Pop-soul sophisticate Amber Mark appears at Great American Music Hall. (Courtesy Universal)

May 27-29: Carnaval, Carla dal Forno, KBLX Stone Soul Concert, BayCon 2018, Presidio Memorial Day, Seong-Jin Cho, Amber Mark, Damien Jurado, Slowdive


Carnaval San Francisco: The huge 40th annual celebration of food, music, dance and art from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Africa, Chile and Haiti includes the big parade with grand marshals Adela Chu and Chuchito Valdés Jr. beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 24th and Bryant streets. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, S.F.]

Carla dal Forno: The Australian singer-songwriter, who plays “psychedelic folk with post-punk economy,” headlines a bill with Tess Roby, a Montreal-based photographer and musician. [8 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

KBLX Stone Soul Concert: The 21st annual R&B fest presents Frankie Beverly & Maze, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Angela Winbush, Zapp and Rob Base on its second day. [Noon, Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

BayCon 2018: The science-fiction convention celebrates its 36th year with the theme “Patchwork Fandom: Stitching the Generations Together,” with a concentration on costuming and uniting fans of all ages. [9 a.m. to 9 p.m., San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport, 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo]

#TakinBackSunday: Dignity in Process, a group representing queer, trans, black and native individuals, presents the “trans-denominational” service in which participants can “reconnect with ritual routes of indigenous, Creole and Afro-Diasporic origins.” [5:30 p.m., California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., S.F.]

Primitive Man: Denver’s favorite doom practitioners headline the tour, which also includes Celeste, Infernal Coil and Vale. [7 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Hockey Dad: The Australian surf rock duo headlines a Noise Pop show with Cold Fronts, a Philadelphia indie rock band with the new album “Fantasy Du Jour” on Sire Records. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Jeff Denson: The jazz bassist celebrates the release of his new recording “Outside My Window.” [7 p.m., Black Cat, 400 Eddy St., S.F.]

Amanda Brown: The soulful singer, who appeared on the third season of “The Voice,” has a new album “Dirty Water.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

St. Paul & The Broken Bones: The soul band from Birmingham, Ala. formed in 2011 by Paul Janeway and Jesse Phillips headlines a bill with Low Cut Connie, classic rockers from South Philadelphia. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue: The 46th annual gathering offers entertainment by André Pessis and his Allstars, barbecue chicken and vegetarian fare, handmade desserts, dancing, drinks, a raffle and kids play zone. [Noon to 5 p.m., Santos Meadow, Frank Valley Road, Muir Beach]

The Presidio’s Memorial Day commemoration includes a procession, ceremony and picnic. (Courtesy Charity Vargas)


Presidio Memorial Day 2018 Commemoration: The 150th annual event begins with a march featuring veterans and the Army Band, followed by an 11 a.m. ceremony at the National Cemetery, a 21-gun salute and community picnic in the Main Post area. [10:30 a.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.]

Korean War Memorial Foundation Memorial Ceremony: The nonprofit, with a mission to educate about the “Forgotten War” (1950-53) and honor those who fought in it, hosts a Memorial Day commemoration followed by a luncheon. [12:30 p.m., Lincoln Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue, Presidio National Park, S.F.]

Seong-Jin Cho: The Steinway Society presents the Chopin International Competition gold medalist, on his 24th birthday, in a piano recital of works by Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy. [2:30 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

Pop-soul sophisticate Amber Mark appears at Great American Music Hall. (Courtesy Universal)


Amber Mark: The soulful New York-based twentysomething singer-songwriter who mixes R&B, bossa nova and electronica, and has a sophistication reminiscent of Sade, is on her first headlining tour. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 850 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Damien Jurado: The indie-folk singer-songwriter’s 13th solo album “The Horizon Just Laughed” has received rave reviews from Paste, SPIN and the Wall Street Journal. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Slowdive: The English shoe gaze pioneers — joined by Dean (Wareham, Galaxie 500) & Britta (Phillips, Jem) — open a two-night stand. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Centennial Reckoning: Audiences are invited to follow a preview of a work-in-progress dance performance about LGBTQ people and immigrants who have served in the military, which travels throughout the Veterans Building. [6 to 8 p.m., SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Trina Lopez: The San Francisco History Association presents the filmmaker, speaking about her documentary, “A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries.” [7:30 p.m., Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F.]

Las Rosas
: The Brooklyn band plays a “lean, psych-infused brand of garage rock with jangly guitars and a playful pop edge.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Natalia Lafourcade
: The Grammy-winning Mexican pop star is well known to American audiences for her appearance on “Remember Me” from the movie “Coco.”[8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Marisa Anderson
: Appearing on a bill with experimental Canadian band Godspeed, the guitarist plays from “Cloud Corner,” an album combining her expertise in American country and blues, with influences from West African guitar to 20th century classical. [8 p.m., Fox, 1607 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]


The Presidio’s Memorial Day commemoration includes a procession, ceremony and picnic. (Courtesy Charity Vargas)

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