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Outdoor Garden Concerts

The manicured park surrounding Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host 75 performances this summer for Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, which began earlier this month and lasts throughout the hot months. Programming includes outdoor concerts on weekends and during lunchtime on some weekdays — perfect for those who work in San Francisco — as well as salsa-dancing parties with live music, other entertainment for kids, poetry readings, and performing arts. Highlights include lunchtime concerts by the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble (June 9); singer-songwriter Zéna Carlota, who is a virtuoso on the kora, a harp-like instrument from West Africa (July 21); and Naima Shalhoub, an Oakland jazz singer and prison abolition activist who plays on August 25. As far as the weekend sessions, readers can look forward to the hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj, which plays on May 28; and Red Baraat, a band that combines North Indian bhangra with elements of rock and jazz, on August 27. May 1 through October 30, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets in San Francisco, free, (NV)

Chill Under the Redwood Trees

Enjoy mellow live music and a picnic under the cool shade of towering redwood trees in UC Berkeley's botanical gardens at the annual Red Grove Summer Concerts, a performance series that takes place all summer. The events feature a variety of indie, folk, and classical music acts, which fit the bucolic setting. The series kicks off with a show by the Berkeley Symphony's string ensemble, Quartet San Francisco, which will be playing a sampling of jazz, pop, blues, and gypsy swing arranged for violin, cello, and viola (June 2). Celebrated indie folk band Vetiver performs the following week (on June 9). Acoustic Brazilian band Grupo Falso Baiano, which blends the traditional folk genre choro with jazz, flamenco, and samba, is also one not to miss (on August 18). June 2 through August 25, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, prices vary, (NV)

See the World ... in Point Richmond

Taking place in downtown Point Richmond in monthly installments from June to September, the Point Richmond Summer Music Festival is the place to be for world music and jazz lovers. The first concert of the series, which is on June 10, features Afro-Brazilian band Namorados Da Lua, which blends samba, forró, reggae, jazz, rock, and funk, as well as award-winning blues singer-songwriter Johnny Rawls. New Orleans-style brass band MJ's Brass Boppers and Zydeco Flames are sure to bring a dynamic set in July, while Kenya B Trio will bring retro jazz and blues stylings for the August edition alongside Patron Latin Rhythms. June 10 through September 9, Washington Ave. at Park Place in Point Richmond, free, (NV)

Must-Do Rap Fest

Curated by the same folks who put on Oakland Music Festival, Red, White & Booze is the Memorial Day blow-out that rap fans must add to their calendars. The first edition of the event last year featured Post Malone as headliner, and concertgoers got the chance to see him in an intimate setting just weeks before "White Iverson" blew up into a mega-hit. This year's Red, White & Booze takes place at the newly reopened Uptown Nightclub, and topping the lineup is none other than local legend Keak Da Sneak, King of tha Supa Dupa Hyphy, as he dubbed himself in the title of his 2006 mixtape. Other acts to look forward to at the event include 1-O.A.K., a celebrated local R&B singer and producer; Shmoplife affiliates Dave Steezy and Daghe; up-and-coming vocalist YMTK, who makes house-inflected R&B; and producer Softest Hard, who combines florid, melodic synth playing with booming bass. Monday, May 30, 4-10 p.m., at The Uptown Night Club, 1928 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland; (NV)

Give Praise to Two Wheels

The bicycle is probably the most elegant, humane and practical contraption ever conceived. Bikes are beautiful. They're the original zero-carbon transportation devices. They keep us fit. And unlike the new fad-gadgets that roll us from A-to-Z, from wheeled-heeled-shoes to hoverboards, bikes never get old. Pedalfest is a celebration of the noble bicycle's quotidian uses and exceptional joys. For the practical riders, you witness a pedal-powered sound stage for music and see demonstrations of bicycle contraptions that create art and make food. For kids, there's a bike parade and bicycle rodeo activity. For bike nerds, the Exploratorium will host an exhibit on the "science of cycling." For beer drinkers, suds will be served by the bicycle-loving brewery New Belgium Brewing Co. For the adrenaline set, there will be a bike stunt exhibition and the Whiskeydrome, "a 30-foot banked wooden velodrome" inside which riders orbit past one another at high speed. And of course dozens of vendors will be showing off the latest bikes, parts, and accessories. On July 23 at Jack London Square, Oakland, no cover, (DB)


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