You don't have to look -- or listen -- too hard to find music in the air in West County, from free concerts to a benefit starring recording artist Jackson Browne.

The free Music on the Main concert series presented by Richmond Main Street Initiative returns from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with three performers on the bill.

Mazacote will play lively salsa music, San Pablo's own Los Cenzontles will perform "Mexicana tradicional," and Batala San Francisco will present its blend of samba and reggae on the stage at the corner of Marina Way and Macdonald Avenue. (Read more about Los Cenzontles below.)

Along with the opportunity for dancing, there will be food and artisan vendors, activities for children, Zumba fitness breaks between acts, fresh produce and even free bicycle parking.

Details: www.richmondmainstreet.org.

  • Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, has another free in-store concert this weekend. Dix Bruce and Julie Cline celebrate their new release "Look at it Rain" with a performance at 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The guitar and mandolin duo "play a wonderful combination of Americana and original music," according to Down Home.

  • Point Richmond Music continues its summer concert series from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Sept. 13 at the corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in the historic downtown district in Point Richmond. Performing are Orquesta Dharma with Latin jazz and Viento y Marea with Latin and salsa music.


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  • Pinole Community Television is holding a Fall Festival and Custom Car Show with music and dance, food, vendor and community booths, and more from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave.

    Live music will include Latin jazz by Mirage and that old time rock 'n' roll by Dave Crimmen and his band. There will also be performances by Soaring Eagles tae kwon do and Anjee's Dance.

    The day starts with a pancake breakfast available at the Pinole Senior Center from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.

    For details, contact Dave Snell at 510-741-3862 or dsnell@ci.pinole.ca.us.

  • The Music on the Main concert above is the prelude to Richmond Main Street's biggest event of the year, the annual Spirit and Soul Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 that will again feature headliner and Richmond favorite Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. Also on the entertainment lineup is R&B pop band Club Nouveau.

    The free admission event will be on the closed block of Macdonald Avenue between 13th Street and Harbour Way and offer food, wine and crafts sales, a raffle and more, benefiting Richmond Main Street and its programs to revitalize and showcase the city's downtown.

    The organization hosts the weekly Richmond Main Street farmers market at Nevin Plaza and regular Zumba classes to promote fitness.

    Details: www.richmondmainstreet.org.

  • Recording artist Jackson Browne will be joined by David Hidalgo of the band Los Lobos as headliners of a concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond to benefit programs and renovation of Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo.

    The touring group and students from Los Cenzontles will perform at the benefit concert.

    The concert is a major part of Los Cenzontles launching its Supporting Roots Campaign, which has a goal of raising $2 million that "will allow the nonprofit organization to renovate and expand its storefront, providing 30 percent more space for additional classrooms that will include a new dance studio, art room, soundproofing, storage and a kitchen for cooking classes. The campaign will also provide production equipment upgrades, additional staffing and financial reserves to ensure long-term organizational stability," the organization said in an announcement.

    The effort recently received a $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and has gotten support from numerous other philanthropic organizations. The board for the Supporting Roots Campaign includes singer Linda Ronstadt.

    Tickets for the concert are available at www.jacksonbrowne.com.

    To learn more about Los Cenzontles and the Supporting Roots Campaign, visit www.loscenzontles.com or call Lauren Merker at 510-233-8015.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: A free screening of the 2009 documentary "Fresh," a look at alternatives to industrially produced and processed food, will be shown at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in the main gallery at Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Ave, in Richmond.

    The showing is part of a monthly series presented by the Richmond Food Policy Council and sponsored by organic superfood marketer/distributor Nutiva.

    Food by Liberty Ship Cafe will be available for a $5 donation.

  • Pinole residents are encouraged to offer ideas on how their library can better serve the community at a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Alex Clark Community Room of the Pinole Public Safety Facility, 880 Tennent Ave.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.