Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..
Monday April 1st
Club Deluxe 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
Tuesday April 2nd
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. There is a party going on tonight with three raucous part bands. Headlining tonight music from Austin, Texas is Sweet Spirit a punchy, powerful party band that features up to nine members onstage at any given time. A personnel Bay Area favorite the genre-defying pop alternative cabaret ensemble El Radio Fantastique who was once described as a band that would play at Salvadore Dali’s birthday party. Rounding out the night is the sexy synth wave/electronic/jazz fusion glam rockers Pleasure Squadron. Highly recommended!!!!!!$12 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..
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.
Wednesday April 3rd
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Mighty Mike Schermer was a fixture on the Bay Area blues scene for over 20 years when he relocated to Austin TX in 2009 and joined the touring band of swamp-boogie piano legend Marcia Ball. He had carved out a solid solo career, with four critically acclaimed CDs, an award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He also became the “go to guy” sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli, Bonnie Raitt, Howard Tate, Charlie Musselwhite, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many, many more. Oh yes…we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the spotlight shines a solo artist also must be able to bring the goods all on his own. Mighty Mike Schermer delivers on all fronts. Highly recommended!! $20 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.
Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime…. Jazz and pop vocalist Jane Monheit is establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. Jane has collaborated with John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, and has received Grammy nominations for two of her recordings. Jane is currently on tour promoting her new album The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald in which she pays a joyous tribute to “Lady Time”. Highly recommended!!!!!! $28-$64 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.. Whitney Rose music is vintage country pop infused with 21st-century updates of country classics. Like a Patsy Cline or Emmylou Harris her voice has a timeless appeal. Americana/country singer/song writer Margo Cilker rounds out a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge….
Thursday April 4th
Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. T.S.O.L. is one of the great and influential west coast based hardcore punk rock bands whose music has included such styles as deathrock, art punk, horror punk and other varieties of punk music. Chicago based punk rockers The Dwarves, Northern California power pop surf punk rockers Decent Criminal and the self described “50’s rock ‘n’ roll bastard child” The Memphis Murdermen round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…
Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Canadian singer/songwriter Whitney Rose music is vintage country pop infused with 21st-century updates of country classics. Like a Patsy Cline or Emmylou Harris her voice has a timeless appeal. Whitney is a great singer and this should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge….
Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards. I liken them to Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Doug Macleod is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist deeply rooted in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life. MacLeod’s playing landed him sideman gigs with George ‘Harmonica’ Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. “Doug MacLeod is an acoustic roots master. He has been using guitars and voice to create his own unique musical vision for over fifty years…”- Elwood Blues aka Dan Aykroyd, The Bluesmobile Radio Show. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..
The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Nurtured by equal parts raucous underground bass parties and all ages folk festivals, Dehli 2 Dublin’s always distinctive sound has evolved over the past decade into its own decisive genre, styled, “Subcontinental Pop” a name that conveys both its deep South Asian roots and its expansive, crazy-fun appeal. The beautifully supercharged complexity of their sound flows from high-level folk and alternative-pop, blended and delivered across an array of acoustic instruments dhol, tabla, violin, guitar and electronic beats and immersed in smart, heavy, sometimes gritty, and almost invariably joyful beats. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Time to rock out tonight featuring a band from Atlanta that can really rock out Tiger! Tiger!. The San Francisco based rockabilly-mod trio The Outta Sorts and Petaluma’s own three chord power pop garage band rockers The IFIC round out the bill. DJ Sid Presley gets the music going. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge…
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Pokey LaFarge play a mix of old time jazz, blues, ragtime and string band music. I love his arrangements of Hoagy Carmichael classics like Riverboat Shuffle and Lazybones. He is on his first solo tour. This should be a good show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $28 Cover Charge…
Friday April 5th
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. The Ray Charles Project is a tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook. A band of prominent musicians is perpetuating that legacy and bringing his music to San Francisco. The band is a meeting of elite jazz and blues musicians including 11-time GRAMMY® Award winner and Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay & noted Bay Area guitarist Chris Cain. A talent-packed rhythm section will back them, including Hammond B-3 player Jim Pugh, bassist DeWayne Pate and drummer Deszon Claiborne. Highly recommended!!! $30 Cover Charge..
Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Old Salt Union is band that is redefining new grass/Americana string band music with their mix of jazz, classical, jam band, and alternative influences. I am really looking forward to seeing them.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” 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!! No Cover Charge.
Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 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
Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime.. The Kathy Kallick Band is one of the west coast’s most creative and originally sounding bluegrass bands. I love Kathy’s voice and how the band combines classic traditional and contemporary material into their own distinctive sound.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…
Saturday April 6th
August Hall 1706, 420 Mason St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. August Hall and Bottlerock presents a great night of high energy fun two of my favorite local bands. Headlining tonight is Con Brio a seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown.. 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’. Legendary hip-hop dj Lyrics Born opens the show. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..
Roccapulco 3140 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… The Merengue king Tono Rosario is one of the most influential Dominican singer songwriter and entertainers. The one time leader of the merengue band Los Hermanos is one of the top selling merengue artists of all time.. He is on tour with a great band and this should be a great show.. highly recommended!!!!! $40 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
Cafe Claude 7 Claude Lane, San Francisco. 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. The Steve Lucky Carmen Getit Trio in a rare performance without the “Rhuba Bums”. I love the trio because it showcases the great musicianship of Steve and and Carmen’s vocals are reminiscent of Dina Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. Highly recommended!!!! N/C…
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Two time Grammy award nominee and “Blues Award” winner Reverend John Lee Hooker Jr. and his 7 member band will be bringing a whole a different tune to Biscuits and Blues, the tune of the Gospel with a funky down home big band beat, with music that gives a treat to your feet. Music is in his mind, and the Gospel is in his soul, all to and for the glory of His Master, the Lord Jesus Christ to Whom he serves. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 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 disappoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C
Elbo Room 311 Broadway, Oakland 9:00 PM-12:20 AM Showtime.. Copenhagen, Denmark’s The Foreign Resort is a mix of dark new wave and explosive post-punk. The band combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Brooklyn’s musical art collective Dead Leaf Echo rounds out the bill.. Highly recommended!!!! $10 Cover Charge..
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Graham Parker is a rock and roll original who, as a petrol pump attendant from Surrey, England, went to London in the mid-1970s, hooked up with musicians like Nick Lowe, Martin Belmont, Nicky Hopkins, Danny Federici, and Jack Nitzsche, and made some of the hottest rock and roll records ever set to vinyl, including Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment, Squeezing Out Sparks, and The Mona Lisa’s Sister. Since then, he’s carved out an impressive body of work as a folk troubadour, recording a series of scintillating solo albums, including Live Alone at the Freight and Salvage. Highly recommended!!!! $28 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.. A rockin’ night of music with Chicago based punk rockers The Dwarves and Northern California power pop surf punk rockers Decent Criminal. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Sunday April 7th
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 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! $20 Cover Charge
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Legendary American blues guitarist, singer, bandleader and record producer Steve Freund will be joined by Howell Devine‘s Pete Devine on drums & washboard and Joe Kyle on bass. This is a show not to miss.. 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
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime… The Baylor Project is co-led by husband and wife and two-time GRAMMY® nominated Marcus and Jean Baylor. Together they bring their highly anticipated collaboration steeped in the heart and soul of jazz for the first time to the Bach! As the children of pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. Marcus a former member and drummer of the title Yellowjackets and Jean, one-half of the platinum recording duo, title Zhané will take you on an eclectic musical journey that showcases as much versatility as it does virtuosity. Backing up Jean on vocals and Marcus Baylor on drums are Keith Loftis on sax, Eric Reed –on piano and Dezron Douglas on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge..
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Vasen is a Swedish acoustic trio with a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that’s beautiful but never cloying. Highly recommended!!!! $28 Cover Charge..
Video Pick Of The Week!!
Amazing Grace is a gospel concert movie that feels like a rough gem unearthed in a time capsule,Aretha Franklin, standing at the pulpit of the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts section of Los Angeles, delivers a hymn called “Climbing Higher Mountains” that gets everyone in the place standing up and jazzed. The audience is up, the singers in the Southern California Community Choir are up, Mick Jagger, lurking in the back of the church, is up, but what really reaches up is Franklin’s voice. She always had a range that sprawled (just think of the winding melody in her transcendent cover of “I Say a Little Prayer”), but in “Amazing Grace” her voice never leaves the higher register. The effect is ecstatic; she sounds like the holiest of trumpets, with every note piercingly bright yet as soft as velvet. Listening to Franklin, you feel like you could ride that voice into the heavens. She’s not just a singer, she’s a human chariot.