Suggestions for Week of 6/03-6/09

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

Monday June 3rd

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

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…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..American folk and blues singer Maria Muldaur who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1973 hit song “Midnight at the Oasis” and continues to record albums in the folk traditions.. Highly recommended!!!!!$19-$49 Cover Charge..

Tuesday June 4th

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.

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Alternative indie rockers Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, introspective lyrics and their genre-defying sound takes influence from artists as diverse like Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, Frank Ocean and Schoolboy Q. The indie pop band The Greeting Committee gets the night going.. Highly recommended!!!! $36 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly 20 years, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, Tony Scherr on bass and Allison Miller on drums. They have bending genres, creating new ways of playing, mixing it up. Now they get to groove. Highly recommended!!!!! 28 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..Lydia Pense and Cold Blood debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Meccas. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60’s, early-70’s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Highly Recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Wednesday June 5th

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

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 8 PM-Midnight Showtime..
Ed Ivey’s Weekly Blues Jam gets the bar rocking. His weekly jam is really fun. 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. N/C

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Alternative indie rockers Rainbow Kitten Surprise‘s chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, introspective lyrics and their genre-defying sound takes influence from artists as diverse like Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, Frank Ocean and Schoolboy Q. The indie pop band The Greeting Committee gets the night going.. Highly recommended!!!! $36 Cover Charge…

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Spoon Bar 219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg.. Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly 20 years, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, Tony Scherr on bass and Allison Miller on drums. They have bending genres, creating new ways of playing, mixing it up. Now they get to groove. Highly recommended!!!!! $68 Cover Charge Includes concert and dinner..

Thursday June 6th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. A really great night of music in store with one of the great indie alternative rock bands The Ataris headlining.. Also on the bill are the San Francisco based punk rock & Roll band The Kegals and the Oakland based punk rock band The Lucky Eejits. Highly recommended!!!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Friday June 7th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.
Daniel Castro Band is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins he has added the three T’s, taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers.. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Two album release parties tonight.. Headlining tonight is one of the Bay Area’s best pop fuzz rock bands Seablite will be releasing their new cd. Oakland’s the Neutrals will be releasing their new cd and indie punk rockers Boyracer round out the bill.. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge…

Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime..
The Range Of Light Wilderness makes you feel like that old beach blanket in your trunk might really be a magic carpet. Roll it out, and go for a sandy ride in the sky. It’s all moonlight and waves here, pine-pitch and sunshine. The band is a three piece centered on songwriter Tommy Frank MacDonald. The sound is hushed and catchy, melodically magical, beachy pop. 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.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Few players have done as much for the state of their instrument as Leo Kottke and even fewer have seen the level of success that he has as a largely instrumental artist. Stretching his fingers around jazz, bluegrass, rock, and Americana, Leo plays in an odd language. His finger-picking and extensive use of open tunings make him a tough player to pigeonhole, and a mesmerizing act to see. In spite of partial hearing loss and tendon damage in his right hand, Leo has remained one of the most impressive and consistent players in the business, attaining an almost mythical status in the guitar community. Kottke has remained prolific throughout his career, releasing twelve albums and branching out in collaborations with artists from Lyle Lovett to Phish’s Mike Gordon. Highly recommended!!!!!! $54 Cover Charge…

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Bela Fleck has reconvened the original
Bela Fleck And The Flecktones the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ Drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Far from being a wistful trip back in time, the album sees the Grammy Award-winning quartet creating some of the most forward thinking music of their long, storied career. While all manners of genres come into play – from classical and jazz to bluegrass and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk dances – the result is an impossible to pigeonhole sound all their own, a meeting of musical minds that remains, as ever, utterly indescribable. Simply put, it is The Flecktones, the music made only when these four individuals come together. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$55/$65 Cover Charge..

Saturday June 8th

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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..One of the beat jazz ensembles in the Bay Area the Adam Shulman Sextet will be performing in the When Lights Are Low series. The sextet features Adam Shulman on piano, Mike Olmos on trumpet, Lyle Link on alto saxophone, Patrick Wolff tenor saxophone, John Wiitala on bass and Evan Hughes on drums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players Ricci has appeared as a guest harmonica player on albums with Johnny Winter, Nick Curran, Ana Popovic ,Cedric Burnside and Joe Louis Walkeramong others. Jason will be performing with his band The Bad Kind.. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. One of San Francisco’s great Bay Area punk acts Nothington will be making a final appearance at the Hill tonight.. Also on the bill are two really good punk rock bands Civil War Rust and Paper Dolls. Highly recommended!!!!! $14 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Few players have done as much for the state of their instrument as Leo Kottke and even fewer have seen the level of success that he has as a largely instrumental artist. Stretching his fingers around jazz, bluegrass, rock, and Americana, Leo plays in an odd language. His finger-picking and extensive use of open tunings make him a tough player to pigeonhole, and a mesmerizing act to see. In spite of partial hearing loss and tendon damage in his right hand, Leo has remained one of the most impressive and consistent players in the business, attaining an almost mythical status in the guitar community. Kottke has remained prolific throughout his career, releasing twelve albums and branching out in collaborations with artists from Lyle Lovett to Phish’s Mike Gordon. Highly recommended!!!!!! $54 Cover Charge…

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out these two venues.

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime…
The Mighty Diamonds are a Jamaican harmony trio, recording roots reggae with a strong Rastafarian influence. The group, which comprises Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson, and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, was formed in 1969 and remains together today as one of the only reggae vocal trio’s to maintain the original line-up. They will be joined by special guests KavaJah & The Remedy. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer/songwriter and one of the great male vocalists of his generation Rufus Wainwright will be in performance. I really liked his tribute album to Judy Garland. Highly recommended!!!! $55-$35 Cover Charge…

The 43rd Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival will be a full day of music, dance, and storytelling workshops and concerts, crafts, vendors, and fun for the whole family. All ages and musical interests are welcome. All events and workshops are open to anyone who wants to participate or just listen. This is one of the great and ongoing music/art/dance festivals in San Francisco. The festival runs from Noon-10:00 PM and is located at Everett Middle School located at 450 Church Street. It is uniquely San Francisco. For a complete schedule visit SF Folk Festival Schedule/Lineup.

The Golden Gate Park Band Festival is a great two day festival with some of the very best community concert bands in Northern California performing great and diverse music. This year features two of my favorite bands The Amador County Concert Band and Jeff Sanford’s SF Bay Area Jazz Ensemble. The festival runs each day from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM and is held in Golden Gate’s Park Band Shell located in the Music Concourse. For a complete listing visit Golden Gate Park Festival Schedule ..

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Jackson Theatre 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa.. A spectacular double bill on the last night of this great festival. One of the great and most respected musicians and Hammond B-3 legend Joey DeFrancesco will be featuring a trio with the great saxophonist Troy Roberts and jazz drumming legend Billy Hart. Jazz violinist Regina Carter will be performing with her superb quintet in a tribute to the “First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald.. I saw Regina at Jazzfest and this is a show not to be missed.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$55/$75 Cover Charge…

Sunday June 9th

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

The Riptide 3639 Taravel Street, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 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 truly great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Grammy Award nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. Since winning the Thelonious Monk Competition, Jazzmeia’s star has continued to rise, along with her reputation as an artist with an assured maturity and a vocal confidence far beyond her years. JazzTimes exclaims that Jazzmeia’s vivacity, imagination, gutsiness and sociopolitical savvy echo the likes of Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln. Her debut album, A Social Call, earned Jazzmeia her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge…

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime… Long before there were Kings of Leon, Keys of Black or Whites of Jack in Music City there was a riddle spewing prophets of roots rock and roll the Webb Wilder Band. A bluesy blast of baritone bombast. Equally versed in two glorious worlds, Rock and Roll. He is a force on tour and a tour de force. They are the last of the Full Grown Men and Roots Rock Royalty. Highly recommended!!!!!!$220 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week!!

Remastered: Who Shot The Sheriff tells the story of reggae artist Bob Marley found himself caught in the crossfire of warring political factions in Jamaica, surviving a murder attempt in 1976. Documentarians explore who could be held accountable for the deed.

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