Best Fall Concerts In The North Bay

August 1, 2013 5:00 AM
The North Bay seemingly has it all, from wine country lush scenery with some of the best wine tasting rooms in the nation to quaint coastal boathouses and the freshest organic produce around. In addition, don’t overlook the superb concert events throughout the region and several are totally free. Check out these five top musical venues in the North Bay.

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic
Kanbar Center for Performing Arts at the Osher
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 233-6098
www.marin-jcc.comDate: Aug. 10, 2013

Andre Thierry has lit his star and is known as a phenomenal talent in Zydeco not only by his fans, but also by other musicians as well. Although born and raised in Northern California, Andre tapped into his French creole cultural heritage to blend traditional Zydeco with current blues, jazz, rock and hip-hop tunes to create his unique sound. Along with Zydeco Magic, Andre Thierry is known as the best Zydeco group today. See website for concert prices.

Novato Theater Summer Fundraiser
936 B 7th St.
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 539-7155
www.novatotheater.comDate: Aug. 18, 2013

This third annual event benefits the local theater project and features music by Bay Area favorites Wonderbread 5 and Uphill Both Ways. The rock ‘n roll party and modern country bands bring dancing to the streets on Machin and Sweetser streets, closed to traffic just for the fun to happen. Plus there’s food, beer and wine, and the music is FREE.

Leftover Cuties
Marin Country Mart
2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite C
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5700
www.marincountrymart.comDate: Sept 8, 2013

Marin Country Mart is a wonderful location in Larkspur that brings together both local residents and Marin visitors to a number of special music events – all complimentary — through September 29. One super special concert is with Leftover Cuties, an innovative band known for its signature musical blend of ukulele, drums, bass, trumpet, horn, accordion, keys and sweet vocals bringing it all together. Leftover Cuties is a three-guys-and-a gal group with a distinctive sound. In 2010, one of the band’s sweet tunes was selected as the theme song for Showtime’s “The Big C” starring Laura Linney. From that stroke of well-deserved luck, the band’s fan base began to swell.

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B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival
B.R. Cohn Winery Amphitheatre
15000 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(800) 330-4064
www.brcohn.comDate: Sept. 20-23, 2013

Here is something truly special: an amazing musical lineup performing at a small family-operated winery surrounded by 90 acres of olive oil vineyards, located in the heart of bucolic Sonoma Valley. This festival runs over two weekend days featuring many of the solo and band names you’ve enjoyed for years including Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Heart and a list of others. This event benefits local charities, including Empire Food Bank, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project and other worthy causes. See website for festival prices.

The Moody Blues
Marin Center Showcase Theater
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6800
www.marincounty.orgDate: Oct. 24, 2013

The English rock band The Moody Blues made quite a name for its members and continues to create a whole lot of great music for its longtime and newer fans. For more than 40 years The Moody Blues have performed almost consistently for its audiences with a fusion sound of classical and rock music that never disappoints. See website for ticket prices.

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Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at

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