Rock & Pop

American Beauty Project

When: Fri., March 9, 8 & 10 p.m. 2012

At age 15, long before becoming a backup vocalist for the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Lou Reed and then a prominent jazz and blues stylist in her own right, Catherine Russell left her home in New York, became a Deadhead, and moved to a Sonoma County hippie commune. The daughter of longtime Louis Armstrong bandleader Luis Russell and former Mary Lou Williams bassist Carline Ray, she now has teamed up with the folk-gospel quintet Ollabelle, country-bluegrass singer-guitarist Jim Lauderdale, and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield to form the American Beauty Project. The band, in which Russell does the bulk of the vocal leads and plays mandolin, re-imagines songs from American Beauty, Workingman's Dead, and other Grateful Dead recordings at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Mar. 9, at Yoshi's San Francisco (1330 Fillmore St. San Francisco). $28-$32. Yoshis.comĀ 

Lee Hildebrand

Price: $32

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