Suggestions for Week of 4/15-4/21

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

Monday April 15th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime… title The Pleasure Palace is a wonderful trio where Hammond Organ, Electric Guitar, and Drums make a crazy melange of greasy 70’s soul, sparkling teen beat favorites, once folks enter the palace, they never return the same…The band features the guitar wizardry of Ned Boynton, Lorenzo Farrell on Hammond organ and Rolf Wilkinson on Drums. Highly recommended!!! N/C

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 April 16th

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

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. A really good night of music featuring the bedroom pop band Foliage, along with experimental pop post rockers Perhapsy and from Cassadaga, Florida post pop rockers Cathedral Bells. Highly recommended!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Robert Glasper Trio featuring Glasper on piano, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid blur boundaries between jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and rock & roll featuring a mix of modal post-bop and funky soul. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$84 Cover Charge..

Wednesday April 17th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Lulu & The Rent Party is 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

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 the massively talented NorCal trio featuring 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. Howell Devine 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!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 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

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. The Mission Street Beets just plain fantastic band playing Cumbia and latin jazz If you want to go out dancing to a great LIVE band you need to look no further… Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

The Rite Spot 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. The Cottontails are one of the Bay Area’s best vintage jazz ensembles playing a wide range of styles ranging from 20’/30’s Gatsby-era jazz, classic 40’s swing, and vintage 50’s/60’s r&b featuring a truely great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A great night of music is in store featuring a rockabilly vintage surf band from Saint Petersburg, Russia Messer Chups. Also on the bill is a great instrumental surf band The Greasy Gills, a death doo-wop garage band Nobody’s Baby and opening up the great DJ Sid Presley. Headliners Messer Chups are really fun!!! Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

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

Elbo Room 311 Broadway, Oakland 9:00 PM-12:20 PM Showtime.. Two of my favorite Bay Area indie punk rockers The Heartlights and Shutups headline a great night of music. Beehive and Blank Square round out the bill. Highly recommended!!!!!! $8 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Jazz violinist and historian Kit Eakle presents “FiddleJazz – An Homage to The Violin in Jazz”. Kit presents a concert highlighting the enormous contribution of jazz violinists with compositions by, and music associated with the likes of Will Marion Cook, Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Svend Asmussen, Ray Nance, John Blake Jr., Jean Luc Ponty, The Turtle Island Quartet, Regina Carter, Zach Brock and more! Joining Kit are pianist John R Burr, Ruth Davies on bass and Kendrick Freeman on drums.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Robert Glasper Trio featuring Glasper on piano, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid blur boundaries between jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and rock & roll featuring a mix of modal post-bop and funky soul. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$84 Cover Charge..

Thursday April 18th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. The legendary Sonny Rhodes continues to be a road warrior, delighting and amazing audiences with his virtuosity mostly displayed on lap steel guitar these days not withstanding the fact that he is a masterful electric guitarist. Sonny doesn’t make it out to the Bay Area often so I would really recommend seeing this blues guitar master. $24 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 ofRoy 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

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three really great local bands including the garage post punk psychedelic bands Smokin Ziggurats, psych rockers K. Skelton and pop dream rockers Al Harper Band. Highly recommended!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. A really fun night of music is in store with the America roots alt country band Dillbilly headlining. Sorceress Of The Sky singer/songwriter title Linda Moody and the old timey bluegrass sounds of Wayfairy round out the bill. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy-nominated pianist, producer, singer and composer Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded more than thirty solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller Space Cowboy (with whom he co-wrote the hit song . Highly recommended!!!!! $28 Cover Charge…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Robert Glasper Trio featuring Glasper on piano, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid blur boundaries between jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and rock & roll featuring a mix of modal post-bop and funky soul. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$84 Cover Charge..

Friday April 19th

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. Adam Shulman and his all-star sextet perform stimulating original compositions from his new album, “title Full Tilt”. This is a Bay Area jazz allstar ensemble with Adam on piano, Mike Olmos on trumpet, Lyle Link on alto saxophone, Patrick Wolff on tenor saxophone, John on Wiitala bass and Evan Hughes on drums. Highly recommended.. $20 Cover Charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:00 PM Showtime… Feminist punk icons Dizzy Twin and Three Drink Circus present a “A Live and Unusually Intimate Evening” of music. Dizzy Twin inhabits a netherworld of weird, witchy vibes. Musically beautiful and lyrically powerful, they are in a genre all its own- an adventurous and dynamic feminist statement reaching into both the future and the past. Three Drink Circus performs love songs, hate songs, and carefully-selected covers, blended to perfection and served with a squirt of lime in your eye. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

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.

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes. Commander Cody helped invent a whole new style of music during the early 1970 ’ s, a period regarded as the height of rock innovation. Commander and His Lost Planet Airmen were one of the original groups to fuse divergent strains of American roots music — stripped – down basic rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, bop, country, western swing, and rockabilly — and create an innovative, yet familiar and convincing sound. I highly recommend seeing this great innovator of American music. $24 Cover Charge.

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… Country Fried Rock n Roll Bay Area mainstays Four Year Bender has been on the scene for well over a decade. The band will celebrate the national release of their new album “Gettin’ Gone”.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. Fellini meets New Orleans..The internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment MarchFourth is a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy. Rounding out the bill Mission Delirium is an invitation to revel in the sound of earth shaking drums and face melting brass. Let your hair down, get delirious and shake your ass, if it moves you we play it! Bollywood, Balkan, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Tango, Afro-pop, Middle Eastern, Salsa and more. A love letter to your feet from the dance floor. Not to be missed!!!!!!!$20 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Mokoomba‘s music blends of traditional rhythms and contemporary Zimrock incorporating a blend of Afro Fusion including sungura, reggae and dancehall music.. .Their mix of Zimbabwean rhythms, Afrobeat and Afrorock generated exuberant scenes in over 75 concerts in 2017: from New Orleans Jazz Festival to Sziget Festival featured in Songlines Magazin, Arte TV, Afropop and many more. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge…

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Empire Polo Club 81800 Avenue 51 Indio,CA.. This marks the 20th anniversary of one of the great music/art festivals. Today’s lineup includes Janelle Monae, Amelie Lens, Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, Hurray For The Riff Raff and Jaden Smith. For todays complete lineup visit Coachella Lineup. $490 Festival ticket Cover Charge.

Saturday April 20th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. The Bay City Blues is our weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians with this week’s special guest Oakland’s rising star vocalist Mz. Dee. Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A really great show is in store tonight featuring Zenith Sunn features New Orleans based Americana roots singer/song musician Eric Lindell and blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh. Eric is a true one-of-a-kind talent. Mixing West Coast rock and swampy New Orleans R&B with honky tonk country and Memphis soul, Lindell creates American roots music that is both surprisingly fresh and sweetly familiar. Anson is a master of both Chicago blues and Texas blues. Also on the bill is singer/songwriter story teller and wordsmith Peter Joseph Burtt and Jimbo Trout a good-time gumbo of bluegrass, old-time, ragtime, blues, western-swing, rockabilly, honky-tonk, jug band, jazz, swing, Cowboy, rock+roll, New Orleans ensemble. This will be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime.. Danielle Wertz and Her Swing Band I have been following Danielle on youtube for a while since her success in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Her phrasing is reminiscent of Carmen McRae, which is a good thing. I am looking forward to seeing her. $15-$25 Cover Charge

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Erica and Friends is a Berkeley based band bringing audiences around the Bay Area folk music from the British Isles, Ireland and the US. Beautiful and touching ballads, tales of infamy, courage, and woe, upbeat pub songs, jigs, reels and polkas. Accomplished local musicians – vocal harmonies, bodhran, violin, viola, whistle, guitar, accordion and bouzouki. Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells and guitarist and banjo player Kent Kessinger. The full ensemble often includes Margaret Marie on vocals and mandolin, Zina Pozen on accordion and John Thatcher Boomer on clarinet. The band adds contemporary context to ancient folk songs and tunes of Eastern Europe, Celtic countries and the British Isles, and the Americas. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 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… Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Sausalito Seahorse 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito 8:00 PM Showtime.. Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Omara Portuondo is a diva in the best sense, an ambassador of Cuba to the world. Now in her mid-eighties, there is a sense in which the curtains of an era are slowly, elegantly coming down. But she will forever, as the old show business adage has it “Always leave them wanting more.” As Cuban writer Ivan Garcia put it “Her voice is still lush, as it was when she sang in her parents’ dressing room. In Cuba, some things are lacking. But we do have Omara Portuondo.“ Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $46 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Little Buffalo is the ongoing musical powwow between songwriter Eric Burkhart and a stable of talented players, singers and creative collaborators. LB’s songs come from a lifetime of hearing American music in it’s many incarnations…If you can imagine original tunes that fall somewhere between country, acoustic rock, folk and blues, with a nod to the sounds of Tulsa, New Orleans and funky Kingston, then you’ll be somewhere in the neighborhood. Some might call it Americana …. The band includes Doug Ashcraft on drums, percussion, Eric Burkhart -on guitar & vocals, Steve Epstein on pedal steel, guitar, Alan Novidor on bass, Melissa Phillips on vocals, percussion and John Prichard on keyboards and vocals. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. The legendary and influential The Sugarhill Gang present the 40th anniversary of “Rapper’s Delight” with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio of the Furious Five. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Empire Polo Club 81800 Avenue 51 Indio,CA.. This marks the 20th anniversary of one of the great music/art festivals. Today’s lineup includes Tame Impala, Solange and Kid Cudi. For todays complete lineup visit Coachella Lineup. $490 Festival ticket Cover Charge.

Sunday April 21st

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’s Saloon many years ago. N/C

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Empire Polo Club 81800 Avenue 51 Indio,CA.. This marks the 20th anniversary of one of the great music/art festivals. Today’s lineup includes Ariana Grande, Khalid, Zedd and Sofi Tukker. For todays complete lineup visit Coachella Lineup. $490 Festival ticket Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week..

Goodnight Brooklyn:The Story Of Death By Audio.. From 2005 to 2014 Death By Audio served as a venue for underground music, art and a non-traditional living environment. Founders: Oliver Ackermann, Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy, endure the challenges of hosting hundreds of people a night with looming threats of building department or police raids. Under ironic circumstances, we follow them through the last days as they navigate a billion dollar company moving into their building and the associated threats and intimidation to keep residents in fear of reprisals. Highly recommended…

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