Suggestions for Week of 9/17-9/23

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

Monday September 17th

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

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. One of San Francisco’s great saloon jazz pianists Eric Shifrin performs tonight. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bettye LaVette is a singer in the tradition of great vocalists who have come before her: Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dinah Washington to name just a few. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Her gift is being able to take a song from any genre, whether well known or obscure, and making it completely her own. To quote another great vocalist, the late George Jones, “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer’ “. Bettye is a personnel favorite and I highly recommended seeing her. $45 Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. One of jazz music’s great 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!!! $42 Cover Charge.

Tuesday September 18th

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

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bettye LaVette is a singer in the tradition of great vocalists who have come before her: Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dinah Washington to name just a few. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Her gift is being able to take a song from any genre, whether well known or obscure, and making it completely her own. To quote another great vocalist, the late George Jones, “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer'”. Bettye is a personnel favorite and I highly recommended seeing her. $45 Cover Charge..

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. American flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique and is considered one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation and one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. I am a big fan of Dorothy Lane a really wonderful four piece alternative western punk rock band. Mourning Mountains and The Breathing Room are good bands but Dorothy lane is definitely worth the $10 cover charge. Highly recommended!!!!

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime. Tin Cup Serenade is a great swing band deeply rooted in the blues, and draws from ragtime, New Orleans jazz, mariachi, calypso, mento and western swing. 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

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great pioneering thrash metal band Exodus celebrates 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood with their new release Blood In, Blood Out. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Lake Street Dive is a great multigenre band incorporating influences from Southern rock, indie pop,blue-eyed soul, jazz folk rock and elements of motown. I saw them a few years ago and they were great. Highly recommended!!! $42.40 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 soul/blues r&b ensemble Pocket Quartet performing at Ricon Center Courtyard located at 121 Spear Street.

Wednesday September 19th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Lake Street Dive is a great multigenre band incorporating influences from Southern rock, indie pop,blue-eyed soul, jazz folk rock and elements of Motown. I saw them a few years ago and they were great. Highly recommended!!! $42.40 Cover Charge.

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

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..American flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique and is considered one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation and one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Kyle Rowland Blues Band dishes out a sauté of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues with a pinch of West Coast swing. With a backing band of veteran musicians, this exceptionable band brings freshness to the blues scene! Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. I really like the Chicago based neo folk band Ratboys with their self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past. I also like the indie pop sounds of Kississippi. Foxing is headlining tonight but I prefer the opening acts. Check out Ratboys.. $17 Cover Charge..

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Brothers Comatose has forged their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy live shows reminiscent of stadium rock concerts. This is a great live performance band. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the No BS! Brass Band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing. They take their music into uncharted territory, embracing the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk and fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound. Highly recommended!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..Lulu & The Rent Party.. One of my favorite bay Area bands. They play an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. They are really fun. Highly recommended!! N/C

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

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 Bobby Webb and his wonderful blues band performs at 555 California Street; Hobo Paradise is a favorite local band playing late 1920’s when early jazz, blues and rags performs at 101 California Street; Peruvian band Rosa Los Santos performs at 405 Howard Street; Award winning accordion soul musician Andre Thierry performs at 525 Market Street.

Thursday September 20th

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Aquabats are a rock ‘n roll band and a 5-member team of heroes. They fight the forces of evil and boredom across the land in their BattleTram using positive vibes and rad music. Highly Recommended!!! $32 Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime… TumbleDown House have never been easy to describe. Modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop, and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress are some of the terms used, but none of these successfully convey the band’s incomparable ability to fuse vintage sounds and themes from yesteryear with the modern instrumentation, refreshingly original compositions, and raw energy that we expect from today’s performers. Highly recommended!!! N/C

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene and, most recently, were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. Highly recommended!!! $330 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:30 Showtime..For more than three decades Joey DeFrancesco has dominated the B 3 Organ as no one else of his generation has. DeFrancesco’s emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s until DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie speaker cabinet. With a natural gift for music, DeFrancesco also swiftly picked up on the trumpet after a touring stint with Miles Davis as one of the two youngest players ever recruited for any of Davis’ ensembles. DeFrancesco has recorded and/or toured with his own groups as well as numerous renowned artists that include Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, James Moody, John Scofield, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Cobb, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn and many more. Highly recommended!!! $30/$50/$70 Cover Charge.

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge..

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Dr. Mojo Band draw inspiration from groove-oriented music from 60s soul, to 70s R&B, funk and Americana, to modern R&B and blues playing covers across many sources, including Amy Winehouse, Sam and Dave, Al Green, Slim Harpo, Ray Charles, Booker T. and the MGs, The Black Keys, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones, Steve Winwood, Joe Tex, The Band, Sam Cooke, The Meters, Etta James and more… 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 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 the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street; jazz fusion trio Charged Particles performing at 303 Second Street; A really good latin jazz ensemble Manteca performs at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza ..

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime. Jon Cleary is one New Orleans great musical icons. Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith, he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. His hard driving, soulful, and funky pop tunes have brought him critical acclaim since his 1999 album Moonburn. . Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..With a keen eye of observation and a wise man’s knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs songs that couldn’t spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile rock and roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. Hubbard’s songs are steeped in his signature “grit ‘n’ groove,” and driven by the engine of his ferocious guitar playing. Highly recommended!!! $28 Cover Charge..

Luther Burbank Center For The Arts 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 8:00 PM Showtime.. Nora Jones simply put is this era’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Highly recommended!!! &79-$99 Cover Charge..

Friday September 21st

Bimbos 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Trevor Hall is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – echo with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining an incredibly and refreshingly universal message. While on the road, Trevor sees the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience. Highly recommended!! &28-$48 Cover Charge..

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:20 PM Showtime.. Papa Mali, the legendary New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers , a band formed in 2009 that includes these musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann,The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. Papa Mali is most known for his live performances. Performing with Papa Mali are Pimps of Joytime guitarist Brian J, the great organist Will Blades, Sly & The Family Stone and Tower of Power bassist Bobby Vega, Primus & Bob Weir’s drummer Jay Lane . Funk allstars Gitkin opens the show. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Slims 30th Anniversary Blues and Soul Revue featuring some of today’s very best gospel, blues and soul artists and celebrating the Roots & Rhythm music that was the foundation of Slim’s when it opened in 1988 including Elvin Bishop, Wee Willie Walker & Terrie Odabi ,The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Kid Anderson & Jim Pugh and The Sons Of The Soul Survivors. Highly recommended111 $30 Cover Charge..

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A really good show tonight with the Soulbillies, a hodgepodge of singers, strummers, and drummers who play songs about drinking, cheating, and going to hell headlining the night. Desi & The Mish who plays a blend of folk, Americana, and blues and the Bay area nu-folk trio Happnstance rounding out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

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 Edgardo Cambon led latin ensemble LaTiDo performs at 425 Market; Bollywood blues musician Aki Kumar performs at 560 Mission.

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Dirty Cello brings the world a high-energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down-home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

If you live near or around Santa Cruz you may way to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.. Jon Cleary is one New Orleans great musical icons. Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith, he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. His hard driving, soulful, and funky pop tunes have brought him critical acclaim since his 1999 album Moonburn. . Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Highly recommended!!! $28 Cover Charge..

The 61st Monterey Jazz Festival is one off the most celebrated and important jazz festivals in the world. Every third full weekend in September sees the same caliber of talent grace the now eight stages on the Monterey Fairgrounds, as the Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration of the best in jazz. This year is no exception. This year’s festival kick off this evening with Diane Reeves, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Jane Ira Bloom, Christian McBride Trio with Benny Green and Greg Hutchinson and the Jazz at Lincoln center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds. For ticket information go to Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets..

Saturday September 22nd

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:20 PM Showtime.. Papa Mali, the legendary New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers , a band formed in 2009 that includes these musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann,The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. Papa Mali is most known for his live performances. Performing with Papa Mali are Pimps of Joytime guitarist Brian J, the great organist Will Blades, Sly & The Family Stone and Tower of Power bassist Bobby Vega, Primus & Bob Weir’s drummer Jay Lane . Funk allstars Gitkin opens the show. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM Showtimes.. 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!! $30 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett Books and Records 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..One of the very best jazz vocalists around Rebecca Kilgore will be performing with pianist Randy Porter and bassist Tom Wakeling. This is a great opportunity to see one of the very best interpreters of the American songbook.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 11:00 AM-6:00 PM Showtime.. The Freight & Salvage’s 50th anniversary year with FREE Music Festival – a party on the street in front of the venue with multiple stages, dancing, food trucks, and family-friendly activities – on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Performances on three stages will include: Zigaboo Modeliste & Linda Tillery, BeauSoleil, Bang Data, BKO Quintet, Asheba, Alphabet Rockers, Miko Marks, Mark Graham, Quinn DeVeaux, Non Stop Bhangra & Amber Cross. Highly recommended!!!! N/C..

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:30 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. $15 Cover Charge.

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bob Moses, the Canadian electronic duo of Tom Howie & Jimmy Vallance will be in performance. Born from the Brooklyn underground scene in 2012, the band meshes guitar licks, dance-floor ambience and classic songwriting, the duo created a sound that appeals equally to club goers and rock fans. Highly recommended!! $35 Cover Charge..

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime..One of rock musics most iconic band CheapTrick will be in performance. Highly recommended!!!! $70-$745 Cover Charge Range..

Green Music Center 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park 7:30 PM Showtime.. For over 50 years Tower Of Power has delivered the best in rhythm and blues music. Well known in the ͚70s for tunes such as What is Hip?, and You’re Still a Young Man, they continue to thrill audiences with their signature brand of East Bay Grease, laying down a tune like no other band. This electric show also features special guests Average White Band, the Jazz-funk hitmakers best known for their timeless classic Pick up the Pieces. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The 61st Monterey Jazz Festival is one off the most celebrated and important jazz festivals in the world. Every third full weekend in September sees the same caliber of talent grace the now eight stages on the Monterey Fairgrounds, as the Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration of the best in jazz. This year is no exception. The festival continues today with Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Oscar Hernandez & The Spanish Harlem Orchestra featuring Hubert Laws and The Fred Hersch Trio. In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds. For ticket information go to Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets..

Sunday September 23rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and AlbertCollins he has added the three T’s, taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, 7:30 Showtime.. Jazz’s greatest living soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom performs with her spectacular quartet including pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Bobby Previte. Possessing a painterly style and firm command of electronic textures, Bloom creates music that gives form to mysterious beauty and subconscious emotions. $30 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

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Pioneer of blending world music and jazz, Al Di Meola, has an ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony. His celebrated career has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. Highly recommended!!! $35-$127.50 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Noon-7:00 PM Showtime..Sweetwater In The Sun at beautiful Stafford Lake Park in Novato the first Sweetwater Music Hall Festival, a full day of live music, food & drink, and family fun. Performers include Bob Weir , Steve Kimock & Friends featuring Jay Lane , Robin Sylvester, Wally Ingram & Mookie Siegel.. Highly recommended!!! $85 Cover Charge..

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 4:00 PM Showtime.. One of blues and folk music’s great singer/songwriter performers Ruthie Foster teams up with the bay Areas best blues bands Howell Devine for a great afternoon of music. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The 61st Monterey Jazz Festival is one off the most celebrated and important jazz festivals in the world. Every third full weekend in September sees the same caliber of talent grace the now eight stages on the Monterey Fairgrounds, as the Monterey Jazz Festival presents the best jazz performers in the world for a three-day celebration of the best in jazz. This year is no exception. The festival concludes today with Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams, Nora Jones with Brian Blade & Chris Thomas, Diane Reeves & Belza Brazil and Joey DeFrancesco & The People . In addition, the Monterey Jazz Festival features jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds. For ticket information go to Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets..

Video Pick Of The Week..

A Great Day In Harlem.. This Oscar nominated documentary chronicles a single event amongst jazz musicians: the day in 1958 when many of the greatest gathered together for a photo shoot for Esquire magazine. A fair portion of the film is devoted to that which lead up to the photograph. The session itself is also detailed as jazz greats Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Milt Hinton, and more rose at the ungodly hour of 10 am to take the picture in a Harlem brownstone apartment.

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