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April 2008 Events Calendar California


  Saturday, April 26, 2008


Peppino D'Agostino, Guitar Magazine's "Acoustic Guitarist of the Year" at COPIA


NAPA - Peppino D'Agostino, Guitar Magazine's "Acoustic Guitarist of the Year". D'Agostino, a native of Turin, Italy, now living in Benicia, performs songs from his 13 solo recordings, including his recently released "Made in Italy." Tickets for D'Agostino's Napa show — which includes vocalist Megan Blythe Johnson Belisle Freedman — are $18 for Copia members and $20 for the general public. Time: 8 pm. Location: COPIA, 500 First Street Napa, CA 94559. Call (707) 259-1600.


About D'Agostino: D'Agostino is a native of Turin, Italy, who now lives in Benicia. D'Agostino, was obsessed with music in his childhood. He constantly explores and expands his musical knowledge, leading him to develop collaborative projects and concert tours with other master musicians such as classical guitarist David Tanenbaum and fusion/rock virtuoso Stef Burns. This once struggling musician began releasing a string of solo and collaborative albums, including the soundtrack to the Italian film "Ardena" after director Luca Barbareschi happened to catch one of his performances. D'Agostino's first album was released in Italy in 1981 with Enzo Ponzio and Alfredo Morabito. "Silk and Steel," a collaboration with other Italian guitarists, followed in 1983. In 1985, D'Agostino met his future wife in San Francisco and decided to immigrate to the United States.

Peppino has achieved a unique guitar and compositional style blending technical virtuosity, prowess and wizardry with lyricism, fire and passion of his Mediterranean heritage. Not many guitarists are as eager to challenge the limits of their instruments – using unconventional tunings, tapping the notes on the fret-board only, using creative percussive effects, and inventing a mini orchestra of sounds that, on first listen, seems almost impossible for one lone guitar. Concert appearances across North and South America, Canada and Europe stamp D'Agostino as a major force in today's world of popular music. He continues to pioneer and expand the use of unconventional guitar techniques while creating beautiful melodies from his beloved guitar.




ATASCADERO - Concert with guitarist Michael Young. Michael Young plays both the six and twelve string guitar in soulful ballads, also incorporating his warm singing voice into his sets. Time: 7:30 Cost: $20 person. Location: Green Acres Lavender Farm, 8865 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero, CA. Call: (805) 466-0837.

AUBURN - PRCA Pro Rodeo Begins at 2 p.m. Each day at 11 a.m. guests can enter the Trading Post with food, vendors and entertainment at 11 a.m. Admission to this portion of the event is free admission. At 1 p.m. you need to get your tickets out for Mutton Bustin'. Then at 2 p.m. the PRCA Pro-Rodeo in the Rodeo Arena requires a ticket, as well. Exciting events at this annual Auburn gold country favorite include Bull Riding, Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Barrel Races, California Cowgirls, Budweiser Clydesdales and the crowning of Miss Auburn Stampede and Miss Jr. Stampede after Saturday's performance. Pistol Pete's Rodeo Dance will be held on Saturday night at 9 a.m.  Live music with a rocking band is an affordable event for 21+ with cover charge only 5 bucks.  140 Harrison Ave., Auburn.  On Sunday at 11 a.m., take time to worship at the Cowboy Church held in the Arena grandstands at no charge. Admission to rodeo: $13 adult; $30 Family pack (2 adults & 3 kids) (530) 889-BUCK.

CLEAR LAKE - Heron Festival - Pontoon boat tours, birding and nature walks, exhibits, and children's activities. The Spring Wildflower Brunch is Saturday from 9 am to noon. Reservations are requested; cost is $12. Pontoon boat excursions are between 8 am and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are required; donation is $15. Admission to event is free. Location: Clear Lake State Park, Clear Lake, CA. Call: (800) 525-3743

COACHELLA - Coachella 2008. Three day concert event (thu Apr. 27) in Coachella featuring rock, punk and indie. Saturday's entertainment includes Hot Chip, Man Man, 120 Days, Bonde Do Role, Yo!Majesty, Animal Collective, Islands, Junkie XL, M.I.A., Flogging Molly, Prince, Jupiter's Ring, Dredge, Dwight Yoakam, Yelle, Scars on Broadway, Death Cab for Cutie and more! Time: 12:30 p.m. - Midnight. Location: Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA. Cost: 3-Day pass: $269. + $3 charity + applicable service fees.

CORONA - Cutthroats of Corona 2008.  A Golden Age Pyrate Festival is 4th annual event.  Pirates Are Pirates from all over the Gold Coast will invade Crossroads Riverview Park. Rogue’s Cove from Las Vegas our resident Pirate group at Corona will host the event in conjunction with “No Quarter Given” a Riverside pirate publication. The Fair will cover the time period from 1660 to 1720 with Buccaneers and the Golden Age of Pirates.  There will be three stages of Pirate entertainment, cannon demonstrations, pirate grub and grog, treasure hunts, mock wife auctions, and plenty of pirate booty to purchase. Location: 14600 River Road, Corona, CA. Time: 11am to 9pm;  11am to 6pm Sunday, April 27. Cost: $14/ general admission.

LAKESIDE - Lakeside Rodeo. 44th Annual event includes Bareback Bronc, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping. Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Location: 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA. Cost: $10 -15. Call: (619) 561-4331.

NAPA - Peppino D'Agostino, in Concert with Guitar Magazine's "Acoustic Guitarist of the Year". D'Agostino, a native of Turin, Italy, now living in Benicia, performs songs from his 13 solo recordings, including his recently released "Made in Italy." Tickets for D'Agostino's Napa show — which includes vocalist Megan Blythe Johnson Belisle Freedman — are $18 for Copia members and $20 for the general public. Time: 8 pm. Location: COPIA, 500 First Street Napa, CA 94559. Call (707) 259-1600.

NAPA - Cowboy Junkies in Concert. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main Street Napa, CA 94559. Call: (707) 226-7372. $45 Reserved Seating.

OAKLAND - Mingus Big Band. The all-star Mingus Big Band explores and celebrates the musical legacy of its namesake, composer/bassist Charles Mingus, who died in 1979. Their performance at Yoshi’s coincides with Mingus’s 86th birthday (b. April 22, 1922). Time & price: 8pm $24; 10pm $24. Location: Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets, Oakland, CA. Call: (510) 238-9200.

ORANGE COUNTY - Summer Youth Job Fairs.  at sites throughout Orange County . There is no fee for employers to participate in the Summer Youth Job Fairs, which are sponsored by the state Employment Development Department’s (EDD) Workforce Services offices, the Orange County Employer Advisory Council, and other partnering agencies. Location: The Block at Orange, 20 City Boulevard West, Orange CA 92868; West Anaheim Youth Center 320 S. Beach Blvd. Anaheim , CA 92804; Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way Brea , CA 92822. Time:  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call: (714) 565-2698.

PETALUMA - Butter and Eggs Days Parade & Celebration. The 27th Annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade & Celebration attracts more than 30,000 people to downtown Petaluma. With a fire fighters' cow pie throwing contest, cutest little chick in town contest and big parade with the butter and eggs theme, this is one of the unique events that Petaluma is known for. Location: Historic Downtown Petaluma, CA. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call: (707) 762-9348. /

SAN DIEGO - Leon Redbone at Anthology. Price: $18-56. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Anthology, 1337 India St., San Diego, CA (619) 595-0300.

SAN DIEGO - Point Loma Garden Walk. 7th Annual Point Loma Garden Walk will include both garden and home tours. A Garden Boutique will be open all day and will feature unique garden gifts created by local artists and unusual garden plantings. Point Loma Garden Walk, presented by Dana Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, is open to the public. Proceeds benefit Craniofacial Services at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Last year the walk raised $20,000. Ticket: $15 before April 26; $20/day of, and are sold at Walter Anderson Nursery in Point Loma, Mission Hills Nursery on Ft. Stockton Dr., Cottage Antiques in Ocean Beach, or Armstrong Garden Center on W. Morena; Sold day of on corner of Tennyson and Evergreen Streets, where maps for the walk can be picked up. Time: 10 AM to 4 PM Call (619) 223-4374.

SAN FRANCISCO -  Marcus Miller CD Release w/ DJ Logic at Yoshi's Jazz House & Restaurant.  Time & price: 8pm $$28-$36; April 24, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., April 25, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., April 26, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., April 27, 7 & 9 p.m. Location: Yoshis, 1330 Fillmore at Eddy on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center, San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 655-5600

SANTA CRUZ - Ducky Derby.  18th Annual Ducky Derby and Carnival includes rubber duck race, a Carnival, Entertainment, Prizes, Rubber Duck Races and Food. Cost: Free Admission. Time: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Location:  Harvey West Park, Friendship Gardens, Santa Cruz, CA., More duck derbies

SANTA ANA  - Singers Bruce Goldfish & Philip Boone at Gypsy Den. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: No cover. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location:  125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA. Call: (714) 835-8840.

SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival. Carnival rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, tons of food  (strawberries), and fun.  Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SEAL BEACH - Bucks for Ducks Rubber Ducky Race. This rubber duck event looks to be  a new entry in the California Duck Events, so we've not placed it on the duck page yet. It will be fun and festive, in the vein of similar events upcoming such as the Huntington Beach Duck-a-Thon. In Seal Beach, the ducks raise funds for a school (Los Alamitos High School). The ducks cost $20 /each. The event is held in conjunction with the Seal Beach Classic Car Show. Event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Seal Beach Pier (Ocean Ave. and Main St.). $1000 prize for winner. Location: Seal Beach, CA. Call: (562) 598-3491.

SOLVANG - Solvang Knife Show. Since 1985, Nordic Knives of Solvang has hosted this annual event. Royal Scandinavian Inn, 400 Alisal Rd , Solvang. Friday 1 - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-1 pm. Admission:$10 / day, 3 Day-$20 (Sunday only $2) 1-800-992-6574.

STOCKTON - Asparagus Festival. Held annually in downtown Stockton, this tasty food is celebrated in recipes, contests, and in games and events. Entertainment daily makes this a great family fun event. Featured at this year's event is Tyson, the Skateboard dog. Location: Downtown Stockton. Cost: $10/adult; $5/senior, age 11-17; free age 10 and under. Call: (209) 644-3740.

SUNSET STRIP -Sly & the Family Stone at House of Blues. Time: 10:30 p.m. Cost: $52.50, 21+. Location: 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. Call: (323) 848-5100.

TAHOE TRUCKEE - Earth Day Festival. Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival at the Village at Squaw Valley focuses on Zero Waste, green building, climate change, Tahoe's clarity, forest and habitat preservation. Live music all day on multiple stages, Push Pull or Pedal Parade, earth friendly vendors, plenty of eats, organic beer and wine tasting, arts & crafts, kids performances,GIANT Raffle and the Haute Trash Fashion Show! Admission is free. Festival Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Earth Day Festival. Location: The Village at Squaw Valley, USA. General info: (530) 584-6266.

WALNUT CREEK - Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival. A popular and well attended event includes artists, crafts vendors and quality gift and collector items. 60th Semi-Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival location: North Main, Cypress, and Locust Streets, Walnut Creek, CA. Time: 10am - 6pm Fri/Sat; 10am - 5pm Sun. Contact Pacific Fine Arts: (209) 296-1195.


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