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..
Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… The 2019 Noise Pop Festival presents Portland based Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey, a joyful straight up rollicking indie rock’ n’ roll band. I really love the bluegrass and swamp blues influence on the music. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 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 disappoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C
Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 Showtime.. A fun night of dance your ass off funk music with two great bands. Ideateam is a 9-piece ensemble driven hefty chunk of soul funk. They dare you not to sway, as brass melodies swirl with guitar rhythms, with a deep pocket thump that is stronger than a 6 am cocktail. With a vibrant percussion element, Ideateam brings an onslaught of grooves, exploring both instrumental and vocal arrangements, sure to make you turn to your friend and say, “Hot damn, I can’t believe I never saw this band before!” The Fell Swoop is a 7 piece San Francisco based dance/funk/soul and pop band. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..
Sausalito Seahorse 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito 8:00 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!! $24 Cover Charge..
Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. A renowned horn-driven outfit, Tower of Power emerged in the late ’60s playing a dynamic blend of R&B, soul, funk, and AM pop. Along with similarly inclined groups like Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears Tower of Power helped push the sound of brass-infused music into the rock era. Led by Detroit-born tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo , the Oakland, California-based group scored hits like “You’re Still a Young Man” and “What Is Hip?” throughout the ’70s. They also became one of the most sought-after backing ensembles in pop, playing on recordings by Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Josh Groban, and more. While their lineup has changed over the years, Castillo remains a constant and continues to guide the ensemble live and in the studio. The Americano rock/soul and r&b band title Con Brio opens the show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $59.50/$79.50 Cover Charge.
Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 4:00 PM- Showtime..
Dick Whittington and his trio of Robb Fisher on bass and Vince Lateano on drums with special guest saxophonist Andrew Speight present an evening of “Straight Ahead” Be-Bop, featuring the compositions of John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Miles Davis, John Lewis, as well as Standards by Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…
Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
High Country has earned its place as the West Coast’s premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band’s blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country brings the energy and experience of six seasoned professionals to this spirited American art form. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience.Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..
If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out
Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime. World renown Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and his trio pay tribute to Nate King Cole’s 100 Birthday. John is a great performer, very funny and was recently described as “hip as a wink”. If you can make it over to Yoshis, I highly recommend seeing him. Highly recommended!!!!! $46.62 Cover Charge..
Looking into the future you can check out
24th Lynyrd Skynyrd Concord
24th John Doe Ivy Room
25th Will Blades 40th Birthday Bash Freight & Salvage
30th The Dawg Trio Freight & Salvage
31st The Dawg Trio Freight & Salvage
31st Bryan Ferry The Fox Theatre
1st Jenny & The Mexicats Freight & Salvage
1st One Love Reggae Festival Woodland, California
2nd One Love Reggae Festival Woodland, California
6th Heart,Joan Jett & The Blackhearts & Ellie King Concord Pavilion
7th Handsome Hawk’s Rock N’ Roll Rumble Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces Ivy Room
7th Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
8th Melvins Cornerstone Berkeley
8th Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
11th Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul The UC Theatre
13th Bian Wilkson & The Zombies The Fox Theatre
13th Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration Freight & Salvage
17th David Bromberg Freight & Salvage
18th Mark Knopfler Greek Theatre
18th David Bromberg Freight & Salvage
19th The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Freight & Salvage
20th The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Freight & Salvage
21st The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Freight & Salvage
21st Diana Krall The Fox Theatre
21st Brandi Carilile Greek Theatre
22nd Brandi Carilile Greek Theatre
25th Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio with Special Guest Coco Montoya Freight & Salvage
26th Diana Krall The Green Center
26th Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio with Special Guest Coco Montoya Freight & Salvage
26th Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Devil Makes Three, Le Butcherettes Greek Theatre
27th Leyla McCalla Freight & Salvage
27th Marc Rebillet The Independant SF
27th Monterey Jazz Festival
28th Monterey Jazz Festival
28th Marc Rebillet The Independant SF
29th Monterey Jazz Festival
29th Pokey LaFarge (Solo) Freight & Salvage
29th Marc Broussard & Samantha Fish The Fillmore
If you at looking for something to do today you may want to check out..
San Francisco Museums For All is a brand new program running from July 1st through September 1st providing free summer admission to 15+ local museums and cultural institutions for all San Francisco residents who receive public benefits. Museums with free admission include the de Young, SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum, with the California Academy of Sciences offering $3 admission. See the full list of participating museums.
The San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair features one of the West Coast’s largest selection of postcards, trade cards, stereo views, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian transportation, sports memorabilia, and all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper. The fair takes place from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM at the San Francisco County Fair Building located in Golden Gate Park at 1199 9th Avenue. Free admission.
de Young Museum is now free every Saturday for San Francisco residents..Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum that showcases the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. The Museum is open from 9:30 AM-5:15 PM and is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.
Legion of Honor is now free every Saturday for San Francisco residents..The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is open from 9:30 AM-5:15 PM and is located at 100 34th Avenue in San Francisco..
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!!
A Not So Average Joe… Twenty years after the death of legendary guitarist Joe Pass who recorded the seminal album “For Django,” the remaining members of his quartet, jazz giants Colin Bailey, John Pisano & Jim Hughart along with Joe’s protege Frank Potenza came together over two days to record for Capri Records Ltd. a tribute that documents that recording session. Also in the film is recently discovered concert footage of Joe not seen for decades. Highly recommended….