The Independent has quickly become a Bay Area institution.
That's what happens when a venue regularly books some of the hottest bands in the entire music business. Since opening in 2004, the San Francisco club has hosted such acts as Green Day, the Black Eyed Peas, Vampire Weekend, The xx, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, fun., Miguel, Foster the People, Bon Iver, The National, Jimmy Cliff, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
I could go on and on, really.
Now, the Divisadero Street club is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary -- and, not surprisingly, it's doing so in high style. Plans call for a weeklong run of special concerts in recognition of the milestone occasion. The lineup includes some big-name artists, who could fill places much larger than the 500-capacity Independent.
The festivities kick off in fine fashion on Wednesday with acclaimed soul singer Allen Stone, who's opened for the Dave Matthews Band and performed at many marquee festivals.
Here's a look at the rest of the anniversary lineup:
John Butler Trio (Feb. 20; $35)
Beats Antique (Feb. 21; $30)
DJ Shadow (Feb. 22; $35)
Two Gallants (Feb. 23; $25)
Rebelution (Feb. 25; $35)
Girl Talk (Feb. 26; $49.50)
I expect all of these shows will sell out -- most already have. Never fear, however, since there's never a shortage of worthy upcoming shows to catch at the Independent. My personal picks include the Wailers (March 21-22), London Grammar (March 27), Rocket From the Crypt (March 28), Chromeo (April 12) and, best of all, the Dandy Warhols (April 23).
For more information, go to www.theindependentsf.com.
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Beat goes on
I love the English Beat. And, really, what's not to love? The British 2 Tone ska revival band, which got its start in 1978, just has so many great songs. Topping the list, of course, would be such immortal cuts as "Twist and Crawl," "I Confess," "Stand Down Margaret" and -- oh, yes -- "Mirror in the Bathroom." Plus, Dave Wakeling and crew also deliver a fun, energetic show.
The English Beat perform Sunday at Don Quixote's International Music Hall in lovely downtown Felton. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $20-$25; www.donquixotesmusic.info.