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Hit List: Best Music, Arts & Culture July 8-12

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TAKE 'ER EAZY: G-Eazy headlines the Endless Summer Tour along with Yo Gotti and YG.

TAKE 'ER EAZY: G-Eazy headlines the Endless Summer Tour along with Yo Gotti and YG.

We’re baaack… It’s the “Hit List”—a weekly roundup of the hottest concerts, new music, art exhibits, parties and events in Silicon Valley. Be sure to check in with to this weekly feature on Metro’s Activate blog to stay up on the latest and greatest in entertainment news in the South Bay. This week: G-Eazy, YG and Yo Gotti bring their Endless Summer Tour to Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Soulstice EDM fest returns to the City National Civic, Bubba Sparxxx brings his Southern charm to the BackBar SoFa, and Stanford Repertory Theater brings you the latest in their series, “Theater Takes a Stand,” with the classic Charlie Chaplin film, Modern Times. All that, plus much more… 

G-Eazy, YG, Yo Gotti
Fri, 6:30pm, $35-$405
Shoreline Amphitheatre
The Endless Summer tour is easily one of the hottest hip-hop tickets of the season. Oakland native Gerald Earl Gillum, better known as G-Eazy, began his music career in 2008 and launched his second world tour earlier this year. His single “Me Myself & I” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Also on the tour is is YG, best known for his latest album, Still Brazy and his songs, “Toot It and Boot It” and “Who Do You Love.” Rounding out the bill is Memphis emcee Yo Gotti, whose latest LP, The Art of Hustle, includes the E-40-featuring “Law” and “Down In The DM.” (DM)

Fri, 7pm, $45-$70
City National Civic, San Jose
Over the past few years, Vital Events has built a reputation for assembling stellar lineups for their bass music massives at the City National Civic. The performers slated for Soulstice 2016 are no exception. Headlining this show is Mija, a seafoam green-haired Skrillex prodigy from Phoenix whose badass SoundCloud bio describes her production style as “shredding a tidal wave of whiskey on a surfboard made out of don’t care.” Right on! Branchez, Hermitude, Illenium, Oshi, Luca Lush and PRXZM round out the bill. (MH)

Bubba Sparxxx
Sat, 8pm, $15-$25
BackBar SoFa, San Jose
The gospel-inspired chorus of Bubba Sparxxx’s 2001 hit, “Ugly,” proudly proclaims the emcee’s Southern heritage. Though it’s tempting to write off his initial success as some kind of Y2K cultural glitch, there is little disputing the fact that his Ying Yang Twins-featuring “Ms. New Booty” bangs—it went certifiably gold and boasts upward of 7 million views on YouTube. It would seem that Bubba is still here. What’s more, he appears to be planning a follow up to 2014’s Made on McCosh Mill Road. The Georgian emcee signed to Slumerican, Yelawolf’s Interscope imprint, in March. (MH)

Record Swap
Sat, 9am, Free
Streetlight Records, San Jose
In the past two years, vinyl sales have only gone up, which bodes well for the return of Streetlight’s Record Swap. After a short hiatus, the event returns to the parking lot of the Bascom Avenue store, where music lovers from all over the Bay will come to dig through the crates, exchange knowledge and admire the work of numerous private collectors. It’s a free event that includes live sets from Travis Hayes, Fourth Son and Callow throughout the day. If there’s an LP you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it here. (MH)

Forgotten Gods
Sat, 9pm, Free
The Caravan, San Jose
There comes a time when even the forgotten must say goodbye. For the Lovecraft-ian sounding Forgotten Gods, that time will come this Saturday, when the stoner rock trio play their final show with longtime drummer Kevin Swartz at San Jose’s de facto home of metal—the Caravan. The cover of their last record, 2015’s Twin Sisters, looks like a particularly trippy Hammer horror film, and matches that trippiness with a 10-minute epic called “Kaleidoscope Woman,” which finds a groove somewhere between Mastodon, Sabbath and Torche. It’ll be a night for headbangers, heshers and hash. Plus all the PBR you can drink. (MH)

Obon Festival
Sat-Sun, 12pm, Free
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
In Japan, the story of the Bon Odori began when Mokuren asked the Buddha to free his departed mother’s soul from purgatory. Buddha advised Mokuren to make offerings to Buddhist monks on the 15th day of the seventh month. Mokuren did as he was told and danced with joy when his mother’s soul was freed. The Bon Odori or “Bon Dance” is the main attraction at the San Jose Obon Festival, which commemorates the richness of Japanese culture. A cultural celebration would not be complete without traditional food and games, as well as three taiko performances. The festival runs through Sunday. (ST)

Island Reggae Festival
Sat, 10am, $70-$160
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose
Summertime is synonymous with music festivals. The same goes for island vacations and the bouncy grooves of reggae. As such, the annual Island Reggae Festival is a perfect fit for sunny skies and warm weather. This one-day, all-ages festival stands out from the rest with island dance competitions, lei-making demonstrations, carnival rides and a tattoo showcase, featuring some of the most talented Polynesian tattoo artists in the Bay Area. Headliners include Common Kings, Tarrus Riley and Collie Buddz, whose 2007 hit “Come Around” celebrates that glorious moment when your weed man finally gets off the couch and hits you back. (ST)

Celebrating Ella
Sun, 2pm, $15-$35
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford
The sultry and timeless voice of Ella Fitzgerald captured the hearts of music listeners around the world. The first successful woman in jazz, she collaborated with some of the best jazz musicians of her time, including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. She won 13 Grammys and her album sales exceeded 40 million. Her talents extended beyond jazz music and onto the big screen. She appeared and sang in the Abbot and Costello film, Ride ‘Em, Cowboy, and made a cameo in the film Pete Kelly’s Blues. The Stanford Jazz Festival honors Fitzgerald’s legacy with vocalists Kenny Washington, Bobbe Norris and special guest Alex Brandenburg. (ST)

Modern Times
Mon, 7pm, Free
Cemex Auditorium, Stanford
Pioneering actor, director, producer and composer Charlie Chaplin is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in film. His iconic character, The Tramp—a lovable hobo, known for his bowler hat, baggy pants and big clown-like shoes—faced adversity and overcame obstacles with comedy and good humor, but also depicted the real-life struggles Americans faced during hard times. As part of its 2016 summer festival, “Theater Takes A Stand,” The Stanford Repertory Theater will showcase Chaplin’s silent film classic, Modern Times, which finds The Tramp struggling to adjust to the industrialized work world. The festival runs through Aug. 15 and will also feature The Grapes of Wrath and American Dream. (ST)

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