Toots Toots -- What Yo-Yo Ma is to cello, what Tito Puente was to Latin percussion, Toots Thielemans is to the harmonica. The Belgian-born musician has become the ultimate symbol of his instrument, at least in jazz and classical circles (although Howlin' Wolf fans might take umbrage). He's played with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny and Paul Simon. Dude's a living legend, so don't miss him and piano great Kenny Werner this Wednesday, April 27, at SFCC. The show starts at 7:30 pm; tickets are $20. Call 325-SEAT for more. (Ed. Note: Don't worry; Thielemans has no connection to the annoying '60s-era group, the Harmonicats.)
Left and Leaving -- We've been racking our brains for months, trying to decide whether to spend Tuesday night, April 26, at the Big Easy with Todd Snider or to pack up the van for the six-hour road trip to Kelowna, British Columbia (that's as close as it gets) for the Weakerthans and the Constantines. Snider won out, but it doesn't mean you can't go see Canada's favorite pop-punk band without us. The show at the Warehouse starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 (CDN). Call Ticketmaster Canada for more. If you go, we want a full report.
Solo and Acoustic -- L.A.-based Robert Deeble does the thoughtful one-man folk-pop thing with an authenticity and a grace that makes the grit of life and the horror of loving seem somehow beautiful. He'll perform songs from his album Thirteen Stories at the Crosswalk, 2723 E. Gordon Ave. (not the one downtown) this Friday night, April 22, with local artist Caleb Roloff. Tickets are $7 in advance ($8 at the door) and can be purchased at Crosswalk or at the Shop at 924 S. Perry St. The Shop Coffee Truck will stop at the show to supply all of your java needs. Call 280-3455.