Four-time Grammy winner Christian McBride will headline the California State University, Stanislaus, Jazz Festival this weekend.
The jazz bassist – who has played and recorded with everyone from Paul McCartney to Queen Latifah, Diana Krall to Wynton Marsalis, and Sting to Celine Dion – will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at Turlock Community Theatre.
McBride also will give master classes that day to students from various junior high and high schools. The jazz festival brings young musicians from across the region together for classes and workshops on campus. Some 30 jazz ensembles from more than 20 regional schools have signed up for the event.
The public is invited to the evening concert, which also will feature the California State University, Stanislaus, Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $25 general; $15 faculty, staff, students and seniors. Call (209) 667-3958 or visit www.csustan.edu/soa.
Global Music Series
Enjoy an evening of music from Brazil and the Americas featuring As Tres Meninas this weekend.
The group, whose name translates to “The Three Girls,” performs music in various genres from Brazil. The new concert series from the nonprofit group Focus On will feature duos and trios from different countries. The first event will be at 8 p.m. March 7 in The Cellar at Greens on Tenth. Doors will open for dining at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 general, $35 front tables. Call (209) 543-4261 or visit www.Focus-On.org.
Poet’s Corner Contest
Area poets are invited to submit works to the annual Poet’s Corner Contest.
The Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department sponsors the contest, which has been going locally for more than three decades. It is open to writers of all ages living in Stanislaus County. The winning poems will be included in a booklet and have readings at the McHenry Museum.
This year’s theme is “Conservation and Transformation: Poetry Celebrating Earth, Water, Wind or Fire.” Poems of no more than 32 lines will be accepted for submission until March 11. For full guidelines or to submit, visit modestogov.com/prnd/poet_corner.asp.
The Australian Bee Gees
Get that “Night Fever” from the Australian Bee Gee Show on March 11 at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The show from the producers of “RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles” and “PFX – The Pink Floyd Experience” is a tribute to the Gibbs brothers and their pop music empire. The multimedia theatrical concert will include early hits (“Massachusetts,” “To Love Somebody”), later classics (“Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancin’”) and more. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $19-$59. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
Turlock Concert Association
The Turlock Concert Association continues its season with a performance by Canadian musician Karrnnel.
He performs in a variety of styles including Canadian old-time, Ukrainian, Scottish, bluegrass and jazz. Karrnnel has been nominated for honors from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Independent Music Awards.
His show, “The Fiddle – Past, Present & Future,” will be at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Turlock Community Theatre. Tickets are $25 general, $15 students. Call (209) 668-1456 or (209) 667-5874 or visit www.turlockconcert.org.
Ripon Arts League
The Ripon Arts League closes out its 2014-15 season with a performance by Highland Way.
The group performs music from the Scottish Highlands, with a touch of Irish music as well. The concert will include jigs, ballads and more.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Ripon High School. Membership starts at $30. Call (209) 599-7876 or (209) 599-3476.