Pick your favorite genre of music and there's probably something for you this weekend on the Peninsula. Enjoy!

John A. Greenwald on Ruth Wightman Morris

Thursday, March 9, 4pm

Wave Street Studios, Monterey


Join the Friends of the Monterey Public Library and author John A. Greenwald, who will discuss his book Wild Bird. The story centers around Ruth Wightman Morris, the former owner of La Mirada, and her affairs, car-racing, plane-flying and other hijinks during the 1920s. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

(Photo courtesy of johngreenwald.com)

The Black Donnellys 

Friday, March 10, 6-10pm

Folktale Winery, Carmel Valley


This week, more Irish-themed entertainment comes to the peninsula in the form of Irish duo Dave Rooney and Dave Browne. This isn’t just a concert, though. The Black Donnellys and Folktale are hosting a Ceilidh (“kay-lee”): a traditional Irish celebration of folk music, dance, and storytelling. To round out the evening, there will be Irish food available for purchase. 

Live music at Somos Gallery

Friday, March 10, 7:30-11pm

Somos Gallery, Salinas


For “alt-rocking, funky, Americana-inspired tunes,” head out to Somos Gallery, an eclectic space for art in Salinas. Valley Soul, Proudest Monkeys, American Trashbird, and Gypsy Conspiracy will provide a night of music on Friday, with sounds ranging from folk to psychedelic to roots and blues. 

AC Myles at Barmel

Friday, March 10, 7-9pm

Barmel, Carmel

No cover

If just blues is more your speed on Friday night, go to Barmel to hear AC Myles, whose new album With These Blues showcases his high-energy vocals and guitar. Grab a few friends and start your Friday night with a drink and some music. 

(Photo courtesy of barnimages.com)

Seussical by ARIEL Theatrical

Friday, March 10, 7pm

Sherwood Hall, Salinas


For one night only, ARIEL Theatrical presents the stories of Dr. Seuss on stage. ARIEL’s mission is to offer theater arts exposure and programming for kids, so be sure to check out their programming if young ones are a part of your weekend plans. 

The Beach Boys

Friday, March 10, 7:30pm

Golden State Theater, Monterey


The boys are celebrating 50 years of making pop music. See them on tour in Monterey this weekend and relive their surfing heyday. They’ve put out a new studio album, That’s Why God Made Radio, but you can expect old standbys, too. Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten will represent the group. 

(Photo courtesy of popmatters.com)

Godspell at Paper Wing Theater

Friday, March 10, 8pm

Saturday, March 11, 8pm

Paper Wing Theater, Pacific Grove


See the modern take on the Gospel according to Matthew from composer Stephen Schwartz of Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden fame. Directed by Kate Bradley Faber, this 1971 play combines bible stories with rock-n-roll and slapstick humor for a fun-filled theater experience. The show starts this weekend and runs until April 1 at Paper Wing Theater in Pacific Grove. 

Who’s Bad: The Michael Jackson Experience

Friday, March 10, 8pm

Sunset Center, Carmel

$29-$49; $20 for afterparty

Who’s Bad, the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, will wow even skeptical Jackson fans. Familiar hits and classic dance moves will make you want to let loose with moves of your own, which you might get a chance to do at the afterparty. 

Hootenanny at PG Art Center

Saturday, March 11, 7-9:30pm

Pacific Grove Art Center


If you missed the last hootenanny in Pacific Grove, you’ll have another chance this weekend to sing along to favorite songs. Leonard Cohen, Persy Mayfield, the Allman Brothers Band, and Janis Joplin are on the list of artists to be paid tribute. 

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Saturday, March 11, 8pm

Sunset Center, Carmel


Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will share the stage for an evening of acoustic songs and stories. Don’t miss this evening of entertainment from two of America’s beloved singer-songwriters.