Central West Ballet’s “Let’s Dance!” culminates the first year of its James Irvine Foundation Grant Dance Initiative. The show will feature a mix of traditional classical ballets and dances done to classic rock. The professional ballet company’s grant has been to create more interactive dance experiences for the community. It has had performances at Tenth Street Plaza and Vintage Faire Mall, as well as taught and learned choreography at hip-hop and ballroom dance studios in town. The “Let’s Dance!” show will include audience participation.
County music legend Mel Tillis returns to the area, bringing his 57 years of music experience and stories. Over the years, Tillis released 60 albums, which have spawned 36 Top 10 Billboard singles and nine No. 1 hits, including “Good Woman Blues,” “Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rain.” At 81, the singer-songwriter still plays about 100 shows a year with his long-running band, the Statesiders.
Super Diamond benefit
The Neil Diamond tribute act Super Diamond headlines a fundraiser for the Royal Family Kids’ Camp, a summer camp experience for young children recovering from abuse and neglect. All proceeds for the event will go toward the nonprofit, which is staffed entirely by volunteers. San Francisco-based Super Diamond has toured the United States and appeared on David Letterman’s late-night TV show.
The explosive Japanese “taiko” drumming and innovative choreography of TAO returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts. The troupe currently is touring with its new production, “Phoenix Rising,” and has been performing shows worldwide since 1993. This will be the third time the group has come to the Gallo Center.
Santana tribute band
The music of Santana comes alive in a show by tribute act Caravanserai. The Bay Area group plays the Latin rock legend’s hits, like “Oye Como Va,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways” and more. The ensemble was founded by Leo Herrera and features a Latin percussion section and precision guitar work.
St. James Concert Series
The St. James Concert Series presents pianist Natsuki Fukasawa at the Red Church in Sonora. Fukasawa has played across the U.S. Europe, Israel, Australia, Brazil and Asia, performing at venues like Carnegie Hall and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall. In 2012, Fukasawa was added to the distinguished roster of International Steinway Artists. Her program will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more.