Though he was born in Milwaukee, guitarist and songwriter Toulouse Engelhardt
possess the soul of a Southern California beach bum, in all the right ways. His lightning-fast fingers play a sizzling surf rock that has astounded audiences and critics for 40 years. His genre-bending style defies expectations, and Engelhardt's brand-new album, L'Esprit Jardins, is another acoustic trip through a spectrum of musical forms. This week, the performer makes his way to the North Bay for two shows. First, Engelhardt performs with opener Kurt Huget on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Redwood Cafe (8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati; 8:30pm; $8; 707.795.7868). Engelhardt then plays with opener Teja Gerken on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Fenix in San Rafael (919 Fourth St.; 6:30pm; $12; 415.813.5600).