Suggestions for Week of 2/25-3/03

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

Monday February 25th

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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 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

Tuesday February 26th

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.

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

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 February 27th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting a fun night of music with four really good bands. Headlining tonight from Montreal, Canada is the alternative psychedelic rock band Anemone. Also on the bill is the psych pop rockers from Los Angeles Sugar Candy Mountain and rounding out the night are two local San Francisco bands is dark odd pop band LI XI and psychedelic rockers Agouti.. Highly recommended!!!! $15 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.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Howell Devine is my absolute favorite Bay Area blues band.. This trio has been causing quite a stir in Northern California clubs. Joshua Howell sings in resonant tenor tones that bring to mind those of Slim Harpo, and he alternates between guitar and harmonica. Drummer Pete Devine, whose many credits include work with Lavay Smith and Maria Muldaur, creates unique rhythmic flavors by augmenting his trap set with a washboard strapped to his chest and a temple block resting atop his bass drums. Completing the personnel on the band’s debut CD is slapping upright bassist Sam Rocha. Highly recommended!!!! $20 cover Charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:15 PM Showtime.. The Lost Radio Flyers are an all-star bluegrass trio consisting of guitarist Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum, bassist Katya Polovina and guitarist Yoseff Tucker of The Bow Ties. The Gossamer Strings is an Americana music duo with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

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

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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Two of the preeminent masters of bluegrass music Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan will be performing duo at the Freight. Noam has emergered as one the great banjoists of his generation and is a founding member of the Punch Brothers. Multi-instrumentalist Duncan has built upon his bluegrass roots to become an artist who defies categorization and surpasses the limits of any specific genre. This should be a memorable night of music. Highly recommended!!!!! $36 Cover Charge..

Thursday February 28th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting a fun night of music with four really good bands. Headling tonight is a personnel favorite Indie rock singer/songwriter Travis Hayes. Travis is a great song writer and performer.. Also on the bill is another good electric soul band based in San Francisco Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue, Portland indie-folk songstress Maita and Los Angeles alternative folk pop artist Alycia Lang..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Daniel Castro Band 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..

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 Pm-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Gil Cohen Trio is a really wonderful jazz trio. When I first heard Gil playing he reminded me a lot of Roy Eldridge’s sound. It turns that Roy was one of his major influences. Gil and his trio is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Prolific guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell fronts an amazing trio featuring bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollensen with special guest multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Acclaimed Israeli-born, New York-based guitarist and composer Oz Noy has emerged as a compelling new voice between blues anguish, rock power, and the rich harmonic density of jazz. Joining Noy will be legendary drummer Dave Weckl and legendary jazz bassist Jimmy Haslip. Highy recommended!!!! $29-$64 Cover Charge…

Friday March 1st

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes…Tony Lindsay & The Soul Soldiers featuring powerhouse vocalists Fred Ross, Nicolas Bearde and Will Russ will be performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. This powerhouse soul band also features Allen Leong on keyboards, Davd Shul on guitar David Jones on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting a fun night of music with four really good bands. Headling tonight is another favorite singer/songwriter from Los Angeles synth pop artist Jerry Paper. Jerry’s new album should get him the attention he deserves. Also on the bill is Los Angeles based r&b wavy soul singer/songwriter Jasper Bones, San Francisco based new aged lounge jazz musicians Healing Potpourri and country/psychedelic rockers Half Stacked. Highly recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

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

The Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Get ready for a rocking, rollicking evening of rock, R&B, and funk with The Gatorators! This allstar group features guitarists Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and bassist Reggie Scanlon of The Radiators plus keyboardist Mitch Stein of Cryptical and drummer Eric Bolivar of Anders Osborne plus special guests. Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to see one of the most popular New Orleans/Bay Area collaborations found anywhere. Highly recommended!!!! $47 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 10:00 PM Showtime.. Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers are blazing soul-blues rockers with a funky southern soul, big city blues sound with street-level grit and soul. This band will rock the house. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. One of my favorite American blues and R&B bands The California Honeydrops is among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. I love their energy and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles, genres and idioms. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Prolific guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell performs solo this evening. Bill’s solo shows tends to show his amazing repertoire of music from jazz, blues, the great American songbook ballads to country blues and Nashville twang. He is truly an American treasure. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

Saturday March 2nd

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting The Bob Mould Band. Mould’s career has spanned decades, from his pioneering early ’80s work with Hüsker Dü to his solo work in singer-songwriter, electronic, and rock modes, to the deafening pop sparkle of Sugar. I saw Bob and his band a few years back at Hardly Strictly and he gave suxh an incredible performance he literally added 30 years onto my life. Opening up for Bob and his band is a five piece indie rock band from Los Angeles Film School. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting a fun night of music with four really good bands. Headling tonight is a truly great alternative bluegrass artist Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comotose will be performing with his own band. Ben’s new band encapsulates the old spirit of country and the contemporary soul of rock and roll. Also on the bill is modern classic musican Andrew St. James, indie flok rockers Trebuchet and indie rockers Television Spies. Highly recommended!!!! $16 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). 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

The Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime… The great English singer/songwriter/musician and multi-instrumentalist Joe Jackson defies boundaries. He has successfully released albums that range from punk, ska, new wave contemporary, sophistie-pop classical, jazz and swing. He is a great performer and he is promoting his new album “Fool”.. Highly recommended!!!! $90-$147 Ticket Range..

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting Grammy award winning singer/song writer Joy Williams with special guest Nashville based americana singer/songwriter Anthony Da Costa. Joy was half of the critically acclaimed four time Grammy award winning The Civil Wars. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes… Albert Castiglia is an artist who sings from the gut, shoots guitar licks from the hip and writes songs that articulate ones hopes, fears and heartaches. Albert earned his blues credentials as a member of Junior Wells‘ band, but his resumé is irrelevant at this point in his career. His muscular vocal style, incendiary guitar work, and fine songwriting are all the signs of an artist who’s in it for the love of music, a fact he wryly acknowledges on all of his music. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge…

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Darlingside ‘s appearance in the Bay Area is long overdue.. The four-person indie folk Americana band from Boston is an inventive band creating a sound that has been described as “baroque folk-pop”. The band members include bassist Dave Senft, guitarist/banjoist Don Mitchell, violinist/mandolinist Auyon Mukharji, and cellist/guitarist Harris Paseltiner. Opening up the show is the American folk/pop band River Whyless. Highly recommended!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

The Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Get ready for a rocking, rollicking evening of rock, R&B, and funk with The Gatorators! This allstar group features guitarists Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and bassist Reggie Scanlon of The Radiators plus keyboardist Mitch Stein of Cryptical and drummer Eric Bolivar of Anders Osborne plus special guests. Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to see one of the most popular New Orleans/Bay Area collaborations found anywhere. Highly recommended!!!! $47 Cover Charge..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. For over 30 years Roy Rogers & The Delta Kings have continued to bring the blues to its legions of fans around the world. Rogers is considered one of the Blues scene’s preeminent slide guitarist. His distinctive guitar style is instantly recognizable and certainly unforgettable. His haunting and alluring musical renderings are firmly set in the heart of the Delta. A night with the Roy and The Delta Rhythm Kings features classics and originals ranging from the acoustic slide blues of Robert Johnson, Lighting Hopkins to the rockin’ blues of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Water songs such as. “Shake Your Money Maker”, “Walkin’ Blues”, “Terraplane Blues” “Dust My Broom” and “The Sky is Crying”. Highly recommended!!!!! $28 Cover Charge..

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime.. The Crooked Jades are becoming one of my favorite bluegrass bands. I like the way the band blends bluegrass with traditional Appalachian mountain music along with vintage ethnic folk music from all over the world. I have heard this is a great venue to see live music. The Crooked Jades are definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!!!!$20 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Prolific guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell fronts an amazing trio featuring one of the great double bassist around Thomas Morgan and the great drummer Rudy Royston. This should be another memorable night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. One of my favorite American blues and R&B bands The California Honeydrops is among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. I love their energy and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles, genres and idioms. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Sunday March 3rd

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

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

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Saxophonist Charles Mcpherson and his Quartet will be in performance..Throughout his five decades of being an integral performer of the music, McPherson has not merely remained true to his Bebop origins but has expanded on them. He remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. He is at the height of his powers combining passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation. Let’s party with Charles on the cusp of his 80th birthday! Highly recommended!!!!! $35-$45 Cover Charge,

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Prolific guitarist, composer and arranger Bill Frisell fronts an amazing quartet that includes singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Petra Haden, my favorite jazz cellist Hank Roberts and guitarist Luke Bergman. Another great night of music instore… Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

Mardi Gras is coming up next week so I wanted to recommend this great documentary.. The Whole Gritty City is a 90-minute documentary that plunges viewers into the world of three New Orleans school marching bands. The film follows kids growing up in America’s most musical city, and one of its most dangerous, as their band directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture.

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