Suggestions for Week of 6/04-6/10

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

Monday 6-04

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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:00 PM..The Old Time Travelers, a great bluegrass/string band from Chattanooga Tennessee will be performing for one night. Check them out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Tuesday 6-05

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three really good indie bands with the Nashville based alternative rock band The Lonely Biscuits headlining the show. Oakland rockers Parkway and San Francisco psychedelic dreamy rockers Moral High Horses round out a great night of music. $12 Cover Charge.

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Calexico is one rocking band. The Americana Tex-Mex rockers from Tucson puts on a great show. They are on tour promoting their ninth album “The Thread That Keeps Us”. Highly recommended!!! $31 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Yo La Tengo has been one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years. The trio — led by Hoboken, New Jersey, bohemians and husband and wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley — have been pegged as a critics’ band, but their warm, open-armed sound has helped them develop one of the biggest followings in indie rock. A little trivia, the group’s name means “I’ve Got It!” in Spanish and was taken from a story about the 1968 New York Mets outfielders, who used to the phrase to claim fly balls to accommodate Venezuelan Elio Chacon, who spoke no English. Highly recommended!!! $29.50

If you live in the Southbay you may want to check this out.

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime..Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot will have the crowd up dancing. The iconic singer/songwriter/performer is one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements. Brian is a great performer and I highly recommend this show. $71-$798 Cover Charge.

If you live in the Northbay you may want to check this out..

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival Healdsburg Plaza Healdsburg Ave & Matheson St, Healdsburg 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showetime..John Santos Sextet is one of the premier Latin jazz ensembles in the world. Born in San Francisco, bandleader Santos was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family and surrounded by the fertile musical environment of the Bay Area. Across a career spanning five decades the 7 time Grammy nominee he has been recognized for his achievements as a composer, producer, percussionist and Afro-Latino music educator. His sextet is comprised of a Bay Area who’s who of latin music all stars including John on percussion, guitarist-singer Jose Roberto Hernandez, John Calloway on flute, Marco Diaz on pianist, David Flores on drums, Melecio Magdaluyo on sax and Saul Sierra on bass. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Wednesday 6-06

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes 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

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Calexico is one rocking band. The Americana Tex-Mex rockers from Tucson puts on a great show. They are on tour promoting their ninth album “The Thread That Keeps Us”. Highly recommended!!! $31 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Yo La Tengo has been one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years. The trio — led by Hoboken, New Jersey, bohemians and husband and wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley — have been pegged as a critics’ band, but their warm, open-armed sound has helped them develop one of the biggest followings in indie rock. A little trivia, the group’s name means “I’ve Got It!” in Spanish and was taken from a story about the 1968 New York Mets outfielders, who used to the phrase to claim fly balls to accommodate Venezuelan Elio Chacon, who spoke no English. Highly recommended!!! $29.50

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Wild Evil & The Trashbones has that ’60s proto-punk sound with succinct fuzz-guitars, farfisa organ, furious drumming, and wild, howling vocals that represent a one hundred per cent high-voltage rock’n’roll attitude. The Austrian rockers are famous for their untamed live performances with the overdriven fuzz guitars will be blaring. The masters of ghoulish rock n roll Isaac Rother & The Phantoms and Oakland rockers The Ogres round out a great show. Highly recommended!! $12 Cover Charge

Thursday 6-07

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards for a refreshing program of tight grooves, kaleidoscopic harmonies and inspired improvisational energy. The trio has established a unique sound and approach that is rooted in jazz but draws upon influences from around the world. Highly recommended !! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes The Daniel Castro Band is truly a force to be reckoned with. Daniel is one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, Castro’s passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Texas rockers Blue Water Highway are known as a great live performance band. But this group are great songwriters and excellent musicians. Flood Mansion combines elements of funk, blues, jazz and rock n roll. Should be a good show. $15 Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..Jonathan Richman has been playing music, recording and touring for most of his life. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of the influential proto-punk band The Modern Lovers is a great performer. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime..The two best Bay Area string bands The Hot Club of San Francisco & The San Francsico String Trio share a bill devoted to the timeless music of The Beatles. These two great ensembles are recolonizing the Fab Four’s songbook in the name of Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt with John, Paul, George and Django, a ravishing and consistently revelatory reimagining of classic Beatles tunes. Highly recommended!!! $25-45 Cover Charge

The Warfield 982 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Sleep the doom metal power trio from San Jose do not perform regularly as of late so this is a rare chnge to see the band in performance. Highly recommended!! $35-$45 Cover Charge.

Friday 6-08
Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 5 PM-8PM Showtime..Byrds of a Feather .. David Byrd has been a mainstay in the San Francisco Bay area music scene for many years. David is a pioneer in fusing jazz/reggae music. He is fun and inspirational.. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with his jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep warm vocals not to mention his maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. Highl;y recommended !!! $24 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10 PM-1 AM Showtime… Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Locale Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight 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

Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers with special guest steel guitar master Bobby Black perform the music of the country music icon Patsy Cline including “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy.” Highly recommended!! $35-$55 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime..Irma Thomas and the Professionals…Irma Thomas is an r&b icon and universally known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.” since the 1960s the Grammy award-winning singer has had a lengthy history of collaboration with the likes of Allen Toussaint, BB King, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, and Galactic. Her music has appeared in the soundtracks numerous films and television shows. Highly recommended!! $30-$85

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm is on tour promoting her new album ‘To Rose You Gotta Fall”. I saw Nicki about a year ago at Stern Grove and she was great. Should be a good show. $25 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Musician and actress Storm Large of Pink Martini fame returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for three performances only. Explore the many facets of romance through classics from the Great American Songbook. Highly recommended!! $35-$70 Cover Charge

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Two of great reggae bands in the Bay area Sol Horizon & Native Elements return to Elbo Room for a night high energy party. There will be a party going on Friday night!! $20 Cover Charge.

Elbo Room 311 Broadway Jack London Square, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime Jazz Mafia is one of the best party bands in the Bay area. Tonight they present a tribute To The Ladies Of Hip Hop Heaviest Feather w/ special guests Aima The Dreamer, Dakini Star, April King, Breathless and DJ Ladyfingaz. Highly recommended!! $12 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime California native and Americana country music singer songwriter Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade. His music is neither retro nor country; it’s twang noir. This should be a great show. Highly recommended. $24 Cover Charge.

If you live in the North Bay you may want to check this out

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street, Healdsburg 7:00 Showtime.. Celebrating Geri Allen with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Dave Holland on bass & drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Pianist Geri Allen passed away last summer at the tender age of 60. She left a big void, but also a legacy. Geri was a wonderful inspirational musician whose playing embraced the full continuum of jazz, from ragtime to the avant-garde, with a deep consciousness of the art form’s roots in Africa. I was lucky to see Geri perform with a few times. I am glad the Jazz fest is having this tribute to her. Highly recommended!!! $45-$75 Cover Charge.

Saturday 6-09

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

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

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Cash’d Out is a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. The group’s genuine love (and authentic recreation) of Johnny Cash’s music and its universal appeal fans of all ages and of virtually all musical genres makes each Cash’d Out show a must-see event. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime Legendary Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes is one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s. The Grammy award winning pianist and composer first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. I saw Mendes a few years ago at Stern Grove and it was a great show. Highly recommended!!! $30-$50-$70-$85 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A really good night of music. Headlining the night is title title Strange Hotels is the indie pop rock band from Portland with alt rockers Strange Hotels Talkie and metal rock blues band title Moldover rounding out the show. $15 Cover Charge

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band from Modesto, California that plays in the Gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France. HCFG includes the rhythm/lead guitars and acoustic bass typical of the style, but adds mandolin, bassoon, clarinet, and the occasional melodica and C-melody saxophone. They also augment the standard Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes. The band’s unique blend of instruments and music adds new vitality and freshness to an old favorite genre. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Andrew Carriere & The Zydeco Cajun Allstars is of the Bay area’s premiere Zydeco Cajun bands.. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler “Bebe” Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and his cousin is the great Chubby Carriere. They are really fun. $15 Cover Charge

Sunday 6-10

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 Showtime.. Chico Freeman is heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time, musician, composer, and producer. His diverse résumé includes R&B to blues, hard bop to avant-garde. Joining Chico is Fred Harris on Piano, Evan Flory-Barnes on Bass and Billy Hart on Drums. This is a show you won’t want to miss! $55 Cover Charge $35 for students.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtime Too Slim And The Taildraggers plays an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all its own. Tim “Too Slim” Langford’s ever-evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified, effortlessly cross genres, flavoring blues with rock and Americana. Should be a really good show. $20 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime.. Tuck & Patti’s signature approach that combines jazz, folk and r&b, makes this Bay Area based husband & wife team of guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart an enduring treasure. For three decades, Tuck and Patti have been performing fresh new music as well as a selection of re-imagined jazz classics and pop gems. Highly recommended!!! $25-$55 Cover Charge.

Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..A Benny Goodman Tribute is led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Goodwin and his Grammy-winning Big Phat Band bringing swing-era power to this salute to clarinet legend and big band icon Benny Goodman featuring two of the greatest living jazz clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Anat Cohen. Highly recommended!!! $30-$85 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

If you live in the North Bay you may want to check this out

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Raven Performing Arts Theater115 North Street, Healdsburg Noon Showtime..Marcus Shelby Big Band With Tiffany Austin & The Freedom Jazz Choir presents Lift Every Voice and Sing with special guests Ruth Naomi Floyd and James Newton. The grace and healing force that this concert will provide is needed more than ever after tragic fires that ravaged so much of the area last fall. Highly recommended!! $30-$45 Cover Charge..

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Raven Performing Arts Theater115 North Street, Healdsburg 7:00 PM Showtime. Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band takes a little bit o’ New Orleans with them wherever they go. Their goal is to both preserve and expand the authentic New Orleans jazz tradition. For more than a decade, Dr. White and his men have been one of the preeminent New Orleans traditional jazz bands. Great way to end the fest. Highly recommended!! $30-$45 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week.

Beat Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest
Director Michael Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members, Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends collaborators.

Suggestions for Week of 5/28-6/03

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

Monday 5-28

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:30 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

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 5-29

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. This promises to be a a good night of music headlined by Why These Coyotes an indie, alternative rock band out of Oakland, CA. With influences ranging from brit rock, to soul to blue note area jazz, their music offers a unique blend of laid back rhythms and guitar driven arrangements – reminiscent of 70’s hard rock. Breatherrr is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist producer Michael Anthony Espinach. Founded in early 2014, this Long Beach group fuses psychedelic noise with new wave jazz and pop for a unique musical experiment. Another Long Beach group Forest Of Tongue opens the set. $10 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The godfather and original master of funk George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be making an appearance this week as part of his farewell tour. If you have never seen this great innovator of American music I would highly recommend going. $60 Cover Charge..

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. One of the most badass girl folk group ever All Of Our Exes Live In Texas are finally back in the Bay Area. This wonderful Australian ensemble are known as much for their side-splitting banter and feminist politics as their devastatingly beautiful harmonies. I am really looking forward to seeing them.. Highly recommended!!! $14 Cover Charge

Wednesday 5-30

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes 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 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime The Repertory Jazz Quartet is lead by the great young tenor saxophonist Patrick Wolff, playing compositions by mostly forgotten masters of the 1950s and ’60 like pianist Elmo Hope and saxophonists Lucky Thompson and Clifford Jordan. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mitch Woods and his trio will be performing their style of boogie-woogie, blues and r&b. Mitch is a master pianist and a Bay Area treasure. Plus this is a great venue to see him perform. Highly recommended N/C

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards. I liken them to Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime..Nellie McKay is one of my very favorite singer song writer performers. I love Nellie because she is so eclectic. Her music is not only relevant to pop/rock, but to cabaret, traditional pop, and vocal jazz. Her influences range from Tin Pan Alley, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Annie Ross, Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday to Randy Newman, The Beatles and hip-hop as well. She is great lyricist with songs that are cynical and sarcastic as well as dark-humored. But like Randy Newman and Cole Porter, Nellie knows how to laugh at the world even when she’s complaining about how screwed up it is — and she can be incredibly clever and witty. I am a big fan.. Highly recommended!!!! $27 Cover Charge

The SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Todd Rundgren Utopia reunites Todd with Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox for their first North American tour since the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Utopia was an 80’s hit-making entity with standout albums including Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion, spawning hits including “Rock Love,” “Set Me Free,”“Mated,” and “Love Is The Answer (which also became a #1 global hit for England Dan and John Ford Coley).” This is a rare opportunity not only to see Utopia perform. Highly recommended!! $23-$99 Cover Charge

Union Square Live San Francisco 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Moonalice is an American roots/folk band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Highly recommended!! N/C

Thursday 5-31

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Before string bands were a “thing” in popular culture, there was the Hackensaw Boys who since 1999 have been mixing bluegrass and old time music with a punk attitude, and reshaping what a modern old school string band could sound like. These Virginia natives have an infectious musical spirit that’s pure and delightful. Nat Keefe’s Lost Flyers open the show. I am really looking forward to finally seeing them. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for “Best Latin Tropical Album” . PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940’s through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more. Highly recommended!!! $34 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime Folk rock soul blues performer Ray Lamontagne headlines with special guest indie rocker singer songwriter Neko Case. Should be a good show. $45-99.50 Cover Charge.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Steakhouse is a rock group from San Francisco that play post-punk with bits of country/western thrown in at all the wrong times. Post punk new wave rocker Fake Your Own Death and Sonic Youth influenced Tremor Low round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!! $8 Cover Charge.

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Australian singer Libby Lavella credits include backup vocals on “Te Perdi,” the debut single from Grammy-nominated artist Gustavo Galindo, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Throughout her career Libby has released three solo albums: Sponge Brain, Sometime In Morning, Live At Largo Bootlegs and an EP with her most recent outfit, harmony trio The Amber. Country singer songwriter Megan Rose and San Francisco songstress Mother First round out what should be a good show. $10 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 Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Barrio Manouche is having an album release party. This is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli,the gypsy soul of eastern europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane…Banda Sin Nombre is the opening set. This ensemble 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 will be a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Rusty Stringfield is a high energy acoustic four piece have been spilling out of their corner pub and onto some of the finest stages in town. No song is safe once Rusty Stringfield get fired up from traditional bluegrass to soul, reggae, and arena rock (maybe all at once). Tight harmonies, tasty instrumentals… and a side of accordion. This is one foot stomping band. Rounding High Water Line is a 5 piece group of Bay Area musicians who play a hard driving modern bluegrass sound, all their own. Driving rhythms, soaring harmonies, and great musicianship allow The High Water Line to blend influences as far ranging as classical, traditional bluegrass, blues, funk, and jazz. Bluegrass Pride rounds out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Friday 6-1

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers are blazing soul-blues rockers with a funky southern soul, big city blues sound with street-level grit and soul. This band will rock the house. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge.

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

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Nellie McKay is one of my very favorite singer song writer performers. I love Nellie because she is so eclectic. Her music is not only relevant to pop/rock, but to cabaret, traditional pop, and vocal jazz. Her influences range from Tin Pan Alley, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Annie Ross,Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday to Randy Newman, The Beatles and hip-hop as well. She is great lyricist with songs that are cynical and sarcastic as well as dark-humored. But like Randy Newman and Cole Porter, Nellie knows how to laugh at the world even when she’s complaining about how screwed up it is — and she can be incredibly clever and witty. I am a big fan.. Highly recommended!!!! $22-$50 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for “Best Latin Tropical Album” . PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940’s through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more. Highly recommended!!! $34 Cover Charge

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM 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

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Real Sarahs embrace many genres of music, from folk to blues, and country. They are great songwriters and their original music is honest, evocative, and heartfelt telling stories of their own life journeys and experiences. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Masonic SF 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Punk rockabilly innovators Social Distortion is out on tour promoting their new cd. $29-$49 Cover Charge

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. American folk/roots pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse will be in town. $25 Cover Charge.

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime The renowned horn-driven legendary funk band Tower Of Power celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over the years, the Tower of Power has recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Highly recommended!! $59-$79 Cover Charge

The 20th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a celebration of the indigenous American art form known as Jazz. Over the past decade-plus, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a favorite local tradition with a growing national reputation. This 10-day festival of public performances by world-renowned musicians in diverse settings, including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, and several boutique restaurants and wineries, has grown into one of the North Bay’s most celebrated annual musical events. The festival starts this evening and runs through June 10th.

Saturday 6-2

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers are blazing soul-blues rockers with a funky southern soul, big city blues sound with street-level grit and soul. This band will rock the house. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge.

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. The Americano Social Club plays music for “la dolce vita”: a mix of romantic and eclectic melodies from all over the world including pop, jazz, folk, classical, rock, opera, the music of Brazil and Europe’s cafés as well as some great original pieces. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Okkervil River, the Austin based indie rock band is out promoting their new album “In The Rainbow Rain”. I really like their music. Highly recommended!! $23-$45 Cover Charge.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Mission Delirium is an invitation to revel in pounding drums and face melting brass. Let your hair down, get delirious and shake your ass. If it moves you, MD plays it: Bollywood, Balkan, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Tango, Afro-pop, Middle Eastern, Salsa and more- all served with a unique twist of San Francisco. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra are redefining funk led by master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, the master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Rising Appalachia headlines bringing to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Dead Winter Carpenters have a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ alternative country. The Sam Chase & The Untradtional blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes of growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. Highly recommended!!! $25-$75 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time, and the group’s immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock stylings. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up,Benefit, Aqualung,Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die,Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knaveand even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012. $45-$115 Cover Charge

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime The renowned horn-driven legendary funk band Tower Of Power celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over the years, the Tower of Power has recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Highly recommended!! $59-$79 Cover Charge

Sunday 6-3

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 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. N/C

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

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime
The Persian Flamenco Jazz Band led by Farzad Arjmand will perform Persian Flamenco style music, mixture of original and classics. Performing along with Farzad will be Felix Amirian Guitar Andy Woodhouse Bass Joey Chang Cello Pepe Jacobs Drums. $20 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week..

On The Sly:In Search Of The Family Stone…Michael Rubenstone, a first-time filmmaker, and Sly and the Family Stone super fan, sets out to find the band’s leader, the reclusive funk legend – Sly Stone. In doing so, he manages to make the most comprehensive documentary on the band to date, while also bringing Sly out of hiding for the first time since his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993. Part road movie, part rock doc, On the Sly follows Michael over the course of ten years, across the United States, as he unearths the true story of the band and chronicles how a musical icon fell from grace. Along the way he meets members of the original Family Stone, some eclectic characters who soothe his soul, and some who make him question his search entirely. Through detailed interviews we learn about the complexity of Sly Stone, all while grappling with the question, “Why do we search for our heroes?” Is it to find answers from them, or ultimately to find answers within ourselves? Hit the road and join the search!

Suggestions for Week of 5/21-5/27


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

Monday May 21st

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 May 22nd

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

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

Wednesday May 23rd

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

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM 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

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

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 Cleveland based synth pop rockers The Lighthouse & The Whaler headlining. I really like their latest recording ‘Paths’ .. Vita And The Woolf and Go By Ocean round out what should be a great night of music.. $15 Cover Charge

Thursday May 24th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime The Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute Band Alan Iglesias & Crossfire draws from a wealth of Stevie Ray Vaughn musical history and knowledge to faithfully reproduce the famed Texas “thundershuffle” and perform each show ever-mindful of the tremendous responsibility that they bear…to do their very best to bring back as much of the original experience as he possibly can, every time this band takes the stage. Alan Iglesias is such an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00-8:15 Showtime Sam Reider and the Human Hands celebrate the West Coast release of their debut record,Too Hot to Sleep, featuring mind-bending instrumental music performed by virtuoso bluegrass and jazz musicians Sam Reider – accordion, piano Alex Hargreaves – violin, Dominick Leslie – mandolin, Roy Williams – guitar and Dave Speranza – bass. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge.

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want to check this out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime.. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeline Peyroux is worth checking out. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs. This is a rare opportunity to see just a wonderful talent. Highly recommended!! $29-$75 Cover Charge.

Friday May 25th

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical outfit led by frontman Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990. The group’s sound transitioned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating styles such as garage rock, folk rock and, later, electronica into their sound. The act continue to experiment with musical styles. Highly recommended!!c $25-$45 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. The multi genre Lake Street Dive is a great live in performance experience. I love their unique jazzy pop/rock, R&B soul sound. Highly recommended!!! $43.75 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Rick Estrin And The Nightcats are wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado. This ensemble havs 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of foot stomping music with two great Americana bands Ghost of Paul Revere & The Sam Chase and the Untraditional. Both of these ensembles were surprise moments at last year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Both bands have great stage presence and their music is fresh with great arrangements. This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!!$24 Cover Charge

If you live in and around Santa Cruz I suggest checking out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.. Americana alt-country folksinger-songwriter Todd Snider will be performing solo acoustic. Todd is a great performer and this should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $28.35-$38.35 Cover Charge..

Saturday May 26th

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical outfit led by frontman Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990. The group’s sound transitioned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating styles such as garage rock, folk rock and, later, electronica into their sound. The act continue to experiment with musical styles. Highly recommended!!c $25-$45 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime The Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute Band Alan Iglesias & Crossfire draws from a wealth of Stevie Ray Vaughn musical history and knowledge to faithfully reproduce the famed Texas “thundershuffle” and perform each show ever-mindful of the tremendous responsibility that they bear…to do their very best to bring back as much of the original experience as he possibly can, every time this band takes the stage. Alan Iglesias is such an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 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

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM.. Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Areas preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. This is a great venue to see this outstanding cajun band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Angelica Rockne is the Bay Area queen of 70’s Americana country psychedelic rock. Angelica’s voice combined with Blake Severn’s guitar playing along with the rest of her band really knocks me out. Don’t know much about the opening acts Michael Michael Motorcycle Marsha Marsha Marsha and Jesse Cobb, but Angelica is definitely more than worth the $12 Cover Charge. Highly recommended!!!

SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..The Revivalists know how to rock the house. The 7 piece New Orleans based rock band are so much fun In concert and just come alive in front of an audience. Highly recommend seeing this band. $29-$75 Cover Charge

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. I just saw them for the first time last month 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!!!! $18 Cover Charge

Sunday May 27th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Sidney Australia’s rock sensation Ocean Alley makes their first Bay Area appearance. I really like their sound. You can hear Hendrix and Dire Straits influences. $125 Cover Charge

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 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. N/C

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

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime St. Paul & The Broken Bones is a great six piece soul band in the tradition of Booker T, Otis Redding and the Memphis Horns. Lead vocalist Paul Janeway is a dynamic performer and this ensemble from Birmingham Alabama knows how to rock the house. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

This Tuesday will be the 104th birthday of the great American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet Sun Ra who changed Jazz and infulence3d so many musicians with his experimental music, “cosmic” philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. Here are a few Sun Ra documentaries you may want to check out.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise is a 1980 jazz film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, and also including interviews and rehearsal footage. The Philadelphia performances captured by the film took place at Danny’s Hollywood Palace and on the rooftop of the Philadelphia International Center. The Baltimore performance took place in the Famous Ballroom, hosted by the Left Bank Jazz Society.

Sun Ra: The Brother From Another Planet is a BBC documentary by Don Letts who tells the story of how Herman Poole Blount rejected his name, his origins and the conventions of the time (or any other, for that matter), re-creating himself as Sun Ra, emissary from Saturn (“planet of discipline”) and musical genius. Blending Egyptology and Space Age imagery, he projected a philosophy of radical empowerment for the entire cosmos; keeping a big band on the road for decades through independence and communal living, he became a patriarch of jazz and an avatar of freewheeling space music. Turning from the punk and reggae with which he’s most closely associated to one of the key figures in 20th-century sound, famed DJ/filmmaker Letts presents the Sun Ra story in all its glory, combining powerful footage of Ra and his legendary Arkestra, interviews with band members shot at their famous group house in Philadelphia and testimonies from sax great Archie Shepp, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and other admirers.

Suggestions for Week of 5/14-5/20

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

Monday May 14th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime enjoy great traditional bluegrass with The Bow Ties 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

Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-2:00 AM Showtime Bump City Soul .. DJ CYNDI presents a night of soul r&b and heavy inner city grooves from 1968-1974. Lots of Fun.. N/C

Tuesday May 15th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Bay Area music legends Sammy Hagar and Bob Weir are joining forces for the fifth annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure”, benefit concert on May 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Acoustic-4-A-Cure V will be a special 76th birthday celebration for blues icon Taj Mahal, with artists including Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, Kevin Cronin, Eddie Money and Vic Johnsonalready confirmed to perform. The 2018 concert blends veterans and newcomers to the event, with Bob Weir stepping in to co-host the concert which benefits The Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital. $150 Cover Charge..   

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

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Swing Fever brings an authenticity that fans love and treats Swing Era music as a living breathing form, with fresh excitement, new arrangements, and unusual instrumentation to their huge 1700+ song repertoire. Jazz-blues vocalist, and longtime musical collaborator Denise Perrier sings with the band tonight! Highly Recommended!! $10 Cover Charge.

Wednesday May 16th

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 8:00 PM-11:00 PM 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

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime Red Wanting Blue has spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts operating largely outside the confines of the traditional music industry. Their new album, ‘The Wanting’, draws on many of the group’s traditional strengths with indelible melodies and infectious hooks. Highly recommended..$15 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. Michael Feinstein, the ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to San Francisco to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a selection of beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Highly recommended!! $64-$105 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. DjangoSphere combines the compositions of two of the most eccentric and original composers of the 20th century, Django Reinhardt and Thelonious Monk. This concert will be a release party for a new DjangoSphere CD recorded with the great jazz guitarist, Howard Alden. While Alden will not appear at this concert, his chair will be ably covered by Western Swing Hall of Fame guitarist, Mark Holzinger. The group is rounded out by veteran bassist Don Bennett, and drummer Rory Judge. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Larry Carlton built his career as a studio musician participating in thousands of recording sessions, recorded on hundreds of albums in many genres including pop, jazz pop, rock, rhythm and blues, soul and country. Carlton’s studio credits from the 1970s and early ’80s include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. Among his more notable projects as a session guitarist were Joni Mitchell’s critically acclaimed Court and Spark album and Donald Fagen’s Nightfly album. Highly recommended!!! $39-$75 Cover Charge.

Thursday May 17th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime.. Berkeley-based drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola showcases his longstanding partnership with Bay Area Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades for an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy, joined for this exclusive run by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian percussion genius Cyro Babtiste. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The French American Quartet is another great Bay Area Jazz ensemble led by master guitarist Steve Froberg. Playing a mix of Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy jazz and American standard, Steve is supported by Hanna Mingano on violin, Fabrice Urrizalqui on drums, François Egron on bass. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Corey Henry & The Funk Apostles sound is a blend of blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz that is inventive and original. As one of the core members of Snarky Puppy, Cory demonstrates that’s he more than up for the challenge, moving from sideman to frontman with seemingly effortless grace and cool. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Winners of the 2016 ‘Best Blues Band’ -City Weekly Music Awards, Tony Holiday & the Velvetones have turned some heads including heavy hitters like Rick Estrin, Dennis Gruenling, and Mark Hummel. The Velvetones mix their many influences into a musical gumbo of Dirty Rock and Down Home Blues . With Tony Holiday on harmonica and guitar, Adam Fifield on the Hammond organ, and Dave Idan on drums, it’s a compact trio that packs a big punch and will keep the place dancing till the sun comes up. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Caitlin Jemma is a singer-songwriter on the rise. Caitlin has this country/ soul voice and her songs are love notes offering encouragement to be your worst self in the pursuit of magic, adventure, and discovery. Lauren Benitez is a songwriter and lead singer and founder of Laura Benitez and the Heartache taking her musical cues from the heavily rock influenced Bakersfield sound. Should be a good show.. $7 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

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Michael Feinstein, the ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to San Francisco to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a selection of beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Highly recommended!! $64-$105 Cover Charge.

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Louisiana Love Act is an ever evolving and revolving lineup of musicians playing funky blues, rock, and soul music with a world class horn section. The group is gearing up to release their newest record later this year, featuring new songs recorded and produced in collaboration with songwriter/drummer and Love Act co-conspirator Greg Anton. The lineup for the 5-17-18 show at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Ca, will feature Phil Colombatto (SonoMama), Wally Ingram (Eric Burden/Sheryl Crow), Robin Sylvester (Atomic Rooster/Ratdog), Mark Karan (Ratdog), Jon Papenbrook (Aretha Franklin, Buddy Rich), Mike Nelson (Aretha Franklin), Duane Benjamin (Marvin Gaye) and more special guests! This will be a night of booty shakin’ music from the heart that you don’t want to miss! Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. In a special concert with the Tammy Hall Trio, singer/activist Barbara Dane celebrates her 91st birthday and the release of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2 cd set, ‘Barbara Dane: Hot Jazz, Cool Blues and Hard-Hitting Songs’.Tammy Hall (piano),Ruth Davies (bass), Daria Johnson(drums) and special guest from Cuba,Pablo Menendez (harmonica and guitar). This career-spanning collection reflects over 60 years of the eclectic musical history of this unsung hero of American music and inspiration to Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt, and whose own early mentors included Pete Seeger and Count Basie.≤Now in her 90th year, Dane maintains “a jazz musician’s sense of rhythm, a blues singer’s deep investment in the material, and a folk stylist’s attention to authenticity. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime I always get excited when Reckless Kelly comes to the Bay Area..This Grammy award winning Austin-based band was Americana before there really was such a term, combining roots, rock and country influences into an uncompromising musical approach. They will have the joint rockin’.. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge..

Friday May 18th

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime.. Berkeley-based drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola showcases his longstanding partnership with Bay Area Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades for an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy, joined for this exclusive run by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian percussion genius Cyro Babtiste. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Michael Feinstein, the ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to San Francisco to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a selection of beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Highly recommended!! $64-$105 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime IAM is the five-piece hip-hop collective and France’s first genuine rap superstars continue to remain a force in French hip-hop after having been one of the founders of the scene 25 years ago. Like the cult American hip-hop group who mixed their gritty street tales with eastern beats and imagery, IAM’s success lies in a similar approach, with a sound and presentation owing as much to ancient Egypt as modern France. This should be a great show..$25 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Berkeley Bluegrass Festival kicks off with Bay Area bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with special guest virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voicalist Molly Tuttle. Sean Watkins with The Bee Eaters and the youngest and very talented bluegrass ensemble Crying Uncle round out what promises to be a great evening of music. Highly recommended!!!! $34 Cover Charge.

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..The Pharcyde is the highly influential American alternative hip hop group, formed in 1989, from South Central Los Angeles. The Pharcyde still maintains a willfully weird vision, opting to stay true to themselves with their left field but still South-Central sensibility. Rap had seen few groups so self-deprecating and so smart, a group of visionary rappers adroitly able to split the difference between helium-voiced and hard-core. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge

If you live in the North Bay you may want to check out

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 Showtime. Since the early ’70s, Asleep At The Wheel has been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills the Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career; they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but have also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Typically featuring eight to 11 musicians, the group has gone through myriad personnel changes (at last count, over 80 members had passed through their ranks), but 6’7″ frontman Ray Benson has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing. Highly recommended!!
$28 Cover Charge

I you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime Loudon Wainwright lll is one of my favorite performers. This great American songwriter, folk singer,and humorist’s songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs and Mose Allison I saw Loudon a few years ago and he was outstanding. Highly recommended!!! $29.50-$42 Cover Charge

Saturday May 19th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime California Honeydrops have been crossing genres from roots and blues to r&b and soul. Their sound is tied together by their instrumentation, vocal harmonies and New Orleans style influences. The Honeydrops’ more unusual instruments include a home-made gutbucket bass, jug, and washboard. Their rhythms are punctuated by trumpet, piano riffs, and bluesy vocals. This is one of my favorite groups to see in concert. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime.. Berkeley-based drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola showcases his longstanding partnership with Bay Area Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades for an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy, joined for this exclusive run by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian percussion genius Cyro Babtiste. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Michael Feinstein, the ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to San Francisco to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a selection of beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Highly recommended!! $64-$105 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is another great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli,the gypsy soul of eastern europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane…Highly recommended!!! N/C

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to fiery rock ‘n’ roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood (“Me or the Baby”) to mean drunks (“Don’t Wake the Devil”), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Good Morning Bedlam is often mistaken as siblings, owing partly to their members’ similar looks: two curly, red-haired girls and two guys with Minnesota tattoos and piercings. But their cohesion goes beyond appearances. Their show is an explosion of energy with soaring harmonies, a banjo player that scissor-kicks in the air, a string bass that will shake your chest, and a beat that will have your foot stomping through the floor. One Grass Two Grass delivers high energy, hard driving, fun loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, rocking California string band music. Through richly lyrical, naturally inspired originals cushioned by a bed of old mountain tunes and a dash of stomping rock and roll, their unique sound is expressed as a mesh of yesterdays established, deep rooted protocols with the need to bring strings to the times in their own exciting way. Brother Spellbinder plays well-crafted songs with old world ache and modern angst. Sometimes described as Cabaret Folk-rock, they veer off the beaten track with plaintiff vocals, unusual arrangements, and a variety of textures. The daughter of Big Brother & The Holding Co.’s original drummer, Alzara grew up in a rock-n-roll scene and learned early that music could move mountains. Highly recommended!!!$15 Cover Charge

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. He is perhaps best known for his hit “Year of the Cat” from the platinum album of the same name and the platinum follow up album “Time Passages.” But his career spans four decades as a key figure in British music. Highly recommended!! $51 Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Flaming Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965, when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10-inch album called Sneakers, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and released their first real album, Supersnazz, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were released on the Kama Sutra label: Flamingo, and the now revered classic Teenage Head. Lead singer Roy Loney then left the band and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England, with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man. They continued their style of straight-ahead guitar-driven rock n’ roll but this time with a more 60’s rather than 50’s influence. Roy Loney & The Phantom Movers and LA Based The Cairo Gang round out a fun night of music. $22 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Berkeley Bluegrass Festival continues with Phantoms of High Country consisting of members of Bay Area bluegrass legendary bands High Country and The Phantoms Of The Opry. Multi-instrumentalist, distinctive vocalist and award winning songwriter Molly Tuttle and her band the Moly Tuttle Band and Jeff Scroggins and Colorado the high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!$34 Cover Charge.

I you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime Since the early ’70s, Asleep At The Wheel has been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills The Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career; they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but have also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Typically featuring eight to 11 musicians, the group has gone through myriad personnel changes (at last count, over 80 members had passed through their ranks), but 6’7″ frontman Ray Benson has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing. Highly recommended!! $36.75-$52.50 Cover Charge

Sunday May 20th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 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. N/C

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:30 Showtime.. Berkeley-based drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola showcases his longstanding partnership with Bay Area Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades for an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy, joined for this exclusive run by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian percussion genius Cyro Babtiste. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Michael Feinstein, the ambassador of the Great American Songbook, returns to San Francisco to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a selection of beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Highly recommended!! $64-$105 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime The Berkeley Bluegrass Festivalcontinues with Darol Anger’s Blur-grass Allstars. Darol is of course the legendary fiddler and co-instigator of The David Grisman Quintet,The Turtle Island String Quartet and Windham Hill’s flagship, The Montreux Band. He played Bluegrass in the early 70’s in the San Jose and Santa Cruz area before touring internationally, and is part of the 2nd wave of pickers to come up in Northern California’s Bluegrass Scene, and studied with Byron Berline and Richard Greene. Joining Darol is guitarist-multi-instrumental virtuoso John Jorgenson, and 5-string banjoist Keith Little, together for the first time, join two highly beloved musicians bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist and mandolinist Joe K. Walsh. The Get Down Boys, a staple in the Southern California Bluegrass scene over the past six years and The Page Turners with special guests Bill Evans & Max Schwartz round out a great evening of music. Highly recommended!!!! $34 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

Beware Of Mr. Baker Legendary and indestructible rock drummer Ginger Baker is the focus of this documentary, which recaps his turbulent history and many influences. Starring: Ginger Baker, John Lydon,Eric Clapton

Suggestions for Week of 5/7-5/13

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

Monday May 7th

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

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 Street, 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

Slims 333 11th Street San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Morbid Angel is one of true pioneers of death metal. Hailing from Florida, they have been perfecting the fine art of extreme music for over thirty years. Morbid Angel continues to inspire multitudes of musicians of various styles, as well as many artists of various mediums. This should be a memorable show. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. IAMX is the solo musical project of Chris Corner, formerly of the band Sneaker Pimps. The music spans multiple genres from electronic rock and dance music to burlesque-influenced songs and emotional ballads. $21 Cover Charge.

Tuesday May 8th

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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. Virginia Tichenor Ragtime Band is a great traditional jazz band. I especially love the band’s arrangements of Scott Joplin and WC Handy music. Highly recommended!!! No Cover Charge

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge..

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Aux Cajunals play kick-ass Cajun dance music like it was played at celebrations in southwest Louisiana 100 years ago. This grreat ensemble’s focus is on old-time acoustic sounds that can be heard in the earliest Cajun recordings of the 1920s. In addition to all of the Cajun and Creole standards, their repertoire includes many unusual songs and tunes learned from rare 78s, field recordings, and directly from master musicians. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

The Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Joey Bada$$ has been a staple in the hip-hop industry for maintaining an authentic, unique and versatile sound. Whereas other rappers may take less risks with formulaic projects, Joey never shies away from keeping his music raw and original. He will have the dance floor rockin’. $28 Cover Charge..

Wednesday May 9th

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Howell Devine is my favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin’.. $20 Cover Charge

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM 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

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Rivers Cuomo best known as the lead singer, lead guitarist, and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer, is performing solo promoting his new music. $35 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Molsky’s Mountain Drifters is a cross-generational band that brings a fresh approach to old-time music. Virtuoso multi instrumentalist Bruce Molsky’s new “power trio” includes musicians Allison deGroot on banjo and Stash Wyslouch on guitar. This should be a great show!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:30 PM Showtime.. Arturo O’Farrell Afro Latin Orchestra is one of the best jazz orchestras in existence, a powerhouse outfit whose precise section work is enhanced by thrilling soloists. Get ready for some fun! $15 – $80 Cover Charge…

Thursday May 10th

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes The Daniel Castro Band is truly a force to be reckoned with. Daniel is one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, Castro’s passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 10:30 PM Showtime.. Seff Tha Gaffa, the influential San Francisco rap veteran that has been on the scene since the early 90’s will be rockin’ the house. Should be a fun night.. $25 Cover Charge

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Canadian indie rock band Born Ruffians known for their energetic live performances will be rockin the house at Slims. Should be a good show.. $18 Cover Charge

The Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..English singer/songwriter and former lead singer of Oasis Liam Gallagher teams with English singer/songwriter Richard Ashcroft for what should be a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $20-$75 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime… John Pizzarelli is one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Son of swing guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, the younger Pizzarelli began on guitar at age six, performing with the likes of Benny Goodman and Les Paul by his teens. Over a career that has included sharing the stage with Frank Sinatra and starring in the 1997 Johnny Mercer tribute Dream on Broadway, Pizarrelli has maintained a inimitable style that combines a classic crooner’s warmly intimate approach with a distinctive instrumental flair and a master’s touch on the guitar. Highly recommended!!! $25-$65 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime..Sallie Ford, the indie rocker hailing from Portland, will be performing her blend of rockabilly, raw soul and 1950s rock-and-roll’ Ford has a rare quality of somehow combining fun with emotional and artistic integrity. Highly recommended!! $18 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeline Peyroux is beginning a four night stint at the Freight. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs. This is a rare opportunity to see just a wonderful talent. Highly recommended!! $49 Cover Charge.

Friday May 11th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Earl Thomas is recognized as one of the top blues artists in the world. The twice Grammy nominated Thomas has seen his songs covered by icons Etta James, Solomon Burke, and Sir Tom Jones. The Best Of Blues calls him “the most important blues voice of his generation”. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Sallie Ford, the indie rocker hailing from Portland, will be performing her blend of rockabilly, raw soul and 1950s rock-and-roll’ Ford has a rare quality of somehow combining fun with emotional and artistic integrity. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10 PM-1 AM Showtime… Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..The Bye Bye Blackbirds headline a good night of music. This five piece from Oakland, plays a blend of country and roots influences, classic 60’s guitar pop, 70’s power pop, contemporary indie rock and the college radio heroes of the 1980’s. Indie bands THUNDEREGG and Seadramas fill out the show..$10 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeline Peyroux is beginning a four night stint at the Freight. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs. This is a rare opportunity to see just a wonderful talent. Highly recommended!! $49 Cover Charge.

Saturday May 12th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Earl Thomas is recognized as one of the top blues artists in the world. The twice Grammy nominated Thomas has seen his songs covered by icons Etta James, Solomon Burke, and Sir Tom Jones. The Best Of Blues calls him “the most important blues voice of his generation”. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge

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

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Modern troubadour Pokey LaFarge is a great performer. Pokey along with his outstanding old-time band, does great arrangements of ageless and current music with an optimistic gospel-pop sound. I highly recommend this show!!! $21 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeline Peyroux is beginning a four night stint at the Freight. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs. This is a rare opportunity to see just a wonderful talent. Highly recommended!! $49 Cover Charge.

Sunday May 13th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM Showtimes.. Celebrate Mothers Day with 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!! $30 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..Jinx Jones & The Kingtones/a> perform their brand of “twang”. This is a great rocking rockabilly band. N/C

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime..Arturo O’Farrell Afro Latin Orchestra is one of the best jazz orchestras in existence, a powerhouse outfit whose precise section work is enhanced by thrilling soloists. Get ready for some fun! $55 Cover Charge $35 for Student .

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeline Peyroux is beginning a four night stint at the Freight. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs. This is a rare opportunity to see just a wonderful talent. Highly recommended!! $49 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Joey Alexander , the 14-year-old celebrated jazz piano prodigy and one of the youngest Grammy nominees in history, for his debut album “My Favorite Things” is performing two sets tonight. A great opportunity to catch this jazz genious. $44 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week..

For better or worse, Goodnight Brooklyn:The Story of Death By Audio is about how much better things were in Williamsburg up until 2014. Death by Audio was a quasi-communal art, music and small-scale-manufacturing space that was forced to close after its building was taken over by the ostensibly renegade media company Vice.