Bill Medley, the surviving member of the soulful Righteous Brothers, returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts, bringing his history of hits with him. The singer and his partner, Bobby Hatfield, brought “blue-eyed soul” to the masses in the 1960s and became Top 40 radio staples with songs like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” “Just Once in My Life,” “Unchained Melody,” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” Hatfield died in 2003. Medley performed at the Gallo Center in 2010.
Hooray for Hollywood
Celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night in style at the State Theatre’s annual Oscars party. The event features a red carpet party and buffet dinner, prepared by Executive Chef John Surla of Surla’s Restaurant. Guests can enter on the theater’s red carpet for the night and enjoy a no-host bar. The 86th annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and air on ABC.
Stand Up to Cancer
The Ceres Relay for Life brings a night of local comedy together for its Stand Up to Cancer show. Ceres native Anthony Krayenhagen (known as Anthony K), headlines the show, which also includes Modesto native Marcella Arguello and Manteca native Chris Teicheira. Anthony K won the 2011 Modesto Area Music Association Award for best stand-up comedian. He has worked at the San Jose Improv, the Punch Line and the Purple Onion in San Francisco, and his hometown favorite, the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in Modesto.
Vocal Jazz Festival
The Columbia Jazz Series will host the 35th annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Columbia College. More than 400 jazz singers from 22 school groups will attend the weekend full of performances, workshops and clinics. Special evening concerts will feature guests artists each night. Headlining again this year will be jazz and blues vocalist Barbara Morrison, who worked with the Count Basie Band and toured with Ray Charles. Joining Morrison will be former Hi-Los member Don Shelton, on vocals and woodwinds, and Columbia Jazz Series newcomer and gospel singer Elaine Gibbs, who was on the first season of “The X Factor.”
House of Floyd
Visit the dark side of the moon with San Francisco’s House of Floyd. The Pink Floyd tribute band focuses on the live arrangements and sonic explorations of its namesake. The jam-based show features visual, light and sound effects that have helped make the original group legendary.
Catch the final weekend of the Prospect Theater Project production of “Next Fall.” The play about a gay male couple, one man devoutly religious and the other an atheist, is the first staged in the company’s new downtown location on K Street. The move doubles Prospect’s size and opens up opportunities for the 13-year-old theater company. The performance stars Colton Dennis as atheist Adam, and Jon Cates as Christian Luke.