This week, Dafnis Prieto and Luciana Souza bring Latin rhythms to Stanford Jazz, singer-songwriter Bob Schneider plays The Guild, Chuck Prophet kicks off a free concert series and Matilda The Musical weaves a spell in Mountain View.
Dafnis Prieto with Luciana Souza – Cantar
Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium will come alive with the complex rhythms of Latin America this Sunday. Afro-Cuban percussionist and jazz superstar Dafnis Prieto will team up with Brazilian-born singer Luciana Souza for a celebration of their cultures and diverse musical backgrounds. "Cantar," the duo’s recent album, is an ode to Prieto’s childhood musical influences, ranging from cuban boleros to Stevie Wonder’s ballads. The duo will be accompanied by an all-star cast of musicians, including Peter Apfelbaum on woodwinds, Matt Brewer on bass and Martin Bejerano on piano and vocals. Presented by the Stanford Jazz Festival.
July 30, 8 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Tickets are $20-$62. stanfordjazz.org.(AJ)
Bob Schneider brings an energetic, sharp take to the singer-songwriter genre in songs that draw on many influences, from a pronounced country twang to tender '70s-folk musings, with playful touches of pop and a bit of funk. The former frontman for Ugly Americans plays The Guild on July 28. His 2021 album, "In a Roomful of Blood with a Sleeping Tiger," offers a collection of spirited songs that showcase thoughtful lyrics full of imagery and highlight the versatility of his guitar, whether it's getting a lift from a bluesy harmonica or underpinned by the groovy trill of an organ. Many of the songs are edged by a certain country dolefulness — but as if the singer were swilling a nitro coldbrew to quell the heartache instead of the requisite beer. Megan Slankard opens.
July 28, 8 p.m. at The Guild, 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Tickets are $45. guildtheatre.com. (HZ)
Earthwise welcomes Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express
Local presenter Earthwise Productions will host classic rock collective Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express at Mitchell Park this Sunday afternoon, the first in a series of four free concerts at the Mitchell Park Bowl. Get ready to enjoy the beautiful summer sun while grooving along to the band’s twangy, retro-inspired sounds. Bluegrass superstar Sam Reider and Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist Jorge Glem will open, as well as Emma Catherine.
July 30, 2-4 p.m. at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Tickets are free. eventbrite.com. (AJ)
Matilda - The Musical
Peninsula Youth Theatre will bring new life to a classic tale in their presentation of "Matilda - The Musical" this coming weekend. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel about a young girl with telekinetic abilities promises emotional performances and nuanced storytelling, as well as energetic song and dance numbers in a child-friendly evening of entertainment. This adaptation’s music and lyrics have been penned by Tim Minchin ("Groundhog Day") and will be directed by Karen Simpson.
Thursday, July 27-Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 30 at 11 a.m and 3 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Tickets are $24. tickets.mvcpa.com. (AJ)