Historically mariachi music comes out of places like Guadalajara and Mexico City. Súper-stylish Mariachi Herencia de México starts with that rich tradition and puts a big midwest heaping of style on top. Take mariachi’s smooth grooves, double the band size, upgrade the charro clothing and the result is an eye-poppin’, ear-lovin’ feast. The show is part of the Green Music Center’s Global Roots Sonoma World Music Festival, featuring four stages over two epic days. Mariachi Herencia de Mexíco plays with La Marisoul, 2pm, Saturday, Sept. 23. The Global Roots Sonoma World Music Festival is on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. Tickets $29-$375. VIP Lounge by Sonoma-Cutrer.
Everyone in prison was running from something at some point. One way or another, that race landed them in the justice system. The documentary 26.2 to Life tells the story of men at San Quentin State Penitentiary running for something. The prison inmate’s long distance running club, the 1000 Mile Club, trains all year to run a rare kind of marathon—105 laps around the prison yard. The connections forged by the shared dedication of the inmates and volunteers transcend the confines of the stark stone walls. Showtimes 7pm, Saturday, Sept. 23, and 1pm, Sunday, Sept. 24, Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley Ave., Sebastopol.
With pure Rasta vibes and conscious lyrics, Prezident Brown champions the new wave of roots reggae. The favorite music of Jamaica has drifted at times from its original message of “One Love” to more aggressive celebrations of self-aggrandizement and violent imagery—fueled by the social and economic struggles of the island nation. The roots reggae movement looks to reclaim that positive heritage, and Brown is the Prezident of that movement. With Reggae Angels. 9 pm, Saturday, Sept. 23 at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. All ages. $25 advance at etix.com.
A leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality, author Julissa Arce reads from her new book, You Sound Like a White Girl, at two Santa Rosa events. “I’m especially excited to meet the community at Andy’s Unity Park [with] people from the neighborhood,” said Arce, whose book explores immigration, assimilation and the beauty of unique individual backgrounds. 11am on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E St. 2pm at Andy Lopez Unity Park, 3399 Moorland Ave., Santa Rosa.