Suggestions for Week of 3/11-3/17

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

Monday March 11th

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 Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

Tuesday March 12th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson will be in the house tonight!!. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs. I saw him at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass a few years ago and he had a rockin’ set. Highly recommended!!!!!! $39.50 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 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

Wednesday March 13th

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.

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. Sitting in tonight with the band is special guest “Queen of the Keyboards” Janice Maxie Reid whose soulful, angelic and daringly accurate vocal prowess, distinctive four-octave voice range and engaging stage presence captivate her audiences. . This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A really fun night of music featuring another of my favorite Bay Area bands grunge/punk/surf rockers The Happys. Experimental rockers Death N Taxes and latin r&b rockers St. Francis & The Wolf round out a good show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge…

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Jordanian Palestinian electronic music group 47SOUL is the primary force behind the Shamstep electronic dance music movement in the Middle East. Their sound has rapidly amassed fans in the Arab World and Europe by blasting their electric Arabic Dabke sound with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world. They are a great party band. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

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

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime. South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a great spiritual experience. I love their melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $36.75-$57.75 Cover Charge…

Thursday March 14th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The Suffers are Houston’s award-winning 8-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. There is a contagious and combustible energy every time this wonder-band steps on the scene. I saw them last year and the band was on fire. Highly recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime…. Joe Lovano kicks off his week as SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director with his superb nonet which was featured on Lovano’s 2000 GRAMMY-winning Blue Note Records release, 52nd Street Themes which features the music of Tadd Dameron, Billy Strayhorn, Monk, Miles, and Gershwin by the late Cleveland jazz giant Willie “Face” Smith. The Nonet features Joe on tenor saxophone with Steve Slagle on alto saxophone, Ralph Lalama on tenor saxophone, Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, Barry Ries on trumpet, Larry Farrellon trombone, James Weidman on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Otis Brown III on drums. Highly Recommended!!!!! $25/$45/$65 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Kevin Burt is a musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. Two of Kevin’s primary influences are Bill Withers and Aaron Neville and he has the ability to build a great rapport with the audience with his soul-inspired presentation and natural stage presence. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. For over fifteen years the innovative Progressive Western Swing band The Quebe Sisters have delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound. The band makes it a point not to sound just like Bob Wills but instead continue their vision of playing the style he pioneered in an authentic way by incorporating new genres and songs, interpreting them using our own unique voice through country instrumentation. I really like their arrangements and interpretsation of jazz standards by The Mills Brothers, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.. Highly recommended!!!!! $23-$49 Cover Charge..

If you live or are around the North Bay you might want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of eastern Europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane… Highly Recommended!!!!! $15-$35 Cover Charge..

Friday March 15th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime…. Joe Lovano‘s magic touch in a trio setting is highlighted in this double bill including longstanding collaborator Bill Frisell on guitar and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient Tyshawn Sorey on drums, and Lovano’s Trio Fascination band with piano maverick Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi. Bandmates for nearly four decades in groups led by the late drumming giant Paul Motion Lovano and Frisell have built a telepathic level of communication that moves effortlessly from aching expressions of longing to jagged, pointillistic abstractions and back.Highly recommended!!!!!! $25/$45/$65 Cover Charge…

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:15 PM Showtime..a special duo performance of songs from the upcoming album release of San Francisco Americana artist Mokai. The album’s producer and master guitarist and leader of The Waybacks James Nash , will join Mokai onstage for a set of the tunes they have been working together on tracking, with James adding acoustic lead and slide guitar, mandolin and backup vocals. This collection of songs is rootsy, rhythmic and sincere, touching on everything from our tech obsession to income inequality, from a simple love story to a contemplation of mortality, treating each subject with frankness, with tenderness and with wry humor. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge….

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Another great night of music in store featuring a great funk/punk soul band Tony Glaser And The Party with folk/country/rockers Dragland and heart and soul rockers The Missing Pieces rounding out the night.. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A fun night of music is instore with the Washington DC based electric-pop trio SHAED headlining. This headbobbing pop project comprised of multinstrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee. Also on the bill is the two piece melancholy song crafters Moby Rich and DJ Aaron Axelsen one of the most important record spinners on the pop music scene.. Highly recommended!!!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. The Scott Foster Quartet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Dave Scott (Trumpet), Surya Prashanka (Drums), and Aaron Germain (Bass) led by Scott (Guitar). Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Kevin Burt is a musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. Two of Kevin’s primary influences are Bill Withers and Aaron Neville and he has the ability to build a great rapport with the audience with his soul-inspired presentation and natural stage presence. Highly recommended!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

If you live or are around the North Bay you might want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. For forty years Tuck and Patti, the genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo, has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than with the grammy award winning great jazz duo and two of my favorite performers. Highly Recommended!!!!! $35-$55 Cover Charge…

Saturday March 16th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime…. Joe Lovano joins the reigning Cuban piano genius and key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz Chucho Valdes in this first-time duo collaboration that bridges musical and cultural borders. Highly recommended!!!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime…. Joe Lovano joins the reigning Cuban piano genius and key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz Chucho Valdes in this first-time duo collaboration that bridges musical and cultural borders. Highly recommended!!!!! $25/$45/$65/$75 Cover Charge..

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The T Sisters Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals) sound represents a continuum of music: from roots to pop influences, moments of stunning a cappella to swells of groovy indie folk, with classic harmonies akin to the Pointer Sisters and the Everly Brothers and modern kinship with family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. Highly recommended!!!!! $20-$24 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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of eastern Europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Delta Wires is one powerful harmonica and horns seven-piece band dedicated to modern blues, while paying tribute to the blues origins of the Mississippi Delta. I love the originality, versatility and crisp, tight, exciting, sound of this band. The Delta Wires is comprised of Ernie Pinata (harmonica, lead vocals), Tom Gerrits (bass, background vocals), Richard Healy (guitar), Tony Huszar (drums, congas, tambourine), Gerry Jonutz (tenor, alto, baritone saxes), David Bowman (trombone) and John Christensen (trumpet) $24.00 Cover Charge.

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. A great show tonight at the Backroom. Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines are universally regarded as the Bay Area’s premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band. Blackman, who has accompanied Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and also backed up such national acts as The Coasters and The Drifters during his illustrious career, features a highly accomplished band The Mighty Fines include saxophonists Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop), Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs (Neville Brothers, The Band, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown), bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith’s Red Hot Skillet Lickers) and drummer Larry Vann (Martha Reeves, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie). Highly recommended!!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Sunday March 17th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime…. Joe Lovano welcomes fellow tenor titans Ravi Coltrane and Joshua Redman for an unprecedented gathering of saxophone masters. Joining in on the rhythm section are pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge….

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

If you live or are around the North Bay you might want to check out

The Hopmonk 224 Vintage Way, Novato 7:00 PM Showtime.. The americosmic, blue grass, punk folk, country and Celtic music ensemble known as Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe is one of my favorite Bay Area bands led by the iconic baseball renaissance man himself Tim Flannery.. Highly recommended!!!! $20/$30/$40 Cover Charge…

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. For forty years Tuck and Patti, the genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo, has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than with the grammy award winning great jazz duo and two of my favorite performers. Highly Recommended!!!!! $35-$55 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week..

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I want to recommend Wearing The Green: A Documentary on St. Patrick’s Day, a documentary that brings you on a journey through the history of St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day, its traditions, events and global appreciation. This is an informative and lighthearted documentary narrated by Irish recording artist Liz Madden. It features live interviews with St. Patrick s Day revelers at the Dyeing of the River in Chicago, along with in-studio interviews with Joanie Madden (Cherish the Ladies), Gregg Senko (Producer of Rhythm in the Night, the Irish Dance Spectacular), Cormac de Barra (Harpist and Irish TV Host), Fionan de Barra (Keith & Kristyn Getty, RUNA, Moya Brennan) amongst others. WEARING THE GREEN celebrates the diversity and success of the Irish people both at home and abroad, examining why St. Patrick s Day is truly the day of the Irish. The soundtrack features new music by violinist Niamh Fahy of Riverdance, Sarah Gannon of Celtic Woman, Uilleann Piper Michael Stribling, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, The De Barra Family and many more. Guests: Joanie Madden, Gregg Senko, Cormac de Barra, Jenne Lennon, Michael Stribling, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Brendan Madden, Dave Curley, Fionan de Barra, Cheryl Prashker.

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