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

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