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Here are some upcoming suggestions for concerts, shows and festivals in the next few months

Festivals

Strawberry Music Spring Festival Nevada Fair Grounds Grass Valley May 25th -30th

Line up includes Sam Bush, Samantha Fish, David Bromberg Quintet, Watkins Family Hour

California Roots Festival Monterey Fairgrounds May 26th-29th

Line up includes Stephen Marley, Rebelution, Slightly Stupid, Ice Cube

Bottlerock Napa Valley May 27-May 29

Lineup includes Metallica, Pink, Pitbull, The Black Crowes, Luke Combs

Hog Farm Hideaway Black Oak Ranch Laytonville June 10-12

Lineup includes The String Cheese Incident, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Keller Williams

Stern Grove Festival San Francisco Every Sunday From June 12th-August 14th

Great Line up this year with Tower Of Power and Too Short kicking off the 85th Season

California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival Nevada County Fairgrounds June 16th-19th

Lineup includes Della Mae, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Upcoming Concerts of Note

May 26th & May 27th David Bromberg Quintet The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

May 28th Suzy Boggus The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

June 10th Erykah Badu The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

June 10th & 11th The California Honeydrops The Fillmore

June 11th Alison Wonderland The Greek Theatre Berkeley

June 15th & 16th Bireli Lagrenge The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

June 16th Sofi Tucker The Greek Theatre Berkeley

June 18th Brandi Carlile The Greek Theatre Berkeley

June 24th Nora Jones The Greek Theatre Berkeley

June 25th Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Guilty Ones The Guild Theatre

June 26th Carrie Rodriguez The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

June 28th Dave Alvin Jimmie Dale Gilmore With The Guilty Ones The Chapel SF

June 30th Femi Kuti & The Positive Force The Guild Theatre

July 1st Femi Kuti & The Positive Force The Independant SF

July 1st Bill Kirchen The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

July 8th The Waybacks The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

July 13th Lakou Mizik The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

July 15th Bombino The Guild Theatre

July 15th Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 The Independant SF

July 16th Bombino The Independant SF

July 19th Martha Redbone The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

July 22nd & 23rd Leo Kottke The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

July 23rd Slightly Stupid The Freight & Salvage Berkeley

July 23rd New Orleans Suspects Sweet Water Music Hall Mill Valley

July 27th Kamasi Washington The Guild Theatre

July 28th Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz The Guild Theatre

Suggested Concerts & Shows For This Week

Monday May 16th

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320-2 Cedar Street Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Chris Potter is a world-class soloist, an accomplished composer and a formidable bandleader. Potter will be joined on this concert date by bassist  Reuben Rogers and drummer Kendrick Scott. Highly Recommended!!!!! $47.25 Cover Charge

Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero Street, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime It’s Motown on Mondays where DJ Gordo Cabeza and weekly guests play originals, exclusive remixes and close relatives of your favorite Motown songs. Highly Recommended!!!!! $5 Cover Charge

Main Street Kitchen & Bar 1358 N. Main Street Walnut Creek 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime The Vintage Jukebox Band is a 10 piece ensemble performing a wide variety of music that ranges from the 1920’s, swing, big band, vintage jazz, New Orleans Jazz, all the way to today’s current hits. Highly Recommended!!!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Nashville Honeymoon is the Bay Area’s First Couple of Rockabilly and Country Music! Honky-tonk sweethearts Hank and Lynne the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s.  Their music is a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s drawing on country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk traditions. Highly Recommended!!! $5 Cover Charge

Tuesday May 17th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Jacknife is currently my favorite Bay Area Jazz ensemble. Jacknife explores the music of the legendary post bop alto saxophonist Jackie McLean playing tunes from McLean’s seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums including “Jacknife” for which the group got its name. Jacknife brings together a formidable cast of rising talent including Steve Lugerner on alto, trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick, drummer Michael Mitchell, bassist Josh Thurston-Milgrom and pianist Malcolm Campbell. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $5 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime A great night of music in store with three good bands. Headlining to show is Bloomington, Indiana based psychedelic pop band Dianne Coffee. Also performing are Los Angeles based pop punk rocker Jackie Cohen and opening the show is San Francisco based indie alt rocker Mary Claire. Highly Recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime .. Raul Malo co-founder and principal driving force of the Grammy award winning The Mavericks will be performing solo. Great opportunity to see this amazing innovative musical force. Opening the show is indie Americana singer songwriter Annie Bosko.. Highly Recommended!!!!! $42 Cover Charge...

The Masonic 1111 California Street San Francisco 8:00 PM Show One of the most iconic pioneering new wave bands of the mid 70’s and 80’s Blondie is touring. Always loved Debbie Harry. Highly Recommended!!!! $90-$125 Cover Charge

Casements Bar 2351 Mission Street San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime The great San Francisco ensemble Classical Revolution focuses on bringing live chamber music to fun neighborhood venues including restaurants, bars, and cafes. Highly Recommended!!! $5 Cover Charge

Wednesday May 18th

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime .. Raul Malo cofounder and principal driving force of the Grammy award winning The Mavericks will be performing solo. Great opportunity to see this amazing innovative musical force.Opening the show is indie Americana singer songwriter Annie Bosko.. Highly Recommended!!!!! $42 Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime One of the Bay Area’s best jazz guitarists Nick Rossi & His Swinging Four will be performing with his outstanding trio. Nick plays standards, swing, and bebop as well as anyone in the Bay Area.  Highly Recommended!!!!! $5 Cover Charge         

Curio Bar 775 Valencia San Francisco 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Showtime One of Costa Rico’s top pop singer/songwriter musician Javi Jiminez is teaming up with the wonderful Bay Area based gypsy jazz guitarist Ross Howe for an evening of great music. Highly Recommended!!!!!! No Cover Charge

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime Jazz and folk singer Jackie Gage has performed with artists Marc Cary, Kim Nalley, Richie Goods, Theo Croker, Niall Connelly, and Jerome Jennings; opened for “feel good” artists like Darlene Love, Digable Planets & Tony, Toni, Toni. She will be performing with her great quartet. Highly Recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime A good show in store featuring Fairfax based grunge band PSDSP. Rounding out the bill are Napa based heavy psychedelic band Sam Vega and San Francisco based psychedelic rockers Melting Elephants. Highly Recommended!!!!!$12 Cover Charge

San Francisco Golden Gate Park Bandshell Concert Series 4:30 PM Showtime The Bandshell Singer Songwriter Series presents Bay Area bases Americana indie folk singer/songwriter musician Brendan Earley, San Francisco based Americana indie folk rock singer/songwriter guitarist Roger Rocha and San Francisco based Irish style rock band Dizzy Twin. This is a free concert. The Bandshell is located at John F. Kennedy Dr and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco. Highly Recommended!!!!!

Thursday May 19th

SFJazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime British jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in the British jazz and hip hop scenes who is equal parts John Coltrane and Public Enemy. He will performing Black Peril which is an ambitious work, a musical portrait of the fractured world of a century ago, when the Spanish flu raged. From 1919-21, anti-Black race riots broke out on both sides of the Atlantic, from Glascow to Liverpool to Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Kingston, Jamaica. Kinch performs with an all star ensemble which includes Kinch on tenor saxophone, Eric Lewis on piano, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Don Vappie on banjo. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25/$35/$45/$65 Cover Charge

Black Cat Cafe 400 Eddy San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes Keyboard maestro, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger and astral traveler Brandon Coleman represents a new chapter in the evolution of jazz and funk fusion. Coleman is bending the future of sound, taking ivory and ebony to destinations. Brandon has been a regular fixture with Babyface, Donald Glover, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington’s band. Coleman is currently on tour with his Brandon Coleman Project featuring Cokeman on piano and keyboards, Ian Martin on bass, Oscar Seaton Jr on drums and Ryan Porter on trombone. This should be a great show. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25-$35 Cover Charge

The Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Road North Petaluma 7:00 PM Showtime Raul Malo co-founder and principal driving force of the Grammy award winning The Mavericks will be performing solo. Great opportunity to see this amazing innovative musical force. Opening the show is indie Americana singer songwriter Annie Bosko.. Highly Recommended!!!!! $38-$53 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Junk Parlor’s influences range from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Fats Domino, Howling Wolf and Elvis.   This is one of the best and most creative Bay Area bands. Highly Recommended!!!! $5 Cover Charge.

Curio’s Bar 775 Valencia San Francisco 7:00 PM 10:00 PM Showtime The Curiosities Jazz Band is a tiny ensemble playing the standards of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s inspired by the small group swing of Johnny Hodges, Mary Lou Williams and Benny Goodman. This band really swings Highly Recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime One of the Bay area’s best jazz pianists Adam Shulman will be holding a cd release party for his latest recording “Just The Contra Facts”. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $12-$20 Cover Charge

Friday May 20th

1015 Folsom 1015 Folsom Street San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime Visionary DJ’s one of the most influential young artists in Brazil musicians, DJs, and brothers Alok & Bhaskar are prominent icons in the Brazilian electronic scene with hits including ‘Hear Me Now’, ‘Never Let Me Go’, ‘Big Jet Plane’ and ‘Ocean’. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge

SFJazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime British jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in the British jazz and hip hop scenes who is equal parts John Coltrane and Public Enemy. He will performing Black Peril which is an ambitious work, a musical portrait of the fractured world of a century ago, when the Spanish flu raged. From 1919-21, anti-Black race riots broke out on both sides of the Atlantic, from Glascow to Liverpool to Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Kingston, Jamaica. Kinch performs with an all star ensemble which includes Kinch on tenor saxophone, Eric Lewis on piano, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Don Vappie on banjo. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25/$35/$45/$65 Cover Charge

Amado’s 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Nashville based Americana indie singer/songwriter musician Ruthie Collins music blend of country, folk, and Americana is glued together by autobiographical lyrics and an achingly emotive voice. Rolling Stone raved that “Collins’ voice has the fluttery nuances more common in Seventies Laurel Canyon than in modern country”. Highly Recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge

The Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Road North Petaluma 7:00 PM Showtime Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame singer/songwriter guitarist Dave Mason helped to co found Traffic, was the second guitarist of Derek & The Dominos and has performed and recorded with Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones (e.g. on Street Fighting Man), George Harrison (appearing on All Things Must Pass), Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell and Cass Elliot. One of Mason’s best known songs is “Feelin’ Alright”, recorded by Traffic in 1968 and later by many other performers, including Joe Cocker, whose version of the song was a hit in 1969. This is a show not to be missed!!!!! Highly Recommended!!!!!! $37.50 -$48.50 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime One of the Bay Area’s best jazz guitarists Scott Foster performs with an outstanding combo featuring Bruce Ackley on tenor and soprano sax, Pete Schmidt on bass and David Brandt on drums. Should be a great show.. Highly Recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Black Cat Cafe 400 Eddy San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM & 10:15 PM Showtimes Keyboard maestro, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger and astral traveler Brandon Coleman represents a new chapter in the evolution of jazz and funk fusion. Coleman is bending the future of sound, taking ivory and ebony to destinations. Brandon has been a regular fixture with Babyface, Donald Glover, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington’s band. Coleman is currently on tour with his Brandon Coleman Project featuring Cokeman on piano and keyboards, Ian Martin on bass, Oscar Seaton Jr on drums and Ryan Porter on trombone. This should be a great show. Highly Recommended!!!!! $35-$45 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason Street 8:00 PM Showtime For over 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!!!!! $45-$60 Cover Charge...

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue Albany 8:00 PM Showtime For over 30 years, the trio the The Broun Fellinis have been innovating and disseminating their “Brounsoun”, a sonic expression inspired by the ancient to future traditions of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music and African/Indian trance sounds. Also on the bill are Voodoo Dolly Land which is an all Black futurist tribute to Siouxsie and the Banshees. Opening the show is the Chicago based grand funkstress Charlotte The Baroness. This is a must see show. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge

Ocean Ale House 1314 Ocean Avenue San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime The Soul Miners is a San Francisco based 6 piece band playing funk, soul, and rhythmic Jazz songs of the 60’s & 70’s to create a high energy dance party.Band members include Rachel Dionne & Rob Headlee on vocals, David McFarland on guitar, Scott Dworkis on bass, Joe Ralph on keys, Will Berg on sax and Gus Lignos on drums. Highly Recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Jinx Jones is a guitar virtuoso who seamlessly moves from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again. Jinx will be performing tonight with his trio. Highly Recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Three really good bands in store. Headlining the music is Richmond, Virginia based hard core political punk rockers Strike Anywhere. Rounding out the bill is Oakland based old school punk rockers Western Addiction and opening the show is Santa Rosa based alternative punk rockers Decent Criminal. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime .. One of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers Robyn Hitchcock will be performing solo acoustic. This should be a great show.. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge

Curio’s Bar 775 Valencia San Francisco 7:00 PM 10:00 PM Showtime Byrds Of A Feather is one of the Bay Area’s great jazz/reggae bands led saxophone David Byrd. Highly Recommended!!!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Showtime TBA

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Cosmo Alleycats is a San Francisco-based swing band that brings to the stage a potent mix of vintage dance music with a dynamic, soulful delivery. The band, comprised of 6 talented musicians, draws from several decades of exhilarating American music to deliver a fun and engaging performance.   Highly Recommended!!!!!! $5 Cover Charge

Piano Flight 144 Taylor Street San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime Jazz blues pianist Max Chanowitz continues his regular weekly Friday Happy Hour set on PianoFight’s (digital) cabaret stage playing classics, originals, and a few spicy video game theme song covers. Highly Recommended!!!!! N/C

San Francisco Golden Gate Park Bandshell Concert Series 4:30 PM Showtime The Golden Gate Bandshell Soul/Jazz/R&B Concert Series presents Bay Area based Parlor Tricks, the world’s first and foremost industrial ragtime band, a hot-music quartet led with sultry vocals, resonator guitar, upright bass and drums. This is a free concert. The Bandshell is located at John F. Kennedy Dr and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco. Highly Recommended!!!!!

Saturday May 21st

SFJazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime British jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in the British jazz and hip hop scenes who is equal parts John Coltrane and Public Enemy. Soweto and his All-Stars will be performing Black Peril which is an ambitious work, a musical portrait of the fractured world of a century ago, when the Spanish flu raged. From 1919-21, anti-Black race riots broke out on both sides of the Atlantic, from Glascow to Liverpool to Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Kingston, Jamaica. The All-Stars include Kinch on tenor saxophone, Eric Lewis on piano, Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25/$35 Cover Charge

Black Cat Cafe 400 Eddy San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM & 10:15 PM Showtimes Keyboard maestro, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger and astral traveler Brandon Coleman represents a new chapter in the evolution of jazz and funk fusion. Coleman is bending the future of sound, taking ivory and ebony to destinations. Brandon has been a regular fixture with Babyface, Donald Glover, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington’s band. Coleman is currently on tour with his Brandon Coleman Project featuring Cokeman on piano and keyboards, Ian Martin on bass, Oscar Seaton Jr on drums and Ryan Porter on trombone. This should be a great show. Highly Recommended!!!!! $35-$45 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason Street 8:00 PM Showtime For over 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!!!!! $45-$60 Cover Charge

The Independant 628 Divisadero Street San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Canadian based indie rock band The Rural Alberta Advantage has explored themes ranging from hometowns lost and found to tragic Alberta disasters. Some won awards, some were critics’ darlings but all of them showed a frank and forthright style of songwriting that has continued to leave its mark and grab fans around the world. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue Albany 8:00 PM Showtime For over 30 years, the trio the The Broun Fellinis have been innovating and disseminating their “Brounsoun”, a sonic expression inspired by the ancient to future traditions of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music and African/Indian trance sounds. Also on the bill are Voodoo Dolly Land which is an all Black futurist tribute to Siouxsie and the Banshees. Opening the show is the Chicago based grand funkstress Charlotte The Baroness. This is a must see show. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime Scroggins & Rose is Nashville based mandolinist Tristan Scroggins and Bay Area violinist Alisa Rose. Tristan frequently plays on the Grand Ol’ Opry and was awarded the prestigious Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2017. Alisa was nominated for a Grammy for her work with Quartet San Francisco and served as an ambassador of the U.S. State Department with the Real Vocal String Quartet. Combine these two lifetimes of musical commitment and exploration and you get contemporary roots music with the expression and detail of classical music, the drive of fiddle music, and the thrilling virtuosity of both traditions. Highly Recommended!!!! $30 Cover Charge

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:59 Showtime Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Curio’s Bar 775 Valencia San Francisco 12:00 PM 3:00 PM Showtime Camino Duo is an upbeat instrumental guitar and percussion duo that is strongly influenced by Venezuelan Music, Flamenco, and Latin American Music. Its original compositions are filled with rhythm and jazzy harmonies that blend into a unique musical language. Highly Recommended!!!! No Cover Charge

Ocean Ale House 1314 Ocean Avenue San Francisco 2:00 PM Showtime Carry Nation is a rock, country, and originals band performed by Jeff Herrera on drums, Brian Johnson on guitar/vocals, and Gopal Rao on bass/vocals. Highly Recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Showtime A great afternoon of swing jazz music in store featuring twon of the bay Area’s most respected jazz musicians guitarist Nick Rossi and stride piano master Mike Lipskin. This should be a great show. Highly Recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass).  HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. Highly Recommended!!!! $5 Cover Charge…

Bottom Of The Hill 233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime A really great night of music featuring one of Nashville’s most promising country folk/rock singer/songwriter musicians Erin Rae. Also performing is Nashville based country rock singer/songwriter musician Logan Ledger. Opening the show is Oakland based indie country pop singer/songwriter Yea-Ming. Erin Rae is definitely worth checking out. Highly Recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge

The Chapel SF 777 Valencia Street San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Guthrie Girls, sisters Cathy and Sarah Lee Guthrie come from a long line of American Folk Heritage. Being the daughters of Arlo and granddaughters of Woody, music has been an undeniable force in their life. Both having long–standing careers on their own for over 20 years; Cathy has achieved critical acclaim for her works with Folk Uke and Sarah Lee has made several albums and toured extensively with her former partner. The girls are on tour promoting their new album “Mental Picture”. Highly Recommended!!!!$25 Cover Charge

Cornerstone Berkeley 2367 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley 9:00 PM Showtime The great San Diego based Americana indie alt country rock band Delta Spirit is on tour promoting their new album “What Is There”. I really like this band. Highly Recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge

The Liberties SF 998 Guerrero Street San Francisco 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Showtime. The great San Francisco ensemble Classical Revolution focuses on bringing live chamber music to fun neighborhood venues including restaurants, bars, and cafes. Highly Recommended!!! $5 Cover Charge

Main Street Kitchen & Bar 1358 N. Main Street Walnut Creek 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime Charles Wheal and his band play a variety of blues and roots music that has been winning fans since 2006. This band is really good. Highly Recommended!!!!! N/C

Sunday May 22nd

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime Jane Bunnett and Maqueque has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out 8 years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene and, most recently, were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. Band members include Jane Bunnett on soprano saxophone & flute, Joanna Tendai Majoko on vocals, Mary Paz on congas & vocals, Dánae Olano on piano, Tailin Marrero on bass and Yissy García on drums.. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $40 Per Show Cover Charge..       

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music and one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country. Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge.
Ocean Ale House 1314 Ocean Avenue San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime A good show featuring Bay Area based Columbia salsa band Rebecca Rodriguez whose members are Rebecca Rodriguez on vocals/percussion, Francisco Rosales on piano, Lily Stern on bass,  David Rubin on drums, and Ester on percussion. Highly Recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge

Starline Social Club 2236 Martin Luther King Way Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime One of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers Robyn Hitchcock will be performing solo acoustic. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $32.50 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime One of the premier Bossa Nova samba ensembles in the Bay Area Liza Silva & Vos do Brazil will be in performance. This is a great band. Highly Recommended!!!!! $5 Cover Charge                       

Curio’s Bar 775 Valencia San Francisco 12:00 PM 3:00 PM Showtime The Curiosities Jazz Band is a tiny ensemble playing the standards of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s inspired by the small group swing of Johnny Hodges, Mary Lou Williams and Benny Goodman. This band really swings Highly Recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge

Must See Show Recommendation Of The Week

Friday & Saturday The Broun Fellinis Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue Albany 8:00 PM Showtime

Radio Programming Recommendations for Wednesday May 18th

If you are out and about today here a some great local radio programs worth checking out!!

KCSM 91.1 Without a doubt the preeminent 24 hour Jazz radio station in the world.

Other Radio programs of note today are

6:00 AM-9:00 AM KPOO 89.5 FM The Emmett Powell Goispell Caravan Marcus Johnson

9:00 AM-Noon KPOO 89.5 FM The Awesome Caroll Tia Radio Show Blues & R&B

3:00 PM-5:00 PM KPOO 89.5 FM Wake The Town Jamaican oldies

8:00 PM-10 PM KPFA 94.1 FM Dead To The World Host David Gans . Keeping the spirit and music of the Grateful Dead alive

9:00 PM-11:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM Fog City Blues Hosted by Devon Strolovitch I try to catch Devon’s show. Its really fun

If you are able to stream I suggest checking out WWOZ

I suggest starting the day checking out WWOZ starting at 7:00 AM for a truly great program Traditional Jazz With Michael Longfield

Following Michael at 9:00 AM is three hours of great jazz, blues, r&b, soul, funk and cajun/zydeco music with the New Orleans Music Show With Missy Bowen

Following Missy at noon for 2 hours of power house blues with Sittin’ At The Crossroad With Big D

Following Big D at 2:00 PM is three hours of great jazz programming with Jazz From The French Market With Sondra Bibb

Following Sondra at 5:00 PM is one of my favorite programs R&B Oldies With Rare On The Air hosted by Bob Murret, 3 hours of 50’s and 60’s swamp, rock’n’roll, r&b, soul and more…

Following Rare on the Air at 8:00 PM is another great r&b, funk, blues hip-hop program  Kitchen Sink hosted by A.J. Rodrigue (Boudin Man) and A.A.

Video Pick Of The Week

Herman Blount aka Sun Ra was one of the great big-band leaders, pianists and surrealists of jazz,   In a career spanning 60 years, he became jazz’s most theatrical band leader gaining recognition for encompassing everything from bop and gospel to blues and electronic sounds. The musician influenced countless others, and his mark can be seen on bands such as Pink Floyd and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as many current jazz bands. Claiming to being abducted by a UFO and transported to Saturn. Sun Ra saw himself as an outer-space visionary even as his reputation for music grew. He formed the progressive “Arkestra,” celebrating black history while experimenting with new jazz sounds and recording more than 100 albums. A performance of his would feature anything from large drum choirs and African-style chants to orchestral be-bop, free expressionism and swing pieces. He had singers, dancers and acrobats, and sometimes films and a light shows. He used a series of catch phrases and songs that emphasized both his carefully constructed persona and his self-proclaimed origins on Saturn. “Mister Re, Mr. Ra,” went one song; another was called “Space Is the Place.”In celebration of Sun Ra’s 108th birthday on Sunday I would like to highly recommend the outstanding 2005 BBC documentary Sun Ra: The Brother From Another Planet 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.

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