InTune. A Bay Area Live Music Guide and More

Intune is my blog of live local music listings around the Bay Area including info on venues as well as music documentaries Radio and TV recommendations. The emphasis of this blog is in part to talk and promote all the great local music talent in the Bay Area and the venues that help and support the musicians as well as the national and international talent that comes to perform here. .

If you want to see some live Music tonight some suggestions are

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mike Lipskin Trio. One of the greatest stride pianists in the universe is performing along with Leon Oakley on Trumpet and Dinah Lee on vocals. This will be a great three hours of hot jazz at a great venue and No Cover Charge!!! Highly recommended!!

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Three really good bands with Cleveland based synth pop rockers The Lighthouse & The Whaler headlining. I really like their latest recording ‘Paths’ .. Vita And The Woolf and Go By Ocean round out what should be a great night of music.. $15 Cover Charge

Looking into the future, There are some great upcoming concerts this summer. Here is a list of some shows that are worth checking out..

June
1st Nellie McKay Feinsteins at the Nikko
2nd Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra Freight & Salvage
2nd Jethro Tull Greek Theatre
5th Yo La Tengo Fillmore
6th Yo La Tengo Fillmore
7th Storm Large Feinsteins at the Nikko
8th Storm Large Feinsteins at the Nikko
8th Irma Thomas & The Professionals SF Jazz
8th Patsy Cline Tribute Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers with special guest Bobby Black Herbst Theatre
9th Storm Large Feinsteins at the Nikko
9th Sergio Mendez SF Jazz
10th Tuck and Patti SF Jazz
11th Marcus Miller SF Jazz
13th Justin Townes Earle Freight & Salvage
13th Dirty Dozen Brass Band SF Independant
14th Papa Mali Boom Boom Room
16th Amadou & Mariam SF Jazz
17thArturo Sandoval SF Jazz
17th Slightly Stupid Greek Theatre
18th Buckethead UC Theatre
21st Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Greek Theatre
22nd The Pretenders SF Masonic
23rd Shawn Colvin Freight and Salvage
24th Shawn Colvin Freight and Salvage
24th The Pretenders Mountain Winery
29th Primus Greek Theatre
30th Steve Martin Martin Short Mountain Winery
30th Guitar Shorty Freight & Salvage

July
2nd Jake Shimabukuro Mountain Winery
8th Billy Bob Thorton & the Boxmasters SF Independant
18th Bombino Independant
19th Phillip Glass SF Jazz
20th Phillip Glass SF Jazz
21st Phillip Glass SF Jazz
21st Bill Kirchen and the Hounds of Bakersfield Freight & Salvage
21st Todd the Wet Sprocket Great American Music Hall
22nd Todd the Wet Sprocket Great American Music Hall
22nd Phillip Glass SF Jazz
24th Phish Bill Graham Auditorium
25th Phish Bill Graham Auditorium
25th Reckless Kelly Great American Music Hall
27th Dave Alvin and Jimmy Dale Gilmore backed by The Guilty Ones Great American Music Hall
27th Marcia Ball Freight and Salvage
27th Decemberist Greek Theatre
31st Taj Mahal Keb Mo Band Mountain Winery

August
4th Chuco Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba SF Jazz
5th Chuco Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba SF Jazz
5th Junior Brown Freight & Salvage
6th Willie Nelson & Alison Kraus Mountain Winery
9th Gary Clark Jr Fillmore
10th Gary Clark Jr Fillmore
11th Gary Clark Jr Fillmore
11th Don McClean The Freight & Salvage
11th Jerry Lee Lewis Mountain Winery
12th Gary Clark Jr Fillmore
14th Van Morrison SF Masonic
15th Van Morrison SF Masonic
15th Jack White Bill Graham Auditorium
15th Buddy Guy Mountain Winery
16th Jack White Bill Graham Auditorium
16th Van Morrison SF Masonic
16th Taj Mahal SF Jazz
17thTaj Mahal SF Jazz
18th Taj Mahal SF Jazz
19th Taj Mahal SF Jazz
22nd David Byrne Bill Graham Auditorium
22nd Brandi Carlille Mountain Winery

September
6th The Mavericks Mountain Winery
7th The Zombies Fillmore
7th Leon Bridges Greek Theatre
12th Mavis Staples Freight & Salvage
12th Korn SF Masonic
14th Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band with special guests Cyril Neville Kermit Ruffins Walter Wolfman Washington Greek Theatre
15th Lake Street Dive Fillmore
16th Lake Street Dive Fillmore
20th Ray Wylie Hubbard Freight & Salvage
23rd Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra Wynton Marsalis with Jon Babtist
Greek Theatre
30th Yo Yo Ma Greek Theatre

If you at looking for something to do this evening you may want to check out..

The ODC Dance Commons located at 351 Shotwell, San Francisco for Beginning Tribal Belly Dance with Jill Parker. Jill’s Beginning Tribal Belly Dance classes are a classic San Francisco experience: They’re welcoming, weird, diverse, sweaty, trance-inducing, and somehow simultaneously straight and gay. Some students love to feel they’re in a place where it’s OK to actually have a belly, some come to gain the inevitable boost in sexy points, and some just want a great workout. They all get what they want, plus the caring yet hands-off instruction of the charismatic Parker. She’s internationally revered for having made a historically and culturally informed contribution to the nature of modern bellydance — she’s known as “the founder of the modern tribal fusion belly dance movement.” A typical beginning class is diverse in age, gender, size, race, and level of dance experience, and that’s the way the teacher likes it. She’s inspiring rather than demanding, and if you could see the smiles on the post-class faces, you’d know how much it means. Classes start at 7:30 PM and are $14 per session.

Radio worth Listening to

if you are out and about today or at home doing projects or just hanging out and have the ability to stream radio, my recommendation is checking out WWOZ starting at 7:00 AM with one of the best traditional jazz programs on the air Fresh Fig Jam hosted by Olivia Greene ..

Following Olivia at 9:00 AM is one of the reasons why I’m a member of WWOZ The New Orleans Music Show hosted by Derrick Freeman. This is three hours of great New Orleans music..

Tonight on KPFA 94.1 at 8:00PM Dead To The World hosted by Tim Lynch.. Keeping the spirit and music of the Grateful Dead alive with music by the Grateful Dead, and music not by the Grateful Dead. . Highly recommended!!

Television Worth Watching

If you are at home this evening, have the TV on and surf channeling, you may want to check out AXS TV at 7:00 PM for We Walk The Line: A Celebration Of The Music Of Johnny Cash Shot at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas, this concert features performances by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shelby Lynne, Pat Monahan, Amy Lee, Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Rhett Miller, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Brandi Carlile, Andy Grammer, and Iron & Wine.
Video Pick Of The Week

In celebration of the 104th birthday of the great American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet Sun Ra who changed Jazz and influenced so many musicians with his experimental music, “cosmic” philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. Here are a few Sun Ra documentaries you may want to check out.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise is a 1980 jazz film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, and also including interviews and rehearsal footage. The Philadelphia performances captured by the film took place at Danny’s Hollywood Palace and on the rooftop of the Philadelphia International Center. The Baltimore performance took place in the Famous Ballroom, hosted by the Left Bank Jazz Society.

Sun Ra: The Brother From Another Planet is a BBC documentary by Don Letts who tells the story of how Herman Poole Blount rejected his name, his origins and the conventions of the time (or any other, for that matter), re-creating himself as Sun Ra, emissary from Saturn (“planet of discipline”) and musical genius. Blending Egyptology and Space Age imagery, he projected a philosophy of radical empowerment for the entire cosmos; keeping a big band on the road for decades through independence and communal living, he became a patriarch of jazz and an avatar of freewheeling space music. Turning from the punk and reggae with which he’s most closely associated to one of the key figures in 20th-century sound, famed DJ/filmmaker Letts presents the Sun Ra story in all its glory, combining powerful footage of Ra and his legendary Arkestra, interviews with band members shot at their famous group house in Philadelphia and testimonies from sax great Archie Shepp, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and other admirers.