Critic's Choice for the week of October 13-19, 2004 

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WORLD POP

Caetano Veloso is one of Brazil's great singers, songwriters and bandleaders, always full of surprises. In past concerts he's featured Spanish language hits and carnival bands. His latest CD, A Foreign Sound?, featured his interpretations of tunes by Paul Anka, Irving Berlin, and David Byrne, so anything is possible. Presented by SF Jazz Festival Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. 415-776-1999 or SFJazz.org (j.poet)

CLASSICAL

The San Francisco Bach Choir dares to pilgrimage across our seismically unfit bridge Saturday to present J.S. Bach's two Lutheran Missae Breves in Berkeley's First Congregational Church. With excellent solos from alto Elspeth Franks, tenor Daniel Hutchings, bass Tim Krol, and oboist Debra Nagy, the SFBC Concentus Chamber Ensemble and Period Consort will also perform Bach's Mass in G Major and G Minor, with Vivaldi's Oboe Concerto in F Major thrown in for many a good measure. $18-$30, 8 p.m. 415-441-4942 or SFBach.org (Jason Victor Serinus)

FOLK BENEFITS

A folksinger who has devoted her life to saving nature's wonders through activism and music, Melissa Crabtree is ill from mercury and lead poisoning, and has no medical coverage for treatment. Coming to her aid in Thursday's "Get the Lead Out" benefit concert for Crabtree at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage are some of the most active and creative friends on the Bay Area singer-songwriter scene: Rebecca Riots (reuniting once again for a good cause), Rachel Garlin, and Shelley Doty. If she feels up to it, Crabtree will also perform. $17.50-$18.50, 8 p.m. 510-548-1761 or TheFreight.org (Larry Kelp)

CUBAN

Palenque plays son, the traditional Cuban roots music that has recently made a comeback thanks to the work of the Buena Vista Social Club. Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Germàn Donatien came to the Bay Area in 1997 and has put together a small acoustic combo that performs the music with an infectious enthusiasm. Friday at 9:30 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. $13. 510-525 -5054 or Ashkenaz.com (j.p.)

ALTERNA-POP

When not on tour, Reeve Oliver vocalist and guitarist Sean O'Donnell leads the pre-show entertainment at the Dolphin Show at Seaworld in the band's hometown of San Diego. Now that's street cred. Reeve Oliver's self-titled full-length debut album is a wonderful alt-pop specimen, like Weezer with more mainstream leanings. Throw in comparisons to the Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr., and you're living 1994 all over again. The band opens for Yellowcard at the Warfield Saturday and Sunday. $22.50, 7 p.m. 415-775-9949. (Michael Gowan)

LATIN JAZZ

Coral, the latest album for tenor saxophonist Dávid Sanchez, is a symphonic exploration featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Arranging and conducting is Carlos Franzetti, who beautifully embroiders the maturity and breadth of the 36-year-old from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. As an improviser, Sanchez is brilliant, exploring new harmonic ideas with an intuitive syncopation that adds punch to his melodies. He takes over Yoshi's Thursday through Sunday for a weekend full of Latin jazz flavors. 8 and 10 p.m., Sunday 2 and 8 p.m. 510-238-9200. (Jesse "Chuy" Varela)

BLUES

Harmonica wizard Rod Piazza & his Mighty Flyers are one of the premier purveyors of the West Coast blues sound, a mix of boogie-woogie, swing, jump and R&B. Keepin' It Real, their recent Blind Pig release, almost captures the energy of their live shows, but the real deal is always the way to go. Friday at 8:30 and 10:30 at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. $17.50. 415-292-2582. (j.p.)

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