Top Tickets: Sept. 26-Oct. 2
Diablo’s can’t-miss events of the coming week: Taste of New Orleans in Livermore, Asha Bhosle and Esperanza Spalding at the Paramount, Brad Garrett at Tommy T’s, Jazz at the San Ramon Library, Concord Oktoberfest, NorCal Tomato Battle, Danville’s Art in the Park, Diablo Symphony, and William Keith.
Esperanza Spalding / photo by Sandrine Lee
This week’s events range from an elegant outing at the symphony to a down-and-dirty tomato fight. So worry not: There’ll be something to do, whatever your mood. Here are our Top Tickets.
September 29: Taste of New Orleans
MOJO and the Bayou Gypsies take the stage for an evening of authentic Cajun and Zydeco tradition. Guests will enjoy pre-show southern Louisiana cuisine, infectious dance music, and post-performance champagne, Chicory coffee, and pralines. Proceeds benefit the Bothwell Arts Center. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, 6 p.m., $35–$65, (925) 373-6800, bankheadtheater.org.
September 30: Asha Bhosle
The legendary “Queen of Bollywood” is coming to Oakland! Asha Bhosle has been heard on more than 13,000 songs and featured in more than 1,000 films, making her most widely recorded vocalist in history. Now 78, her voice is still enchanting listeners with her new classical project, Naina Lagai Ke. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 8 p.m., $20–$65, (510) 465-6400, paramounttheatre.com.
September 30–October 1: Brad Garrett
Most people know this three-time Emmy winner from his role as Ray Romano’s sad-sack brother on Everybody Loves Raymond. His distinctive deep voice has also been heard in Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. Now, Tommy T’s is hosting him for two nights of stand-up comedy. Tommy T’s Comedy and Steakhouse, 5104 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton, 7 p.m., $40–$50, (925) 227-1800, tommyts.com.
September 30–November 11: More Jazz at the Library
Friday nights at the library come alive with fine deserts, coffee, and jazz performances from Bay Area favorites such as the Kenny Washington Quartet and the FivePlay Jazz Quintet. This year, young music fans will enjoy a special Saturday event, Adventures in Jazz for Families. San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St., San Ramon, dates and times vary, $15–$20, sanramonjazz.org.
September 29 & October 6: OktoberFest
Oktoberfest comes to Concord with two nights of rock and roll tributes paired with local microbrews and wine. On September 29, kick back to the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, a tribute to Mick Jagger and the band’s best. On October 6, House of Floyd will treat guests with a tribute to Pink Floyd. Todos Santos Plaza, Concord, 6:30 p.m., free, (707) 869-9403, communityconcerts.com.
October 1: NorCal Tomato Battle
Things will get saucy at this event! Enjoy live music, a battle of the bands, a beer garden, and the highlight: an hour-long, no-holds-barred tomato fight. The tomatoes used are culled and not fit for human consumption, and the waste is composted post-fight. Plus, some proceeds benefit charity. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 1:30 p.m., $60, tomatobattle.com.
October 1: Esperanza Spalding
Remember when relatively unknown Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for the Grammy Award as Best New Artist? Grab the opportunity to see the soulful bassist, vocalist, and composer perform with a string trio and a jazz rhythm section. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 8 p.m., $20–$65, (510) 465-6400, paramounttheatre.com.
October 1–2: Art in the Park
See the work of more than 60 local artists at this annual event. Enjoy live music, food and wine, and hands-on art activities for children—and browse through paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and ceramics. Proceeds benefit art in the schools of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. For even more details, and a peek at some art, check out our earlier post. Town Green, Front Street Park, Danville, 10 a.m., free, adas4art.org.
October 2: Diablo Symphony
Diablo Symphony opens its season with works by Wagner, Liszt and Tchiakovsky, with pianist Daniel Glover performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, S. 124 in E-Flat Major. Geoffrey Gallegos conducts (the first of five guest conductors this season). Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 2 p.m., $12–$20, (925) 943-7469, lesherartscenter.com.
October 2–December 18: The Comprehensive Keith
This centennial tribute showcases nearly 150 paintings representing William Keith’s active painting years, from 1867 to 1909. See Keith’s Mt. Shasta views, Alaskan glaciers, Bay Area pastorals, and High Sierra scenes painted after sketching excursions with John Muir. Hearst Art Gallery, 1928 Saint Mary’s Rd., Moraga, times vary, $5, (925) 631-4379, hearstartgallery.org.
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