Dec. 29-30: Chuck Prophet, Amtrac, Jonathan Poretz, Leftover Salmon, Mitch Woods, Misfit Cabaret, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven


Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express: The San Francisco rocker calls his latest album “Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins,” which is partly inspired by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in Los Angeles in 1966, as “California noir.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Amtrac: The DJ, producer and sometimes vocalist (aka Caleb Cornett) prides himself on diversity, from moving live performances or by “working dancefloors up to a sweat with his driving yet funk-filled sets.” [10 p.m., Halcyon, 314 11th St., S.F.]

Jonathan Poretz: The Bay Area big-band crooner opens a two-night engagement of a new edition of his Rat Pack-inspired show “When Vegas Was Vegas.” [8 p.m. Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Kwanzaa, 2017: The fourth day of the Village Project’s annual community celebration observes ujamaa (cooperative economics) with a performance by blues artist Fillmore Slim. [6 p.m., West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Leftover Salmon
: The nearly 30-year-old Colorado jam band, which calls its sound “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass,” headlines a bill with the Infamous Stringdusters. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret: Singer Kat Robichaud and her band Darling Misfits are in the closing weekend of their holiday variety show with eccentric stunt and burlesque performers and homages to “Star Wars.” [8 p.m., Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson St., S.F.]

Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s: The pianist and his band follow in the footsteps of great jump-boogie outfits of the late 1940s and early ’50s. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Flamin’ Groovies: The San Francisco power pop pioneers play on a bill with The Rubinoos and The Chuckleberries. [9 p.m., New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Ninjaz Of Drama’s unique take on Shakespeare’s tale of four lovers and the “Rude Mechanicals” who stumble upon them shows the couples in middle age rather than as young, impetuous people. [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., sixth floor, S.F.]


Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker: The rock and alt-rock bands headed by David Lowery — which have released four California-themed albums in the past foru years — open their annual two-night Bay Area New Year’s engagement. [9 p.m. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Con Brio: The Bay Area band with charismatic frontman Ziek McCarter — which has been called a “party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” — plays the first gig of a two-night New Year’s engagement. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Departera: Teatro Visión invites the public to a staged reading of a new bilingual (Spanish and English) play by Evelina Fernández about a woman who is trying to train a young protege in her business of helping dying people move from life into “whatever comes next.” [1 p.m., School of Arts and Culture, Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose]

Kwanzaa, 2017: The Village Project’s annual community celebration observes the fifth day, nia (purpose), with a performance by Talent All Stars. [1 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton St., S.F.]

Zeke: The hardcore punk metal band from Seattle headlines a concert with Year of the Fist and Screaming Bloody Marys. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Oy Vey in a Manger: Kinsey Sicks, a drag a cappella group, closes the run of its delightfully sacrilegious holiday show in which “crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface and mayhem ensues, in four-part harmony.” [2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, 644 Broadway, S.F.]

Cheaper Than Therapy: Eloisa Bravo, Scott Simpson and Jon Allen and guests do standup comedy in the ongoing showcase. [10 p.m., Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jordan Garrett: The musician, whose “alternative” sound is influenced by electronic music and artists ranging from Kurt Cobain to Jim Morrison and Kanye West headlines a bill with Chow Mane, Fresh Heir, Sahih Rankz and DJ Josh Giggin. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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