By Gabe Meline
A major coup for the Phoenix Theater: Animal Collective, the experimental-indie Brooklyn ensemble whose crossover hit Merriweather Post Pavilion was named Album of the Year by Spin, Pitchfork and Entertainment Weekly, will play the Petaluma venue on Sunday, April 10. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 10, at 4pm, and will sell out immediately. Refresh your browser at www.thephoenixtheater.com.
Say it together: Primus sucks! Having last played Sonoma County at the Phoenix in 2003, the legendary band will headline this year's Harmony Festival. Along with the previously announced Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the June fest hosts G. Love and Special Sauce, Natcha Atlas, Ghostland Observatory, Michael Franti and Spearhead and others. Tickets are at www.harmonyfestival.com.
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, bouncing back from the hands of a now-resigned-in-shame board, boasts a roaring lineup of jazz greats this June: Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland, Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Bennie Maupin, Fred Hersch with Julian Lage, Arturo Sandoval, George Cables, Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Ray Drummond and many others. See www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org.
The Kate Wolf Festival brings back Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, Bruce Cockburn and more in June. The Uptown Theater in Napa has Gretchen Wilson (March 20), the Psychedelic Furs (May 5) and a strong comedy lineup with Lisa Lampanelli (April 1), Bob Saget (May 6) and the insane glory that is Joan Rivers (Aug. 26; tix on sale March 10).