ROCK ON! A short list of acts from past, present and future about to grace Bay Area stages this fall 

click to enlarge B.B. King will be playing the Mountain Winery on Sept. 8. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • B.B. King will be playing the Mountain Winery on Sept. 8.

Harmony by the Bay

The KFOG-sponsored concert with multiple stages hosts the Shins, Tegan and Sara, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Beats Antique, Matisyahu, Jimmy Cliff, Kimbra and the Dirty Heads — along with an eco- and world marketplace and yoga programs.  

[2 p.m. Sept. 29, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $39.50-$75]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Thanks to the late, great Warren Hellman, financier and acoustic music fan, The City’s most popular annual free festival — turning 11 this year — books the best in the business.

[Oct. 5-7, Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, free]

Treasure Island Music Festival

Much-hyped electro upstart Grimes is expected to draw a big crowd; the lineup also includes Public Enemy, Girl Talk, The xx, Gossip, Los Campesinos!, Ty Segall and more.

[Oct. 13-14, Treasure Island, $75-$239.50]


After one too many plastic bottle attacks, the indie-rock icon has started performing at theaters and symphony halls.

[8 p.m. Nov. 16, Davies Symphony Hall, $49.50-$89.50]

B.B. King, Robert Cray Band

B.B. King might be 86, but the most smiley man in blues is still kicking out the jams. The 16-time Grammy Award winner of “The Thrill is Gone” fame shares the stage with younger blues master Cray.

[7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Mountain Winery, $49.50-$125]

Willie Nelson and Family

With any luck, the bandana-clad country singer and Farm Aid president won’t get pulled over by the cops on his way to the venue.

[7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Mountain Winery, $45-$125]

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

The award-winning and acclaimed group is known for outstanding live performances of contemporary and traditional gospel tunes.

[8 p.m. Oct. 6, Freight & Salvage, $20.50-$22.50]

Def Leppard, Poison

Hairspray, denim and hit after hit are expected from these classic 1980s rockers — back in the spotlight thanks to the “Rock of Ages” musical and film.

[7 p.m. Sept. 14, Sleep Train Pavilion, $36-$210]


The enigmatic musician best known for a psychedelic tour de force, 1970’s “Cold Fact,” was so mysterious many people once thought he was dead.

[9 p.m. Sept. 29, Bimbo’s 365 Club, $20]


Original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir join forces as Further.

[7 p.m. Sept. 30, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $40-$79.90]

Adam Ant

The dandiest 1980s New Romantic pop star is back onstage in full libertine regalia in his first American tour in more than 10 years.

[8 p.m. Oct. 18, Regency Ballroom, $29.50-$32]


The legendary New York rapper and Stop the Violence founder has collaborated with Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, Nas, Talib Kweli and many more.

[9 p.m. Sept. 8, Red Devil Lounge, $20]

Dead Kennedys

The Bay Area punk heroes have started touring again with rumors of new material.

[9 p.m. Oct. 5, Regency Ballroom, $25-$27]


The legacy started by Judas Priest, Dio, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Slayer comes together in Seattle band Skelator’s rockable shredfests of metal for rockers.

[9:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Hemlock Tavern, $10]


New York’s noisiest industrial band is notorious for punishingly loud shows, never being as radio-friendly as early gig buddies Sonic Youth. The lighter, more delicate psych-influenced Xiu Xiu opens.

[8 p.m. Sept. 10, The Regency Ballroom, $30-$34]

Accept, Kreator

Teutonic Terror Attack 2012 headliners are German rockers Accept, which grew from meek Scorpions-alikes to thrash-metal pioneers. With TT Quick’s Mark Tornillo new lead singer, it co-headlines with German thrashers Kreator. Swallow the Sun opens.

[7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, The Regency Ballroom, $29-$32]

Morbid Angel

The death-metal gods are on tour for the first time in six years. Sweden’s Dark Funeral and Grave open.

[9 p.m. Oct. 12, Slim’s, $31]

Maximo Park

Known for his split-kicks, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith brings the British band back to its swift, angular, post-punk roots on the new album, “The National Health.”

[9 p.m. Sept. 20, Slim’s, $18-$20]

Animal Collective

The band’s shows are like raves for wallflowers, but pleasantly so, with twittery, glitchy electronic tinkerings opening up to produce billowing, bountiful soundscapes.

[8 p.m. Sept. 21-22, Fox Theater, $35]

Helio Sequence

The Portland, Ore., band makes a lot of sound for just two people, driving thrumming, hypnotic pop home in each passionate, sweat-riddled show.

 [8 p.m. Oct. 4, Independent, $18]


The Danish-born duo’s specialty is 1950s-influenced, reverb-heavy rock-pop.

[9 p.m. Oct. 12, Bimbo’s 365 Club, $25]

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