Culture Crush: Find Live Events This Week

North Bay

Before heading to Iceland for a tour later this month, acclaimed cellist Rebecca Roudman and her virtuosic bluegrass band Dirty Cello will play all around the North Bay this week. The band performs a concert in the park on Thursday, July 8, at Lyman Park, 1498 Main St., St. Helena. Following that, the band plays two sets on Friday, July 9, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol. Next, Dirty Cello once again rocks outdoors with a concert on Sunday, July 11, at at Piccolo Pavilion in Menke Park, Redwood and Corte Madera Avenues, Corte Madera. Dirtycello.com/shows.

San Anselmo

Under the musical direction of internationally-acclaimed conductor Daniel Canosa, the ECHO Chamber Orchestra is ready to once again bring its energy and musical verve to orchestral performance with a live show this weekend. The concert, titled “A Musical Promenade,” will feature musicians of the orchestra placed at socially distant outdoor stations and playing music for small ensembles, culminating indoors with three pieces for a full orchestra. Join the promenade on Saturday, July 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo. 6pm. $20. Echorchestra.com.

Santa Rosa

Man’s best friend will put on a show at the inaugural Wine Country Canine Fun Run. The fundraiser for Marin Humane will feature local pups racing against time—not each other—in groups of small, medium and large dogs, with special groups for puppies, senior dogs and dogs with disabilities, too. The daylong event will also feature a ceremony to honor first responders, live music, demonstrations and more. See dogs run on Saturday, July 10, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Gates open at 7:30am. Free admission, dog entry fee is $25 and race entry deadline is July 8. FastDogsUSA.com.

Napa

After missing a year due to the pandemic, Napa County Landmarks’ annual Riverfront Captains & Mansion District Walking Tour is back in town this weekend. Napa Mayor Scott Sedgley leads the walk around the town’s old Riverfront District down to the Napa Abajo East neighborhood on the Napa River. Along the way, Sedgley will point out the many historic homes from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and share the homes’ interesting stories and the neighborhood’s role in Napa’s past. The walking tour meets on Saturday, July 10, at 500 Main St., Napa. 10am. $5–$10. Napacountylandmarks.org.

Larkspur

The French cuisine connoisseurs at Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur always celebrate the holidays with special menus and offerings, though the restaurant goes all-out each summer on the French holiday of Bastille Day. This year, Left Bank gets into the spirit of the day with rustic, authentic French additions to the restaurant’s lunch, dinner and cocktail menus, plus festive blue, blanc and rouge decorations, live music and other attractions ranging from a stilt walker and face painter to staff ensembles and costumes. Reserve a spot at the all-day celebration on Wednesday, July 14, at 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Leftbank.com.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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