Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..
Monday May 13th
The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… Folk singer/songwriters Nataly Dawn and Lauren O’Connell present to “For You” album release show. Nataly is an exceptional songstress and this should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…,
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
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
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…
If you live near Santa Cruz check out
Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, latin music icon Eddie Palmieri has established himself as one of the most important bandleaders, arrangers and composers of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. He perfected his arranging skills in the 1970’s releasing several impressive recordings that reflected his unorthodox approach to music. His unconventional style would once again surprise critics and fans with the 1970 release entitled “Harlem River Drive.” This recording was the first to merge what were categorized as “Black” and “Latin” music into a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. In 1975, Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music (he’s won ten Grammys altogether to date), including two for his influential recording with Tito Puente, Obra Maestra/Masterpiece. Eddie is has a great band and I highly recommended seeing him!!!!!! $47.25 Cover Charge..
Tuesday May 14th
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.. 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
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
The 2019 Noise Pop Festival is presenting a fun night of music with three rockin’ bands. Headlining tonight from Atlanta, Georgia is the post punk indie rocking Omni. Rounding out the show is a fun rock and roll band from Oakland Blues Lawyer and heavy groove punk pop band from the City Burd.. Highly recommended!!!!! $14 Cover Charge….
Wednesday May 15th
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.
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.
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.. .
The J.C. Smith Band are true seasoned players with one goal in mind…keeping the Blues alive. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area J.C. is an outstanding performer noted for his energy and charisma. Prior to playing guitar, he was the drummer for the Back to Back Blues Band. In 2000, he emerged from behind his drums, armed with a Gibson 335. J. C. attacks the Blues as if he is being guided by the masters like T-Bone Walker, Albert King, and Johnnie Guitar Watson. Joining J.C. are Gene Reynolds on trombone, Abraham Vasquez on sax, Tommy Maitland on trumpet, Todd Reid on keyboards, Robert “Jay” Green on bass and Donnie Green on drums. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge…
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Another great night of music featuring one of my favorite San Francisco rock and roll bands Interro. This band really rocks. San Francisco alternative rockers The Turnouts and San Francisco indie punk pop rockers The Campbell Apartment round out the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge…
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Dimmer Twins featuring Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of the Drive By Truckers features original solo and duo material penned by both Hood and Cooley, and also some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written. Highly recommended!!!!! $34 Cover Charge..
Thursday May 16th
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..
Coco Montoyo is a show-stopping heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn…He swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation. Highly recommended!!!!$30 Cover Charge..
Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime…. A really good show with Americana country singer/songwriter Margo Cilker headlining. Country folk musicians An American Forrest and Nashville duo Jordan Eastman and Laurel Lane AKA Fort Defiance rounds out what should be a good show. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A really great show tonight featuring three really good bands. Headlining tonight is Portland’s kings of psychedelic doom boogie TK & The Holy Know-Nothings. This band is a lot of fun.. Also on the bill are Americana folk rocker Izaak Opatz and alternative indie rocker Graham Patzner. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..
Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:45 PM Showtime.. Featuring members of Tumbledown House and the John Brothers Piano Company, The Ramshackle Jazz Band pulls from a wide repertoire of original material, as well standards, groovy instrumentals, old reefer tunes, and occasional modern cover songs. Instrumentation generally includes clarinet, trumpet, stride piano, bluesy guitar, bass, and drums, and the band’s influences range from hard bop to soul to cumbia. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C..
Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7 PM Showtime… The 2019 Noise Pop Festival presents The Dimmer Twins featuring Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of the Drive By Truckers features original solo and duo material penned by both Hood and Cooley, and also some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written. Nice intimate place to see them. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The fourth annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival kicks off tonight with three great bands. The youthful and extremely talented North Blue Country are all in their teens, have come up through the ranks of the California Bluegrass Association’s youth programs, and they have years of prior band experience among them despite their young ages. The High Water Line is a five piece bluegrass band of San Francisco Bay Area musicians, who have blended their diverse musical tastes and experiences to create a hard driving West Coast bluegrass sound that is all their own. Sisters Lela & Rainy Miatke have been singing together ever since they learned to talk. After picking up fiddle and mandolin at the age of 8, they formed the band Rainy and the Rattlesnakes with their dad Ray. With the family band, they’ve toured all over the country, gaining the attention such notable performers as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Alice Gerrard, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Väsen, Tony Trischka, Sean Watkins, and The Bee Eaters. Highly recommended!!!!! $5 Cover Charge…
Friday May 17th
Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..
The Scott Foster Quintet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Geechi Taylor on trumpet, David Boyce and James Mahone on reeds, Surya Prashanka on drums, Grant Levin on piano Dave Rwell on bass and led by Scott on guitar. Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge
Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime…
The 2019 Noise Pop Festival presents Combo Chimbata whose music draws upon the traditional sounds of Panama, Caribbean, Colombia, tamboritos, ‘70s funaná from Cape Verde, kompa from Haiti, cumbia, dub and reggae from Jamaica and incorporates those influences into psychedelic funk and soul. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 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
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The fourth annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival continues tonight with three great bands. Hot Buttered Rum is a souped-up, left-coast string band and the brainchild of five uniquely gifted musicians who weave their love of bluegrass, folk, jazz and soul into a riveting strain of Americana. String bass and five-alarm fiddle merge with guitar, banjo, mandolin and drums to frame the voices of its two contrasting writers, fueling a dance party with roots in Appalachia and its branches in California. They are also The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants. Front Country is an acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing across the bay in Oakland. Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation to traditional bluegrass music. Taking in elements from western swing, soul, folk, jazz, old time, and rock, this band puts their heart into their projects, and through many hours of work, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Band of the Year. At the head of the group is AJ Lee, eight-time winning NCBS Female Vocalist of the Year, and 2018 Mandolin Player of the Year. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge…
If you live in the North Bay you may want to check out..
Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. The Space Orchestra will be performing a tribute to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs And Englishmen. Petaluma’s own Space Orchestra is an eclectic mash-up of all- stars known for their stellar work in other top Bay Area bands. With a three-piece horn section, five back-up singers and a powerhouse rhythm section of two drummers plus a percussionist, the group recreates the mighty sound of the live album, in exact order, side A through side B. Husky-voiced Sebastian Saint James of The Highway Poets brings Cocker’s lead vocals roaring back to life, driving the band through hits by the Rolling Stones, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan and more. Highlights include Delta Lady, Space Captain, Feeling Alright, and an unforgettable version of She Came in through the Bathroom Window. This is big sound at its best. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..
Saturday May 18th
Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Raul Malo co-founder and principal driving force of the The Mavericks will be performing solo. Great opportunity to see this amazing innovative musical force. Highly recommended!!!!! $40 Cover Charge…
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Canadian blues singer/guitarist Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. “The Ice Queen” is a triple-threat as a lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Foley has a long history of defying convention, and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians. Highly recommended!!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..
Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime…A really good show tonight featuring from Montreal artist-producer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Janette King whose music is a fusion of electric pop/soul. She is on tour promoting her new album 143. Opening the show is a wonderful stormy/sweet pop r & b singer/song writer from Montreal Maryze. Soulful r & b singer/songwriter Lake Stovall and Bay Area soul/r & b singer/songwriter LOUDA round out what promises to be a really nice show. Highly recommended!!!!! $13 Cover Charge…
title Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime.. title 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
Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-3:00 AM Showtime.. A great night of rockin’ funk and soul music. Headlining the show are The Humidors who has developed a sound that is a melting pot of old-school and modern influences, yet is always rooted in a commitment to ego-less playing that embraces the ensemble approach to funk. Also on the bill are a really good country blues/rock & soul inspired group the Marshall Shaw Band and from upstate New York playing a diverse blend of dance improvisational styles from swing to funk to electronic Banshee Tree. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..
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…
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street San Francisco 12:30 PM-3:00 PM Showtime.. Straight outta Macedonia, the Roma brass band sensation Džambo Aguševi Orchestra turns the Gardens into a raging Balkan dance party. Led by the brilliant trumpeter Džambo Aguševi, the group headlines the Roma Festival, an event presented by the human rights advocacy organization Voice of Roma. Dedicated to the promotion of Balkan Romani (Gypsy) arts and traditions, VoR has long played an essential role in bringing Roma musicians to the Bay Area. Making its San Francisco debut, Aguševi’s eight-piece orchestra has earned respect around the world with innovative arrangements designed to make dancing irresistible. The festival includes a Romani dance workshop led by Šani Rifati. He also leads a panel discussion on Romani music and culture with fellow Voice of Roma leader Carol Silverman. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The fourth annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival continues tonight with another amazing show.
The Earls Of Leicester are Barry Bales (bass), Shawn Camp (guitar), Charlie Cushman (banjo), Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Johnny Warren (fiddle), and Jeff White (mandolin). When the Earls of Leicester (leave out the same letters you’d leave out in “Worcester”) formed in 2013, their mission was ambitious but exact: to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, in hopes of reviving the duo’s music for longtime admirers and introducing a new generation to their genre-defining sound. Within a year of releasing their self-titled debut, the Nashville-based six-piece far surpassed their own expectations, winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and earning six awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. The Kathy Kallick Band powerful mixture of original and classic music, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere. Kathy has been leading bands ever since she co-founded the groundbreaking bluegrass quintet the Good Ol’ Persons in 1975. She’s won a Grammy and two awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Bluegrass Now Magazine calls Kathy “a profound songwriter…expressive singer…and exquisite storyteller”. Fog Holler first arose in the foothills of Echo Mountain, the product of an intense love of bluegrass and traditional American music shared by banjoist Casey Holmberg, guitarist Tommy Schulz, and bass fiddler Noa Laniakea. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge….
The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime. The Monophonics is one of the best live soul bands I have ever seen! Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge…
If you live near Santa Cruz I recommend checking out
Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime. For nearly two decades, Shooter Jennings has defied expectation while constantly expanding the parameters of country, rock ‘n’ roll, and beyond. The scion of American music royalty, he has affirmed his own place in histories still to come as a truly limitless artist whose ambitious experimentation spans myriad genres and creative platforms, from releasing seven solo LPs, countless EPs, and founding his own label and multimedia outlet, Black Country Rock, to hosting his “Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo” on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel, producing music by Jamey Johnson, Wanda Jackson, and his mom, Jessi Colter, and the creation of acclaimed BBS Door games. Outlaw country and rock and rock singer/songwriter Jesse Daniel opens the show. Highly recommended!!!!! $28 Cover Charge..
Sunday May 19th
Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. .
Artur Menezes is a high-energetic guitarist performing traditional blues with expertise and respect while mixing in modern blues with other styles. Highly recommended!!!! $20 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
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime.
The Messenger Legacy is an elite line-up of alumni members of one of Jazz’s most influential bands, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The current lineup is led by Ralph Peterson, the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play at his side in the Jazz Messenger two drummer big band. Their goal is to preserve, protect and honor the legacy of a man who was much more than a bandleader to all of them. Band members include Bobby Watson on soprano sax, Bill Pierce on saxophone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Geoff Keezer on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass and Ralph Peterson on drums.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35-$45 Cover Charge..
The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The fourth annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival concludes tonight with an amazing show.. Bluegrass doesn’t get any better than Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. She’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be. Laurie sings and plays guitar and fiddle. Tom Rozum sings, swaps jokes, and plays mandolin, mandola, and guitar, Patrick Sauber plays banjo, Brandon Godman plays fiddle, and Sam Grisman plays bass. If you’ve never heard them before, you need to hear them as soon as you can. And if you’ve already heard them, chances are you want to hear them again. Singout! calls Laurie “one of the leading lights of American acoustic music, a genuine national treasure,” and Country Standard Time says that she “has recorded some of the finest folk-inspired music of the past three decades.” Dobro master and 14-time GRAMMY winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar whatJimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Additionally, Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording and touring artist whose output incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. Opening the show are Amy Scher & Hailey Pexton, a duet dedicated to playing American traditional music through magnetic vocal harmonies and heartfelt instrumentation. Highly recommended!!!!!! $44 Cover Charge….
If you live near Santa Cruz I recommend checking out
Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime. Canadian blues singer/guitarist Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. “The Ice Queen” is a triple-threat as a lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Foley has a long history of defying convention, and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians. Opening up for Sue is blues guitarist Nick Schnebelen. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..
Video Pick Of The Week..
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead directed by Justin Krook, is a heart-pumping yet heart-wrenching documentary about one of the most eminent DJs working today: Steve Aoki. In the lead-up to Aoki’s biggest show of his career, this introspective doc examines the driving force behind his passion: Rocky Aoki, daredevil showman, Benihana founder, and Steve’s looming father figure. From producers David Gelb (Chef’s Table, Jiro Dreams of Sushi), Matthew Weaver (Rock of Ages), Matt Colon, Happy Walters, Executive Producer Michael Mailis and Co-Producer Susan Wrubel.