Music at Mill Valley Film Festival 39

Music returns to the Mill Valley Film Festival for a second year with eclectic performances by artists featured in MVFF39 films, as well as local and touring acts. Here’s a rundown of the 2016 concerts, which take place at Sweetwater Music Hall:

Thao: The Bay Area singer, who appears in the documentary “A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story,” sings a solo set of the songs she performs with the San Francisco indie rock act Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. $27.

Prezident Brown and the Itals: The Jamaican roots reggae artist is on hand to provide a soundtrack for the festival’s Cannibas Focus day. 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. $27-$32.

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas: Fraser, the Scottish fiddle player who has worked on the score for movies such as “Titanic” and “Last of the Mohicans,” is the subject of the documentary “The Groove Is Not Trivial.” He performs with Juilliard-trained cellist Haas. 8:30 p.m. next Sunday, Oct. 9. $32.

Erika Wennerstrom: Wennerstrom, the leader of the Austin band Heartless Bastards, also appears in “A Song for You.” She performs with Petter Stakee of Alberta Cross. 8 p.m. Oct. 10. $17-$20.
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Bang! Tribute to Bert Berns: The late songwriter and producer, who wrote songs including “Piece of My Heart” and “Twist and Shout,” is celebrated with an all-star band featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performers. Author and former Chronicle critic Joel Selvin, who wrote the biography “Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns,” which provided the basis for the documentary “Bang! The Bert Berns Story,” will also be on hand. 9 p.m. Oct. 11. $50.

Fred Hersch: The pianist, who has received multiple Grammy Award nominations and became the first to have a weeklong solo engagement at New York’s Village Vanguard, performs in tandem with the documentary “The Ballad of Fred Hersch.” 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $57.

Alejandro Escovedo Trio: The Texas musician, who got his start in the San Francisco punk scene in the 1970s, performs tracks from his multi-decade career of blistering Americana. 9 p.m. Oct. 14. $27.

The Great Mill Valley Gospel Show: Led by musician and producer Narada Michael Walden, who has worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Whitney Houston, this all-star show brings gospel to the heart of Mill Valley. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $75.

Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. Tickets for all concerts available at

By Aidin Vaziri
September 28, 2016 Updated: September 28, 2016 1:12pm