Anderson & Roe Piano Duo at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on July 22nd

Anderson & Row Piano Duo:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, July 22nd, 2016
7:30pm | $29

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as “the intense synchronization of genius” (ThirdCoast Digest) and “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. Their recent albums on the Steinway Label (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were all released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube.


Burger Lounge Coming to The Orchards at Walnut Creek

The Orchards at Walnut Creek

First comes the pizza, then you know burgers can’t be far behind. In May we learned that Mod Pizza would be coming to the new Orchards at Walnut Creek shopping center anchored by a new Safeway which closed at the Encina Grande shopping center across the street last year, and we now have learned that Southern California-based Burger Lounge will be opening possibly their first Northern California location here based on their current locations. Check out their menu here.

Note that the above photo will not be the actual building where they’ll be located but since no signage has been posted yet I posted the latest look of the general area where the shopping center will be.


SoulCycle Opening in August in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The cycling studio SoulCycle will be opening their first East Bay location when they open next month in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek near the Macy’s parking garage.  This means that downtown Walnut Creek will go from having no cycling studios a few years ago to three. In 2014, Cycle Scape opened on Mt. Diablo Blvd,  and FlyWheel opened last year on N. Main St. Find out more about SoulCycle classes here.


Wayne Henderson, Peter Langston & Helen White Playing at Mighty Fine Guitars July 23rd in Lafayette

Wayne Henderson, Peter Langston & Helen White Playing:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
8:00 PM | $15 – $20 suggested

Virginia luthier, backwoods raconteur, and award-winning guitarist Wayne Henderson teams up with Virginia fiddler Helen White and Northwest multi-instrumentalist Peter Langston for an evening of hot instrumentals, engaging songs, and colorful stories.

Aside from some hilarious stories, the trio’s repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies, and a few swing and rockabilly standards.



Coffee Shop Opening Tomorrow (July 19th) in Downtown Lafayette

50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

The popular Walnut Creek-based coffee shop Coffee Shop that we learned would be coming to the heart of downtown Lafayette in October to replace The Art Room is opening tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19th. They have been open for several hours the past few days getting ready for the grand opening and people have been emailing about the impending opening.

I was able to drop by over the weekend to get photos and it looks amazing with a vaulted ceiling and retro lighting accenting wooden beams throughout. There is plenty of outdoor seating as you can see in the above photo. Featuring roasters such as Cafe Grumpy (Brooklyn), Stumptown (Portland) and Sightglass (San Francisco), along with craft beers, wine and seasonal organic dishes including salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and breakfast items, this place is going to be huge in Lafayette. According to a sign they plan on having open mic nights with comedians, songwriters, poets on Tuesday evenings, game nights for board games on Wednesdays, and art nights featuring local artists on Thursday evenings. Coffee Shop will be open Sundays through Thursdays 6am – 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays 6am – 9:30pm.


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