Suggestions for Week of 11/12-11/18

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

Monday November 12th

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

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Three good indie rock bands with Jason Steady headlining the night. Funny Face House and Summer Goth round out a fun show. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge.

Tuesday November 13th
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

Bimbos 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Emily King will be in town for one night. Her music is a blend of roots, soul & pop. You can tell she listened to a lot of Mowtown as well as Jimi Hendrix. She has this wonderful lush voice very reminiscent of a younger Sarah Vaughan. Emily is a great talent and I am looking forward to checking her out. Highly recommended!!!!! $25-$89 cover charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:30 PM Showtime. Lots of great bluegrass music with two great practioners of the bluegrass Sideline and The Bow Ties. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Mighty Mangroves Blues and Zydeco Band is an eclectic mix of electrified traditional Creole and Cajun standards, soul infused Zydeco classics, and golden era R&B and Blues. Making their debut this evening, The Mighty Mangroves is made up of zydeco allstars including Andrew Carriere, Steve Tabak and Andre Nigoghossian. This promises to be a great night of the best cajun/zydexo music. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Wednesday November 14th

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.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 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

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 Black Cat Jazz Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime.. singer/songwriter Lilan Kane is one of the Bay Areas very best soulful r&b/funk/pop & jazz vocalists. Lilan and her band has opened for Hall & Oates, Sharon Jones and Trombone Shorty. She is a great performer. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Tin Cup Serenade led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Rolf Wilkson – will be your musical therapist, as you travel into and beyond the reaches of their timelessly original jazz compositions. It’s Swing with a case of the Blues, Honky Tonk with a sparkle of Romantica, Chet Baker on a Jamaican beach, Billy Holiday stranded in Tijuana. Join their musical rescue mission….and dance the night away! Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge..

Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Music icon Van Morrison, one of music’s true original voices and one of my favorite performers will be in performance with special guest his daughter Shana Morrison. Highly recommended!!!! $89.50-$249.50 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwritwer Richie Furay best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield and POCO will be performing Poco’s classic live album, DeLIVErin’album in its entirety, commemorating POCO’s 50th anniversary. Furay is a true pioneer of country-rock and this should be a great show.. Hughly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge.

Thursday November 15th

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

The Warfield 982 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Blues Traveler lead by the great John Popper on vocals and harmonica, emerged in the late ‘80s and are best known for their improvisational live shows and tireless touring, and their breakthrough, multi-platinum selling album four, which earned them a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance and features hit singles “Run-Around” and “Hook”. They are a great live band. Opening the show is one of my favorite San Francisco soul/rock & roll bands Con Brio. Highly recommended!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 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 Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Masonic San Francisco 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Acclaimed artist singer/songwriter and activist Joan Baez will be in performance. Baez remains a musical force of incalculable influence. Highly recommended!!!!! $175-$624 cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Alan Iglesias & Crossfire is on tour with his tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is just an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another really great night of music with one of my favorite pop punk bands The Total Bettys headlining tonight with an album release party.. . Indie rockers See Night and emo alternative rock band Like Roses round out the night. The Total bettys are definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover charge..

Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Music icon Van Morrison, one of music’s true original voices and one of my favorite performers will be in performance with special guest his daughter Shana Morrison. Highly recommended!!!! $89.50-$249.50 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 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…Highly recommended!!!! $26-$50 Cover Charge..

Friday November 16th

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. The Scott Foster Quartet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Dave Scott (Trumpet), Surya Prashanka (Drums), and Aaron Germain (Bass) led by Scott (Guitar). Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime..The John Calloway Jazz Quartet led by the renown multi-instrumentalist/composr and arranger is one the Bay Area’s premier latin bands. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 69:00 PM-9:00 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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Alan Iglesias & Crossfire is on tour with his tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is just an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect Michael Nesmith vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Swedish American Hall 1319, 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Really good show wiorth checking out. Headlining tonight are a fine alternative rock band The Mowglis with indie rockers Arms Akimbo and singer/songwriter Elijah Noll rounding out the show.. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Joey Landreth, best known for his work with the alternative country/blues band The Brothers Landreth, will be performing tonight. Opening the show is Roman Clarke who takes gospel harmony, modern R&B, and the charm of the 1970’s and rolls it all into a flavour that is well-suited to his inherently nostalgic generation. I like both musicians. Highly recommended!!!$15 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. a favorite performer of mine Darrell Scott will perform tonight.. The 4-time Grammy nominated Nashville songwriter, has written hits all the way from Brad Paisley and the Dixie Chicks to Del McCoury, Sam Bush and Keb Mo. He possesses the ability to make just about any instrument talk, and his vocals and songwriting contain every emotion between joy and pain. Highly recommended!!!! $34 Cover Charge..

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime.. A really great night of music. Headlining is Orchestra Gold led by the ferocious Mariam Diakité from Bamako, Orchestra Gold promotes pre-digital age (OldStyle) music from Mali, West Africa. Also on the bill composer and drummer Jason Levis leads his instrumental dub-reggae orchestra, Joseph’s Bones in bringing the electronic sound-transformation processes of Jamaican dub to an acoustic setting. The ensemble pulls the thread between visceral groove and abstract sonic suspension.Featuring 14 of the Bay Area’s best musicians, Joseph’s Bones draws inspiration from the roots reggae of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the dub sounds of King Tubb and the soaring horn lines the of Skatalites. This instrumental group is new to the scene, but old in its tradition, bringing an ecstatic spirit to deep appreciation for reggae music’s traditions. Highly recommended!!!! $18 Cover Charge…

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of bluegrass with two wonderful bands. The Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a string band that plays traditional Bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more. Dusty Green Bones Band is a five piece electric bluegrass band that combines musical styles from a wide variety of genres and mixing them with the high energy of hard-driving bluegrass. Highly recommended!!! $12 Ciover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.10-time GRAMMY winner, Arturo Sandoval is simply the greatest living Cuban trumpet player and a legend of Latin jazz. He has forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, playing a central role in revolutionizing Cuban music as founding member of Irakere, one of the most innovative and influential Afro-Cuban bands of all time whose embrace of the jazz tradition flew in the face of state-sanctioned music of the island nation. Highly recommended!! $32-$70 Cover Charge…

Saturday November 17th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..The Delgado Brothers are a great soul and rhythm and blues band. Beloved for their live shows and renowned for their signature LA sound, the Delgado Brothers are a fusion of soaring guitar virtuosity, melodious harmonies, and rock solid musicianship. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Amity Rose is a San Francisco-based tunesmith, song stylist and entertainer with a huge and expressive voice. Her band features upright bass, guitar, drums and Miss Rose at the helm on vox, ukulele and a variety of instruments. Sets include standards with a twist, lesser known vintage gems and a selection of originals reflecting her folk, indie-rock and theatrical roots. This music is beautiful and timeless.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

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

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..Westside Jazz Club, lead by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Scott Silverberg, is a collective of innovative jazz musicians performing jazz standards, challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics. I have seen this ensemble a number of time and they never dissapoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime… Tonight’s headliner is Soul Ska the nine-piece, multi-racial musical collective playing original Ska & Rocksteady with a touch of Soul! Also on the bill is Sun Hop Fat whose music blends the rhythms of traditional American funk and jazz with harmonies and melodies from East Africa. Opening up the show is lengendary DJ Kevvy Kev who has been rocking the decks for everyone from Wu-Tang to Camp Lo to DAS EFX and the list goes on. He is a true connoisseur of Hip Hop jams, a master of the art form of dejaying, and the host of the longest running Hip-Hop radio show of all time, The Drum, on KZSU. Highly recommended!!!! $12 Cover Charge…

RipTide 3639 Taraval St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:00 AM Showtime… The Bogues is a San Francisco based 8-piece Pogues celebration band led by noted Bay Area musician and British Isles expat Paul Griffiths. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.10-time GRAMMY winner, Arturo Sandoval is simply the greatest living Cuban trumpet player and a legend of Latin jazz. He has forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, playing a central role in revolutionizing Cuban music as founding member of Irakere, one of the most innovative and influential Afro-Cuban bands of all time whose embrace of the jazz tradition flew in the face of state-sanctioned music of the island nation. Highly recommended!! $39-$70 Cover Charge…

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime.. Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra is a four-man orchestra blending blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits’ darker works. Sitting in with the band tonight is special guest singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjo player, and founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show Willie Watson. Highly recommended!!!!! $19 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 7:30 PM Showtime.. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy. Highly recommended!!!!! $26-$40 Cover Charge..

Sunday November 18th

Elbo Room
647 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. La Gente SF has created their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Salsa and fusing together rhythms and cultural influences from all over the Caribbean with their distinct Bay Area flavor and style to create an infectious high energy dance party.. This is a fun party band.. Highly recommended!!! $13 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Headlining tonight is the legendary American garage band The Sonics whose hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they have been named as inspirations to Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, the Fall, and other major artists. Opening the show is the San Francisco garage band The Flakes.. Highly recommended!!!! $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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 6:00 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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime.10-time GRAMMY winner, Arturo Sandoval is simply the greatest living Cuban trumpet player and a legend of Latin jazz. He has forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, playing a central role in revolutionizing Cuban music as founding member of Irakere, one of the most innovative and influential Afro-Cuban bands of all time whose embrace of the jazz tradition flew in the face of state-sanctioned music of the island nation. Highly recommended!! $32-$70 Cover Charge…

Video Pick of The Week..

If I Should Fall From Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story.. Co-founder, lead singer, and principal songwriter for the seminal Irish band the Pogues, Shane MacGowan made music that was both beautiful and brutal, much of it driven by personal demons. This documentary portrait features extensive archival footage of MacGowan’s career, inspired by the twin poles of traditional Irish music and the raging punk scene of the late ’70s (he credits John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and that band’s anti-British sentiments as a major influence). We see videos of his early band the Nips (short for the Nipple Erectors); performance footage of the Pogues; clips from studio sessions with Elvis Costello, who produced the band’s acclaimed Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (and married the band’s bass player, Caitlin O’Riordan).

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