Shul of rock

Ben Sidran is best known as the host of the NPR series “Jazz Alive,” but he also co-wrote Steve Miller’s hit song “Space Cowboy,” as well as the book “There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream,” a social history of Jewish contributions to American music. Sidran will speak in San Rafael and Los Gatos about the development of popular music and perform selected classic American songs.

4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $12-$15. Also 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $10-$15.


Saul Kaye. Jewish blues musician performs. At Temple Beth Abraham, 42000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont. 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10.


“The Music of Hans Gál, Robert Kahn and Ernest Bloch.” Rebecca Rust provides commentary on performance of music of three composers who fled Nazi Europe for Britain. At BJE Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


Oneg Shemesh Band. Folk, rock, Jewish music. At Chabad of Greater Sacramento, 945 Evelyn Lane, Sacramento. 3 p.m. Free.