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Winter Series features the Duhks, Jaime Kyle

CANADIAN FUSION FOLK BAND the Duhks plays Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center on Valentine’s Day. Submitted photo

CANADIAN FUSION FOLK BAND the Duhks plays Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center on Valentine’s Day. Submitted photo

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The Sonoma Community Center’s 2014 Winter Concert Series continues apace in February, with belly dancers on the Rotary Stage this weekend and two top-tier musical acts the following weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 14, the Duhks come to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. At a glance, the Duhks seem to be an old-time country string band. But on closer inspection, this “neo-folk” act incorporates such diverse styles as soul, gospel, zydeco, Irish dance music and even Brazilian samba.

Their mastery of various folk influences is what makes the Duhks (pronounced “ducks”) a favorite among such superstars as David Crosby and Dolly Parton. And the upbeat tunes and soulful stylings of vocalist Jesse Havey could make this a perfect Valentine’s Day show for Sonoma Valley lovers.

The next night, Saturday, Feb. 15, Nashville recording artist and songwriter Jaime Kyle comes to Andrews Hall.
Described as a “triple threat,” Kyle has sold an unbelievable 19 million CDs, and her recordings have been featured in several motion pictures.

Kyle says she is “in love with melodies, music and lyrics of all styles,” and her singer-songwriter numbers reflect this diversity. She will be performing with Dave Jenkins, the lead guitarist and vocalist for Pablo Cruise. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Before all that, don’t forget the International Belly Dance Show, taking place this Saturday, Feb. 8 on the Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall. In this performance, Sonoma native Nathalie Tedrick and dancers from the highly selective Bellydance Superstars will perform powerful and complex choreography while fusing other forms of movement into belly dance for fans of any dance discipline to appreciate.

The Sonoma Community Center (sonomacommunitycenter.org) enriches the lives of the people of Sonoma Valley by fostering a broad range of cultural, educational and community services, and by ensuring the preservation and restoration of its historic building.

Tickets are $28 general admission ($23 balcony) at svbo.org, by phone at 938-4626, ext. 1, or in person at 276 E. Napa St., Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 30 minutes before show time.