I'm back on the Grid after a week at Burning Man - more on that later. But for now, here's what's up for the coming week:
Tonight at the Memorial Auditorium, Stone Temple Pilots' reunion tour gets local, with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club opening. Should be a grindin' good show. Bring your plugs...and here's a cool Letterman appearance from 1993.
Tomorrow night, Lucinda Williams returns to the Crest Theatre, while the Kate Gaffney Band and Sal Valentino share the stage at Harlow's across town. Here's Lu from back in the day...
Dread Zeppelin's 20th anniversary tour - 20 years of reggae-styled versions of Led Zeppelin classics - will hit Harlow's on Saturday night. Here they are blending
"Heartbreaker," "Heartbreak Hotel" and a fat groove.
And Damien Jurado's compelling indie rock at Harlow's on Sunday.
And Saturday, a bunch of local bands - with a few familiars such as Th' Losin' Streaks, Kate Gaffney, Pets, The Secretions and Ross Hammond's Ni Project - will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Russ Solomon's R5 Records. That's at 16th and Broadway from 11-9:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 on Sunday/ And they said it couldn't be done!
Beyond the Grid, Latin pop star Luis Miguel hits Arco Arena on Friday night, Willie Nelson and Family play Ironstone Vineyards the same night, and Nine Inch Nails rocks Oracle Arena in Oakland for the second of two nights, Thursday and Friday.
Also in the Bay area, Brian Wilson and his spectacularly good band returns to the Paramount in Oakland on Friday, and Paul Weller (The Jam) plays the Fillmore on Thursday.
Finally, Power to the Peaceful plays Golden Gate Park for FREE on Saturday from 11-5 p.m. Headliner, as last year, is Michael Franti and Spearhead, with Ziggy Marley and Warren Haynes in support.