Suggestions for Week of 8/26-9/01

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

Monday August 26th

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…

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:00 PM Showtime.. Come and celebrate the master of the Hammond B3 organ Wil Blades‘ 40th Birthday Party featuring Donald Harrison Jr., Jeff Parker, Scott Amendola & Mike Clark. This is going to be one great evening of music!!!! Highly recommended!!!!!! $31.50 Cover Charge..

Tuesday August 27th

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 8:30 PM-11:45 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie-woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge…

Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival presents nervy indie pop musician Ian Sweet & The Courtneys Ian Sweet & The Courtneys whose early 90’s sounds draws strong influences including Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and The Clean. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

The Pagan Idol 375 Bush St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The title Steve Lucky Carmen Getit Duo in a rare performance without the “Rhuba Bums”. I love the trio because it showcases the great musicianship of Steve and and Carmen’s vocals are reminiscent of Dina Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. Highly recommended!!!! N/C..

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime… A great double bill in store featuring Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies who will reunite for the first time in 17-years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their seminal sophomore album God shuffled His Feet. The north American tour will launch November 23 and will feature the original line-up of Brad Roberts, Ellen Reid, Dan Roberts, and Mitch Dorge. Also on the bill is Jill Sobule who belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter/guitarist/singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Love found, love lost, love wished for and love taken away. This is going to be a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $44 Cover Charge…

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Another fun night of music with the great Japanese female rock and roll band Shonen Knife headlining the night. Also on the bill are a great indie rock band from Joplin, MO Me Like Bees, hailing from Oakland one of the besr instrumental surf rockabilly bands around The Greasy Gills and getting the night going 50’s-60’s Rock and roll, Surf/Instro, Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Garage Dj Sid Presley. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $20 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 lineup includes a great Bay Area soul.funk and jazz band Big Blu Soul Review performing at Rincon Center located at 121 Spear Street.

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. One of the great southern rock jam bands to come out of the 90’s
Gov’t Mule was formed by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band. Highly recommended!!!! $65-$844 Cover Charge..

Wednesday August 28th

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.

Cats Corner 2174 Market St, San Francisco 9:00 PM 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!!!! $10 Cover Charge…

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. If you don’t know
Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C..

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 lineup includes the jazz pop Dee Spencer Trio featuring jazz vocalist Rene Lubin performing at 101 California Street; Peruvian singer musician Rosa Los Santos performs at 555 California Street.

Thursday August 29th

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight 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..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A Latin dance evening in tribute to the Salsa music of the seventies with Bay Area based
Edgardo & Candela who will be playing many of the classics hits of Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, and original music by Edgardo in the “old school” Salsa style. Highly recommended!!!!! $24 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 lineup includes the
Nick Rossi Trio lead by one of the Bay Area’s great jazz guitarists performing at 303 Second Street; Cuban musician & singer Mario Solomon performs at 333 Market Street; jazz guitarist Gary Zellerbach and his trio will perform with his quartet at 2nd & Stevenson Street.

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime.
The Blasters are one of my all time favorite rock and roll bands. Phil and Dave Alvin are LA rock and roll royalty. Growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album American Music. Jesse Dalton opens the show..Highly recommended!!!!!!$25 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around San Jose you may want to check out

The Ritz 400 S 1st St, San Jose 8:00 PM Showtime. Igor and Red Elvises began in 1995 after dreaming that Elvis Presley came to Igor and told him to start playing rock’n’roll. Not one to say no to the King, Igor and his Russian friends started playing on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. Their street musician days did not last long, however, as they drew such huge crowds that the City of Santa Monica brought them to court and ordered them off the streets. Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed “Siberian Surf Rock”. Since then the band has included musicians from many other countries including United States, Israel, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria, to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba and many other instruments. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor’s unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock’n’roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout. Highly recommended.. $15 Cover Charge…

Friday August 30th

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime.
Parlor Tricks is the world’s first and foremost industrial ragtime band, a hot-music quartet led with sultry vocals, resonator guitar, upright bass and drums. I saw them recently and loved the music. Highly recommended!! $5 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…

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Saturday August 31st.. From the vibrant streets of New Orleans, to the hazy corner of Haight-Asbury in San Francisco, Honey Island Swamp Band has endured devastation, relocation, and revitalization. A group whose sound has been tagged Bayou Americana, the Honey Island Swamp Band takes the hammer to the nail with the help of producer Luther Dickinson, and presents blues, country, soul, and R&B with swampy New Orleans rhythms. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie-woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! No 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 lineup includes a great Bay Area world music ensemble Vibo Simfani performing at 425 Market Street.

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith sings at the hippest bar in San Francisco, accompanied by Danny Armstrong on trombone and Chris Siebert on the Hammond organ. You’ll love the vibe, the cocktails, and the world-class collection of vintage vinyl spinning for your listening pleasure. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Dawg Trio features mandolinist, composer and bandleader David Grisman who has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep — embracing many styles, genres and traditions. The trio also features Sam Grisman on bass and banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime. Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe.. Opening up the show is local Americana folk ensemble
Coffee Zombie Collective. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Saturday August 31st

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..One of my very favorite jazz ensembles Citizen Jazz pays tribute to legendary American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie. Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. In the 1940s, Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman. The band features Riley Bandy on alto saxophone, James Mahone on tenor saxophone, Grant Levin on piano, Caroline Chung on upright bass and Malachi Whitson on drums. Highly recommended!!!! $20 cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of blues featuring two great blues icons. Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. 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!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime. Mark Hummel & The Deep Basement Shakers are two entities that have locked forces to commit themselves to rockin’ away the pre-war blues & boogie-woogie styles in this piano, acoustic harmonica/vocal & washboard trio. Grammy-nominated, two-time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, bandleader, author, and entrepreneur Mark Hummel’s mastery of the blues genre, mixed with a knowledge of where the music comes from, is rare in this idiom. Specializing in primal, joint-rockin’ barrelhouse blues n’ boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay trio with a stripped down but powerful sound, featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar, and local percussion legend Dave Eagle on washboard, spoons, suitcase, train whistles, animal calls, etc. Known for their floor-stomping appearances around the Bay and beyond, the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady-rollin’ grooves from the deep musical traditions of days of old! Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Dawg Trio features mandolinist, composer and bandleader David Grisman who has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep — embracing many styles, genres and traditions. The trio also features Sam Grisman on bass and banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime. Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe.. Opening up the show is Shark In The Water surf music with teeth. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sunday September 1st

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime..
Jenny And The Mexicats is a unique Latin alternative band meshing rockabilly, cumbia, jazz & flamenco performing it in both English and in Spanish. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 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’s Saloon many years ago. N/C

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime.
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Should be a great show..$25 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week..

Charlie Parker’s 99th Birthday is Thursday. I would like to suggest checking out Legends: The Charlie Parker Story.. Hugh Quarshie narrates the story of one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time. Charlie Parker was a pioneer of the postwar bebop school which changed the face of jazz forever, before his tragic death at the age of 34. Contributors include Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Peter King, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods and Mitch Miller. Highly recommended!!!!!

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