Whew! Whirlwind week - hosting Insight on KXJZ all week, lots of good stuff. Love it! Meanwhile, back in Funland...in brief:
This weekend's big deal is the Treasure Island Music Festival. We went last year and it was beautiful - right in the middle of SF Bay - and the music was great. Saturday features the groove bands, with Justice headlining and TV on the Radio second on the bill. Also on Saturday: Goldfrapp, Hot Chip, CSS, Antibalas, Aesop Fable and more.
Sunday is the day we're going, for one reason: The Raconteurs, Jack White and Brendan Benson's band. Classic rock for the new millennium. Also on the bill: Tegan and Sarah, Spiritualized, Vampire Weekend, Okkervil River, The Kills, more.
Closer to home, the big X reunion show at Harlow's Thursday night is sold out: ditto the Friday Atmosphere show at Empire. Good on Brian McKenna for filling these rooms - it hasn't been happening a lot lately.
Mexican rockers Jaguares play Empire on Sunday night, spectacular acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays the Crest on Sunday night, while local band MC Rut plays the Boardwalk in Orangevale on Friday night. And local band Baby Grand plays a CD release party Friday night at Old Ironsides.
Rhythm and Ribs at Raley Field Friday through Sunday, with more tribute bands than you knew existed: bands and artists to be aped include Sheryl Crow, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Eagles, The Doors, KISS and Johnny Cash. They know their audience...
Meanwhile, back in the 21st century: My Morning Jacket at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on Friday; The Hives and the Eagles of Death Metal next Tuesday at the Warfield in San Francisco.
And tickets go on sale Sunday for the Dec. 2 comeback tour by AC/DC at Oracle Arena.
Brian Cuthbertson and the Funk Express plays what you might imagine at the Grove at the Radisson Hotel on Saturday night.