Suggestions for Week of 2/4-2/10

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

Monday February 4th

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

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

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Divination led by bassist/producer and prolific musican Bill Laswell features the prolific trio of zither master Laraaji, and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake.. This is should be an amazing show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $55 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. One of the greatest drummers/percussionists on this or any universe Scott Amendola celebrates his 50th Birthday Thing with friends and stellar musicians violinist Jenny Scheinman, guitarist Jeff Parker, bassist and percussionist Mocean Worker, Hammond B3 master Will Blades, multi reed genius Ben Goldberg, guitar and banjo picker John Schott and bassist Zach Ostroff. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge….

Tuesday February 5th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Bass Invaders led by bassist/producer and prolific musician Bill Laswell also features English bassist Jan Wobble , multi instrumentalist and composer Peter Apfelbaum, bassist Josh Werner, jazz drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake and violinist/composer/producer Dorian Cheah. This should be one of the best shows of the week. Highly recommended!!!!!! $55 Cover Charge…

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. A truly great night of rock n’ roll music with four great bands. Headlining tonight from Altalnta, GA are seasoned garage rockers The Woggles. Also on the bill are the fuzz rock/psychedelic heavy soul band the Schizophonics, garage punk/power-pop rockers The Two Tens and 60’s garage/frat/psych rockers The Boars. Dj Sid Presley will get everyone ready to rock out… Highly recommended!!!!! $13 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. No Cover Charge..

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 title Cal Tjader bands. Highly recommended $10 Cover Charge.

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:30 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..

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. One of the Bay Area’s best jazz groups , the popular Al Molina Jazz Sextet is playing tonight led by Al Molina on trumpet with Al Bent on trombone, Tod Dickow on sax, Larry Chin on piano, Peter Barshay on bass and the great Vince Lateano on drums. This is a great ensemble playing music by Chick Corea, Woody Herman, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Monk, Miles and even Blue Mitchell. Highly recommended!!!!!! No cover Charge..

Wednesday February 6th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. A truly great night of music featuring the indie rock/soul/Americana jazz ensemble from New York City The Rad Trads. Also on the bill are rockers Idle Joy and Americana alternative rockers Adam Spry. I am looking forward to seeing this show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. SYPHER, this amazing trio is led by bassist/producer and prolific musician Bill Laswell features the great Cuban-American drummer Dave Lombardo and violinist/composer/producer Dorian Cheah. Highly recommended!!!!!! $55 Cover Charge..

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.

Thursday February 7th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bassist/producer and prolific musician Bill Laswell presents his power trio Third Rail featuring the truly original avant garde blues/funk/jazz guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the greatest funk drummer of them all and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey. Highly recommended!!!!! $55 Cover Charge…

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Glenn Phillips the lead singer and main songwriter for the band Toad the Wet Sprocket, has evolved into a great folk-rock songwriter, staying true to his Toad-like roots. Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lauren O’Connell opens the show. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. A fun night of music with alternative indie rocker Radar State headlining the show. Melodic punk rockers Build Them To Break and indie rockers Together We Can Rule The Galaxy round out the night. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy winning dub & reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry celebrates the 45th anniversary of his landmark album “Blackboard Jungle Dub”, the world’s first dub album, by performing it live for the first time on tour. Scratch, now 82 years young, will embark on a tour across North America beginning February 2019 performing his 1973 studio masterpiece live in its entirety for the first time, aided by the technology of NYC’s Subatomic Sound System, his hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from the Black Ark era recordings. Highly recommended!!!!!! $32 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Little Village Foundation The Benefit Show is tonight featuring a great night of music featuring the great blues guitarist/singer Kevin “B.F.” Burt, members of a great ensemble Mariachi Mestizo, blues vocalist Marina Crouse, romantic singer/songwriter Maurice Tani, singer/songwriter Sean Wheeler, one of the great Bay Area gospel soul groups The Sons of The Soul Survivors with special guest singer/guitarist Marcel Smith and the sound of student protest Raise Your Voice. A great night of music for a great foundation.. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 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. 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.. $25 Cover Charge..

Friday February 8th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Method of Defiance led Bassist/producer and prolific musician Bill Laswell also features Brooklyn based revolutionary rapper Dr. Israel, master of the turntable DJ Logic who is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip – hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader, electronic music innovator title Graham Haynes, multi instrumentalist and composer Peter Apfelbaum, bassist Josh Werner and audio professional and sonic pioneer Oz Fritz. Highly recommended!!!!! $55 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Michael Franti & Spearhead is one of the most fun musical experience around. I love the way the group blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, ska punk with some industrial music thrown into the mix. This band is a great experience. Open the show is Spanish-American singer/songwriter Victoria Canal. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40-50 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… Since the late ’80s,the Seattle-based foursome Mudhoney whose core sound of steadily pounding drums, swamp-thing bass, squalling guitar wobble creating a muck-crusted version of rock, has been making great music for the past thirty years. Opening the show is one of the first and finest bands to emerge from San Francisco’s punk scene & major inspiration in a scene The Avengers. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Steve Martin’s backup bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers is a great ensemble and an outstanding quintet. Very entertaining and funny. Highly recommended!!!!! $23 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A really fun night of musical mahem with the world’s only Nedal band Okilly Dokilly. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, the band’s live shows are high energy affairs that weave together comedy and brutality. Guttural screams and pounding drums provide a soundtrack for the pummeling of an inflatable donut as green sweaters and round glasses blur across the stage. Another Phoenix band Playboy Manbaby, a pop punk rock garage band and drifter rockers Fancy Ketchup round out a fun night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 9:30 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 Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Kinan Azmeh CityBand led by Kinan Azmeh who is one of the great virtuoso clarinetists on the planet, is one of the most intensely soulful and spellbinding ensembles performing. Joining the band is Iranian born singer/songwriter/poet Sepideh Vahidi . Highly recommended!!!!!! 439 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. For nearly two decades one of the great Americana/bluegrass bands Hot Buttered Rum has attracted a truly multi-generational audience with their high energy and fun-loving performances that showcase their stunning instrumental and vocal ingenuity. This is a great band and if you are aruond Santa Cruz oyu should try to see them. Opening up for them are jazz/folk/western swingsters Blues Summit. Highly recommended!!!! $20 cover Charge..

Saturday February 9th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Michael Franti & Spearhead is one of the most fun musical experience around. I love the way the group blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, ska punk with some industrial music thrown into the mix. This band is a great experience. Open the show is Spanish-American singer/songwriter Victoria Canal. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40-50 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 Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… One of the great southern rock blues band the North Mississippi Allstars led by Luther and Cody Dickinson will have the house rockin’.. Dj Harry Duncan will be setting the tone for a great show. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM Showtime… Saxophone giant Gerald Albright who is a pioneer of merging straight ahead and contemporary jazz will be at Yoshis for one night. I love Gerald’s tone and he is a great performer. Highly recommended!!!! $34-$69 Cover Charge.

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:00 PM Showtime. Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist with her current tour of her fiercely soulful interpretation of “The Songs Of Bob Dylan”. Highly recommended!!!! $47 Cover Charge..

Bing Concert Hall/ Stanford 327 Lasuen St, Stanford 7:30 Showtime.. One of the great latin bands Grammy nominated John Santos Sextet reflects on sacred traditions from Cuba that have birthed and influenced popular music and historical and cultural significance of Latin jazz dance in Afro-America and around the world. Highly recommended!!!!! $32-$52 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around San Jose you may want to check out

The Ritz 400 S 1st St, San Jose 8:00 PM Showtime..Since the late ’80s,the Seattle-based foursome Mudhoney whose core sound of steadily pounding drums, swamp-thing bass, squalling guitar wobble creating a muck-crusted version of rock, has been making great music for the past thirty years. Opening the show is one of the first and finest bands to emerge from San Francisco’s punk scene & major inspiration in a scene The Avengers. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Sunday February 3rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls is raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent. This band plays with a lot of joy and soul.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 3:00 PM Showtime… A really good night of music with San Francisco’s thrash punk rockers War Bison headlining.. Los Angeles based hardcore punksters The Birth Defects, San Francisco heavy blues psych rockers Older Sun and singer/songwriter Alia Faye round out the bill. Highly recommended!!!! $10 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. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Sweet Water Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:00 PM Showtime. Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist with her current tour of her fiercely soulful interpretation of “The Songs Of Bob Dylan”. Highly recommended!!!! $47 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Now celebrating its 34th season The Oakland Interfaith Choir brings together singers and instrumentalists who embody a community of diverse races, cultures, and faiths. They also share an uncontainable passion for music. Their mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions. Judging by their audiences’ reactions—clapping, cheering, and singing along—it is apparent that they succeed in that mission. Highly recommended!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 4:00 PM Showtime.. Dot’s Sunday Hoedown is an afternoon of the Bay Area’s best country, Americana, rockabilly, alt-rock bands. Headlining this afternoon is honky-tonk revisionists Crying Time. Processed Americana country band Velvetta and Bay Area country fired rock and roll mainstays Four Year Bender round out a great show. Highly recommended!!!!!$10 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television, first on Politically Incorrect and for the last fourteen years on HBO’s “Real Time”. Highly recommended!!!! $49.50-$125 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week..

Biggie and Tupac… Director Nick Broomfield takes on hip-hop’s most open-ended question in Biggie and Tupac … There’s a million and one investigative pieces floating around the internet attempting to answer that exact question, and trust me, as a late 90’s baby and hip-hop fanatic, I’ve watched every single last one of them. However, there are few that manage to take on the question with the bravado of Broomfield’s. The intense feature film speculates on hip-hop’s biggest mystery through the eyes and ears of those who were said to be direct affiliates of both camps. Broomfield steps out of the traditional “murder mystery doc” template, shying away from already well-documented knowledge. Instead, he manages to present a string of never-before-seen accounts. The 107-minute doc will take you on a climatic and cinematic whirlwind, and even leave you walking away with new questions…

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