Suggestions for Week of 7/16-7-22

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

Monday July 16th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.. Mike Olmos Presents The Sessions. Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Tuesday July 17th

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

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

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime.. Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Area’s preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge..

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Clyde The Blynd and His Trio will be performing his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde’s unique vision. N/C

Wednesday July 18th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Lulu & The Rent Party.. One of my favorite bay Area bands. They play an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. They are really fun. Highly recommended!! N/C

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings influences range from vintage lounge music, 1940s R&B, swing, and boogie-woogie. This is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Midnight Moods are one of the Bay Areas best kept secrets. This is a wonderful classic jazz trio led the amazing Jacqueline Corona on vocals with Alex Farrell on bass and Julian Shipp on piano. Highly recommended!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. DakhaBrakha is an original world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine that is creating a world of unexpected new music of Ukrainian folk music, accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation. The quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. Highly recommended!! $30-$50-& $70 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Omara “Bombino” Moctar is one of my very favorite performers. The Nigerien singer-songwriter and guitarist and leader of his group Bombino sings in his native Tamasheq and often address geopolitical concerns in Turag. He is one of the most original finger picking guitarists on the planet and I highly recommend seeing this original master. $30 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes a great 60’s rock pop trio The Pleasure Palace performing at 525 Market Street. A really good latin jazz ensemble Manteca performs at 555 California. New Orleans blues inspired Gumbo West performs at 101 California and a really great r&b funky New Orleans inspired The Ninth Ward Millionaires perform at 505 Howard.

Union Square 333 Post Street, San Francisco 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. Crosscut plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, and Soul from STAX. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 PM Showtime.. Melodic punk rock band 88 Fingers featuring 88 Fingers Louie headlines a good show tonight. Highly recommended!! $18.00 Cover Charge.

Thursday July 19th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.. Junk Parlor’s influences range from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Fats Domino, Howling Wolf and Elvis. This is one of the best and most creative Bay Area bands. I really love their new single Mick Jagger’s Heart.. Highly recommended!! N/C.

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Larkin Poe is a roots rock ‘n roll sister duo comprised of Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell – descendants of tortured artist and creative genius, Edgar Allen Poe. At a young age, the girls were classically trained on violin and piano while being exposed to classic rock icons including Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd. Rebecca (lead singer) now plays lead guitar and Megan (harmony vocals) contributes on lapsteel. After experimenting with an array of musical styles, they found a way to blend together a sound that channels their distinct voice. The duo has previously hit the road as opening and backing bands for Conor Oberst, Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and Elvis Costello who praises that “they have a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony”. Americano soul band Evan and The Live Oaks opens the show. Highly recommended!! $18 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Phillip Glass, one of the most prolific and influential artists if the modern age is joined by cellist Matt Haimovitz and harpist Lavinia Meijer for an evening of original chamber music. Highly recommended!!! 55-$75-$95-$125 Cover Charges..

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

Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Hearing Macy Blackman is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. He is the Bay Areas link to the likes of James Booker, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John. If you are anywhere near the Madrone definitely check Macy out. Highly recommended!! N/C

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes Bollywood blues musician Aki Kumar performing in the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street. Multi instrumentalist singer/songwriter Matt Barker will be performing at 303 Second Street. Folk Latin ensemble Sabrosito performs at 333 Market Street. Hobo Paradise is a favorite local band playing late 1920’s when early jazz, blues and rags performs at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza ..

The Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Four time Grammy nominated world renown Pine Leaf Boys are the link that connects the young and the old generations for energetic, and fun Cajun music. I love this band because they play the old fashion dance hall standards as well as more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 PM Showtime.. Melodic punk rock band 88 Fingers featuring 88 Fingers Louie headlines a good show tonight. Highly recommended!! $18.00 Cover Charge.

Friday July 20th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Phillip Glass, one of the most prolific and influential artists if the modern age is joined by cellist Matt Haimovitz and harpist Lavinia Meijer for an evening of original chamber music. Highly recommended!!! 55-$75-$95-$125 Cover Charges..

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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. The Scott Foster Trio has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Ollie Dudek on bass and Omar Aran on Drums. Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Larry McCray’s heart and soul are in the blues. The Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter is known for playing scalding-hot and tasteful blues. He is the heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he’s had the chance to meet and play with. This should be a good show. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge..

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:20 Showtime.. Soul Ska headlines tonight.. This is a Bay Area collective with a fresh take on the classic ska/ rocksteady idiom. The 8-10 piece band is comprised of veteran members the Bay Area scene from bands such as Vinyl, Monophonics, Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra, The Right Time, Albino!, El Radio Fantastique, Jethro Jeremiah Band and more. Highly recommended!!d$10 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime.. Three really fun bands tonight including the spook wave squad Juicebumps, luxurious booger pop Color Tongue and super bad, super cold, super sweet Trash Vampires. Highly recommended!! $8 Cover Charge.

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. The poly stylistic avant-garde experimental rock group Alex Hand Band performs tonight. Really good musicians.. N/C

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco in performance tonight. Highly recommended!!!! $60-$694 Cover Charge range..

Hopmonk Tavern 224 Vintage Way, Novato 8:00 PM Showtime. Bill Kirchen and the Hounds of Bakersfield in performance. Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bll Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step on any stage, play those trademark licks which drove the seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten nationwide, and elicit instant recognition. Named a “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates a musical tradition that embraces rock ‘n’ roll, blues and bluegrass, Texas Western swing and California honky-tonk. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is a free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes: Winners of the Will Rogers Cowboy Award “Western Swing Group of the Year” and “Western Swing Album of the Year” The Saddle Cats performing at 425 Market. David Byrd & Byrds Of A Feather the Bay Area’s premier jazz/reggae band performs at 555 Mission.

Saturday July 21st

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Phillip Glass, one of the most prolific and influential artists if the modern age is joined by Russian pianist and composer Anton Batagov, Taiwanese keyboardist Jenny Lin and jazz pianist Aaron Diehl. Highly recommended!!! $55-$75-$95-$125 Cover Charge.

Cigar Bar 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime. Candela is one of the great Bay Area salsa bands. This all star group led by percussion master Edgardo Cambon will have the joint rockin’.. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Larry McCray’s heart and soul are in the blues. The Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter is known for playing scalding-hot and tasteful blues. He is the heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he’s had the chance to meet and play with. This should be a good show. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bill Kirchen and the Hounds of Bakersfield in performance. Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bll Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step on any stage, play those trademark licks which drove the seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten nationwide, and elicit instant recognition. Named a “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates a musical tradition that embraces rock ‘n’ roll, blues and bluegrass, Texas Western swing and California honky-tonk. Highly recommended!!! $28 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…

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Approaching 30 years as a band, alternative rockers Toad The Wet Sprocket share the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course time. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $50 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter, Jr.. He now leads George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners his own unique rock, funk and r&b longterm project. Porter has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project includingBrint Anderson on guitar Michael Lemmler on keyboards, Khris Royal on saxophone and Terrence Houston on drums. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge..

Sunday July 22nd

Bach Dancing & Dynomite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime.. Traveling the world with their unique, high energy performances, the Django Festival Allstars emerged from the influential European jazz partnership of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Honoring the best traditions of the French gypsy jazz, the Allstars add their own interpretations and original compositions. Their “hot-swing” jazz, with roots tracing to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, has packed houses for 16 years. Experience this incredibly swinging group at the Bach! The all stars include Sansom Schmitt Guitar; Amati Schmitt Guitar; Ludovic Beier Accordian; Pierre Blanchard Violin; Doudou Cuillerier Rhythm Guitar; Antonio Licusati Bass. Highly recommended!!!!! $35-$45-$55 Cover Charge. Students $35.

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Approaching 30 years as a band, alternative rockers Toad The Wet Sprocket share the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course time. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $50 Cover Charge

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter, Jr.. He now leads George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners his own unique rock, funk and r&b longterm project. Porter has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project includingBrint Anderson on guitar Michael Lemmler on keyboards, Khris Royal on saxophone and Terrence Houston on drums. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Phillip Glass, one of the most prolific and influential artists if the modern age is joined by cellist Matt Haimovitz and harpist Lavinia Meijer for an evening of original chamber music. Highly recommended!!! 55-$75-$95-$125 Cover Charges..

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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime.. The Cottontails are one of San Francisco’s most exciting musical groups, playing a wide range of styles ranging from 20’/30’s Gatsby-era jazz, classic 40’s swing, and vintage 50’s/60’s R&B. This is a great intimate setting to see this outstanding ensemble with the great Karina Denike on vocals, Michael McIntosh on piano,Sam Rocha on bass, and the irrepressible Randy Odell on percussion. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Union Square 333 Post Street, San Francisco 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Showtime.. The Bay Area’s premier all-female tribute to ladies of the ’80s Flock Of Seagirls perform this afternoon honoring the legacy of women who rocked the decade including songs from The Go-Go’s, Blondie, The Bangles, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Madonna Cyndi Lauper and more. Should be fun.. N/C

Music Documentary of the Week

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge The documentary goes behind the scenes of key stories that shaped America, including: the 1972 presidential election as covered by Hunter Thompson, progenitor of “gonzo journalism”; the revealing inside account of the kidnapping of Patty Hearst; the unique relationship between John Lennon and the magazine from 1967 to 1980, including Annie Leibovitz’s final photo of Lennon for the magazine, taken right before his death; the Ice-T “Cop Killer” song controversy; and the retracted story about a rape on the campus of the University of Virginia.

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