Suggestions for Week of 7/29-8/04

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

Monday July 29th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime…
The Pleasure Palace is a wonderful trio where Hammond Organ, Electric Guitar, and Drums make a crazy melange of greasy 70’s soul, sparkling teen beat favorites, once folks enter the palace, they never return the same…The band features the guitar wizardry of Ned Boynton, Lorenzo Farrell on Hammond organ and Rolf Wilkinson on Drums. Highly recommended!!! N/C

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

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-11:30 PM Showtime.. After four decades of performing, High Country remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience. High Country’s show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards, from blues to breakdowns to gospels sung in close harmony. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre, with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style. N/C…

Tuesday July 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..
title Manteca Salsa-Jazz Combo features some of the finest Latin Music musicians in San Francisco, several of whom are Grammy-Winners… With passionate vocals, percussion, and horn riffs, they can make the evening a party. Bailar! Highly recommended!!! No Charge..

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 Caroline Chung and Citizens Jazz performing at Rincon Center located at 121 Spear Street.

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.
Clyde The Blynd and His Trio will be performing his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde’s unique vision. N/C

Wednesday July 31st

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.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
C.J. Chenier And The Red Hot Louisiana Band</a> will perform their brand of state-of-the-art zydeco led by the masterful musician and performer C.J. Chenier. The Red Hot Louisiana Band’s bayou beats out elements of funk, blues and ballads, and puts the foot tapping, can’t stand still sounds throughout traditional Zydeco. Highly recommended!!!!!! $26 Cover Charge..

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 most soulful guitarist’s and vocalist’s Pat Wilder performing at Salesforce park located at 435 Mission Street; Alcatraz Islanders play swing era Hawaiian music that blends traditional island melodies with mainland jazz will perform at 555 California; Conjunto Leon play music of northern Mexico and will perform at 101 California.

Thursday August 1st

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter has undoubtedly become jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist. Growing up in Bakersfield around rollicking tent revivals, Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace. Highly recommended!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. A really good show tonight featuring an indie rock n’ roll band out of Ferndale, Michigan
Bars Of Gold and San Francisco indie rockers Mini And The Bear. Highly recommended!!!!! 414 Cover Charge…

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..

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Kalinders is a local group I really enjoy. You hear lots of influences in their music including traditional jazz, southern blues and folk rock. I really enjoy the musical partnership of singer-songwriter Holly Tzeigon and bassist Jon LaFranchi. Also on the bill are Appalachian folk music performer Sea Keepers and Oakland based indie folk singer/songwriter Maya Elise.. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 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 Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 10:00 PM Showtime.. Australian folk music icons The Waifs will be making a rare Bay Area appearance. The three troubadours who make up the trio Donna Simpson, her sister Vikki Thorn, and Josh Cunningham have great chemistry on stage. They are great songwriters as well. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime.. Afro Cuban jazz folkloric icons Los Hermanos Arango was created in 2003 by world-renown bassist Feliciano Arango (Emiliano Salvador, NG la Banda, Maraca, etc.) and his siblings, percussionist Eugenio, guitarist Ignacio, and vocalist Cristina. The Arango family brings more than 30 years of combined touring experience performing Cuban music and jazz of the highest caliber around the globe.Los Hermanos Arango offers a diverse palette of authentic afro-folkloric rhythms and chants merged with intricate, yet accessible jazz. Highly recommended!!!!! $29 Cover Charge..

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 jazz fusion trio Charged Particles performing st 303 2nd Street; Bay Area vocalist Belinda Blair has a repertoire that covers jazz, swing and jump blues of the era including the songbooks of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Big Mama Thornton and other jump-blues greats will perform at 2nd & Stevenson Street.

Friday August 2nd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter has undoubtedly become jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist. Growing up in Bakersfield around rollicking tent revivals, Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.Highly recommended!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 Cover Charge..

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Jon Frank Jazz Quartet play a mixture of original jazz and standards. JFJQ released their debut album “Syncopated Strut” in 2016. Their leader drummer Jon Frank has been gigging in the Bay Area since 1974.with jazz luminaries such as Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, and Bobby McFerrin. Highly recommended!!!!! No 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.

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime..Australia’s Nattali Rize and her full force powerhouse 5 piece band from Jamaica & Australia are an unforgettable experience.. She is known around the world for her work fronting epic roots band Blue King Brown as well as for her unwavering commitment to using her voice and music for the global struggle toward the realization of full freedom of who we are, our collective power, what we can be, to break the mental conditioning and find full freedom in this lifetime. Highly recommended!!!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 10:00 PM Showtime.. Afro Cuban jazz folkloric icons Los Hermanos Arango was created in 2003 by world-renown bassist Feliciano Arango (Emiliano Salvador, NG la Banda, Maraca,etc.) and his siblings, percussionist Eugenio, guitarist Ignacio, and vocalist Cristina. The Arango family brings more than 30 years of combined touring experience performing Cuban music and jazz of the highest caliber around the globe. Los Hermanos Arango offers a diverse palette of authentic afro-folkloric rhythms and chants merged with intricate, yet accessible jazz. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… Tonights show features two really good bands.. Imperial Teen is a San Francisco-based pop group made up of Roddy Bottum (Faith No More) primarily on guitar/vocals, Will Schwartz (also of hey willpower) primarily on guitar/vocals, Lynn Truell (née Perko; formerly of Sister Double Happiness, The Dicks, and The Wrecks) primarily on drums and backing vocals, and Jone Stebbins (previously of The Wrecks) primarily on bass and backing vocals. So many bands lose momentum and focus over time, but Imperial Teen somehow grow both younger and wiser over the years, connecting four characterful lives through creative friendship and deep trust, and forging a communal power that continues to grow strong The Young Lovers seeks to combine poetic, Television Personalities-style banter with ’60s pop flair. Highly recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. N/C

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Made up of Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates funk, jazz, R&B, soul and fiddle music with verve and enthusiasm. From hip-hop inspired originals to artfully remixed fiddle and funk favorites, this group of strings, accordion and bassoon happily deliver concerts that run the musical gamut. They may even sneak a lively classical piece into their line-up. The group features Matthew Szemela and Philip Brezina (violins), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Michael Graham (cello) and Paul Hanson (bassoon).Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge…

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 9:00 Showtime.. Over the span of her career,
Jollie Holland has knotted together a century of American song—jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll—into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that’s where the beauty lies. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime.. ALO is more than a band. It’s a musical relationship that has endured for over two decades, with band members Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz on guitar & vocals, Steve Adams on bass & vocals, Zach Gill on keyboards, ukele and vocals and Dave Brogan on drums and vocals playing in numerous projects together and apart. ALO is not a band that dwells in the past. They are always moving forward. Always striving to discover new ideas and always looking to go on new adventures. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

If you live in the South Bay you may want to check out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime.
Rodney Crowell is the elder statesman and godfather of Americana music.. With more than 40 years of American roots music under his belt, the Texas native is a two-time Grammy Award winner with five Number One hits of his own and a legacy of songwriting excellence which has made him an icon among giants. With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written chart-topping hits for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more. But owing to the distinctly universal, literary quality of his writing, has also penned beloved songs for artists as diverse as Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and countless others. He is a personnel favorite… Highly recommended!!!!! $37-$47 Cover Charge…

If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers are a great band fusing delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s–era swing, klezmer, New Orleans Jazz, and blues into one of the most original musical ensembles. They are fun and entertaining and one of my favorite bands to see in concert. Highly recommended!!! $29-$69 Cover Charge..

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 blues/jazz/funk/r&b/pop Kenya Baker Trio performing at 425 Market Street.

Saturday August 3rd

Concord Pavilion 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord 4:00 PM Showtime.. This year marks the 50th anniversary of one the great Bay Area traditions The Concord Jazz Festival. Featured artists for the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival will include Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea Spanish Heart Band, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra featuring Patti Austin, Jamison Ross, Carmen Bradford and special guests in a special Celebrating Ella set, Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band, and many more to be announced soon. $39.50-$149.50 Cover Charge..

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime.. For a quarter century the AfroSolo Arts Festival has played an essential role in nurturing, promoting and presenting art and culture from the African Diaspora through presenting solo performances, the visual and literary arts and community engagement. A production of the AfroSolo Theatre Company, the 25th AfroSolo Arts Festival kicks off with this free jazz concert featuring an all-star quintet drawn from AfroSolo alumni. The quartet includes piano master Tammy Hall, veteran drummer Leon Joyce Jr., renowned bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, captivating harpist/vocalist Destiny Muhammad and rising young Oakland saxophonist Ranzel Merritt. Highly recommended!!!!!!! N/C..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter has undoubtedly become jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist. Growing up in Bakersfield around rollicking tent revivals, Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.Highly recommended!!!! $55/$75/$95/$115 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..
Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. I just saw them for the first time last Friday at the Independant and they immediately became one of my favorite Bay Area bands. The musicianship and fresh vocal arrangements of ranging from funk, rock hip hop and soul had the place rockin’. Pysychedelic pop musicians Suzanimal opens the show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 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). 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.. 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 dissapoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

August Hall 420 Mason St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist Talib Kweli is in the midst of his Summer Soltice Tour.. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A good show tonight featuring a band I really like San Francisco based heavy rockers Slough Feg. Brooklyn based heavy rockers Sanhedrin and Los Angeles based rockers Void Vator round out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 cover Charge….

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:30 PM Showtime… Joshua Redman‘s new recent project, Still Dreaming, features drummer Dave King, bassist Scott Colley, and cornetist Ron Miles. The Still Dreaming ensemble pays tribute to their inspiration without recreating their sound, projecting an intimate beauty that honors the honest artistic vision that was Old and New Dreams. As Redman told NPR’s Jazz Night in America: “Each of us has a kind of special relationship to the corresponding instrumentalist in Old and New Dreams.” Highly recommended!!!!!! $30-$110 Cover Charge..

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime.. One of the truly great violinist, violist, composer and two-time Grammy Award winner Mads Tolling will be performing with his outstanding quartet which includes Colin Hogan on piano & accordion, Sam Bevan on bass, and Eric Garland on drums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.
Slightly Stoopid is the Ocean Beach, California band which fuses a number of influences including folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. This is a really fun band.. Highly recommended!! $47.50 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM Showtimes…..
16-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. Highly recommended!!!!!!!$55-$85 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 Showtime..Paris based punk rockers
Rikkha is made of a well balanced mix of several influences including Garage Rock and Cabaret. Their music and visuals are made of cinematographic atmospheres. It depicts the glory of a wild womanhood, seductive and savage. Rikkha live is a real punk’n’roll cabaret inspired by pin-ups, superheroes and zombies from Z movies. Opening the show is Junk Parlor, one of the best and most creative Bay Area bands. Their influences range from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Fats Domino, Howling Wolf and Elvis. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers are a great band fusing delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s–era swing, klezmer, New Orleans Jazz, and blues into one of the most original musical ensembles. They are fun and entertaining and one of my favorite bands to see in concert. Highly recommended!!! $29-$69 Cover Charge..

If you live in the South Bay you may want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime..
Nattali Rize and her full force powerhouse 5 piece band from Jamaica & Australia are an unforgettable experience.. She is known around the world for her work fronting epic roots band Blue King Brown as well as for her unwavering commitment to using her voice and music for the global struggle toward the realization of full freedom of who we are, our collective power, what we can be, to break the mental conditioning and find full freedom in this lifetime… Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge….

If you live in the South Bay you may want to check out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime. Australian folk music icons
The Waifs will be making a rare Bay Area appearance. The three troubadours who make up the trio Donna Simpson, her sister Vikki Thorn, and Josh Cunningham have great chemistry on stage. They are great songwriters as well. Highly recommended!!!!!! $27-$40 Cover Charge..

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 5:30 PM Showtime. Music icon The God Father of Funk George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will be in the house. His recordings both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. He puts on a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $59-$325 Cover Charge….

Sunday August 4th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. A two-time GRAMMY-winner and six-time nominee, Gregory Porter has undoubtedly become jazz’s most celebrated male vocalist. Growing up in Bakersfield around rollicking tent revivals, Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.Highly recommended!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 Cover Charge..

The 82nd Annual Stern Grove Festival. The free summer outdoor Sunday music fest continues with British post punk rockers The Psychedelic Furs. Founded in London in 1977, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms, and melodies with a punk attitude. The band released seven studio albums and scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat.” The Furs currently are touring with Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums). British alternative rockers James opens the show. The music starts at 2:00 PM and is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd in San Francisco.

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. N/C

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 7:00 PM Showtime..
Galactic‘s own Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans Music! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, funk blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs and part of the NOLA institution Galactic. In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Mannie Fresh, Patti Labelle, Harry Connick Jr. and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. In addition to displaying his skills on the frontline as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, producer and multi instrumentalist. With a scintillating and unique sound, look and exemplary talents, Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans Experience! Highly recommended!!!!!$14 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime..
Marcia Ball has been a personnel favorite of mine since I first saw her more than 30 years ago. Marcia is rollicking, playful and a good-time playing two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and singing in a husky voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time. She is a national treasure and I highly recommend seeing her. $36 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 4:00 PM- Showtime..
Larry Vuckovich celebrates his landmark recording Blue Balkan, featuring Bobby Hutcherson, which was the first to fuse Balkan ethnic music with American Jazz. He will be joined by Eric Golub on violin, Vince Delgado on Middle-Eastern percussion, Coralie Russo on oud, & Jeff Chambers on bass. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Showtimes..16-year-old
Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. Highly recommended!!!!!!!$55-$85 Cover Charge..

The 16th Annual Jerry Day takes place starting at 11:45 AM at The Jerry Garcia Ampitheatre located at McLaren Park located at 45 John F. Shelley Drive in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy. Performers include The Gary Gates Band, Melvin Seals & JGB and Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Highly recommended.. No Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week!!

With the Jerry Garcia Day Festival this week I though I would recommend a great documentary Long Strange Trip, a movie that every Deadhead in the kozmic universe will want to see, and with good reason: At three hours and 58 minutes, it has the sprawl and generosity of a good Dead show, yet there’s nothing indulgent about it — it’s an ardent piece of documentary classicism. The film counts Martin Scorsese among its executive producers, and it was directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”), who works with the historical meticulousness a subject like this one deserves. Bar-Lev, who grew up in the Bay Area, uses the long-form running time to digress where he sees fit, but mostly he stays hooked to the center of his subject: how the Grateful Dead, after rising to prominence as an electric jam band in the late ’60s — the hippie minstrels of the Haight-Ashbury circus — took on a wriggling, effusive identity of their own that could be shaped and guided but never fully controlled..

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