Saturday night's fireworks over Monterey Bay are only one of the many big things going on this weekend. If you're a live music fan, you've got some decision-making to do, as there's great live performances going on all over the county this weekend.
It's the beginning of a big weekend for classical music fans, as the Carmel Bach Festival rolls into its second week. From 11-noon, listen to a performance of the work of 17th-century Baroque composer Henry Purcell at Wave Street Studios in Monterey. $25. Hear two landmark string quartet pieces by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a string quintet piece by Haydn, at "Passing the Mantle" at Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel. 2:30-3:30 pm, $25. In Pacific Grove, the annual Feast of Lanterns kicks off with the Pet Parade down Lighthouse Avenue at 2:30 pm. Stick around for the street dance at 6 pm. Free. Tonight, Carmel Plaza's Jazz at the Plaza series features music from David Morwood (who is both an accomplished jazz drummer AND an accomplished surgeon) and wine from da Giovanni Winery, plus food from Bistro Beaujolais. 5pm-7pm, $15. Friday night's main Carmel Bach Festival concert is Haydn's The Creation at the Sunset Center. The concert is from 8-10 pm, and is preceded by a free lecture on The Creation from 6:45-7:15, as well as a brass performance in the courtyard from 7:20 to 7:45 pm. Concert tickets are $47 and $65. Former Pavement member Stephen Malkmus brings his new act The Jicks to Big Sur's Henry Miller Library tonight, and (astoundingly) tickets are, at last report, still available. The Entrance Band opens. 7 pm, $22.50. Three country-flavored Bay Area indie artists hit Jose's on Wave Street in Monterey tonight: The Aerosols, Gravid Wives, and Antonette G. 9 pm. $5. On the other side of Monterey, The Hippodrome continues bringing in great hip-hop acts, with a live performance from Grammy winners Bone Thugs 'n Harmony. 9pm. $20/advance, $25/door.
The Feast of Lanterns takes over Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. Children's activities begin at 11 am and the food booths open at noon. Live entertainment also begins at noon, and culminates in a live performance of the Legend of the Blue Willow at 7 pm, followed by fireworks after nightfall. Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley once again hosts their Lavender Harvest Demonstration and Lunch. Sip lavender-infused iced tea, lemonade and (non-infused) wine while touring the vineyard, then smell oils of lavender from all over the world while learning about the lavender distillation and fragrance-making process. Chef Cal Stamenov prepares a great meal (and gives guests the inside scoop on its preparation); the pastry chef does the same with dessert. 11 am, $85/person. The Carmel Bach Festival continues with concerts and films. Spend your morning listening to light Viennese classical music from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven at the Sunset Center. 11am-noon, $27. Carmel's once-a-year House and Garden Tour gives you a rare chance to see places like the Frank Lloyd Wright House, Harmony House and The Door House in person. There's also a reception at the First Murphy house. Self-guided tours run from 1-5pm; the reception is from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. $25 in advance, $30 day-of. The documentary The Singing Revolution tells the moving story of how the people of Estonia used song as a means to nonviolently protest the Russian rule of their country and eventually win freedom. Sunset Center, 1:30-3:30pm, $10. Watch the trailer below, but make sure you have a tissue handy.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's extended weekend summer hours continue tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm. Wander the galleries with a glass of wine in hand while listening to live jazz, or make a dinner reservation at the Portola Restaurant. Included in admission fee. Tonight's main concert at the Carmel Bach Festival is "Orchestral Heroics," an evening of all-Beethoven featuring Symphony Number 3 in E-flat Major and Piano Concerto Number 4 in G Major, from 8-10pm. Learn more about Beethoven's works with a free lecture from 6:45 to 7:15 pm, and enjoy a free brass performance in the courtyard from 7:20 to 7:45 pm. Main concert tickets are $47 and $65. In a perfect combination of band and venue, House of Floyd performs "The Wall" in its entirety at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, bringing lasers and video to the redwood grove to enhance your full sensory experience of the music. Gates open at 7 pm; the performance starts at 8 pm. $27.50. Get a good look at the universe that surrounds us at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District's "Exploring the Summer Sky" evening at Garland Ranch Regional Park. Look through high-powered telescopes while Dr. Jim Eagle points out the stars and constellations; you'll be amazed at what you can see. Held at the Visitors Center. 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, $11 per person or $33 for a group of four; register online. Santa Cruz funky-soul outfit Naomi and the Courteous Rudeboys are sure to make the crowd dance at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur Saturday night. 9 pm, free.
For one day, Moss Landing's population will swell to rival Monterey's as the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair takes over the sleepy burg. Literally, hundreds of antique booths will line the streets. The pancake breakfast starts at 7:30, and the gates open at 8 am. Make sure to wear sunblock! $5. The Buddhist Temple of Salinas hosts the Obon Festival, which is in many ways the Buddhist equivalent of the Day of the Dead. The event includes many aspects of Japanese culture, including live taiko drumming, obon dancing, martial arts demos, a tea ceremony, karaoke, and lots of Japanese food. Noon-8:30 pm, free. Sunday afternoon's main concert at the Bach Festival, "Sacred and Secular Revelations," features performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn's Psalm 42, Op. 2, and Brahms' Nänie. The free pre-concert talk, from 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm, focuses on Bach's Christmas Oratorio and is followed by a free brass performance in the courtyard. All performances are at the Sunset Center. The main concert starts at 2:30 pm; tickets are $47 and $65. Jazz flutist Kenny Stahl is this weeks' artist at the Big Sur River Inn's Sunday Music Series. Grab some brunch, or just sit on the lawn and enjoy the music. 1 pm, free. The Feast of Lanterns ends with closing ceremonies at Jewell Park. There will be refreshments and live entertainment. 1 pm, free. Seaside's weekly Sunday Blues event continues, with blues and art in Laguna Grande Park. Bring a picnic! This week, Berkeley funky zydeco act Tom Rigney and Flambeau perform. 1 pm, free. Stay late at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where extended weekend summer hours continue tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm. Wander the galleries with a glass of wine in hand while listening to live jazz. Included in admission fee. A special late-night performance from the Carmel Bach Festival highlights one of the woodwinds' most complex instruments, the oboe. Pieces performed will be Bach's For Oboe and Strings and Marcello's Concerto for Oboe in C Minor. 9pm -10pm, $30, All Saints Church. If you're looking for even more to keep you busy, then you must have more stamina than we do! Take a look at the Monterey County Weekly's online calendar for more ideas.