Suggestions for Week of 4/29-5//05

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

Monday April 29th

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

Tuesday April 30th

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

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.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime.. The Fil Lorenz Orchestra is a high-voltage, crowd-pleasing big band born of the blues, with a sound defined by a searing, relentless horn section. Saxophonist/arranger Lorenz has assembled a musical cast of the highest standard, bringing some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most accomplished and adventurous jazz veterans together with some of the fertile San Francisco scene’s most promising up-and-coming players. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge…

Wednesday May 1st

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.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Good music tonight with San Francisco based rock/blues & jazz//psychedelic singer/songwriter Andre Moya headlining.. Indie rocker Thrifty’s and alternative rocker Mae Powell round out the night. Highly recommended!!!! $12 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

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 2 time Grammy nominee drummer, vocalist & entertainer Willy Jordan. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Tonight Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! 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!! $20 Cover Charge.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:45 PM 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

Thursday May 2nd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Led by Juan de Marcos, founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro Cuban Allstars are a sensational showcase fro Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba trying to create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Ron Thompson is a legendary rhythm and blues guitarist and master keyboardist whose career began in the rough and tumble world of East San Francisco Bay nightclubs and bars in the early 1970’s. During many years of touring coast to coast with John Lee Hooker, Hooker was quoted as saying, “Ron Thompson, he’s my main man!” Not many living blues musicians can say they have performed with and recorded for legends like Big Mama Thornton, Tina Turner, Bruce Willis, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Pee Wee Crayton, Carla Thomas, Booker T. Jones, Percy Mayfield, Etta James, B.B. King, and Jimmy Reed. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 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 Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Three really good bands with alternative rockers from Irvine, CA The Brevet headlining the night. Also on the bill is Los Angeles based indie pop/blues rockers The Jacks and from Seattle alternative pop/rockers Pretty Awkward. Highly recommended!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime…A great night of honky tonk music featuring two of its great ambassadors. Whitey Morgan is an American Honky Tonk artist from Flint, Michigan. Emerging from the Detroit area music scene, Whitey relentlessly tours the country playing his own brand of honky tonk blues. Alex Williams fat, twangy guitar tones, honky-tonk pianos, and swirling pedal steel blends vintage country and southern rock. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito will be performing tonight. His music spans blues, R&B, and roots music and his 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He is also a great performer. I highly recommend seeing Negrito!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Friday May 3rd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Led by Juan de Marcos, founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro Cuban Allstars are a sensational showcase fro Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba trying to create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Soul/rocking singer/songwriter Kelly Finnigan & The Atonements headlines tonight. After spending over a decade with the Monophonics, Kelly’s new band is invoking a golden era of soul music.. Bay area soul masters Gene Washington & The Ironsides round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime… A really good night of music featuring two good bands. Headlining tonight is Sweet Undertow which is deeply based in roots, blues and shakedowns. Sweet Undertow has played in red-lit bars after closing time across America, India, Ukraine, France, Singapore and Vietnam – and they’re based right here in San Francisco. The Marmaladies mix 60’s folk and psych with deep crooner vocals and layer in sweet harmonies. 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.

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A really good show tonight featuring the Minneapolis based Americana music duo The Cactus Blossoms are a personnel favorite because they reming me so much of the Everly Brothers sound. Highly recommended!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. For the Love of Pete: A Celebration of Pete Seeger‘s Birthday with Musical with Tammy Hall, Vicki Randle, Miko Marks, Emma’s Revolution, Branice McKensie, Lucinda Belle, Alex De Grassi, Jan Martinelli, Dave Rokeach, Michaelle Goerlitz and Gina Breedlove. Highly recommended!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime…. The Billie Holiday Project led by Stella Heath celebrates the music of Lady Day! Featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest Jazz musicians, The Billie Holiday Project evokes the electric and intimate feeling of experiencing Lady Day live in a 1930s Jazz Club. Drawing from some of Billie’s most recorded tunes, such as Blue Moon, Billie’s Blues, God Bless the Child, and Strange Fruit, to name but a few, the band also revives some of the earlier and lesser-known tunes that Billie interpreted. In performance, interspersed with the music, are stories of Billie’s life and musical artistry. The band features Stella Heath, invoking the vocal stylings of Billie Holiday; Neil Fontano, piano virtuoso from Sonoma County; Jason Bellenkes, rich and inventive on tenor saxophone and clarinet; Trevor Kinsel, interchanging between upright bass and cornet, and Spike Klein holding down the beat on the drums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Saturday May 4th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Led by Juan de Marcos, founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro Cuban Allstars are a sensational showcase fro Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba trying to create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music. Highly recommended!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$105 Cover Charge..

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane Noon-11:59 PM Showtime.. The 2nd Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Fest features 10 bands, an impressive array of the Bay Area’s top jazz musicians and ensembles including Andrew Spreight’s Best Bop, Madeline Eastman With the Keith Saunders Trio and Charged Particles. For a complete list of of musicians and schedules go to 7 Mile House Jazz Fest Lineup. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:30 PM Showtime.. Iron Man Moving, Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Subliminal SF Presents“The Heavy Psych Sounds Fest”.. Headlining tonight are Portland rockers Red Fang. Also on the bill are a psychedlic stoner metal band from Austin, Duel TX, Los Angeles based fuzz psychedelic rockers The Freeks, Bay area progressive punk rockers Glitter Wizard and a desert rock instrumental band Yawning Man rounding out the night. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 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). 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!!!! 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

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

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. Come and celebrate Red Devil Records 21st Anniversary with three of its staple bands. Headlining the show is Public Enema is a hardcore punk band that started in the early 1980’s in Berkeley, that formed in the heyday of Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag. They starting playing again every once in awhile with all five original members, including Dave Edwardson the bassist of Neurosis. Public Enema was his first band when he was 15 years old – his mom grounded him from band practice when he got his first Mohawk! Two other band members later went on to Samian and Special Forces, and Barry Lazarus the owner of Red Devil Records is on vocals. This will be their first show in almost two years. Also on the bill are Corrupted Morals were formed about 1986 in Palmdale, California and was one of the original 924 Gilman Street bands: and Cronander a punk/hardcore/skaterock/thrash/heavy rock band comprised of members of Annihilation Time, Strung Up and ANS. Highly recommended!!!! $10 Cover Charge.

Sunday May 5th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. Led by Juan de Marcos, founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro Cuban Allstars are a sensational showcase fro Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba trying to create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 2:30 PM Showtime.. Iron Man Moving, Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Subliminal SF Presents”The Heavy Psych Sounds Fest”.. Headlining tonight are Los Angeles based psychedelic rockers Nebula. Also on the bill are San Francisco based punk rockers Hot Lunch, Los Angeles based desert stoner rockers Fatso Jensen, San Francisco based heavy rockers Banquet and San Francisco based deep space rockers Turn Me On Dead Man rounding out the night. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 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. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

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..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime…From the essence of bebop and swing, the Smith Dobson Quartet brings a uniquely cool tone and agility to the saxophone, presenting a mixture of originals and choice standards from the great American songbook. The quartet’s latest album Soul Of Wood, a warm and vintage homage to influences like Lester Young has set the tone for what will be a captivating performance at the Bach. The quartet includes Smith Dobson on tenor and alto Sax, Keith Saunders on piano, Eric Markowitz on bass and Tony Johnson on drums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35-$45 Cover Charge..

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Two really good bands tonight. Headlining is the Monterrey, Mexico rock band Kinky whose music spearheaded the Avanzada Regia musical movement. Their music takes heavy influence from Latin music as well as rock, dance, and techno. 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!!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week!!

Sample This is the true story of how unknown music producer Michael Viner brought together the greatest studio musicians of the 1970’s to create an album that ultimately went nowhere… until the summer of 1973, when DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from that obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back. His beats became an anthem on the streets of the Bronx and ultimately the genre of Hip Hop, becoming one of the most sampled tracks in history and used by artists from Will Smith and Missy Elliot to Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z.

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