Suggestions for Week of 1/07-1/13

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

Monday January 7th

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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime.. The Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

Tuesday January 8th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason is another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Contemporary jazz megastar trumpet master and multi Grammy winner Chris Botti honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra and his newest album Impressions, was a GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Pop Album. Performing with Chris is an all star stellar band including Joey DeFrancesco on organ Sandy Cameron on violin, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Eldar Djangirov on piano, Reggie Hamilton on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Highly recommended!!! $55/$75/$95/$105 Cover Charge….

Wednesday January 9th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Contemporary jazz megastar trumpet master and multi Grammy winner Chris Botti honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra and his newest album Impressions, was a GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Pop Album. Performing with Chris is an all star stellar band including Joey DeFrancesco on organ Sandy Cameron on violin, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Eldar Djangirov on piano, Reggie Hamilton on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Highly recommended!!! $55/$75/$95/$105 Cover Charge….

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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight 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. N/C

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.

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Globe-trotting alt rock outfit Kongos formed in 2007 around the talents of siblings Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos, the sons of popular South African singer/songwriter John Kongos, who scored a Top Ten single in 1971 with “He’s Gonna Step on You Again,” which served as the basis for the 1990 Happy Mondays’ hit “Step On.” Based out of Phoenix, Arizona and sharing influences as diverse as Wire, Coldplay, Tinariwen, Dire Straits, The Prodigy and Miles Davis, the quartet specialize in driving, arena-ready alt rock that’s infused with the polyrhythmic cadences of their South African upbringing. Highly recommended!!!!$25 Cover Charge..

Thursday January 10th

The Independant 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco.. 9:00 PM Showtime.. Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. Great vocal and instrumental arrangements.. The highly acclaimed folk Americana duo Handmade Moments opens the show. Highly recommended..$35 Cover Charge

The Midway 900 Marin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-8:30 Showtime Listen- The Dark Side Of The Moon is Alan Parson’s original quadraphonic mix of Pink Floyd’s legendary album The Dark Side Of The Moon.. This is an entirely new experience of this classic work of early spatial audio. $25 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Contemporary jazz megastar trumpet master and multi Grammy winner Chris Botti honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra and his newest album Impressions, was a GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Pop Album. Performing with Chris is an all star stellar band including Joey DeFrancesco on organ Sandy Cameron on violin, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Eldar Djangirov on piano, Reggie Hamilton on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Highly recommended!!! $70/$90/$105/$125 Cover Charge…

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime… A great night of music featuring two talented Bay Area musicians. In his twenty -year career as a San Francisco-based musician, Sean Hayes has won acclaim from fans and critics alike. He’s duetted with Aimee Mann, toured with Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, been covered by The Be Good Tanyas and re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, and had his music featured in a variety of television shows, films, and commercials.. Multi instrumentalist/composer/singer songwriter John Vanderslice opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. SVER has often been described as “sounding electric without electricity”, and their flexible musicianship has also made them an attractive backing band for some of Scandinavia’s leading singers in different genres. That has lead to them playing on TV-shows, at large festivals, as well as securing positions on radio charts with the music ranging from folk to reggae/dancehall and rap. Their imaginative soundscapes, grooves, and melodies will take you on a journey over the Norwegian fjords and mountains, into the lively pubs and back out into the deep forest of their musicality. Highly recommended!!!! $26 Cover Charge..

Friday January 11th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith & Her Band will be rocking the house. The punk poet laureate, Patti is one of the most influential components of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45 Cover Charge…

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. George Cole and EUROCANA fill it to the brim with unforgettable music featuring three-part harmonies delivered by top-tier vocalists and amazing instrumental virtuosity. Influenced by Django Reinhardt, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and French chanson, the group swings with infectious joy, bringing audiences to their feet the old-fashioned way. This great ensemble includes George Cole on guitar, Madeline Tasquin on guitar and vocals and a great bassist Kaeli Earle also on vocals… Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime. An extraordinary evening of jazz with the Jessica King/Clint Baker/Jeff Hamilton trio in performance tonight. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Contemporary jazz megastar trumpet master and multi Grammy winner Chris Botti honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra and his newest album Impressions, was a GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Pop Album. Performing with Chris is an all star stellar band including Joey DeFrancesco on organ Sandy Cameron on violin, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Eldar Djangirov on piano, Reggie Hamilton on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Highly recommended!!! $70/$90/$105/$125 Cover Charge…

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A fun night of music instoe with three good bands with indie punk rockers Quivers headlining. Rounding out the show are emo rockers Long Knives and the latin punk rockers Munecas.. Highly recommended!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

The Terrace Room 1800 Madison St, Oakland 7:00 PM-10:00 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. N/C.

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 9:00 PM Showtime. Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe. Opening up the show is local Americana folk ensemble Coffee Zombie Collective.. Highly recommended!!!! $20 cover Charge..

Saturday January 12th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith & Her Band will be rocking the house. The punk poet laureate, Patti is one of the most influential components of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses . Highly recommended!!!!!! $45 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Contemporary jazz megastar trumpet master and multi Grammy winner Chris Botti honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra and his newest album Impressions, was a GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Pop Album. Performing with Chris is an all star stellar band including Joey DeFrancesco on organ Sandy Cameron on violin, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Eldar Djangirov on piano, Reggie Hamilton on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Highly recommended!!! $70/$90/$105/$125 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

Bimbos 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. During its 28 years of phenomenal success, Pride & Joy has remained the Bay Area’s most popular soul and funk party band. Guaranteed they will have Bimbos rocking and the crowd dancing. Highly recommended!!!! $25-$45 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of todays top guitarists who’s signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre. Born and raised in Chicago amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters including Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Luther Allison, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & his father Lonnie Brooks. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A really fun night of music with three good bands with rock’ n’ rollers Warbly Jets headlining. Also on the bill are indie punk rockers Henry Chadwick and indie rockers The Pleasure Routine. Highly recommended!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. Great vocal and instrumental arrangements..Highly recommended..$35 Cover Charge

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. The Combo has a great vocalist in Belle du Berry, who’s joined by Australian trumpeter/keyboardist David Lewis, classical bassist Benoît Dunoyer de Segonzac, French drummer François Jeannin, and Potzi, an Algerian Gypsy guitarist whose virtuosic style and natty appearance recalls Django Reinhardt. Highly recommedned!!!!!! $49 Cover Charge…

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 9:00 PM Showtime. Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe. Opening up the show is the soulful harmonies, hard rocking grooves, and paint poetic lyrics of Divided by Seven. Highly recommended!!!! $20 cover Charge..

Sunday January 13th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 & 9:00 PM Showtimes. Legendary guitar virtuoso Harvey Mandel, aka “The Snake,” truly one of the most distinctive and innovative musicians, continues to perform throughout the world, captivating audiences with his inventive style of electric guitar playing. A pioneer of modern electric blues from Chicago, Mandel developed and mastered sustained and controlled feedback, displaying both extroversion and musical virtuosity. He has performed with many blues legends including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Albert King, and Buddy Guy. Highly recommended!!! $22 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Contemporary jazz megastar trumpet master and multi Grammy winner Chris Botti honed his craft performing and recording with stars like Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra and his newest album Impressions, was a GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Pop Album. Performing with Chris is an all star stellar band including Joey DeFrancesco on organ Sandy Cameron on violin, Andy Snitzer on saxophone, Leonardo Amuedo on guitar, Eldar Djangirov on piano, Reggie Hamilton on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. Highly recommended!!! $55/$75/$95/$105 Cover Charge….

Royal Cuckoo 3202 Mission St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith sings at the hippest bar in San Francisco, accompanied by Chris Siebert on the Hammond organ. You’ll love the vibe, the cocktails, and the world-class collection of vintage vinyl spinning for your listening pleasure. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Thee Parkside 1600 17th St, San Francisco.. 4:00 PM Showtime..Two really fun bands this afternoon. The raucous rockabilly band Miss Connie Champagne & The Kissing Cousins and another fun band Macerator will have Thee Parkside rockin’.. Highly recommended!!!! 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

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. Great vocal and instrumental arrangements..Highly recommended..$35 Cover Charge

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:00 PM Showtime. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music and one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country. Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. 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. Opening the show is americana inspired singer/songwriter Victoria George.. Highly recommended!!!! $32 Cover Charge…

Video Pick of The Week..

Elvis would have been 83 years old on Tuesday the 7th and in his honor I would like to recommend The Searcher is a two-part profile of Elvis Presley begins with his early life in Mississippi; his first encounter with Sun Records Sam Phillips; tours of the South; and his decision to sign with a national label after his manager, Col. Tom Parker, bought out his contract.

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