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 are looking to go out and see some live music here are some suggestions..
Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..
Devine’s Jug Band is “America’s most authentic sounding jug band”…say’s legendary radio personality Mal Sharpe, formally of KCSM Radio. Playing jug band blues, hokum, and old-style string band music, Devine’s Jug Band, is a San Francisco ensemble wise to the ways of the weird old South. The band members include Pete Devine on jug, washboard, kazoo, drums, Meredith Axelrod on guitar and vocals and Morgan Cochneuer on mandolin, banjo-mando fiddle. This is a rare show for the jug band – so please don’t miss this very special event! Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..
The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime.. Bernal Hillbillies.. A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. N/C
The Riptide 3639 Taravel Street, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Cottontails are one of the Bay Area’s best vintage jazz ensembles playing a wide range of styles ranging from 20’/30’s Gatsby-era jazz, classic 40’s swing, and vintage 50’s/60’s r&b featuring a truly great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..
Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 5:00 PM Showtime.. Fire up the yule log and start the figgy pudding as Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home this holiday season. Join Michael and his band as they come “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday classics like, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. You can also expect to hear classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, as well as other holiday surprises performed as only Michael can. Highly recommended!!!! $85-$115 Cover Charge..
Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter/bassist Kate Davis is a force, but not the in-your-face kind. She exists like a breeze, trailing slowly and ghostly before delivering a healthy dose of gut-punch goodness to unsuspecting listeners. She’s been a prolific performer in the jazz scene, co-wrote Sharon Van Etten‘s recent smash “Seventeen,” and collaborated as bassist and vocalist for Postmodern Jukebox. Kate is an up and coming musical force. Should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..
The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..
The California Honeydrops led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, draws on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge…
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime.
Terry Disley Experience: The Nutcracker Holiday Show.. UK pianist Terry Disley brings his exciting and popular band Experience to the Bach to perform a rare concert of his original jazz arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Nutcracker Suite. Disley describes the Jazz Nutcracker Suite as being somewhat like a mix of “Tchaikovsky meets Miles Davis meets Bill Evans, with a hint of fusion funk thrown in for good measure!” The concert celebrates the re-issue of Disley’s Jazzcracker album – and features an all-star hand-picked 7-piece group. Joining Terry on piano/keyboards are Tod Dickow on sax/clarinet/flute, Erik Jekabson on trumpet/flugelhorn, Lorn Leber on guitar, Gary Brown on bass, Russ Gold on drums and Marquinho Brasil on percussion. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge..
Shows To Look Out For
8th Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini Joe Henderson Lab SF Jazz
8th Jack DeJohnette with Ravi Coltrane & Matt Garrison SF Jazz
8th Branford Marsalis Quartet Kuumbwa Jazz Center
9th X & The Blasters The Independant
9th Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber, Jim Hasslip, Dave Weckl Yoshis
10th Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber, Jim Hasslip, Dave Weckl Yoshis
10th X & The Blasters The Independant
10th Pink Martini SF Jazz
11th X & The Blasters The Independant
11th Pink Martini SF Jazz
11th Joshua Redman Quartet Kuumbwa Jazz Center
12th Pink Martini SF Jazz
13th The Brothers Comatose The UC Theatre
13th Pink Martini SF Jazz
13th J.D. McPherson The Independant
14th Bedouine The Independant
14th Pink Martini SF Jazz
14th Bobby Black Hawaiian Paradise The Backroom
14th Jonny Lang & Zane Carney Cornerstone Berkeley
15th Pink Martini SF Jazz
16th The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 16th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour The Fox Theatre Oakland
16th The Christmas Jug Band Sweetwater Music Hall
17th Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodard Ivy Room
17th Holliday Swing with Maria Muldaur & John Jorgenson Freight & Salvage
18th Spanish Harlem Orchestra Kuumbwa Jazz Center
19th Jane Monheit Holiday Show Yoshis
19th Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Joe Henderson Lab SF Jazz
19th Spanish Harlem Orchestra SF Jazz
20th Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Joe Henderson Lab SF Jazz
20th Adam Shulman Performs A Charle Brown Christmas SF Jazz
20th Mulatu Astatke The UC Theatre
21st Mulatu Astatke The UC Theatre
21st Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Joe Henderson Lab SF Jazz
21st Marcus Shelby Orchestra Performs Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite SF Jazz
21st Family Matinee with Adam Shulman Performs A Charle Brown Christmas SF Jazz
22nd Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Joe Henderson Lab SF Jazz
22nd Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Joe Henderson Lab SF Jazz
22nd The Klezmatics SF Jazz
22nd Klezmer Music with Kugelplex Freight & Salvage
23rd Sophie B. Hawkins Yoshis
26th Larry Vuckovich Yoshis
27th Charlie Musselwhite Freight & Salvage
27th The New Mastersounds The Chapel
28th The New Mastersounds The Chapel
28th Charlie Musselwhite Freight & Salvage
28th Maceo Parker with Special Guest Candy Dulfer SF Jazz</a>
29th Maceo Parker with Special Guest Candy Dulfer SF Jazz<
29th Charlie Musselwhite Freight & Salvage
30th Maceo Parker with Special Guest Candy Dulfer SF Jazz
31st The Claypool Lennon Delirium
31st New Year’s Eve Funky Party with Maceo Parker with Special Guest Candy Dulfer SF Jazz
31st Afro-Cuban New Year’s Eve Dance Party with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and Louie Romero Y Su Grupo Mazacote Freight & Salvage
31st Lettuce & Chris Karns The Independant
31st John Oliver SF Masonic
1st Pacific Mambo Orchestra Yoshis
2nd Pacific Mambo Orchestra Yoshis
3rd Pacific Mambo Orchestra Yoshis
6th Willie Nelson & Family The Fillmore
8th Willie Nelson & Family The Fillmore
9th Willie Nelson & Family The Fillmore
10th Jonathan Butler Yoshis
11th Jonathan Butler Yoshis
11th Bill Graham’s 89th Birthday Bash with Los Lobos The Fillmore
11th Tom Rigney & Flambeau Ashkenaz
11th Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout Freight & Salvage
12th Jonathan Butler Yoshis
12th Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout Freight & Salvage
12th Ramblin’ Jack Elliot The Chapel
15th Kronos Quartet Bing Concert Hall Stanford University
15th Chris Farren Bottom Of The Hill
17th Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio Mystic Theatre
17th Sophistafunk & Element Brass Band Boom Room
17th The Rubinoos Ivy Room
17th Railroad Earth The Fillmore
18th Railroad Earth The Fillmore
18th Devine’s Jug Band The Back Room
18th Red Room Orchestra Play Music Of “Wild At Heart” The Chapel
20th Sweet Honey in The Rock Rio Theatre
20th Victor Wooten Yoshis
21st Victor Wooten Yoshis
23rd Bireli Lagrene Trio Kuumbwa Jazz Center
24th The Soul Rebels The Independant
24th Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration Featuring Bireli Lagrene Freight & Salvage
24th The Infamous Stringdusters The Fillmore
24th Robert Dehlinger’s Alpha Rhythm Quartet Mr. Tipple’s
25th The White Buffalo The Independant
25th Fred Armisen & Bill Frisell: Comedy For Guitar Players The Chapel
25th Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration Featuring Bireli Lagrene
25th The Soul Rebels The New Parish
26th John McEuen & The String Wizards Present: Will The Circle Be Unbroken Sweetwater Music Hall
26th Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration Featuring Gonzalo Bergara & The New Hot Club Of America Freight & Salvage
26th Kenny Garrett Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
28th Steve Gadd Band Yoshis
30th Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi Sweetwater Music Hall
30th The Quiet Men Bottom Of The Hill
31st Booker T. Jones Freight & Salvage
31st Gerald Albright Yoshis
If you at looking for something to do today you may want to check out..
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend allows holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to seven Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums including the de Young, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Oakland Museum of California.
Illuminate 2019: San Francisco Festival Of Light happens Thanksgiving 2019 through New Year’s Day 2020 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene. Get your glow on during this two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, featuring free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, artist talks and participatory experiences. The seventh annual light fantastic includes several dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations accessible by public transit and admission-free. For more information visit the 2019 Self-Guided Itineraries Guide.
Holiday Ice Skating Rink at Union Square 2019 kicks off today and runs through January 20, 2020. The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will open with a special ceremony to “Break the Ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season. The Union Square Ice Breaking Ceremony starts at 9:30 AM. Free weekend skating lessons are also provided. The registration link is Free Weekend Skating Lessons and will be active on November 2nd.
Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods is a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. You’ll learn about the local plant and animal residents which are more likely to be seen in the early morning, all of whom have been invited to stop by and meet you.The sunrise tour starts at 7:00 AM. Muir Woods National Monument is located at 1 Muir Woods Road in Mill Valley.
Get ready to swing in Golden Gate Park every sunny Sunday at “Lindy In The Park”, a weekly free event near the de Young Museum, when the streets of Golden Gate Park are closed to traffic and the dancers take over. Every Sunday from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM “Lindy in the Park” offers a free weekly beginning swing dance lesson, taught by Hep Jen. The lessons are short, easy and fun and then you can practice your new steps with the whole group until 2 pm. No partner is required, as they rotate leaders and followers throughout the lesson.
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 6:30 AM streaming WWOZ with a The Gospel Show hosted by the wonderful Lauren Mastro
Following Lauren at 8:00 AM is Old Time Country and Bluegrass with Hazel The Delta Rambler. Hazel has been hosting this great program since 1977 with music and interviews with old-time country, folk and bluegrass musicians.
Following The Delta Rambler at 10:00 AM is The Cajun and Zydeco Show hosted by the old Acadian Charles Laborde or Jim Hobbs
I then suggest at 11:00 AM turning on your radio and tuning the dial or streaming over to KPFA 94.1 for six hours of great music programming starting at 11:00 AM with Across The Great Divide with Kevin Vance who hosts a program of folk, rock, blues and acoustic music. Highly recommended!!
Following Kevin at 1:00 PM is without question the best Americana music show this side of the Milky Way America’s Back Forty the hicks from coast to coast hosted by the truly wonderful and Bay Area treasure Mary Tilson.
Following Mary from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM you will hear either Panhandle Country hosted by Tom Diamont or Pig In A Pen hosted by Ray Edlund. Both programs feature some of the best traditional country, bluegrass, cajun, western swing, old time string band and country jazz.
I then suggest at 4:00 PM to resume streaming WWOZ for two hours of great big band swing and early jazz with The Hep Cat’s Ball Hosted By The Minister of Swing.
Following Hep Cat’s Ball at 6:00 PM on check out WWOZ for two hours of Reggae, African, Afro-Beat, Jazz, Hip-Hop, World and Orisha Music with Spirits of The Congo hosted by Baba Geno
At 10:00 PM I would recommend spinning the radio dial over to KXSF 102.5 FM for two hours of great eclectic soul stirring programming on Frequency-Uplift hosted by Bob Thawley…..
Video Pick Of The Week
The prolific Gregg Allman would have been 70 this week. In honor of Gregg I would like recommend Gregg Allman: Back To The Swamp-The Making Of Southern Blood is a film about the final studio album recorded by Gregg prior to his death. Renowned producer title Don Was is featured in the documentary highlight discussing FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he worked with Allman on Southern Blood. Gregg’s late brother Duane was employed in the 1960s as a session guitarist at the now legendary recording facility established by Rick Hall. The documentary features the Gregg Allman Band performing arrangements of songs by the likes of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley and more.