Suggestions for Week of 6/17-6/23

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

Monday June 17th

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…

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..
Windy Hill Handsom Ladies are the first ladies of Bay Area bluegrass music have a return engagement to Amnesia. This should be a good show..N/C

Tuesday June 18th

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.

Wednesday June 19th

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.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz master supergroup
The Cookers have each made an estimable mark on the jazz world as both leaders and sidemen since the 1960s. Founded by acclaimed trumpeter David Weiss the band is made up of a dizzying array of jazz giants including tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bassist Cecil McBee, pianist George Cables, and drummer Billy Hart. The Cookers are a cohesive unit performing their own finely wrought compositions with more fire and passion than the generations of musicians they’ve inspired. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25/$45/$65 Cover Charge…

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM…
Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a 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, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! This weeks special guest is the great Bay Area blues sideman Mighty Mike Schermer. 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.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another night of great music featuring a really fun satanic doo wop band from Los Angeles
Twin Temple. Death doo-wop band Nobody’s Baby and Oakland punk rockers Blood round out the night… Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 8:00 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-Midnight 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

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

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. New York’s own
The Felice Brothers are one of the great Americana folk rock/country rock roots bands. The band is on tour promoting their latest album “Undress”. Indie folk rocker Jonathan Rice opens the bill. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Grammy winning New Zealand born pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent returns to the piano store in a duo with celebrated bassist Harvie S for what will surely be a sold out show. Alan is acclaimed for his work with Irene Kral, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole and has worked with artists as diverse as Glenn Frey and Sir Paul McCartney. Harvie S has performed and recorded with the likes of Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and Tony Bennett, just to name a few. They join together here in a collaboration that is sure to be filled with beauty and intrigue. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Thursday June 20th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM..
Melody Angel is from the south side of Chicago. Rock N Roll took over her life at age 7. Melody blames the following artist’s for her obsession: Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and Chuck Berry. Melody’s mom got her a Fender Stratocaster guitar from a pawnshop at age 15, and Melody never stopped playing, in fact she plays the same guitar to this day. With a microphone at her lips and a Fender Strat in her hand Melody Angel has played all over the world. Currently touring to promote her 2nd full length album Angels & Melodies, featuring her 1st single, Wild Child. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The 37th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival presents legendary Memphis soul singer/songwriter and
Stax iconic recording artist William Bell. One of the first artists signed to the Stax label, Bell scored the early hit “You Don’t Miss Your Water (Until Your Well Runs Dry)” in 1961 that was later covered by Otis Redding and The Byrds, and wrote a number of the greatest tracks of the classic soul era, including “Born Under a Bad Sign,” made famous by Albert King and Eric Clapton with Cream, “Everybody Loves a Winner,” “Private Number,” and “I Forgot To Be Your Lover,” which became a hit in two decades after being covered by pop-punk giant Billy Idol in 1986. Possessed of a smoky tenor matched with a crooner’s control, Bell has released a string of soul gems that have earned him global hits along with the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s R&B Pioneer Award and the W.C. Handy Heritage Award. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30/$45/$65/$85 Cover Charge….

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.
Robbie Fulks is an incomparable singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. Fulks has the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. I have been lucky enough to see Robbie a few times and he is a great entertainer. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Friday June 21st

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

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another night of great music featuring a really good punk emo revival band from Chicago Sincere Engineer. Also on the bill is an emo indie rock power pop band out of Cleveland Heart Attack Man and a really good progressive indie rock band out of Houston Rome Hero Foxes. This is a great triple bill!!!! Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM..
Melody Angel is from the south side of Chicago. Rock N Roll took over her life at age 7. Melody blames the following artist’s for her obsession: Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and Chuck Berry. Melody’s mom got her a Fender Stratocaster guitar from a pawnshop at age 15, and Melody never stopped playing, in fact she plays the same guitar to this day. With a microphone at her lips and a Fender Strat in her hand Melody Angel has played all over the world. Currently touring to promote her 2nd full length album Angels & Melodies, featuring her 1st single, Wild Child. Highly recommended!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 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). 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.. $20 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime..
Omara Moctar AKA “Bombino”is one of my very favorite performers. The Nigerien singer-songwriter and guitarist and leader of his group Bombino sings in his native Tamasheq and often address geopolitical concerns in Turag. He is one of the most original finger picking guitarists on the planet and I highly recommend seeing this original master. Also on the bill is San Francisco rock and roll soul band Down Dirty Shake. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

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

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes..Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues. She will be performing with the great young pianist Sullivan Fortner… Highly recommended!!!!$35 Cover Charge..

Saturday June 22nd

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

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..
Cafe R&B is one of the most exciting live acts in the blues genre, and beyond. Their sound is firmly rooted in electric blues, but theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Americana. Hailing from Los Angeles Cafe R&B features the raging female vocalist “Roach” who has been described as Etta James riding a Harley out of an active volcano. Cafe R&B will knock you on your butt. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge…

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime..
The White Blinds are a blistering hot soul jazz organ trio, playing those gritty soulful sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. Emerging from the tight-knit Los Angeles funk and soul community, The White Blinds are one of the newest true organ trios to carry the torch of oran masters Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland and The City Champs. The trio led by drummer and percussionist Michael Duffy of Jungle Fire and Ozomatli, with organist Carey Frank of Tedeschi Trucks Band, and master guitarist Matt Hornbeck. What a great show..Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…..

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
The 2019 US Air Guitar Championships-San Francisco Regionals
take place tonight. Witness some of California’s best air guitarists battle it out to see which of them will rep San Francisco in the US Air Guitar Championship!.. Part rock show, part comedy act, part spectacle, and 100% dumb fun, US Air Guitar lets ordinary people become spandex-wearing, hair-flying rock stars for a night. Judged on technical merit, stage presence, and how thoroughly they melt the crowd’s faces, the winner will move on to the US AIR GUITAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in NASHVILLE. It’s the evening out you never knew you needed! Highly recommended!!!!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… A great night of ska and reggae. For more than 27 years, the NYC-based and critically acclaimed The Slackers have been touring the world with their blend of Ska, Reggae, and Soul. The band is deeply rooted within the ska movement, while their self-proclaimed “Jamaican Rock n’ Roll” sound sets them apart from many bands today. Opening the show are Oakland’s own rocket rollers The Phenomenauts. Highly recommended!!!!! $22 Cover Charge…

Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. One of the best indie rock bands out to come out of Portland Summer Cannibals will be headlining tonight. Summer Cannibals is led by singer and guitarist Jessica Boudreaux with drummer Devon Shirley, guitarist Cassi Blum and bassist Ethan Butman. Blushh, the four piece indie fuzz band out of Los Angeles opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $12-$14 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM 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!!!! $26 Cover Charge…

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:59 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit 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… $15 Cover Charge..

Stanford Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford 7:30 PM Showtime…. . Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues. She will be performing with the great young pianist Sullivan Fortner.. Highly recommended!!!!$30-$110 Cover Charge..

Sunday June 23rd

The 82nd Annual Stern Grove Festival free summer outdoor Sunday musicfest continues with one of the best shows in recent memory. Los Van Van is one of the most important bands in 20th century Cuban music, the GRAMMY-winning Los Van Van celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Founded in 1969 by Juan Formell, Los Van Van gained a reputation as one of the world’s greatest dance bands, melding classic charanga with modern influences. Currently led by Juan’s son, Samuel, Los Van Van has been nominated for multiple GRAMMY awards, including Best Tropical Album in 2019 for their album Legado. Opening the show is one of my absolute favorite Bay Area ensembles Banda Sin Nombre, a five-piece street band from San Francisco’s Mission District dedicated to 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. The music starts at 2:00 PM and is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd in San Francisco.

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

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… Jenny and the Mexicats is a unique latin alternative band meshing flamenco to rockabilly. Highly recommended!!!!! $20.00 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. A true “Keeper of the B-3 Grail”, Caesar Frazier assumes the mantle of the great organists such as Jimmy Smith and Brother Jack McDuff and has built upon their legacy to become one of today’s finest exponents of the instrument. From his years with Lou Donaldson through the time he spent with Marvin Gaye, Frazier has developed his own unique soulful style as an instrumentalist and composer. Frazier brings his hand-picked West Coast quartet to the Bach, featuring along with Caesar on the Hammond B3 organ, Lyle Link on saxophone, Jacques Lesure on guitar and Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge…

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. Shinyribs is one of the great Americana country soul swamp-funk bands. Hailing from Austin, Texas, this band is simply an exaltation of spirit and their lives shows are a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Sunday Speakeasy features internationally recognized jazz and blues vocalists Lavay Smith and Denise Perrier paying tribute to the Jazzy Blues songs of Bessie Smith and the 1920’s. Lavay and Denise are backed up by an all-star band featuring with Chris Siebert on piano, Pete Devine on drums, Joe Kyle on bass and Rob Barics on reeds.. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime…. Often referred to as “The Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band,John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the 1960’s—a band whose members included many celebrated blues and blues rock guitarists, such as: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington. Attracted by the West Coast climate and culture, Mayall then made his permanent move from England to Los Angeles in 1969 and began forming bands with American musicians. Throughout the next three decades, Mayall became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel. Always one step ahead, John has now hired a new member to be added to all live shows starting in May. Her well-known name is Carolyn Wonderland and she will be the first ever woman to hold the position of lead guitarist in any of John’s bands. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $39-$79 Cover Charge……

Video Pick Of The Week..

David Crosby: Remember My Name is an elegiac rock-nostalgia documentary as David Crosby appears before us as an older and wiser hippie troubadour, his signature long locks and frontier mustache now white, his spirit chastened but still keyed to the muse of his holy boomer-rock self. In the movie, Crosby speaks with candor about all the drugs he did, the women he “didn’t love enough,” the abuse he handed out to his body and soul. Yet he’s not apologizing; he’s testifying. In “Remember My Name,” he treats his life as a shamanistic parable of pleasure and pain, beauty and loss. This documentary shows that Crosby is more than just a rock ‘n’ roll survivor nursing a lifetime of second thoughts. He’s a romantic witness to a time that was genuinely about following the road of excess to the palace of wisdom.

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