Heads Up: 6 must-see concerts this week

SISU frontperson/Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu.

Yes, it's that time of the year again – when I make a faux-turkey. And, I suppose, when many of you eat the real thing. That's cool. Either way, you're going to want to relax, decompress, scream into the abyss after the stress of eating and chatting with the family, or over-indulging at multiple Friendsgivings. This Thanksgiving weekend, you can let your conflicted demons out into the night with Dick Dale, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cass McCombs, Sébastien Giniaux, Kill Paris, and SISU.

An added bonus: because there are so many transplants to the Bay Area, holidays like this often suck the crowds out, meaning more space for you to shake a tail feather on the dancefloor, and shorter waits at the bar.

Here are your must-see Bay Area concerts this week/end:

Sébastien Giniaux
All Django-ish and la pompe, Parisian musician Sébastien Giniaux is a gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso. He quickly maneuvers from darkly emotional gypsy -spirited compositions to plucky swinging hot jazz, much like genre originator Django Reinhardt. True to inspiration, Giniaux has played France's Django Reinhardt Festival and Djangofest in the US.
Fri/23, 7:30pm, $10-$15
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom, SF

Kill Paris
“The consistently solid Opulent Temple DJs at the bottom of this eclectic lineup will definitely put down some solid house sets, but also worth checking out is Kill Paris, an EDM up-and-comer with a near fetish for funky '80s soul and '90s R&B. Expect to hear Prince, Montell Jordan, and Blackstreet reworked with the sounds of French electro, dubstep, and the fringes of LA's beat scene.” -- Ryan Prendiville
With Big Chocolate, Jelo, Opulent Temple DJs (Tekfreaks, Dutch, Dex Stakker, and more)
Fri/23, 10pm, $15–<\d>$30
1015 Folsom, SF
(415) 431-1200

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
It's the swinging, soul-funk group's first headlining show in San Francisco in more than two years, and in the grand Davies Symphony Hall to boot. The Brooklyn nine-piece Dap-Kings, is of course led by the velvety, luminous Sharon Jones and will likely be belting tracks 2010's I Learned the Hard Way LP.
Sat/24, 8pm, $15–$82
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness, SF
(415) 864-6000

Shine On with SISU
Shoe-gazy dreampop fronted by Sandra Vu, drummer of the Dum Dum Girls, creating moody meditations in line with 4AD bands and Broadcast. Hard to resist, no? If you missed it, here's our chat from earlier this year.
With Sophie Gineau, DSTVV
Sat/24, 10pm, $5 
3223 Mission, SF

Dick Dale
Is there anything more exciting than reverb-heavy surf guitar? It warbles the veins. Last time the King of Surf Guitar, Dick Dale, popped up at the Uptown he roared through all the hits — yes, "Misirilou" was high on the setlist — and then some, rapidly fingering his custom guitar at a blistering speed, his long white hair whipping around him. Trust me, see the 75-year-old maven while you still can.
With Jonny Manek and the Depressives
Sat/24, 9pm, $20
1928 Telegraph, Oakl.
(510) 451-8100

Cass McCombs
I probably shouldn't even be writing about this one; people will likely complain that that it'll sell out quick if everyone knows about it. I mean, it's talented singer-songwriter Cass McCombs (who is about to embark on tour with the one and only John Cale). At comparatively tiny Amnesia. For just $5. But then I wouldn't be doing my journalistic duty, right? If I was suppressing – already widely available – show info? It's done; I apologize. Now breathe, and buy tickets;or you know, throw that Cass McCombs money away on another Four Loko, or whatever the kids are buying these days.
Sun/25, 9pm, $5
853 Valencia, SF


Stu's got THE killer line-up this Wed at the Ashkenaz ($12, corner of San Pablo & Gilman, 1317 - San Pablo, 2 min off Hwy 80).

It's the incredible phenomenal Stu Allen on geetar and vocals, the fabulous bassist Robin Sylvester (Bob Weir's bassist in Ratdog), longtime local musical vet Mookie Siegel on keys (from David Nelson Band and other bands) and a drummer whose name I'm not familiar with (I think it's the same guy that played with Stu at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley about a month or so ago).

No opening band - just 2 blissful, heavenly, unfrigginbelievable sets of Stu Allen's amazing amazing guitar playing (with a singing voice that's golden) playing in a band that will just take you to musical heaven.

Warning: DO NOT leave after the first set - for as good as the first set will be, it's the 2nd sets when things get ridiculously crazy with this band, like as in, "damn I think that's the greatest show I've ever seen!" crazy). Second sets usually start at 11 pm or so so if you get there by 11 pm, you're not too late to see a second set that will leave you a blabbering idiot by the time it's over.

It's only $12 friggen dollars - no extra fees or any of that BS but you have to get the tix there on Wed night. Here's the Ashkenaz website (I didn't see any online sales there so I don't think you can buy online):

But it won't be a problem getting a ticket there. It's a pretty large room (about the size of half the Fillmore) so it's not gonna sellout (floor will be filled with dancin bodies but still enough room to move comfortably).

And the Ashkenaz has to be THE MOST COMFORTABLE, PERFECT venue out there - with a killer MEYER SOUND SYSTEM!

And it's totally convenient to get to and park: just take Gilman exit (Berkeley) off Hwy 80, go 6 blocks (going east) to San Pablo, and you're there (1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley) - it takes literally two min from Hwy 80 to get there (no stop lights betw Hwy 80 and San Pablo).

And there's tons of parking right there (big empty parking lot directly across San Pablo that's free after 9 pm - and plenty of parking on San Pablo too).

If you're within 30 miles of Berkeley Wed night and you want to see music that'll blow you away and you don't have to work on Thanksgiving (I hope not!), then get your ass to the Ashkenaz on Wed night and join the dancin fools dancin away to Stu, Robin, Mookie, & drummer. They'll probably start at 9:20 pm or so (that's what time they started last Wed there) and do two sets (probably play until 1 am or so).

You'll be amazed that you can see such a band at such a place for all of $12 (and two sets of it with no other bands to have to sit thru). I don't work for them (if I did, I'd know the drummer's name) but jeez DO I LOVE 'EM !!! - best band out there IMO (and I've been a music nut for many years so I've seen hundreds of bands).

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