Suggestions for Week of 8/20-8/26

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

Monday August 20th

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 August 21st

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

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight Showtime Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. $10 Cover Charge..

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Two really fun bands tonight.. Headling is Van Goat who takes the tradition of fun, fast, eclectic surf rock started by bands such as Agent Orange, The Pixies, and The Minutemen, mixed with their own brand of swing punk reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. The Damn Fantastics mission has been creating a show that would provide “a sweaty good time.” Mixing classic rock ‘n roll with modern electronics and plentiful theatrics, the SF based trio uses their disparate musical tastes to their advantage, with a goal of pushing their own personal limits and creating a hive mind of sound. This is the one show not to miss. Highly recommended!!! $5 Cover Charge or FREE with purchase of one Deep Eddy Vodka cocktail…

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 legend Jules Broussard performing at Ricon Center Courtyard located at 121 Spear Street.

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..

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 & 9:00 PM Showtimes. Victor Wooten has established himself as one of the preeminent bassists of his generation. Joining Victor is powerhouse drummer Dennis Chambers and veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini. This should be a powerhouse performance. Highly recommended!!! $47.50 Cover Charge..

Wednesday August 22nd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.. 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 PM Showtime.. Tin Cup Serenade is one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional old time jazz band deeply rooted in the blues ragtime, New Orleans jazz, western swing with a little mariachi and calypso thrown in. I really love this band. 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.

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

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:20 Showtime.. Yak Attack, the live electronica power trio from Portland, Oregon, will be joined by members of Ghost-Note and Snarky Puppy. Highly recommended!!! $7 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 Cottontails, one of the truly best vintage jazz ensembles with the great vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group performs at 555 California; La Gente is another very cool band who has created their own unique blend of high energy World Music, Cumbia, Reggae,Hip-Hop & Salsa. They will be performing at 525 Market; The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay area reggae scene and one of the most respected and revered bands in the Bay area will be performing at 101 California.

Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Punch Brothers for the past decade have been one of the most celebrated and innovative bluegrass ensembles. They are on tour promoting their fifth album “All Ashore”. Singer/songwriter Madison Cunningham opens the show. Highly recommended!! $45 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. The Freight & Salvage Fiddle Summit featuring such respected Celtic and keltic artists as Alasdair Fraiser & Natalie Haas, Anders Hall, Adam Johansson and Jens Linell of the band SVER, Moira Smiley, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Cali Mckasson and Nic Gareiss. This is an incredible night of great music.. Highly recommended!!! $34 Cover Charge.

Thursday August 23rd

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Jacknife Quartet led by saxophonist Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with Jacknife a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. Exploring tunes from McLean’s seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums and New Soil, Jacknife brings together a formidable cast of rising talent, including trumpeter Henry Hung, pianist Malcolm Campbell, bassist Shimpei Ogawa and drummer Michael Mitchell. Highly recommended!!

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. The Dans of Steel are the Bay Area’s preeminent Steely Dan cover band. Lot of fun.. Highly recommended!! N/C.

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of music with Australian born singer/songwriter and self-described vagabond Stu Larsen & Japanese harmonica player par excellence Natsuki Kurai II. This should be a great show. $18 Cover Charge.

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. For the last 25 years, the trio the Broun Fellinis have been innovating and disseminating their “Brounsoun”, a sonic expression inspired by the ancient to future traditions of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music and African/Indian trance sounds. I love the Fellinis and saw them give an outstanding performance last month at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. 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 a really wonderful bluegrass/western swing ensemble The Vivants performing at the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; Another one of my personnel favorite bands the western swing The B Stars performs at 303 Second Street; Soul and r&b band Kool With Class performs from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10 PM showtimes. Victor Wooten has established himself as one of the preeminent bassists of his generation. Joining Victor is powerhouse drummer Dennis Chambers and veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini. This should be a powerhouse performance. Highly recommended!!! $34-$79 Cover Charge..

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

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. For nearly 50 years, the immense scope and influence of Ry Cooder‘s music has perhaps been felt as much, or more than heard. As musician, producer, songwriter and sage, the Santa Monica, California native has explored music and culture from across the city, the state, the country and around the world. His latest album, The Prodigal Son, is all America, our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself. Highly recommended!!!! $65 Cover Charge..

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

Green Music Center 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 7:30 PM Showtime. For the past decade the Punch Brothers have been one of the most celebrated and innovative bluegrass ensembles. They are on tour promoting their fifth album “All Ashore”. Singer/songwriter Madison Cunningham opens the show. Highly recommended!! $45-$75 Cover Charge.

Friday August 24th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. 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!! $24 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Nashville Honeymoon is another Bay Area band I really love. 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. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Portland based Tumbledown House, a self described modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress ensemble. I really like what I have seen on youtube and look forward to seeing them this evening. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:30 PM-9:45 PM Showtime.. Boco do Rio is a Brazilian-American samba-funk explosion. Born of the mixing of waters of Brazil and the San Francisco Bay, Boca do Rio has created psychedelic samba – music that developed through the rhythm of living and working between the Americas. Highly recommended!! $5 Cover Charge

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band performs jazz, pop and original arrangements as well as afro-cuban classics presented in the best of the “tropo-bopo” style. The group is made up of Conguero Mario Flores, pianist/composer Mark Gee, bassist/flutist/vocalist Joel Nixon, Mike Miller on drums and timbales, Rod Harris on sax, Stu Reynolds on sax, Brian Stock on trumpet, and John Ulloa on percussion. Highly recommended!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Jinx Jones & The Kingtones will have the joint rockin’ this evening. Jinx is a guitar virtuoso who seamlessly moves from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. I highly recommend seeing this band. N/C

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:20 PM Showtime. The Mike Dillon Band has been praised as “punk rock provocateurs”, and Mike is recognized as a “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” i the Texas-native has been setting his own standard for 25 years now. Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes rocks the house all the time every time! This classically trained New Orleans-based band delivers a smorgasbord of musical genres every time they hit the stage. JSDN defy easy categorization, their irreverent funk is cut with rock riffs, a Gypsy/Klezmer flare, a Latin tinge courtesy of a hard hitting horn section, and a sense of humor. 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 a really nice blues combo the Blue Rooster Combo performing at Sidney Walton Park located at Jackson & Davis Street; Rockabilly trio The Jukebox Charlies performs at 560 Mission; La Mixta Criolla repertoire of originals and funky renditions of traditional tunes, features a variety of swinging Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, aguinaldo, to merengue, son, rumba, seis, cumbia and salsa.

Impulse Room 1501 N Broadway #138, Walnut Creek 8:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime. Ben Misterka & Collectivity 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!! $18 Cover Charge.

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. Candelaria is one of Oakland’s great dance bands combining infectious, soulful Colombian cumbia rhythms with vibrant horns, incendiary country guitar, powerful female-fronted vocals, and a dose of Jamaican dub technique in real-time using live effects. With all of these elements, Candelaria has developed their own high-energy sound that explodes with contagious dance grooves. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10 PM showtimes. Victor Wooten has established himself as one of the preeminent bassists of his generation. Joining Victor is powerhouse drummer Dennis Chambers and veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini . This should be a powerhouse performance. Highly recommended!!! $34-$79 Cover Charge..

Saturday August 25th

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime.. Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated traditional artists. She revels in the freedom she’s found in the various musical styles surrounding her in the Bay Area. An award-winning traditional performer and virtuoso on 16-string dan tranh (zither), she’s also an Emmy Award-winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet. The VA’V is her protean trio featuring string wizard Gari Hegedus and Jimi Nakagawa on taiko drums and percussion. With all three musicians also contributing vocals, VA’V combines ancient sounds to create breathtaking music that feels completely new. Võ is also artistic director of the student ensemble Music Bridge, which opens the concert. With members ranging in age from seven to 14, the group features both Western and traditional Vietnamese instruments.Highly recommended!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces are unquestionably one of the great rockabilly bands around. The high-energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late ’50s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Texas-born rapper Brad Terrence Jordan, better known as Scarface, has proven once and for all that he is one of the greats and one of hip-hop’s most respected names. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime RDL+ presents the album release performance of Pacific Voyage. In the spirit of adventure, this live performance album captures it all. From placid waters to raging seas, Pacific Voyage sails the oceans in a vessel of original composition, powered by the raw emotions of the improvisation trio. The band features Ruthie Dineen on piano, Doug Lee on bass Luis Salcedo on guitar and Steve Weems on drums. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge. The

Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Mark Hummel & The Deep Basement Shakers are two entities that have locked forces to commit themselves to rockin’ away the pre-war blues & boogie-woogie styles in this piano, acoustic harmonica/vocal & washboard trio. Grammy-nominated, two-time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, bandleader, author, and entrepreneur Mark Hummel’s mastery of the blues genre, mixed with a knowledge of where the music comes from, is rare in this idiom. Specializing in primal, joint-rockin’ barrelhouse blues n’ boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay trio with a stripped down but powerful sound, featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar, and local percussion legend Dave Eagle on washboard, spoons, suitcase, train whistles, animal calls, etc. Known for their floor-stomping appearances around the Bay and beyond, the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady-rollin’ grooves from the deep musical traditions of days of old! Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge.

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 9:00 PM Showtime. Monophonics is one of the best live soul bands I have ever seen! Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musicallandscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” 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!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sunday August 26th

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Sam Rocha co-founder of The Hot Baked Goods is taking the stage with his jazz band Playing swing jazz you can dance to! Highly recommended!! 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 .

Bird & Beckett Books & Records 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 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!!! $10 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. Just a great night of music with the Ramones-influenced punk band from Indianapolis Sloppy Seconds headlining the night with three great supporting bands including 50’s rock and roll style The Memphis Murdermen, alternative punk rockers He Who Cannot Be Named and the East Bay pink rock super group The Hammrerbombs rounding out a great show. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge.

Video Pick of the Week..

The Case Of The Three Sided Dream.. Director Adam Kahan has created a vibrant and passionate film illuminating the many facets of his extraordinary subject. The film is filled with live concert footage that features Kirk’s trademark playing of three saxophones simultaneously. There is luscious archival footage from the 1960s and 1970s and interviews with Kirk’s closest collaborators. But perhaps the most powerful element of this film is the intimacy that Kahan creates by allowing us to glimpse Super 8 home movie footage given to him by Rahsaan’s wife, Dorthaan. I saw the film this week and highly recommend it.

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