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!!. .
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Saturday’s Featured Performer..
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street, San Francisco
1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime. … No Cover Charge…
If you are looking to go out and see some live music here are some suggestions..
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime.. The great Bay Area band Kugelplex is steeped in the secular, celebratory music of Eastern European Jewry, preserving and building on a tradition that was almost wiped out by the Holocaust. Always looking to collaborate—they’ve worked widely with powerhouse soul/funk/jazz singer Linda Tillery—the group teams up with Syrian-born percussion master Faisal Zedan his Arabic drum ensemble Ajyal. Featuring clarinetist Jason Ditzian, accordionist/pianist Dan Cantrell, violinist/vocalist Lila Sklar, percussionist Michael Pinkham, guitarist Max Baloian, and bassist Eric Perney, Kugelplex has performed with Zedan over the years, but the ecstatic experience of joining forces at a Tunisian wedding last year left all the players determined to chase the buzz again. There are no nuptials planned, but the concert promises the joyous celebration of a wild vibe of Arabic-Jewish wedding. Highly recommended!!!!!
SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime. Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force whose work blurs the definitions of jazz, a capella, and classical music, while dispelling preconceptions regarding the limits of the human voice. Inspired by pianist Keith Jarrett to perform completely improvised solo concerts, McFerrin has established a reputation as one of the most iconic and influential vocalists alive, effortlessly jumping between octaves and seemingly singing multiple parts at once, in concerts that leave audiences slack-jawed in disbelief. He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians including Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and Yo Yo Ma, conducted the world’s major symphony orchestras, worked tirelessly as an educator and arts evangelist, scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and has received ten GRAMMY Awards. For this exclusive week of performances, McFerrin performs in collaboration with a superb group of guest musicians and vocalists. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $50/$70/$90/$110 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
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of eastern Europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane…
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival presents Brazil’s psychedelic pop pioneers Boogarins who began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia – creating psychedelic pop in their parents’ gardens, filtering their country’s rich musical history through a very modern lens. Opening the show is the dreamy indie rock band out of Boston titleWinter. Highly recommended!!!! $18 Cover Charge..
The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer/pianist Diana Krall is not only one of jazz musics great performers but one of its most recognizable as well. Diane’s interest in jazz came from her father, a stride piano player with an extensive record collection. “I think Dad has every recording Fats Waller ever made,” she said, “and I tried to learn them all.” By 1990, she was based in New York, performing with a trio and singing, as well as recording several albums, including the Nat “King” Cole tribute All for You. With her pre-bop piano style, cool but sensual singing, and fortuitously photogenic looks, Diana Krall took the jazz world by storm in the late ’90s with her album When I Look in Your Eyes — an international best-seller and earned her a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It also was the first jazz album to be nominated for Album of the Year in twenty-five years. Krall continued recording after the turn of the twenty first century, releasing several successful albums featuring music from different genres, including the bossa nova-themed Quiet Nights, ragtime and early jazz covers on Glad Rag Doll, and pop selections from the sixties onward on Wallflower. Highly recommended!!!!! $59.50/$89.50/$125 Cover Charge..
Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM 11:30 PM Showtime.. The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Square Dance, starts out with a Flatfooting workshop led by Thomas Maupin assisted by Korey Posey and Ruth Alpert. The square dancing begins at 8:00 PM with three great fiddle-and-banjo bands:West Virginia’a The Moduck Rounders, Virginia’s Earl White String Band and Oakland’s Squirrelly String Band and two great callers, guest caller Wisconsin’s Sue Hulsether and Berkeley’s own Robin Fischer. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…
Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. The Hormones headline an all girl tribute to the The Ramones. Rounding out the night are The Halford Wives and Iron Maybe. Highly recommended!!!!! $13 Cover Charge..
Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime..The Laura Klein Trio features Laura on piano, Ruth Davies on bass and Kelly Fasman on drums with special guest Mary Fettig on sax & flute presenting a tribute for Marian McPartland‘s 100 birthday. This all-star quartet of Bay Area jazz women will revisit some of Marian’s tunes, and perform a wide range of captivating music by of a host of brilliant jazz composers, including Joanne Brackeen, Mary Lou Williams, Renee Rosnes, Alice Coltrane, Eliane Elias, and others. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..
Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes…
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, Mayall, G. Allman, Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others. Highly recommended!!!!!!!$34-$74 Cover Charge..
looking into the future upcoming shows include
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
1st Madeleine Peyroux Rio Theatre Kuumbwa Jazz Center
2nd The String Cheese Incident SF Fillmore
3rd John Prine Fox Theatre Oakland
3rd The String Cheese Incident SF Fillmore
3rd Steve Earle Solo & Acoustic Benefit Concert Sweetwater</a>
3rd Madeleine Peyroux Freight & Salvage
3rd Chucho Valdez Joey DeFrancesco Jazz Bata Quartet SF Jazz</a>
4th Lebo & Friends Terrapin Crossroads
4th Chucho Valdez Jazz Bata Quartet SF Jazz
4th Midtown Social Ivy Room
4th Madeleine Peyroux Freight & Salvage
4th Van Morrison Greek Theatre Berkeley
4th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019
5th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019
5th Eliane Elias Yoshis
5th Kurt Vile & The Violators SF Fillmore
5th Madeleine Peyroux Freight & Salvage
5th Family Matinee with Rebeca Mauleon & Friends Special Guest Chucho Valdez SF Jazz
5th Goodnight Moonshine The Back Room
6th Eliane Elias Yoshis
6th Chucho Valdez Regina Carter Jazz Bata Quartet SF Jazz
6th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019
6th Madeleine Peyroux Freight & Salvage
7th Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Yoshis
8th DakhaBrakha Freight & Salvage
9th DakhaBrakha Freight & Salvage
10th Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project with Randy Brecker 75th Birthday Celebration Tour Kuumbwa Jazz Center
10th Kenny Barron & Friends Celebrate Monk SF Jazz
10th GOGO Penguin SF Jazz
11th GOGO Penguin SF Jazz
11th Michael Franti & Spearhead Fox Theatre Oakland
12th Peter Frampton Concord Pavillion
12th Bela Fleck Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer SF Jazz
12th Rising Appalachia UC Berkeley Theatre
13th Bela Fleck Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer SF Jazz
16th BANNERS Bottom Of The Hill
17th Austin Lounge Lizards Club Fox
18th Austin Lunge Lizares with Roy Zimmerman Kuumbwa Jazz Center
18th Stereolab SF Fillmore
19th Stereolab The Fillmore
19th Hot 8 Brass Band New Parish
23rd Todd Snider Ramblin’ Jack Elliot Great American Music Hall
24th Nicolas Bearde: The Music of Nat King Cole Kuumbwa Jazz Center
24th Sons of The Sahara Vieux Farka Toure & Bombino UC Berkeley Theatre
24th BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
25th Yasiin Bey Erykah Badu Greek Theatre Berkeley
28th Peter Erskine Quartet Kuumbwa Jazz Center
31st StringShot featuring Roy Rogers Badi Assad & Carlos Reyes Freight & Salvage
If you at looking for something to do today you may want to check out..
Friends Of The San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale continues today from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM at Fort Mason Center 2 Marina Blvd. San Francisco.. The Big Book Sale is an iconic San Francisco tradition benefiting the San Francisco Public Library programs..
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!!
Why The Cowboy Sings.. The cowboy’s job has always been dangerous, lonely, dusty, gory and low-paying. So why do cowboys make music, and why do they need to tell their story? Why the Cowboy Sings is a journey across the open West to explore this unique genre of folk art. Co-producer Hal Cannon has been chasing this question for 30 years. He is a founder of the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and has played cowboy music in a traditional band since the early 1970s. In this journey he travels to four ranches, in the middle of winter, to visit cowboys during a season when they have more time to sing.