Critic's Choice for the week of December 1-7, 2004 

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Jump into the Wayback Machine with local faves Mushroom, whose members remain lost in the ozone, intensely focused on their guitars and synthesizers as they meander through the paisley swirling chaos of the early '70s, when early jazz, funk, and prog-rock pioneers tried to blow our minds without the aid of drugs. (Although the drugs always made it easier to bear.) Folk-pop duo the Weepies open. Friday at Blake's in Berkeley. $8, 9 p.m. 510-928-0068 or (j. poet)


Madre Rumba, Padre Son is the debut album by Edgardo Cambón & Candela, and a great example of the talents the group and its bandleader possess. Together seventeen years, they bring their salsa to Berkeley this week, starting tonight at the Shattuck Down Low Lounge and spreading to Friday evening at La Peña Cultural Center. With three trombones, driving conga drumming, and Edgardo's fiery lead vocals, they make a party that'll spark up the dancefloor. and (Jesse "Chuy" Varela)


The secret to the Flying Burrito Brothers' lasting influence on country rock was the interaction between Gram Parsons' vocals and the crying tones of "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow's pedal-steel guitar. Kleinow returns to the thrilling sounds of California country's yesteryear with Burrito Deluxe, a band that includes Garth Hudson, Carlton Moody, Jeff "Stick" Davis, and Rick Lonow. Saturday at the Last Day Saloon in San Francisco. $20. 415-387-6343 or (j.p.)


Famed early-music harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock joins the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for the Fathers & Son event: J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and C.P.E. Bach's Symphonies 1 & 4, with soprano Marlis Petersen singing Telemann's Ino Cantata thrown in for good measure. At Berkeley's First Congregational Church Saturday (8 p.m.) and Sunday (7:30 p.m.); at Lafayette's Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church Tuesday (8 p.m.). $28-$62. 415-392-4400 or (Jason Victor Serinus)


Monterey's Alisa Fineman rarely makes it to Berkeley, and when she does it's usually to sing her quietly radiant folk songs. But on Tuesday (the first night of Hanukkah) at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage, she teams with acoustic guitar wizard Alex de Grassi in an evening of ancient Jewish and spiritual texts with New World arrangements. Some of the music comes from Fineman's new CD, Closing the Distance -- Poems, Prayers & Love Songs, on which she sings in Hebrew, Arabic, Ladino, and English. The duo will join a band that mixes folk and Middle Eastern strains: instrumentalists Kimball Hurd (of City Folk) and Tim Rayborn, and guest vocalists Elias Lammam and Eliyahu Sills. Fineman says the CD is meant to inspire "spiritual commonalities among all people," and the music is as exquisite as it is sensitive. $15.50, 8 p.m. 510-548-1761 or (Larry Kelp)


Conductor Valery Gergiev's recommendation -- "In thirty seconds I saw she was a star" -- is good enough. Young Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchu makes her local debut Sunday in Berkeley's Hertz Hall, accompanied by her mentor (and Valery's sister) Larissa Gergieva. $46, 3 p.m. 510-642-9988 or (J.V.S.)


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