Suggestions for Week of 1/28-2/03

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

Monday January 28th

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.. 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

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Azur Lawrence Experience has performed and recorded with such groundbreaking icons as McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. At just 19 years old, Azar was chosen by Elvin Jones and then Tyner to fill the shoes of the late great John Coltrane. Azar blew down the house last time he was at the Bach and he continues to roar with this great eight-piece ensemble…The band includes Azar Lawrence on saxophone, Windy Barnes Farrell on vocals, Brian Swartz on trumpet, Dale Williams on guitar; TBD on piano/Keytar, TBD on bass, Munyungo Jackson on percussion and Yayo Morales on drums. Highly recommended!!!!! $27-$45 Cover Charge..

Tuesday January 29th

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. Highly recommended $10 Cover Charge.

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

Wednesday January 30th

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

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band 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…

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.. Kyle Rowland Blues Band is keeping the tradition alive and sticking with the roots, of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues with a pinch of West Coast swing. Kyle was voted Blues harmonica player of the year and his band is dynamite and brings freshness to the blues scene! Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. A truly great night of music with the legendary frontman of Turbonegro Hank Von Hell headlining the night. Punk rockers Against The Grain and garage rock/surf punk rockers Jonny Manak & The Depressions round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

Thursday January 31st

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings influences range from vintage lounge music, 1940s R&B, swing, and boogie-woogie. This is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. Highly recommended!!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. SFJAZZ Gala 2019 celebrates the lifework of Chucho Valdez, the greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in jazz for more than half a century, with the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award. Honoring Chucho tonight are Irakere 45 his visionary groundbreaking band that incorporated Afro-Cuban rhythms, sacred drum music, rock, funk and jazz.. Other performers include the first lady of Cuban jazz Omara Portuondo, jazz diva Dianne Reeves, British soul singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, the Bay Area all-star ensemble SF Jazz Collective, virtuoso vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Grammy nominated Cuban saxophonist, percussionist and composer Yosvanny Terry, Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa, Chucho’s daughter & son Leyanis Valdes & Jesse Valdes, a great collection of young talent the SF Jazz High School All-Stars, the New Orleans institution the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Cuban born Bay Area percussionist and singer Jesus Diaz Y Su QBA. A great night honoring this great influential pianist/composer. Highly recommended!!!! $170 Cover Charge..

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito will be performing tonight. His music spans blues, R&B, and roots music and his 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He is also a great performer. I highly recommend seeing Negrito.. $28-&33 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:00 PM Showtime.. A night of East bay punk rock with some great bands including The Pathogens, United Defiance, Some Kind Of Nightmare, The Rinds and High & Tight. Should be fun.. Highly recommended!!!!! $5 Cover Charge!!!!

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Wallace Roney and his outstanding quintet will be performing this evening.Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16 and has Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the bands fronted by Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock to name a few. Joining Roney will be saxophonist Emilio Modeste, pianist Oscar Williams guitarist Paul Caffarri and a drummer TBA. Highly recommended!!!!! 428-$64 Cover Charge…

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime. Led by ace guitarist Paul Mehling, The Hot Club of San Francisco is one of the Bay Area’s great musical treasures. Mehling started the band by coaching some of his favorite local musicians on how to play the gypsy jazz style and blending it with the classic swinging jazz styles of New York City’s 52nd Street. Since its inception, the Hot Club of San Francisco has had a “swing or die” approach that’s ingratiated itself with fans across many genres. On this concert date the group will be marking the release of their new album, Hot Club Of San Francisco – 30 Years, celebrating their landmark anniversary. Highly recommended!!!!!! $33.60 Cover Charge…

Friday February 1st

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Another good night of music with a great doo-wop rock group Tino Drima headlining the night. Death doo-wop/garage pop rockers Nobody’s Body and 60’s garage pop surf rockers The She’s rounding out the night. DJ Dan Shaw gets the evening going.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge….

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Russian Solution, the Bay Area band whose music is a combination of traditional Russian rock, blues, folk and hard rock will be rocking the Brick & Mortar tonight. Led by guitarist and songwriter Felix Melamed, “Russian Solution” frequently experiments with other styles of music and incorporates the elements of electronic music, heavy metal and bossa nova into its songs. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in Cuban music for more than half a century, piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes is in performance with Irakere 45 the new iteration of the legendary band that changed the course of Latin music in the 1970s and 80s. Joining Chucho areManuel Machado on trumpet, Carlos Sarduy on trumpet, Rafael Aguila on alto saxophone, Ariel Bringuez on tenor saxophone, Yelsy Heredia on bass, Rodney Barreto on drums, Yaroldy Abreu on percussion and Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé on batá & vocals. Highly recommended!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover Charge..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:30 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

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. One of the great singer/songwriter virtuoso guitarists and performers Richard Thompson will rocking the house tonight..Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ryley Walker opens the show.. Thompson is a great performer and is highly recommended!!!!! $36.50 Cover Charge..

The Hopmonk 224 Vintage Way, Novato 8:00 PM Showtime.. Blame Sally is a collaboration of four solo female singer-songwriters from San Francisco who have recorded and performed together frequently over the past decade. Great songwriters, singers and performers from this group that includes Pam Delgado (percussion and vocals), Renee Harcourt (guitar and vocals), Rob Strom (bass guitar), Jeri Jones (guitar, bass and vocals), and Monica Pasqual (piano, accordion, and vocals). Highly recommended!!!! $40 Cover Charge

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Lisa Fischer & Grand Batan in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. Fischer has a remarkable vocal range that covers soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. She often mixes styles in the same song, sometimes in the same vocal line. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!! $46 Cover Charge…

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Two of the finest and most versatile musicians on the Bay Area music scene, violinist & composer Tom Rigney and pianist John Burr have joined forces in a great new musical duo. These two virtuosos have put together a repertoire that covers a wide range of musical styles—from Celtic to blues, from hauntingly beautiful arias and waltzes to rollicking fiddle tunes and Cajun two-steps—and which includes both original compositions and tunes from the traditional repertoire. Highly recommended!!!!!$15 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. It can be easily argued that it was Booker T Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. Booker T’s Stax Revue is a presentation of Booker’s hits with the MGs, such as “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High” and “Time is Tight” and of the classics recorded on Stax Records by legendary artists such as “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, “When Something is Wrong with my Baby” by Sam and Dave and “Gee Whiz” by Carla Thomas...Highly recommended!!$39 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Railroad Earth is a great Americana roots band with influences spanning several genres of folk music including elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, Celtic and other Americana influences.. Indie Americanaroots/pop accoustic string band Front Country opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

Saturday February 2nd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in Cuban music for more than half a century, piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes is in performance with Irakere 45 the new iteration of the legendary band that changed the course of Latin music in the 1970s and 80s. Joining Chucho are Manuel Machado on trumpet, Carlos Sarduy on trumpet, Rafael Aguila on alto saxophone, Ariel Bringuez on tenor saxophone, Yelsy Heredia on bass, Rodney Barreto on drums, Yaroldy Abreu on percussion and Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé on batá & vocals... Highly recommended!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 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 is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass). 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. 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.. 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. Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats 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 serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… Musician/producer and lead singer of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf, Eric Bachmann will be performing tonight.. San Diego rockers The Color Forty Nine opens the show.. Highly recommended $35 Cover Charge,,

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 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 Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Turkuaz is a Brooklyn-based nonet that ignites an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs. Opening the show is Paris Monster a beat-driven band employing heavy elements of funk and soul. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Lisa Fischer & Grand Batan in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. Fischer has a remarkable vocal range that covers soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. She often mixes styles in the same song, sometimes in the same vocal line. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!! $46 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. It can be easily argued that it was Booker T Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. Booker T’s Stax Revue is a presentation of Booker’s hits with the titleMGs, such as “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High” and “Time is Tight” and of the classics recorded on Stax Records by legendary artists such as “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, “When Something is Wrong with my Baby” by Sam and Dave and “Gee Whiz” by Carla Thomas. Highly recommended!!$39 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Railroad Earth is a great Americana roots band with influences spanning several genres of folk music including elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, Celtic and other Americana influences.. Indie Americana roots/pop acoustic string band Front Country opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 PM Showtime.. For the last 25 years, the trio called the Broun Fellinis has been one of the most innovative Bay Area bands creating a sonic expression inspired by the ancient to future traditions of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music and African/Indian trance sounds.They play with passion, precision and soul in energetic performances that embrace freedom and structure equally. Out of nowhere, improvised themes and motifs morph into well-crafted songs with evocative melodies, exotic harmonies and infectious rhythms. Eric McFadden is a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist, as well as traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic), and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). Opening up the show is San Francisco based Voodoo Dolly, an all Black futurist tribute to Siouxsie and the Banshees . Highly recommended!!! $15 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.. Blame Sally is a collaboration of four solo female singer-songwriters from San Francisco who have recorded and performed together frequently over the past decade. Great songwriters, singers and performers from this group that includes Pam Delgado (percussion and vocals), Renee Harcourt (guitar and vocals), Rob Strom (bass guitar), Jeri Jones (guitar, bass and vocals), and Monica Pasqual (piano, accordion, and vocals). Highly recommended!!!! $40 Cover Charge

Sunday February 3rd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 11:00 AM Showtime.. The greatest living Cuban pianist and a singular force in Cuban music for more than half a century, piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes is in performance with Irakere 45 the new iteration of the legendary band that changed the course of Latin music in the 1970s and 80s. Joining Chucho are Manuel Machado on trumpet, Carlos Sarduy on trumpet, Rafael Aguila on alto saxophone, Ariel Bringuez on tenor saxophone, Yelsy Heredia on bass, Rodney Barreto on drums, Yaroldy Abreu on percussion and Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé on batá & vocals. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$55/$70/$85 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

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

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. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Video Pick of The Week..

Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus Season 2returns for an all-new season chronicling the exploits of legendary music artists that focuses for the first time on funk-music greats including James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Rick James and others. Mike Judge serves as the series’ narrator, recounting, in his classic comically wry style, the raucous adventures of notorious musical talents, as told by those who knew them best. Hilarious and offbeat, the series features animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, each of whom share uncensored anecdotes brought to life by animated reenactments, and woven together with live-action archival performance footage and behind-the-scenes photos. A love letter to musicians and all their wild, crazy and sometimes downright bizarre antics, Tales from the Tour Bus serves as an entertaining and enlightening look into a lesser-known side of music history, for music buffs and casual fans alike.

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