Performance Arts

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Upcoming events


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tickets $20

San Geronimo Valley Community Center and Hannah Doress Events Present National Award-winning female vocal ensemble: Solstice

Bay Area Regional Champions and national Harmony Sweeps top three award winners, the female septet Solstice has enthralled audiences for twenty years. From Bartók to Björk, from Palestrina to Paul Simon, Solstice shares the music they love from around the world and through the ages. A Solstice concert will transport you to new places, bathe you in beautiful harmony and fill you with the joy of music performed with passion. They are committed to performing new works for women’s voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs.

Solstice has long been a SGVCC favorite, with many sold-out and standing ovation shows. They love the sophistication of the local audience, the acoustic of the Valley Room and supporting the Community Center programs, especially the food pantry.

Members of Solstice are highly accomplished musicians who have performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and Boston Symphony Hall, performed with top groups such as San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and have performed with luminaries like Yo-Yo Ma. The current Solstice members are Becca Burrington of Oakland, Emily Bender of San Carlos (formerly of Fairfax),  Kim Warsaw of Menlo Park, Krista Enos of El Granada, Lark Coryell of Guernville and Sara Webb-Schmitz of Richmond. This will be Female baritone Lark Coryell’s final season with Solstice.

Emcee: Hannah Doress, Events Programmer at SGVCC from 2009-2015 looks forward to seeing you!


Past events

Howie’s Persuasion

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:30-8:30 pm

Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

This will be an exciting new fundraiser for the Community Center. Howie’s Persuasion will be playing, Paella del Reyes will be catering and Lagunitas Brewery craft beers be flowing—can you ask for a better party? It is also Howie’s birthday! Look for an announcement and ticket sales soon. There will be limited seating on a charter bus going from San Geronimo to the brewery and back. We are thrilled that the Lagunitas Brewing Company will be contributing 100% of the beer sales from this event to the Community Center. You can support our Community Center by listening to great music, drink some of the best beer in the world, and eat delicious paella. How much fun is that?

Ticket sales for dinner end at midnight tonight on Brown Paper Tickets. Paella can be purchased at the event but there is a limited about available.

Buy tickets for food package


Dirty Cello CD Release Concert

Friday, April 20, 2018
8 pm
$15 advance/$20 at the door

Buy tickets for Dirty Cello CD Release Concert

It’s time for the latest Dirty Cello cd – this one called, “By Request.” It features our versions of songs that fans have requested. From a fiery rendition of Devil Went Down to Georgia to some hard rockin’ Led Zeppelin, this cd has something for everybody. Our cd release concert will feature all the songs from the album plus our usual mix of cello, energy, humor, rhythm and a whole lot of spontaneity.

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz​

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times

Devil Went Down to Georgia:

Rivertown Trio: Americana and country rock

Friday, May 12, 2018
7:30 pm


Donations at the Door. Proceeds benefit the Community Center

Playing around the Bay Area for the last 4 years, The Rivertown Trio—Gary Vogensen (lead guitar, harmonica, vocals), Russ Gauthier (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Julie Bernard (vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion)–combines heart, chemistry, creativity, and veteran musicianship to produce a beautiful, rich, unique sound.

Cornelius Boots

Friday January 12, 2018

San Geronimo Valley Community Center – Valley Arts & Lectures Series

Join us for an evening with Cornelius Boots

Cornelius presents new, adventurous and traditional performance and meditation repertoire on Shakuhachi, the earthy flute of Japanese Zen Buddhism, and its baritone brother, Taimu.

Cornelius Boots (MM, Shihan) is a professional woodwind wizard, music philosopher, composer-performer-educator and licensed bamboo Zen shakuhachi master.  After a 30-year career of deep training and high-caliber jazz, classical, rock and experimental music activities on multiple woodwinds, Boots has now positioned himself at the crossroads of personal expression and divine revelation.

Boots has won composition awards, led several ensembles, contributed to film scores and collaborative projects, released over 20 albums as a leader and created dozens of original scores and instructional materials for his private lesson studio.  Recent performance/meditation engagements include Esalen, Spirit Rock, Tokyo, Prague and Berkeley.

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Family Music Hour XIV

Saturday, December 16, 2017

$10 suggested donation

Help us as we celebrate the 14th performance of the acclaimed Family Music Hour.

Hear some of the Valley’s greatest musical families including the Chavez family singers, Tealy Gapinski, Kira Thelin, the McQuilkins, and more!

Enjoy the sounds of the Valley All-star band featuring the legendary Lagunitas Horns.

Come find out why this event has been packed every time – it’s so much fun! Bring the whole family – it’s a great reunion for the returning college students and everyone else.

KIDS WELCOME! “Music brings families together!”


Barry “The Fish” Melton Band

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8 pm
Tickets: $15 advance/$20 door

Having played together since the early 1980s, The Barry “The Fish” Melton Band continues to uphold the tradition of San Francisco Rock & Roll that put the Bay Area on the

musical map in the mid 1960s. Their music is best summed up by a line from one of their songs – “When the band starts playing, I don’t want to stop!!”

The all-star members of the band include:

Barry “The Fish” Melton – Former lead guitarist/singer with Country Joe & The Fish (He led the “No Rain” cheer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival). He is a founding member of Dinosaurs. Barry is residing in Clear Lake, California where he currently has a 35-year law practice.

Banana – Former keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist with The Youngbloods, Banana has recently been a member of the band Zero and The Michael Barclay Band.

Peter Albin – Original member of Big Brother & The Holding Company, his bass guitar and vocals backed up Janis Joplin. The guitar he used from 1965-1993 is enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Roy Blumenfeld – Best known for his drumming with the legendary band The Blues Project, Roy has recorded and performed with Seatrain and Nick Gravenites’ Animal Mind.

David Aguilar – Norton Buffalo

Audie DeLone – Moonlighters


Zappo Diddio

Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door

Zappo has devoted the last twenty five years to working and volunteering in child enrichment and development settings as a teacher, after school director, camp counselor/director, children’s hospital clown, youth sports coach, art teacher and a mentor to children and young adults.

Spending childhood summers at Camp Winnarainbow, he learned the joys and benefits of living in a diverse, artistic community with an emphasis on social justice with a sense of humor. Through this wonderful experience, and innumerable others, he has developed a passionate commitment to ‘pay it forward’ by sharing the life changing experience of creative kindness with all those touched by his work.

Recently Zappo founded Cedar Center, an East Bay nonprofit, whose mission is to bring understanding, balance and healing into the lives of children, families, our communities and the world. Through Cedar Center his goal is to work together with like minded teachers, artists, clowns, and child mentors in an effort to provide enrichment and development opportunities to children from all walks of life. To give creative arts and recreation experience to young people through a curriculum that stimulates kindness and compassion towards all people and the planet, while nurturing leaders for a peaceful and sustainable culture.

“In each opportunity to work, play, and commune with the beautiful people of Planet Earth, I strive to employ the gifts of creative mindset, sense of humor, and most importantly, loving kindness.” – Zappo Diddio

Zappo is a writer of poetry and songs, a visual artist and photographer, film maker, storyteller and a gardner, and after years of practicing the healing art of Qigong, he is beginning to teach this practice to others.

In the past several years Zappo has been bringing his solo performance to Bay Area theaters. His show is a collection of heartfelt, and comedic stories about growing up in a hippie commune, his work with children and observations of life in the East Bay. He also shares songs and poetry on topics such as grief, resilience, social justice and prayer. His is a performance leaving audience members feeling uplifted, inspired and with cheeks aching with laughter.

“Zappo Dickinson is a beacon of light in the lives of our youth. His teaching at camp is filled with insight, compassion and understanding. Give him your kids and I believe he will help to transform them into universal human beings who spread peace and love throughout their lives.” – Wavy Gravy

Peace, Love & Action Festival

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 5 pm to 9 pm

Conference & Art Show

Peace Forum, Films, Food, Workshops
Free admission

Sunday, August 27, 2017, Noon to 7 pm
Music Celebration
Zero & Friends, Achilles Wheel, Howie’s Persuasion, San Geronimo
$25 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets
$35 at door, if tickets are available
Show is limited to 500 tickets. Advanced tickets are highly encouraged.

The Peace, Love & Action Festival featuring an all-day music concert, group art show, guest speakers and other activities focused on the subject of global peace that began in 2015 at the instigation (and the inspiration) of Ted Wright. This year with the added interest and nostalgia surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love we are merging the two deeply related themes into a two-day event—Peace, Love and Action.

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center with host a Conference and Art Show featuring a Peace Forum, that will kick off with an evening of films and guest speakers addressing topics of peace building, activism, inner peace and non-violent action. There will also be food, workshops and live music. The conference is free.

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, the Peace, Love & Action Festival will feature an exciting roster of live music. A Music Celebration with Zero & Friends (with Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Bobby Vega, Banana and Hadi Al-Saadoon), Achilles Wheel, Howie’s Persuasion and San Geronimo will rock the good vibes through the Valley. There will be craft booths and excellent food.

More About The Bands:

Zero & Friends

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center is honored that the legendary jam band Zero, will headline the Peace, Love, and Action Festival. Zero was founded in 1984 by guitarist Steve Kimock and drummer Greg Anton. At the Festival, Greg and Steve will be performing with Bobby Vega on bass, Banana on keyboards and vocals, and Hadi Al Sadoon on trumpet. Zero’s major label album “Chance In A Million” was recorded live at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and featured the lyrics of Grateful Dead songwriter Robert Hunter, Judge Murphy on vocals, Martin Fierro on sax, and Nicky Hopkins and Pete Sears on keyboards. Zero is thrilled to return to West Marin for this performance at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

Achilles Wheel

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia. With the release of their third studio recording, ‘Devil In The Yard’, Achilles Wheel is also waving the flag for Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield), who came to the AW studio in Nevada City to record a couple of songs, but after playing on every track he left as the new Achilles Wheel keys man. He joins Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.

Howie’s Persuasion

A Valley favorite, Howie’s Persuasion features the dynamic vocals of Kira Thelin Gapinski, Tealy Gapinski and Katherine Wethington. Howie Cort, drummer extraordinaire, who has just completed her album ‘Aunt Junes Basement’ has gathered an all-star band including Velvy Appleton (Spark & Whisper) on guitar, Michael McQuilkin (Family Music Hour) on piano, David Russ (Kate Gaffney Band) on bass, and Bruce Greenstein (Boton) on percussion.

San Geronimo

The band SAN GERONIMO hails from the rolling hills of west Marin, California. Described by the San Francisco Guardian as “Hard Charging Americana,” SAN GERONIMO write powerful, thought provoking songs that intertwine Classic Rock, Country and Psychedelic elements to form a unique brand of what critics are calling California Soul music.

Return to the Scene of the Crime

Saturday, June 10, 2017
7:30 pm

$15 advance/$20 door

David Kleinberg Goes Back to Vietnam for the First Time in 50 Years

Solo Theater Sequel to David’s Acclaimed ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’

Three years ago solo theater artist David Kleinberg made his “world” debut of his powerful Vietnam war work “Hey, Hey, LBJ” at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. David, who was drafted and went to Vietnam as an army combat correspondent, was in Bangkok on R&R when a rocket hit the bunker he would have been in back at Cu Chi — killing three of his buddies and wounding all six others.

“Hey, Hey, LBJ” was acclaimed by the Washington Post and an ex-Rolling Stone senior writer. It went on to sell-out an eight-show run at the prestigious Marsh Theater in San Francisco, played throughout the country, and last November in Sydney, Australia.

David’s sequel, “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” makes its “world” debut at SGVCC Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.

“Return” deals with David’s first trip back to Vietnam in 50 years last April to visit where his buddies died, and his attempt to perform “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” in Ho Chi Minh City under threat of arrest, with David awake in his hotel each night at 3 looking for the first flight home.

David Kleinberg is a former journalist who spent 34 years as an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, the last 14 years as editor of the paper’s Sunday Datebook. He has also spent ten years as a stand-up comedian, appearing with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Richard Lewis. He is a native of San Francisco, who has lived in the city all his life.

David is donating 100 percent of the box office to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

(Disclaimer: You many find out more than you want to know by going to the “Return to the Scene of the Crime” web site.)


Swami Beyondananda and Scott Grace

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
7:30 pm
$20 advance/$25 door

A spiritual comedy double-header!

Cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-and-cheek is back from a sojourn in the material world with plenty of new material.  If the current state of the world has resulted in “irregular-hilarity” the Swami will leave you laughing, and smiling.  Find out why noted author Marianne Williamson has called him the Mark Twain of our times.  Well, the Swami is a new “Twain” roaring down the track behind one “loco-motive” — to keep you laughing till the sacred cows come home.

WARNING:  Scott Grace, who has been described as a cross between John Denver, Robin Williams and Dr. Seuss, is wanted for defying the law of gravity with levity. Contact with Scott is likely to be hazardous to your misery, as he has provoked outbreaks of joy in four out of five laboratory humans tested.

It is alleged that Scott’s work has so threatened to cut into the sales of anti-depressants that pharmaceutical companies have offered him millions to retire.

Scott gives keynotes using a stolen identity, a.k.a. the Spiritual Dr. Seuss. His feel good viruses on YouTube have infected over 2.5 million people with just four of his  contagious Spiritual Dr. Seuss videos. Authorities would very much like your help in apprehending Scott. Try catching him on YouTube at: Outrageous Conscious Scott Comedy.

Get a comedic face lift – the corners of your mouth are guaranteed to turn up!

“You come away from an evening with the Swami feeling happy, hopeful and motivated to do something to turn the tide in a positive direction.” – Inanna LeFevre

St Patrick’s Youth Talent Show

Saturday, March 18, 2017
4 pm

Save the date for a rollicking good St. Patrick’s Day celebration bringing together our whole community for a worthy cause! Local youth talent ranging in age from the single digits to their teens will blow our minds with stellar performances to benefit the Community Center After School Programs. One of the Center’s all-time favorite events.

It’s a great opportunity for the kids to stretch to the next level, building confidence and public presentation skills. Encourage them to begin planning their acts now!

The show is open to youth who are grammar and high school-aged. The majority of the kids are from the Lagunitas School District but we usually have kids from Nicasio, Ross Valley, private schools and home school.

All proceeds support scholarships for SGVCC After School Programs, keeping them accessible for all the families that need them. Thank you for continuing to purchase tickets for the whole family, including performers. If your family is experiencing a hardship that would make that impossible, please contact Howie Cort to make sliding scale arrangements.

Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room

$15 adults, $12 Senior, $8 Children. Family of 3 or more $35.

With MC Extraordinaire Jasper Thelin!

And assistant MC Alexander McQuilkin!

4:00pm Younger Kids 5:00pm Dinner 6:00pm Older Youth

Dirty Cello CD Release Party

Saturday, April 1, 2017
7:30 pm
$15 advance/$20 door

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz


Michael McQuilkin Family Music Hour XII
Saturday, December 17th, 7 pm and Sunday, December 18th, 3 pm

A special evening and afternoon of music featuring some of the Valley’s greatest musical talent! Hear the Chavez family singers, James Tolbert, Tealy Gapinski, Kira Thelin, Andrew Giacomini, the Purkeys, Josh Witt, Alexa Davidson, Alexander McQuilkin,and other featured performers with the Valley All-Star band, Tim Cain and the Lagunitas Horns. Here is a video from Family Music Hour XI. Click to view.

It’s a Beautiful Day Band
Saturday, December 10th, 8:00 pm

Yes, the original famous for their iconic song “White Bird (In A Golden Cage)”. Multiple albums were laced with classic cuts such as “Hot Summer Day”, “Bombay Calling,” “Girl With No Eyes”, “Wasted Union Blues”, “Time Is”, “Dolphins”, “Misery Loves Company”, Santa Cruz, along with recent compositions.

Alive with the Dead/A Fly On the Wall with a Camera
Sunday, December 11th, 4:00 pm

Susana Millman was a West Marin resident in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and many of you may recall her clothing emporium (with partner Zuni Picarelli), What’s In Store. In the middle 1980s she switched careers to photography, which coincidentally was about the time that she a) became a serious Dead Head and b) was marched down the aisle by Jerry Garcia at her marriage to the Dead’s publicist . The end result of all this is a wonderful book called Alive with the Dead/A Fly On the Wall with a Camera, which she is publishing in October. It’s a deluxe coffee table book, 9” by 12,”, with 256 mostly color pages in a slip cover with very fancy foil stamping. It’s unique among G.D. books in that most of the pictures are not of the band on stage but offstage and backstage, doing special projects and such. After a slideshow/talk presentation on the book, Susana will sign copies while everyone enjoys the music of Dead Again, Petaluma’s finest Dead cover band. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.