Suggestions for Week of 2/26-3/04

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestions..

Monday February 26th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime The Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. Highly recommended N/C

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Burl Haggard is a really fine San Francisco string band playing old-country, bluegrass, Bob Wills tunes and some jug music as well. I really like their harmonies. Really good music. Highly recommended. $10 Cover Charge

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Mac Sabbath I am really looking forward to finally seeing this amazing parody band. Visually inspired by characters from McDonald Land and performing in elaborate costuming, Mac Sabbath’s concerts are described as a “multimedia show with video, theatrics, audience participation and sing-alongs”, featuring an array of food-related props which tie into their overall theme. The Village Voice, describing the “surreal and chaotic” nature of their shows, wrote of “red-eyed, demonic-looking clown statues, inflatable cheeseburgers, and oversized prop ketchup and mustard bottles”. I’m in..$26 Cover Charge

Tuesday February 27th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Gogol Bordello One of the great party bands in the universe. I have been lucky enough to see the purveyors of gypsy punk a few times and just had a great time. Highly recommended!!! $39.50 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Lunasa & Tim O’Brien.. I was able to see Lunasa and Tim last year at the Music Hall. It was a great show. Tim and Lunasa are magical together. A wonderful prelude to St. Paddy’s Day.. Highly recommended $39 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

If you are near Santa Cruz check out

Rio Theatre For Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime David Rawlings the acclaimed singer songwriter and guitarist is on tour promoting his recently released Poor David’s Almanac. This is a great opportunity to see David solo. Highly recommended..$39 Cover Charge

Wednesday February 28st

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Gogol Bordello One of the great party bands in the universe. I have been lucky enough to see the purveyors of gypsy punk a few times and just had a great time. Highly recommended!!! $39.50 Cover Charge

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime The Deep Basement Shakers specialize in primal, joint-rocking boogie, barrelhouse, blues and early R&B. With a powerful, stripped-down featuring piano and an assortment of unique percussion – including washboard, spoons, hand drum, suitcase and more – the Shakers bring to life old-school, steady-rolling tunes from the deep musical traditions of places like St. Louis, Texas, Chicago and New Orleans. Vintage, foot-stomping American roots music designed for good times. Let’s get down! N/C

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime VIQUEEN I really like what I have heard so far from this all-female powerhouse band featuring heavy sound and thoughtful melodies. Great venue for them as well. $10 Cover Charge

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camarros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. For over four decades, The Dramatics, with their dazzling vocal blend, has wowed audiences all over the world. With over 38 top 10 singles to date, Including one of my alltime favorite I Want To Go Outside In The Rain, The Dramatics display a distinctive, rich harmony and a dynamic blend of lead and background vocals, that has transcended time, music genres, and generations alike. With L.J. Reynolds’ powerful tenor, soulful delivery, and charismatic energy, The Dramatics’ star continues to shine. $37-$69 Cover Charge

Thursday March 1st

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Super Vague Band The Campbell Apartment The Royal Panics Three really good San Francisco bands. I especially like the Royal Panics-a real old school garage band. $10 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime Bill MacKay Matt Baldwin Golden Gram. Good lineup led by Chicago based Bill MacKay who has energized the experimental folk, rock and avant scenes around town with his polyglot approach to the guitar, combining the folk of Appalachia, the blues and gospel with rock, jazz, western-country and an array of eastern modes. $7 Cover Charge

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Vince Lateano Trio Vince Lateano’s resume reads like a who’s who of American bebop. The Bay Area drummer has played and recorded with Cal Tjader, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae and countless others. Great venue to see this living legend of jazz. N/C

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime David Rawlings the acclaimed singer songwriter and guitarist is on tour promoting his recently released Poor David’s Almanac. This is a great opportunity to see David solo. Highly recommended..$35 Cover Charge

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. For over four decades, The Dramatics, with their dazzling vocal blend, has wowed audiences all over the world. With over 38 top 10 singles to date, Including one of my alltime favorite I Want To Go Outside In The Rain, The Dramatics display a distinctive, rich harmony and a dynamic blend of lead and background vocals, that has transcended time, music genres, and generations alike. With L.J. Reynolds’ powerful tenor, soulful delivery, and charismatic energy, The Dramatics’ star continues to shine. $37-$69 Cover Charge

Friday March 2nd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 Pm & 10:00 PM Showtime Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Should be a great show..$35 Cover Charge

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime Snarky Puppy’s Offical After Party with The W-BEEZ featuring members of Snarky Puppy & Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine & DJ K-OS. This might tuyrn out to be one of the best shows of the year. I am really looking forward to this funk extravaganza. $20 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Blame Sally I been able to see this great ensemble a few times now. Great songwriters, singers and performers from this group that includes Pam Delgado (percussion and vocals), Renee Harcourt (guitar and vocals), Rob Strom (bass guitar), Jeri Jones (guitar, bass and vocals), and Monica Pasqual (piano, accordion, and vocals). Highly recommended!! $34 Cover Charge

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:30 AM Showtime Virtuoso guitarist and Legendary Rockabilly powerhouse Jinx Jones and the Kingtones are a great band. This will be a rockin great time.. N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Multi GRAMMY®-winning pianist/singer/composer/ producer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. This should be a great show.. $39-$75 Cover Charge

If you live in the North Bay checkout

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 8:30 PM Showtime Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro & The Painkillers unleashes his high-energy music this weekend at Rancho Nicasio. This is a great band. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

If you live around Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtime It can be easily argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions”, “Hang ‘Em High”, “Time Is Tight”, and “Melting Pot” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and four-time Grammy-winner pushed the genre’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then introduced it to the nation. Outside of the band, Jones made the charts as a solo artist also lent his trademark keyboards to many artists ranging in genre from Ray Charles to Neil Young. Highly Recommended.. $40 Cover Charge

Saturday March 3rd

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Venezuelan folk music with adventurous jazz explorations, The VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. Original compositions, keen arrangements and great musicianship blend together to deliver a unique musical sound.This group of superstar Maestrasled by the great Jackeline Rago on Venezuelan Cuatro and Bandola, features Donna Viscuso on Flute, Dan Feiszli on Bass and the one and only Michaelle Goerlitz on Percussion. Special Guests for tonight’s performance include Anna Marai Violich on vocals, and Mara Fox on Trombone. $25 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 Pm & 10:00 PM Showtime Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Should be a great show..$35 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime The Dears The Asteroid No.4 Tabernacle Three really good bands with The Dears headlining.. Big fan of this indie rock Canadian band led by the husband-and-wife duo of singer-guitarist Murray Lightburn and keyboardist Natalia Yanchak. . Highly recommend this show.. $18 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Howell Devine My favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime David Nelson Band David who is the co-founder and longtime member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage puts on a great show. He has a great group of musicians backing him up including Steve Kimock, Michael Falzarano, Pete Sears, Mookie Siegel, Johnny Markowski and Pete Grant. MC for the night is none other than the clown prince of Bay Area rock band roll Wavy Gravy. Highly recommended.. $45 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime They Might be Giants have been delivering highly energetic, highly melodic and highly imaginative music for over thirty years. They write, record and perform continuously. Brooklyn’s original alternative rockers have made more than a dozen albums, sold more than a million, and won a couple of Grammys. They are a great band.. Highly recommended..$30 Cover Charge

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes It can be easily argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. Booker T’s Stax Revue is a presentation of Booker’s hits with the MGs, such as “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High” and “Time is Tight” and of the classics recorded on Stax Records by legendary artists such as “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, “When Something is Wrong with my Baby” by Sam and Dave and “Gee Whiz” by Carla Thomas. The Stax Revue features a ten-piece big band with three lead vocalists, a three-piece horn section and Booker’s usual rhythm section and delivers a high energy experience curated to take the audience on a journey through Booker’s eyes. Highly recommended!!$35 Cover Charge

The Riptide 3639 Taraval St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:00 PM Showtime John Clifton Blues Band This is a great blues party band out of Fresno. They will have the Riptide rockin.. N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Multi GRAMMY®-winning pianist/singer/composer/ producer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. This should be a great show.. $39-$75 Cover Charge

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters Having each quit some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks and each have performed at Strawberry in other configurations. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston’s well decorated history in music is best known to berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity.” $20 Cover Charge

If you live in the North Bay check out

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 8:30 PM Showtime Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro & The Painkillers unleashes his high-energy music this weekend at Rancho Nicasio. This is a great band. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:00 PM Showtime Greg Brownis a great folk singer songwriter and performer. I have seen Greg a lot and he puts on a great show. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

Sunday March 4th

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime Multi GRAMMY®-winning pianist/singer/composer/ producer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. This should be a great show.. $39-$75 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime They Might be Giants have been delivering highly energetic, highly melodic and highly imaginative music for over thirty years. They write, record and perform continuously. Brooklyn’s original alternative rockers have made more than a dozen albums, sold more than a million, and won a couple of Grammys. They are a great band.. Highly recommended..$30 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime Patrick Wolff Quintet featuring Patrick Wolff, tenor sax, Mike Olmos, trumpet, Keith Saunders, piano, Eric Markowitz, bass and Evan Hughes, drums..Five of the City’s top jazz musicians convene to play music composed by jazz greats Kenny Dorham, Clifford Jordan and Horace Silver, and a few originals as well! This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime Bernal Hillbillies A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Squirrel Nut Zippers are a great band fusing delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s–era swing, klezmer, New Orleans Jazz, and blues into one of the most original musical ensembles. They are fun and entertaining and one of my favorite bands to see in concert. Highly recommended!!! $39 Cover Charge

If you live down the Peninsula check out

Savanna Jazz Club 1189 Laurel St, San Carlos 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime SF Bay Jazz Big Band Jeff Sanford leads one tof the best jazz bands in the bay area. Great arrangements of standards and originals. Highly recommended!! N/C

Video Pick of the week

Beware of Mr. Baker Beware of Mr. Baker Trailer .. Drummer Ginger Baker first entered the public consciousness for his percussive contributions to early albums for the likes of Cream, Blind Faith and Fela Kuti. Over the course of his career, Baker has checked off all the major milestones that go along with becoming a living legend; including rampant drug usage, exotic pilgrimages, violence, broken relationships with family, and bankruptcy. Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Suggestions for Week of 2/19-2/25

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

Monday February 19th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Showtime Windy Hill Handsom Ladies The first ladies of Bay Area bluegrass music have a return engagement to Amnesia. This should be a good show..N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime Mike Olmos Presents The Sessions Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. N/C

Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Bone Thugs In Harmony is one of the most well renowned hip-hop groups to come out of the early ‘90s. Since their beginnings in 1991 this American hip hop collective have remained a consistent and respected name of the US rap circuit. Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

Tuesday November 20th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Vibrason Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. Highly recommended.. $10 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Macy Blackman is the preeminent BayArea preveyor of New Orleans rhythm and blues. He is playing a duo. Highly recommended.. N/C

Wednesday February 21st

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Noise Pop Festival is featuring four really great bands including this truly great ensemble from the Ozarks Ha Ha Tonka along with Wildling, Dagmar and Banzai Cliff. I am really going to try to make this show. $15 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Lulu And The Rent Party One of my favorite bay Area bands. They play an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. They are really fun. Highly recommended. N/C

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Riders In The Sky is celebrating 40 years of performing together on their “Never-Ending Trail Drive,” tour. I love their patented blend of cowboy culture, humor and extraordinary musicianship. They are great performers. This show is highly recommended. $39 Cover Charge

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Tom Donald Quartet I just started listening to Tom and his ensemble. His playing and original compositions remind me of Bill Evans. Tom is a solid improvisor. Should be a good show N/C

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime Mission Street Beets Cumbia, Latin Jazz, call it what you want, this band is just plain fantastic. If you want to go out dancing to a great LIVE band, you need look no further. N/C

Thursday February 22nd

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime Jessica Moss This legendary founding member of Canada’s Black Ox Orkestar and violinist and vocalist from Thee Silver MT. Zion Memorial Orchestra will be performing solo. I am really looking forward to seeing her. $15 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime The Noise Pop Festival comes to the Hemlock with 3 really good bands Spiral Stairs Tino Drima Agouti Band along with a solo performance by Evan Myall of the Sleepy Sun Band.. Spiral Stairs alone is worth the $14 cover charge

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mitch Woods Trio The iconic boogie-woogie, jump blues, jazz pianist and singer performs with a trio. Mitch is an incredible musician and this will be a great show. Highly recommended!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Rick Estrin And The Nightcats Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended..$24 Cover Charge

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Lee Ann Womack One of my very favorite country singer songwriter is on tour promoting her new album The Lonely, The Lonesome And The Gone, a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues. Lee Ann is a great performer and I highly recommend you try to see her. $32 Cover Charge

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime French American Quartet I really like this group which plays a mix of django inspired gypsy jazz along with american standards. I really like their arrangements of Cole Porter standards. N/C

Friday February 23rd

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 99 Grove St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime This the 7th annual WOBBLELAND Festival featuring a bunch of bands including Troyboi, Rusko, Barely Alive b2b Virtual Riot, Mad Zach b2b Um, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Minnesota, Rickyxsan, Tisoki b2b Ponicz , Whipped Cream, Blankface b2b Aweminus, Infekt, Partywave, Xaebor $65 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM 230 Jones Street Band AKA The Chuck Peterson Quintet are five musicians whose history on the local jazz scene dates back 60 years, to the very early 1950s.. this should be a good show.. $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10 PM Showtimes Gracie Curren & Her High Falutin’ Band..Gracie has earned her reputation for jaw dropping Blues & Soul, in every blues club and juke joint from Boston to Beale Street. In the three years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album “Proof of Love”, the singer has been packing houses across the country, wowing audiences with her powerful voice and soul shaking delivery. With a contagious enthusiasm and amazingly fun live show, Curran is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young entertainers on the roots scene today! Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Andre Thierry Band One of the Bay Area’s great Zydeco bands. Andre is a master accordionists. Highly recommended N/C

The Midway 900 Marin St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime Lindstrom is the moniker of Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. Born and raised on country & western in the west coast of Norway, he now resides in Oslo making electronic music with a nerve. Hans-Peter is a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. $15 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime Electrodomestico Band Gabby La La The Seismics. Three really good bands. I really like the Sieimics and their 60s surf rock sound. This is a great night for music. Highly recommended $15 Cover Charge

If you live in the North Bay Checkout

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime Lee Ann Womack One of my very favorite country singer songwriter is on tour promoting her new album The Lonely, The Lonesome And The Gone, a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues. Lee Ann is a great performer and I highly recommend you try to see her. $33-$50 Cover Charge

Saturday February 24th

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 99 Grove St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime This the 7th annual WOBBLELAND Festival featuring a bunch of bands including Rezz, Baauer, Crankdat, Feed Me, Figure b2b ???, Kai Wachi, Trampa, Arius, Bloodthinnerz, Matroda, Oolacile, Phiso, Sam F, Svdden Death b2b Yakz $65 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Featuring Alex Conde piano, John Santos percussion, Jeff Chambers bass. Jazz/flamenco pianist Alex Conde returns to the Bay Area to reunite with his California trio featuring Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos and legendary bassist Jeff Chambers. This extraordinary trio of natural-born improvisors will explore the intersections of jazz, Latin jazz, flamenco, and all the spaces in between, leaving you inspired, elated, and transformed. $25 Cover Charge

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 Pm-10:00 PM Showtime Patrick Wolff. Patrick is just a great jazz musician and one of my favorite tenor saxophonists around. He will be performing as a trio along with Jack Riordan on guitar and Owen Clapp on base. Highly recommended. N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:30 PM Showtime Amy Winehouse Back to Black Tribute Band Victoria Wasserman is back at Mr Tipple’s with the Back to Black Band to recreate all your favorite Amy Winehouse music! Incredible soulful singer and 8 piece band with horn section under the musical direction of Jordan Feinstein with Jacinto Castaneda on guitar, Blake Ritterman on Drums, Andrew Coutiie on bass and the bay area’s premier horn section..Andrew Ferren, Liz Larson and Patrick Byers. $8 Cover Charge

SF Jazz‎ 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 11:00 AM Showtime Marcus Shelby OrchestraThe Bay Area’s premier jazz orchestra in a special matinee performance as part of Black History Month. Highly recommended!! $5-$10 & $23 Cover Charge.

Neck of the Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Body Rampart Fellow Vessel Two bands on the rise. I really like Body Rampart’s heavy pop music sound and Fellow Vessel is a really good indie rock band. This should be a rockin good show. $10 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 9:00 PM Showtime Anita Lofton Big Mama Thorton Project For one night only during Ashkenaz’s Black History Month celebration, six legendary Bay Area musicians will come together under the direction of Anita Lofton to bring you a tribute to rock-and-roll pioneer Big Mama Thorton. Big Mama Thornton’s songwriting and vocals in the 1940s and 50s paved the way for rock and roll as we know it, with hits at the core of American music such as “Hound Dog” and “Ball and Chain”. More than 30 years after her passing, The Anita Lofton Project and Guests take the Ashkenaz stage to perform a special night of music influenced by Big Mama Thornton, including covers and original songs, as homage to her legacy. $20 Cover Charge

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime. San Jose Jazz International Guitar Night.. Now in its 18th year of touring, International Guitar Night features celebrated guitarists from across the globe. This year, gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardtreturns as guest host. He’s joined by Canada’s young contemporary sensation Calum Graham, Poland’s innovative classical composer/performer Marek Pasieczny and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine. This should be a great night of music.. $40 Cover Charge

If you are in the Northbay you may want to check out

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 8:30 Cover Charge Lavay Smith 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!! $20 Cover Charge

Sunday February 25th

Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime Mr. Pickles Thrash-Tacular with Ft. Exodus and Municipal Waste An Adult Swim sponsored Trash Metal Concert. Should be great. $24 Cover Charge in advance/$30 at the door

Bach Dancing & Dynomite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 Showtime Lonnie Liston Smith returns to the Bach with his ever popular Hammond B-3. Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer, and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over 5 decades, he has been featured on over 70 albums and has performed with a virtual “who’s who” of the greatest jazz, blues, and R&B giants of the industry. Hailed as a “living musical icon,” Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” It’s no surprise that Dr. Smith’s fan base is truly worldwide! Highly recommended $45 Adults $35 Students

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime The Noise Pop Festival is featuring four really great bands including a really fun inde band Tiny Moving Parts, punk rock and roll Mom Jeans, post rock progressive Covet Band and inde punk rockers Oso Oso. This should be a fun night of music. $15 Cover Charge

If you are in and around Santa Cruz

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 Showtime Melvin Seals and JGB Keepers of the Flame Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years . From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals has been a force and one of the most respected and revered musicans in the Bay Area. This should be a great show reminisent of performances he and Jerry were revered for. Highly recommended $25 cover charge.

Video pick of the week..

Rumble: Indians Who Rocked The World When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression.” Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock and roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray’s music was a threat-and it was treated as such. Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist. Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You’ll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classics the same way again.

Suggestions for Week of 2/12-2/18

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

Monday February 12th

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 A great night of bluegrass with a band I really love The Bow Ties. They are so much fun.. N/C

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Tupelo Who’s Your Mamma Monday Jam Session Every Monday, every week. Come hear the best in Roots, Soul, R&B, and Funk that the Bay Area has to offer. Hosted by Couti Ma and Young Blake – the nastiest rhythm section this side of S. Dakota. N/C

Tuesday February 13th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:00 PM 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. Highly recommended.. $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime Mardi Gras with The North Beach Brass Band Spend Mardi Gras with one of San Francisco’s premier traditional brass bands, playing early jazz and golden standards and an electrified funky jazz act playing classic blues, Motown and soul tunes. $20 Cover Charge

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime Jaz Clemente Booker D and the Mellow Fellows This is Fat Tuesday come get funky show with Jaz Clemente, East Bay’s afro latin funk master along with the up and coming funk band Booker D & The Mellow Fellows. This should be a good show. $5 cover Charge

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Chali 2na Jazz Mafia Jazz Mafia Love Riot Mission Delirium . This should be one of the best shows of this year. Three of the best party bands in the Bay Area with musician, actor, painter and renaissance man Chali 2na headlining this incredible lineup. I’ll be there!! Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Beth Hart Beth Hart & Jeff Beck I’d Rather Go Blind I got to see Beth a few years ago at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and she was just spectacular.. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave recording and performing with guitar royalty like Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Slash. She is an extraordinary singer and performer. Highly recommended..$8-$200 Cover Range

Wednesday February 14th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Shannon Bryant Valentine Spectacular Shannon is a wonderful vocalist and really good songwriter as well. I really like her vocal arrangements of classic pop, bossa nova, and international songs. This will be a nice evening to spend Valentines Day. $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers Spend a swinging Valentines Day with the suberb Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Highly recommended. $30 Cover Charge

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco, 9:00 PM Showtime My Grody Valentine with James V Dingbat Superminx Sam Bailey and the Somethings Three really talented authentic bands that deserve more recognition. I especially like Sam Bailey. This is a great night to take your Valentine out for a fun time out. $10 Cover Charge.

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Lori Carsillo Lori is a really good vocalist who doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. He vocal arrangements of stands especially when she sings Burt Bacharach & Hal David tunes are really wonderful. This is another great evening out to spend Valentines Day. N/C

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Dan Auerbach Dan takes his solo act on the road. He is a great performer and has a really good back up band supporting him. This should be a great show. $45 Cover Charge

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Mike Gordon The bassist and co-founder of the seminal improvisational rock band Phish) returns with his band in support of new album, OGOGO. Gordon’s five piece band includes Scott Murawski, Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), John Kimock, and Craig Myers. This show will most likely sell out. $30 Cover Charge

If you live in the North Bay check out

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 7:30 Showtime Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well with this is a great ensemble of musicians. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

If you are around Santa Cruz definitely check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Club 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime Tuck and Patti I can’t think of a better way to spend a Valentines Day evening than with the grammy award winning great jazz duo and two of my favorite performers. Highly Recommended!! $40 Cover Charge

Thursday February 15th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Dan Auerbach Dan takes his solo act on the road. He is a great performer and has a really good back up band supporting him. This should be a great show. $45 Cover Charge

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime Ben Misterka Trio 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

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 Pm-10:00 PM Showtime Nick Rossi One of the best jazz trio’s in the Bay Area. Nick is a great guitarist and his trio is amazing. Plus a great venue to see him. Highly recommended. N/C

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Adrian Gormley Jazz Band Just started listening to this group. They pretty much play straight ahead jazz from the 40’s through the 60’s. I am looking forward to seeing them. N/C

Sweet Water Music Hall19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime
Bill Frisell Thomas Morgan This is going to be a great evening of music performed by two virtuosos master guitarist Bill Frisell and one of the great bassists on the jazz scene Thomas Morgan. Highly recommended.. $50 Cover Charge

Friday February 16th

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime Mike Clark Donald Harrison Two legendary jazz artists team up with Will Blades for what promises to be a great night of music. Clark was a founding member of the legendary jazz fusion group the Headhunters and Donald Harrison is one of the great sax players to come out of New Orleans. Opening the show are The Magic Beans The Magic Beans Live A Colorado based funk, rock and electronica band. Highly recommended!! $18 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Showtime Cosmo Alleycats This 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

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Mary Wilson Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, will make her Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut in an intimate evening of both classic Supremes hits and favorites from the Great American Songbook plus a few stories from her legendary career. $48.75-$85 Cover Charge

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime The Fixins Another great up and coming San Francisco band. I saw The Fixins last year and really liked them. They play a wide catalogue of original music, including mostly rock and upbeat folk music with a touch of some groovy psychedelic jammage. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland Lettuce Lettuce is such a great band..For more than two decades Lettuce has brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency. I have been lucky enough to see them a few times. I highly recommend them!! $31.50 Cover Charge

If you are in the San Jose area check out

Cafe Stritch 374 S 1st St, San Jose 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Ronnie Foster Trio Ronnie Foster is a jazz legend and one of the most influential jazz organists to come out of the 1970s. His albums on Blue Note Records, including The Two Headed Freep and On the Avenue have become cult favorites among a new generation of listeners raised on acid jazz. Foster was a sought-after funk and soul-jazz keyboardist and producer in the 70s, 80s and 90s, working with George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Stanley Turrentine, Earl Klugh, Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Smith, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Lee Ritenour and the Temptations. In recent years, his own records have become some of the most-sampled in Blue Note’s catalogue, mined by A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar, Madlib and others. Highly recommended $25 Cover Charge

If you are in Santa Cruz be sure to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 Showtime The Blasters One of my all time favorite rock and roll bands. Phil and Dave Alvin are LA rock and roll royalty. Growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album American Music. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge

Saturday February 17th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 Showtime Otis TaylorOtis Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. He has a great supporting band with Annie Harris on fiddle, Larry Thompson on drums Todd Edmunds on bass and Beth Rosbach on cello. I saw Otis about 3 years ago and he puts on a great show. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Mr. Sun This is a project by legendary jazz/bluegrass fiddler extraordinaire Darol Anger along with Joe Walsh on mandolin, Grant Gordy on Guitar and Aiden O’Donnell on bass. This is a wonderful band lead by a favorite musician of mine Darol Anger. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Sam Chase & The Untraditional I saw this band at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year and really loved them. They are a great folk based rock group and Sam is very funny and personable on stage. Highly recommended!! $31 Cover Charge

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime Jacob Jolliff Band Jacob Jolliff is one of the country’s premier contemporary mandolinists. He reminds me a lot of Sam Bush. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jolliff was an integral member of beloved New England roots band, Joy Kills Sorrow. Thsi is Americana bluegrass at its best. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Grupo Falso Baiano Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazil’s earliest popular music, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque classical music. The group’s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz- influenced reinterpretations. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Mary Wilson Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, will make her Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut in an intimate evening of both classic Supremes hits and favorites from the Great American Songbook plus a few stories from her legendary career. $48.75-$85 Cover Charge

If you are in the San Jose Area check out

Art Boutiki and Gallery 44 Race St, San Jose 8:00 Pm-10:00 Pm Showtime La Misa Negra La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with dance grooves and punk rock energy powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Highly recommended $15 Cover Charge

Sunday February 18th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 Showtime Otis Taylor Otis Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. He has a great supporting band with Annie Harris on fiddle, Larry Thompson on drums Todd Edmunds on bass and Beth Rosbach on cello. I saw Otis about 3 years ago and he puts on a great show. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime HowellDevine Without a doubt the absolute best Bay Area Blues Band. Rural blues from the San Francisco masters of the form HowellDevine..This is a nice venue to see them. Highly recommended. $10 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd San Francisco, 8:00 PM Showtime Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagon Trees The extraterrestrial time traveling gynecologist and surgeon from the planet Jupiter returns to the San Francisco Fillmore for one night. This is a long awaited appearance. Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco, 9:00PM Showtime Turbojugend 17th Anniversary Party with Thor Flex Bronco LA Nightmare Party Force Smoke TurbonegrA A night of heavy death metal. From the 4 bands my personnel favorite is TurbonegrA which is an all girl tribute to the infamous boys of Oslo – Turbonegro. $18 Cover Charge

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

If you are in the San Jose area Check out

Hammer Theatre 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose 7:00-8:30 PM Showtime Dee Dee Bridgewater with the San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra The multifaceted Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant performs with the SJSU jazz orchestra. Dee Dee is a great jazz singer and a wonderful performer. This should be a great show. $25 Cover Charge.

Cafe Stritch 374 S 1st St, San Jose 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Showtime Jacob Jolliff Band Jacob Jolliff is one of the country’s premier contemporary mandolinists. He reminds me a lot of Sam Bush. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jolliff was an integral member of beloved New England roots band, Joy Kills Sorrow. Thsi is Americana bluegrass at its best. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

For Mardi Gras week I am recommending a New Orleans music scene I knew absolutely nothing about. The Punk Rock movement. Almost Ready: The Story of Punk Rock in New Orleans Almost Ready: The Story of Punk Rock in New Orleans Trailer .. Al Champagne and Pablo Romero-Estevez documentary talks about the New Orleans Punk/New Wave scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Bands include The Normals, Red Rockers, The Cold, Lenny Zenith’s RZA, Sexdog, The Sluts, Shell Shock and many more.

Suggestions for Week of 2/5-2/11

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

Monday February 5th

Mr. Tipples 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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Midnight 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

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Tupelo Who’s Your Mamma Monday Jam Session Every Monday, every week. Come hear the best in Roots, Soul, R&B, and Funk that the Bay Area has to offer. Hosted by Couti Ma and Young Blake – the nastiest rhythm section this side of S. Dakota. N/C

Tuesday February 6th

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime. Ned Boyton Trio Ned Boyton Trio Live Ned is just an amazing jazz guitarist who has performed with such guitar luminaries as Bucky Pizzarelli,Howard Alden, Mundell Lowe, Bruce Forman and Les Paul. Whether playing traditional standards, Django inspired jazz or with his Gypsy Surf Italian Rock Jazz band, he is one to definitely check out. N/C

Black Cat Jazz Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Irwin Hall Irwin Hall Quartet My Funny Valentine Irwin Hall is one of the young lions of jazz. He is an award-winning internationally renowned saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist who has performed and recorded with Dee Dee Bridgewater, soul icon John Legend, bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett, and countless more. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!! $10-$20 Cover Charge

Wednesday February 7th

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Brittany Howard Bermuda Triangle Brittany Howard Bermuda Triangle. I love Brittany Howard. This is a side project side project of hers singer along with Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser who round out the trio. From what I have heard those who know Bermuda Triangle really love their on stage chemistry. This should be a great show. $27-$50 Cover Charge

The Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Drive-By Truckers Drive-By Truckers The Righteous Path One of the great Americana Alternative rock bands for the past two decades. I have been fortunate to see them a few times. The Music Hall is a perfect venue to hear this great band. Highly recommended!! $31 Cover Charge

Black Cat Jazz Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Irwin Hall Irwin Hall Quartet My Funny Valentine Irwin Hall is one of the young lions of jazz. He is an award-winning internationally renowned saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist who has performed and recorded with Dee Dee Bridgewater, soul icon John Legend, bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett, and countless more. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!! $10-$20 Cover Charge

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Dent May Dent May Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love Moon King Moon King Roswell Friendless Summer Friendless Summer Crash This is just a great triple bill featuring singer songwriter and self-described hotel bar lounge singer and aspiring daytime TV talk show host Dent May, Moon King featuring two talented singer songwriters and performers Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde and another fun Friendless Summer

Thursday February 8th

Revolution Cafe
3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Banda Sin Nombre Banda Sin Nombre Una Tumba Una Rumba Banda Sin Nombre is aa outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This is one of the best live performance bands in the Bay Areas!! N/C

The Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Drive-By Truckers Drive-By Truckers The Righteous Path One of the great Americana Alternative rock bands for the past two decades. I have been fortunate to see them a few times. The Music Hall is a perfect venue to hear this great band. Highly recommended!! $31 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-Midnight Showtime Burlesque Burlesque Live I saw Burlesque at the Elbo Room not long ago. It was a blast. Great cabaret. Highly recommended.N/C

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Kathy Price Kathy Price Old Blues & Jazz Band Live I saw this band at Yerba Buena a few years ago. They were just great, Had us all dancing..This is a really good jazz band and Kathy holds it all together with her sweet vocals. Highly recommended. $5 Cover Charge

Friday February 9th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime Seth Walker Seth Walker Call My NameSeth Walker Call My Name Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. $24 Cover Charge

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Josh Jacobson Josh Jacobson covers Caravan. I really like Josh’s music. I have not seen him perform as of yet but the word is he is engaging and energetic. I am looking forward to seeing him. $14 Cover Charge

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Native Elements Native Elements Sensi All Day This San Francisco-based reggae band has been rockin the Bay Area for more than 7 years. This is a really good live performance band. Highly recommended!! $17 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Brass Mafia Brass Mafia Live Just in time for Mardi Gras, musical mayhem, marching band madness and a powerful, “blow out the windows” sound are the hallmarks of San Francisco’s most raucous and sought after New Orleans fusion band, the Brass Mafia. The ensemble will perform music from varying decades and continents as well as unexpected mashups and some of their originals. They will be joined onstage by guest vocalist Yvette Pylant. $22.50-$50 Cover
Charge

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Kingston Trio Kingston Trio Tom Dooley & This Land Is Your Land One of the most important and successful folk music trios that helped launch to folk revival movement of the late 50s and the 1960s. They recorded hits like Tom Dooley, Scotch and Soda the MTA and my favorite GreenBack Dollar. Should be a great night of nostalgia. $49-$85 Cover Charge

In The South Bay Check Out

Stanford Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:30 Showtime Darlene Love Darlene Love with the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra He’s a Rebel For more than 50 years, singer Darlene Love has been making rock and roll’s world go ‘round. In the early 1960s, she was part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound for “He’s a Rebel,” doing backing (as well as uncredited lead) vocals for “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” and scores of other hits. With the 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, she became the best-known unknown in rock history. Backed by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra for selections, as well as her own band, Love will fill the house with nostalgia and her timeless, soaring voice. $20-$80 Cover Charge

In and Around Santa Cruz

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Bruce Cockburn Bruce Cockburn at HSB If I Had a Rocket Launcher This is a great opportunity to see this incredible singer songwriter at such a great venue. I saw Bruce a few years ago at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and was simply amazing. Uif yu get a chance to check him out see him. $30 & $45 Cover Charge

In The North Bay Check Out

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 Showtime Pride & Joy Pride & Joy in Performance During its 28 years of phenomenal success, Pride & Joy has remained the Bay Area’s most popular soul and funk party band’ Guaranteed they will have the Mystic rocking and the crowd dancing. Highly Recommended!! &23 Cover Charge

Saturday February 10th

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Native Elements Native Elements Sensi All Day This San Francisco-based reggae band has been rockin the Bay Area for more than 7 years. This is a really good live performance band. Highly recommended!! $17 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM The Soul Soldiers The Soul Soldiers Live As the lead vocalist for Santana for 25 years, and also the leader of the popular San Francisco Bay Area R&B, Jazz , dance group Spangalang, and The Soul Soldiers, Internationally known Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy awards, travelled on several world tours and recorded on several of Santana’s CD’s. Along with performing and recording with several other Grammy Award Winners, Tony has recorded 4 solo CD’s of his own. Different Moods, The Message is Love, self-titled” Tony Lindsay”, and Memoirs. Joining Tony on this special show is the powerful voice of Fred Ross who has recorded and toured with Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power, Frankie Beverly and Chaka Khan. Also on vocals is Janice Maxie Reed. This is going to be a great shoiw..$24 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s At The Nikko222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Brass Mafia Brass Mafia Live Just in time for Mardi Gras, musical mayhem, marching band madness and a powerful, “blow out the windows” sound are the hallmarks of San Francisco’s most raucous and sought after New Orleans fusion band, the Brass Mafia. The ensemble will perform music from varying decades and continents as well as unexpected mashups and some of their originals. They will be joined onstage by guest vocalist Yvette Pylant. $22.50-$50 Cover
Charge

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime The Generators The Generators Throw Away The Key Roadside Bombs Roadside Bombs Recess Control The Control Freaks The Control Freaks Karma What a great lineup!! The Generators are one of the most influential punk banks to come out of Los Angeles. This is a great band that is relevant and playing with the energy and power that I always loved about them. Roadside Bombs and The Control freaks round out a great show. $15 Cover Charge

Sunday February 11th

The Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM An Evening with John Oates and the Good Road Band John Oates and the Good Road Band Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. An impressive lineup consisting of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nat Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion. With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake. This dhould be a memorable show $41 Cover Charge

In The South Bay Check out

Savanna Jazz Club1189 Laurel St, San Carlos 6:00 Pm-9:00 PM Showtime Octobop Octobop We’ll Be Together Again Octet is one of the premier Bay Area jazz ensembles. This group is reminiscent of the Shorty Rogers Bud Shanks groups in Los Angeles in the 50s. Highly recommended !! N/C

In and Around Santa Cruz

Don Quixote’s International Music Hall 6275 CA-9, Felton, CA 7:00 PM Showtime Ed Gerhard Ed Gerhard Promised Land/Farther Along Legendary guitarist and Grammy Award winner Ed Gerhard will be in performance. Ed Is a master on the 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar and Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor. If you are around the area definitely check him out. $25 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

Django Django Trailer Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. “Django” grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician’s eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival. Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not make him stop playing. Reinhardt, elegantly interpreted by Reda Kateb is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming his admirers. But even as the rise of Nazism forces Reinhardt — whose music is considered degenerate under the Third Reich — to make a daring escape from Paris, he refuses to be silenced as his music becomes a form of protest. Reda Kateb’s performance is simply impressive and will certainly please all fans of Django. A spirited biopic that will keep audiences on their tapping toes.