Our Fourth Annual Guide to Festivals, Fairs, and Road Trips 

From the Black + White Ball to Zydeco Americana, a guide to the summer's biggest and best special events.


Black + White Ball: Live performances from Patti LaBelle, Train, Violent Femmes, Village People, Minnie Driver, San Francisco Symphony, Charlie Hunter Trio, Natasha Miller, Red Meat, Chrome Johnson, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, the Johnny Nocturne Band, Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, the Motet, Zoo Station, Los Mocosos, Chain-Garden, Orquesta BaKan, Amazing Embarassonic, Marianne Kent and Bay Society, Realistic Orchestra, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Trio, and more TBA. Sat., June 11, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $150-$220. San Francisco Civic Center, Market St., San Francisco.

Montalvo Arts Summer 2005 Series: The series (which takes place at various venues, including Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, the Flint Center in Cupertino, and the California Theatre in San Jose) kicks off with Keb' Mo on June 9, followed by Rhonda Vincent (6/15); Los Lobos (6/17); the Neville Brothers & Steel Pulse (6/22); India.Arie (6/26); Acoustic Alchemy and Paris Combo (6/30); Missoula Children's Theatre (7/1); Chris Botti and Brian Culbertson (7/7); Julio Iglesias (7/8); Indigo Girls (7/9-10); Midsummer Mozart Festival (7/14); Pure Prairie League (7/21); Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega (7/27); Linda Eder (7/28); Russian National Orchestra (7/29); Dave Koz & Friends (7/31); Michael Bolton (8/3); Gladys Knight (8/5); Dana Carvey (8/6-7); Jonny Lang (8/10); Michael Franks and David Benoit (8/14); Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea (8/18); Keiko Matsui and Craig Chaquico (8/19); KPIG Songwriter festival featuring Etta James (8/21); Medeski, Martin & Wood (8/25); Dave Brubeck Quartet (8/26); and America (8/28). For tickets, call the Montalvo Arts Box Office at 408-961-5858 or go to MontalvoArts.org. Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Rd.

Mountain Winery Summer Season: Featured performers: Steve Winwood (6/8); Tower of Power with special guest Average White Band (6/9); the Beach Boys (6/10); Peter Cincotti and Bebel Gilberto (6/15); Lucinda Williams and John Doe (6/16); Al Green (6/17); Margaret Cho (6/18); David Byrne featuring the Tosca Strings, plus Loop!Station (6/21-22); Jewel with Jackie Greene (6/23-24); Madeleine Peyroux with Iris DeMent (6/25); Buddy Guy (6/26); the Wallflowers (6/27); Darryl Hall & John Oates (6/28); Lyle Lovett (6/29-30); Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra (7/1); Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon (7/2); Chris Isaak (7/6-8); The B-52's, plus Zonk (7/13); Ray Montagne with Rachel Yamagata (7/14); Boz Scaggs (7/15-16); Tears for Fears, plus Jimmy Chamberlin Complex (7/22); Bruce Hornsby & the Noise Makers (7/23); Pat Benatar (7/26); Mark Knopfler (7/27); Lewis Black (7/29); Leann Rimes (8/2); Big Head Todd & the Monsters, plus the Jackie Greene Band (8/5); Violent Femmes (8/6); Los Lonely Boys, plus Shelby Lynne (8/7); B.B. King, plus Kenny Wayne Shepard (8/8); Gipsy Kings (8/9-10); Aimee Mann (8/11); John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin (8/12); Carole King (8/13); Styx (8/14); Cowboy Junkies (8/16); Creedence Clearwater Revisited (8/17); Amy Grant (8/18); Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck, and Jean-Luc Ponty (8/19); Bill Maher (8/20); Chaka Khan (8/21); Al Jarreau, Cassandra Wilson, and the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman (8/25); Tony Bennett (8/27); Donna Summer (8/28); Tom Jones (8/29); Susan Tedeschi, plus Blind Boys of Alabama (8/30); the Doobie Brothers (9/1-2); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (9/9); Huey Lewis & the News (9/16-17); Ani DiFranco, plus Toshi Reagon (9/18). Ticket prices range from $40-$100. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., 415-371-5500.

Mozart in the Garden Party: Featuring wine and champagne, a buffet table, and a concert by Maestro George Cleve and MMF artists, Sun., June 12, 3:30 p.m., $50, 415-627-9145, MidsummerMozart.org. Coventry Grove, private residence, Kensington.

Pleasant Hill Summer Concert by the Lake: All-ages top 40 and '80s dance hits fun with Fast Times, Sun., June 12, 6 p.m., free. 100 Gregory Lane (Gregory and Cleveland sts.), Pleasant Hill.

Summer Sounds Concerts: The series starts out with Roy Tyler (6/8), and continues with Garrin Benfield (6/15); Interplay Quartet (6/22); Swing Fever (6/29); Pure Ecstasy (7/6); Boca do Rio (7/13); Houston Jones (7/20); Big Belly Blues Band (7/27); Radio Noise (8/3); Low End Theory (8/10); Harry Best (8/24); SoVoSo (8/31), Wed., June 8, noon. Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland, 510-628-8490.

Zydeco Americana: Friday is the kickoff dance with Chris Ardoin & Nu-Step; Saturday is another dance with Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Sunday starts with a live TV broadcast of Washboard University with Professor Harold Guillory, followed at 4:30 p.m. by a Zydeco Bandstand party, featuring new CDs from Louisiana & Texas for you to rate and a potluck at 5 p.m. (including a big pot of Louisiana jambalaya prepared by Kent Donnely from Baton Rouge), then music by Chris Ardoin & Nu Step at 6 p.m. On Monday, show up at 10 a.m. to be a part of Eagles Hall's "Zydeco Safari" float -- dance on a flatbed truck float playing music all through the streets of Alameda during the Independence Day Parade, or just watch the parade and then check out the live music at the South Shore Shopping Center (Otis and Park), performed by Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Fri., July 1, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sat., July 2, 8 p.m.-midnight; Sun., July 3, 3 p.m.; Mon., July 4, 10 a.m., Fri. $15, Sat. $13; Sun. $10 for TV show entry, $15 for Bandstand party, www.louisianasue.com. Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda, 415-285-6285.


Artown: A month-long tenth anniversary party for Northern Nevada Arts, bringing to Reno more than 300 events (many of them free) including visits from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Chieftains, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dance group Pilobolus, and local performers such as the Reno Philharmonic and the Great Basin Chautauqua. July 1-31, 775-322-1538, www.renoisartown.com.

BFD 2005: With Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, Kasabian, the Lovemakers, Sleater-Kinney, Hot Hot Heat, Alkaline Trio, the Bravery, Lyrics Born, Ash, Kaiser Chiefs, Tegan & Sara, Rise Against, MxPx, Dredg, Senses Fail, Every Move a Picture, Jackson United, Z-Trip, Party Ben, Disco Shawn, and much effin' more, Fri., June 10, noon, $29.50-$49.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Shoreline Pkwy., Mountain View.

Carson City Rendezvous: Highlights of the 22nd annual festival in Mills Park (on Hwy. 50 East, a half-mile off Hwy. 395) include an Old Time Fiddle Contest coordinated by Randy Pollard, free concert by David John and the Comstock Cowboys, the old-time songs and storytelling of the Mountain Man Encampment, camel rides, games from the 1800s, and more than eighty booths offering handmade crafts. July 10-12, 800-NEVADA-1, www.carsoncityrendezvous.com.

Celtic Festival: Featuring acoustic Celtic music with Pat Ryan's Celtic Junket, Celtic rock with Tempest, and symphonic Celtic music with the SF Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Sat., June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5-$9.50, EBparks.org/spevents.htm. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, 510-796-0663, www.ebparks.org.

Dawn: Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday of Shavuot, traditionally commemorated with late-night study of ancient texts, meant to bring about a sense of sleep-deprived revelation. This event interprets the tradition for Jews and non-Jews alike at locations in New York, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Francisco with performances by Gershon Kingsley, guitarist John Scott, DJ Socalled, Amy Tobin, the Rondo Brothers, and Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross (the drag alter ego of ritualist Amichai Lau-Lavie), plus films and discussions facilitated by writers, activists, and comedian rabbis, a beer seminar, and more, till 6 a.m. Sun., June 12, 8 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door, 866-384-3060, www.dawn2005.com. Club Six, 60 Sixth St., San Francisco, 415-531-6593, www.clubsix1.com.


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