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.

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