Suggestions for Week of 8/13-8/19

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

Monday August 13th

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

Tuesday August 14th

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

San Francisco Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime..Music icon Van Morrison, one of music’s true original voices and one of my favorite performers will be in performance with special guest his daughter Shana Morrison. Highly recommended!!!! $148-$299 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 one of my favorite steel drum Calypso bands Shabang will be performing at Ricon Center Courtyard located at 121 Spear Street.

Wednesday August 15th

San Francisco Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime..Music icon Van Morrison, one of music’s true original voices and one of my favorite performers will be in performance with special guest his daughter Shana Morrison. Highly recommended!!!! $148-$299 Cover Charge.

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:00 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!!!$10 Cover Charge..

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. The Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet is deeply rooted in the bebop tradition established by Bird, Clifford Jordan and Dexter Gordon. Patrick is absolutely my favorite Bay Area tenor player and he leads an outstanding group of musicians..N/C.

Bill Graham Civic Center 99 Grove St, San Francisco..8:00 PM Showtime.. Rock and Roll icon Jack White is on his first tour four years. Jack is a great performer and he never disappoints. Highly recommended!!! $60-4300 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. I have been really looking forward to seeing the Shane Dwight Band. Shane s a killer songwriter, singer, guitarist and performer who is creating a soulful Americana sound. His band is receiving critical acclaim and I highly recommend this show.. $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 jazz fusion trio Charged Particles performing at 555 California; Brazilian bossa nova and MPB and American jazz and pop musicians Coelho & Ridnell performs at 101 California; Soul and R&B performers Kenya-B-Trio performs at 505 Howard Street.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..World renown Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli is a great performer, very funny and was recently described as “hip as a wink”. If you can make it over to Yoshis, I highly recommend seeing him. $28-$69 Cover Charge.

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime. For more than a half a century Buddy Guy has been a key exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer. Opening the show are Texas blues rock legends The Fabulous Thunderbirds. This is one great double bill.. Highly recommended!!! $72-$745 Cover Charge Range..

Thursday August 16th

San Francisco Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime..Music icon Van Morrison, one of music’s true original voices and one of my favorite performers will be in performance with special guest his daughter Shana Morrison. Highly recommended!!!! $148-$299 Cover Charge.

Bill Graham Civic Center 99 Grove St, San Francisco..8:00 PM Showtime.. Rock and Roll icon Jack White is on his first tour four years. Jack is a great performer and he never disappoints. Highly recommended!!! $60-4300 Cover Charge..

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

Black Cat Jazz Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime.. One of the great soulful singers in the Bay Area Oakland’s own Lilian Kane & Her Swing Band will be performing her brand of vintage jazz r&b, funk and pop. I am really looking forward to seeing her again. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Ben Misterka Collectivity Trio is such a fun band. I love Ben’s energy and the way he blends different genres drawing on influences from jazz/funk, gospel, and psychedelic soul. He is also along with Collectivity are great musicians. Highly recommended!! N/C.

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab. 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes..The M-TET carries on the tradition of Booker T & The MGs and the Meters, this Bay Area quartet plays an ultra-funky brand of instrumental, organ-heavy R&B drawing on the soul of the 60s. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..Two-time GRAMMY-winning blues icon Taj Mahal is the closest thing we have to an American griot. His music embraces the raw energy of field hollers, the rent-party gumption of early jazz, the urbane grooves of rhythm and blues, the church-derived cadences of soul music and the rhythms of West Africa, via New Orleans and the Caribbean. Highly recommended!!!! $35-$55-$75-$95 Cover Range.

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 City Opera SF performing in the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street;The bay Area queen of boogie-woogie piano Wendy DeWitt will be performing at 333 Market; Sandor Moss and his Cuban salsa ensemble performs at 303 Second Street; Caliente is a great Bay Area latin funk and soul band performing at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. They form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals and seasoned showmanship. Highly recommended!!! $34 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..World renown Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli is a great performer, very funny and was recently described as “hip as a wink”. If you can make it over to Yoshis, I highly recommend seeing him. $28-$69 Cover Charge.

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.. Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard- rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Highly Recommended!!!! $67-$745 Cover Range..

Friday August 17th

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

Black Cat Jazz Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime.. One of the great soulful singers in the Bay Area Oakland’s own Lilian Kane & Her Swing Band will be performing her brand of vintage jazz r&b, funk and pop. I am really looking forward to seeing her again. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..Two-time GRAMMY-winning blues icon Taj Mahal is the closest thing we have to an American griot. His music embraces the raw energy of field hollers, the rent-party gumption of early jazz, the urbane grooves of rhythm and blues, the church-derived cadences of soul music and the rhythms of West Africa, via New Orleans and the Caribbean. Highly recommended!!!! $35-$55-$75-$95 Cover Range.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 99 Grove St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime. Dreamstate San Francisco envisions a world where ethereal beats and timeless melodies rescue you from the everyday and transport you to a higher state of consciousness. Welcome to your trance destination. The Lineup includes Alexander Popov,Alpha 9, ATB, Avalon, Blastoyz, Bryan Kearney, Captain Hook, Ferry Corsten, Ganesh, John O’Callaghan, Khromata, Niko Zografgos & Vini Cini.. $80-$90 Cover Charge.

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Fleetwood Macrame is quickly becoming the Bay Area’s most exciting tribute band. What began as a simple exercise in fun has turned into an awe inspiring live experience complete with show stopping renditions of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits. Audience participation is encouraged, and bay area crowds are coming in droves to sing along with Fleetwood Macramé. What’s more, they sound so much like Fleetwood Mac, if you closed your eyes you would think it was the real thing. $15 Cover Charge..

August Hall 1706, 420 Mason St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Oakland’s own Americana indie rock band Day Wave will be in performance. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Two really good bands. Headling tonight is Ashley Clue, musically known as Cowgirl Clue , a Los Angeles based electronic producer who originated from Texas. Her music is described as a “Vada Vada” take on pop music. headlines. Dark new wave synthpop rockers Rinse & Repeat opens the show.. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:55PM Showtime. A great night of music coming up with the founding member of the great Flamin’ Groovies, Roy Loney headlining the show.. Rock and soul par excellence Harold Ray & EastSide Dynamite and Latitude led by the very talented Amy Fowler is a band reminiscent of some of The Pretenders and Sparks round out one of the best shows of the week. Highly recommended!!! $12 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 West Coast bloues guitar master and vocalist GG Amos performs at 425 Market Street.

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. Howell Devine the massively talented NorCal trio, became the first blues band Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years. Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. Howell Devine is my favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin’.. $20 Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime. World renown Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli is a great performer, very funny and was recently described as “hip as a wink”. I highly recommend seeing him. $44 Cover Charge..

Saturday August 18th

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Showtime.. No city in the Americas boasts a richer and deeper African cultural presence than Salvador da Bahia in northeastern Brazil. And vocalist Dandara Odara’s ensemble Pragandaia serves as a conduit for sounds from this world-shaking musical hotbed. Born and raised in Salvador, she gained early recognition in the popular Bahian axé combo Banda Relógio. Over the years she’s performed with Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben Jor and shared stages with Bahian Carnaval legends such as Carlinhos Brown, Chiclete com Banana, Ivete Sangalo, Ilê Aiyê, and Olodum. As a bandleader, Odara starts with sensuous Bahian swing and adds rhythms from the Caribbean and West Africa. At the Gardens, she is joined by special guests including Ilê Aiyê‘s lead vocalist Marcos Costa. Highly recommended!!!

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..Two-time GRAMMY-winning blues icon Taj Mahal is the closest thing we have to an American griot. His music embraces the raw energy of field hollers, the rent-party gumption of early jazz, the urbane grooves of rhythm and blues, the church-derived cadences of soul music and the rhythms of West Africa, via New Orleans and the Caribbean. Highly recommended!!!! $35-$55-$75-$95 Cover Range.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. A great night of soul music is in store at the Hill with the Power pop/punk, Rhythm & Blues band The Odd Numbers headlining.. Opening the show are two great bands. The Inciters are one of the West Coast’s finest soul bands and The Capsouls, a really great soul band from Bakersfield. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires continues to push herself artistically and sonically, but the spotlight always shines brightly on her unmistakable songwriting style and emotive and distinctive vocals. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 99 Grove St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime. Dreamstate San Francisco envisions a world where ethereal beats and timeless melodies rescue you from the everyday and transport you to a higher state of consciousness. Welcome to your trance destination. The lineup includes Allen Watts, Daun Giventi, Davey Asprey, Dyloot, Estiva, Factor B, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Heatbeat vs Chris Schweizer, Ilan Bluestone, Key4050, Markus Schulz, Monoverse, Paul Van Dyk & Robert Nickson.. $80-$90 Cover Charge..

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. High Country, the West Coast’s longest-lived bluegrass band, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with this special performance at The Back Room. In addition to the current lineup, there will be a good number of former band members and others who have played with High Country over the years joining the celebration.Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Sunday August 19th

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.” Highly recommended!!!!$20 Cover Charge..

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 7:00 PM Showtime..Two-time GRAMMY-winning blues icon Taj Mahal is the closest thing we have to an American griot. His music embraces the raw energy of field hollers, the rent-party gumption of early jazz, the urbane grooves of rhythm and blues, the church-derived cadences of soul music and the rhythms of West Africa, via New Orleans and the Caribbean. Highly recommended!!!! $35-$55-$75-$95 Cover Range.

Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue & Sloat Blvd. 2:00 PM Showtime. The Revolution is the band behind the music icon, Prince. Merging funk, rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, pop and psychedelia genres, the band is considered to be one of the most successful music acts of all time. Opening up the afternoon, Big Blu Soul Revue brings the soul of San Francisco to every live performance with their ‘60s and ‘70s funk and R&B-inspired sound. Highly Recommended!!N/C

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

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 4:00 PM Showtime.. 10 time Grammy winner and one of the best live acts in the world Asleep At The Wheel will be performing as part of the BBQ On The Lawn series. Highly recommended!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.

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