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

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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