Shows we can’t wait to see this fall

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It is shaping up to be one of the hottest fall seasons on record.

And no, we’re not talking about the weather.

We are talking about gigs.

As expected, many artists who postponed/cancelled their concert tour plans in 2020, 2021 and, even, early 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now bringing their road show to town this fall.

Plus, the festival scene continues to go from strength to strength, with some of the region’s most anticipated multi-day musical gatherings taking place this fall.

Here’s a look at some of the top music events happening in the Bay Area over the next few months:

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Pink Floyd fans should be on the (dark side of) the moon, as two of the legendary band’s founding members are set to tour the Bay Area.

The first is Roger Waters, which is taking its spectacular Floyd-centric arena to Northern California for three huge shows in September. The rescheduled This Is Not a Drill trek – which Waters would have called his “first farewell tour” – was originally scheduled to start in mid-2020, but didn’t actually kick off until July 2022. The setlists have been phenomenal, offering Floyd masterpieces such as “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)”, “Sheep” and “Have a Cigar”.

A month later, Nick Mason visits Oakland with a show that should bear little resemblance to the Waters concerts. Instead of playing classic rock radio staples from 1973’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to 1979’s “The Wall,” the drummer’s Saucerful of Secrets project focuses on lesser-known — but no less impressive — early tracks. by Floyd. The show, which has been rescheduled from February, should be a major treat for high-flying psychedelic rock fans.

Details: Roger Waters, 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Golden 1 Center, Sacramento; $25 and up; 8 p.m. Sept. 23-24 at Chase Center, San Francisco; $33 and up, ticketmaster.com. Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, 11 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Fox Theater, Oakland; $55 to $149.50; ticketmaster.com

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Roxy Music

It’s been 21 years since the hugely influential rock band last performed in the Bay Area, delivering a brilliant set at the Concord Pavilion in 2001 that local fans still cherish to this day. Yet the long wait is finally over and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band – featuring Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson – have come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1972’s incredible ‘Roxy Music’ debut. .

It should be great to hear the band perform a mix of their early edgy/glam-rock works, such as (hopefully) ‘Re-Make/Re-Model’, ‘Ladytron’ and ‘If There Is Something as well as later pop masterpieces like “Avalon” and “Angel Eyes.”

Details: 8 p.m. September 26; Chase Center, San Francisco; $47 and up; ticketmaster.com

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 22: Allison Russell performs onstage during the 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 22, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 22: Allison Russell performs onstage during the 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 22, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music Association) Terry Wyatt Archive/Getty Images)

Barely Strictly Bluegrass

The beloved free music festival – featuring blues, country, folk, rock, bluegrass and other cool styles – is back as an in-person event for the first time since 2019. And, wow, n ever missed. Sure, the virtual HSB offerings in 2020 and 2021 were pretty cool, but there’s nothing like venturing out to Golden Gate Park and catching all that great music in person. Just ask the half-million attendees who traditionally show up, making Hardly Strictly Bluegrass the busiest annual event on NorCal’s concert calendar. This year’s lineup includes Meklit, Marcus Mumford, Emmylou Harris, Allison Russell and so many other talented artists.

Details: Sept. 30-Oct. 2; Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; free; hardstrictlybluegrass.com

Dee Dee Bridgewater with Dee Dee Bridgewater's Memphis performs at the 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival at the Monterey County Fair and Events Center in Monterey, Calif., on Saturday, September 16, 2017. (Vern Fisher Monterey Herald)
Dee Dee Bridgewater with Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Memphis performs at the 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival at the Monterey County Fair and Events Center in Monterey, Calif. on Saturday, September 16, 2017. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

Monterey Jazz Festival

Speaking of beloved festivals, arguably no musical gathering is more beloved by its regular attendees than Monterey Jazz. For more than 60 years, people from all over the Bay Area – and far beyond – have been returning faithfully to the Monterey County Fairgrounds to enjoy three days of incredible music each fall. One look at the 2022 lineup and you’ll see why so many have made Monterey Jazz an annual tradition. This year’s bill includes talents such as Gregory Porter, Chucho Valdes and MJF On Tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Lakecia Benjamin, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura and Clarence Penn.

Details: September 23-25; Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey; day tickets between $30 and $130; goes from $75 to $650; montereyjazzfestival.org

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