Suggestions for Week of 3/18-3/24

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

Monday March 18th

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.. Windy Hill Handsom Ladies.. The first ladies of Bay Area bluegrass music have a return engagement to Amnesia. This should be a good show..N/C

Tuesday March 19th

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. No Cover Charge..

Starlight Room 1504, 450 Powell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Josh Klipp and The Klipptones are another great jazz/swing/blues band who play the classics, or the remix. I love when they throw in some rockabilly and 50’s/60’s rock and roll in their set. Highly recommended!!!!!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Folk music’s introspective singer-songwriter Dar Williams is a personnel favorite.. Her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others. Opening the show is Canadian country singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega. Highly recommended!!!! $42 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..

Wednesday March 20th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Lulu & The Rent Party.. One of my favorite bay Area bands. They play an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. They are really fun. Highly recommended!! 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.

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Midnight Moods are one of the Bay Areas best kept secrets. This is a wonderful classic jazz trio led the amazing Jacqueline Corona on vocals with Alex Farrell on bass and Julian Shipp on piano. Highly recommended!! N/C

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Mike Doughty Play’s Soul Coughing’s “Ruby Vroom”.. The singer, songwriter, producer, author and founder of seminal ’90s band Soul Coughing will be playing their debut LP Ruby Vroom in full across the U.S. in 2019. Doughty will be joined on these dates by a cellist, bassist, and guitar player. Wheatus of Teenage Dirtbag fame will be opening the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $27 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.. 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 is blues guitarist Jules Leyhe who combines classic blues guitar with modern electronic instrumentation and creates a sonic mesh. 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..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Transparant Water Trio is an exquisite new collaboration between 7-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa, known for his blending of Afro-Cuban rhythms, and award-winning Senegalese kora master, singer and Seckou Keita, featuring folkloric Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. Sosa and Keita are both musical adventurers with rich global heritages spanning jazz, Latin and African influences. Highly recommended!!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime….Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$84 Cover Charge…

Thursday March 21st

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. Masha Campagne sings Antonio Carlos Jobin & Ellis Regina’s Elis & Tom. Moscow-born, Bay Area-based vocalist Campagne revisits the timeless bossa nova sounds of Jobim and iconic singer Regina’s collaborative 1974 album. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz guitar icon John Scofield & the soulful funk masters Lettuce have had a long running relationship built on a deep and abiding love of funk. Their relationship goes back to 2002 when Scofield appeared as a special guest on the band’s debut album title Outta Here. Over the years Scofield and Lettuce have played and recorded together and are joining forces for a series of special performances. Highly recommended!!!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. One of the great Americana roots folk duos Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz better known as Mandolin Orange have spent the past decade quietly releasing sturdy collections of originals that blend bluegrass, soft-rock, folk and country. I love their initmacy and are a personnel favorite. The folk psychedelic bluegrass jam band Mapache round out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 & 9:30 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

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter Lilan Kane is one of the Bay Areas very best soulful r&b/funk/pop & jazz vocalists. Lilan and her band has opened for Hall & Oates, Sharon Jones and Trombone Shorty. She is a great performer. Highly recommended!!! NO Cover Charge,

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Dales are a five piece Americana roots-rock band, carried by three part harmonies and a deep appreciation for classic songwriting and early country music. Band members include founder multi-platinum song writer, Drew Lawrence, (Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts), Lindsay Sterling on vocals and keyboard,Kyle Vanes on bass, Carrie Turner on vocals and guitar, Preston Pope on vocals and Blake Paulson on drums. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 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 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

The Midway 900 Marin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Envelop presents Ravi Shankar Chants of India: A Listening Experience. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. George Whitsell & The Rocket Squad is a great local blues band that will have the joint rocking.. George has a great horn section backing him up. This band is worth chgecking out. Highly recommended!!!!!! N/C

Impulse Room 1501 N Broadway #138, Walnut Creek 8:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime. Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. $18 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime…. Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$84 Cover Charge…

Bing Concert Hall//Stanford 327 Lasuen St, Stanford 7:00 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 interpretation of jazz standards by The Mills Brothers, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. Kuinka is one of the best and most original Americana modern folk bands to come around in a longtime. This band plays joyous and passionate folk pop with an electronic jolt. Opening the show is a musician I really like Americana soul singer/songwriter Caitlin Jemma. This is going to be a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $16 Cover Charge…

Friday March 22nd

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 & 8:30 PM Showtime. A leading light of Latin Jazz” (Village Voice), passionate Argentine singer and composer Sofia Rei ties together musical traditions from across Latin America with a masterful approach deeply versed in jazz. A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Rei’s influences include South American folk styles, jazz, pop, new classical and electronic music. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz guitar icon John Scofield & the soulful funk masters Lettuce have had a long running relationship built on a deep and abiding love of funk. Their relationship goes back to 2002 when Scofield appeared as a special guest on the band’s debut album title Outta Here. Over the years Scofield and Lettuce have played and recorded together and are joining forces for a series of special performances. Highly recommended!!!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 & 10:00 PM Showtimes. Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans is one of my favorite bottleneck guitarists who has a cry in his voice that other great singers in his gendre posess. He has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” Highly recommneded!!!!! $24 Cover Charge…

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Argentine tango guitarist and composer Hernan Reinaudo is joined by local tango guitarist Scott O’Day for a tour of the best music that tango has to offer. Coming together for the second time in North America, Reinaudo and O’Day combine artistry and virtuosity to showcase the distinct voice of the guitar in tango. The duo will also feature original compositions and arrangements by Reinaudo. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. N/C

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another night of great music featuring Michigan’s own grunge alternative rocker singer/songwriter Mat Kerekes. Also on the bill from Urbano, Ohio progressive rockers Jetty Bones and from Detroit, Michigan Motown inspired soul pop singer Jacob Sigman. I really like all three bands. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Chita Rivera is a theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents. Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. She will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink and The Visit. In addition to a special tribute to John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured. She will be accompanied by her long-time trio.. Highly recommended!!!!! $77-$120 Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 PM 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

1015 Folsom 1015 Folsom Street, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. Headlining tonight is the great Parisian music producer Dombresky has made his name known through his unique and authentic cheerful melodic style. This is a great international artist playing this intimate venue. Dj producers Golf Clap and Lucati round out a great dance your ass off night of fun.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Arlo Gunthrie Alice’s Restaurant Back By Popular Demand Tour is coming to Berkeley.. Arlo’s daughter Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining her dad to present music of not only Alice’s Restaurant but music from his breakout album from 1972 Hobo’s Lullaby featuring a diverse body of work. Most notable is the definitive version of Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans. The City of New Orleans that was a hit on all major charts. Arlo is a great performer and someone worth checking out.. Highly recommended!!!!! $65 Cover Charge.

Point Richmond Jazz 201 Martina Street, Point Richmond 7:30 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!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great Americana bluegrass band Poorman’s Whiskey have no boundaries. You’re in the middle of a psychedelic Pink Floyd-like rock-n-roll song when someone picks up a banjo! Then they drop you into the middle ofPaul Simon’s Graceland, make a quick trip across the Irish countryside & drag you through a bit of folk & bluegrass. They’re on the stage plugged in, off the stage unplugged amongst the crowd & everywhere in between. So much fun! Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Transparant Water Trio is an exquisite new collaboration between 7-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa, known for his blending of Afro-Cuban rhythms, and award-winning Senegalese kora master, singer and Seckou Keita, featuring folkloric Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. Sosa and Keita are both musical adventurers with rich global heritages spanning jazz, Latin and African influences. Highly recommended!!!!! $42 Cover Charge..

Saturday March 23rd

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 & 8:30 PM Showtime. Sandy Cressman & Homenagem Brasileria is a great ensemble performing classic and contemporary Brazilian music including songs from their latest album Entre Amigos. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz guitar icon John Scofield & the soulful funk masters Lettuce have had a long running relationship built on a deep and abiding love of funk. Their relationship goes back to 2002 when Scofield appeared as a special guest on the band’s debut album title Outta Here. Over the years Scofield and Lettuce have played and recorded together and are joining forces for a series of special performances. Highly recommended!!!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge..

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… Hot Water Music the seminal punk rock band `is celebrating their 25th anniversary by playing their two breakthrough influential recordings Caution & No Division in full. Opening the show are the great Oakland punk rockers American Steel and the Los Angeles five piece punk rockers Spanish Love Songs. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge.

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-8:10 PM Showtime.. The Billy Holliday Project featuring Stella Heath brings you back to the swinging jazz clubs of the 1930s and 1940s. The project captures the intensity and intimacy Lady Day is known and loved for. With stories of her life and music interspersed throughout the evening, the performance will include some of Billie’s most recorded songs, as well as lesser-known tunes from her earlier years. Joining Stella are Neil Angelo Fontano on piano, Jason Bellenkes on tenor saxophone/clarinet, Trevor Kinsel on upright bass and Spike Klein on drums. Highly Recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. The Delgado Brothers are a great soul and rhythm and blues band. Beloved for their live shows and renowned for their signature LA sound, the Delgado Brothers are a fusion of soaring guitar virtuosity, melodious harmonies, and rock solid musicianship. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another night of great music featuring a really good musician/singer songwriter from Berlin by way of Capetown, South Africa Alice Phoebe Lou. Check her out on youtube especially her cover of Walk On The Wildside. Also on the bill is a psychedelic inspired band from British Columbia Loving. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Kuinka is one of the beast and most original Americana modern folk bands to come around in a longtime. This band plays joyous and passionate folk pop with an electronic jolt. Opening the show is a musician I really like Americana soul singer/songwriter Caitlin Jemma. This is going to be a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $16 Cover Charge….,

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Chita Rivera is a theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents. Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. She will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink and The Visit. In addition to a special tribute to John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured. She will be accompanied by her long-time trio.. Highly recommended!!!!! $77-$120 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

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-10:30 PM Showtime.. A night of traditional Ghana music and dance with Sistahs Of The Drum which respectfully represents the essence of traditional African roots in harmony with their African-American cultural rearing. Adwoa Kudoto and the Drum Ghana and Dance Ensemble is led by Adwoa Kudoto, the award winning only Versatile Female Master Drummer in Ghana. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge…..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Arlo Gunthrie Alice’s Restaurant Back By Popular Demand Tour is coming to Berkeley.. Arlo’s daughter Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining her dad to present music of not only Alice’s Restaurant but music from his breakout album from 1972 Hobo’s Lullaby featuring a diverse body of work. Most notable is the definitive version of Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans. The City of New Orleans that was a hit on all major charts. Arlo is a great performer and someone worth checking out.. Highly recommended!!!!! $65 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.. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. I just saw them for the first time last Friday at the Independant and they immediately became one of my favorite Bay Area bands. The musicianship and fresh vocal arrangements of ranging from funk ,rock hip hop and soul had the place rockin’. Motown and Stax influenced Harry & The Hitmen open the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Sunday March 24th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz guitar icon John Scofield & the soulful funk masters Lettuce have had a long running relationship built on a deep and abiding love of funk. Their relationship goes back to 2002 when Scofield appeared as a special guest on the band’s debut album title Outta Here. Over the years Scofield and Lettuce have played and recorded together and are joining forces for a series of special performances. Highly recommended!!!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge..

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 3:00 PM Showtime.. An afternoon of French music with three wonderful perrformers. Known as the French Troubadour, Parisian-born Eric John Kaiser, is a singer songwriter reimagining Americana through a French lens. He has shared the stage with Tété, The Stereophonics, The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Revolver. French Oak Gypsy Band gives a fresh spin on French and American Swing Era classics. With repertoire derived greatly from French Chanson, Gypsy Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, they also play with Traditional World Folk music, and Modern tunes from around the world. North Bay Native and vocalist, Stella Heath, and French/American guitar player, Gabriel Pirard, lead this group of gypsies in their undeniably fun performances. Reed player, James Inciardi, rounds out the group. With their French-inspired sound, spotlighting Heath’s magnetic vocals and the band’s tight rhythms they’ll transport you straight into the bygone era of swing. Krezuta performs instrumentals spanning many cultures and eras. With an emphasis on acoustic and folk, the group builds an atmosphere of creativity, artistry, and discovery. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 5:00 PM Showtime.. Chita Rivera is a theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents. Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. She will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink and The Visit. In addition to a special tribute to John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured. She will be accompanied by her long-time trio.. Highly recommended!!!!! $77-$120 Cover Charge..

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… Hot Water Music the seminal punk rock band is celebrating their 25th anniversary by playing their two breakthrough influential recordings Caution & No Division in full. Opening the show are the great Oakland punk rockers American Steel and the Los Angeles five piece punk rockers Spanish Love Songs. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Another night of great music featuring some really good folk punk rockers from Chicago by way of St. Augustine, Florida Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring. Also on the bill are a couple of East Coast alternative post punk rock bands from Jersey City, NJ Mercy Union and from Philadelphia Control Top. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 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. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 5:00 PM Showtime.. Arlo Gunthrie Alice’s Restaurant Back By Popular Demand Tour is coming to Berkeley.. Arlo’s daughter Sarah Lee Gunthrie will be joining her dad to present music of not only Alice’s Restaurant but music from his breakout album from 1972 Hobo’s Lullaby featuring a diverse body of work. Most notable is the definitive version of Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans. The City of New Orleans that was a hit on all major charts. Arlo is a great performer and someone worth checking out.. Highly recommended!!!!! $65 Cover Charge.

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… The contemporary jazz collective known as Uncle Los Music blend of soul and jazz-inspired songs to The Back Room. The group is led by Bay Area keyboardist and songwriter Carlos Sanders, and features Joel Griffin on drums, Clifford Brown III on trumpet, and Cam Perridge on guitar. Special guest Mickala Cheadle will lend her stirring vocal stylings to the evening. Come out and enjoy this evening of energetic and inspired original music. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Highly recommended!!!!!! $49-$89 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week..

Now that Mardi Gras is over I would like to turn the attention to the Jewish Mardi Gras known as Purim and recommend a wonderful documentary Happy Purim which is a celebration of the happiest day in the Jewish calendar. The film goes to the heart of the spirit of the festival: the injunction to have fun and revel is carried to full measure (and includes some good drinking tips). Ultra-Orthodox Jews are famously as strict about observing the rules of their faith as they are defiant to modernity, yet for this film they let the cameras explore their celebration with enthusiasm..

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