Suggestions for Week of 8/06-8-12

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

Monday August 6th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.. title . 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

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Willie Nelson Alison Krauss featuring Jerry Douglas in performance. This should be an eventful night. Highly recommended!!! $172-$1314 Cover Charge.

Kuumba Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 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!!! $36.75 Cover Charge..

Tuesday August 7th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason is 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

Local 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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Three great bands tonight with indie/alt rockers title The Ataris headlining. Pop punk rockers title The Kegals and and Oakland based punk rockers title Daydream are great opening acts. Highly recommended!!! $17 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 Charlie Barreda and his latin jazz ensemble performing at Ricon Center Courtyard located at 121 Spear Street.

Wednesday August 8th

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 6:00 PM-9:00 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. $10 Cover Charge

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter Marisa Anderson is classically trained, but she honed her skills playing in country, jazz and circus bands. Her music is rooted in American folk music with West African guitar techniques influences. I am really looking forward to seeing her. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime. Three really fun bands with psych pop punch garage sludge rockers Coywolf headlining. Opening up are Lucid Lynx who are a Boston area band who is a self described “psych pop punch to garage sludge”. Psychedelic America rocker Mark Matos round out what should be a good night of music. Highly recommended!!! $8 Cover Charge.

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:00 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. $10 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 really good jazz ensemble the Kirk Ribak Quintet performing at 555 California; The Edgardo Cambon led latin ensemble LaTiDo performs at 101 California; Pulse Brasil a really wonderful Bossa Nova ensemble performs at 525 Market.

Thursday August 9th

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..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. David Jeffrey Fourtet are great players led by one of the Bay Area’s best jazz bassist David Jeffrey. This is one of the best contemporary jazz ensembles around. Highly recommended!! N/C..

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Dr. Mojo Band is one of my favorite soul/r&b/soul bands in the Bay Area. I really like their wide ranging repertoire. ON any given night you can hear the band playing tunes from Slim Harpo, Johnny Guitar Watson Buddy Guy and Etta James, to Booker T, Grand Funk Railroad, Sam Cooke, Joe Tex, The Meters and the Stones. 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 soul/blues r&b ensemble Pocket Quartet performing in the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; The great jump/swing band Stompy Jones performs at 303 Second Street; Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing performing at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza.

Friday August 10th

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 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

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:20 Showtime.. Time to get your funk out with two ourtstanding bands! For the past 5 years The Bay Funk Allstars have become a staple of the San Francisco underground scene. With a unique brand of funk, soul, and rock and roll, the crew brings relentless jams to the late night parties they throw. The collective has been known to feature from some of the most prominent musicians inclufding mermbers of acts such as the Revivalists, The New Mastersounds, Monophonics, Brian Auger (performed & recorded with Hendrix, Zeppelin and more), Alex Ligertwood (Santana), and other legendary acts.  Five Alarm Funk is a Vancouver-based eight piece band that is all about: epic, intense arrangements, heavy groove and a ton of fun. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge.

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Two really fun bands are in performance tonight.. The Pine Box Boys formed in San Francisco in 2003 to perform modern renditions of classic murder ballads such as “The Knoxville Girl” and “Fair Eleanor.” The band trnsitioned to playing all original songs paying the same grim homage to themes of murder, misery, zombies and generally unapologetic acts of mayhem. The Green Ribbon Band opens the night playing folky, acoustic, bluegrass music with a twisted sense of humor. Their group career ambition is to goad Kid Rock into writing a dis-track about them. With songs about death, murder, drugs, oceanic mammals and violent forest critters, their shows are fun for the whole Manson Family. Available for barmitzfahs, convenience store openings and motorcycle races. This is going to be a fun raucus night of pure fun..Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. One of the brightest young talents in the Big Easy, New Orleans-born vocalist Sasha Masakowski has a marvelous voice that can be sly, sexy, exotic and arresting as she works her way through an incredibly diverse array of music that crosses cultural and stylistic lines in interesting ways. I really love her new album “Art Market” which balances the spirit of the second line with the city’s infectious bounce music culture and angular modern jazz, bound by her sweetly ethereal vocals. I am really looking forward to seeing her. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. three really good bands with American indie rock band formed by singer-songwriter and musician Amen Dunes headlining. Alternative indie rocker Flora Cash and DJ Aaron Axelson opens the show. This should be a fun night of music.. Highly recommended!!! $10 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 Peruvian band Rosa Los Santos performs at 425 Market; Nashville Honeymoon is a Bay Area band that is a Must See!! Their music is a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s. Their songwriting draws on country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk traditions. They will be performing at 555 Mission.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Rockapella has become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more influentia a cappellasinging group Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they’ve toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. Highly recommended!!! $34-$69 Cover Charge.

The 28th annual San Jose Jazz Festival SummerFest takes place this weekend in downtown San Jose.. This festival has grown into one of the nation’s most important live music events, featuring 100+ performances of the best in jazz, blues, R&B, funk, New Orleans and more. In recent years, the Fest has become renowned for its top-flight lineup of breaking international and Latin artists, presented on stages throughout the event. Today’s lineup includes Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band, Confunkshun, Jane Monheit and Eddie Gale. For a complete performance list for today visit San Jose Summer Jazz Fest Friday August 10th Schedule. For ticket pricing go to Summer Jazz Fest Tickets & Passes.

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

The Rio Theatre For The Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz.. 8:00 PM Showtime..Rock and Roll hall of famers Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes will be in the house..Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie’s powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. Highly recommended!!! $30-$50 Cover Charge…

The 10th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place this weekend. Every August, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park transforms into an otherworldly celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy. Today’s lineup at the main stage includes Beck, Mac DeMarco, The Weeknd and Chicano Batman. The complete daily luneup can be found at Outside Lands Day By Day Lineup. Today’s concerts run from11:00 AM-10:00 PM. Single day passes are $149.50. Three day passes are still available at $345.

Saturday August 11th

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..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 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

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. SwinGatto is a swing and jazz manouche band currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was originally founded in February 2014 in London. The project currently features Joe Yamamoto on violin, Antonio Feula on guitar, and Michael Price on double bass. The band’s repertoire includes original jazz manouche songs, as well as Django Reinhardt covers and many other great tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. Swingatto has released its first EP which is currently available on Spotify, iTunes, and BandCamp. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Delta Wires is a powerful harmonica and horns seven-piece band dedicated to modern blues, while paying tribute to the blues origins of the Mississippi Delta. Their name was derived from the image of a band with modern, electric instrumentation, playing a style of music born in the Mississippi Delta. What began as a college project and anthology of blues music from the Mississippi Delta to the South Side of Chicago, inevitably evolved into a band which has become known for its originality, versatility and crisp, tight, exciting, sound. Delta Wires is comprised of Ernie Pinata (harmonica, lead vocals), Tom Gerrits (bass, background vocals), Richard Healy (guitar), Tony Huszar (drums, congas, tambourine), Gerry Jonutz (tenor, alto, baritone saxes), David Bowman (trombone) and John Christensen (trumpet). Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime. Time to get your funk out with two ourtstanding bands! For the past 5 years the The Bay Funk Allstars have become a staple of the San Francisco underground scene. With a unique brand of funk, soul, and rock and roll, the crew brings relentless jams to the late night parties they throw. The collective has been known to feature from some of the most prominent musicians inclufding mermbers of acts such as the Revivalists, The New Mastersounds, Monophonics, Brian Auger (performed & recorded with Hendrix, Zeppelin and more), Alex Ligertwood (Santana), and other legendary acts. Oakadelic is driven ensemble lead by horns, the group combines its roots in 50’s and 60’s Jazz improvisation- and spontaneous stretching out of sections and unusually complex riffs-with its extensions to 70’s and 80’s four-to- the- floor smackdown fonk. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three really good bands tonight. Headlining tonight is indie poprock/space country musician Zac Clark with singer/songwriter poetic pop artist Bob Oxblood and folk/blues Americana singer/songwriter Static and Surrender opening the show. Highly recommended!! $14 Cover Charge..

The 10th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place this weekend. Every August, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park transforms into an otherworldly celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy. Today’s lineup at the main stage includes Florence + The Machine, Broken Social Scene & Big Gigantic. The complete daily luneup can be found at Outside Lands Day By Day Lineup. Today’s concerts run from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM. Single day passes are $149.50. Three day passes are still available at $345..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Don McLean is one of the country’s most enduring singer-songwriters. Since his first hit with “American Pie” in 1971 his songs have been recorded by artists in just about every genre and he has more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide. Tonight’s your chance to see a living legend up close as Don plays his favorite songs. Highly recommended!! $65 Coverr Charge..

The 28th annual San Jose Jazz Festival SummerFest takes place this weekend in downtown San Jose.. This festival has grown into one of the nation’s most important live music events, featuring 100+ performances of the best in jazz, blues, R&B, funk, New Orleans and more. In recent years, the Fest has become renowned for its top-flight lineup of breaking international and Latin artists, presented on stages throughout the event. Today’s lineup includes Booker T Stax Revue, The Soul Rebels and The Boogaloo Assassins. For a complete performance list for today visit San Jose Summer Jazz Fest Friday August 11th Schedule. For ticket pricing go to Summer Jazz Fest Tickets & Passes.

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the first true rock ‘n’ roll musicians. He catapulted to fame with his 1957 hit, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and proved to the world that a piano man could play front and center on the world’s biggest stages. He has stirred up some trouble in his days, once lighting a piano on fire on stage with a Coca-Cola bottle of gasoline to close out the show. Other rock legends have said that they never wanted to follow “The Killer’s” performance. Highy recommended!!! $84-$745 Cover Charge..

Aloha Festival 2018 The Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA) will be holding its annual Aloha Festival this weekend.. For this year’s event, we are again at the San Mateo County Event Center (home of the San Mateo County Fair) in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission is still free! Due to increasing costs to run the festival parking will be $15 per vehicle per day. We encourage everyone to carpool. The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this FREE ADMISSION, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an `Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids!

Sunday August 12th

Feinstein’s At The Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime.. Locally adored and Internationally acclaimed jazz and blues singer, title 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..

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

Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue & Sloat Blvd. 2:00 PM Showtime.. Rock and Roll hall of famers Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes will be in the house..Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie’s powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. Opening the afternoon are The Humidors an eight-piece funk unit featuring Andre Cruz’s heartfelt vocals atop greasy soul and vintage R&B rhythms. Having shared the stage with acts such as Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli, Shuggie Otis, and the late, great Bernie Worrell, The Humidors are in their element on stage. Bursts and washes of B3, punchy horns, chugging percussion, thumping bass, and burning guitar leads interweave in an infectious polyrhythmic stew. Highly recommernded!!

The 10th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival takes place this weekend. Every August, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park transforms into an otherworldly celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy. Today’s lineup at the main stage includes Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Monophonics & DJ Snake. The complete daily luneup can be found at Outside Lands Day By Day Lineup. Today’s concerts run from11:00 AM-10:00 PM. Single day passes are $149.50. Three day passes are still available at $345..

he 28th annual San Jose Jazz Festival SummerFest takes place this weekend in downtown San Jose.. This festival has grown into one of the nation’s most important live music events, featuring 100+ performances of the best in jazz, blues, R&B, funk, New Orleans and more. In recent years, the Fest has become renowned for its top-flight lineup of breaking international and Latin artists, presented on stages throughout the event. Today’s lineup includes Cool & The Gang, Herb Alpert & Lani Hall and Marcus Roberts & The Modern Jazz Generation. For a complete performance list for today visit San Jose Summer Jazz Fest Friday August 12th Schedule. For ticket pricing go to Summer Jazz Fest Tickets & Passes.

Aloha Festival 2018 The Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA) will be holding its annual Aloha Festival this weekend.. For this year’s event, we are again at the San Mateo County Event Center (home of the San Mateo County Fair) in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission is still free! Due to increasing costs to run the festival parking will be $15 per vehicle per day. We encourage everyone to carpool. The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this FREE ADMISSION, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an `Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids!

Video Music Pick Of The Week..

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten. As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people’s lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before. In “The Future Is Unwritten”, from British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe’s life, Julien Temple’s film is a celebration of Joe Strummer – before, during and after the Clash.

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