Suggestions for Week of 3/26-4/01

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

Monday March 26th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:30 PM 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

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Panique Jazz is a gypsy jazz band from San Francisco specializing in Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli‘s music of the ’30s and ’40s. Think of the backdrop to romantic Paris cafes, smoky underground jazz clubs, and Woody Allen flicks. The group features the incredible Vic Wong on lead guitar, Benito Cortez on violin, and Nick Christie on rhythm guitar. Hailing from prestigious local acts like Gaucho, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, they are experts in the struttin’ swing, passionate ballads, dazzling waltzes, and blazing bossas. N/C Highly recommended!!!

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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

Tuesday March 27th

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Nick Rossi Trio Nick is a great jazz guitarist. He plays standards, swing, and bebop as well as anyone in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!! N/C

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 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

In The North Bay check out

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Green Leaf Rustlers featuring Chris Robinson, Pete Sears, Barry Sless, John Molo & special guest Mookie Siegel. Robinson leads an allstar lineup whose tagline reads “From the sage smoke and mists of Marin come your local purveyors of Cosmic Cali country music, playing the dusty country classics of your dreams.” This should be a great night of rock n roll. $44.50 Cover Charge

Blue Note Napa‎ 1030 Main St, Napa, CA 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime High And Mighty Brass Band There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as “a party in progress!” Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

Wednesday March 28th

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Three really good bands with Escondido the Nashville David Lynch inspired duo of Jessica Marcos and Tyler Jamesco-headlining with Kolars the LA duo of Ron Kolar and Laura Brown whose music is a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues and Glam-a-billy. Sammy Brue the 16 year old wunderkind from Portland already hailed by Rolling Stone as an “American prodigy” opens the show. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Milk Bar 1840 Haight St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime John Blues Boyd And The Youngsters is a stellar band of gifted young blues musicians led by this great musician. Boyd’s musical style has been compared to legendary blues shouters Big Joe Turner and Wynonnie Harris and blues crooners Junior Parker and an early BB King. Born in Mississippi but a long time Bay Area resident, John Blues Boyd is a true “community resource” for all lovers of the Blues. This is a great intimate venue to see this show. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime 29th Street Swingtet is a highly talented and youthful gypsy jazz/swing/world group infused with an eclectic mixture of styles ranging from classic swing, hot jazz and blues, to Latin, reggae and pop music! They will have the Revolution Cafe rockin’. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Guitarsonists are a gathering of blues guitar giants Chris Cain, Mighty Mike Schermer & Daniel Castro. Backed by a powerhouse rhythm section, Chris Cain (long time Big Room favorite), Mighty Mike Schermer (lead guitarist for both Elvin Bishop & Marcia Ball) and Daniel Castro (the best bay area guitarist never to have played the Big Room), are going to bring “blues power” to the Big Room both individually and collectively. For the blues lover, this is a can’t miss musical event. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!! $22 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Green Leaf Rustlers featuring Chris Robinson, Pete Sears, Barry Sless, John Molo & special guest Mookie Siegel. Robinson leads an allstar lineup whose tagline reads “From the sage smoke and mists of Marin come your local purveyors of Cosmic Cali country music, playing the dusty country classics of your dreams.” This should be a great night of rock n roll. $44.50 Cover Charge

Thursday March 29th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Hella Fitzgerald is one of my favorite party bands. Their repertoire ranges from vintage jazz and blues, classic soul, funk & R&B. Great energy and musicianship. Highly recommended!! N/C

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 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime S E Willis & Friends always puts on a great show. This is one fun party band and one of the best blues boogie zydeco bands in the Bay Area. N/C

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Oh Hellos, the brain child of siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath, are one of the great Americana folk duo. A lot of fun and great energy. Wildermiss opens the show. Should be a good show. $22.50 Cover Charge

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Russian Circles is a really talented powerhouse trio out of the Chicago music scene. I am a big fan of their guitarist Mike Sullivan. I like what I have heard from their new album Guidance. Really interesting music. $23,50 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Durand Jones & The Indications are one of the up and coming old school deep soul bands on the current scene. I am really looking forward to seeing them this week. Should be a lot of fun.. $18 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime Mary Stallings is one of the best jazz singers around and a personnel favorite of mine. She is backed by guitarist Russell Malone and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. This should be a really good show. $25-$45-$65 Cover Charge ‎

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Green Leaf Rustlers featuring Chris Robinson, Pete Sears, Barry Sless, John Molo & special guest Mookie Siegel. Robinson leads an allstar lineup whose tagline reads “From the sage smoke and mists of Marin come your local purveyors of Cosmic Cali country music, playing the dusty country classics of your dreams.” This should be a great night of rock n roll. $44.50 Cover Charge

Friday March 30th

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:59 PM Showtime Blonde Toledo is a truly original San Francisco band playing fun and amazing interesting eclectic music for dancing and loving. The band lead by double sax extraordinaire Connie Walkershaw is reminiscent of Rahsaan Roland Kirk raucous originality. Highly recommended N/C

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:59 PM Showtime Tin Cup Serenade is one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional old time jazz band deeply rooted in the blues ragtime, New Orleans jazz, western swing with a little mariachi and calypso thrown in. I really love this band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, 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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime Mary Stallings is one of the best jazz singers around and a personnel favorite of mine. She is backed by the two time Grammy nominated Bill Charlap Trio. This should be a really good show. $25-$45-$65 Cover Charge

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Byrd Of A Feather have carved out this unique sound by building a meaningful bridge between jazz and reggae. This is one of my favorite Bay Area ensembles. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite.. These two iconic musicians teamed up to record a really good blues album No Mercy In The Land. They will be playing a lot of cuts from this recording along with some Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. This should be a memorable show with two great performers. Highly recommended!! $50 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime Marley’s Ghost is nothing less than a national treasure, the capable inheritors of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band. Great instrumental and vocal arrangements. The Ashkenaz is a great venue to see them. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

Saturday March 31st

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30-10:00 Pm Showtime Erik Jekabson and his great quintet featuring Erik Jekabson trumpet,
Dave Ellis saxophones, Dave Mac Nab guitar, John Wiitala bass & Evan Hughes drums. Erik is my favorite Bay Area Jazz trumpet player and his quintet is outstanding. I have been able to have seen this ensemble a few times. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge $5 for Students..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime J.D. Wilkes is backed by The Legendary Shack Shakers an all-star cast of the South’s most eclectic musicians (including members of both The Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Drive-By Truckers!), Wilkes crafts a soundscape of his homeland’s varied voices. From the old-time music of Appalachia to the Cajun, jazz and island music of the Creole nether-glades, Fire Dream charters the listener on a journey… a journey, as it turns out, that has led only deeper into J.D.’s storied psyche. Callow and Keyan Keihani are the opening acts. For my money this is probably the must see show of the week. I am really looking forward to this show. $15 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM& 9:30 PM Showtime Karen Lovely Band Karen’s style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an utterly gripping, contemporary style of her own. She is known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Highly recommended!!$24 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime The Love Birds have been tearing up their local scene, breaking hearts and making fans across the city’s disappearing DIY spaces and proper venues alike since 2016. After releasing a 7-inch EP in early 2017 via local label Empty Cellar Records, they’re ready to unveil In The Lover’s Corner, their debut album & first release on their new home, Trouble In Mind. Lydia & The Projects playing late 60’s and early 70’s R&B/Soul and Twin Dimensions round out a great night of music. $8 Cover Charge

The Fillmore The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite .. These two iconic musicians teamed up to record a really good blues album No Mercy In The Land. They will be playing a lot of cuts from this recording along with some Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. This should be a memorable show with two great performers. Highly recommended!! $50 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime Mary Stallings is one of the best jazz singers around and a personnel favorite of mine. She is backed by the award winning SFJazz Collective. This should be a really good show. $24-$45-$65 Cover Charge

Sunday April 1st

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-8:15 PM Showtime Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Riera presents the music of Brazilian master guitarist and composer Guinga, known for his elegant melodies and lush harmonies. His repertoire will be interpreted by a chamber ensemble of winds, strings, and percussion. Daniel has studied with Guinga for six years at California Brazil Camp and will bring his arrangements and musical collaborators to the Red Poppy for the first time. $15 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

Savanna Jazz Club 1189 Laurel St, San Carlos 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime The Jeff Sanford Quartet has been playing jazz together for several years. Jeff plays the sax, flute and clarinet and his music encompasses different jazz styles, classical, pop and world music. N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco 3:00 PM Showtime Mary Stallings is one of the best jazz singers around and a personnel favorite of mine. She is backed by the award winning SFJazz Collective. This should be a really good show. $24-$45-$65 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

A Band Called Death A Band Called Death Trailer
For the uninitiated, Death was a Detroit rock band of three preacher’s sons — David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney — who most fans think would have found early success if not for their reaper-approved moniker. For six years, beginning in 1971, the brothers performed with a name that repelled radio programmers and A&R execs, including Clive Davis (although he did still fund their recording sessions). Post-Death, they moved to Burlington, Vermont, where debut feature directors Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett found them. The Hackneys had tried again under new genres and names (The 4th Movement, Lambsbread), and finally they found validation when Death’s first album, “…For the Whole World to See,” was released by Drag City in 2009, an event documented in this Los Angeles Film Festival-premiering tale. Sadly, eldest brother David — who was most vigilant about keeping their original sobriquet — died of lung cancer in 2000, and thus did not live to see the finished album. Yet with help from a new guitarist, Death has now grown their discography to four collections

Suggestions for Week of 3/19-3/25

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

Monday March 19th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Panique Jazz is a gypsy jazz band from San Francisco specializing in Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli‘s music of the ’30s and ’40s. Think of the backdrop to romantic Paris cafes, smoky underground jazz clubs, and Woody Allen flicks. The group features the incredible Vic Wong on lead guitar, Benito Cortez on violin, and Nick Christie on rhythm guitar. Hailing from prestigious local acts like Gaucho, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, they are experts in the struttin’ swing, passionate ballads, dazzling waltzes, and blazing bossas. N/C Highly recommended!!!

Tuesday March 20th

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

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Bonnie Raitt is more than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, she has become an institution in American music. Born to a musical family, the ten-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named as both one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The great New Orleans keyboardist, guitarist and deeply soulful vocalist Jon Cleary opens the show. $35 Cover Charge..

Wednesday March 21st

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Lulu & 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

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Jazz Beaus Live at the Revolution Cafe. Haven’t seen them but they sound good..N/C

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:30 PM Showtime John McEuan has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his reflection on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career (He is a founding member). John narrative takes us on his incredible journey – interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rare other favorites. Highly recommended!! $28 Cover Charge

Thursday March 22nd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Harvey Mandel ,aka “The Snake,” is truly one of the most distinctive and innovative musicians, continues to perform throughout the world, captivating audiences with his inventive style of electric guitar playing. A pioneer of modern electric blues from Chicago, Harvey Mandel developed and mastered sustained and controlled feedback, displaying both extroversion and musical virtuosity. He has performed with many blues legends including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Albert King, and Buddy Guy.Highly Recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Stu Allen & Alex Jordan team up to deliver a night of eclectic music. Stu and Alex play regularly together in both Mars Hotel and around the Terrapin scene. Catch this new collaboration exclusively at the Hemlock Tavern. A great venue to see these two outstanding musicians. $15 Cover Charg

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mario Flores Jazz Band is a really good latin jazz, ensemble. Lots of Pete Escovedo influence in their sound which is a good thing. N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Jon Cleary is just a can’t miss concert. The New Orleans keyboardist, guitarist and deeply soulful vocalist doesn’t travel to the Bay Area that often so if you do not have plans on Thursday show up at the Independant to see this “Big Easy” icon. $25 Cover Charge. Highly Recommended!!!

If you live in the East Bay check out

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime John McEuan has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his reflection on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career (He is a founding member). John narrative takes us on his incredible journey – interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, rare other favorites. $34 Cover Charge. Highly Recommended!!!

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime Steve Seskin & Nina Gerber are performing together for the first time in almost 20 years, and it promises to be a fabulous reunion. She will be accompanying him as well as playing some of her amazing instrumental pieces. This should be a great show with two amazing musicians. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Della Mae is a such a great band. They are one of my favorite bluegrass-americana folk music ensemble. They are very entertaining. Highly recommended!!$24 Cover Charge.

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime High And Mighty Brass Band There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as “a party in progress!” Highly recommended!!$12 Cover Charge

Friday March 23rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Howell Devine the massively talented NorCal trio became the first blues band Arhoolie Records signed in 27 years. Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Soul Ska is a really fun band. The 10 piece Bay Area music collective is an upbeat and original blend of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae. The Music Hall will be rockin! $20 Cover Charge

Slims 333 11th Street, San Francisco Rhett Miller the lead singer of The Old 97’s is out promoting his newest solo album, The Traveler. Should be a good show!! $25 Cover Charge

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime MSK FM will be performing their brand of Italian funk. Should be a fun time..N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. great vocal and instrumental arrangements..Highly recommended..$35 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Della Mae is such a beloved band and one of my favorite bluegrass-americana folk music ensemble. Really good band.. Phoebe Hunt & North Country Blue round out a truly great night of music, Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime LOVING JANIS: The Music of Janis Joplin and Janis Ian Imagined & Performed by Kyra Gordon. Vocalist Kyra Gordon with pianist and arranger Larry Steelman bring us their hypnotic and far-out arrangements of two iconic singers: Janis Ian and Janis Joplin. In “Loving Janis” the stylistic interpretations of both Janis Joplin and Janis Ian will encompass jazz, rock and folk arrangements of the iconic performers. Epic song classics including “At Seventeen”; “Jesse”; “Piece of My Heart”; “Bobby McGee” and others will be joyfully sung in a heartfelt tribute by singer-songwriter Kyra Gordon. $20 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 9:00 PM Showtime Los Amigos Invisibles are amazing. The Venezuelan band plays a blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms. They will have the UC Theatre rockin..$30 Cover Charge. Highly recommended!!!

If you live near Santa Cruz I recommend checking out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime Dumpstafunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. They are one of my favorite bands out of the “Big Easy”. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge

Saturday March 24th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. great vocal and instrumental arrangements..Highly recommended..$35 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes John Lee Hooker Jr. grew up in Detroit, Michigan as the son of one of the greatest blues and legendary music icons in the world, the late and the great John Lee Hooker. The younger Hooker’s musical style is markedly modernized, featuring contemporary arrangements with a funky big horn sound with elements of funky Gospel, with ingredients of a Johnny “Guitar” Watson sound, with a James Brown feel, and some John Lee Hooker Sr. Boogie Beat. Hooker has received multiple awards ranging from The California Music Award for Best Traditional Artist in 2004, The esteemed W.C Handy Award in 2004, and the Bay Area Music Chapter for Come Back Artist of the Year. $24 Cover Charge

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Tom Brosseau the Highplainsman Troudadour will be performing with special guests fiddle player extraordinaire Andy Lentz and Andy Chaves of The Mad Cow String Band. Tom is an entertaining American musical storyteller and guitarist a great guitarist to boot. The Lost Church is a great venue to see Tom. Should be a good show..$20 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 9:00 PM Showtime Dumpstafunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. They are one of my favorite bands out of the “Big Easy”. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra breaks down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music for an evening of favorites with some of the best musicians in the scene. $44 Cover Charge

If you live near Santa Cruz I recommend checking out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime Los Amigos Invisibles are amazing. The Venezuelan band plays a blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms. They will have Moes Alley rockin’. $35 Cover Charge. Highly recommended!!!

Sunday March 25th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Mike Patton & John Zorn are two of the most iconic, inventive, creative and influential musicians and true renaissance men of their generation. This should be a very special show. Highly recommended!!$55 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime The Reunion Tour with Cris Williamson Barbara Higby & Teresa Tull.. The Power Trio of Women’s Music returns for an evening of rollicking music and friendship at the Freight. Gutsy blues/rock vocal dynamo and songwriter, Teresa Trull, Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer, Barbara Higbie, and the iconic singer/songwriter Cris Williamson, bring a mixture of brand new material and old favorites to the stage – for a deep, joy-filled musical return to Home. Without a doubt, the very real friendship binding these three musicians brings a powerful mixture guaranteed to delight, inspire, cheer and comfort. This will be a great show with three extremely talented musicians. Highly Recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

If you live near Santa Cruz I recommend checking out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime Della Mae is such a beloved band and one of my favorite bluegrass-americana folk music ensemble. Really good band.. Highly recommended!!!$15 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

Long Strange Trip Long Strange Trip Trailer
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, “Long Strange Trip” is a nearly four-hour crash course in all things Grateful Dead. Bar-Lev spoke with all living members of the group and got his hands on never-before-seen tour and studio footage to weave together the magnum opus of Grateful Dead movies. For Dead Heads, “Long Strange Trip” is the ultimate oral history of their favorite band, from their drug-riddled lows to their artistic highs, but the power of the documentary is just how appealing it is for people who’ve never even heard of Jerry Garcia and company. Watching “Long Strange Trip” is to discover how music acts as a universal tool for creative and political expression. Just be prepared to stream the band’s discography for weeks afterwards.

Suggestions for Week of 3/12-3/17

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

Monday March 12th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime The Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 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

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Glen Hansard the Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season puts on a great show. He will be playing songs from his really great new album “Roll On Slow”. $49.50 Cover Charge

Tuesday March 13th

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. This promises to be one fun night of rock n’ roll with three good bands with the alternative rock band One Sultry Day headlining. Jonesy and The Reverent round out the show. $10 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Tin Cup Serenade is one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional old time jazz band deeply rooted in the blues ragtime, New Orleans jazz, western swing with a little mariachi and calypso thrown in. I really love this band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Billy Cobham is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest drummers and revered for his musical ingenuity as a jazz fusion virtuoso. Billy brings an all star band including Ernie Watts – sax Martin Scales – guitar Tim Landers – bass and Scott Tibbs – for his Crosswinds Project with updated arrangements of this great 1974 album. $27 & $69 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Areas preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Wednesday March 14th

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. Vintage, foot-stomping American roots music designed for good times. Let’s get down! N/C

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Danielle Wertz and Her Swing Band. I have been following Danielle on youtube for a while since her success in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Her phrasing is reminiscent of Carmen McRae, which is a good thing. I am looking forward to seeing her. $15 Cover Charge

The Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime. This maybe the last opportunity to see Dawn Oberg is a small joint like the Hemlock because she is about to hit stardom. She has been described as the missing link between Aimee Mann and Randy Newman. She is a really good songstress bordering on becoming great. Johnny Angel Wendell & Sigmon and The Sea Monsters open for her. Highly recommended!! $8 Cover Charge

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:300 PM-11:30 PM if you have never heard The Americano Social Club you are missing one of the most eclectic ensembles in the Bay Area. I really like the mix of pop, jazz , folk, rock, the music of Brazil and the Europe cafe scene. They even on occasion will play classical and opera. The last time I saw them they performed a piece from Carmen. They are really good and entertaining. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Billy Cobham is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest drummers and revered for his musical ingenuity as a jazz fusion virtuoso. Billy brings an all star band including Ernie Watts – sax Martin Scales – guitar Tim Landers – bass and Scott Tibbs – for his Crosswinds Project with updated arrangements of this great 1974 album. $27 & $69 Cover Charge

Thursday March 15th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime. Steve Willis is a Bay Area favorite of mine. His music is steeped in the tradition of blues, boogie-woogie, rock, zydeco and country. I love his vocal arrangements as well as his piano and accordion work. Steve will be joined on stage by Bobby Cochran on drums and vocals, Ruth Davies on bass, Bob Welsh on guitar, & Nancy Wright on sax and vocals. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 10:15 PM-12:30 PM Quinta Tango FT. Orchestra was born out of our love for tango music and dancing. We play the “Golden Age” tangos, milongas and valses from the 1930’s through 1950s, as well as “tango nuevo” pieces especially arranged for our group. Since their inception Quinta Tango has performed for dancers and music lovers all over the San Francisco Bay Area at special events, private parties and at local milongas – social tango dance gatherings. $15 Cover Charge

The Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime Mission Delirium is a great party party funk brass band in the tradition of New Orleans bands like Hot 8 Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band. Opening for Mission Delirium are two great bands, Pangea Futbol Club and Banda Sin Nombre This will be a great show. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars are fast approaching their 25th year together. Their unique sound, reminiscent of ’60’s boogaloo and ’70’s funky jazz has had a major influence on bands like Soulive, Galactic and The New Mastersounds. This promises to be a great show. Highly recommended!! $31 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Roger Daltry If any one member of The Who can be said to be the group’s founding member it is singer Roger Daltrey. $149.50 Cover Charge.

KC Turner Presents in one of his house concert Robbie Fulks the incomparable singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. I have been lucky enough to see Robbie a few times and he is a great entertainer. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz ‎7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtime. Billy Cobham is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest drummers and revered for his musical ingenuity as a jazz fusion virtuoso. Billy brings an all star band including Ernie Watts – sax Martin Scales – guitar Tim Landers – bass and Scott Tibbs – for his Crosswinds Project with updated arrangements of this great 1974 album.

Friday March 16th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM King Solomon Hicks is an eclectic musician and composer. His blues has a modern melodic line, with emotional statements and story situations that can only be told as blues. Solomon has played and worked with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern, and Lee Ritenour. I really like what I have heard so far. $30 Cover Charge

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

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars are fast approaching their 25th year together. Their unique sound, reminiscent of ’60’s boogaloo and ’70’s funky jazz has had a major influence on bands like Soulive, Galactic and The New Mastersounds. This promises to be a great show. Highly recommended!! $31 Cover Charge.

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime Byrd Of A Feather has carved out this unique sound by building a meaningful bridge between jazz and reggae with conscious words and wicked rhythm that make the peoples body move. Original music for the positive mind, it is a life affirming jazzreggae journey to your sacred space. Hardbop Jazz meets mystical reggae in a back alley Chicago blues street and gave birth to this musical hybrid in 1983. This music inspires the Massive to dance, and sweat; but never forget their crucial sound. Unique and authentic music that inspires and uplifts.

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

Bazaar Cafe Front Door 5927 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Jon Gonzales String Band is one my favorite string bands in the Bay Area. Great selection of early jazz and jug band tunes. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime ALO is more than a band. It’s a musical relationship that has endured for over two decades, with band members playing in numerous projects together and apart. They are one of my favorite live bands.. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. The Regrettes headline a good show. They have such great energy. I love their song writing that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven music. MT Eddy & Pit Stains open the show. $15 Cover Charge

If you live around Santa Cruz you should check out

Moe’s Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime Jon Cleary is one of the great New Orleans jazz funk & blues pianists. He is a great performer and a master musician. Highly recommended. $25 Cover Charge.

If you are in the North Bay be sure to check out

The HopMonk Tavern 224 Vintage Way, Novato 8:00 PM Showtime Robbie Fulks is an incomparable singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. I have been lucky enough to see Robbie a few times and he is a great entertainer. Highly recommended!! $25-$35 Cover Charge

Saturday March 17th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime presents a St. Patrick’s Day Folk Music Extravaganza with Culann’s Hound
Lucia Comnes & One Grass Two Grass Should be a great show $25 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM King Solomon Hicks is an eclectic musician and composer. His blues has a modern melodic line, with emotional statements and story situations that can only be told as blues. Solomon has played and worked with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern, and Lee Ritenour. I really like what I have heard so far. $30 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 3:00 PM Showtime ALO is more than a band. It’s a musical relationship that has endured for over two decades, with band members playing in numerous projects together and apart. They are one of my favorite live bands.. they will be performing a special kids sing along program, This is a great family event. Highly recommended!!! $13.50 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime ALO is more than a band. It’s a musical relationship that has endured for over two decades, with band members playing in numerous projects together and apart. They are one of my favorite live bands.. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge.

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Showtime Andre Thierry is one of the great french creole zydeco/cajun accordionists anywhere. He is a master at pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation. Andre will be performing a special St. Patty’s show. N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Josh Jones and his great band will be performing a special St. Patty’s show. N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Red Baraat is one of the best party bands around..The pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York is rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India’s wedding celebrations with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop. Highly recommended!!!Cover Charge range from $30 $50 $70

Paramount Theatre 2025 Broadway, Oakland Buddy Guy is the legendary ambassador and exponent of Chicago blues who has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer. Highly recommended. Cover Charge range from $50-$75-$95-$125..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Mowglis  are one of the great alternative rock bands to come out of Los Angeles in the last few years. The Show Ponies are the opening set. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Sunday March 18th

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime Jinx Jones is a guitar virtuoso who seamlessly moves from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. A great way to spend a late afternoon at a wonderful venue..Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:50 PM Showtime The Buena Vista Jazz Band is my favorite tradtional Bay Area Jazz Band. The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of New Orleans jazz, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. Highly recommended!! N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:30 Showtime Two very talent women in performance. Rainy Eyes(Irena Eide) is a Norwegian-born Americana singer-songwriter. For the past decade she has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area; writing music, performing and touring throughout the US. Both solo and with a band, her performances have a spell-binding, inspiring effect and a soulful, heartfelt and timeless sound with tight-knit harmonies, melodious solos and thoughtful songwriting. Also on the bill is Phoebe Hunt & Paper Wings. I have been a fan of Phoebe for a few years and was lucky to see her about two years ago. She is a very good musician vocalist and is really engaging with her audience. Should be a really good show. $17 Cover Charge

Video Pick of the Week <a Janis: Little Girl Blue Janis: Little Girl Blue Janis: Little Girl Blue Trailer In this portrait of 1960s rock legend Janis Joplin, private letters and interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians reveal a fragile soul.

Suggestions for Week of 3/05-3/11

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

Monday March 5th

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Marmozets Super Unison Two really good bands. The Marmozets were recently called the most exciting young band in Britain. Great energy and great writing as they bring their chaotic live show to the Rickshaw. A favorite local band Unison opens the show. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Tuesday March 6th

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Palm The Spirit of the Beehive Unity Three good bands led by the totally chaotic Palm which is firmly attached to the physicality of rock, but not as much its tone; their instruments tend to sound like any number of things at any given time. I really like what I’ve heard so far from The Spirit of the Beehive Should be a good time. $15 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Talib Kweli The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say. A great venue to see Talib.. $25 Cover Charge

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces are unquestionably the premier rockabilly band in the Bay Area performing from music from the late ’50’s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended $15 Cover Charge

Wednesday March 7th

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mike Lipskin Trio. One of the greatest stride pianists in the universe is performing along with Leon Oakley on Trumpet and Dinah Lee on vocals. This will be a great three hours of hot jazz at a great venue and No Cover Charge!!! Highly recommended!!

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Lucy Rose is a wonderful singer/songwriter from Warwickshire, England. Originally, Rose began playing drums in her school orchestra. When that didn’t sHer fragile, emotive songs have drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Neil Young’s music. This should be a really special performance. Highly recommended $18 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Thursday March 8th

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime Banda Sin Nombre is an 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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Kyle Rowland Blues Band is keeping the tradition alive and sticking with the roots, of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues with a pinch of West Coast swing. Kyle was voted Blues harmonica player of the year and his band is dynamite and brings freshness to the blues scene! $20 Cover Charge

Cigar Bar and Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco, 9:00 PM-Midnight The Juniper Jazz Band is another really good ensemble playing 1920s-40s traditional jazz and swing. Great venue to see this wonderful band. N/C

SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco, 8:00 PM Showtime Walk Off The Earth is the chart-topping viral hit-makers who have extended the boundaries of what a 21st century band can bring to pop music and pop culture. The multi-platinum selling Canadian quintet, has already established a significant global following when their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know,” ignited the blogosphere, eventually garnering 164 million views, and landing the band a recording contract with Columbia Records. $35-$55 Cover Charge..

Friday March 9th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne There’s no boogie woogie-blues piano man out there today who pounds the 88s with the conviction of Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues,” multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. He is at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners. This will be a great show..$24 Cover Charge

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco, 9:00 PM Showtime Bayonics Vinyl Spectrum EAGLEWOLFSNAKE This should be a really good show led by one of my favorite local bands the Bayonics who have been rocking the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad with a unique blend of latin, reggae, funk music. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Ian Moore the Austin based guitarist and singer/songwriter will be performing solo while on tour promoting his new album. His music contains elements of psychedelic rock, soul, folk, rock and roll, world music and blues, with deep literary influences. Should be a good show. $15 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime I really like this lineup. I really like The Rantouls upbeat 1960s like pop-oriented sound. New Faultlines is another local band with strong pop influences leading the way and hints of surf, punk, and maybe a little ’80s radio country sprinkled in. Odd Hope opens the bill and I like what I have heard so far. Highly recommended. $8 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Brian Andres and The Afro-Cuban Cartel present their own arrangements of compositions by well-known jazz drummers and Latin jazz percussionists, as well as original music. This is a really good group of players featuring Brian Andres – drumset Javier Cabanilas – congas Christian Tumalan – piano Aaron Germain – bass and Steffen Kuehn – trumpet’ Should be a very good show.. $20 Cover Charge

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

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:59 PM Showtime Tin Cup Serenade is one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional old time jazz band deeply rooted in the blues ragtime, New Orleans jazz, western swing with a little mariachi and calypso thrown in. I really love this band. Highly recommended!! N/C

If you live around Santa Cruz check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime Poor Man’s Whiskey the Bay Area’s great bluegrass, Americana and roots music will have the house rockin on Friday. This band is a Bay Area treasure. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:30 PM Showtime The Suffers are Houston’s award-winning 8-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. I saw them a while back on The Late Show with David Letterman and was blown away. This will be a great show. $30 Cover Charge

Saturday March 10rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces are unquestionably one of the great rockabilly bands around. The high-energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late ’50s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended !! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00PM Showtime Howell Devine is my favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime This is an outstanding lineup with The Chuckleberries, my absolute favorite Bay area cover band headlining. But they are not your typical cover band. These guys must have some serious record collections because the songs they play span the spectrum, from the fairly well-known Byrds classic “Mr. Spaceman” to the lesser known Turtles ass-kicker “Outside Chance”. Best of all, they always include a Rutles song or two. Opening are caveman rockers The Ogres and Gravy’s Drop drawing sounds from all across the rock and roll spectrum including the Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys, Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Flamin’ Groovies, GRAVYS DROP brings back the fun feeling of music from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, and gives listeners a great excuse to get their asses shakin! This will be a great show.. Highly recommended!! $8 Cover Charge

If you are down the peninsula near Palo Alto check out

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:30 PM Showtime Danny Elfman Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Guest conductor John Mauceri, “a doyen of musical theatre,” (Gramophone) leads the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and guest violinist Sandy Cameron in Oscar-nomiated composer Danny Elfman’s new concerto for violin and orchestra Eleven Eleven. The 40-minute work, which premiered in June at the Prague Proms, was jointly commissioned by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Live, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. SSO Music Director Paul Phillips conducts works by Bernstein and William Walton to round out the program. $15-$65 Cover Charge..

If you live in the North Bay check out

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime The Travelin’ McCourys are the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo, fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating. They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. They are a great band. Highly recommended!!! $30 cover Charge

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 8:30 Showtime Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums are one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Sunday March 11th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Suffers are Houston’s award-winning 8-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. I saw them a while back on The Late Show with David Letterman and was blown away. This will be a great show. $19 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime Rita Coolidge’s career spans over 4 decades, studded with charted hits, Grammy awards, and over a dozen albums. From her origins singing jingles, demos, and background vocals in Memphis, to touring with major names like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, Rita’s voice and songwriting can be found throughout pop music history. To this day, Rita Coolidge’s impact is undiminished—her voice as pure, sweet and powerful as ever and her ability to get inside a song honed by experience and overview. This should be a great show.. $40

If you live in the North Bay check out

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:00 PM Showtime Wake The Dead are the world’s only Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band. They are a romp that flows seamlessly from rock grooves to hot Irish reels, and from haunting airs to achingly beautiful melodies familiar to Deadheads everywhere. “Sugaree” in waltz time, bracketed by an ancient harp tune and infused with a poignant Celtic longing. “Bertha” thundering out of “China Cat” on a mandolin tidal wave. The eerie lilt of the uilleann pipes, giving a glow to “Bird Song” as if it was always meant to be there. Groove jams to keep the tie-dye swirling. Vocal harmonies that float like clouds. The music takes off, and the band follows, grinning all the way. These aren’t worlds colliding-they’re worlds meshing, coalescing creating a whole new world of possibility, and true to the spirits of the Grateful Dead and the eternally hopeful Celts. Highly recommended $22 Cover Charge

If you are down the peninsula near Palo Alto check out

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 2:30 PM Showtime Danny Elfman Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Guest conductor John Mauceri, “a doyen of musical theatre,” (Gramophone) leads the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and guest violinist Sandy Cameron in Oscar-nomiated composer Danny Elfman’s new concerto for violin and orchestra Eleven Eleven. The 40-minute work, which premiered in June at the Prague Proms, was jointly commissioned by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Live, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. SSO Music Director Paul Phillips conducts works by Bernstein and William Walton to round out the program. $15-$65 Cover Charge..

Video Pick of the week

Untitled Bill Graham/Fillmore East Documentary Directed by Leon Gast, Amalie R. Rothschild. This documentary exploring legendary promoter Bill Graham’s impact on the modern rock music business, and its transformation from an idealistic youth social movement into a cutthroat industry.