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Hop Talk: Dec. 23, 2016

By ELI MORGAN Special to the Tribune Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles The Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout is exceptionally good this year. It is a seasonal offering that is ultra complex, yet extremely sessionable at 5.5 percent ABV (Alcohol By Volume). It starts with the pour and the toffee-colored …

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“Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera” Impresses

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER “Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera” is neither a greatest hits set or a likely threat to shatter any of the box office records of “Hamilton”. Exactly what it is will always be subjective, but to be certain it is a unique and well crafted presentation of one …

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Green Day Returns to it’s old Stomping Grounds in Berkeley

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Opening their Thursday night concert at the UC Theatre in Berkeley with “Know Your Enemy” from 2009’s “21st Century Breakdown”, Green Day was on the receiving end of nothing but love from an adoring hometown crowd just blocks away from 924 Gilman Street, one of the Bay …

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Fee Waybill & The Tubes to stage Halloween Costume Party

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Tubes, the Bay Area based rock band that became one of the most entertaining and theatrical live concert performers in the business, are staging a Halloween Costume Party at the intimate Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael on Saturday October 29th following the completion of their …

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Ian Anderson bringing Jethro Tull to life

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson is coming to town. Anderson, the Scottish born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known as the lead vocalist and flutist for the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, has produced a conceptual show celebrating the life and times of the 18th century English agriculturalist …

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Brian Wilson celebrates Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The creative genius of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brian Wilson was on display and shining brightly Wednesday night at The Masonic in San Francisco. Wilson, the 74 year old singer-songwriter and original Beach Boy whose iconic profile has grown even larger following the recent release …

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Rick Hocker: A beautiful ache

By RICK HOCKER Special to the Tribune In continuing my theme on God’s love, I asked myself, “What situation most profoundly impacted me with a deeper understanding of God’s love?” The event that comes to mind was an unusual and memorable experience. It happened during a private time of silent …

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Garbage keeps it’s Vow to Bay Area fans

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Returning to the Bay Area a year after their 20th anniversary performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland in support of their first new studio album in four years, Garbage kept its vow to their local legion of fans with a solid two hour career spanning set …

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Campbell Theater producer makes ‘Random Exits’

An unknown woman, tall, irresistible, dressed as a gypsy princess, sidles up to a complete stranger at an Orange County lunch counter. She says, with more than a hint of desperation, “Do me a favor: if anyone asks, tell them you’re my fiancé. I’ll explain later.” Randall Nott is that …

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