Suggestions for Week of 7/30-8-05

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

Monday July 30th

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. High Country has earned its place as the West Coast’s premier traditional bluegrass band. I used to see this band practically every week at Paiul Saloon back in the late 70’s. This is a great bluegrass band in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Esteemed Drummer Akira Tana invites musicians from Osaka, Hammond B3 organist Atsuko Hashimoto, guitarist Yutaka Hashimoto, and tenor saxophonist Hideki Kawamura, to share the stage for an evening of swinging, unadulterated jazz organ music, in the spirit of jazz organ master Jimmy Smith. The group will celebrate the CD release of their October 2016 live performance in Kobe under the leadership of Mr. Kawamura. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Tuesday July 31st

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Westside Jazz Club is a San Francisco-based collective of outstanding jazz musicians led by the superb tenor Saxophonist Scott Silverberg. Highly recommended!!! N/C

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…

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:55PM Showtime. A really good night of music with the Los Angeles based psychedelic rock band Wand headlining the show. Punk rockers The Peacers and Los Angeles rockers C57BL/6 round out a fun night of music.. $15 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The Orlando Florida rock balladeers Sleeping With Sirens performs tonight. This should be a good show. $28 Cover Charge..

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime. Two of the defining voices of American roots music Taj Mahal and Kebmo are in performance. This should be an outstanding and memorable night of music. $67-$1556 Ticket Range.

Wednesday August 1st

The Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. The LSD Tour featuring Lucinda Williams Steve Earle Dwight Yoakam , three of my very favorite performers who have garnered 49 GRAMMY nominations combined over the span of their illustrious careers. Sire Records recording artist King Leg will open the show as Special Guest. What an incredible show. Highly recommended!!! $89-125 Cover Charge…

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’

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 the traditional jazz sounds of West Grand Brass Band performing at 555 California Street and a great latin jazz band Charlie Barreda SF Latin Jazz performs at 101 California.

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

Blue Note 1030 Main St, Napa 7:00 PM & 8:45 Showtime.. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $20-$40 Cover Charge

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Highly recommended!! $42 Cover Charge.

Thursday August 2nd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Chucho Valdez & Gonzalo Rubalcaba are two greatest living Cuban pianists sharing the stage for duos and solo performances to pay tribute to virtuoso pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona. Highly recommended!!! $40-$60-$80-$100 ticket range..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. The Buena Vista Jazz Band is simply put the Bay Area’s best traditional jazz ensemble following the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950’s playing classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. Highly recommended!!! N/C.

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Locally adored and Internationally acclaimed jazz and blues singer, Kim Nalley is joined by her band Tammy Hall (piano), Michael Zisman (bass), Kent Bryson (drums) and special guest, legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person for a memorable set of jazz and blues standards. Highly recommended!!! $30-$60 Cover Charge..

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:55PM Showtime. Another really fun night of music with soul garage rocker Trash Vampires headlining. Heavy pop sludge rockers from Nashville Sad Baxter and poppy proggers Catchlight opens the show. Highly recommended!! $8 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 the award winning accordion soul musician Andre Thierry performing in the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; Mario Vega leads his great latin jazz ensemble Vega performing at 303 Second Street; Americana music artist Jimbo Trout performs at 333 Market Street; Jellyroll, led by one of my favorite Bay Area vocalist Belinda Blair has a repertoire that covers jazz, swing and jump blues of the era including the songbooks of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Big Mama Thornton and other jump-blues greats performs at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza ..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Junior Brown’s music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life Magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It). “A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance. If you have never Seen Junior I highly recommend seeing this genius of the guitar. $29 Cover Charge.

Friday August 3rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. The Ray Charles Project is a tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook. A band of prominent musicians is perpetuating that legacy and bringing his music to San Francisco. The band is a meeting of elite jazz and blues musicians including 11-time GRAMMY® Award winner and Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay & noted Bay Area guitarist Chris Cain. A talent-packed rhythm section will back them, including Hammond B-3 player Jim Pugh, bassist DeWayne Pate and drummer Deszon Claiborne. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith & Her 8 Piece Little Band 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.. Locally adored and Internationally acclaimed jazz and blues singer, Kim Nalley is joined by her band Tammy Hall (piano), Michael Zisman (bass), Kent Bryson (drums) and special guest, legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person for a memorable set of jazz and blues standards. Highly recommended!!! $30-$60 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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Chucho Valdez & Gonzalo Rubalcaba are two greatest living Cuban pianists sharing the stage for duos and solo performances to pay tribute to virtuoso pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona. Highly recommended!!! $40-$60-$80-$100 ticket range..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a boisterous blend of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, nothing short of seismic live “experiences,” and a whole lot of Southern charm. Big Sam Williams a past disciple of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band leads this brass funk ensemble. Highly recommended!!! $20 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 Bobby Webb and his wonderful blues band performs at 425 Market Street.

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.. Junior Brown’s music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life Magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It). “A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance. If you have never Seen Junior I highly recommend seeing this genius of the guitar. $30 Cover Charge.

Reggae On The River Festival The 34th annual takes place this weekend at French’s Camp in Humboldt County.. Today’s lineup includes the multi-faceted Jamaican artist Hempress Sativa, legendary Busy Signal and the Grammy award nominated Jamaican artist Cham. Highly recommended!! Ticket prices range from $85 per day-$628.

Saturday August 4th

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-1:00 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

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Locally adored and Internationally acclaimed jazz and blues singer, Kim Nalley is joined by her band Tammy Hall (piano), Michael Zisman (bass), Kent Bryson (drums) and special guest, legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person for a memorable set of jazz and blues standards. Highly recommended!!! $30-$60 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Chucho Valdez & Gonzalo Rubalcaba are two greatest living Cuban pianists sharing the stage for duos and solo performances to pay tribute to virtuoso pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona. Highly recommended!!! $40-$60-$80-$100 ticket range..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is, in short, a revelation. An amazingly well crafted, controlled explosion of talent, the range and depth of the music performed is remarkable. The tent revival, almost punk energy of the Big Damn Band is a refreshing splash of cold water to the face. Highly recommended!! $0 Cover Charge..

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Showtime.. David Hardiman SF All Star Big Band presents a Tribute to Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald featuring Denise Perrier and Nina Causey. Highly recommended!! N/C

Playland on Balboa Music Festival 3400 Balboa Street, San Francisco Noon-4:00 PM. Join the Richmond District Neighborhood Center for live music, family activities, local artisans and great food at the 2nd Playland on Balboa Music Festival! The event is free and open to the community. Live music will be held at an outdoor stage as well as within the Balboa Theatre, La Promenade Cafe , Noise Records, Simple Pleasures Cafe and Creative IQ Art Studio! Main Stage Acts include BURNT, Lilian Kane, The Total Bettys, Bandy’s Brass Band and DJ Jackie Sugarlumps! To pay homage to the original Playland at the Beach, the Balboa Theater will be screening two films by Strephon Taylor- Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End and Playland at the Beach. Other acts to be announced..

The 45th annual Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. This two day event takes place from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM in San Francisco’s Japantown on Post between Laguna and Fillmore Street. There will be two stages of music and performances. Highly recommended!!

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

Luther Burbank Center For The Arts 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 8:00 PM Showtime.. For over 40 years Randy Newman has been one of the seminal figures in creating the American soundtrack as a singer songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist. Randy is a great performer and very engaging. I highly recommend seeing him. $49-$69 Cover Charge..

The Hopmonk 224 Vintage Way, Novato 9:00 PM Showtime.. John Doe a founding member of the ground-breaking LA band, X, changed the music scene forever. Doe. Highly recommended!! $30-$35 Cover Charge..

The 11th annual Petaluma Music Festival is a great event to raise money for music programs for the Petaluma School District. This year’s festival has an incredible lineup with that includes the great Americana band Railroad Earth, one of my favorite bluegrass bands The Brothers Comotose and one the the great Bay Area musical institutions Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band. For a complete lineup listing check out Petaluma Music Festival Lineup. Highly recommended!!! $55 Cover Charge. Tickets for teens 13-18 are $20. Kids under 12 Get in free.. The festival takes place from 11:30 AM-9:30 PM at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds located at 175 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma.

The 34th annual Reggae On The River Festival takes place this weekend at French’s Camp in Humboldt County.. Today’s lineup includes the multi-faceted hip-hop music trailblazers Arrested Development, legendary Jamaican reggae singer and composer Don Carlos, Jamaican reggae vocal group whose origins date back to the 1960s, Jamaican deejay, singer and The Wailing Souls songwriter Mavado and the reggae pop fusion band Mystic Roots. Highly recommended!! Ticket prices range from $85 per day-$628.

Sunday August 5th

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

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime.. Locally adored and Internationally acclaimed jazz and blues singer, Kim Nalley is joined by her band Tammy Hall (piano), Michael Zisman (bass), Kent Bryson (drums) and special guest, legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person for a memorable set of jazz and blues standards. Highly recommended!!! $30-$60 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Chucho Valdez & Gonzalo Rubalcaba are two greatest living Cuban pianists sharing the stage for duos and solo performances to pay tribute to virtuoso pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona. Highly recommended!!! $40-$60-$80-$100 ticket range..

Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue & Sloat Blvd. 2:00 PM Showtime.. Femi Kuti & The Positive Force are at the heart and soul of modern Afrobeat. Femi’s father, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, created the style—a blend of traditional Nigerian drum patterns, the smooth groove of highlife and American soul, funk and R&B—and took it to the world, inspiring people with insistent dance beats and lyrics bristling with political statements. Opening the afternoon is Oakland’s Sol Development performing a blend of hip-hop, jazz, and soul grooves, crafting a potent soundtrack to the movement for justice and freedom. The ensemble’s music, energy as a team and musical identity illustrates a future of unlimited possibilities and a message of hope. This will be a great day of music.. Highly recommended!! N/C

The 16th annual Jerry Day takes place from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater McLaren Park 100 John Shelley Drive, San Francisco. Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco. Featured performers include The Gary Gates Band, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel & the great Melvin Seals and JGB. This is a great event and highly recommended!! N/C

The 45th annual Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. This two day event takes place from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM in San Francisco’s Japantown on Post between Laguna and Fillmore Street. There will be two stages of music and performances. Highly recommended!!

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Junior Brown’s music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life Magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It). “A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance. If you have never Seen Junior I highly recommend seeing this genius of the guitar. $34 Cover Charge..

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

The Hopmonk 224 Vintage Way, Novato 9:00 PM Showtime.. John Doe a founding member of the ground-breaking LA band, X, changed the music scene forever. Doe. Highly recommended!! $30-$35 Cover Charge..

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 4:00 PM Showtime.. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express is a great rock and roll ensemble and are amazing performers, I have seen them a lot and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended!! $35-$40 Cover Charge..

Luther Burbank Center For The Arts 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 7:00 PM Showtime.. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Frankie Valli is one of the seminal voices of rock & roll whose songs have been part of the American soundtrack. Highly recommended!! $79-$99-$125 Cover Charge.

The 34th annual Reggae On The River Festival takes place this weekend at French’s Camp in Humboldt County.. Today’s lineup includes one of the pioneering sunshine reggae bands Iration. The Original Wailers, Ziggy Marley’s kid Bambaata Marley, Brooklyn’s own Morgan Heritage and Katastro. Highly recommended!! Ticket prices range from $85 per day-$628.

Video Pick Of The Week..

The Winding Stream tells the history of the Carters and the Cashes and how they became some of the most iconic names in country music. If you’re on the fence about this one, don’t be surprised if you find yourself tapping your foot and humming along as the film sucks you into the rich, dynamic world of country music and the love inside it.

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