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Jim the Critic’s Top Concert Picks: Willie Nelson, more

Happy New Year, Bay Area. Now, it’s time celebrate the dawning of 2020 by going out to see a concert. Here are some of the top picks of the week.

Willie Nelson

The legendary country music star, who has sold over 40 million albums  during a career that dates back to the ‘50s, performs three nights _ Jan. 6, 8 and 9 – at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Don’t miss the chance to see this true icon, responsible for crafting such standards and hits as “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Hello Walls,” “Crazy” and “On the Road Again,” in such a comparatively intimate setting.

Details: 8 p.m.; $85, livenation.com

John Oliver

The Emmy-winning comedian, best known for his work on the HBO series “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” continues his NYE run at the Masonic in San Francisco through Jan. 2. (The run begins Dec. 31.)

Oliver’s success is not limited to the small screen. He’s also done impressive voiceover work in film, including giving voice to the bird Zazu in 2019’s blockbuster “Lion King” remake.

Details: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 2; $69.50-$99.50, livenation.com

Chris Botti

The outstanding trumpeter, whose mellow, golden tone has delighted millions of listeners over the years, checks into the SFJazz Center in San Francisco for a lengthy stand. He’ll perform 8 shows in six days – one per night Jan. 7-9, followed by two sets per night Jan. 10-11, and then a matinee on Jan. 12.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7-9, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10-11, 3 p.m. Jan. 12; $55-$150, sfjazz.org

Larry June

The Bay Area rapper, who has toured with Post Malone, performs a hometown show on Jan. 3 at Slim’s in San Francisco.

Details: 9 p.m.; $30, slimspresents.com

 

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