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. .

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If you are looking for something to do today here are a few suggestions you may want to check out

The Grand Cherry Blossom Parade is Sunday starting at the Civic Center at 1:00 p.m., proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets. A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies. World renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo will keep the parade upbeat with the thundering sound of the taiko, and this year’s Queen and her Court will cascade their way to Japantown. Anchoring the parade is the exciting, that will be hoisted by over one hundred strong individuals from throughout the Bay Area. It is a spectacle not to be missed.

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. “Lindy in the Park” is located on JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th, behind the De Young Museum.

If you need a break from lindy hopping head on over the the band shell and check out The Golden Gate Park Band, under the new direction of Robert Calonico, presents the 136th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse located between the de Young and the California Academy of Sciences . That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years. The weekly concerts take place most Sundays at 1 pm, run about 90 minutes and are free and open to the public. The weekly concert series feature music of specific nationalities or cultures, including costumed guest performances from dancers, singers and speakers, who will enlighten and entertain.

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

Black Cat 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime From NYC, the hard-hitting Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, the Ken Fowser Quintet are rising stars in the national jazz scene. Highly recommended!! $15 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

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime Indie rockers The Invincible Vacuum Cleaner Company, Swimming Bell, Brooklyn-based folk singer Katie Schottland new project, and dark net-folk duo Younger Youngest round out a really good night of music. $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Toure is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Vieux started his musical journey playing percussion, before taking up guitar and joining the group backing kora wizard Toumani Diabaté. He blends elements of Latin, rock, jazz, and blues into his sounds, creating an experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres. Highly recommended!! $28 Cover Charge

If you are at home this evening you may want to check out AXS TV at 5:30 PM for Rock Legends: The Ramones.. A group of “brothers” from Forest Hills, Queens, the Ramones helped invent punk rock by mastering a simple but extremely effective sound – a combination of speedy grooves, sing-along tunes and deadpan lyrics that achieved a kind of boneheaded genius. The sound influenced thousands of bands and proved so durable that the Ramones more or less stuck to it for their entire career.

Radio worth Listening to

I recommend starting the morning off at 6:30 AM streaming WWOZ with The Gospel Show hosted by 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 another great program on WWOZ The Cajun and Zydeco Show hosted by Acadian Charles Laborde

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.. Kevin Vance 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.

Let me know what you are listening to.

Video Pick Of The Week

The Punk Singer The Punk Singer Trailer.. Filmmaker Sini Anderson explores the life and career of punk rocker Kathleen Hanna, the Bikini Kill front woman who became a pioneer of the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s.