Suggestions For Week of 1/29-2/4

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..

Monday January 29th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime High Country High Country Heaven Here On Earth. Over several decades High Country has earned its place as the West Coast’s preeminent 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. Highly recommended N/C

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00PM-10:00 PM Showtime Eric Shifrin Eric Shifrin & The In Crowd Cologne Eric is simply a great jazz pianist and a Bay Area treasure. Highly recommended N/C

Mr.Tipple’s Recording Studio 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz Le Hot Jazz After You’ve Gone The music and spirit of Django Reinhardt is alive and well in the Bay Area as performed by these great musicians.. N/C

Tuesday January 30th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 Pm-11:30 PM Showtime Vibrason Vibrason Bochinchosa I just 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

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Banditos Banditos I Put A Spell On You I am really looking forward to finally seeing this group. I love their music which is a mix of honky tonk, country, soul with garage rock thrown in. I love their rearrangements of standards they have recorded. This will be a great show. Highly recommended!! $14 Cover Charge

Wednesday January 31st

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM -10:00 PM Showtime Nick Rossi Trio Nick Rossi Trio Live This is a wonderful jazz trio.. Nick is a great guitar player. Highly Recommended!! N/C

Thursday February 1st

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime Howard Alden Howard Alden Live Kit Eakle Kit Eakle Baltic Blues Howard Alden is simply one of greatest jazz guitarists this side of the Milky Way. He has performed with a whose who of jazz greats including Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton. Howard Alden joins veteran violinist Kit Eakle and his project DjangoSphere for an evening of standards, originals, and the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt. This should be a memorable show. Highly Recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Biscuit and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes James Armstrong James Armstrong Healing Time The “Ambassador of the Blues” is coming to town. First of all, James is a great performer, he really knows how to play the crowd. He is also a great guitarist and singer. Over the years he has performed and recorded with a whose who of blues and soul legends including Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Chaka Khan, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Roy Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ricky Lee Jones and Joe Louis Walker. Highly Recommended !! $22 Cover Charge

Black Cat Jazz Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Wallace Roney Wallace Roney Group Live With his formative years rooted in both classical and jazz traditions, Wallace Roney was mentored by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. He went on to earn a Grammy for his work on A Tribute to Miles, in collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. An alumnus of Art Blakey’s big band and the Jazz Messengers, Roney has achieved movie credits in addition to in impressive collection of albums as both leader and sideman. Wallace will be performing with Ben Solomon on sax, Oscar Williams on Piano Curtis Lundy on Bass and Eric Allen on Drums $20 Cover Charge

Friday February 2nd

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Howard Alden Howard Alden Trio Shine DjangoSphere Little Rootie Tootie Howard Alden is simply one of greatest jazz guitarists this side of the Milky Way. He has performed with a whose who of jazz greats including Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton. Howard Alden joins veteran violinist Kit Eakle and his project DjangoSphere for an evening of standards, originals, and the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt. Howard and Kit are joined by Don Bennett on Bass and Rory Judge on drums. This should be a memorable show. Highly Recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime Preservation Hall Jazz Band Preservation Hall Jazz Band I’ll Fly Away Since the early 1960s, the Pres has toured the world, sharing the raucous, soulful sound of traditional New Orleans jazz. I go back to 1977 first seeing this band with the Humphrey Brothers leading the charge with Allan Jaffe on tuba, who’s son Benhas taken over on tuba and bass. By the way this current Pres band is one of my favorites. Highly Recommended!! $60 $80 $110 Cover Range

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime Lavay Smith Lavay Smith & Her 8 Piece Little Band Lavay is the reigning Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s. She will be performing with her 8 piece little band. Lavay is one of my favorite singers. Highly recommended!! N/C

Hotel Utah Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Dales The Dales Still The Love The Dales are an Americana Rock-Roots band influenced by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, the likes of Willie Nelson and other early country artists. I saw them a few years back, I really liked them This will be a good show.. $20 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime Dirty Denim Dirty Denim Raquel’s Song Prettiest Eyes Prettiest Eyes Don’t Call Mane Mane New World Order three fun bands. I really like Dirty Denim. I love their self description “Sleazy Surf, Death Doo-wop, Schizophrenic Sixties Garage. Dirty Denim brings fetishism to the impetus of sleazy rock ‘n roll”. They are a lot of fun. Highly Recommended!! $8 Cover Charge

Biscuit and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes James Armstrong James Armstrong Healing Time The “Ambassador of the Blues” is coming to town. First of all, James is a great performer, he really knows how to play the crowd. He is also a great guitarist and singer. Over the years he has performed and recorded with a whose who of blues and soul legends including Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Chaka Khan, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Roy Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ricky Lee Jones and Joe Louis Walker. Highly Recommended !! $22 Cover Charge

Emporium SF 616 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-3:00 PM Showtime DJ Z-Trip (SF Local) DJ Q-BERT This is part of the kickoff weekend for the Emporium SF Arcade bar. Z-Triip and Q-BERT have been influential in the hiphop community since the early 90s, and between them have recorded with the likes of Jurassic 5, Public Enemy, L L Cool J and Galactic.-$20 Cover Charge

Black Cat Jazz Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 10:00 PM 1:15 PM Showtime Wallace Roney Wallace Roney Group Live With his formative years rooted in both classical and jazz traditions, Wallace Roney was mentored by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. He went on to earn a Grammy for his work on A Tribute to Miles, in collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. An alumnus of Art Blakey’s big band and the Jazz Messengers, Roney has achieved movie credits in addition to in impressive collection of albums as both leader and sideman. Wallace will be performing with Ben Solomon on sax, Oscar Williams on Piano Curtis Lundy on Bass and Eric Allen on Drums $20 Cover Charge

Saturday February 3rd

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime Howell Devine Howell Deine Poor Boy My favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Rusty Chains Rusty Chains GHOSTEMANE X RAMIREZ Pity The Foo Band Pity The Foo Times Like These Temple Of The Pilots Temple of Pilots Dead and Bloated A Seattle Grunge Tribute Show to benefit fire relief in Sonoma..All band proceeds to go to The RCU Community Fund, assisting fire victims and relief efforts North Bay Fire Relief Fund Great music for a great cause!! $12 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Roy Rogers & The Delta Rythm Kings Carlos Reyes Roy Rogers and Carlos Reyes Doheny Blues Roy Rogers has been fronting the Delta Rhythm Kings, he’s been playing distinctive blues for more than 30 years. Carlos Reyes is a world renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan harp and violin as he has touched the hearts and spirits of people around the globe. Carlos bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin and Classical styles. I have seen them perform together and it’s magical. Highly Recommended!! $34 Cover Charge

Black Cat Jazz Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 10:00 PM 1:15 PM Showtime Wallace Roney Wallace Roney Group Live With his formative years rooted in both classical and jazz traditions, Wallace Roney was mentored by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. He went on to earn a Grammy for his work on A Tribute to Miles, in collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. An alumnus of Art Blakey’s big band and the Jazz Messengers, Roney has achieved movie credits in addition to in impressive collection of albums as both leader and sideman. Wallace will be performing with Ben Solomon on sax, Oscar Williams on Piano Curtis Lundy on Bass and Eric Allen on Drums $20 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Preservation Hall Jazz Band Preservation Hall Jazz Band I’ll Fly Away Since the early 1960s, the Pres has toured the world, sharing the raucous, soulful sound of traditional New Orleans jazz. I go back to 1977 first seeing this band with the Humphrey Brothers leading the charge with Allan Jaffe on tuba, who’s son Benhas taken over on tuba and bass. By the way this current Pres band is one of my favorites. Highly Recommended!! $60 $80 $110 Cover Range

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime Preservation Hall Jazz Band Preservation Hall Jazz Band I’ll Fly Away Since the early 1960s, the Pres has toured the world, sharing the raucous, soulful sound of traditional New Orleans jazz. I go back to 1977 first seeing this band with the Humphrey Brothers leading the charge with Allan Jaffe on tuba, who’s son Benhas taken over on tuba and bass. By the way this current Pres band is one of my favorites. Highly Recommended!! $60 $80 $110 Cover Range

Sunday February 4th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 11:00 AM Showtime Preservation Hall Jazz Band Preservation Hall Jazz Band I’ll Fly Away Since the early 1960s, the Pres has toured the world, sharing the raucous, soulful sound of traditional New Orleans jazz. I go back to 1977 first seeing this band with the Humphrey Brothers leading the charge with Allan Jaffe on tuba, who’s son Benhas taken over on tuba and bass. By the way this current Pres band is one of my favorites. Highly Recommended!! $60 $80 $110 Cover Range

Feinsteins At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime The Hot Sardines The Hot Sardines I Love Paris I have been looking forward to seeing The Hot Sardines for a few years. This talented New York based ensemble is steeped in music made famous decades ago and makes that music come alive through the Sardines brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and vocals from a chanteuse who transports audiences to a different era with the mere lit of her voice. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol met in 2007 and bonded over their love of Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Be sure to check this band out. Nice venue to see them.. $45-$80 Cover Charge

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley 2:00 PM Showtime Dawn of the New Everything Ensemble This is all-new melodic, improvised/composed instrumental music pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Jaron Lanier, multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie, percussionist Scott Amendola and acoustic bassist Zachary Ostroff will take musical flight, inspired by Lanier’s new best-selling book, Dawn of the New Everything. This is a very rare performance of four friends holding hands and taking a musical leap together. $15 Cover Charge

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime Bernal Hillbillies Bernal Hillbillies White Dove Great afternoon of traditional bluegrass. N/C

Video Pick Of The Week

The Art of Organized Noise The Art Of Organized Noise Trailer This documentary charts the rise of Organized Noize, the influential producers behind megahits from Outkast, Goodie Mob, TLC and more. As pioneers of the Dirty South music movement, Organized Noize is responsible for Outkast, CeeLo, the Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. Their production shaped the landscape of hip-hop with their own distinctive sound, created in the confines of a dungeon. Featuring interviews with Andre 3000, Big Boi, Puff Daddy, Future, Ludacris, LA Reid, 2 Chainz, CeeLo and more.

Suggestions For Week of 1/22-1/28

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week.

Monday January 22nd

The Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime The Earl Brothers The Earl Brothers Cluck Old Hen The bad boys of bluegrass return to the Bay Area. They are the purveyors of hillbilly trance must be experienced to believe. N/C

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Eric Shifrin Eric Shifrin & The In Crowd Cologne Eric is simply a great jazz pianist and a Bay Area treasure. Highly recommended N/C

Mr.Tipple’s 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7 PM-10 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz Le Jazz Hot Joseph. The music and spirit of Django Reinhardt is alive and well in the Bay Area as performed by these great musicians.. N/C

Tuesday January 23rd

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime Tom Rigney & Flambeau with special guest Michael Doucet Tom Rigney & Flambeau with Michael Doucet Marie Catin This promises to be one of the best shows of the week. I got to see these masters perform together last summer at the Yerba Buena Center. It was such a great inspiring performance. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 Pm-11:30 PM Showtime Vibrason Vibrason Bochinchosa I just 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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime The Hotlicks The Hotlicks Live The Hot Licks perform songs composed by Dan Hicks as well as the songs Dan loved to cover in his own original style. A blend of Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Swing. The Hot Licks, Dan’s final band, toured for over 10 years with “Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks”. They are dedicated to preserving the original sound and spirit of the group and continue to carry the banner for folk-swing and gypsy jazz, with his particular sound, style and harmonies that have inspired so many others. $22-$49 Cover Charge

Wednesday January 24th

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Ben Misterka and Collectivity Ben Misterka and Collectivity Will The Circle Be Unbroken This is such a fun band. I love Ben’s energy and the way he blends different genres drawing on influences from jazz/funk, gospel, and psychedelic soul. He is also along with Collectivity are great musicians. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime Westside Jazz Club Westside Jazz Club Live Tenor Saxman Scott Silverberg fronts a wonderful jazz ensemble. I catch these guys whenever they play the Revolution Cafe. They never disappoint and I am glad they are play at the Deluxe. Highly recommended!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6 PM-9 PM Showtime Vince Lateano Trio Vince Lateano Trio One of the Bay Areas seminole jazz percussionists will be performing with his trio. This is Bay Area legend has performed and recorded with Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz Carmen McCrae, Tania Maria etc… Highly recommended!! N/C

The Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. 29th Street Swingtet 29th Street Swingtet Phoenix’s Revenge This is such a highly talented and youthful gypsy jazz/swing/world group ensemble. They are so much fun. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Ritz Night Club 400 S 1st St, San Jose 7:00 PM Showtime Lee Scratch Perry Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System Patience Lee Perry is reggae’s towering figure a producer, mixer, and songwriter who, along with King Tubby, helped shape the sound of dub and made reggae music such a powerful part of the pop music world. Along with producing some of the most influential acts (Bob Marley & the Wailers and the Congos to name but two) in reggae history, Perry’s approach to production and dub mixing was breathtakingly innovative and audacious — no one else sounds like him.. $23.50 Cover Charge Highly Recommended!!

Thursday January 25th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime NUMB.ER NUMB.ER Fear Nineteen Eighty Eight Nineteen Eighty Eight Con Pinturas Jordan Morrison All Your Sisters Jordan Morrison All Your Sisters GLO GLO All Night Should be a fun night of music headlined by Numb.er the sonic brainchild of photographer/visual artist Jeff Fribourg, who began his love affair with synths as a founding member of Froth. $12 Cover Charge

Brick And Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Laura Benitez And The Heartache Laura Benitez And The Heartache Whiskey Makes Me Love You Laura Benitez and her talented band are a product of the collaboration between songwriter and lead singer and very talented musicians Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock ‘n’ roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood to mean drunks, with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Laura’s talent is finally getting lots of recognition. Highly recommended! $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Mark Hummel Mark Hummel Blues Harmonica Summit The 2018 Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout is coming to the Freight. A Chicago Blues Celebration featuring many of the top musicians still playing the celebrated art form in its purity, the concert showcases a who’s who of African American talent in the blues featuring Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer (Muddy Waters, Magic Slim) Deitra Farr Oscar Wilson(Cashbox Kings) Billy Flynn RJ Mischo Bob Welsh RW Grigsby and June Core. $34 Cover Charge.

Mr.Tipple’s 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Jacknife Quartet Jacknife Quartet Snuff San Francisco saxophonist Steven Lugerner hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet Jacknife featuring trumpeter Henry Hung, pianist Malcolm Campbell, bassist Shimpei Ogawa and drummer Michael Mitchell, continues the exploration of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean early- and mid-1960s Blue Note years. I am looking forward to seeing them this week. N/C

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Elizabeth Moen Elizabeth Moen Tell Me When Elizabeth Moen is an indie-rock, singer-songwriter based out of the Midwest. . I just heard her for the first time on Mary Tillson’s America Back Forty program. I been on listening to her on Youtube and I really love her vocals, arrangements and guitar work. Highly Recommended!! N/C
Friday January 26th

Hardly Strictly Personnel 2018 Temescal Art Center Performance Art Theatre 511 48th Street Oakland 7:00 PM-11:00 PM – a Festival/Benefit Celebrating the spirit of Post-Beefheart/No Wave/Wabi Sabi Music and Art with the SF Bay Area creative music community. Benefitting Earth Justice and the Homeless Action center. $12 Donation

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime Earl Thomas Earl Thomas Lead A Horse To Water Earl is one of the great blues singers/songwriters whose songs have been covered by artists including Tom Jones,Etta James, Solomon Burke and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This should be one rockin show. $30 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Mark Hummel Mark Hummel Blues Harmonica Summit The 2018 Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout is coming to the Freight. A Chicago Blues Celebration featuring many of the top musicians still playing the celebrated art form in its purity, the concert showcases a who’s who of African American talent in the blues featuring Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer (Muddy Waters, Magic Slim) Deitra Farr Oscar Wilson(Cashbox Kings) Billy Flynn RJ Mischo Bob Welsh R Grigsby and June Core. $34 Cover Charge

Slims 333 11th St San Francisco 9:00 Showtime John Maus John Maus Live in Berlin John Maus is one of the forerunners and innovators of the late 2000 hypnagogic pop movement. His music has great energy and an absurd sense of humor. This show should be a lot of fun. $19 Cover Charge

Milk Bar 1840 Haight St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime The Risky Biscuits The Risky Biscuits Live The Naked Bootleggers The Naked bootleggers A Girl Named Whiskey Merry Gold Band Merrygold Band Thunder Mountain Josh Windmill The Crux The Crux Revival Tent Four really fun bands performing a bit of everything from country, soul, bluegrass, folk-punk, rock….This is gonna be a hell of a night of fun music. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Joe Purdy Amber Rubarth Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth Sorms are on the Ocean Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, two artists steeped in the rich tradition of american folk music team up for what should be a great night of music. $25 Cover Charge

The Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime HangtownHangtown The Rust His Master’s Voice His Master’s Voice Dos Caballeros It’s an evening of post-apocalyptic spaghetti western surf sounds and washed-out spaghetti western music for the future with two really good groups Hangtown and His Master’s Voice. Monsoon rounds the evening outs with their sludgy and psychedelic rock grooves. $8 Cover Charge

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 10PM Showtime Poncho Sanchez Poncho Sanchez Descarga One of the legendary latin percussionists and band leaders. His band is outstanding. There are still tickets available for the 10 PM show. Highly recommended!! $29-$69 Cover Charge

In The North Bay

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime New Orleans Suspects Eric McFadden New Orleans Suspects & Eric McFadden Glad The Allstar group over New Orleans royalty includes “Mean” Willie Green has been the drummer for the Neville Brothers band since the 1980s. Reggie Scanlan’s career has been defined by his thirty-three years playing bass in the Radiators, Jake Eckert is the sterling-toned lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. CR Gruver who has had comparisons to James Booker on piano and on tenor Kevin Harris a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. No doubt these musicians are firmly rooted in the modern New Orleans sound. Joining this ensemble is the great guitarist singer songwriter Eric McFadden. This will be one rockin show!! Highly recommended!! $32 Cover Charge

Big Easy 128 American Alley Petaluma 6:30 PM Showtime French Oak Gypsy Band French Oak Gypsy Band Menilmontant This band is really good. This ensemble gives a fresh spin on French and American jazz & swing era classics. Highly recommended $5 Cover Charge

Green Music Center 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 7:30 PM Showtime Ladysmith Black Mambazo Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live One of my most spirtual experiences was seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo a few years ago. I love their melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Highly recommended !! $25-$50 Cover Charge

Saturday January 27th

Hardly Strictly Personnel 2018 Temescal Art Center Performance Art Theatre 511 48th Street Oakland 1:00 PM-10:00 PM – a Festival/Benefit Celebrating the spirit of Post-Beefheart/No Wave/Wabi Sabi Music and Art with the SF Bay Area creative music community. Benefitting Earth Justice and the Homeless Action center. $12 Donation

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime Earl Thomas Earl Thomas Lead A Horse To Water Earl is one of the great blues singers/songwriters whose songs have been covered by artists including Tom Jones,Etta James, Solomon Burke and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. This should be one rockin show. $30 Cover Charge

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime Eric Bolivar Eric Bolivar & Friends Element Brass Band Element Brass Band I Feel Like Funking It Up Drummer Eric Bolivar is a Bay Area native who now resides in New Orleans and has been associated with acts like The Pimps of Joytime, Karl Denson, and Anders Osbourne. Eric Bolivar’s all star ensemble includes Tony Lanzino on trombone, Daniel Casares on sax, Max Cowen on B3, Victor Little on bass and Dave Shul on guitar. Thees guys will be rockin the Boom Boom Room. Sacramento’s Element Brass Band is so much fun. They do a great job of channeling the sounds of New Orleans Second Line. $12 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Howard Alden Howard Alden & Christian Plattner Howard Alden is simply one of greatest jazz guitarists this side of the Milky Way. He has performed with a whose who of jazz greats including Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton. Howard Alden joins veteran violinist Kit Eakle and his project DjangoSphere for an evening of standards, originals, and the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt. Howard and Kit are joined by Don Bennett on Bass and Rory Judge on drums. This should be a memorable show. $25 Cover Charge

RipTide 3639 Taraval St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:00 AM Showtime The Rebobs The Rebobs When The Hurtins Through This is a fun rock n roll band. Should be a good show!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Ladysmith Black Mambazo Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live One of my most spirtual experiences was seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo a few years ago. I love their melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Highly recommended !! $56 Cover Charge

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00M PM & 10PM Showtime Poncho Sanchez Poncho Sanchez Descarga One of the legendary latin percussionists and band leaders. His band is outstanding. Highly recommended!! $29-$69 Cover Charge

In The North Bay

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime New Orleans Suspects Eric McFadden New Orleans Suspects & Eric McFadden Glad The Allstar group over New Orleans royalty includes “Mean” Willie Green has been the drummer for the Neville Brothers band since the 1980s. Reggie Scanlan’s career has been defined by his thirty-three years playing bass in the Radiators, Jake Eckert is the sterling-toned lead guitarist in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. CR Gruver who has had comparisons to James Booker on piano and on tenor Kevin Harris a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. No doubt these musicians are firmly rooted in the modern New Orleans sound. Joining this ensemble is the great guitarist singer songwriter Eric McFadden. This will be one rockin show!! Highly recommended!! $32 Cover Charge

Sunday January 28th

Bach Dancing & Dynomite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, 4:30 PM Showtime Wallace Roney Wallace Roney Qunitet Quadrant With his formative years rooted in both classical and jazz traditions, Wallace Roney was mentored by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. He went on to earn a Grammy for his work on A Tribute to Miles, in collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. An alumnus of Art Blakey’s big band and the Jazz Messengers, Roney has achieved movie credits in addition to in impressive collection of albums as both leader and sideman. Wallace will be performing with Ben Solomon on sax, Oscar Williams on Piano Curtis Lundy on Bass and Erci Allen on Drums $55 Cover Charge Students $35 Cover Charge

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Michael NesmithMichael Nesmith and the First National Band The Crippled Lion The singer songwriter and former Monkee will be performng with his new bandmpromoting their nerw recording. $55 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 2:00 PM Showtime Ladysmith Black Mambazo Ladysmith Black Mambazo Hello My Baby One of my most spirtual experiences was seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo a few years ago. I love their melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Highly recommended !! $56 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime Ladysmith Black Mambazo Ladysmith Black Mambazo & The Mint Juleps The Lion Sleeps Tonight One of my most spirtual experiences was seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo a few years ago. I love their melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Highly recommended !! $56 Cover Charge

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime Bernal Hillbillies Bernal Hillbillies Live Great late afternoon of bluegrass music. N/C

Video Pick Of The Week
Two Trains Running Two Trains Runnin Trailer Two Trains Runnin’is about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement. Directed by Sam Pollard, narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr.

Suggestions For Week of 1/15-1/21

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week.

Monday January 15th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00PM-11:30PM Showtime The Bow Ties The Bow Ties It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More I love the Bow Ties. They are so much fun.. N/C

Mr.Tipple’s 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7 PM & 10 PM Showtimes Le Hot Jazz Le Jazz Hot Joseph . The music and spirit of Django Reinhardt is alive and well in the Bay Area as performed by these great musicians.. N/C

Tuesday January 16th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 Pm-11:30 PM Showtime Vibrason Vibrason Bochinchosa I just 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

Brick and Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM ShowtimeLord Bishop Rocks Lord Bishop Rocks Live Louie Fontaine & the Starlight Searchers Louie Fontaine & the Starlight Searchers Ain’t The Right Girl For You Girl Lord Bishop Rocks for sure!! I lover they way they mix 70s influenced Hardrock, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae and Punk – meshing it into a sound they call Hendrixian Motör Funk. Louie Fontaine is a Danish born rocker. Should be a good show. $12 Cover Charge.

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5 PM-8 PM Showtime Mitch Woods Mitch Woods Live on the Streets of New York Mitch is going solo playing his brand of boogie-woogie, jump blues and jazz piano. Highly recommended. N/C

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Mark Lewis Mark Lewis Quartet The Ermitage Mark Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano and has recorded and produced more than twenty albums on various labels. His latest album,The New York Session, features piano legend George Cables, veteran bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. A well-traveled saxophonist and flutist, he’s been a part of jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to Rotterdam and Paris. This will be a great show. $20 Cover Charge

Wednesday January 17th

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Mark Lewis Mark Lewis Quartet What’s New Mark Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano and has recorded and produced more than twenty albums on various labels. His latest album,The New York Session, features piano legend George Cables, veteran bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Victor Lewis. A well-traveled saxophonist and flutist, he’s been a part of jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to Rotterdam and Paris. This will be a great show.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Lulu And The Rent Party Lulu and the Rent Party Whose Honey Are You? One of my favorite Bay Area bands, Lulu & The Rent Party brings sexy, infectious fun to an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. Highly recommended N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6 PM-9 PM Showtime Mike Lipskin Mike Lipskin African Ripples One of planet Earth’s greatest stride jazz piano masters will be performing at this beautiful club. Highly recommended..N/C

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM- 10 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz Le Jazz Hot Joseph. The music and spirit of Django Reinhardt is alive and well in the Bay Area as performed by these great musicians.. N/C

Thursday January 18th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10 PM Showtimes Guy King Guy King Drown In My Own Tears Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world. $24 Cover Charge

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00PM-11:30PM Showtime Wicked Man Band Wicked Man When Will I be Flying Another really good Bay area Band. Wicked Man is an indie-soul-pop outfit hailing from Oakland, CA, who blends pop melodies with afro-beat inspired rhythms. Highly recommended…$10 Cover Charge.

The Midway 900 Marin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-8:30 Showtime Listen- The Dark Side Of The Moon This is Alan Parson’s original quadraphonic mix of Pink Floyd’s legendary album The Dark Side Of The Moon.. This is an entirely new experience of this classic work of early spatial audio. $25 Cover Charge.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Well-Strung Well-Strung Toxic My favorite string quartet. They are just brilliant. I love the way fuse pop and classical music. Highly recommended. $33.75-$65 Cover Charge.

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Ken Fowser Ken Fowser Quintet Black Orpheus Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, Ken is a rising star in the New York as well as the national jazz scene. The Ken Fowser Quintet features trumpet impresario Josh Bruneau. A musician you don’t want to miss! $20 Cover Charge

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10 PM Showtime Gerald Albright Gerald Albright Round Midnight Since the late ’80s, American jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright has been one of the most influential R&B and contemporary jazz musicians. Should be a good show. $27-$65 Cover Charge

In The North Bay

Green Music Center 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 7:30 PM Showtime Marc Cohn Marc Cohn Walking in Memphis Blind Boys of Alabama Blind Boys of Alabama People Get Ready What a double bill with two legendary performers. Marc Cohn is a great song writer and performer and the Blind Boys of Alabama are the five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group who first sang together in 1939. This should be a memorable performance. $25 -$55 Cover Charge

Friday January 19th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10 PM Showtimes Guy King Guy King Honest I Do Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world. $24 Cover Charge

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10 PM Showtime Gerald Albright Gerald Albright Round Midnight Since the late ’80s, American jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright has been one of the most influential R&B and contemporary jazz musicians. Should be a good show. $27-$65 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Well-Strung Well-Strung Toxic My favorite string quartet. They are just brilliant. I love the way fuse pop and classical music. Highly recommended. $33.75-$65 Cover Charge.

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Ken Fowser Ken Fowser Quintet Black Orpheus Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, Ken is a rising star in the New York as well as the national jazz scene. The Ken Fowser Quintet features trumpet impresario Josh Bruneau. A musician you don’t want to miss! $20 Cover Charge

The Make Out Room 3225 22nd St, San Francisco 6:30 PM Showtime Jon Langford Jon Langford Nashville Radio The great Jon Langford is performing solo along with special guest Virginia Dare. Great venue to see Jon. $20 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:00 AM Showtime The Cosmo Alleycats The Cosmo Alleycats Sinners’ Stomp The Alleycats are so much fun. One of the better jazz ensembles in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 7 PM-10 PM Showtime Mitch Polzak Mitch Polzak and the Royal Dueces Rockin Gypsy This is the Bay Areas’ top rockabilly band. They are a great rockin 3 piece group. Highly recommended N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtime Jason Marsalis Vibe Quartet Jason Marsalis Vibe Quartet Offbeat Personality Jason Marsalis is the youngest member of the illustrious Marsalis clan. I really like his 2013 CD In A World Of Mallets. $35 Cover Charge

The Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime Fearing Fearing Black Sand Glaare Glaare First Rain Screature Screature Siren High Fragile High Fragile Sugar Water I really like Glaare this LA based band is a fusion of shoe-gaze, post-punk, and dream-pop that feels very 90’s Goth. The other three bands sound are all good, Should be a good show. $10 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Little Village Foundation The Little Village Foundation Presents a Cavalcade of Stars This benefit features such stellar performers Aireene Espiritu, Aki Kumar, Chris Cain, HowellDevine, Maurice Tani, The Sons of the Soul Revivers, and Xochitl Morales. This will be a great show for a great cause. $22 Cover Charge

Saturday January 20th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Angelica Rockne Angelica Rockne One Hundred Years From Now The Midnight Suns The Midnight Suns Drop The Knife Charlie Blake Severn and the Broken Spoke Blake Severn and the Broken Spoke Hey Lonely The Queen of San Antonio, Angelica Rockne headlines great night of rock n roll. Angelica is a great performer. Highly recommended.. $10 Cover Charge

Bazaar Cafe 5927 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime The Green Ribbon Band The Green Ribbon Band Leaving LA Again Nice small intimate place to see this fine folk rock trio. N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Jason Marsalis Vibe Quartet Jason Marsalis Vibe Quartet Offbeat Personality Jason Marsalis is the youngest member of the illustrious Marsalis clan. I really like his 2013 CD In A World Of Mallets. $40 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Well-Strung Well-Strung Toxic My favorite string quartet. They are just brilliant. I love the way fuse pop and classical music. Highly recommended. $33.75-$65 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers at Armandos Without a doubt one of the most swinging bands in the universe. Lavay Smith & her all-star 7-piece little big band pay 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Hot Rize Hot Rize Western Skies Hot Rize is such a great band. Hard to believe they are in their 40oth year playing together. Pete Wernick, Tim O’Brien, Nick Forster and Charles Sawtelle are definitely grounded in the bluegrass traditions of artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers. What I love about them is their musical tastes embraced other American roots pathways as well. Highly recommended $44 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band To The Dogs or Whoever The Dust Bowl Revival The Dustbowl Revival With a Lampshade On Two of the best live performance bands on one stage. This will be an incredible show. I am so looking forward to see this concert. $35 Cover Charge

In the North Bay

The Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 Showtime Pablo Cruz Pablo Cruz Love Will find A Way This iconic 1970’s rock band will be performing all their big hits. $28 Cover Charge

Sunday January 21st

Bimbos 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9 PM Showtime Pride & Joy Pride & Joy Dance To The Music The Bay Area’s favorite party band returns to Bimbos 365 Club for a night of timeless pop/soul music of our time in an electrifying high – style show… $25 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Coco Montoya Band Coco Montoya Women Have A Way With A Fool Coco Montoya is a show-stopping, heartfelt singer and merciless guitar. He swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation. $30 Cover Charge

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Sufer Blood Surfer Blood Deamon Dance Surfer Blood is very talented indie rock band out of West Palm Beach, Florida. Just a really fun band. $20 Cover Charge.f

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:30 AM Showtime Ken Fowser Ken Fowser Quintet Black Orpheus Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, Ken is a rising star in the New York as well as the national jazz scene. The Ken Fowser Quintet features trumpet impresario Josh Bruneau. A musician you don’t want to miss! $15 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime The Secret Sisters The Secret Sisters Tennessee River Runs Low The Secret Sisters vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers are wonderful songwriters with beautiful harmonies. I saw them at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year and loved how they really connected with the audience. Highly recommended.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Flesh EatersThe Flesh Eaters River of Fever Arising from a punk rock party scene that exploded in the wasted midst of Hollywood tinsel and trash, The Flesh Eaters first mutated into a punk-fueled “roots rock voodoo blues” rockabilly ensemble. A fun night out. $30 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

I Called Him Morgan I Called Him Morgan Trailer On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.

Suggestions For Week of 1/8-1/14

Another great week of live music throughout the Bay Area. This week the focus is on some of the great local Bay Area talent. Here are some suggestion for this week.

This weekend is also the start of the Bay Area Music Festivals for 2018. The Amigo Guitar Show at is on this Saturday and Sunday The Marin Center 10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, Ca 94903 10 AM-5 PM Showtime This is the first Bay Area music Festival of 2018. The Amigo shows is an international buy-sell-trade events, where attendees may bring all the musical instruments or related items you can carry to sell, trade or have appraised. By getting bids from several exhibitors, you can quickly establish the market value of your item, and proceed to sell or trade with confidence.

Monday January 8th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Mike Olmas Presents: The Sessions Mike Olmas Band The Sidewinder Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. N/C

Mr.Tipple’s 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7 PM & 10 PM Showtimes Le Hot Jazz Le Jazz Hot Lover Come Back To Me The music and spirit of Django Reinhardt is alive and well in the Bay Area as performed by these great musicians.. N/C

Tuesday January 9th

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 7 PM-9 PM Showtime Grant Levin Grant Levin Band June Wind Grant is an outstanding jazz musician and his has a great band supporting him. Highly recommended.. $15 Cover Charge

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8 PM Showtime Sour Mash Hug Band Sour Mash Hug Band The Old Man In The Mountain Shadowbox Quartet Shadowbox quartet Unchain My Heart This is another extremely talented and fun group of musicians playing 1920s style swing, hot jazz .and Yiddish song. Highly recommended.. $15 Cover Charge

Wednesday January 10th

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9 PM Showtime Tribe Devine Tribe Devine Black Streets MetronOhm MetronOhm White Rabbit Polartropica Polartropica Light Up The Sky Tribe Devine is a fun band. I love the way they fuse funk, reggae and hiphop. Don’t know much about the other two bands but I like what I have heard so far. This should be a really good show.. $12 Cover Charge

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:30-12 AM Showtime Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums Rumpus Room Honeymoon Steve Lucky & the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. $20 Cover Charge

Thursday January 11th

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8 PM Showtime The Quiet Men The Quiet Men Something Sometimes High Witness High Witness Law of Seven Honest Iago Honest Iago Prepared Spontaneity The Quiet Men are another favorite San Francisco Bands. They are a blend of Irish- folk rock band with modern driving folk, rock and Americana. I love their song writing as well. They are great performers and I highly recommend this show. I liked what I heard from High Witness.. $12 Cover Charge

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Lane, San Francisco 7 PM-10 PM Showtime Patrick Wolff Patrick Wolff Gallop’s Gallop. Patrick is simply one of the Bay Areas premier jazz musicians. The Cafe Claude should be a great venue to see Patrick and his quartet.. Another highly recommended show N/C

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30-11:30 Showtime Banda Sin Nombre Banda Sin Nombre Sobra Una Tumba Una Rumba This is one of my favorite Bay Area bands. This amazing five piece world music ensemble is such a joy. N/C

Friday January 12th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 5 PM-8PM Showtime Byrds of a Feather Byrds of a Feather Work Song David Byrd has been a mainstay in the San Francisco Bay area music scene for many years. David is a pioneer in fusing jazz/reggae music. He is fun and inspirational.. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:30 PM showtimes Christone Kingfish Ingram Christone Kingfish Ingram Hey Joe No exaggeration in saying that Kingfish is a living phenomenon, soon destined to be a living legend!! He is a great blues guitarist and vocalist. I have seen him perform on TV and am looking forward to finally seeing him in person..$30 Cover Charge

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime The Switch Hitters This is an Allstar funk/soul ensemble featuring
Nigel Hall Bass & Vocals-LETTUCE
Robert “Sput” Searight drums-Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note
Nate WerthPercussion-Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note
Wil Blades B3-Dr.Lonnie Smith
plus Adam Knight and Friends. How much fun is this show going to be!!..$20 Cover Charge

The Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8 PM Showtime The Cheap Suit Serenaders Cheap Suit Serenaders Singing in the Tub Another local favorite of mine. The band co-founded by Robert Crumb, serves up a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more, as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz. With Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, Rick Elmore, Tony Marcus, Terry Zwigoff, and Casey MacGill performing on ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws, this band is a great time!! $26 Cover Charge

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8PM Showtime Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel Classical Gas Tommy is simply one of the greatest guitarists on the planet. He is very funny and engaging. Well worth seeing..$46 Cover Charge

The Fox Theater 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8 PM Showtime The O’Jays The O’Jays Love Train One of the most important Soul/R&B bands of the 70’s. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member are a connection to an era and a sound that formed the soundtrack for the lives of several generations.$49.75 $69.75 $89.75 Cover Range

In the North Bay Checkout

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives Wanted Man This is a great group. I saw them last year. What a great band!! Marty is a superb musician and the ultimate entertainer. His band’s title is accurately described “The Fabulous Superlatives”. I highly recommend this show.. $26 Cover Charge

Saturday January 13th

The Fillmore 805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9 PM Showtime Ozomatli Ozomatli Cumbia de los Muertas I had the opportunity of seeing Ozomatli at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year. They put on a great performance. Ozomatli is an American six-piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles. This is a show not to be missed. $26.50 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:30 PM showtimes Christone Kingfish Ingram Christone Kingfish Ingram Hey Joe No exaggeration in saying that Kingfish is a living phenomenon, soon destined to be a living legend!! He is a great blues guitarist and vocalist. I have seen him perform on TV and am looking forward to finally seeing him in person..$30 Cover Charge

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime The Switch Hitters This is an Allstar funk/soul ensemble featuring
Nigel Hall Bass & Vocals-LETTUCE
Robert “Sput” Searight drums-Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note
Nate WerthPercussion-Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note
Wil Blades B3-Dr.Lonnie Smith
plus Adam Knight and Friends. How much fun is this show going to be!!..$20 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10 PM-1:00 AM Showtime Howell Devine Howell Devine Brought Life Back to the Dead My favorite Bay Area Blues Band. Well worth seeing.. N/C

The Bird and Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10 PM Showtime Cartoon Jazz Octet Cartoon Jazz Octet Sleepwalker This is another fun unique Bay area ensemble playing classic tunes from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s by Raymond Scott & John Kirby plus a slew of originals! $20 Cover Charge

Sunday January 14th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9 PM showtimes Christone Kingfish Ingram Christone Kingfish Ingram Hey Joe No exaggeration in saying that Kingfish is a living phenomenon, soon destined to be a living legend!! He is a great blues guitarist and vocalist. I have seen him perform on TV and am looking forward to finally seeing him in person..$30 Cover Charge

The Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7 PM Showtime Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives Wanted Man This is a great group. I saw them last year. What a great band!! Marty is a superb musician and the ultimate entertainer. His band’s title is accurately described “The Fabulous Superlatives”. I highly recommend this show.. $44 Cover Charge

Bach Dancing and Dynomite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime Lew Tabackin Lew Tabackin Live A picturesque venue to see one of the great jazz tenor sax and flute players. I have not seen Lew for about 25 years. I may treat myself and take Highway One down to see this legendary Jazz master..$55 Cover Charge adults..$35 Cover Charge Students.

Hopmonk Tavern224 Vintage Way, Novato 1 PM Showtime Natural Gas Jazz Band Natural Gas Jazz Band Grandpa Spells This is a wonderful traditional jazz band. I saw this band last year and had a great time. N/C

Video Pick Of The Week

Mike Judge Presents Tales From The Tour Bus Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus Trailer
Mike Judge’s Tales From the Tour Bus may not technically be a documentary, but the animated series tells the true and often crazy stories of some of country’s biggest stars of yesteryear. The series focuses on notorious characters like Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and other influencers like Johnny Paycheck and Blaze Foley. Judge’s signature animation plays out the legendary moments of its stars while friends, family, and acquaintances recall decades-old tales. While the episodes are filled with hilarious anecdotes, the show doesn’t shy away from tougher topics like Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his cousin or the toll drinking took on Johnny Paycheck’s promising career. The series is for serious country lovers and anyone looking to reminisce about country’s raucous beginnings.