Nov. 19: Ana Gabriel at the Wells Fargo Center

With a tortured plea, the chorus of “Simplemente Amigos” by the Mexican pop sensation Ana Gabriel is the oldest of sentiments. “When closing the door, we loved without control,” goes the rough translation, “but they do not accept our love.” Gabriel is a deeply religious woman, appearing onstage with an ever-present carnation as a symbol of her relationship with God, so it’s ever more poignant that her biggest hit was inspired by a gay friend’s struggle for acceptance. Coming from one of the country’s biggest stars, the song is a beautiful, heart-wrenching statement. Now with over 20 albums to her name, Gabriel, born in Sinaloa to a Spanish father and Chinese mother, is fluid in rock songs, pop ballads and rancheras, and drips with the kind of emotion that can’t be faked. She performs on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65–$125. 707.546.3600.Gabe Meline 

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