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.

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