Suggestions for Week of 6/11-6/17

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

Monday 6- 11

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-11:30 PM Showtime The Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime.. Marcus Miller is among the greatest electric bassists in the history of the instrument. Miller is a jazz renaissance man – a two-time Grammy-winning producer, arranger, keyboardist, bass clarinetist, and film composer who was instrumental to Miles Davis’ resurgence in the 1980s and a collaborator with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner to Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra. Highly recommended!!! $30-$50-$70-$90 Cover Charge.

Tuesday 6-12

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime.. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band is a great ensemble led by one of jazz music’s most creative and inventive drummers. For 21 years The Fellowship’s music has revolved around the writing of Blade and keyboardist Jon Cowherd resulting in some of the most creative music and recordings in jazz. Joining Brian on Drums and Jon on Keyboards are Chris Thomas on bass, Myron Walden on alto and Melvin Butler on tenor/soprano sax. Highly recommended!! $30-$50 & $70 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 6:30 PM Showtime.. For the past decade the Butcher Babies have been crushing stages worldwide with their vicious live performance and explosive energy. Their stage presence is a hypnotic spectacle that leaves audiences hungry for more. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chase Brickenden juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with emotional redemption. Opening the show is South Florida’s Nonpoint which has successfully merged the cultural wave of aggressive-streetwise-metal-mixed-with-melodic-force and unapologetic passion that built a legion of loyal fans. Highly recommended!!! $26.50 Cover Charge

Wednesday 6-13

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. The Low Rollers are a fuzzed-out power trio that emerged from the fog of the Outer Sunset in early 2011. What started as the solo project of long-time bay area musician Joel Murach (Paddlefoot, 86 the Band) with his brother Tom Murach (86, Tracorum) on drums mutated into something a little bit weirder and louder when they were joined by bassist Colin Peden shortly after he had moved to San Francisco from his musical home of Austin, Texas. Rounding out the night is the lo-fi, old soul, boogie-woogie dance party band Edge City & The Fever and The Bribes who takes pure ‘50s era rock and roll and re-fashions it into something fresh and bracing. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Roxy Rawson headlines what should be a great night of music. Falling squarely into the anti-folk category by way of a manipulated, punk-y violin, Rawson has been a cult presence on the Parisian and London music scenes with her unique blend of impish violin vocals and classical/ jazz influence. Emily Brown is an up and coming singer/songwriter drawing on pop, folk and classical influences. Child of the Mountain are Multi-instrumentalists Sarah Glass and Alisa Rose Healy harmonizing with sounds of harp, dulcimer, cello, violin, lyre, mandolin, and percussion. Eclectic folk sing/songwriter Ariel Wang rounds out the night. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Justin Townes Earl was once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations. Firebrand alt-country singer Lydia Loveless opens the night combining the honky tonk sound and style of classic country stars like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline with the no-quarter attitude and spunk of punk rock divas such as Exene Cervenka and Carla Bozulich.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime For over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge

Thursday 6-14

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. Papa Mali the legendary New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer will be in performance. Highly recommended. $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM..Kyle Rowland Blues Band is keeping the tradition alive and sticking with the roots, of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues with a pinch of West Coast swing. Kyle was voted Blues harmonica player of the year and his band is dynamite and brings freshness to the blues scene! $20 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Edgar Pantoja and the Afro-Cuban Tribe …Cuban pianist/composer/arranger Edgar Pantoja is nothing less than a force of nature on the contemporary jazz and Latin music scenes. His international collaborations with the likes of Rubén Blades, John Benítez, David Murray, Angelique Kidjo, Descemer Bueno, and Pedrito Martinez speak volumes, but witnessing a live Pantoja performance is where you will be converted. Edgar has assembled a monster crew of Bay Area heavies including bassist Ernesto Mazar Kindelán (Santiago de Cuba), percussionist Carlitos Medrano (Havana), guitarist David Lechuga-Espadas (San Jose) and drummer Colin Douglas (New York City). Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Friday 6-15

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. The Scott Foster Quartet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Dave Scott (Trumpet), Surya Prashanka (Drums), and Aaron Germain (Bass) led by Scott (Guitar). Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Amadou and Marium the famed “blind couple from Mali,” bring their grooving, GRAMMY-nominated mix of Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock. The Bamako-born husband and wife met at while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Highly recommended!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito, is a singer-songwriter whose music spans blues, R&B, and roots music. He is a great performer as well. He will have the Fillmore rocking.. Highly recommended!1 $22 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Element Brass Band is the premier brass band in Sacramento, CA and one of the few authentic second line bands on the West Coast! This is a great band and a lot of soul.. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM 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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 10:00 PM Showtime. Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio is among his very best musical ideas ever. The music is rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time.“It’s impossible not to like Bishop. He’s always singing something lowbrow and uplifting. Highly recommended!! $28 Cover Charge

The Kate Wolf Music Festival Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA.. The annual four day Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata. Today’s lineup include Ani DiFranco , The Infamous Stringdusters and Leftover Salmon.. Tickets range from $125 per day to $355 for the full festival.

The 43rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA. This is one of the great bluegrass festivals in the country. Today’s lineup includes The Molly Tuttle Band and Balsam Range. Tickets prices range from $15-$190.

Saturday 6-16

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..The Delgado Brothers are a great soul and rhythm and blues band. Beloved for their live shows and renowned for their signature LA sound, the Delgado Brothers are a fusion of soaring guitar virtuosity, melodious harmonies, and rock solid musicianship. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 2:00 PM Showtime.. Amadou and Marium the famed “blind couple from Mali,” bring their grooving, GRAMMY-nominated mix of Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock. The Bamako-born husband and wife met at while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Highly recommended!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime Barrio Manouche 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…

The Riptide 3639 Taraval Street San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight Showtime. Macerators will be rocking the joint. Fun band. N/C

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.. Betsayda Machado La Parranda El Clavo is a rising force on the world stage, with powerhouse Afro-Venezuelan vocalist Betsayda Machado and her percussion/vocal ensemble Parranda El Clavo play tambor, a celebratory tradition that evolved to accompany parties, parades and processions. Hailing from a central coast village founded by people escaping slavery during the colonial era, their lapidary harmonies flow over thickly textured rhythms tracing directly back to Senegal. Caracas-born, Oakland-based Jackeline Rago, a master of the four-string cuatro, opens with her VNote Ensemble (and special guests), a group with an intoxicating fusion of Venezuelan styles and jazz, reflecting new Bay Area-cultivated roots. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The Pretenders became New Wave legends with chart-topping hits like “Back on the Chain Gang,” “I’ll Stand By You” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” Now, nearly four decades from their 1980 debut album, Chrissie Hynde’s beautifully distinctive voice is perhaps more emotional and aggressive than at any other time in her career. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express Opens the show. Highly recommended!!! $45-$125 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Mark Hummel’s Summer Folk Blues Fest, his latest project, is an exciting collection of artistic talent including Guy Davis, Joe Beard, Barbara Dane, Lazy Lester, Howell Devine, Mark Hummel, and the Deep Basement Shakers. The artists will each play individually and collectively in exciting acoustic and light electric excursions into their individual and combined catalogues of traditional and contemporary songs. Highly recommended!!! $44 Cover Charge

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime Funk/soul legends The Commodores & The Isley Brothers, one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music — over the course of nearly a half-century are in performance. Highly recommended!!1 $96-$745 Cover Charge

Kate Wolf Music Festival Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA.. The annual four day Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata. Today’s lineup include Utah Phillips, David Bromberg Quintet, Tom Paxton and the Don Juans , Martha Reeves and the Vandellas,Red Molly and Los Lobos. Tickets range from $125 per day to $355 for the full festival.

The 43rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA. This is one of the great bluegrass festivals in the country. Today’s lineup includes The Molly Tuttle Band and Balsam Range. Tickets prices range from $15-$190.

The Live Oak Music Festival is this weekend. The 3-day annual Festival is an experience rooted in music and community. The Festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley at Live Oak Camp just off Highway 154 near Paradise Road. Today’s lineup includes Con Brio, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Dustbowl Revival. $40-$70 Cover Charge.

Sunday 6-17

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. Singer/songwriter Tim Atlas infuses his heartfelt indie acoustic stylings with the groove of Hall & Oates. Electro-soul pop Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue and indie rockers Byzantine Talk round out the show. $12 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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Showtime.. The Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet.The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. The Buena Vista Jazz Band features the vocals of Ms. Darlene Langston.Highly recommended!!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 10-time GRAMMY winner, Arturo Sandoval is simply the greatest living Cuban trumpet player and a legend of Latin jazz. He has forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, playing a central role in revolutionizing Cuban music as founding member of Irakere, one of the most innovative and influential Afro-Cuban bands of all time whose embrace of the jazz tradition flew in the face of state-sanctioned music of the island nation. Highly recommended!! $30-$50-$70 & $80 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 6:00 PM Showtime Slightly Stoopid is the Ocean Beach, California band which fuses a number of influences including o folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. This is a really fun band.. Highly recommended!! $45 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo has broken the barriers between smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, and contemporary music. Known for his live performances, session work, and solo albums, Pete and his bands have been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. Pete’s Latin Jazz Orchestra breaks new ground in live music, bringing talented and well-known musicians together on stage. Highly recommended!! $45 Cover Charge $30 Students

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 5:00 PM Showtime The Roots are the influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based band — described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest live acts in the world” and by the Boston Globe as the “greatest hip-hop band in the land”. The band has paved the way for live instrumental rap and has won numerous awards for its jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy’s. Highly recommended!! $82-$745 Cover Charge..

Kate Wolf Music Festival Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA.. The annual four day Kate Wolf Music Festival comes to an end today. This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Francisco and two hours south of Arcata. Today’s lineup includes Joan Osborne, Keb Mo, The Indigo Girls, David Bromberg Quintet and Tom Paxton and the Don Juans. Tickets range from $125 per day to $355 for the full festival.

Father’s Day Bluegrass FestivalThe 43rd Annual Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA. This is last day of one of the great bluegrass festivals in the country. Today’s lineup includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and The Del McCoury Band. Tickets prices range from $15-$190.

The Live Oak Music Festival is this weekend. The 3-day annual Festival is an experience rooted in music and community. The Festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley at Live Oak Camp just off Highway 154 near Paradise Road. Today’s lineup includes Mavis Staples and The Dustbowl Revival. $40-$70 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week

Long Strange Trip is a sprawling history of the Grateful Dead that mirrors their musical explorations, Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour doc follows Jerry & Co.’s evolution from psychedelia radicals to corporate touring juggernaut. It’s a behemoth of a film that doesn’t shy away from the darkness that surrounded the Dead, especially their leader, and that makes it all the more powerful.

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