Suggestions for Week of 8/27-9/02

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

Monday August 27th

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

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.. American pop/jazz vocalist Jane Monheit who the New York Times described as “a voice of phenomenal beauty” will be in performance this evening in a tribute to her major influence Ella Fitzgerald. I really like Jane’s vocal arrangements and her new album The Songbook Sessions:Ella Fitzgerald is pretty wonderful. Highly recommended!! $46.62 Cover charge..

Tuesday August 28th

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. Highly recommended.. $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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. One fun night of music with three good bands. Headlining tonight is emo/indie rock/pop punk rockers Remo Drive with freak folk/post country Field Medic and emo indie power pop rockers Beach Bunny rounding out the night. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge.

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Julia Othmer is becoming a favorite piano-playing singer/songwriter. She is definitely an original voice. Out of Print Magazine came up with a great description of Julia saying “Perhaps the best way to explain [Julia] would be if Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I’ll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you bring your soul.” Very cool. I highly recommend checking her out. I plan on being there. $20 Cover Charge..

Wednesday August 29th

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.. 29th Street Swingtet is another of my local favorite ensembles. I love that their music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt but includes all sorts of flavors in their original compositions – blending gypsy jazz, swing, bebop, latin, blues and touches of pop music. 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.

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 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

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 8:15 PM Showtime.. title Parlor Tricks is the world’s first and foremost industrial ragtime band, a hot-music quartet led with sultry vocals, resonator guitar, upright bass and drums. I saw them recently and loved the music. Highly recommended!! $5 Cover Charge..

Pier 23 Pier 23 on the Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Two of the great Bay Area stride pianists Mike Lipskin and Marty Eggers otherwise known as the “Mike Lipskin Duo” will performing some Harlem Stride Piano including the works of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie “The Lion” Smith. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards. I liken them to Pat Metheny meets the Meters. 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 blues band G-Man and the Bad Influents performing at 555 California Street; One of my personnel favorite bands the western swing The B Stars performs at 101 California Street; Master guitarist Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces, one of the premier Rockabilly bands around performs at 405 Howard Street.

Thursday August 30th

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Groove Riders play an exciting mix of Blues and old school R&B. Mike Lee is a dynamic Singer, Guitarist, and Harmonica Player who adds his own unique touch to the classic songs they play. Thatcher Nine on Drums puts the Groove in Groove Riders. Kirk “Captain” Bowman on Bass and Vocals brings years of mastery to playing Blues, R&B and Rock. Ron Estrada on Guitar and Vocal puts the R in R&B. They are all veterans of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. N/C

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 Pm-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Gil Cohen Trio is a really wonderful jazz trio. When I first heard Gil playing he reminded me a lot of Roy Eldridge’s sound. It turns that Roy was one of his major influences. Gil and his trio is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.. Guitarist and sleek handed keyboard master Lucky Peterson and vocalist, wife and partner Tamara Tramell will be in performance this week. Lucky’s music is combination of contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A really great night of music with the alt/punk bluegrass band The Human Condition and my favorite Bay Area Irish folk band The Quiet Men. This is one of the best shows of the week. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The eclectic American alt rock band 10,000 Maniacs will be in performance tonight. Hard to believe the band’s been around for 35 years and co founder Natalie Merchant is that old. Should be a good show.. $35 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 roots and blues musician Kyle Jester performing at the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; The soul improv progressive funk Soul Mechanix performs at 333 Market Street; Brazilian jazz dance band Bolero Y Mas performs at 303 Market; Karumanta performing music of the Andes will be at the Mint Plaza1 Mint Plaza.

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime..Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. Highly recommended!!! $37 Cover Charge..

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime. The Alt rock country Grammy award winning band Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performs this evening promoting their really good new album The Nashville Sound. Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann opens the night. Highly recommended!!! $45-$75 Cover Charge.

The 68th annual Strawberry Music Festival takes place this weekend at Westside 17807 Tuolomne Road in Tuolomne CA.. This is one of the most family friendly music festivals in the California. Today’s lineup includes Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and The Travelin McCourys. You can find out about tickets and lodging information at Strawberry Festival Ticket and Camping/Lodging Information. Highly recommended!!!

Friday August 31st

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM..Guitarist and sleek handed keyboard master Lucky Peterson and vocalist, wife and partner Tamara Tramell will be in performance this week. Lucky’s music is combination of contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. 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

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A great show tonight featuring two great funk bands. Headlining is Will Blades and his Starting 5 featuring Will Blades on organ, Joe Cohen on Sax, Mike Olmos on Trumpet, Joe Bagale on drums and Kai Lyons on Guitar. Philthy, Prince’s horn section , a P-Funk styled phenom LA band is on the bill along with DJ K-OS opening the show. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music at the Hill with spacepop/moon rock/post Americana band The Y Axes headlining the night. Indie rockers The Trims, emo grunge indie folk rockers Youngest Of Elders and pop indie rockers Reisender round out the night. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime..A really great show tonight with rock n’ roll roaring and soaring punk rockers The Royal Panics headlining the night. Also on the bill is trash blues rockers Alvie & The Breakfast Pigs and indie psych rockers Blurred Out rounding out the night. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge.

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime..Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. Highly recommended!!! $37 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 singer/songwriter Michelle Imbert performing at 425 Market, Power house latin jazz/salsa band Danilo Paiz performs at Sidney Walton Park located at Jackson & Davis Street.

The 68th annual Strawberry Music Festival takes place this weekend at Westside 17807 Tuolomne Road inTuolomne CA.. This is one of the most family friendly music festivals in the California. Today’s lineup includes Joe Craven & the Sometimers, Greg Brown and the Del McCoury Band. You can find out about tickets and lodging information at Strawberry Festival Ticket and Camping/Lodging Information. Highly recommended!!!

Saturday September 1st

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.. Guitarist and sleek handed keyboard master Lucky Peterson and vocalist, wife and partner Tamara Tramell will be in performance this week. Lucky’s music is combination of contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

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

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Party time at the Independant with three bands that will having you dancing your ass off. Headlining the night is The Seshen, a six-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music. Also on the bill is San Francisco’s favorite soul/funk rock nine-piece tour-de-force party band Midtown Social. Trip hop jazz Ghost & The City opens the show.. Highly recommended!!! $18 Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. John Zorn 65th Birthday celebration continues this evening. Zorn has been a central figure in the New York Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy, Alchemy and Mysticism as well as Music . Special guest Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Also on the bill is The Brian Marsella Trio performing John Zorn’s Masada Highly recommended!! $50 Cover Charge.

Impulse Room 1501 N Broadway #138, Walnut Creek 8:00 PM Showtime. East Side Funk will have the joint rockin’ with their funk groove sounds. This is one of the very best funk jazz bands in the spirt of Tower of Power and early Chicago. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. SOVOSO is a highly imaginative a cappella ensemble that sings a unique, rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R&B music, all rendered in their trademark improvisational style. Their repertoire consists of original compositions and other songs that present a global perspective, from Afro-Latin idioms to traditional funk and jazz arrangements. Two SoVoSó members (Joey Blake, past member, and current member David Worm) are current members of Bobby McFerrin’s a cappella group, Voicestra, performing with him from 1993 to present. Highly recommended!!$18 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Arlo Gunthrie‘s father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together – Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo’s children Abe Gunthrie and Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations. The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation. Highly recommended!!! $64 Cover Charge.

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM http://sovoso.com Showtime..Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. Highly recommended!!! $37 Cover Charge..

The 68th annual Strawberry Music Festival takes place this weekend at Westside 17807 Tuolomne Road in Tuolomne CA.. This is one of the most family friendly music festivals in the California. Today’s lineup includes Samantha Fish, The Sherman Holmes Project and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood.. You can find out about tickets and lodging information at Strawberry Festival Ticket and Camping/Lodging Information. Highly recommended!!!

Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend with its usual stellar music lineup. Headlining this afternoon starting at 2:00 PM is legendary George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Tickets for the event are $100.

Sunday September 2nd

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

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. John Zorn 65th Birthday celebration continues this evening. Zorn has been a central figure in the New York Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy, Alchemy and Mysticism as well as Music . Special guest Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Also on the bill is The Brian Marsella Trio performing John Zorn’s Masada Highly recommended!! $50 Cover Charge.

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. A great night of traditional Irish music with two masters fiddler Adam Agee & Jon Sousa on guitar. The two musians have been journeying together through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic for over a decade. The Colorado-based duo features tunes gathered over the many years of travel in Ireland. The duo is teaming up this evening with Canadian fiddling sensation Adrainna Ciccone and master guitar picker Colin Cotter. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM.. Guitarist and sleek handed keyboard master Lucky Peterson and vocalist, wife and partner Tamara Tramell will be in performance this week. Lucky’s music is combination of contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM http://sovoso.com Showtime.. Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. Highly recommended!!! $37 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Arlo Gunthrie‘s father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together – Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo’s children Abe Gunthrie and Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations. The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation. Highly recommended!!! $64 Cover Charge.

The 68th annual Strawberry Music Festival takes place this weekend at Westside 17807 Tuolomne Road in Tuolomne CA.. This is one of the most family friendly music festivals in the California. Today’s lineup includes The Hot Club of Cowtown, Nicki Bluhm and Rodney Crowell.. You can find out about tickets and lodging information at Strawberry Festival Ticket and Camping/Lodging Information. Highly recommended!!!

Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend with its usual stellar music lineup. Headlining this afternoon starting at 4:30 PM is The Drive-By Truckers and Dave Koz & Friends will perform at the after hours party. Tickets for the event are $100.

Video Pick Of The Week

Muscle Shoals is a documentary from 2013 about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn’t matter inside the studio. Great interviews with Gregg Allman, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and the late great Aretha Franklin.

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