Dec. 5: Dragon Smoke at Hopmonk Tavern

With computer-savvy tech geeks freaking out over Google Wave and the limited number of exclusive invites going around for it, one can easily feel left out. Why sit around for an invitation to join a web-based communications platform (boooo-ring) when you can dance your ass off (whoo-hoo!) with other human beings (imagine!) to live music (bring it on!) with no ridiculous, manufactured, viral “velvet rope.” This weekend, Eric Lindell slides back into town with his New Orleans all-star group, Dragon Smoke, and the doors fly wide open to all. With Neville Brothers keyboardist Ivan Neville, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore and bassist Robert Mercurio, the red-hot group formed in 2003 has limited its in-person simmering solely to Louisiana venues. Until now. Whatever you do—even if you get invited to waste your evening on Google Wave—be sure to check out this bayou match-up made in heaven on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9:30pm. $20. 707.829.7300.Gabe Meline