Pianist Conor Hanick is one of his generation’s most inquisitive interpreters of music, both old and new. With a unique adeptness for contemporary music, Hanick’s interpretations demonstrate a technical refinement, color, crispness and articulation that benefit works by any master. | 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
94th Annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta
This year’s theme for the annual Old Spanish Days festivities is “Celebra Nuestras Tradiciones” (Celebrate Traditions), chosen by Denise Sanford, La Presidenta 2018. A celebration of Santa Barbara’s unique history and culture, Fiesta brings locals and tourists alike to the streets of Santa Barbara for traditional Spanish and Mexican-American foods at the Mercados. Listening to live music and enjoying vibrant dance performances–plus all entertainment is free! Favorite Fiesta traditions include a rodeo, El Desfile Des Los Ninos (children’s parade) and El Desfile Historica (historical parade), as well as Los Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety) held in the Sunken Gardens at the beautiful Santa Barbara County Courthouse. | Various locations around Santa Barbara, oldspanishdaysfiesta.org.
PercussionFest II and Steve Reich present his landmark work, Drumming, with guest artist Colin Curri and percussion, flute, and vocal fellows. | 4 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Talented young musicians ages 12-18 perform in chamber ensembles. This event is the culmination of a two-week, full-scholarship training program with mentorship from Music Academy faculty and fellows. | Noon, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726. musicacademy.org.
Collaborative piano and instrumental fellows pair up to present an all-sonata program under the leadership of Music Academy faculty artist Jonathan Feldman. | 3:15 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726. musicacademy.org.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne performs with his long time band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (Vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), Jeff Young (keyboards), and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel). | 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Harmony Wine and Beer Festival
Grab a glass and taste your way through the tiny town of Harmony! Enjoy SLO County’s finest wines and craft brews, grab a snack from a local food truck and groove to live music by Bear Market Riot, with proceeds benefitting Cambria-based nonprofit Infant Essentials. | 1- 4 p.m., 2177 Old Creamery Rd., Harmony, harmonycellars.com.
Festival Gala Concert
The Music Academy’s annual benefit concert, the Festival Gala, offers a celebration of distinguished alumni artists. Anchored by the Academy Chamber Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan, this year’s edition features alumni soprano Brenda Rae, bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, violinist Frank Huang, violist Cynthia Phelps and pianist Micah McLaurin in a program ranging from Baroque to Broadway. Guests will dine al fresco in the Academy’s gorgeous grounds prior to the concert in Hahn Hall. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Academy’s full-scholarship program. | 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
David Fray thrills audiences worldwide as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Fray made his United States debut in 2009 with The Cleveland Orchestra, which was followed by performances with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. | 7:30 p.m. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Grammy winning American indie folk band Bon Iver comes to town, performing a mix of old and new songs under the stars. | 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
Marilyn Horne Song Competition
Honorary Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne leads the jury to choose a vocal and vocal piano fellow to receive a cash price and an international recital tour. | 4 p.m. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
When Santa Barbara suffered successive disasters this winter, the local response was prompt, effective, and heartwarming. To honor this achievement, the Music Academy presents a special Community Concert, at which trailblazing conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Academy Festival Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the “Resurrection.” Music Academy of the West offers its community the symphony’s redemptive message of hope, as expressed by more than 200 musicians live at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
| 7 p.m. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, musicacademy.org.
Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton
The iconic Steve Miller Band has been performing inspired versions of Miller’s incomparable songbook to legions of fans across the globe for 50 years. This year, Miller aficionados are regaled not only with powerful sets from both the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton’s band, but also by the highlight of Miller bringing Frampton onstage mid-set to create some of the most compelling jamming of the season. | 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
16-25 & 30-Sep. 9
Arcadia is a romantic mystery set in the elegant Coverly estate that takes place in both 1809 and the present. Tom Stoppard’s brilliant play traverses the centuries, exploring the nature of truth and time and the difference between Classical and Romantic temperaments. | Aug. 16-25, Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr. Santa Maria; Aug. 30-Sep. 9, Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St, Solvang, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
Boarding House Reach sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with no outside distractions, White replicated the identical environment and used the same gear as when he was a 15 year old to pen sketches of the album’s songs. The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain—crunching rock ‘n’ roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country—all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. Boarding House Reach is a testament to the breadth of White’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition. | 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
David Byrne performs with a twelve-piece band for a choreographed concert that he calls, “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” | 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.