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.

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