This week, Babatunde Akinboboye brings hip-hopera to Filoli, pedal steel master DaShawn Hickman performs in Palo Alto and old-school funk and jazz with The Headhunters at The Guild.
Hip-hopera with Babatunde Akinboboye
Nigerian-American singer Babatunde Akinboboye offers an unlikely musical combo: Hip-hop and opera. A talented musician with a diverse repertoire, Akinboboye promises to bring harmony to this unorthodox genre pairing. A baritone with extensive experience performing in opera, Akinboboye is known for his charismatic and entertaining stage presence and powerful vocals. This concert is a part of Filoli’s Summer Stage series, bringing live entertainment to the picturesque gardens all season long. Bring a blanket, grab a drink at the Bluebird Bar and enjoy a beautiful summer evening as you listen to a unique musical performance.
Aug. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. at Filoli Historic House & Garden, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Tickets are $65-$150. filoli.org.
Vocalist and pedal steel guitar maestro DaShawn Hickman will bring his unique twangy, blues-inspired sound to Palo Alto this weekend. Hickman, an established performer, brings his newest work to this concert, centering the pedal steel in his arrangements and showcasing the instrument’s signature sound and versatility. Hickman will be joined by Wendy Hickman on vocals and percussion, Vicki Randle on percussion and Scott Amendola on drums. Local presenter Earthwise is organizing this concert, one of many in the presenter’s stellar fall lineup.
Aug. 25, 8-10:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto. Tickets are $20. eventbrite.com.
Get ready to dance this weekend and head out to one of the grooviest concerts of the season. Celebrated funk-jazz group The Headhunters will be coming to The Guild Theatre in Menlo Park this Saturday, for what promises to be an evening of thumping rhythms and sizzling improvisation. Founded by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock in 1973, the group is celebrating their 50th anniversary with its tour this year, featuring percussionist Bill Summers, drummer Mike Clark, Kyle Roussel on keys, Donald Harrison on alto saxophone and Chris Severin on bass. Local jazz project Seal Party will open.
Aug. 26, 8 p.m. at The Guild Theatre, 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Tickets are $50 - $97. tixr.com.