Sheila E., the talented percussionist with Bay Area roots, has made it her goal to help out Oakland schools.
The musician, known for her work with Prince, is presenting the first Elevate Oakland benefit concert on Feb. 8 at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
The benefit will include such talented acts as Michael Franti and Friends (featuring members of Spearhead), Judith Hill, Ozomatli, Goapele and Orianthi.
Tickets are $75 to $125 through www.ticketmaster.com. The concert benefits Elevate Oakland, which was established by 51Oakland and the Elevate Hope Foundation, two nonprofit organizations that provide and promote music and arts education for students in need.
Show time is 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.elevateoakland.org.
Here's a little rock 'n' roll reminder: Hall of Famers Paul Simon and Sting are bringing their On Stage Together tour to the SAP Center in San Jose on Feb. 17.
The trek represents the joining forces of two of classic rock's top songbooks. Simon, of course, came to massive fame as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, but he's had just as much success as a solo artist. Sting helped make the Police one of the world's biggest bands in the '70s and '80s, before launching his own solo career.
Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets are $43 to $253, www.ticketmaster.com.
Looking for a good show to see this weekend? Try Duncan Sheik at Yoshi's San Francisco.
Sheik first came to fame in 1996, when his debut single, "Barely Breathing," became a massive radio hit and propelled its parent album to gold certification. He'd later find even greater success on Broadway, composing the music to 2006's Tony Award-winning rock musical "Spring Awakening." These days, Sheik is involved in several different projects, including a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' bloody novel "American Psycho," but still finds time to tour. He performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Yoshi's SF. Tickets are $21 to $34, www.yoshis.com.
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