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.

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