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
SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. The queen of flamenco fusion Concha Buika is one of most soulful unique vocalists to come along in a generation. She has been compared to Nina Simone, Billy Holiday and even Edith Piaf but to me she sounds like no one else I’ve heard. Buika’s music is a fusion of flamenco, Spanish copla, jazz and soul, infused with the rhythms of the Gypsy neighbours she grew up with in Majorca, where locals would reach out to touch her afro for luck. She is touring with a great band that includes Yoonmi Mari Choi on keyboards, Porcia Angelina on bass & backing vocals, Camellia Akhamie Kies on drums and Nicole Glover on saxophone. Highly recommended!!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge..
SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and pianist Joe Warner are two of the Bay Areas most beloved music treasures. This should be a great night of jazz, r&b and soul. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..
Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 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
Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Tainted Love is San Francisco’s original 80’s tribute band offering a refreshing change from the usual party bands. Tainted Love’s mission is to have you on the dance floor all night partying “like it’s 1985.” Highly recommended!!!! $25-$45 Cover Charge..
The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Brazilian supergroup Tribalistas are back on tour with original members Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown and Arnaldo Antunes. The years apart have done the Brazilian megastars’ reunion well. Their album, Tribalistas (self-titled like their first), is effortless, warm and stimulating, a testament to their maturity as artistes and their integrity as a trio. They have managed to recall the simpatico of their first long-ago union, while embarking on more contemporary sounds in the same easy groove. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!! $63 Cover Charge…
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. The Otis Taylor Band lead by the award-winning storyteller, shaman and musical visionary Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time. His live performances are like fireworks – kaleidoscopic, riveting, explosive and wildly entertaining. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..
Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. For forty years Tuck and Patti, the genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo, has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than with the grammy award winning great jazz duo and two of my favorite performers. Highly Recommended!!!!! $30-$65 Cover Charge….
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM 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…
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The San Francisco Piper’s Club was founded in 1979 to provide a supportive environment for people learning the uilleann pipes in the vicinity of the San Francisco Bay Area. The club meets approximately once a month and offers free piping, reed making and pipe maintenance lessons to members. Every two years, the club hosts the West Coast Piping Tionól, a weekend-long festival of piping. The club also organizes other events, such as parties and picnics, and hosts visiting pipers. Highly recommended!!! $22 Cover Charge..
Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-9:15 PM Showtime. Stride jazz pianist Mike Lipskin and ragtime impresario Terry Waldo perform original solos and duets with traditional jazz vocalist Dinah Lee. Lipskin has his own sound and compositions. Waldo has wonderful instrumentals and original vocals. Dinah Lee, is inspired by Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald. This is a stimulating evening of solos and Great American Song Book repertoire. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..
Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. UK Ska legends The English Beat whose music fuses Latin, ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock will have the house rockin’ at the Sweetwater… Highly recommended!!! $37 Cover Charge.
Pacifica Performances 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. 7:30 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $27 Cover Charge..
If you live in and around San Jose you may want to check out
Cafe Stritch 374 S 1st St, San Jose 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime.. San Jose Winterfest presents JC Smith Band All-Star Blues blowout featuring Fillmore Slim, Kid Anderson & Rick Estrin. JC has been a cornerstone of the San Francisco blues community. He has brought together an a stellar group of musicians including on guitar Kid Anderson, Ronnie Stewart & Kyle Rowland on harmonica and on vocals Cheryl Scales, Xymphoni, Filmore Slim and Rick Estrin on harmonica & vocals. This is a show not to be missed… Highly recommended!!!! $28-$38 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. Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’ is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent A Capella group in the world. Highly Recommended!!!!! $65 Cover Charge.
Future Upcoming Concerts & Shows Include
16th Tuck & Patti at Feinstein’s At The Nikko
16th Otis Taylor Band at Biscuits & Blues
16th Tribalistas at The Fillmore
17th Tribalistas at The Fillmore
17th Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
21st Bobby Rush at The Sweetwater Music Hall
22nd ALO With Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at The Fillmore
22nd Larry Carlton Quartet at The Blue Note Napa
23rd ALO SIng-Along For Kids at The Fillmore
23rd ALO With Tea Leaf Green at The Fillmore
23rd Larry Carlton Quartet at The Blue Note Napa
24th Terrance Blanchard & The E-Collective at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
28th Bill Frisell Trio at The Freight & Salvage
1st Bill Frisell Solo at The Freight & Salvage
2nd Bob Mould Band at The Fillmore
2nd Bill Frisell Trio at The Freight & Salvage
2nd Royal Trux at August Hall
3rd Charles McPherson Quartet at Bach Dancing & Dynamite
7th Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s at Biscuits & Blues
8th Ladysmith Black Mambazo at The Blues Note Napa
9th Ladysmith Black Mambazo at The Freight & Salvage
10th Ladysmith Black Mambazo at The Freight & Salvage
10th Roger Glenn at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
14th Barrio Manouche at the Blue Note Napa
14th Kevin B.F. Burt at Biscuits & Blues
15th Kevin B.F. Burt at Biscuits & Blues
15th Dee Dee Bridgewater & Memphis Soulphony at The Blue Note Napa
16th T Sisters at The Swedish American Hall
16th Dee Dee Bridgewater & Memphis Soulphony at The Blue Note Napa
19th Dar Williams at The Freight & Salvage
20th Dee Dee Bridgewater at Yoshis
21st Dee Dee Bridgewater at Yoshis
22nd Arlo Gunthrie at The Freight & Salvage
22nd Chita Rivera at Feinstein’s at The Nikko
23rd Arlo Gunthrie at The Freight & Salvage
23rd Chita Rivera at Feinstein’s at The Nikko
24th Chita Rivera at Feinstein’s at The Nikko
24th Arlo Gunthrie at The Freight & Salvage
24th Judy Collins at Yoshis
25th Judy Collins at Yoshis
27th Bombino at The Independant
28th Arlo Gunthrie at The Luther Burbank Center
29th Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Biscuits & Blues
31st Elvin Bishop Trio at Yoshis
8th J.S. Ondara at Cafe du Nord
11th Jimmie Vaughan at Yoshis
12th Coachella Music Festival
13th Coachella Music Festival
13th Barbara Higbee at The Freight & Salvage
13th Buddy Guy at The Masonic
13th Los Lobos Early Show at Moe’s Alley
13th Los Lobos Late Show at Moe’s Alley
14th Coachella Music Festival
15th Coachella Music Festival
16th Coachella Music Festival
17th Coachella Music Festival
17th The History of Jazz Violin with Kit Earle at The Freight & Salvage
17th Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley & John Zorn at The Chapel
18th Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley & John Zorn at The Chapel
18th Ben Sidran at The Freight & Salvage
18th Coachella Music Festival
19th Coachella Music Festival
20th Coachella Music Festival
20th From The Buena Vista Social Club Omara Portuonda at The Freight & Salvage
21st Coachella Music Festival
23rd The Legendary Shack Shakers at The Cornerstone
27th Bobby Bare at The Freight & Salvage
4th Yerba Buena Gardens Music Festival
7th Tom Rush at The Freight & Salvage
10th Robin Trower & Katy Guillan at The Fillmore
10th Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Fox Oakland
11th Yerba Buena Gardens Music Festival
11th Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Fox Oakland
12th The Cowboy Junkies at The Freight & Salvage
15th The Dimmer Twins at The Freight & Salvage
16th Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
16th The Dimmer Twins at The Swedish American Hall
17th Berkeley Bluegrass Festival at The Freight & Salvage
18th Yerba Buena Gardens Music Festival
18th Berkeley Bluegrass Festival at The Freight & Salvage
18th Raul Malo(of The Mavericks) at The Great American Music Hall
19th Berkeley Bluegrass Festival at The Freight & Salvage
23rd Strawberry Music Festival
24th California Roots Festival
24th Strawberry Music Festival
24th Riders In The Sky at The Freight & Salvage
24th Bottlerock Music Festival
25th Bottlerock Music Festival
25th Yerba Buena Gardens Music Festival
25th Chris Williamson, Barbara Higbie & Teresa Trull at The Freight & Salvage
25th Strawberry Music Festival
26th Strawberry Music Festival
26th Bottlerock Music Festival
27th Strawberry Music Festival
29th Country Joe McDonald at The Freight & Salvage
If you at looking for something to do today you may want to check out..
City Star Party & Telescope Night In The Presidio.. The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers invite you to their next City Star Party, 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. Take in the view from San Francisco’s picturesque Land’s End or other … The star gazing starts at 7:00 PM at San Francisco’s Presidio Parade Grounds located at 103 Montgomery Street.
What’s On The Airwaves
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 There 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!!
The Winding Stream is a 90-minute High Definition music history documentary-in-progress that tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes. Starting with the Original Carter Family (A.P., Sara, Maybelle), the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters, the marital alliance with legend Johnny Cash and the efforts of present-day family to keep this legacy alive. No one has yet pulled together all the elements of this family saga in one documentary. The goal of The Winding Stream is to honor this multi-generational family where it stands — at the headwaters of American roots music.