Mother Hips join star lineup at Mystic Theatre

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ALL IN THE HIPS: It has been more than two decades and 10 albums since The Mother Hips started making music, yet the band’s sound can’t be confined to one category. If anything, the group’s songs amount to a totally unshackled collection of music.

At times there’s a little country, then the music is full of rock ’n’ roll, sprinkled with the sassy type of guitar riffs that lead to wordless guitar hum-alongs. Each song is distinct, yet the music flows together in a seamless way.

Take the group’s latest record, “Chorus,” which starts off with a slow, twangy song titled “Clean Me Up” before bursting into “Didn’t Pay The Bill,” a high-octane whirlwind reminiscent of 1950s rock.

The band has gone through several ups, downs — and even a speed-flying accident that left frontman Tim Bluhm with a shattered pelvis and nearly a lost leg — but somehow the band always finds a way to pull through and continue making music.

Now, after outgrowing the title “local band,” the San Francisco number has shared the stage with Johnny Cash, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and The Black Crowes, to name a few.

Not bad for a group of Chico State students who formed the band between classes in the early 1990s, right?

Back to perform at the second annual Declan Walsh benefit concert, at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, The Mother Hips are set to play with Jackie Greene and The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men.

Though the tickets are a little on the pricey side, as of now it’s The Mother Hips’ only Bay Area stop for the year, so make sure to snag tickets before the show sells out.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. $48.


JAM OUT! JaM Cellars Ballroom is known for hosting acts year-round while bringing music legends like Foo Fighters to wine country as a BottleRock presenting sponsor.

But it’s easy to forget the JaM Cellars wine and music studio in downtown Napa is also an essential stop to catch local artists.

As a music-driven space with colorful walls decorated with vintage rock ‘n’ roll magazine covers and a classic vinyl collection for when bands aren’t rocking out on site, it satisfies both wine and music aficionados.

Much like the Lagunitas Taproom in Petaluma and any of the three HopMonk Taverns, JaM Cellars has become a dimly lit sanctuary where locals can grab a drink and find top-notch music, even if it’s a weekday.

This February, the live music calendar is full of amazing “JaMSessions,” a fitting spot for the small, intimate performances found at the JaM Cellars wine and music studio. And there’s no cover charge.

Indie-pop artist Emily Afton is amongst the list of upcoming must-see acts stopping though Downtown Napa for a JaMSession.

Her unique blend of electronic music and witty lyrics embody an energetic spirit to rival that of hit electronic artists such as MØ, while channeling an early Florence and the Machine.

Other notable musicians include the North Bay’s own Highway Poets and soul singer songwriter Chris Pierce.

Make sure to swing by early on show days to catch the daily “toast with Toast” at 4 p.m.

It’s a good chance to raise a complimentary glass of Toast Sparkling, JaM Cellars delicious bubbly with hints of melon, white peach and orange blossom.

Wednesdays are also a good day to bring a friend since it’s buy one, get one half off in honor of “Wine Wednesday.”

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, JaM Cellars wine and music studio, 1460 First St., Napa. Free.

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