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..
SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.
Sun Ra Arkestra: Space Is The Place..The enduring legacy of jazz visionary Sun Ra is celebrated by this ensemble made up of Arkestra veterans and a younger generation of exploratory musicians led by saxophonist Marshall Allen – a fixture of Sun Ra’s bands since 1958. Sun Ra created an entire universe of expression, integrating Ellington-influenced big band swing with free jazz, the blues, electronics, and African musical traditions. Highly recommended!!!!! $30/$50/$70 Cover Charge..
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. The Scott Larson Quartet led by trombonist, have been making music in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. With this combined 60 years of musical experience playing as a trio they strive to play a wide range of material from original compositions to Jamaican music all the way down to hard swinging jazz. Highly recommended!!! No Cover Charge..
The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
The Blank Tapes is the moniker of Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, Matt Adams, whose music is a mix of 50’s and 60’s inspired folk rock, surf, psych soul and pop. I really like his new album Candy which he is on tour promoting.. Opening the show is Killer Whale whose music is a mixture of folk rock, psychedelic electronica, with touches of surf rock and Caribbean. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime..
The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting War Stories, a raucous evening of off-the cuff storytelling by some of the wildest, loudest and most influential punk rock, new wave and rock’n’roll icons. The line up is specially curated and presented by Pleasant Gehman and Theresa Kereakes — the duo behind the LA punk rock 70’s fanzine Lobotomy.. The lineup also features Peter Case of The Nerves & The Plimsouls, Jeff Drake of The Joneses, Chip Kinman of The Dils and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos. The event is moderated by Michelle Villegas Threadgould, Journalist/KQED, Contributor/CNN, New York Observer & author of the forthcoming book “Why Rage Against the Machine Matters”… Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..
The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..
McKinley Moore is keeping the legacy of Otis Redding alive through his Otis Redding Legacy. McKinley’s style respectively recreates the magic of “The King Of Soul”, backed by his incredible 8 piece band.. This is going to be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes..
Kara Grainger‘s classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar makes her a force to be recon with. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to this Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist. Kara exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..
Royal Cuckoo 3202 Mission St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith sings at the hippest bar in San Francisco, accompanied by Danny Armstrong on trombone and Chris Siebert on the Hammond organ. You’ll love the vibe, the cocktails, and the world-class collection of vintage vinyl spinning for your listening pleasure. Highly recommended!!! N/C
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.
Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C
The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime…Legendary American blues guitarist, singer, bandleader and record producer Steve Freund will be performing with his Big 3 group featuring Howell Devine‘s Pete Devine on drums & washboard and Joe Kyle on bass’.This is a show not to miss.. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge…
Looking into the future
19th Otis Redding Legacy at The Chapel SF
19th Kara Grainger at Biscuits & Blues
19th Rickie Lee Jones at The Freight & Salvage
19th Sun Ra Arkestra SF Jazz
20th Brooklyn Raga Massive Featuring Marta Redbone Roots Project Yerba Buena Festival
20th Live From Here With Chris Thile at The Green Music Center
20th Sun Ra Arkestra SF Jazz
21st Toots And The Maytals & Lee Fields & The Expressions Stern Grove Festival
21st The Dawg Trio Green Music Center Bluegrass Day
21st Sun Ra Arkestra SF Jazz
21st Steve Turre Quintet at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
24th Mekons The Chapel SF
24th Sweet Honey & The Rock at The Freight & Salvage
25th Sweet Honey & The Rock at The Freight & Salvage
26th Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Biscuits & Blues
31st C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band at The Freight & Salvage
1st Gregory Porter SF Jazz
2nd Gregory Porter SF Jazz
2nd Jolie Holland Ivy Room
3rd Gregory Porter SF Jazz
4th Gregory Porter SF Jazz
4th Freight & Salvage Marcia Ball
4th Larry Vuckovich Piedmont Piano Company
4th Jerry Day Fest Jerry Garcia Amphiteater McLaren Park
7th Lost Dog Street Band Cornerstone
8th Elvis Costello & Blondie Concord Pavillion
8th Billy Bob Thorton & The Boxmasters Mystic Theatre & Music Hall
9th Preservation Hall Jazz Band SF Jazz
9th “Weird Al” Yankovic Greek Theatre
9th Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward
9th SF Outside Lands Festival Golden Gate Park
10th SF Outside Lands Festival Golden Gate Park
10th Preservation Hall Jazz Band SF Jazz
11th Preservation Hall Jazz Band SF Jazz
16th Max Weinberg’s Jukebox The Chapel SF
16th One Grass Two grass Grateful Bluegrass Boys Ivy Room
16th iCuanismo SF Jazz
16th The Avett Brothers Greek Theatre
17th The Avett Brothers Greek Theatre
17th The Original Wailers Cornerstone Berkeley
17th iCuanismo SF Jazz
18th iCuanismo SF Jazz
18thThe Isley Brothers SF Stern Grove Festival
22nd Cole Williams Band Hotel Utah
22nd Freight & Salvage Freight Fiddle Summit 2019
23rd Herbie Hancock Greek Theatre
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.
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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NovemberProjectSF/”>November ProjectSF 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!!
Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul is the never-before-told story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica, Toots Hibbert. It features intimate new performances and interviews with Toots, rare archive from throughout his career, and interviews with contemporaries and well-known admirers including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Marcia Griffiths and Paolo Nutini. From his beginnings as a singer in a Jamaican church to the universally praised, this film tells the story of one of the true greats of music. Toots was the first to use the word Reggae on tape in his 1968 song ‘Do The Reggay’) and his music has across six decades defined, popularized and refined it, with hit after hit including ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Sweet and Dandy’, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Funky Kingston’, ‘Bam Bam’, ‘True Love Is Hard To Find’, ‘Do The Reggay’ and ‘Reggae Got Soul’. Island records founder Chris Blackwell says “The Maytals were unlike anything else… sensational, raw and dynamic”. Always instantly recognizable is Toots’ powerful, soulful voice which seems to speak viscerally to the listener, “one of the great musical gifts of our time”. His songs are at the same time stories of everyday life in Jamaica and postcards from another world. Highly recommended!!!!!