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!!. .

Tonight’s Featured Performers..
Riders In The Sky !!!!!!
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley
8:00 PM Showtime. $39 Cover Charge..

Some suggested show this evening are

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well. Highly recommended!!!!! $39 Cover Charge…

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
Molly Tuttle is one of bluegrass music’s brightest stars. The vocalist, songwriter, banjo player and guitarist, recording artist and teacher in the bluegrass tradition, is a great flat picking guitarist in the tradition of Doc Watson and a master of the clawhammer style of banjo. Plus she has cited Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, and Hazel Dickens as role models. Opening up the show is Blue Summit who combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation to traditional bluegrass music. Taking in elements from western swing, soul, folk, jazz, old time, and rock, this band puts their heart into their projects, and through many hours of work, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Band of the Year. At the head of the group is AJ Lee, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. Master guitarist and mandolinist Eric McFadden & his Allstar Band featuring drummer Kevin Carnes and bassist Mike Anderson will be in the house.. Eric is a six string virtuoso. He can play so many genres from Jimi Hendrix to Django Reinhardt. I highly recommend checking out this master guitarist… $15 Cover Charge……

The Terrace Room 1800 Madison St, Oakland 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. N/C.

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… Actress, singer/songwriter and pianist Alicia Witt performing songs from her most recent album 15000 Days. Highly recommended!!! $15-$45 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Nashville Honeymoon is another Bay Area band I really love. Their music is a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s. Their songwriting draws on country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk traditions. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Portland based Tumbledown House, a self described modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress ensemble. I really like what I have seen on youtube and look forward to seeing them this evening. Highly recommended!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Alan Iglesias & Crossfire is on tour with his tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is just an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… The Old Pals is a California-based Bluegrass band bonded by decades-long friendships and a mutual love of traditional Bluegrass and country music. The band members enjoy the camaraderie of playing together whenever schedules permit, and most of the Pals have known each other since the early days of Bluegrass in California. Each member of The Old Pals has been active as “movers and shakers” in the Bluegrass community for many years. They include Craig Wilson on guitar and vocals, Larry Cohea on banjo, Butch Waller on mandolin, Paul Shelasky on fiddle and Matt Dudman on bass. Highly recommended!!!!!$ 20 Cover Charge…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM &10:00 PM Showtimes…
Spyro Gyro are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014 with shows that showcased their breakthrough Morning Dance album. After that year of looking back, they decided to spend 2015 concentrating on their more recent material, playing many songs from their post 2000 releases. The audience reaction was so positive to their recent material that bandleader Jay Beckensteindecided that their albums from that period deserved a little more focus. So, in order to spotlight this innovative and productive period, Spyro Gyra released The Best Of The Heads Up Years this spring. They released their last, their 30th, album of new material The Rhinebeck Sessions in 2013, which Jazztimes called “inspired”. Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it “Their finest album since their early 80s heyday” and made it a Top Twenty pick for the year. George Harris of the Jazz Weekly enthused, “I gotta tell ya, these guys still sound GREAT.”Highly recommended!!!!!! $29-$64 Cover Charge…

Point Richmond Jazz 201 Martina Street, Point Richmond 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz Violinist, educator and jazz historian Kit Eakle will be performing with his all-star ensemble of John R. Burr on piano, Ruth Davies on bass; and Kendrick Freeman on percussion. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are a great group. I saw them last year and had so much fun. Marty is the ultimate entertainer. I highly recommend seeing them.. $28.50-$40 Cover Charge…

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime..
The B-Side Players are an 8-piece band taking part in a new movement in popular music. A band that honors the international cross-pollination that has always made music the universal language, they continue exploring the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms of their homeland, dropping bits of Cumbia, Salsa, gritty street Samba, Son Montuno, Jarocho and Boogalo into the mix. They use any beat that catches their ear, regardless of geography or genre, to create a compelling, horndriven, polyrhythmic groove. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The 69th annual Spring Strawberry Music Festival takes place this weekend at Westside 17807 Tuolomne Road in Tuolomne CA.. This is one of the most family friendly music festivals in the California. Today’s lineup includes Crying Uncle, Scott Law & Ross James’Cosmic Twang, Hawktail, The Teskey Brothers, The Dustbowl Revival and Richard Thompson Electric Trio. You can find out about tickets and lodging information at Strawberry Festival Ticket and Camping/Lodging information. Highly recommended!!!

The Seventh Annual Bottlerock Napa Valley Music & Arts Festival returns to the Napa Valley Expo in Napa, California. The annual festival includes access to wine, food and craft brew from Napa Valley. Today’s lineup includes Jenny Lewis, Flogging Molly and Liz Cooper & The Stampede. For today’s complete schedule visit Bottlerock Friday Music Schedule. For Ticket Information visit Bottlerock Tickets.

California Roots Music & Arts Festival is an American annual music and art festival, featuring reggae-rock-folk-hip hop acts and live painting on-stage. It is held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California, home of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 where Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire. The festival isn’t just a music festival; It’s a Movement! It’s a way of life. It delivers a cosmic blend of good vibes, true happiness, family, peace, love and joy. Todays lineup includes Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Steel Pulse and Don Carlos. For a complete listing of musicians visit California Roots Festival Lineup. For Ticket Information visit California Roots Festival Tickets.


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


1st Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real At The Fillmore
3rd Maria Muldaur At Yoshis
3rd Judy Carmichael With Larry Koonse At Kuumbwa Jazz Center
7th Bela Fleck & The Flecktones At The Fox Oakland
7th Leo Kottke At The Freight & Salvage
8th Leo Kottke At The Freight & Salvage
8th Father John Misty & Jason And The 400 Unit At The UC Berkeley Greek Theatre
10th Johnny Swim At SF Masonic
10th Herb Alpert & Lani Hall At Yoshis
11th Herb Alpert & Lani Hall At Yoshis
12th Herb Alpert & Lani Hall At Yoshis
14th The John Lee Hooker Foundation Presents Zaskiya Hooker, Pamela Rose & Paula Harris At The Freight & Salvage
15th Train, GooGoo Dolls & Allen Stone At Shoreline Amphitheatre
16th Margaret Belton’s Tribute to Patsy Cline At The Freight & Salvage
19th The Felice Brothers At The Chapel SF
22th Wu-Tang Clan At Shoreline Ampitheatre
22th Jamestown Revival At The Independant
23rd Jenny & The Mexicats At Slims
24th Judas Priest with Special Guest Uriah Heep At The Warfield
25th Judas Priest with Special Guest Uriah Heep At The Warfield
26th Santana At The Shoreline Amphitheatre
28th Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band At The Fox Oakland
29th Bill Kirchen At The Freight & Salvage

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

Off The Grid takes place this evening at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco’s Marina district. Starting at 5:00 PM and running to 10:00 PM more than 32 food trucks will pull up to Fort Mason for Friday night’s Off the Grid Food Truck Party. Off the Grid is sort of like a food court for nomads, gatherings of extreme culinary variety, with live music and full bars. If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to snack on treats from the Koja Kitchen, the Fat Face truck, Curry Up Now, and many more. There is also a Prix Fixe option, which costs $40 per person and must be reserved beforehand. The event is BYOB, meaning Bring Your Own Blanket.

Free Bad-Ass Morning Workout takes place every Friday morning at 6:30 am, at a different San Francisco hill for a free badass workout and a chance to meet fellow fitness enthusiasts in your city. The hills change each week (it might be Alamo Square, Moraga Steps, Twin Peaks, Lombard…), but expect an encouraging group and a great excuse to get fit and see the city. Get faster. Get stronger. Build your community. Check this facebook page November Project SF Facebook for location.

Friday Roller Skate Party “Disco Down Dolores” SF starts this afternoon at 4:30 Pm at Dolores Park 19th & Dolores Street San Francisco. This is the newer fresher rollerskate dance scene of San Francisco where all levels of experience are welcome and have many in our group who would love to teach you the basics. Please refrain from rolling your bike, skateboard, or scooter into our session as it can seriously injure skaters.

What’s On The Airwaves

If you are at work, out and about today or at home and are able to stream I highly suggest checking out WWOZ starting at 7:00 AM for a great two hours of music with The Traditional Jazz Show with Keith Hill
Following Keith is The New Orleans Music Show with either Bill DeTurk or Black Mold . Three hours of funk, traditional jazz, blues, zydeco r&b and soul.

Following Bill or Black Mold at noon is one of the best blues programs on the air this side of the Milky Way The Blues Breakdown hosted by Valerie “The Problem Child” Kacprzak.

Following Valerie at 2:00 PM is three hours of great jazz music with Jazz In The French Market hosted by Vin Cherry. These three programs really put me ion a great mood for the weekend. Highly recommended!!

Following Vin at 5:00 PM is 3 hours of blues,rock funk and soul on Music of Mass Distraction with Black Mold..

Following Black Mold at 8:00 PM is two hours of great R&B with a little funk and mixed in with The Rhythm Room hosted by Allan “Alski” Laskey .

I then suggest at 10:00 PM spinning the radio dial over to 94.1 FM KPFA for The History of Funk for two hours of the strongest, stankiest, uncut funk anywhere on the airwaves, hosted by Rickey Vincent.

Video Pick of The Week!!

On The Sly: In Search of the Family Stone.. Director and super-fan Michael Rubenstone sets out in search of long-time reclusive funk legend, Sly Stone. Along the way, he meets with some success, but finds countless more failures in trying to capture a man who refuses to be contained. The elusiveness of front man Sly prompts both filmmaker and viewer to consider how much we project onto our heroes, and how their continued inaccessibility is, despite our frustration, often vital to continuing the work of discovering ourselves and how we use music and art to bond with one another beyond simply moving our bodies to the beat. Highly recommended!!!!