Suggestions for Week of 7/01-7/07

Monday July 1st

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.. One of the Bay area’s best Django inspired ensembles, The French American Quartet plays a mix of gypsy jazz as well as standards by Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Gershwin. The group is lead by a great guitarist Steve Froberg supported by Hanna Mingano on violin, Fabrice Urrizalqui on drums, François Egron on bass. 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…

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

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime. A Tribute to
Toots Thielemans featuring the effortless mastery of world-class pianist and composer Kenny Werner and the exceptional chromatic harmonica player Gregoire Maret. This amazing duet pays homage to the late great Belgian master harmonica player and guitarist. The program “Between a Smile and a Tear” – includes songs written by or associated with Toots such as Bluesette, Midnight Sun, Theme from Midnight Cowboy, The Dolphin and What a Wonderful World. Come experience what will be an amazing and intimate concert that could only be heighted by the cedar walls of the Bach and the ocean tide at our door step. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $#36.75 Cover Charge…

Tuesday July 2nd

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.

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Three really good bands tonight. Headlining the night hailing from Bakersfield indie pop rockers Hate Drugs. Rounding out the night is indie rockers Carpool Tunnel and from Nashville is the vintage pop rock band Jet Black Alley Cat. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market Street, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime… Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and Grammy award winner Van Hunt is a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R&B, soul, funk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charges…

Local Edition 691 Market St, 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

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett, has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Performing with his Large Band, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today. Highly recommended!!!!!! $39-$349 Cover Charge..

Wednesday July 3rd

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series features one of the Bay Area’s best swing bands Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. They will be performing at performing at Salesforce Park located at 425 Mission Street.

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

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. 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! 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-11:00 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

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

Thursday July 4th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime..
Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet.The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. The Buena Vista Jazz Band features the vocals of Ms.Darlene Langston. Highly recommended!!!No Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 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 to Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend at the fairgrounds in beautiful Quincy, California. The festival kicks off today with a great lineup including The New Mastersounds, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra & Stanton Moore & Skerik’s Emerald Quintet. To find out today’s complete lineup visit Thursday’s Festival Lineup. For festival camping and lodging information visit Festival Lodging & Camping. For Ticket information visit Ticket Information.

Friday July 5th

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market Street, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… Los Angeles based indie rockers Valley Queen is on tour promoting their new album Supergiant. I really like their vocal arrangements.. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 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..
The Ray Charles Project is a tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook featuring Tony Lindsay & Glenn Walters on vocals, Chris Cain on guitar & vocals, Simon Russell on keys, DeWayne Pate on bass & Deszon X. Claiborneon drums.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $24 Cover Charge…

The 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend at the fairgrounds in beautiful Quincy, California. The festival continues today with a great lineup including
The New Mastersounds, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Stanton Moore & Skerik’s Emerald Quintet and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. To find out today’s complete lineup visit Friday Festival Lineup. For festival camping and lodging information visit Festival Lodging & Camping. For Ticket information visit Ticket Information.

Saturday July 6th

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime.. Aireene Espiritu tribute to Sugar Pie Desanto.. Philippine-born singer/songwriter Aireene Espiritu ,a fixture on the Bay Area folk scene for more than two decades, delivered a brilliant hat tip to an overlooked master with Back Where I Belong (Little Village Music), a project focusing on songs by or associated with Sugar Pie DeSanto, the R&B powerhouse of African-American and Filipino-American descent. Espiritu revisits this potent material, including songs DeSanto performed touring with James Brown in the 1950s, with her stellar band the Itch. Accompanying herself on tenor ukulele, Espiritu sings spirituals, Motown, blues, R&B and even covers several songs associated with Pinoy rock icon Freddie Aguilar, infusing Philippine standards with Oakland soul. Highly recommended!!!!!! No 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 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Known as a musician’s musician, guitarist, singer/songwriter and Grammy award winner
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray, his music has been compared to a list of diverse artists ranging from Lead Belly & Spade Cooley. Bluesman Taj Mahal once said about Hart: “The boy has got thunder in his hands.” This is a show not to be missed.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $28 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 PM Showtime. Skip The Needle is a collaboration of four bandleaders: Shelley Doty, Kofy Brown, Katie Colpitts and Vicki Randle. Our mission: to annihilate with love! Born from group of friends all veterans of multiple bands, tours, recording, jamming together. They immediately started creating original music and had so much fun, they decided to go for it. Reckless, eclectic, fearless, if Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde and Chaka Kahn cloned a baby, this would be the result. Listen out for soul, rock, funk, vocal harmonies and wild instrumental explorations. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM- Showtime..
The John Santos Quartet is one of the premier Afro-Latin Jazz groups in the world. They present original compositions and arrangements, and Latin American and Jazz Classics with a contemporary twist. The JS Quartet always takes us on an imaginative musical journey that encompasses an astounding variety of rhythms and styles. Highly recommended!!!!! $#20 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime. One of the British great funk and soul bands The New Mastersounds have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds, UK, in 1999. Though they have collaborated over the years with such musical luminaries as Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Art Neville, Quantic, and Lou Donaldson, they are at their best on stage as a tightly-packed quartet – bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ – firing scorching funk grooves off each other and feeding off the energy of the joyful dancers in the front row.Highly recommended!!!!!! $32 Cover Charge…

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

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime.
Rising Appalachia exudes a sense of rootedness, playful exploration, and inspired action. Their sound and message, such as revealed in the newest single, “Resilient,” suggest that voices and traditions, brought together through song, may be one of the saving graces to a world in distress. In a time when the fabric of community and culture often appear to be unraveling, their interweaving of music and mission, old traditions with new interpretations, creates an atmosphere of contagious hope and bliss. Highly recommended!!!!! $37 Cover Charge..

The 36th annual Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz Festival on the West Coast. The festival takes place this weekend from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM on Fillmore Street between Jackson to Eddy. Today’s lineup includes The Erik Jekabson Sextet featuring John Santos & Dave Ellis, Kim Nalley and The Ray Obiedo Group. For a complete lineup listing visit Fillmore Jazz Festival Lineup.

The 10th Annual Burger Boogaloo takes place this weekend at Mosswood Park in Oakland. The punk roots festival hosted by John Waters is two days of eclectic, irreverent, classic punk & rock music. The festival kicks off with a great lineup including The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Dwarves and The Dead Boys. To find out the festival’s complete lineup visit Burger Boogaloo Lineup. For ticket information visit Burger Boogaloo Ticket Information.

The 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend at the fairgrounds in beautiful Quincy, California. The festival continues today with a great lineup including Leftover Salmon, Galactic, ALO & The Del McCoury Band. To find out today’s complete lineup visit Saturday Festival Schedule. For festival camping and lodging information visit Festival Lodging & Camping. For ticket information visit Ticket Information.

Sunday July 7th

The 82nd Annual Stern Grove Festival, the free summer outdoor Sunday music fest, continues with San Francisco Symphony led by conductor Edwin Outwater will be performing Felix Mendelssohn Fingal’s Cave Overture, Opus 26 Edward Elgar Sea Pictures, Opus 37 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Marche slave, Opus 31 Modest Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition. The music starts at 2:00 PM and is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd in San Francisco.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime..
Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet.The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. The Buena Vista Jazz Band features the vocals of Ms. Darlene Langston. Highly recommended!!! $10 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

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. One of the British great funk and soul bands The New Mastersounds have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds, UK, in 1999. Though they have collaborated over the years with such musical luminaries as Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Art Neville, Quantic, and Lou Donaldson, they are at their best on stage as a tightly-packed quartet – bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ – firing scorching funk grooves off each other and feeding off the energy of the joyful dancers in the front row.Highly recommended!!!!!! $32 Cover Charge…

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 5:30 PM Showtime.. Two of the great forces and innovators of bluegrass music the Del McCoury Bandand David Grisman’s Dawg Trio will be in performance. Now helming the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Rob, the ensemble did and continues to represent in a larger, growing musical community a peerless torchbearer for the entire sweep and scope of bluegrass history. Those many years, not to mention a good-natured willingness to stay alert to the latest sounds and opportunities around him, earned McCoury a whole new generation of fans, including some in unlikely places. Highly recommended!!!!! $29-$275 Cover Charge..

The 36th annual Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz Festival on the West Coast. The festival takes place this weekend from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM on Fillmore Street between Jackson to Eddy. Today’s lineup includes The Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Tiffany Austin, Kim Nalley and The Element Brass Band. For a complete lineup listing visit Fillmore Jazz Festival Lineup.

The 10th annual Burger Boogaloo takes place this weekend at Mosswood Park in Oakland. The punk roots festival hosted by John Waters is two days of eclectic, irreverent, classic punk & rock music. The festival continues with a great lineup including The Jesus and Mary Chain, Shannon & The Clams and King Tuff. To find out the festival’s complete lineup visit Burger Boogaloo Lineup. For ticket information visit Burger Boogaloo Ticket Information.

The 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend at the fairgrounds in beautiful Quincy, California. The festival concludes today with a great lineup including Gabby Moreno, Midnight North and Steel Pulse. To find out today’s complete lineup visit Sunday Festival Lineup. For festival camping and lodging information visit Festival Lodging & Camping. For Ticket information visit Ticket Information.

Video Pick Of The Week!!

Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.Highly recommended!!!!!!!

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