One of the most fun live bands in the North Bay plays this week at one of the area’s best clubs. What’s not to like? The Soul Section—multi-time recipient of the NorBay award for Best R&B Band—plays a hard and sweaty, grown-ass version of soul standards that satisfies for every bar of every song. Pete Donery’s flawless big-bottom bass provides the platform for singer Kevin Mulligan’s vocals to rise to the heavens in the glory of this eight-piece band. 8pm, Saturday, Aug. 5. Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main St., Napa. Ages 8+. Tickets start at $12.
Four local artists celebrate the wonder of the natural world in “Wild Things,” an exhibit at Corrick’s Stationery. Featured artists Stephen Heagan, Diane Schoenrock, Carolyn Wilson and Suki Diamond display original works in different media. Of particular interest is Wilson’s latest mixed-media canvas, “Otto and Eesha,” inspired by the recent baby rhinoceros birth at Safari West. Safari West Wildlife Foundation receives 15% of all sales. Meet the artists and staff from Safari West on opening night: 5-7pm Friday, Aug. 4; and from 10:30am to 5pm every Tuesday-Saturday until Aug. 26. Corrick’s, 637 4th St., Santa Rosa.
Perhaps the most authentic beer hole in the world—band’s play in the bay of the adjoining auto shop—Ernie’s Tin Bar will celebrate its 100th anniversary with three days of jazz, blues, rock and more. And brews; notably, specialty beers brewed just for this event from Pizza Port Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company. First-timers, be sure not to use a cell phone while standing at the bar. Enjoy food trucks all weekend. Music starts at 5pm, Friday Aug. 4, noon on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Ernie’s Tin Bar, 5100 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma. Free.
A dazzling showcase of songs inspired by American musical masters Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Richard Rod, this live performance features classics including “In the Still of the Night,” “Anything Goes,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and more. Produced by Ellie Mednick in cooperation with The Cole Porter Society, singers Noah Griffin, Désirée Goyette, Bob Austrian and Deborah Winters join musicians Akira Tana, Ross Gualco and Joe McKinley in a show that will delight anyone who has ever belted a show tune. 7pm, Thursday, Aug. 17. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Lobby reception after the show. $45.