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 want to see some live Music tonight some suggestions are
The Independant 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco.. 9:00 PM Showtime.. The Dustbowl Revival is a great entertaining Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. While the band has been known for their old-time and bluegrass roots, they have departed from those styles and evolved more into modern soul music. Americana soul duo Freddy & Francine open the show. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..
SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime… Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C
Biscuits and Blues401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes…. Tony Lindsay & The Soul Soldiers featuring powerhouse vocalists Fred Ross, Nicolas Bearde and Will Russ will be performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. This powerhouse soul band also features Allen Leong on keyboards, Davd Shul on guitar David Jones on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.
Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime.. The Switch Hitters is an Allstar funk/soul ensemble featuring Nigel Hall Bass & Vocals from Lettuce, Robert “Sput” Searight drums- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note, Nate Werth Percussion- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note Wil Blades on the B3 and Stevie Redstone on guitar… How much fun is this show going to be!!..Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Flamenkeando Flamengo Meets Gypsy Jazz…Caminos Flamencos, an award-winning flamenco troupe, collaborates with members of gypsy jazz group Barrio Manouche to present two special nights of flamenco, jazz manouche, and Latin vibes on December 14 and 15. Seven artists improvise and explore between their musical worlds to create a blend of sounds rooted in flamenco dance and music, yet open in a free-style form much like a chamber jazz ensemble. The show features Jason “El Rubio” McGuire – acoustic guitar Felix de Lola – vocals. Javi Jimenez – guitar, Luis Jimenez – percussion, Yaelisa – flamenco dance, Fanny Ara – flamenco dance & Marina Elana – flamenco dance. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..
The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on tour in support of their latest studio album ‘Barefoot In The Head’ marking the CRB’s third studio release in just two years. CRB‘s new recording pushes boundaries and breaks new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge..
Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the king and queen of the banjo, have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. . They will be performing pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Highly recommended!!!! $64 Cover Charge..
Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… San Diego’s great instrumental progressive hard rockers CHON will have the Cornerstone jumpin’. Opening the night is the Japanese four piece edgy instrumental rock band LITE. Highly recommended!!!! $34 Cover Carge..
If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out
Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. The Manhattan Transfer have become the cornerstones of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz,R&B, rock and roll, swing,symphonic, and acappella music. They are incredibly entertaining. Highly recommended!!!! $49-$110 Cover Charge..
Concerts & Shows coming up in the future are
14th SF Jazz Joey Alexander Trio
14th The Freight & Salvage Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
14th The Fillmore Chris Robinson Brotherhood
15th The Fillmore Chris Robinson Brotherhood
15th The Freight & Salvage Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
15th SF Jazz Joey Alexander Trio
16th SF Jazz Joey Alexander Trio
16th The Freight & Salvage Kurt Eliing Quartet
16th The Fillmore Chris Robindon Brotherhood
17th The Fox Oakland Tenacious D
18th The Fox Oakland Tenacious D
18th The Freight & Salvage The Christmas Jug Band
20th SF Jazz Marcus Shelby Orchesta Plays Duke Ellington’s Nutcraker Suite
20th The Freight & Salvage Holiday review With The John Santos Quartet
21st The Fox Oakland John Legend
21st SF Jazz Adam Shulman: A Charlie Brown Christmas
21st The Freight & Salvage The David Grisman Sextet
22nd The Freight & Salvage The David Grisman Sextet
22nd SF Jazz Adam Shulman: A Charlie Brown Christmas
22nd SF Jazz Blind Boys Of Alabama
23rd SF Jazz Blind Boys Of Alabama
28th SF Jazz Maceo Parker
29th SF Jazz Maceo Parker
29th The Freight & Salvage Hot Tuna Acoustic
30th The Freight & Salvage Hot Tuna Electric
30th SF Jazz Maceo Parker
31st The Freight & Salvage Hot Tuna Electric
31st SF Jazz Maceo Parker
2nd Chuchito Valdez at Yoshis
3rd Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
3rd Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Jon Faddis at Yoshis
4th Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Jon Faddis at Yoshis
4th Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
5th Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
5th Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Biscuits & Blues
6th Wayne Shorter Quartet at SF Jazz
8th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
9th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
10th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
11th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
11th George Cole & Eurocana at The Red Poppy Art House
11th Patti Smith & Her Band at The Fillmore
12th Patti Smith & Her Band at The Fillmore
12th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
13th Chris Botti at SF Jazz
13th Harvey Mandel at Biscuits & Blues
15th Don McClean at Yoshis
16th David Bromberg Larry Campbell & David Hildago at The Chapel
17th Pamela Rose & Terrance Brewer at SF Jazz Joe Henderdon Lab
17th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
18th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
18th Tim Flannnery & The Lunatic Fringe at The Cornerstone Berkeley
18th Mark Hummel’s Southern Harp Blowout at The Freight & Salvage
18th The Infamous Stringdusters at The Fillmore
18th Talib Kweli at Yoshis
19th The Revolution at The UC Theatre
19th Mark Hummel’s Southern Harp Blowout at The Freight & Salvage
19th Scott Amendola Trio at Bird & Beckett
19th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
19th Ozomatli at The Fillmore
19th Jonathan Butler at Yoshis
20th Jonathan Butler at Yoshis
20th Branford Marsalis Quartet at SF Jazz
24th Rita Coolidge at Yoshis
25th DjangoFest at The Freight & Salvage
25th Poncho Sanchez at Yoshis
26th Poncho Sanchez at Yoshis
26th Reverend Horton Heat at Slims
26th Michael Nesmith at The Sweetwater Music Hall
26th DjangoFest at The Freight & Salvage
27th titleDjangoFest at The Freight & Salvage
27th Azar Lawrence Experience at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
28th Azar Lawrence at Yoshis
31st Wallace Rooney Quintet at Yoshis
If you at looking for something to do today you may want to check out..
The 15th annual Another Hole In The Head Film Festival defies convention and brings you the most outrageous films from both emerging and established filmmakers. 15 days of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and More!!! For the 15th year, the festival will screen over 155 feature and short independent films in 15 days. The festival starts at 7:00 PM and takes place at New People World located at 1746 Post Street, San Francisco.. $5-$15 Cover Charge..
Listen To The Radio
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..
At 8:00 PM spin the radio dial to KALW 91.7 for Fascinatin Rhythm which each week presents popular American music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim, in the context of their relationship to American history. Host Michael Lasser offers a rich mix of singers, songwriters and songs to explore the history and themes of American popular music. Highly recommended!!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.
Video Pick Of The Week!!
I wanted to share this great holiday music documentary with all of you.
Jingle Bell Rocks, directed by Mitchell Kezin, delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes – including hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. In his search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin both asks and answers the question, “Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?” Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage, and revealing character study, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century. With rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of touching and rare archive footage, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a cinematic sleigh-ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. It’s also a mix-tape of twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard.