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. .

Comments For The Day

Not too early to start looking at plans for the weekend. Two events to check out are

The 10th annual Dancing in the Park 2018 Outdoor Dance Festival kicks off Saturday from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM at Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse. The annual 10-day festival features over 400 free events throughout the Bay Area. Take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more. Here is a complete listing of events Bay Area Dance Week Schedule..

The 2018 neighborhood festival season kicks off this Sunday from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM with The Glen Park Festival. Live music, great food and raffle prizes help make this a great time..All proceeds from the festival go to benefit kids’ programs for schools and community organizations in and around Glen Park. The family-friendly festival features live music, a children’s arts and activity area, booths for local artists and craftsmen, ice cold drinks including beer and wine, food truck/booths.

If you are looking for something to do this evening I suggest checking out

Global Bass & Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Night at Underground Nomads 1192 Folsom, San Francisco. Join the Bay Area’s most eclectic DJs breaking barriers of genre and culture with World Music, including bhangra, Balkan, Latin and middle eastern music, plus live Bhangra and belly dancing performances, and tribal and bass DJ sets. Resident DJs include DJ Amar, Santero, Suresh, Dulce Vita and Sep with dance performances featuring Bay Area local favorites and guest dancers from around the world. They’ll often have amazing talent from Europe, South America, Asia and across North America. 8:00 PM-Midnight $5 Cover Charge.

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

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real was one of the many highlights at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year. Great performers and Lukas’s stage present is so impressive. Highly recommend seeing this band. $25 Cover Charge

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime Vibrason I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet. The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of New Orleans jazz, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. This is a great venue to see one of my favorite Bay Area bands. $10 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime I really like this band..The Leandro Joaquim Sextet combines rock, jazz, funk, reggae and bossa nova, with sophisticated and deeply personal lyrics that talk about struggles and triumphs of everyday life. I also like their use of psychedelic effects in their arrangements. Very cool. AfroLatin, East Bay funk 70’s soul influenced Jaz Clemente and World Music/funk influenced Zanzibar round out a great night of music. $10 cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime The Penske File have been playing punk rock together for more than half their lives, which is a quite a feat considering that they are all, just now, collectively entering their mid 20s. Growing up together in suburban Burlington, Ontario, James Hall, Travis Miles & Alexander Standen have been through a lot together. This becomes evident the moment you see them on stage as they feed off each other’s every cathartic note with harmonious ease. Decent Criminal with a sound reminiscent of ‘90s alternative, punk, surf, and power-pop, and punk power trio Linguo round out a great night of music. Highly recommended $8 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Los Lonely Boys the American Chicano rock power trio play a style of music they call “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country, and Tejano. Singer/songwriter Lisa Morales is a great opening act. Highly recommended!! $44 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime For 50 years Jesse Colin Young has been singing songs about peace, relationships and the environment. From his folk days in Boston and his first record, Soul Of a City Boy, he has articulated and recorded the tumultuous times of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present, while reminding us that it is all about family, community and the precious natural world we live in. His musical style is now considered Americana, but in fact it’s his unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and rock with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

If you live around Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 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!! $40 Cover Charge

If you are at home this evening, have the TV on and surf channeling, you may want to check out AXS TV at 7:00 PM for No Direction Home: Bob Dylan Dylan’s life and music from 1961 to 1966, detailing the artist’s journey from his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, through his emergence in the folk music scene of New York’s Greenwich Village to his controversial decision to go “electric” and his rise to the pinnacle of international fame and cultural impact.

Radio worth Listening to

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 with a great two hours of music with Traditional Jazz with Leslie Cooper.

Following Leslie at 9:00 AM is a great program of rock, funk, Jamaican soul, and jazz The New Orleans Music Show hosted by Cole Williams.

At Noon Mark Stone takes over the airwaves with Soul Serenade one of the best blues programs this side of the Milky Way.

This evening at 8:00 PM check out KPFA 94.1 for Bebop Cubop and the Musical Truth two hours of jazz, world music, afro cuban and Latin sounds hosted by Avotcja. Highly Recommended!!

Let me know what you are listening to.

Video Pick Of The Week

Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy

“Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy” is the first full length documentary based on the life of American folk/blues musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. Lead Belly inspired everyone from the Beatles to Nirvana, but died before ever reaping the benefits of his fame. This historic film 5 years to make, and is finally ready for post-production. We are looking to market the film to various film festivals and find distribution outlets that will expose the film to U.S. and international audiences. The film includes interviews with legendary musicians, Harry Belafonte, the late- great Odetta, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie son of Woody Guthrie, folk singer Pete Seeger and more. “Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy” highlights the impact that Lead Belly had on the early stages of the music industry and his lasting impression on folk, blues, country, hip hop and rock and roll.