have to endure polar vortex by checking out these five awesome events:
Tower of Power
Tower of Power has been perfecting its unique style of groove music since 1968. Over the decades, nearly sixty different musicians have toured or recorded as part of the ten-piece soul outfit — a testament to the Oakland band’s enduring legacy. Its large, funky horn section is particularly renowned, having collaborated with The Grateful Dead, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Huey Lewis and the News, Phish, and Aerosmith. Today, four original members remain, and the band’s sound is as fresh as ever, in part due to new lead vocalist Ray Greene, who has a honeyed voice and a commanding presence. You can see the band this weekend at Yoshi’s, where it’s in the midst of a five-day stint in advance of a tour with Journey and The Steve Miller Band later this year. Many shows are already sold out, but check website for ticket availability. Friday-Sunday, Jan. 10-12. Times vary, $45. Yoshis.com — Madeleine Key
A Very Blasphemous Mass!
The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual wants to save your mortal soul this Saturday night. Let the eleven-piece David Bowie cover band lead you in worship at the altar of its musical idol during A Very Blasphemous Mass at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. After the band tells the Story of Bowie through dance, music, and drag, the debauchery will continue with Tourettes Without Regrets’ special show, Religion Without Regrets, featuring a send-up of “false idols and shameless shamans.” The sacred evening will close with the Hubba Hubba Revue’s celebration of skin, including stripteases and a tribute to “the original Hip-Gyrator,” Elvis Presley. Skip the service at your peril — it might be your last chance at spiritual redemption. Saturday, Jan. 11. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $15. OaklandMetro.org — Zaineb Mohammed
Learn where cheese comes from, and how to make it, at a workshop on Sunday at the Biofuel Oasis. French-trained instructors Shannon Todd and Stephanie Soleil will demonstrate how you can handmake three different types of cheese — fresh cheese, whey-based cheese, and traditional pressed cheese — in your home kitchen. Samples will be offered, and, after participating in various stages of the cheesemaking process firsthand, each student can bring home a mini-“cheese cave” packed with fresh cheese, tools, recipes, and more. Sunday, Jan. 12. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $40 plus $15 materials fee. BiofuelOasis.com — Anneli Rufus
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