1 MICHAEL FRANTI: The Bay Area vocalist and musician has put together a rich career ranging from socially conscious hip-hop to infectious, danceable pop hits such as "Say Hey (I Love You)." An enthralling performer, Franti comes to the Fox Theater with his band Spearhead on Oct. 11 in support of their new album "All People."

Details: 8 p.m.; $39.50; www.apeconcerts.com.

2 MISNER & SMITH: The duo celebrate the release of a new album, "Seven Hour Storm," with a show at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage on Oct. 11. Expect more of the duo's deft musicianship, evocative lyrics and tight harmonies.

Details: 8 p.m.; $20.50 advance/$22.50 door; 5190-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.

Michael Franti brings his tour in support of a new album to the Fox Theater in Oakland Oct. 11(John Green/Staff archives)
Michael Franti brings his tour in support of a new album to the Fox Theater in Oakland Oct. 11 (John Green/Staff archives) ( JOHN GREEN )

3 "TARZAN -- THE MUSICAL": Anyone who's ever dreamed of taking in a stage musical by Phil Collins has been waiting for this moment for all their life (sorry, I couldn't resist). This adaptation of the Disney movie co-authored by Collins and David Henry Hwang, comes to Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts in a production by Contra Costa Musical Theatre.

Details: Oct.11-Nov. 10; $44-$54; 925-943-7469, www.ccmt.org.

4 PETER ROWAN: The bluegrass guitarist, mandolinist and singer (and yodeler) has some first-rate credentials. He was a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in the 1960s, and teamed with David Grisman in the bands Earth Fire and Old and in the Way (which also featured Jerry Garcia). On Oct. 11, he comes to the Point Richmond Acoustic concert series with Tibetan singer/songwriter Yungchen Lhamo, for a show titled "Mountain to Mountain -- Appalachia to the Himalayas."

Details: 8 p.m.; First Methodist Church of Point Richmond; $20 advance (available at Down Home Records, El Cerrito) $22 door; www.pointacoustic.org.

5 ALEXANDRA SILBER: The Broadway star, who earned sterling reviews when she sang the part of Maria in the San Francisco Symphony concert staging of "West Side Story," comes to Feinstein's cabaret venue at San Francisco's Hotel Nikko.

Details: 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 7 p.m. Oct. 12; $30-$50; 866-663-1063, www.ticketweb.com.

6 DIABLO SYMPHONY: The Walnut Creek orchestra opens its 51st season with a program featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Schumann's Piano Concerto (featuring pianist Eric Zivian) and Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

Details: 2 p.m. Oct. 13; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $12-$28; 925-943-7469, www.diablosymphony.org. Excerpts from the program will be performed at a free concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette.

7 DANCE THEATRE OF SAN FRANCISCO: Into the Bay Area's busy dance scene comes San Francisco Opera dancer Annabelle Henry's new company, aiming to spotlight new works by a wide variety of choreographers. True to form, DTSF's debut program this weekend features world premieres by choreographers Erik Wagner (San Francisco Ballet), Sandrine Cassini (Paris Opera Ballet and Zurich Ballet), Lesa Dusich (Reno Dance Company) and Marcos Vedoveto (Zhukov Dance Theatre).

Details: 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13; ODC Theatre, San Francisco; $25-$30; www.odctheater.org.

8 LIVINGSTON TAYLOR: His folk/pop career hasn't matched that of his famous older brother, James Taylor, but Livingston's knack for understated, melodic tunes, versatile voice and charming stage presence has kept him in demand on the concert circuit. Taylor comes to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on Oct. 10.

Details: 7:30 p.m.; $15-$45; 925-373-6800, www.mylvpac.com.

9 TONY T. ROBERTS: The Detroit-born comedian and staple of TV comedy shows once took second place at the Oakland Comedy Competition, and he'll be back in the East Bay this weekend for a stint at Tommy T's in Pleasanton.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Oct. 11, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Oct. 13; $20-$30; 925-227-1800, http://tommyts.com.

10 "BURIED CHILD": Sam Shepard's shocking, disturbing and often hilarious portrait of a wrecked Midwestern American family got its premiere at San Francisco's Magic Theatre 35 years ago. Its celebrated revival at the same company has been a big hit, but it closes on Sunday.

Details: 8 p.m. Oct. 10-12, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Magic Theatre, Building D in San Francisco's Fort Mason complex; $20-$55; www.magictheatre.org.

Contact Randy McMullen at rmcmullen@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter.com/randymac57.