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Treasure Island Rocks


Photograph by Josh Withers

September is shaping up to be the biggest concert month of the year for East Bay music lovers. Homegrown classics Journey and Counting Crows are headlining the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, living legends Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt are playing Wente Vineyards in Livermore, and modern rock faves Dave Matthews and My Morning Jacket are coming to Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. But, the biggest music mash-up of all will occur right where east meets west—on Treasure Island.

The second annual Treasure Island Music Festival features a who’s who of all things cutting edge in the rock world. The two-day event, September 20–21, will include sets by such bands of the moment as the Raconteurs, TV on the Radio, Tegan and Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Goldfrapp, Spiritualized, and Vampire Weekend. Add a variety of interactive art and sculpture displays, gourmet food and drink booths, and attractions like California’s tallest Ferris wheel, and this is a festival you won’t want to miss.

Tickets to the Treasure Island Music Festival range from $65 per day and $115 for two-days to $445 for VIP packages. To enter Diablo’s contest for free passes to the festival, go to www.diablomag.com


 September is Concert Season

Summer may be ending, but concert season in the East Bay is just heating up. September is jam-packed with great shows around Diabloland. Here are your best bets for live music this month:

August 30-September 1: Comcast Art and Soul festival turns Oakland into a music and arts epicenter, performers include Indigo Girls and Stephanie Mills, www.artandsouloakland.com.

September 2: Marin County resident Bonnie Raitt brings her slide guitar skills and rich vocals to Wente Vineyards, www.wentevineyards.com.

September 3: Country legend Willie Nelson comes to Wente Vineyards—just down the road from the Sunol gigs he used to play in the 1960s, www.wentevineyards.com.

September 5: Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson continues his remarkable comeback at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, www.apeconcerts.com

September 5: Hard rockers Nine Inch Nails turn it up to 11 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, www.apeconcerts.com

September 5-7: Dave Matthews Band ends its summer tour with the three-night stand at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, www.apeconcerts.com.

September 6: Van Halen tribute band Hot For Teacher and AC/DC wannabes High Voltage blast through Betty’s Rock Club in Walnut Creek, www.bettysrockclub.com

September 17: FM rock legends Foreigner close the concert season at Wente Vineyards, www.wentevineyards.com.

September 18: East Bay-born Counting Crows stop by their old stomping grounds, with Maroon 5, at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, www.livenation.com.

September 19: Kentucky jam rockers My Morning Jacket bring their Evil Urges tour to the Greek Theater in Berkeley, www.apeconcerts.com.

September 19: R&B legends Al Green and Gladys Knight at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, www.livenation.com

September 20–21: The second annual Treasure Island Music Festival, featuring The Raconteurs, Vampire Weekend, Spiritualized, Tegan and Sara, Justice, TV on the Radio, and many others, rocks that little island between the East Bay and San Francisco. www.treasureislandfestival.com

September 20: This Land is Your Land: a tribute to Woodie Guthrie, featuring Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Mike Ness, The Black Keys, Son Volt, and Henry Rollins, rolls through the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord. www.livenation.com.

September 24: Classic icons Journey, Heart, and Cheap Trick rock the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

September 27: Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Los Lobos, all perform a benefit for Seva Foundation’s 30th anniversary at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, www.apeconcerts.com

September 28: Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord,www.livenation.com.


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