Suggestions for Week of 9/03-9/09

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

Monday September 3rd

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

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. Highly recommended!! $50 Cover Charge.

The 7th annual Heiro Day Music Festival takes place today from 10:00 AM-7:00PM at 3rd Street & MLK Street in Oakland. Hiero Day, voted “Best Hip-Hop Festival of the East Bay”, is a one-day music festival combining community, local food, music, apparel, live art, crafts and hip-hop culture. Hiero Day hosts 3 stages showcasing over 40 local and internationally renowned artists from Hip-Hop, Jazz, Electronic, Alternative and R&B genres. To find out the complete lineup go to Hiero Day Lineup. Ticket prices range from $19.93 for general admission, $40 for a Fast Pass to skip the general admission line and $100 for a VIP ticket.. Highly recommended!!!

Tuesday September 4th

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 . John’s special guests are the The Brian Marsella Trio performing John Zorn’s Masada. Highly recommended!!! $50 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

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

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

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 swing and Bossa Nova trio Nova Jazz will be performing at Ricon Center Courtyard located at 121 Spear Street.

Wednesday September 5th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM..The Keesha Pratt Band is a polished, professional soul-stirring, toe-tapping band led by Keeshea’s soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. The female Japanese trumpeter is nestled in the 3-piece horn section that produces thrilling, chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. The make-up of this phenomenal band is Shawn Allen (music director, bassist and vocals), Brian Sowell (lead guitar and vocals), Dan Carpenter (saxophone), Misaki Nishidate (trumpet), James Williams III (trumpet), and Nick Fishman (drums). Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 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. N/C

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. The Love Gangsters plays a mix of originals and cover based funk, jazz and r&b .This band is guaranteed to rock you.. 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.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Cafe Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most innovative and influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. Highly recommended!!!! $50 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 eclectic Brazilian, latin jazz, folk. pop and original music ensemble ViBO Simfani performing at 555 California Street; The Pleasure Palace is a a great trio where Lorenzo Farrell on Hammond Organ, Ned Boynton on Electric Guitar, and Rolf Wilkinson Drums make a crazy melange of greasy 70’s soul, sparkling teen beat favorites. They will be performing at 101 California Street; One of the more original bay area bluegrass groups The High Water Line performs at 525 Market Street.

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. This should be one of the best lineups of the season with the heartbeat of Bob Marley’s band The Original Wailers and one of the most influential latin hiphop bands Ozomatli will be performing with legendary guitarist for both the Wailers and founding member of NRBQ Al Anderson and founding member of Jurassic 5 Chali 2na. Highly recommended!!! $29-$70 Cover Charge.

Thursday September 6th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Cafe Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most innovative and influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. Highly recommended!!!! $50 Cover charge.

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.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, Salvant won the 2001 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition and drew the attention of early collaborators Jacky Terrasson and Wynton Marsalis. Highly recommended!! $45/$65/$85/$110 Cover range..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 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

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 Pm-10:00 PM Showtime.. Will Berg Quintet is a new discovery for me. Will has a great tone on the tenor and his band is solid. Definitely worth checking out. 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 La Mixta Criolla is a dynamic Bay Area sextet with deep roots in the criollo (creole) musical culture of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. They will be performing at the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; One of the Bay Areas best tradtional jazz bands The Clint Baker Hot Five performs at 303 second Street; One of the very best western swing ensembles The Saddle Cats performs at the Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza.

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Metalachi the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe will be performing along with San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock Diego’s Umbrella. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Impulse Room 1501 N Broadway #138, Walnut Creek 8:00 PM Showtime. The Mega Improv Jam 2 returns with 10 incredible musicians improvising on the spot with no sheet music, no known songs and nothing rehearsed. The players include Jinx Jones & Ben Misterka on guitars, Carlos Sanderson keyboards, Noel Catura & Lincon Adler on saxes, Shane Cox on trumpet & trombone, title & Roderick Brewster & Daniel Parenti on bass and Kevin Lewis on drums. Should be a great show with some of the best musicians in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!! $18 Cover Charge..

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Two of the most influential Americana multi ethnic latin infused bands are performing tonight. Los Lobos is one of the most acclaimed American bands. Calling themselves “just another band from East L.A.” they have won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds, with the band’s sound ranging from gentle acoustic ballads to the outer limits of experimental rock. Their eclectic sound is what defined them as a vital example of America’s cultural melting pot. Fusing traditional country with a rich variety of rock, pop, and Latin influences, The Mavericks are one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early ’90s. Lead singer/songwriter Raul Malo is one of rock’s great vocalists. Highly recommended!! $39.50-$79.50 Cover Charge..

Friday September 7th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Cafe Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most innovative and influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. Highly recommended!!!! $50 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

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..Three really good bands tonight with the mello-psychedalia trio Wax Statues headlining. Post punk TV Heads and indie folk rock band Stow Lake round out a good night of music. Highly recommended!! $10 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

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Showtime..The Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet is undoubtedly the Bay area’s most eclectic ensemble bringing together elements of jazz, rhythm and blues, hip hop, afro-beat, and calypso, STRQ pushes the limits of innovation, while remaining loyal to authentic world sounds. I really like this band and I highly recommend seeing them. N/C

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime.. UltraFaux, the dynamic Baltimore-based acoustic trio is joined by acclaimed violinist Evan Price (Turtle Island Quartet, Hot Club of San Francisco) for a lively night of original music inspired by Balkan folk, bebop, swing, French musette, and Brazilian choro. The show also includes special arrangements of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli tunes, as well as improvisations based on spontaneous suggestions from the audience. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge..

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Orchestra Gold is influenced primarily by the big band era of Malian music, kicked off by Independence from France in 1961. This era been called the “Golden Era” of Malian, and West African music. Orchestra Gold seeks to embody the influences and approach to the recreation of music from that golden age. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, Salvant won the 2001 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition and drew the attention of early collaborators Jacky Terrasson and Wynton Marsalis. Highly recommended!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover range..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. The iconic British psychedelic pop legend The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard -charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. New member, Søren Koch, joined the band following the untimely passing of The Zombies’ beloved bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks ) in early 2018. opening the show is Liz Brasher whose sound is Memphis soul meets garage rock, marinated in gospel and the vocal fury of Florence Welch. Highly recommended!!! $39.50 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 fiery latin jazz salsa band the Conquistador Quartet performing at 425 Market Street; Pop infused Dee Spenser Trio will be joined by the great San Francisco cabaret singer Jason Brock at Sidney Walton Park located at Jackson & Davis Street; One of the Bay area’s best gypsy swing band Gaucho performs at 555 Mission Street..

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In five short years they’ve released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups. Highly recommended!!! $32 Cover Charge..

Saturday September 8th

Yerba Buena Center For The Arts 701 Mission St, San Francisco.. 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime.. Marcus Shelby Orchestra.. YBG Festival’s resident composer, is a masterly bassist, charismatic bandleader, and award-winning composer. But it’s probably most accurate to describe him as an American griot whose music explores the stories too often overlooked and diminished in the history books. In his latest YBG Festival commission he delves into the glorious, uplifting and heartbreaking story of African-Americans and the national pastime during the Jim Crow era with “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues.” An 80-minute composition written for the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, vocalists, and narrator, “Black Ball” is inspired by the character, love, courage, brilliance, failure, and humor of Negro League players who made far-reaching but oft-overlooked contributions to American life during the years from Reconstruction through the 1950s. Featuring: Tiffany Austin, Kim Nalley, Mujahid Rashid, Donald Lacy, Tristan Cunningham and more. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Riptide 3639 Taraval, San Francisco 3:00 PM-5:30 PM Banda Sin Nombre is an outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This is one of the best live performance bands in the Bay Areas!! N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Cafe Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most innovative and influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. Highly recommended!!!! $50 Cover charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, Salvant won the 2001 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition and drew the attention of early collaborators Jacky Terrasson and Wynton Marsalis. Highly recommended!! $45/$65/$85/$110 Cover range..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..John Lee Hooker Jr. grew up in Detroit, Michigan as the son of one of the greatest blues and Legendary music icons in the world, the late and the great John Lee Hooker. The younger Hooker’s musical style is markedly modernized, featuring contemporary arrangements with a funky big horn sound with elements of funky Gospel, with ingredients of a Johnny “Guitar” Watson sound, with a James Brown feel, and some John Lee Hooker Sr. Boogie Beat, and also with his Daddy’s work ethic, “Give the People what they want.” This promises to be a great night of music..Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli,the gypsy soul of eastern europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 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 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Sayat Nvaq Ensemble is a San Francisco Bay Area group that delves into the rich traditions of Eastern Armenian music. The group draws its inspiration equally from the two main pillars of Armenian secular music: the classical troubadour poet traditions of the Ashougs and Gousans—such as Sayat Nova, Ashot, Djivani, and Sheram—as well as the popular regional village music found throughout the countryside. Sayat Nvaq Ensemble invites audiences, both old and new, to share its deep appreciation of this evocative musical tradition. The ensemble features Shea A.J. Comfort – duduk, shvi, ploul, Leslie Bonnett – vocals, violin, Haig Kassabian – dhol, Khatchadour Khatchadourian – vocals and Briget Boyle – harmonium, vocals. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. The New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In five short years they’ve released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtimes. Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist Sergio Mendes is one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. His hit single, “Mas Que Nada,” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s U.S. Pop chart and Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova and samba and distinctive pop instrumentation have ultimately come to define Brazilian music. With a career spanning five decades, his enduring influence on the music industry continues to evolve. A three-time Grammy® Award winner, with three additional Grammy nominations, he has recorded more than 35 albums, with numerous gold and platinum albums among them. In 2012, following year, Mendes received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song for “Real in Rio” from the animated film Rio. Mendes’ innovation and versatility have enabled him to collaborate with a wide a range of artists. In 2006, he collaborated with contemporary pop, rock, urban, and hip-hop artists, for his record, Timeless. The record featured a re-recording of his famed hit “Mas Que Nada,” accompanied by Gracinha Leporace, Mendes’ wife. The project’s other collaborators include Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and the Black Eyed Peas. Highly recommended!!! $69 Cover Charge..

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

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. The iconic British psychedelic pop legend The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard -charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. New member, Søren Koch, joined the band following the untimely passing of The Zombies’ beloved bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks ) in early 2018. opening the show is Liz Brasher whose sound is Memphis soul meets garage rock, marinated in gospel and the vocal fury of Florence Welch. Highly recommended!!! $36.00 Cover Charge..

Hopmonk Tavern 224 Vintage Way, Novato 8:00 PM Showtime.. For nearly 30 years Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings have continued to bring the blues to its legions to fans around the world. Roy was indeed named for the singing cowboy. Roy is a master slide guitarist with a distinctive and instantly recognizable style. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge..

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 8:00 PM 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. Highly Recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge!!

Green Music Center 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 7:30 PM Showtime.. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band is a great ensemble led by singer, composer, and actor, Lyle Lovett who has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Highly Recommended!!! $25-$85 Cover Charge..

Sound Summitt Cushing Memorial Amphi Theatre 801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley 11:00 AM-7:00 PM Showtime.. Held in an intimate venue set amidst an expansive landscape, Sound Summit is a musical gathering like no other in the Bay Area. The festival is staged at the historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat natural stone amphitheater with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and beyond. Add a sun-filled day, a resonant cause, and a healthy dose of joy, spice generously with stellar music, and you have a recipe for a magical mountain brew. This yeear’s lineup includes Herbie Hancock Grace Potter Nikki Lane Con Brio and special guest Bob Weir.. Highly recommended!!! $110 Cover Charge..

Sunday September 9th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Cafe Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most innovative and influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. Highly recommended!!!! $50 Cover charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, Salvant won the 2001 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition and drew the attention of early collaborators Jacky Terrasson and Wynton Marsalis. Highly recommended!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover range..

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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtimes. Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist Sergio Mendes is one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. His hit single, “Mas Que Nada,” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s U.S. Pop chart and Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova and samba and distinctive pop instrumentation have ultimately come to define Brazilian music. With a career spanning five decades, his enduring influence on the music industry continues to evolve. A three-time Grammy® Award winner, with three additional Grammy nominations, he has recorded more than 35 albums, with numerous gold and platinum albums among them. In 2012, following year, Mendes received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song for “Real in Rio” from the animated film Rio. Mendes’ innovation and versatility have enabled him to collaborate with a wide a range of artists. In 2006, he collaborated with contemporary pop, rock, urban, and hip-hop artists, for his record, Timeless. The record featured a re-recording of his famed hit “Mas Que Nada,” accompanied by Gracinha Leporace, Mendes’ wife. The project’s other collaborators include Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and the Black Eyed Peas. Highly recommended!! !$69 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 4:00 PM Showtime.. Spend a fun afternoon with Dot’s Sunday Hoedown featuring Matt Jaffe The Kissin Cuzzins featuring Miss Connie Champagne and one of my favorite Bay Area groups Nashville Honeymoon. Highly Recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynomite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime.. Omar Soso Quarteto AfroCubano forges a distinctive path in music, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. The group will showcase their CD,ILE, featuring contemporary interpretations of the classic Cuban musical styles the world has come to admire. Sosa’s music is the unifying sort, yoking together Africa and jazz and Latin America and hip-hop. He makes it work, being one of those rare birds whose keyboard skills are near those of Chick Corea or Chucho Valdés. The group includes Omar Sosa – Piano; Leandro Saint-Hill – Sax & Flute; Childo Tomas – Electric Bass; Raul Pineda – Drums.. Highly recommended!! $35-$45 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

Louie Bluie is a great documentary on String band leader Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie) the joyful, emotive, strutting subject of this tribute by fellow musician and cellist Terry Zwigoff. Filmed at the 1985 Friscofest, Louie’s unique Afro-American string band shares the stage with Cab Calloway and with Les Blank and Alan Governar in an entertaining number about the ups and downs of nicotine in Cigarette Blues. Enjoyable for all audiences, Louie Bluie is 60 minutes of happy musical catharsis.

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