Suggestions for Week of 12/31-1/06

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

Monday December 31st

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger completed a successful summer tour, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Opening the show is another Les Claypool collaboration called Beanpole. Highly recommended!!!! $75 Cover Charge..

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 9:00 PM Showtime.. With apologies to the late, great James Brown, but you’d be hard pressed to find another singer and a band who’s ever worked as hard as Lee Fields & The Expressions, a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969 and has earned the nickname “Little JB” for his physical and vocal resemblance with James Brown..Fields has toured the world with musical legends like Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers &O.V Wright. Blues singer Quinn Deveaux and the instrumental classical soul quartet The M-Tet round out the show. Highly recommended!!!!$55 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Legendary super metal band Sleep NYE will be rocking The Music Hall. Highly recommended!!! $80 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr.(Upright Bass). Howell Devine deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. HowellDevine 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!!!! No Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM Showtime.. Ring in the New Year with the king of the funky saxophone and one of the primary architects of modern R&B, Maceo Parker. He spent the first half of his career in the service of funk’s founding fathers, and in his second act as a bandleader, the unrelentingly soulful saxophonist/vocalist has ascended into the funk firmament in his own right, leading a righteously grooving outfit that plays with ecstatic precision and ferocious drive. Vocalist and songwriter Deva Mahal will open the show with her superb band, performing a set of groove-heavy R&B. Highly recommended!!! $60/$80/$95/$105 Cover Charge….

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM & 11:00 PM Showtimes. Come ring in the new year with the wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado Rick Estrin & The Nightcats who 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!!! $70 Cover Charge..

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Lane, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Tin Cup Serenade is one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional old time jazz band deeply rooted in the blues ragtime, New Orleans jazz, western swing with a little mariachi and calypso thrown in. I really love this band. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Black Cat Jazz Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-2:30 AM Showtime.. It’s Studio 54 New Years Eve party with Grammy award winning J. Hoard featuring Viveca. J. Hoard is a featured singer and songwriter on the Grammy Award winning “Coloring Book” featuring Chance the Rapper. He brings an immense energy to his shows, infused with gospel, soul, R&B, funk, and hip-hop. This will be an amazing way to ring in the new year filled with great food, friends, Champagne, and a Grammy-winning vocalist in an exclusive, intimate setting in our downstairs lounge. We’ll have music ALL NIGHT LONG, starting at 6:00 and going to 2:30 in the morning. Come decked out in your best Studio 54 disco attire and be ready to rock all night into 2019! $110-$135 Cover Charge…

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with three really good bands with the blues based raucous rockers Junkyard headlining the night.. Punk rockers JetBoy and Flexx Bronco round out the night. Highly recommended!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime. New Orleans based Americana roots singer/song musician Eric Lindell will be in performance along with blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh. Eric a personnel favorite and great performer. Highly recommended!!!!! $65 Cover Charge…

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. Welcome in the New Year with three great bands.. Over the last forty-plus years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast’s premier traditional bluegrass band. Dix Bruce & Julie Cline sing and play a wonderful combination of Americana and original music on guitar and mandolin. Their beautiful vocal harmonies make everything they perform, from bluegrass to blues, folk to country, rockabilly to originals, a pleasure to listen to. Sam Rudin plays some of the most exciting piano you are likely to hear. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, and Jerry Lee Lewis…sometimes all at the same time. He also just might be the only bluegrass piano player in the world, and is happy to be surrounded by great bluegrass musicians where some mixing, matching, and jamming will have a chance to happen. Highly recommended!!!$20 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, perform with a well-honed and solid power – always in the groove from their years of experience and mutual inspiration. Started as a side project during Jefferson Airplane days, the constant, the very definition of Hot Tuna, has always been Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. They seem to always shine at the Freight. Highly recommended!!!! Only $104 Cover Charge.

If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 9:00 PM Showtime.. Rock in the New Year with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers the inspiring funky/soulful bandplaying a blend of high-energy blues, R&B and roadhouse rock…soulful, celebratory vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar. Highly recommended!!!$40-$60 cover Charge.

Tuesday January 1st

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.

Wednesday January 2nd

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.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.. 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes. Chuchito Valdes is following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdez and grandfather Bebo Valdes, continuing the legacy of great piano players form Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. $24-$59 Cover Charge

Thursday January 3rd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM Showtime.. Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter returns with his masterful working quartet including pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Highly recommended!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$100 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.. 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes. 2014 GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound using the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Performing with PMO this evening is legendary trumpet master Jon Faddis. Highly recommended!!!! $26-$64 Cover Charge..

Friday January 4th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM Showtime.. Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter returns with his masterful working quartet including pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Highly recommended!!!!! $50/$70/$90/$110 Cover Charge..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Jinx Jones & The Kingtones will have the joint rockin’ this evening. “Jinx is a guitar virtuoso who seamlessly moves from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. I highly recommend seeing this band. N/C..

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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.. 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes. 2014 GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound using the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Performing with PMO this evening is legendary trumpet master Jon Faddis. Highly recommended!!!! $26-$64 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Redhot & Blue has won national recognition for its innovative arrangements of jazz standards that infuse American Songbook classics with the creative dynamism of the collegiate a cappella tradition. For decades, the ensemble has brought its award-winning sound to venues across the world: from the beaches of Puerto Rico to the streets of Paris and from the skyscrapers of Tokyo all the way home to their beloved Yale University. Highly recommended!!!! $20 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. Monophonics is one of the best live soul bands I have ever seen! Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” R&B/soul performer Quinn Deveaux opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!!$20 Cover Charge..

Saturday January 5th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM Showtime.. Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter returns with his masterful working quartet including pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Highly recommended!!!!! $50/$70/$90/$110 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Legendary American blues guitarist, singer, bandleader and record producer Steve Freund will be joined by Howell Devine‘s Pete Devine on drums & washboard and Joe Kyle on bass’.This is a show not to miss.. Highly recommended!!!! 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

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three good bands tonight with heavy metal Hellfire headlining. Rounding out the night are acid punk/punk surf rockers The Freak Accident and heavy metal hard rockers Charger. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. 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!! $24 Cover Charge.

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist / composer Peter Apfelbaum appears in duet with longtime colleague drummer / percussionist Josh Jones. Apfelbaum’s polyrhythmic approach to the piano – rooted in West African music, Gospel music and Jazz – is highlighted in combination with Jones’s mastery of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime.. 2014 GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound using the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Performing with PMO this evening is legendary trumpet master Jon Faddis. Highly recommended!!!! $47.50 Cover Charge..

Sunday January 6th

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter returns with his masterful working quartet including pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Highly recommended!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$100 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

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!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Video Pick of The Week..

Long Time Running: The Tragically Hip, the new documentary by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, follows The Tragically Hip on the 2016 cross-Canada tour, which was both to promote their new album, Man Machine Poem, and to say goodbye to the country that’s loved them for three decades. This documentary is deeply sad and positively triumphant. Highly recommended!!!!

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