This is my blog of live local music listings around the Bay Area. Find out what’s happening, whose playing music and the venues that feature live music!!. .
If you want to see some live Music tonight some suggestions are
Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the king and queen of the banjo, have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. . They will be performing pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Highly recommended!!!! $64 Cover Charge..
SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 Cover Charge..
Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime.. The Switch Hitters is an Allstar funk/soul ensemble featuring Nigel Hall Bass & Vocals from Lettuce, Robert “Sput” Searight drums- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note, Nate Werth Percussion- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note Wil Blades on the B3 and Stevie Redstone on guitar… How much fun is this show going to be!!..Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Flamenkeando Flamengo Meets Gypsy Jazz…Caminos Flamencos, an award-winning flamenco troupe, collaborates with members of gypsy jazz group Barrio Manouche to present two special nights of flamenco, jazz manouche, and Latin vibes on December 14 and 15. Seven artists improvise and explore between their musical worlds to create a blend of sounds rooted in flamenco dance and music, yet open in a free-style form much like a chamber jazz ensemble. The show features Jason “El Rubio” McGuire – acoustic guitar Felix de Lola – vocals. Javi Jimenez – guitar, Luis Jimenez – percussion, Yaelisa – flamenco dance, Fanny Ara – flamenco dance & Marina Elana – flamenco dance. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..
The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on tour in support of their latest studio album ‘Barefoot In The Head’ marking the CRB’s third studio release in just two years. CRB‘s new recording pushes boundaries and breaks new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge..
Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..Westside Jazz Club, lead by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Scott Silverberg, is a collective of innovative jazz musicians performing jazz standards, challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics. I have seen this ensemble a number of time and they never dissapoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of eastern europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane…Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge…
Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… The elegiac but warm electro-pop band Haerts is performing tonight with poet/vocalist & multi instrumentalist Vera Sola is on the bill also. I like what I have heard from both performers.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..
The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:30 PM Showtime… San Francisco string band The Human Condition performs original, modern-day roots music, creating a sound as varied as the world they inhabit. Showcasing various songwriters, each song strains against the confines of style and expectation; as much an homage to the past as a departure from it. T.H.C.’s music is a long ramblin’ drive across an American landscape that is quickly becoming the stuff of memory and imagination. Rowdy barnstormers and driving road songs are offset by calmer, brooding ballads that evoke lazy days and restless nights. Guitars, mandolin, and upright bass are joined by lush vocal harmonies and speckled with harmonica, in a familiar palette which is cast in new light by innovative songwriting and lyrical imagery. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Bing Concert Hall/Stanford 327 Lasuen St, Stanford 7:30 Showtime.. Two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter sings the timeless songs of his greatest influence, Nat “King” Cole, in fresh arrangements by fellow Grammy winner Vince Mendoza that recreate the orchestral setting of Porter’s latest Blue Note album Nat “King” Cole & Me. Accompanying Porter will be conductor Mike Galisatus, leading a swingin’ jazz orchestra of Bay Area musicians. Highly recommended!!! $32-$110 Cover Charge..
If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out
Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. The Manhattan Transfer have become the cornerstones of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz,R&B, rock and roll, swing,symphonic, and acappella music. They are incredibly entertaining. Highly recommended!!!! $49-$110 Cover Charge..
Concerts & Shows coming up in the future are
15th The Fillmore Chris Robinson Brotherhood
15th The Freight & Salvage Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
15th SF Jazz Joey Alexander Trio
16th SF Jazz Joey Alexander Trio
16th The Freight & Salvage Kurt Eliing Quartet
16th The Fillmore Chris Robindon Brotherhood
17th The Fox Oakland Tenacious D
18th The Fox Oakland Tenacious D
18th The Freight & Salvage The Christmas Jug Band
20th SF Jazz Marcus Shelby Orchesta Plays Duke Ellington’s Nutcraker Suite
20th The Freight & Salvage Holiday review With The John Santos Quartet
21st The Fox Oakland John Legend
21st SF Jazz Adam Shulman: A Charlie Brown Christmas
21st The Freight & Salvage The David Grisman Sextet
22nd The Freight & Salvage The David Grisman Sextet
22nd SF Jazz Adam Shulman: A Charlie Brown Christmas
22nd SF Jazz Blind Boys Of Alabama
23rd SF Jazz Blind Boys Of Alabama
28th SF Jazz Maceo Parker
29th SF Jazz Maceo Parker
29th The Freight & Salvage Hot Tuna Acoustic
30th The Freight & Salvage Hot Tuna Electric
30th SF Jazz Maceo Parker
31st The Freight & Salvage Hot Tuna Electric
31st SF Jazz Maceo Parker
2nd Chuchito Valdez at Yoshis
3rd Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
3rd Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Jon Faddis at Yoshis
4th Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Jon Faddis at Yoshis
4th Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
5th Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
5th Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Biscuits & Blues
6th Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
8th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
9th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
10th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
11th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
11th George Cole & Eurocana at The Red Poppy Art House
11th Patti Smith & Her Band at The Fillmore
12th Patti Smith & Her Band at The Fillmore
12th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
13th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
13th Harvey Mandel at Biscuits & Blues
15th Don McClean at Yoshis
16th David Bromberg Larry Campbell & David Hildago at The Chapel
17th Pamela Rose & Terrance Brewer at SF Jazz Joe Henderdon Lab
17th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
18th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
18th Tim Flannnery & The Lunatic Fringe at The Cornerstone Berkeley
18th Mark Hummel’s Southern Harp Blowout at The Freight & Salvage
18th The Infamous Stringdusters at The Fillmore
18th Talib Kweli at Yoshis
19th The Revolution at The UC Theatre
19th Mark Hummel’s Southern Harp Blowout at The Freight & Salvage
19th Scott Amendola Trio at Bird & Beckett
19th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
19th Ozomatli at The Fillmore
19th Jonathan Butler at Yoshis
20th Jonathan Butler at Yoshis
20th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
24th Rita Coolidge at Yoshis
25th DjangoFest at The Freight & Salvage
25th Poncho Sanchez at Yoshis
26th Poncho Sanchez at Yoshis
26th Reverend Horton Heat at Slims
26th Michael Nesmith at The Sweetwater Music Hall
26th DjangoFest at The Freight & Salvage
27th titleDjangoFest at The Freight & Salvage
27th Azar Lawrence Experience at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
28th Azar Lawrence at Yoshis
31st Wallace Rooney Quintet at Yoshis
If you at looking for something to do today you may want to check out..
City Star Party & Telescope Night, sponsored by The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, is where you can take a gander at our universe through telescopes, socialize with more experienced amateur astronomers, and get some tips about the night sky. This free event runs from 7:00 PM-10:00 Pm and takes place at 103 Montgomery Street, The Presidio, San Francisco..
Listen To The Radio
If you are out and about today or at home doing projects or just hanging out and have the radio on or able to stream this is my recommendation for great music programming throughout the day and evening.
I recommend starting the morning off at 6:00 AM streaming WWOZ with Weekend in New Orleans hosted by Ron Phillips. Rockin’ Ron plays a great mix of New Orleans-centric music from various genres including Trad Jazz, R&B, soul, funk & brass bands.
Following Rockin’Ron at 8:00 AM is Music In The Glen hosted by Sharon Armstrong. This is a great Celtic music program .
I then suggest at 9:00 AM turning on your radio and tuning the radio dial or streaming over to KPFA 94.1 for my favorite World Music program Music Of The World with an array of rotating hosts including Joanna Manqueros, Jose Ruiz, Stephen Kent, David McBurnie and Will Smith. This a two hours of a vibrant celebration of music of all cultures of the earth.
Following Music Of The World is three hours of the best blues program this side of the Milky Way for Blues By The Bay hosted by Tom Mazzolini . Tom is a Bay Area treasure and I make it a point to listen to his show every Saturday.
Next up at 4:00 PM is Block Party hosted by Brice Nice & DJ Buttercup.. This is a great program of soul, funk, R&B, psych-rock, alt-hip-hop, and any sonic gems including 45 RPM disc, new or old. I love the party feel Brice brings to his show..
Following the Block Party at 6:00 PM is Soul Power with Soul Sister where “the queen of rare groove” starts a 2 two hour music marathon of deep funk and rare groove radio.
Following Sister Soul at 8:00 PM is two hours of some of the best radio programming in our current universe Awake and Willing With Peggy Lou. I have many favorite music shows on WWOZ but this is at the top of my list.
Finally at 10:00 PM is my favorite radio program on the air Blues In The Night with Jamie Dell’APA. Every Saturday from 10:00PM-1:00AM Jamie hosts what is unquestionably the most fun, unique and entertaining radio in our present solar system. Jamie describes the program as “Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn’t yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That’s the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that’s where the New Orleans sound is centered.” This show is must listen Radio. Highly recommended!!!!
Video Pick Of The Week!!
I wanted to share this great holiday music documentary with all of you.
Jingle Bell Rocks, directed by Mitchell Kezin, delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes – including hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. In his search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin both asks and answers the question, “Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?” Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage, and revealing character study, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century. With rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of touching and rare archive footage, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a cinematic sleigh-ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. It’s also a mix-tape of twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard.