Sacramento is more than just politics and politicians. In the late ‘90s, Cake reached mainstream success with their album Fashion Nugget that had catchy singles like “The Distance” and a groovy cover of Perren and Fekaris’s “I Will Survive.” The grungy, white-boy rock/rap formula isn’t their only appeal; the forward-thinking band recorded their latest album using 100% solar energy. Cake rocks out the Avalon on Monday.
Fiddler on the Roof
If I were a rich man, I’d buy up the rights to Fiddler on the Roof. This perennial favorite seems to have a long shelf life. The themes of change and modernity versus tradition and love as a luxury instead of a guarantee are always relevant. The classic Broadway production is back in San Jose at the Center for the Performing Arts through March 20.
Steve Lin is more than just an accomplished classical guitarist. He’s a guitar activist. After founding the Boston Guitar Project, he moved to the Bay Area to become the guitar area coordinator for San Jose State University and joined the South Bay Guitar Society. He’s also quite formidable at table tennis. Steve Lin performs on Wednesday at the Edenvale Branch Library.
Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience
For an authentic Irish evening this St. Patrick’s Day, head over to Katie Blooms Irish Pub and Restaurant in Campbell for the Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience, a 10-piece Celtic band that plays traditional Irish folk music. The group puts on a rollicking good show. Knock back a pint or two of Guinness and let the Irish luck roll.
Sometimes film soundtracks fare better than the film. Robert Greenwald’s Xanadu with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly barely broke even at the box office in 1980, but the soundtrack—featuring songs by Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra—was certified double platinum. Carter Beane took note of this and adapted the script into a Broadway musical production in 2007. The comedy musical runs at the Retro Dome through March 27.