Keznamdi fire-relief benefit, harvest party
From the lush hills of Jamaica comes reggae artist Keznamdi, leading a spirited revolution of Jamaican roots music. This show will be a high-spirited Harvest season party and benefit for fire relief. The Mystic Theatre, 21 N. Petaluma Blvd. 8:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $22 day of show. MysticTheatre.com.
Like a gooey chewy sandwich of fresh funk and spicy energy served between thick slices of creativity and craft, the Melt dish up music that is as delicious to hear as this energetic ensemble is fun to watch. 4:20 p.m. No cover. Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd. Lagunitas.com.
James and the Giant Peach
Cinnabar Theater’s Young Rep present this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s trippy tale of a boy adopted by giant insects, who escapes from his evil aunts aboard a giant juicy fruit. Directed by Nathan Cummings, this vibrantly quirky play features a musical score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won a Tony recently for ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ and won an Oscar for writing the song ‘City of Stars’ for the movie ‘La La Land.’ They also created the musicals ‘Dog Fight’ and ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical.’ ‘James and the Giant Peach’ runs Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17 to Dec. 3. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 N. Petaluma Blvd. CinnabarTheater.com
The Grain + B and The Hive
Blending superbly-crafted original songs with covers of classic rock songs, The Grain will turn the Big Easy into a spirited sonic playground where wild happy dancing is not required but will certainly be virtually impossible not to do, the minute this local band starts playing. Also on the bill are B and the Hive, with joyfully haunting vocals by the effervescent Briana Lee. The Big Easy, 128 American Alley. 8 p.m. show. $5 cover. Bigeasypetaluma.com.
The Role Models
Asked to describe the kind of music they play, the combined members of The Role Models reply, “We play the songs just on the edge of your mind that you couldn’t get out of your head, back in the day.” Find out what that means as The Role Models roll into the Twin Oaks Roadhouse, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy. First set begins 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Blending brilliantly written folk music with bold, deeply personal activism, Holly Near’s catalog of songs run the gamut from folk anthems like “We Are a Gentle Angry People” and love songs such as “Rock Me in Your Arms” to great favorites from the American Songbook. Appearing with Holly are Jan Martinelli on Bass and Tammy Hall on piano. 7:30 p.m. General $30 ($35 at the door), Youth $20 ($25 at the door). Cinnabar Theater 3333 N. Petaluma Blvd. CinnabarTheater.com.