Rock & Pop, All Ages

Natalie Merchant

When: Wed., Aug. 11, 8 p.m. 2010

In the seventeen years since Natalie Merchant departed 10,000 Maniacs, she's released a number of successful solo projects and become a mother. Her fifth and latest album, Leave Your Sleep, finds Merchant looking to lullabies and children's poetry for source material. The six years of research that went into this project produced a lavish 2-CD set, teeming with detailed annotations, and the setting to music of material by the likes of e.e. Cummings, Ogden Nash and Robert Louis Stevenson. It also encouraged some wonderful collaborations. Wynton Marsalis and The Fairfield Four help put a New Orleans R&B-flavored spin on "Bleezer's Ice Cream." The Klezmatics adorn "The Dancing Bear" with Eastern European gypsy flourishes. Medeski, Martin & Wood turns "It Makes a Change" into a swinging AM radio pop ditty. Merchant will be taking on the role of the anti-Yanni on Wednesday, August 11 at the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Rd., Oakland), 8 p.m. $45, $59.50.

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $45, $59.50

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