Suggestions for Week of 10/01-10/07

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

Monday October 1st

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..The Bluegrass Monday tradition continues with a wondeful night of bluegrass music. N/C

Tuesday October 2nd

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

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. She is a contemporary singer/songwriter with her rootds firmly planted in jazz, soul and pop. Her new album Indigo is really wonderful. I am really looking forward to seeinfg her. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Three really fun bands with New Jersey’s post hard rock band Palisades headlining the show. Post hard rock metalcore Day Seeker and heavy rockers Savage Hands round out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Wednesday October 3rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Howell Devine is my absolute favorite Bay Area blues band..This trio has been causing quite a stir in Northern California clubs. Joshua Howell sings in resonant tenor tones that bring to mind those of Slim Harpo, and he alternates between guitar and harmonica. Drummer Pete Devine, whose many credits include work with Lavay Smith and Maria Muldaur, creates unique rhythmic flavors by augmenting his trap set with a washboard strapped to his chest and a temple block resting atop his bass drums. Completing the personnel on the band’s debut CD is slapping upright bassist Sam Rocha. Highhly recommended!!!! $20 cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Another fun night of music with the great Japanese female rock and roll band Shonen Knife headlining the night.. Two really fun pop punk bands Kepi Ghoulie & a personnel favorite Electric Machine Gun Tits round out the night. DJ Sid Presley starts off the evenings festivities.. Highly recommended. $18 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas, a free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces, ends with today with The Vivants a really wonderful bluegrass/western swing ensemble performs at 555 California; One of the best swing bands in the Bay area Josh Klipp and The Klipptones will be performing at 101 California.

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:00 PM Showtime.. Scott Amendola Orchestra Di Pasta is a formidable collection of improvisers in Orchestra di Pazzi (which could translate as crazy orchestra), which includes vocalists Aurora Josephson and Pamela Z; guitarists Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith and John Schott; ROVA saxophonists Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams; vibraphonist Mark Clifford; cellist Crystal Pascucci; violinists Alisa Rose and Christina Stanley; and percussionists William Winant, Robert Lopez and Jordan Glenn. Whether splitting up into various smaller configurations or playing all together, the ensemble is conceived as a vehicle for impromptu exploration of sonic textures, dynamics, and interplay. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Ana Popovic the great serbian born blues guitarist/singer/songwriter has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.  Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolf and Carlos Santana. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended 28-$64 Cover charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great legendary Scottish American alternative rock band Garbage will definitely rock the house. Should be a great show. $49.50 Cover Charge..

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

The Rio Theatre For The Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime. Chick Corea Vigilette Trio featuring Cuban bass master Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who powered Corea’s ambitiously orchestral fusion band The Vigil. Highly recommended!!! $65 Cover Charge.

Thursday October 4th

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Will Berg/David McFarland Quintet are two great bandleaders combining their writing and playing to bring you a jaw-dropping show! Highly recommended!!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..Coco Montoyo is a show-stopping heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn…he swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation. Highly rercommended!!!!$30 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band on tour promoting their newest album release Long At Last Vol. 1. Highly recommended!! $256 Cover Charge..

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. A really good show tonight featuring The West Coast Feed which honors the collective legacies of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and New Orleans, The West Coast Feed – eight members strong — generates a modern and electrifying swagger rock/soul experience. The tight backbeat of the rhythm section, a vibrant three-man horn section, tandem electric guitars and a soaring violin set the stage for the commanding voice of charismatic front man, Jesse Butterworth. Opening the show is title The Jamons a high-energy quartet who draw their influences from rock and roll, punk, blues, garage, and ska, and who’s all-out live show has best been described as an “unbridled, raucous, rock and roll party. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime…Chick Corea Vigilette Trio featuring Cuban bass master Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who powered Corea’s ambitiously orchestral fusion band The Vigil. Highly recommended!!! $40/$60/$80/$100 Cover Range..

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out
Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. The Stanley Clarke Band is lead by four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke who has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. Highly recommended!!! $54.60 Cover Charge..

Friday October 5th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime…Chick Corea Vigilette Trio featuring Cuban bass master Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who powered Corea’s ambitiously orchestral fusion band The Vigil. Highly recommended!!! $45/$65/$85/$110 Cover Range..

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

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

Bimbos 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Legendary English singer/songwriter/composer Gary Numan‘s signature sound consisting of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals established him as one of the foremost pioneers in electronic dance music. Los Angeles based sonic rock band Nightmare Air opens the night.. Highly recommended!!!$35-$55 Cover charge..

Bird & Beckett Books & Records 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Kim Nalley is one of the truly great and most influential Bay Area jazz vocalists. This is a great intimate setting to see Kim and her trio. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Three really good bands tonight.. Headling tonight is a high energy, rowdy, raucous southern rock ensemble from Jackson, Mississippi The Weeks. Also on tonight’s bill is Nashville based heavy rockers H.A.R.D. and American folk indie rockers Blue Oaks.. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy award winner Melissa Manchester presents a tribute to “The Fellas” saluting Sinatra, Torme, Bennett, Martin and their iconic songs. Manchester will also perform her own classic hits. Highly recommended!!!$45.50-$85 Cover Charge..

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A great show featuring Gomez the influential English indie rock band whose music covers the genres blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental. Also on the bill is the classically soulful band Howlin’ Rain. Highly recommended!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Steve Earle and The Dukes headline a benefit for The San Francisco Free Clinic celebrating the 3oth Anniversary of Copperhead Road with special guests Evolfo and Ismay. Highly recommended !!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy best known as the frontman of Chicago rock band Wilco is one of the most daring songwriters of his generation. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!! $50 Cover Charge..

The 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is this weekend. This amazing free and non-commercial 3 day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over six stages. Today’s line up includes an allstar lineup at the Banjo Stage lineup that features David Bromberg, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Guilty Ones, Mavis Staples and Alison Kraus..The Rooster Stagefeaturing Patty Griffin & Trampled By Turtles.. The Swan Stage is featuring The Greyboy Allstars and The Tower’s Of Gold Stage is featuring Live from Here With Chris Thile. For a complete list of performers and stages download the Hardly Strictly Mobile App.. Stay tuned for further updates or visit Hardly Strictly Bluegrass or better yet visit Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Facebook..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… The Stanley Clarke Band is lead by four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke who has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. Highly recommended!!! $34-$74 Cover Charge..;.

Saturday October 6th

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime.. Headling the HISB After Party is one great night of funk with The Humidors who has developed a sound that is a melting pot of old-school and modern influences, yet is always rooted in a commitment to ego-less playing that embraces the ensemble approach to funk. Baby & The Luvies the high energy soul inspired dance band and the punk funk band Benyaro round out one funky night of music.. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Earl Thomas is a sensational blues, jazz, and gospel singer and his live performances have become legendary. I got to see Earl once and his voice literally shook the rafters. If I have the energy after Hardly Strictly Bluegrass I hope to catch the 9:30 show. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Time to get your punk out tonight with Toronto punk rockers The Flatliners along with Santa Rosa’s high energy punk rockers Decent Criminal. Highly recommended!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Showtime.. 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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Howell Devine 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

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy award winner Melissa Manchester presents a tribute to The Fellas” saluting Sinatra, Torme, Bennett, Martin and their iconic songs. Manchester will also perform her own classic hits. Highly recommended!!!$45.50-$85 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime…Chick Corea Vigilette Trio featuring Cuban bass master Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who powered Corea’s ambitiously orchestral fusion band The Vigil. Highly recommended!!! $50/$70/$90/$120 Cover Range..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst teams with his long time backing group The Mystic Valley Band. Highly recommended!!1 $35 Cover Charge..

The Riptide 3639 Taravel Street, San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight.. Americana Roots Rock, Blues and Alt-Country Chris James & The Showdowns really put on a great show.. highly recommended!!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… The Stanley Clarke Band is lead by four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke who has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. Highly recommended!!! $34-$74 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around the North bay you might want to check out

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime..Two of the very best Ameican roots masters Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gillmore & the band The Guilty Ones perform a wide spectrum of songs from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Young Bloods. This should be a great show and one not to miss. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge…..

Luther Burbank Center For The Arts 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 8:00 PM Showtime.. Alison Krauss effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and genres such as pop, rock, country and classical. She is a great singer and performer.. Highly recommended!!! $79-$119 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.. Wayne Hancock & Dale Watson are the keepers of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is this weekend. This amazing free and non-commercial 3 day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over six stages. Today’s line up includes Tower Of Gold Stage lineup that includes Glorietta, I’m With Her, Gomez, Los Lobos and Ani DiFranco. The Swan Stage features Don Was and Graham Nash. Both the Porch and Rooster Stages have a great lineup of acts with The Porch stage featuring The Hip Spanic Allstars, Sammy Brue, Steve Forbert, Kacy & Clayton, Ellen Jewell, Evolfo and The Family Crest. The Rooster Stage features there likes of Tracy Nelson, Molly Tuttle, The war and treaty, Buddy Miller and his Calvalcade of Stars and Jeff Tweedy. For a complete list of performers and stages download the Hardly Strictly Mobile App.. Stay tuned for further updates or visit Hardly Strictly Bluegrass or better yet visit Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Facebook.

Sunday October 7th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. American singer, musician, poet, songwriter, and activist Ani DiFranco is a great performer and her band really cooks. She is joined by American poet and activist Andrea Gibson. Highly recommended!!! $36.50 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great Bay Area Americana blues and R&B band The California Honeydrops always gives a great show. They will have the house rockin’!! Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge.

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

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Americana roots musician Justin Townes Earle will be performing a special solo show with special guest Aaron Lee Tasjan. Highly recommended!!! $27 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Brooklyn’s own Americana indie alt rock/folk band The Lone Bellow in performance. Highly recommended!!! $30 cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 6:30 PM Showtime..A great night of folk and music of the human spirit with the great storyteller Holly Near. Holly was also one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Joining Holly are pianist/vocalist Tammy Hall and singer/songwriter Jan Martinelli. Highly recommended!!!! $ 40 Cover Charge..

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

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio,8:00 PM Showtime.. legendary singer/songwriter Americana music pioneer Rodney Crowell will be in performance this evening. This is a great opportunity to see this American legend in a intimate setting.. $12 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime. Contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned contemporary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is this weekend. This amazing free and non-commercial 3 day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over six stages. Today’s line up includes a great lineup at The Tower of Gold Stage that includes Jon Langford, Justin Townes Earle, Robert finely, JD McPherson and Ween. This should be one rocking afternoon of music…I really like the last three acts at the Porch Stage with Robyn Hitchcock, Howling Rain and Dale Watson. The Rooster Stage closes with the legendary Roky Erickson. For a complete list of performers and stages download the Hardly Strictly Mobile App.. Stay tuned for further updates or visit Hardly Strictly Bluegrass or better yet visit Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Facebook.

Video Pick Of The Week..

With Hardly Strictly Bulegrass this week I wanted to recommend a great Bluegrass music documentary High Lonesome: The Story Of Bluegrass Music which celebrates the genre’s greatest practitioners and celebrates the genre’s greatest practitioners and includes a biography of the man who started it all, Bill Monroe. Highly recommended…
High Lonesome: The Story Of Bluegrass Music Trailer

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