Suggestions for Week of 9/10-9/16

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

Monday September 10th

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.. titleThe Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

Tuesday September 11th

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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..If you are up for a great late afternoon of boogie-woogie, jump blues and jazz check out The Mitch Woods Trio. 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 diverse latin ensemble based in Oakland Jose Roberto & Friends performing at Ricon Center Courtyard located at 121 Spear Street.

Wednesday September 12th

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Rene Escovedo and his East Bay based latin ensemble performs this evening. Highly recommended!! N/C

August Hall 1706, 420 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Rivers Cuomo lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for Weezer will be in special performance this evening. Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge..

The SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Hard rock innovators Korn is celebrating 20 years of one of the most seminal alt-metal records of all time, Follow the Leader with a rare performance. Highly Recommended!! $74-$201 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Macy Gray the gifted r&b songwriter, dazzlingly rapsy voice singular soul singer musician and record producer will be in performance. Highly recommended!! $47.50 Cover Charge..

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The legendary band The Wailers returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. Highly recommended!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge..

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 Jimbo Trout playing their brand of bluegrass, blues, western-swing, jug band, jazz, tex-mex, rockabilly and honky tonk at 555 California; A wonderful brass ensemble Brass Over Bridges will be performing at 101 California; La Gente the San Francisco based group that plays their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae,Hip-Hop & Salsa will be performing at 505 Howard; psychedelic rockers Omega performs at 525 Market.

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

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM -11:00 PM Showtime.. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Dave Mason and Steve Cropper ,join together for the first time on one stage to deliver a night of timeless music and endless hits, performing material that defined a generation. This collaboration and multi-media show will include some of each artist’s beloved and most memorable hits including, “All Along The Watchtower”, “Only You Know and I Know,” “Every Woman”, and “We Just Disagree” plus the rock anthem “Feelin’ Alright”, (Sittin’ On) “The Dock of the Bay”, “Green Onions”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood”. Opening the show is Gretchen Rhodes. Highly recommended !!!! $59 Cover Charge.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime.. Sexmob plays Fellini performing Nino Rota’s music from Federico Fellini’s legendary films..Now celebrating its 20th year, Sexmob featuring Steven Bernstein on slide trumpet, Briggan Krauss on saxophones,Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums continues to deconstruct tunes with subversive impunity. Highly recommended!!! $34.65 Cover Charge..

Thursday September 13th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:30 Showtime..Saxophonist Joshua Redman leads an all star quartet featuring Ron Miles on trumpet Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums to celebrate the release of their album Still Dreaming..Highly recommended!!! $35/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music featuring a very creative progressive rock band Season of the Crow. Punk post noise rockers Sistersound and the progressive metal band Arkaen round out the night. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. David Jeffrey’s Fourtet is one of the Bay Area’s best contemporary jazz quartets performing straight-ahead jazz ranging from the Blue Note era to classic standards to modern sounds – from Monk to Miles, Coltrane to Shorter; from bebop to blues, ballads to Bossas. Highly recommended!!! NC

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 Cuban influenced Citizen Mambo performs at the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; Joese Leon and his ensemble of great young musicians Jose Y Su Picantes performs at 303 second Street; The funky New Orleans r&b group Ninth Ward Millionaires performs at 333 Market Street; The Bay Area’s legendary jazz/reggae band Byrds of a Feather performs at Mint Plaza 1Mint Plaza.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Dave Mason and Steve Cropper ,join together for the first time on one stage to deliver a night of timeless music and endless hits, performing material that defined a generation. This collaboration and multi-media show will include some of each artist’s beloved and most memorable hits including, “All Along The Watchtower”, “Only You Know and I Know,” “Every Woman”, and “We Just Disagree” plus the rock anthem “Feelin’ Alright”, (Sittin’ On) “The Dock of the Bay”, “Green Onions”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood”. Opening the show is Gretchen Rhodes. Highly recommended !!!! $59 Cover Charge.

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions ranging from southern gospel, railroad songs, delta blues, irish fiddle tunes & appalachian music.He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveller, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Friday September 14th

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. Sexmob play Ellington. Trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s second night with his long-running band Sex Mob focuses on the work of jazz’s greatest composer, Duke Ellington. The music of Ellington has been a consistent part of the Sex Mob songbook, with pieces including “Black and Tan Fantasy,” “The Mooche,” and “Come Sunday” all appearing on various albums, and 2000’s self-released Theatre & Dance featuring new arrangements of Ellington’s work commissioned for dance by choreographer Donald Byrd. The band revisits this material on this special night.. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:30 Showtime..Saxophonist Joshua Redman leads an all star quartet featuring Ron Miles on trumpet Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums to celebrate the release of their album Still Dreaming..Highly recommended!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime… Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces. has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

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 great latin jazz salsa band Ritmojito performing at 425 Market Street; Shabang performs some great Caribbean calypso steel drum music at Sidney Walton Park located at Jackson & Davis Street..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, title Dave Mason and title Steve Cropper, join together for the first time on one stage to deliver a night of timeless music and endless hits, performing material that defined a generation. This collaboration and multi-media show will include some of each artist’s beloved and most memorable hits including, “All Along The Watchtower”, “Only You Know and I Know,” “Every Woman”, and “We Just Disagree” plus the rock anthem “Feelin’ Alright”, (Sittin’ On) “The Dock of the Bay”, “Green Onions”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Knock on Wood”. Opening the show is Gretchen Rhodes. Highly recommended !!!! $59 Cover Charge.

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue presents his all star cavalcade of stars featuring Galactic with Erica Falls, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The New Breed Brass Band with special guests Cyril Neville , Kermit Ruffins & Walter Wolfman Washington.. Highly recommended!!! $60 Cover Charge..

If you are in and around San Jose you might want to check out

Cafe Stritch 374 S 1st St, San Jose 8:30 PM 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

Saturday September 15th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM 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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces. has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:30 Showtime..Saxophonist Joshua Redman leads an all star quartet featuring Ron Miles on trumpet Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums to celebrate the release of their album Still Dreaming..Highly recommended!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover Charge.

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 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. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. John Nemeth is just a great electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, and creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music at the hill with the rock/blues grunge band Slothrust headlining grunge rockers Summer Cannibals and the neo surf rock band Thrifty round out the night. Highly recommended!!! $18 Cover Charge

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime. Todd Snider is one of the very best Americana singer/songwriters with a musical style that combines alt-country, and folk. Todd is a great performer and very funny.. Highly recommended!!! $32 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The T Sisters are a genuine sister group based in the creative hub of Oakland, California. The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana. The sisters’ contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Andrews Sisters and the Pointer Sisters to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge..

Sunday September 16th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 2:00 PM Showtime.. Saxophonist Joshua Redman leads an all star quartet featuring Ron Miles on trumpet Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums to celebrate the release of their album Still Dreaming..Highly recommended!!! $35/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge.

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime.. Bernal Hillbillies.. A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. N/C

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-9:00 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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 7:30 PM-9:30 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!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. The punk rock influenced and inspired The Apocalypse Blues Revue as far as blues goes, is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics. Highly recommended!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

AKA Doc Pomas is the story of one of the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and a thousand others. Doc used crutches and a wheelchair. He lived life fully, if not always happily or easily. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, it features a cast which includes Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and B.B. King. As well, Doc’s journals are read in the film by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the first white person inducted to The Rhythm and Blues Hall Of Fame. His story is one of triumph over adversity. Highly recommended!!!

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