Suggestions for Week of 4/23-4/29

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

Monday April 23rd

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:00 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

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 Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime The Grateful Bluegrass Boys mesh their love for traditional Bluegrass music with the songs of the Grateful Dead. This all star band consisting of Aaron Redner & Bryan Horne(Hot Buttered Rum), Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey) and David Thom (Vintage Grass) is making a rare appearance. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge

Tuesday April 24th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real was one of the many highlights at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year. Great performers and Lukas’s stage present is so impressive. Highly recommend seeing this band. $25 Cover Charge

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. $10 Cover Charge

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet. 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. This is a great venue to see one of my favorite Bay Area bands. $10 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime I really like this band..The Leandro Joaquim Sextet combines rock, jazz, funk, reggae and bossa nova, with sophisticated and deeply personal lyrics that talk about struggles and triumphs of everyday life. I also like their use of psychedelic effects in their arrangements. Very cool. AfroLatin, East Bay funk 70’s soul influenced Jaz Clemente and World Music/funk influenced Zanzibar round out a great night of music. $10 cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime The Penske File have been playing punk rock together for more than half their lives, which is a quite a feat considering that they are all, just now, collectively entering their mid 20s. Growing up together in suburban Burlington, Ontario, James Hall, Travis Miles & Alexander Standen have been through a lot together. This becomes evident the moment you see them on stage as they feed off each other’s every cathartic note with harmonious ease. Decent Criminal with a sound reminiscent of ‘90s alternative, punk, surf, and power-pop, and punk power trio Linguo round out a great night of music. Highly recommended $8 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Los Lonely Boys the American Chicano rock power trio play a style of music they call “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country, and Tejano. Singer/songwriter Lisa Morales is a great opening act. Highly recommended!! $44 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime For 50 years Jesse Colin Young has been singing songs about peace, relationships and the environment. From his folk days in Boston and his first record, Soul Of a City Boy, he has articulated and recorded the tumultuous times of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present, while reminding us that it is all about family, community and the precious natural world we live in. His musical style is now considered Americana, but in fact it’s his unique fusion of jazz, blues, folk and rock with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

If you live around Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Toure is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Vieux started his musical journey playing percussion, before taking up guitar and joining the group backing kora wizard Toumani Diabaté. He blends elements of Latin, rock, jazz, and blues into his sounds, creating an experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres. Highly recommended!! $40 Cover Charge

Wednesday April 25th

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

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

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime AfriCali fuses rock, blues, heavy rhythms and the percussion of 1970s Ethiopian music. I really like this band’s instrumentation and vocal arrangements as well. Legendary American rapper and the king of underground hip hop Aceyalone and dubbed music legend AZ,ReDSMOKE round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. $10 Cover Charge

Palace Of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Gordon Lightfoot the Canadian singer-songwriter has achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend. He is a great performer and I highly recommend seeing him. $49-$99 Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Kinky Friedman is a true renaissance man. The American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, and former columnist for Texas Monthly is one of the great American satirists in the style of Will Rogers and Mark Twain . Speaking of which I always loved his quote on Twain “Students don’t know who Mark Twain was because he wasn’t on the test”. I am really looking forward to seeing him again. There is a lot of great music this evening but Kinky is the show I would not miss. $40 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Los Lonely Boys the American Chicano rock power trio play a style of music they call “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country, and Tejano. Singer/songwriter Lisa Morales is a great opening act. Highly recommended!! $44 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Toure is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Vieux started his musical journey playing percussion, before taking up guitar and joining the group backing kora wizard Toumani Diabaté. He blends elements of Latin, rock, jazz, and blues into his sounds, creating an experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres. Highly recommended!! $75 Cover Charge

Thursday April 26th

Black Cat 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Showtime The Ben Misterka Collectivity Trio is such a fun band. I love Ben’s energy and the way he blends different genres drawing on influences from jazz/funk, gospel, and psychedelic soul. He is also along with Collectivity are great musicians. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime One of my very favorite drummers, Stanton Moore who helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic will be performing as part of his all star trio with keyboard master and the founder of The Greyboy Allstars ,Robert Walter and funk, jazz hiphop and world guitar master Will Bernard. Khris Royal & Dark Matter from New Orleans rounds out a great night of music. Highly recommended..$25 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime San Francisco saxophonist Steven Lugerner and his post-bop quintet Jacknife explores the early- and mid-1960s music of jazz legend Jackie McLean. No Cover Charge

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended N/C

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Matt Renzi’s music explores textures and colors, as well as the various sonorities of the distinct instrumentation. Although many parts are written out, there is also plenty of room for improvisation; the group makes use of both free-form and traditional song forms to use as the basis of collective soloing. The addition of the cello to the standard jazz-saxophone trio adds a contemporary classical element to the mix. The group features Matt Renzi on saxophone, oboe and English horn, Jessica Ivry on cello, John Wiitala on bass and Tim Bulkley on drums. $20 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime I was really excited to hear that La Santa Cecilia is coming to the Bay Area. Named after the patron saint of musicians, their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. The group consists of accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. This is a show not to be missed.. Highly recommended!! $32 Cover Charge.

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 Showtime Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. I just saw them for the first time last Friday at the Independant and they immediately became one of my favorite Bay Area bands. The musicianship and fresh vocal arrangements of ranging from funk ,rock hip hop and soul had the place rockin’. The band has great energy and stage presence. Highly recommended!!!! $12 Cover Charge

Friday April 27th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Los Angeles based singer songwriter Phoebe Bridgers plays her own brand of alternative folk and has made a name for herself in that scene in relatively short time thanks largely to the quicksilver beauty of her voice; sweetly vulnerable, it also has a tensile strength that beguiles listeners. Lomelda, just a wonderful singer/songwriter from Texas, and Nashville singer/songwriter Harrison Whitford rounds out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime Blue Plate Special is going to be a mind bending formation of sound, featuring master musicians stemming improv from funk, jazz and psychedelic rock roots. This all star band includes Will Bernard of T.J. Kirk on guitar, Stanton Moore of Galactic on drums, Chris Wood of Medeski Martin & Wood on bass, John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood on organ and Skerik of Les Claypool on sax. This show is ONE NIGHT ONLY – you don’t want to miss this! Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime When Sugaray Rayford belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. He is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. Rayford was nominated in December of 2015 for five separate 2016 Blues Music Awards for Contemporary Blues Album, Contemporary Blues Male Artist, Best Band, Best Song, and the B.B. King Entertainer Award. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Jungle Fire lives up to their name by fusing Cumbia, Afrobeat and traditional funk into a highly infectious and explosive sound draws inspiration from the groundbreaking rhythm sections behind James Brown, Fela Kuti, Ray Barretto and Irakere. Camino opens the night with a powerful blend of Latin, Afrobeat, and Funk. Loaded with World rhythms, powerful female vocals and saxophone, Camino’s spirited performances leave audiences feeling uplifted and excited to dance. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime Reptoid the one man loud, heavy, noisy, rock aneurism from Oakland headlines a show that includes XDS the nerdy dirty jazz punk, vintage garage pop and psychedelic world music duo, the wound up art punk group Rip Room and punk duo The Tunnel. This should be a fun and rowdy night of pure chaos!! $10 Cover Charge

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime I really looking forward to seeing The Moves Collective. This amazing “funk grass” ensemble also draws on Django Reinhardt roots as well. Alternative rock band Drop Dead Red and Los Angeles singer/songwriter Karen Dezelle round out a great show. Highly Recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime The Boogaloo Assasins are in the room!! This Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band inspired by the Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, and Latin Funk records of the 1960’s and 1970’s is so much fun. Just a great live band. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Legendary guitarist Harvey Mandel whose innovative approach to electric guitar playing has brought him recognition as one of the most distinctive and innovative playes for the past 40 years. Mandel is one of the first rock guitarists to use two-handed fretboard tapping. A professional at twenty, he has played with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, the Rolling Stones, and John Mayall before starting a solo career. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime Mission Delirium is an invitation to revel in the sound of earth shaking drums and face melting brass. Let your hair down, get delirious and shake your ass, if it moves you we play it! Bollywood, Balkan, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Tango, Afro-pop, Middle Eastern, Salsa and more. A love letter to your feet from the dance floor. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

If you live near Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime The UK SKA legends The English Beat will be in performance for one night only. $35 Cover Charge

Saturday April 28th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM When Sugaray Rayford belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. He is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. Rayford was nominated in December of 2015 for five separate 2016 Blues Music Awards for Contemporary Blues Album, Contemporary Blues Male Artist, Best Band, Best Song, and the B.B. King Entertainer Award. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Consider The Source the progressive rock, fusion and jazz trio from New York headlines a great show along with a great LA surf, avant-rock band Atomic Ape and San Francisco experimental jazz ensemble Varona. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge.

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Jenny Don’t And The Spurs If you have a love for old classic country artists such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline then you might have a soft spot for this Portland band. Jenny Don’t sings from the heart her band plays like there is no tomorrow. Sit back and enjoy! Highly Recommended!! $14 Cover Charge

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime Mazacote is one of the Bay Areas premier salsa bands. This great ensemble led by legendary percussionist Louie Romero, plays a crowd-pleasing, high-energy mixture of classic salsa favorites and original latin jazz tunes. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge

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

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Throughout 2017, good friends Dave Chapelle & John Mayer, one an Emmy and GRAMMY® Award-winning comedian, the other a GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, played several intimate pop-up shows across the United States, ending the year with a sold out New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Los Angeles’ Forum. The two world-class performers will be returning to San Francisco’s historic Fillmore, for their first Controlled Danger show of 2018. Highly recommended!!!! $103 Cover Charge

La Pena Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 Showtime The Origins Of Cumbia Concert.. Colombian musicians, KikoVillaKiko Villamizar y su grupo out of Austin Texas, are touring California to share their ancestral knowledge of Colombian cumbia, and also fusing Afro-Colombian, Reggae, and other Latin world beats.This should be a great evening of hot music.. $10 Cover Charge

If you live or are around the North Bay check out

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, CA 8:00 PM Showtime Maria Muldar the iconic American roots singer whose repertoire ranges from jazz, R&B blues and what she describe as “swamp funk” always puts on a great show. Maria will have the joint rockin’. Highly recommended!!! $20 cover Charge

Sunday April 29th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Throughout 2017, good friends Dave Chapelle & John Mayer, one an Emmy and GRAMMY® Award-winning comedian, the other a GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, played several intimate pop-up shows across the United States, ending the year with a sold out New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Los Angeles’ Forum. The two world-class performers will be returning to San Francisco’s historic Fillmore, for their first Controlled Danger show of 2018. Highly recommended!!!! $103 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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Jazz drummer and percussionist Josh Jones will be performing with a small ensemble. Nice venue to listen to some great latin jazz. No Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 6:00 PM Showtime LCD Sound System the Brooklyn bred American electronic dance band will be in performance. $59.50 Cover Charge

If you live near Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime When Sugaray Rayford belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. He is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. Rayford was nominated in December of 2015 for five separate 2016 Blues Music Awards for Contemporary Blues Album, Contemporary Blues Male Artist, Best Band, Best Song, and the B.B. King Entertainer Award. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week…

Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy

“Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy” is the first full length documentary based on the life of American folk/blues musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. Lead Belly inspired everyone from the Beatles to Nirvana, but died before ever reaping the benefits of his fame. This historic film 5 years to make, and is finally ready for post-production. We are looking to market the film to various film festivals and find distribution outlets that will expose the film to U.S. and international audiences. The film includes interviews with legendary musicians, Harry Belafonte, the late- great Odetta, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie son of Woody Guthrie, folk singer Pete Seeger and more. “Lead Belly: Life, Legend, Legacy” highlights the impact that Lead Belly had on the early stages of the music industry and his lasting impression on folk, blues, country, hip hop and rock and roll.

Suggestions for Week of 4/16-4/22

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

Monday April 16th

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 Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Tuesday April 17th

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience has been shattering the myths about what indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. The two time Grammy award winning band, is one of the most respected and accomplished ensembles in American roots music today. Terrance will have the house rockin’!! $25 Cover Charge

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. $10 Cover Charge

If you live in the Santa Cruz area definitely check out The Rio Theatre for the Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime The Dixie Dregs really know how to put on a great show. It has been a few year since I last saw them but their energy and musicianship makes them one of the great American instrumental southern rock bands. Highly recommended!! $50 Cover Charge

Wednesday April 18th

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

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

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

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight Showtime Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. $10 Cover Charge

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Headlining tonight is a really good alternative-indie rock trio Call Me James.. Alternative garage rockers Violet Island and indie pop rock band Faux Canada round out a really good show. $10 Cover Charge

If you live in the Santa Cruz area definitely check out The Rio Theatre for the Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime Los Lonely Boys the American Chicano rock power trio play a style of music they call “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country, and Tejano. Highly recommended!! $28 Cover Charge

Thursday April 19th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Rick Estrin And The Nightcats Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended..$24 Cover Charge

Black Cat 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 PM Showtime From NYC, the hard-hitting Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, the Ken Fowser Quintet are rising stars in the national jazz scene. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime.. The Ben Misterka Trio is such a fun band. I love Ben’s energy and the way he blends different genres drawing on influences from jazz/funk, gospel, and psychedelic soul. He is also along with Collectivity are great musicians. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Three time Grammy nominee Bettye Lavette is no mere singer. She is not a song writer, nor is she a “cover” artist. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. To quote the late, great George Jones: “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer’.” Highly recommended $42 Cover Charge

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 Showtime Fellini meets New Orleans..The internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment MarchFourth Marching Band is coming to the Bay Area. MarchForth is a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy. Not to be missed!!! $15 Cover Charge

Friday April 20th

Black Cat 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:15 AM Showtime From NYC, the hard-hitting Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, the Ken Fowser Quintet are rising stars in the national jazz scene. Highly recommended!! $25 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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00PM and 10:00 PM Showtimes Toronzo Cannon has become one of Chicago’s most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. He is Among the cream of the next generation of Chicago blues musicians. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime El Radio Fantastique is the band that would be playing at Salvadore Dali’s birthday party. They are the band that defies all labels and description, that floats effortlessly across genres while always conveying a sense of cinematic drama, reckless abandon, and broken beauty. Through lush arrangements, driving rhythms and pop hooks, the dynamic swell of emotion that emanates from this group is undeniably deep. The cabaret garage band Rikkha and self described “junk rockers” Junk Parlor are the warm up acts. This looks to be be a really good show!! $15 Cover Charge

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime Papa Mali the legendary New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer will be in performance. Highly recommended. $15 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco Scott Amendola 3-in-1 with Raffi Garabedian & Zach Ostroff in performance. Scott always puts on a great show. $15 Cover Charge $10 for Students

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Three time Grammy nominee Bettye Lavette is no mere singer. She is not a song writer, nor is she a “cover” artist. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. To quote the late, great George Jones: “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer’.” Highly recommended $42 Cover Charge

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime. Fellini meets New Orleans..The internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment MarchFourth Marching Band is coming to the Bay Area. MarchForth is a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy. Not to be missed!!! $15 Cover Charge

Saturday April 21st

Black Cat 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 PM Showtime From NYC, the hard-hitting Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, the Ken Fowser Quintet are rising stars in the national jazz scene. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00PM and 9:30 PM Showtimes Toronzo Cannon has become one of Chicago’s most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. He is Among the cream of the next generation of Chicago blues musicians. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Terrance Blanchard brings his Grammy-nominated E-Collective, performing music of hope and healing from their forthcoming album Live, a collection of live recordings made in Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Dallas – three cities scarred by the violence and tension between law enforcement and their African-American populations.$35 $55 $75 Cover Range

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime Knightressm1 is the hard-driving, violin-fronted, power-rock trio formed by Emily Palen. Proving the violin is a viable and natural front instrument for the heaviest of rock and roll, Palen brings a refreshing take to the typical band landscape. Punk rockers Neurotrash & Sick Pidgeon round out what should be a good night of music. $8 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings have continued to bring the blues to its legions to fans around the world. He was indeed named for the singing cowboy. A singer himself and also a master slide guitarist with a distinctive and instantly recognizable style. Mitch Woods & His Rockett 88’s are the opening act for what promises tobe a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime With a style ranging through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop, Shelby Lynne has found herself embraced by audiences all across the spectrum of American music. Highly recommended!! $34 Cover Charge

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old-time, country, bluegrass and blues. Wendy’s voice is a joy to listen to. I highly recommend checking this group out. $15 Cover Charge

If you live around Santa Cruz I recommend checking out the Rio Theatre for the Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. The five time Grammy award winner has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and r&b. Highly recommended!! $49 Cover Charge

Sunday April 22nd

Black Cat 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime From NYC, the hard-hitting Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, the Ken Fowser Quintet are rising stars in the national jazz scene. Highly recommended!! $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

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime Indie rockers The Invincible Vacuum Cleaner Company, Swimming Bell, Brooklyn-based folk singer Katie Schottland new project, and dark net-folk duo Younger Youngest round out a really good night of music. $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Toure is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Vieux started his musical journey playing percussion, before taking up guitar and joining the group backing kora wizard Toumani Diabaté. He blends elements of Latin, rock, jazz, and blues into his sounds, creating an experience that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres. Highly recommended!! $28 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week..

The Punk Singer The Punk Singer Trailer.. Filmmaker Sini Anderson explores the life and career of punk rocker Kathleen Hanna, the Bikini Kill front woman who became a pioneer of the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s.

Suggestions for Week of 4/09-4/15

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

Monday April 9th

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 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!!!

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime The Handsome Ladies, the best ladies-only bluegrass ensemble, hold an early jam session. If you are a lady, bring your instrument and get involved. Afterwards from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM enjoy great traditional bluegrass with The Bow Ties Highly recommended!! N/C

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime Another fun night of music headlined by Lincoln Durham a southern-gothic psycho-blues revival-punk one-man-band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. Blues, rock n’ roll noise and punk influenced The Ghost Wolves and Sweetwater Black playing blues with heart wrenching passion open the show.. $15 Cover Charge

Tuesday April 10th

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:30 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

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. $10 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Arlo Gunthrie’s father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together – Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo’s children Abe Gunthrie and Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations. The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation. $64 Cover Charge.

Wednesday April 11th

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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Arlo Gunthrie’s father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together – Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo’s children Abe Gunthrie and Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations. The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation. $64 Cover Charge.

Thursday April 12th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime.. The legendary Sonny Rhodes continues to be a road warrior, delighting and amazing audiences with his virtuosity mostly displayed on lap steel guitar these days notwithstanding the fact that he is a masterful electric guitarist. Sonny doesn’t make it out to the Bay Area often so I would really recommend seeing this blues guitar master.$20 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The American orchestral indie rock band The Family Crest will be rockin’ the house. This should be a fun night of music. $23.50 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Le Hot Jazz The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Time to get your brass off!! The Soul Rebels are is town. This eight piece brass ensemble was recently described as the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong. The Rebels are one of the great bands out of New Orleans and I highly recommend them!! $25 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime The Jerry Douglas Trio is in town led by Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Opening for the trio is my favorite Bay Area blues band Howell Devine. Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Nils Lofgren, the legendary, world renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be performing solo acoustic. Nils recently entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of the E Street Band. This should be a great show. $44-$85 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Arlo Gunthrie’s father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together – Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo’s children Abe Gunthrie and Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations. The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation. $64 Cover Charge.

Friday April 13th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Time to get your brass off!! The Soul Rebels are is town. This eight piece brass ensemble was recently described as the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong. The Rebels are one of the great bands out of New Orleans and I highly recommend them!! $25 Cover Charge..

Bimbo’s 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Rebirth Brass Band is an institution. Formed in 1983, the band has long since graduated from the streets of New Orleans to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has placed them among the world’s top brass bands and they are the hands-down favorite among the younger generation. This is a show not to be missed!! $35 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime Heather Gillis Band Heather is the complete package as a guitarist, lap steel player, songwriter, singer and arranger. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. She will have the Biscuit rockin’!! $24 Cover Charge.

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime This will be a night of nonstop funk with two great bands headlining with Will Blades Starting Five Element Brass Band, one of the premier brass bands in Northern California opens the show. A fun night of funk!! $12 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Headlining tonight is Go Betty Go an extraordinary all-Latina pop-punk band, an outfit whose classic, stripped-down ’77-style songs quickly established them as a popular force on the local rock circuit. Opening the show are Glam Shanks creates a colorful audiovisual extravaganza using familiar tints from T Rex, The Runaways, David Bowie and The Sweet, with the drama of Alice Cooper and the genuine rock sensibility of Aerosmith, all wrapped up in a full-blown cosmetic Rocky Horror show meets Hedwig androgyny; and Oakland’s own Year Of The Fist $12 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars performance of the music from Woody Guthrie’s American Song featuring the original core band, with special guests. Directed by Peter Glazer, Musical Direction by Jeff Waxman Woody Guthrie’s American Song is the award-winning musical based on the life and music of the iconic American folk singer, written and directed by Peter Glazer. The veteran cast seamlessly melds Guthrie’s jokes, tales, & music— classics like “Bound for Glory” and “This Land Is Your Land,” as well as lesser-known treasures like “Jolly Banker” and “Ludlow Massacre”— for a show The New York Times said “manages to find both the high beauty and the earthly humor of Guthrie’s love affair with America.” $32 Cover Charge

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland Akira Tana & The Secret Agent Band plays the music of Bond (James Bond), shaken and stirred. Led by drummer Akira Tana, his team includes Nashville-based vocalist Annie Sellick with James Mahone on sax, Jeff Massanari on guitar, and Midori Ono, organ. Says Tana, “The music from the James Bond films are a perfect vehicle for jazz interpretation. The tunes are globally recognized and are very accessible to listeners not familiar with the jazz idiom.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Nils Lofgren, the legendary, world renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be performing solo acoustic. Nils recently entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of the E Street Band. This should be a great show. $44-$85 Cover Charge.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtime Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is simply one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. This is a great venue to see this grammy award winning vocalist. $60 Cover Charge.

Saturday April 14th

Bimbo’s 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Rebirth Brass Band is an institution. Formed in 1983, the band has long since graduated from the streets of New Orleans to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has placed them among the world’s top brass bands and they are the hands-down favorite among the younger generation. This is a show not to be missed!! $35 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtime Heather Gillis Band Heather is the complete package as a guitarist, lap steel player, songwriter, singer and arranger. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. She will have the Biscuit rockin’!! $24 Cover Charge.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The B-Side Players have been laying down their own inimitable latin global funk since they came together in 1994. This 9-piece band part of a new movement in popular music. A band that honors the international cross-pollination that has always made music the universal language. They use any beat that catches their ear, regardless of geography or genre, to create a compelling, horn driven polyrhythmic groove. They continue exploring the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms of their homeland, dropping bits of Cumbia, Salsa, gritty street Samba, Son Montuno, Jarocho and Boogaloo into the mix. Highly recommended!! $22 Cover Charge

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-12:30 AM Showtime Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings are another Bay Area great ensemble playing swing, vintage lounge and boogie woogie. This band is reminiscent of Louie Prima’s great band. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Freight and Salvage Woody Guthrie All Stars performance of the music from Woody Guthrie’s American Song featuring the original core band, with special guests. Directed by Peter Glazer, Musical Direction by Jeff Waxman Woody Guthrie’s American Song is the award-winning musical based on the life and music of the iconic American folk singer, written and directed by Peter Glazer. The veteran cast seamlessly melds Guthrie’s jokes, tales, & music— classics like “Bound for Glory” and “This Land Is Your Land,” as well as lesser-known treasures like “Jolly Banker” and “Ludlow Massacre”— for a show The New York Times said “manages to find both the high beauty and the earthly humor of Guthrie’s love affair with America.” $32 Cover Charge

Sunday April 15th

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM The East Bay raised Hogan Brothers are steeped in jazz, R&B, funk, hip-hop and latin music. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge.

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 3:30 PM Showtime The Five Spot Quintet features five musicians who have a deep feel for the jazz tradition. All five could be leaders in their own right. Together the band is even better than the sum of its parts. The band includes pianist Mike Greensill Saxophonist Charlie McCarthy Joe Cohen on alto saxophone, John Clark on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums. Highly recommended!! $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

Video Pick Of The Week..

AKA Doc Pomus AKA Doc Pomus Trailer

Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and a thousand others. Doc used crutches and a wheelchair. He lived life fully, if not always happily or easily. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, it features a cast which includes Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and B.B. King. As well, Doc’s journals are read in the film by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the first white person inducted to The Rhythm and Blues Hall Of Fame. His story is one of triumph over adversity

Suggestions for Week of 4/02-4/08

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

Monday April 2nd

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Frederick Hodges is back at Pier 23. Hodges is a master technician of stride piano. If you love ragtime, stride piano, and novelty numbers of the teens, 1920s and 30s, then do not miss this rare performance. N/C

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

If you live near Santa Cruz be sure to check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 8:00 PM Showtime Jazz organist extraordinaire Joey DeFrancesco & The People are in town. I have seen Joey a few times and he is just a great musician. Highly recommended!!! $29-$59 Cover Charge

Tuesday April 3rd

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio plays the music of Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Nichols and more. Exploring the repertoire of ’50’s bebop and ’60’s soul jazz, the band enjoys the power of the piano trio format, weaving chromatic bounce through the repertoire of the historical legends of the period, as well as through compositions of their own. Kevin Gerzevitz on piano, Gabriel Case on bass, Vijay Anderson on drums. N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime Jazz organist extraordinaire Joey DeFrancesco & His Trio are in town. DeFrancesco’s new quartet, features him on the Hammond B-3—plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist. Accompanying DeFrancesco are drummer Jason Brown, guitarist Dan Wilson and saxophonist Troy Roberts—collectively billed as the People. I have seen Joey a few times and he is just a great musician. Highly recommended!!! $29-$59 Cover Charge

Wednesday April 4th

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM ShowtimeMitch Woods boogie woogie, blues and r&b master pianist is playing a solo gig. Mitch is a Bay Area treasure and this is a great venue to see him perform. Highly recommended N/C

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

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The French American Quartet is an outstanding Django inspired gypsy jazz and American standard ensemble. Steve Froberg is jusat a great guitarist. Highly recommended..N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 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

Elbo Room Jack London Square 311 Broadway, Oakland 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime The Howling Wolfmen have built-up a rep for been crazy and I mean Crazy!But don’t be fooled,these guys can play!! It’s all good ,fun stuff and these guys are one band to watch! Highly recommended! $10 Cover Charge

Thursday April 5th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Buena Vista Jazz Band is a great jazz band performing classic jazz and blues tunes at are the classic songs of New Orleans jazz, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley in the tradition of the great Eddie Condon bands of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge..

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime This should be a fun night of music headlined by The Sweet Bones taking garage and punk rock beyond their genres including The Kinks, The Ramones, Primal Scream, The Clash and The MC5 with latin, surf music and Punk influences at play. The Power pop garage punk band All Day Breakfast and Mott The Hoople inspired The Royal Panics open the show. $7 Cover Charge..

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The 29th Street Swingtet is a highly talented and youthful gypsy jazz/swing/world group that is heavily rooted in the ‘gypsy jazz’ sound of French swing guitarist Django Reinhardt. This ensemble draws upon various different jazz oriented genres including be-bop, blues and Latin. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime Some bands want to change the world Five Alarm Funk‘s goal is much simpler, they want you to sweat!! This is a horn powered, percussion fueled sonic and visual assault that will keep you dancing all night. This will be a great show by a great band. Highly recommended!! $14 Cover Charge

Friday April 6th

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. I have been following the Vanessa Collier Blues Band for a while now. Recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA) Vanessa Collier, returns to Biscuits & Blues with her talented 5-piece band. Dubbed an “old soul”, Vanessa’s songwriting and arrangements are steeped with blues, funk, rock, and soul influences. She is a multitalented saxophonist, vocalist, and award-winning songwriter. Vanessa delivers soulful bluesy vocals and gritty saxophone solos, demonstrating masterful musical skill in each incredible high-energy performance. I am looking forward to seeing this show. $24 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 8:00 Showtime Het Hat Club consists of four street musicians who put their own spin on classic Django-style jazz standards and Balkan folk melodies. Formed nearly two years ago, saxophonist Valentin Desmarais, guitarists Isaac Misri and Antonio D Erchie Jr., and accordionist Bito Janos continue to hone their sound playing street performances, concerts, festivals, and tours throughout Europe. Should be a good show. $20 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Nina Diaz the highly talented singer songwriter, who fronted the critically hailed indie-punk band “Girl in a Coma” will be performing promoting her debut solo album “The Beat is Dead”. Houston’s peripatetic pop troupe The Wild Moccasins and the San Francisco dream-pop ballads and glam-rock influenced duo Love Jerks round out a really good night of music. $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Omara Portuondo is a diva in the best sense, an ambassador of Cuba to the world. Now in her mid-eighties, there is a sense in which the curtains of an era are slowly, elegantly coming down. But she will forever, as the old show business adage has it “Always leave them wanting more.” As Cuban writer Ivan Garcia put it “Her voice is still lush, as it was when she sang in her parents’ dressing room”. This should be a great opportunity to see this legendary singer.. $50 Cover Charge

Saturday April 7th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. I have been following the Vanessa Collier Blues Band for a while now. Recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA) Vanessa Collier, returns to Biscuits & Blues with her talented 5-piece band. Dubbed an “old soul”, Vanessa’s songwriting and arrangements are steeped with blues, funk, rock, and soul influences. She is a multitalented saxophonist, vocalist, and award-winning songwriter. Vanessa delivers soulful bluesy vocals and gritty saxophone solos, demonstrating masterful musical skill in each incredible high-energy performance. I am looking forward to seeing this show. $24 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime This is going to be a great night of music headlined by Soccer Mommy twenty-year-old Sophie Allison the bedroom pop and indie rock singer/songwriter musician and Nashville native. Madeline Kenny and Rose Droll are the opening sets. $12 Cover Charge..

Boom Boom Room 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime Funk Revival Orchestra brings old school rare funk, grooves and soul to the masses.With 11 members and growing F.R.O. brings a high energy, heavy sound to audiences with a style that blends the latin, breakbeat, hip-hop and rare groove feels into one package. This show always brings a huge crowd, and party you will never forget. West Grand Boulevard opens the night with their brand of classic Motown, R&B, and Soul hits. Highly Recommended!! $12 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:30 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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Howell Devine My favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

If you live or are around the North Bay check out

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, CA 8:30 PM Showtime Chuck Profit And The Mission Express are one of the Bay Area’s great performers. One of my favorite groups Chuck always puts on a great show. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Sunday April 8th

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Swamp Child the San Francisco based rock band combining the soulful and dreamy pop influence of New Orleans born singer Brandi Cheek and the Chicago garage blues sound of guitarist Robb Hagle. Together they create an alternative pop and rock sound that melds classic influences with a modern indie approach. I really love this band. The Hell Tones and Smoky Knights round out a good night of music. $10 Cover Charge…

SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Breeders are back on tour!! The American alternative rock band formed in 1989, and led by a favorite rocker of mine Kim Deal, is promoting their new album “All Nerve”. I really like new recording. Highly recommended!! $29-$45 Cover Charge

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 4:30 PM Showtime Benny Golson Jazz icon Benny Golson returns to the Bach with his Quartet. Golson has played in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. As the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire, he has more than 30 albums and 300 compositions to his credit during his 60+ year career. This humble musical giant continues to impress critics, fans and fellow musicians with his prodigious contributions to the world of jazz. This is a show you won’t want to miss! Benny Golson – Tenor Saxophone; Sharp Radway – Piano; Marcus Shelby – Bass; Darrell Green – Drums $55 Cover Charge $35 for Students.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:30 PM Showtime The horn-fueled, jumping, swinging, award-winning band, Roomful of Blues , touring in support of their latest Alligator CD, 45 Live, will perform at Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA on April 8th. With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’’ve ever heard.” Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Highly recommended!! $26 Cover Charge.

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime I always get excited when The Dustbowl Revival comes to the Bay Area. This Americana and Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section. If you are near Berkeley This is a show not to be missed. Highly recommended!!! $22.50 Cover Charge

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Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, CA 5:00 PM Showtime Mike Lipskin is one of the greatest stride/jazz pianists in the universe and & Dina Lee is one of the Bay Area’s best jazz vocalists. If you are out and around Nicasio you really should check this show out. Plus added bonus No Cover Charge!!!

Video Pick Of The Week

Finding Fella Finding Fella Trailer

This ambitious music project was dreamed up by theater producer Stephen Hendel, and resulting from his obsession with the passion of the Nigerian musical powerhouse Fela Kuti, who generated 70 albums over decades. Born in 1938, jailed 200 times, and at his peak of popularity in the 70’s and 80’s, Kuti finally died of AIDS in 1997. Over the years Hendel acquired many Kuti rights; he commandeered the hit Tony-winning Broadway musical “Fela,” which is one focus of the Alex Gibney movie. If the play told the story of the musician, the film is about the process of understanding the man. Gibney and editor Lindy Jankura faced over 1200 hours of excavated footage that they had to assemble over two years into a complex narrative. Music is front and center, along with the complex Nigerian government politics that Fela navigated as a global superstar.