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August Music Highlights

Beyond the Big Festivals

As San Francisco warms for its Indian summer, itís also the time for some of the hottest concerts of the year. While the Outside Lands and Rock The Bells festivals get most of the attention, there are a slew of quality performers coming to the Bay Area at venues large and small.

August 5th: Pure Ecstasy at 111 Minna
This Austin-based groupís lo-fi, surf rock sound is perfect for hazy mornings. This promising band is a must see for indie fans hoping to discover the next best thing.

August 6th: Orgone at the Independent
If Fela Kuti, Parliament, and Booker T had a brainchild it would have been Orgone. The nine-piece funk and soul band are making a name for themselves on the soul revival train conducted by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

August 8th: Ludacris at Slimís Can you remember a time when Ludacris performed at a venue as small as Slimís? I didnít think so. Be one of the few to show Luda how low you can go, or forever regret the missed chance to show off your booty dance to the king of stripper pole pop.

August 13th: Tokyo Police Club at Rickshaw
Shortly after graduating from high school, this group took the post-punk revival by storm with their Lessons in Crime EP. Four years later the band has matured into one of the most exciting garage rock bands.

August 13th: Jimmy Cliff at Mezzanine Bob Marley might be the most universally known reggae figure, but Jimmy Cliff is not far behind. Inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is a must see for fans of reggae and ska.

August 15th: Maceo Parker at Stern Grove Festival (Free!)
This funk and jazz saxophonist is best known for his work with James Brown, Parliment, and most recently with Prince. What better way to spend a Sunday than listening to Parker in the park.

August 28th: The Chemical Brother at Fox Theater
Over the last twenty years, the Chemical Brothers have taken big beat electronic from the underground to the mainstream, never losing relevancy to either niches.

August 28th: Emily Wells at Slimís
Itís nothing short of amazing what Emily Wells can sonically create with a violin, a sampler, and a number of kids toys. Combining hip hop, and classical music, Wells is best known for her chilling and amazing cover of Notorious B.I.G.ís ďJuicy.Ē