This week features a list of music and comedy that are sure to get you excited. Over the weekend, a symphony and a pop legend take over Bay Area theaters, and as the week progresses, hip-hop powerhouses, popular comedians and YouTube thrills take over. . If you have a night off, you can’t go wrong with any night out this week.
Saturday August 12 | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – In concert
The “Harry Potter” franchise is a literary and film legend; children and adults around the world have been dazzled by the wizarding world for over two decades. There is, however, a special magic that is unique to films: the incredible score by John Williams. Potterheads can rejoice on Saturday as the film’s first installment, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” plays at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on a 40-foot screen. The screening, presented to the public by SHN Broadway, will feature a symphony orchestra providing the accompanying music behind the film. The show (which also has performances on Sundays) starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available on the SHN website.
Sunday August 13 | Lady Gaga at AT&T Park
Lady Gaga has come a long way since arriving on the music scene in the mid-2000s. Gone are the days of college dance classics like âPaparazziâ and âPoker Faceâ. Lady Gaga has always been constantly evolving, but her latest album Jeanne feels like the purest expression of her often underestimated vocal abilities. The album’s two singles – “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” – have nearly 94 million and 135 million views on Spotify, respectively. His concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are available on Ticketmaster.
Monday August 14 | 2 Chainz at the Fox Theater
Georgian hip-hop giant 2 Chainz performs this week at one of Oakland’s most iconic concert halls, the Fox Theater. During his tour to promote his latest hit parade, Pretty girls love trap music, with hits like “4 AM” with Travis Scott and “It’s a Vibe” with Ty Dolla $ ign, Trey Songz and JhenÃ© Aiko. 2 Chainz is a leading figure in Atlanta’s sprawling music scene and has led the trap resurgence to the forefront of contemporary hip-hop. His performance in Oakland will begin at 8 p.m. Monday night. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster from $ 50.
Tuesday August 15 | Mike Birbiglia: the new one
By popular demand, “Mike Birbiglia: The New One” has extended its airing at the Berkeley Repertory Theater until the end of August. Birbiglia is best known for her comedy specials such as “Sleepwalk with Me” and “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales From My Secret Public Journal”. Tuesday’s 70-minute show, presented by the representative from Berkeley, begins at 8 p.m. and takes place at Peet’s Theater in Berkeley. Tickets range from $ 45 to $ 60 – or $ 35 to $ 50 if you’re under 30 – and each ticket includes a drink as part of the package.
Wednesday August 16 | Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s postmodern jukebox
YouTube sensations Postmodern Jukebox and Straight No Chaser have joined forces for a concert at the Concord Pavilion next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and The Strokes, infusing them with characteristic elements of 20th century jazz and swing styles. Meanwhile, Straight No Chaser are an a capella group that signed a recording deal after going viral for their cover of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Together, the two groups promise to bring fun and fresh reimaginings of modern music. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.
Shannon O’Hara is the Associate Arts and Entertainment Editor. Contact her at [emailÂ protected]. Contact Sophie-Marie Prime at [emailÂ protected].