Suggestions for Week of 11/26-12/02

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

Monday November 26th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime… The High Tide Trio is a sensational super instrumental band featuring Mitch Polzak on guitar and bass, Hank Maninger on guitar and bass, and Les James on drums. Les will not be playing guitar. Hank and Mitch will switch off on guitar and bass. Mitch and Hank will not be playing the drums. The band plays all sorts of interesting guitar instrumentals, including surf, country, jazz, bluegrass, and movie and TV show themes. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

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 Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. Highly recommended N/C

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime… A really great show is instore tonight featuring singer-songwriter Sonia Kreitzer, better known by her stage name Doe Paoro, whose ethereal sound blends elements of pop, dubstep, soul, and R&B and bears strong influence of Lhamo, a vocally acrobatic, centuries-old Tibetan folk opera tradition. Alternative folk/soul poet and singer/songwriter Azuah opens the show. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Next Town Down are the next great R&B group. They are five guys who found each other through social media and got together to start something the world has never seen before.Their original music is known for its feel good vibes that redefine R&B. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Tuesday November 27th

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

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime.. Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Area’s preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge..

The Midway SF 900 Marin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Beatles: Seargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: Listen presented by Envelop, a non-profit that amplifies the power of music through immersive audio venues and open source spatial audio software, which hosts a diversity of events ranging from spatial music performances and listening events, to wellness and 3D audio education. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Wednesday November 28th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 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 Albert Collins 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..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. Loretts Gooden & The B3 Band is one of the Bay Area’s most down home soulful blues bands led by Loretta’s powerful, gospel infused vocals. 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.

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight. 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.

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..

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge..

Thursday November 29th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Great American Music Hall Presents A John Waters Christmas..Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble,” “Hairspray,” “Serial Mom”), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas.”  This rapid-fire “trigger warning” for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, “Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?,” “Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?,” “Has Santa ever been nude?,” and, most importantly, “Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?” Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they’re false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time. Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of “Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child” and his hatred for email Christmas cards, The Easter Bunny, and any kind of holiday “food issues,” the Pope of Trash will give you a Cool Yule like no other.  You better watch out, you better cry!  John Waters, the People’s Pervert, is coming to town. Highly recommended!!!!!! $55 Cover Charge..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime…Another good night of music with two great alternative/indie pop bands Cayucas and title Nico Yaryan. Highly recommended!!!! $19 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Travelin’ McCourys are the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of music to bring joy into people’s lives. With fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble combines their deeply-rooted bluegrass sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Few vocalists own the stage like the soulful blues vocals of Terrie Odabi backed by Deep Blue Soul Revue with special guests Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paul Soul Orchestra… Highly recommended!!!! $24-$49 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Tash Sultana is a dynamic young artist who has commanded world attention since homemade videos of Tash went viral. A true virtuoso, Tash has mastered over 15 instruments, vocals that shine with a magical quality and a live show that needs to be seen to be believed. Opening the show is Ocean Alley who has captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock. Highly recommended!!!! $45 Cover Charge..

Friday November 30th

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Scott Larson Trio led by trombonist, arranger and composer Scott Larson along with bassist Robert Overbury, and drummer Smith Dobson have been making music in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. With this combined 60 years of musical experience playing as a trio they strive to play a wide range of material from original compositions to Jamaican music all the way down to hard swinging jazz. Highly recommended!!! No Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. One of the bay area’s very best bebop inspired jazz ensembles, The Josh Taylor Quartet, features Josh Taylor on piano Rick Wallace on Bass Mike Muschell on drums Bill Petitti on tenor sax. Highly recommended!!! No Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Sexy shack-shackin’ music – that’s Howell Devine the massively talented NorCal trio’s triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. Howell Devine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.Highly recommended!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy Award winning and gold and platinum selling duo, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr will celebrate their multifaceted 45 year career in a show that includes R&B, gospel, jazz, blues and pop. As the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group The Fifth Dimension, they launched champagne and pop/soul classics including “Up, Up and Away;” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In;” “Worst That Could Happen;” “Stoned Soul Picnic;” “Sweet Blindness;” “Wedding Bell Blues” and “One Less Bell to Answer.” After leaving the group, Marilyn and Billy recorded “You Don’t Have to be a Star,” a chart topping #1 record which earned them their seventh Grammy Award and a television series on CBS. Highly recommended!!!!! $67.50-&110 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Dirty Water Records is shpwcasing three really good bands tonight.. Headlining tonight is one of the Bay Areas legendary and influential psychedelic garage rock bands The Chocolate Watchband.. The East Bay’s knuckle dragging garage rockers The Ogres, cosmic soul pop band The Young Elders and Dj Sid Presley round out what promises to be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz series tonight at title Grace Cathedral 1100 California St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime… Laurie Anderson will be performing Lou Reed’s powerful drone piece. Something between an installation and performance this piece features the hypnotic overtones and harmonics of guitar feedback. As part of it, Laurie will be joined in a viola duet by Eyvind Kang. Highly recommended!!!!! $40 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition known as the “ Superjam” with the dual vocals of Ivan Neville and Eric Lindell, matched with Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore of the Galactic rhythm section. This inception took place at the famed Dragon’s Den, hence the name of the band. The music centers around Lindell’s blue eyed soul , Neville’s funk and R&B, and Galactic’s groove. Besides a few trips to the West Coast, and a recent run of the East Coast, this band has been strickly playing in New Orleans. With everyone in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. Bay Area psychedelic funk band El Metate and lengendary DJ Kevvy Kev who has been rocking the decks for everyone from Wu-Tang to Camp Lo to DAS EFX rounds out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $45 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Three Bay Area music legends a preforming together tonight for two shows. Multi Grammy-nominated percussionist, bandleader John Santos will be performing with the great jazz vocalist Kenny Washington and guitar virtuoso Jose Roberto Hernandez. Highly recommended!!!!! $26-$59 Cover Charge…

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Tash Sultana is a dynamic young artist who has commanded world attention since homemade videos of Tash went viral. A true virtuoso, Tash has mastered over 15 instruments, vocals that shine with a magical quality and a live show that needs to be seen to be believed. Opening the show is Ocean Alley who has captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock. Highly recommended!!!! $45 Cover Charge..

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

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. The Travelin’ McCourys are the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of music to bring joy into people’s lives. With fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble combines their deeply-rooted bluegrass sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating. Their special guest is the legendary madolin virtuoso David Grisman.. Highly recommended!!!!! $38 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.. UK Ska legends The English Beat whose music fuses Latin, ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock will have the house rockin’ at Moes. Hiughly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Saturday December 1st

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Cafe R&B are considered one of the most exciting live acts in the Blues genre, and beyond. Their sound is firmly rooted in electric Blues, but theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Americana. Hailing from Los Angeles Cafe R&B features the raging female vocalist “Roach” and the blazing lead guitar of Byl Carruther. This might be the best show of the night!!! Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

The SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Time to Pump It Up with Elvis Costello & The Imposters one of rock and roll’s most influential and iconic bands led of course by musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor Elvis Costello. Highly recommended!! $59-$125 Cover Charge…

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime.. One of the great Bay Area’s funk bands The Humidors 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. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy Award winning and gold and platinum selling duo, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr will celebrate their multifaceted 45 year career in a show that includes R&B, gospel, jazz, blues and pop. As the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group The Fifth Dimension, they launched champagne and pop/soul classics including “Up, Up and Away;” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In;” “Worst That Could Happen;” “Stoned Soul Picnic;” “Sweet Blindness;” “Wedding Bell Blues” and “One Less Bell to Answer”. After leaving the group, Marilyn and Billy recorded “You Don’t Have to be a Star,” a chart topping #1 record which earned them their seventh Grammy Award and a television series on CBS. Highly recommended!!!!! $67.50-&110 Cover Charge..

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco.. 7:30 PM Showtime.. Laurie Anderson has written a lot of things for and about men and have asked the amazing Scott Amendola to join her in an evening of improv. Some of the greatest experts on women are men and of course vice versa so she is hoping for some lively mash ups. Highly recommended!!!!! $45/$65/$85/$95 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. An amazingly fun night of music with the great pyschedelic surf band Spendtime Palace headlining the night. Garage psych rockers Locus Pocus, garage soul/doo wop Bear Call and indie folk rockers The Brazen Youth round out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!$12 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Tash Sultana is a dynamic young artist who has commanded world attention since homemade videos of Tash went viral. A true virtuoso, Tash has mastered over 15 instruments, vocals that shine with a magical quality and a live show that needs to be seen to be believed. Opening the show is Ocean Alley who has captivated audiences around the world with their infectious melody lines and memorable blend of psychedelic-surf-rock. Highly recommended!!!! $45 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime.. UK Ska legends The English Beat whose music fuses Latin, ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock will have the house rockin’ at Moes. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..

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

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 8:30 PM Showtime.. Elvin Bishop is a legendary blues and rock icon will be performing with his Big Fun Trio. Elvin is so much fun and entertaining. Highly recommended!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Sunday December 2nd

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Join us as Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon and Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy bring “A Summer Song”, “World Without Love” , “I Go To Pieces”, “Yesterday’s Gone”, and more. Hear inside stories of The Beatles’ Apple Records, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt from Peter, and tales from the classic 60’s TV series Batman, Dick Van Dyke and Patty Duke from Jeremy. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco.. 7:00 PM Showtime.. Laurie Anderson‘s last night will feature Scenes from Her Radio Play which will be themes and variations on the characters and situations in the play. Fred Firth will join Laurie in invoking hypnosis, memory, old juke joints, canoe trips and love. Highly recommended!!!! $35/$55/$75/$90 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime.. The California Honeydrops celebrate their 10th year together with the release of their 7th studio album and first ever double album, “Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2” and continue to tour worldwide. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. Highly recommended!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

Video Pick of The Week..

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon…. Supermensch documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Highly recommended!!!

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