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Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Jan 11-17

In Clubs, Culture, Music
SO HIGH: Matt Pike and High On Fire come to The Ritz this week.

SO HIGH: Matt Pike and High On Fire come to The Ritz this week.

Over the past year and a half, San Jose’s SoFA District has been steadily upping its live music game. More recently, the resurgent South First Street Area has overhauled two of its dance clubs with Aura and Avery. This weekend, Aura presents rising R&B singer Adrian Marcel, who releases his debut album, “#GMFU,” on Saturday. Also playing SoFA this weekend, is High On Fire. Like Marcel, High On Fire hail from Oakland. Unlike Marcel they play rip-roaring heavy metal.

Chase Rice
Thu, 7pm, $15
Rodeo Club, San Jose
Drawing on his upbringing on a North Carolina farm, Chase Rice has built a country music career on songs about shooting guns, drinking beer and enduring heartbreak in small-town America. Since his major-label debut in 2014, Ignite the Night, the singer and songwriter has enjoyed a surge in popularity. The 31-year-old Rice has performed in front of sold-out stadiums, opening up for megastars Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. With intricate banjo riffs, Southern twang and a macho sound, Rice prides himself in crafting a non-traditional country tunes. (BS)

American Indian Lecture
Thu, 7 – 8pm, $10
New Museum, Los Gatos
Native Americans and their allies secured a major victory on Nov. 14. Bending to pressure from months of occupation and protest, developers halted construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which had been set to cut across the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The incident will go down as but one chapter in the rich history of the American Indian. Learn of a locally set chapter in Native American history at NUMU, as members of Silicon Valley’s American Indian population share personal stories—including tales of relocation to the Bay Area and the struggle to maintain their native identity in the face of assimilation. (DSJ)

High On Fire
Sat, 8pm, $20 – $25
The Ritz, San Jose
With seven albums under their belt, Bay Area metal trio High On Fire are living legends on the local stoner metal circuit. Founded in 1998 by Matt Pike—guitarist for pioneering San Jose doom group, Sleep—the Oakland-based High On Fire have enjoyed success since their first studio album, The Art Of Self Defense, released in 2000. Seventeen years later, High on Fire are recognized as one of the biggest metal acts to come out of the South Bay and continue to write music. In a recent interview, Pike said he hopes to complete two new albums in 2017—one with High on Fire and another with Sleep. (DSJ)

Sarah Cahill
Sat, 7:30pm, Free
Finn Center, Mountain View
The New York Times describes Sarah Cahill as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde.” Both a player and composer of 21st century classical and experimental music, Cahill has performed with the Alexander String Quartet and New Century Chamber Orchestra, and her albums have inspired other musicians, from Yoko Ono to Ingram Marshall. The 56-year-old pianist is Bay Area-based and continues to showcase her talent and the work of others on her two radio programs on KPFA in Berkeley and KALW in San Francisco. (DJS)

Smash Mouth
Sat, 7:30pm $60+
Fox Theatre, Redwood City
Perhaps the biggest alternative rock group to ever come out of San Jose returns to the South Bay for a concert benefitting the Nine Lives Foundation. Formed in San Jose in 1994, the quartet scored their first big hit with “Walkin’ on the Sun,” from their 1997 full-length debut, Fush Yu Mang. The group went on to chart several more well-known singles. In recent years, Smash Mouth has served as punching bag for music critics and Twitter trolls. Whatev. Haters gonna hate. Just try not to sing along to the chorus of “All Star” next time you’re three-drinks deep at karaoke. (VS)

Adrian Marcel
Sat, 9:30pm, Sold Out
Aura Nightclub, San Jose
With his boyish good looks, winning personality and silky-smooth voice, Adrian Marcel has all the hallmarks of an R&B star. Born and raised in Oakland, Marcel has a lot going for him. He credits his parents for their love and support and gives big props to his mentor, Grammy-winning musician and producer Raphael Saadiq. His collaborations with E-40 and Wale have also helped. And then there’s “2AM”—Marcel’s ode to turning up in the club, featuring Sage The Gemini. The track boasts nearly 50 million YouTube views. The 27-year-old singer will release his debut full-length, #GMFU, at Aura this weekend. (VS)

Zoran Dukic
Sat, 7:30pm, $25-35
San Jose, Trianon Theater
Celebrated classical guitarist Zoran Dukic is truly a master of his instrument. Toggling between powerful fortissimo passages and gentle pianissimo strains with ease, he displays a command of his music, which has earned him a reputation as one of the best in the world. A player since the age of 6, the Croatian-born musician is known for his repertoire of Spanish and South American music and is the only guitarist to have won Andrés Segovia competitions in both Palma de Mallorca and Granada, Spain. His San Jose performance is presented by the South Bay Guitar Society. (VS)

The Phorms
Sat, 7:30pm, Free
Art Boutiki, San Jose
The Phorms are coming home after a mini-tour showcasing their latest full-length album, Guilty As Well. Influenced by the likes of Arcade Fire, The Beatles and Sublime, the San Jose band blends ’60s psychedelia and indie pop into a distinctly groovy sound that champions peace, love and good vibes. The band’s latest record was officially released Jan. 8 at San Francisco’s Milk Bar venue, but the real party will be this weekend when The Phorms perform for a hometown crowd along with The Mountain Chimes and Israel Sanchez. (BS)

John Underwood
Mon, 8pm, Free
The Ritz, San Jose
John Underwood is the definition of a one-man band. The Reno native creates a full folk band sound—all by his lonesome—with an unusual stage setup that includes a banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion, trumpet, trombone, electric bass and a small trap kit, all running through a looping station, which he controls via pedals at his feet. When he gets tired of doing all the work himself, Underwood can be found performing in one of two gypsy-folk projects—Six Mile Station and Dirty Kid Discount, both of which are also based in Reno. (BS)

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