Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, Grammy Award-winning music legend Charlie Musselwhite celebrates the release of his new album, Mississippi Son, with a live performance at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on Jan. 20. Renowned worldwide as a master harmonica player, Musselwhite is a seasoned, truth-telling vocalist and songwriter rooted deep within the blues tradition who was a fixture of the local music scene for years before a recent move back to Mississippi, where he recorded his new album in the heart of the Delta. Musselwhite will perform a solo opening set for The Blind Boys of Alabama, then join the group for a couple of tunes during their closing set. Charlie Musselwhite performs at 8pm, Friday, Jan. 20 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Ruth Finley Person Theater, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $39-$59 and are available at lutherburbankcenter.org.
Beo String Quartet, noted for its sterling sound and experimental as well as classical performances, brings it virtuosity to The 222 in Healdsburg on Jan. 20 with an eclectic lineup of selections, including Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue,” Missy Mazzoli’s “Enthusiasm Strategies,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Quartet No. 8 in C Minor,” Marc Mellits’ “String Quartet No. 5: Waníyetu” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Quartet in F Major.” The quartet convenes at 7:30pm, Friday, Jan. 20 at The 222, located at 222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Tickets range from $35 to $75. For more information, visit the222.org.
Renowned American photojournalist Ed Kashi shares his visceral relationship with photography in a new, award-winning monograph, Abandoned Moments: A Love Letter to Photography, with a lecture and reception this Saturday at San Anselmo’s The Image Flow. In contrast to the orchestration of the “decisive moment” often associated with photography, Kashi’s latest volume honors the intuition he has gained over a 40-year career to yield his camera to the experiences of reality around him (as per the striking 2007 image of the Ganapati Festival in Vadhav, India above). Ed Kashi’s lecture and reception begins at 5pm, Saturday, Jan. 7 at The Image Flow Inc, 328 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. theimageflow.com. The event is free and open to the public.
Pt. Reyes Station
Gallery Route One presents “Vickisa Unleashed,” an exhibition of works inspired by music festivals, incorporating paintings, painted drawings, and limited-edition, accordion-style artist books by Marin mononymic artist Vickisa. The artist has chronicled countless music festivals, including the New Orleans French Quarter Festival and her favorite, San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, which are depicted in her selection of artist-crafted, fold-out accordion books. As she explains, “My passion is creating accordion books from these festivals. At the recent Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival, I found myself right in front of the stage quickly sketching the exciting activities swirling around me and taking some photographs too. The process of sketching, collaging and creating a handwritten story is something I never tire of.” A reception commences at 3pm, Sunday, Jan. 8 at Gallery Route One Exhibitions, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. For more information, visit galleryrouteone.org.